The best cure for a struggling hockey team is to play an equally struggling hockey team. In their final regular season meeting of this season both the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks meet each other at not their best. Both clubs came in having their struggles.
The game was scoreless for the first two periods which may have been indicative of each of the clubs struggles. Another explanation the goaltenders were at their best which Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi were for their clubs. Hard to imagine with both of the powerhouse offenses these teams have. San Jose has been bitten by injury to key offensive players.
The game even though it was scoreless for forty minutes...
The Blackhawks (33-10-13) are on a West Coast road trip, facing the San Jose Sharks (34-15-6) after winning in Vancouver on Wednesday. These two teams have met twice in the regular season already, and have split wins; the hawks won their first encounter 5-1, while the Sharks took the second in the shootout after regulation ended at 2-2.
Both teams have been very solid this season, both in the top 5 teams in the League at the moment with 79 points for Chicago and 74 for San Jose. The Sharks have been consistent all season but they&rsq...
With the Blackhawks' victory in Vancouver on Wednesday night, head coach Joel Quenneville became the NHL's 3rd-winningest coach in league history. To even coach 693 games at the NHL level is an achievement; to win that many, even more so.
At first, it looked like the game versus Vancouver would delay reaching that coaching milestone by another game or two.
The Canucks scored just 16 seconds into the game on a backhand shot by Chris Higgins. Tom Sestito would stretch the lead to 2-0 Vancouver
But once the Blackhawks got on the board, there was no stopping them.
Marian Hossa opened the scoring for Chicago at 6:30 of the second with ...
The Hawks continued a disturbing trend of taking games to OT and not being able to collect the extra point as they fell to the Calgary Flames in overtime to kick off a 6-game road trip. Both starting goalies were pulled as the points racked up, but the Flames would ultimately emerge victorious as the Hawks dropped their fourth game in a row.
The Flames would get on the board early with a backhan...
The Blackhawks departed today on a 12-day, six-city road trip that will see them visit six of the seven Pacific conference teams before the Olympic break.
It's their annual "Disney on Ice" late January/early February western road swing, but this year, it has a little extra importance. The Olympics start less than two weeks from now, and the Blackhawks won't play in their own building again until March.
Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, their play has been like a roller coaster lately - solid wins versus the Bruins and Ducks; and less-than-perfect games against teams like the Jets, Red Wings, and Minnesota.
In their last home game til March 4th a familiar recent script was played out again. The Hawks dominate forty minutes only to fade in the third period and lose the game. Unfortunately this time they could not even push the Winnipeg Jets to overtime or a shoot out.
There is no question the Hawks look tired and maybe a little bored. The Olympic break cannot get here quick enough or maybe road life will help to rejuvenate the struggling Hawks.
The lone Hawks tally came in the first period from Brandon Bollig. He was wrapping around the Jets’ net and as he was falling down somehow shot the puck and squeezed it past the Jets’ goalie Al Montoya and the near post.
The honeymoon is officially over for the Chicago Blackhawks.
It was great while it lasted, but gone are the days when the Hawks could score 6 goals or more every night, as they did in three straight games in December. As Chicago approaches the Olympic break just over halfway through the season, they’re starting to look like a mediocre hockey club at best. A delayed Stanley Cup hangover apparently has struck, and created problems that have been made particularly apparent in January:
The Blackhawks are back home in the United Center for a game before embarking on 4-game road trip, hosting the Winnipeg Jets. It’ll be their fourth and last match-up, and the second one at home for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks won all three past contests and will be raring to go tomorrow, wanting to bounce back from their past two games, which were losses for Chicago - but the Jets are also hoping to bounce back from a recent loss. They’ve been having a great streak since changing coaches, but their last contest against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday ended in a loss for Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks haven't lost many games in regulation this season, nor do they drop many games in the tail end of back-to-back games.
Tonight in Minnesota, they did both, losing 2-1 to the Wild in regulation after playing at Detroit last night.
Chicago looked lackluster in the first period - not surprising, as travel delays out of Detroit after a six-round shootout meant they didn't get to their St. Paul hotel until 3 a.m. Though they had some stretches of pressure in the Wild's end, they were outhit, outshot, and most importantly, outscored.
The Wild's first goal came from Jason Pominville, who continues to collect career points against the Blackhawk...
The Red Wings and the Blackhawks met again on Wednesday night, and though the two teams are now in different conferences and meet just twice a year, the rivalry was as intense as ever. The Red Wings came from behind to secure the win in a thrilling 5-4 SO victory, with Darren Helm scoring the deciding goal in the shootout.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead at 8:41 of the first, when Marian ...