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Blackhawks win 3-2 over Islanders; prepare for first back-to-back games

After giving up two goals to the Islanders in the final minute of the first period, Friday night's game was at risk of going the direction of the Blackhawks' last two games.

Coach Joel Quenneville's line blender was on frappé after two tough losses; but the new lines produced.

The scoring started with Blackhawks rookie Joakim Nordström, who tallied his first NHL goal 9:32 into the first period. Jonathan Toews would push the score to 2-0 at 16:05, gathering a rebound off Duncan Keith's shot, which had deflected behind the Islanders' goal.

Josh Bailey would get the Islanders on the scoresheet at 19:06 in the first; Kyle Okposo would fol...

Blackhawks face Islanders at the United Center tonight

Tonight, the Blackhawks welcome the Islanders to the United Center for the first game between these teams in nearly two years.

After several seasons of rebuilding, the Islanders are poised to make some noise in the Eastern Conference, led by newly-appointed team captain John Tavares. During those three games, the line of Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey, and Frans Nielsen has been particularly dangerous, contributing 4 goals and 11 assists.

The Islanders are 2-0-1 so far on their season, outscoring their opponents 14-9, and taking two of those games to shootouts. They are coming off Tuesday night's 6-1 romp over the Coyotes. It is the Islanders' best start since ...

Blackhawks lose to Blues 3-2 in St. Louis

To judge from the talk that swirled around this game before the puck dropped, you would've thought that it was the first round of the playoffs.

It's good to remember that it's still early in the season, but the game atmosphere in St. Louis tonight was definitely highly-charged. The home crowd was loud; the on-ice energy intense.

Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring first, putting the Blues on the board 15:44 into the first period.

The Blackhawks would even things up with a power play goal just 75 seconds later by Patrick Kane, giving him his third goal in as many games.

Chicago's fortunes have nearly reversed on the PK and PP th...

The Play of Kevin Poulin is Important to Islanders Season

The Islanders started the season on a high note with points in their first 3 games as they head on their first road trip of the season. The trip is short but an important early season back to back starting in Chicago on Friday night.Unlike last weekend, there is a possibility that Evgeni Nabokov will not start in goal on both games of the short trip and Kevin Poulin may make his first start of the season.

Blackhawks travel to St. Louis for first road game of season

After just two games in the first eight days of the season, the Blackhawks are finally getting into the "full speed ahead" part of their schedule, starting with their first road game on Wednesday night.

The Blues have started their season well, with a 4-2 win over the Predators and a 7-0 romp over the Panthers. St. Louis would like to extend that streak to three games with a win versus long-time rival Chicago.

With the shutout versus Florida, Jaroslav Halak became the Blues' franchise all-time leader in SOs, taking the title from Glenn Hall, a record that stood for 42 years. With 17 shutouts - a feat accomplished in just 123 games over the past four sea...

Blackhawks fall to the Tampa Bay Lightning in shootout

The first period looked like a good night for Chicago: the Blackhawks held the Lightning to zero shots on goal for twenty minutes, while getting a dozen at Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop.

Holding an opponent without a SOG in a period was something the Blackhawks hadn't accomplished in nearly 67 years - since December 4, 1946, in fact. But such a solid feat would not be enough.

In the second, the Blackhawks leapt out to a 2-0 lead. Patrick Kane scored in the first minute. About eight minutes later, Bishop went to play the puck behind the net, and ended up being caught out to dry instead; Brandon Saad cleaned up a puck on the doorstep and created a power play goal for...

Five changes & five questions as the Blackhawks start the new season

It seems like just yesterday that the Blackhawks were skating triumphantly on Boston ice, raising Lord Stanley aloft for the second time in four seasons.

Tuesday night, the summer comes full circle as the puck drops on a new season, and the Blackhawks raise their fifth Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at the United Center.

Let's look back at the moves the Blackhawks made this summer, and ahead to the 2013-2014 season.

FIVE CHANGES THE BLACKHAWKS MADE THIS SUMMER

1. Dave Bolland, Daniel Carcillo, and Michael Frolik were traded out of town. These two moves freed up several million in cap space, and gave the Blackhawks the ability to resign so...

A Cluster Of Youth Makes For A Roster Logjam, Which Is Good News

Going into this season the New York Islanders are in a very unique position compared to what they have been in the past. They are a team that is confident having come off of an unexpected and impressive playoff appearance last year. They have organizational depth that has built up nicely from sticking to their rebuilding plan and drafting well. To supplement that, they have made smart signings and waiver additions that both have and are looking to make an impact in the NHL. With the majority of the roster already set, it will be these players that are fighting to stay in the bottom lines that could ultimately have the biggest impact on how the Islanders do this season.

Three Players That Should Make The Blackhawks Roster

The Chicago Blackhawks start the defense of their Stanley Cup on Oct. 1 against the Washington Capitals. Recently, the team made some cuts to get the roster closer to the desired number of players the team will take into the season. A lot of the players who won’t make the team will either be sent to Rockford or to their respective junior league teams to get more seasoning.

Here are three players I believe will make the team out of camp. These are players who have done all they could do in Rockford. Now,  these players deserve a chance to make the team. During training camp and the preseason games these players have shown that they belong.

Jimmy Hayes

Wi...

Season predictions from TCL's Blackhawks bloggers team

The season is just two weeks away, so it is time for our annual blogger predictions. The TCL Blackhawks team weigh in below on league predictions for the 2013-2014 season.

For starters, looking around the league, the Bruins, Penguins, and Blackhawks are all expected to take their new divisions; the Ducks and Kings are likely to battle for the top in the Pacific.

Next: who'll come out on top for each conference? Who will win the Stanley Cup? The Blackhawks are looking heavily favored to repeat.

Other league-wide predictions: Good news for Blue Jackets fans; their team is a favorite to make the playoffs in 2014. Panthers and Flames, your teams aren&rsquo...