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Blackhawks welcome the Maple Leafs for Saturday night's showdown

The Chicago Blackhawks will be welcoming back one of their own on Saturday night - sort of.

Dave Bolland, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of this year's Stanley Cup Final for the Blackhawks, was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer. Bolland had a lengthy tenure in the Blackhawks system - seven seasons, most of which was spent at the NHL level. He was a favorite for many fans due to his ability to get under the skin of opponents, a skill which earned him the nickname of "the Rat".

The Mimico, Ontario, native has found excellent chemistry and an increased offensive touch on the Leafs, and has started off his season with 3 goals and 3 a...

Blackhawks get 3-2 shootout win over Carolina

The Blackhawks once again leapt out to a lead over their opponent ... and once again, let their opponents back into the game, survived overtime, and managed a win in the shootout.

It's been an all-too-common refrain for the Blackhawks, not only this season, which is less than 10 games old, but from past seasons: Chicago delivers a solid first period, hits cruise control in the second, and scrambles to not give the game away in the third.

Is it a cycle that will stop any time soon? The Blackhawks should know from experience that as defending Stanley Cup champs, every opposing team will bring their "A" game, every single night.

Additionally, un...

Blackhawks prepare for the Carolina Hurricanes

The Blackhawks will travel to Carolina to once again face an Eastern Conference team that they have not seen since 2011. They will also be facing a team that would love nothing better than to say they beat the champs.

The Carolina Hurricanes are coming into the contest with a 2-2-2 record and fresh off of back to back losses from the sticks of the LA Kings and most recently the Phoenix Coyotes. 

During the Phoenix game starting goalie Anton Khudobin had to leave the game due to a lower body injury on a fluke play when he left his net to play a puck and seemed to twist awkwardly.  Cam Ward will no doubt be in net for the Canes.  For the Hawks don’t be surpr...

Hawks hang on to defeat Sabres 2-1

In what could be a tale of two hockey games the Chicago Blackhawks hung on to win over another Eastern Conference foe.

The Hawks opened up the game dominating in the first period with a 20-6 shots on goal advantage. The second period was pretty even and the third period you would have to give the nod to Buffalo, for which team was dictating play. The Sabres held the shots on goal edge in this tilt 13-3.

The difference in this game was the Hawks special teams as they held the Sabres 0-3 on the power play while they netted a Patrick Kane power play goal which turned out to be the game winner.  The other difference was Corey Crawford who was white hot as the game went on. Cr...

Blackhawks face the Buffalo Sabres

The Blackhawks prepare to face an unfamiliar Eastern Conference opponent. The last time the Hawks faced the Buffalo Sabres was back in 2012. This will be the first of two meetings this season between these two clubs.

The Buffalo Sabres are winless to this point with a 0-4-1 record which, could make them a very dangerous team if the Hawks overlook them or the dislike level is too low considering they have not faced each other much.

The Sabres come into this tilt with scoring problems as they are just averaging one goal a game. If that continues then the Blackhawks should be in good shape. You can never discount the Sabres however with Ryan Miller in net for Buffalo. Look for Co...

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...