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Kings power past Hawks 4-3; take 2-1 series lead

There are special teams and then there are not so special teams. Unfortunately for the Chicago Blackhawks the L.A. Kings power play looked like a high powered offensive juggernaut while the Blackhawks power play faltered and that is putting it kindly when they went 0 for 4 on their own man advantage.

This also made the difference in this game. Officially there was only one power play goal for the Kings but a Drew Daughty goal was even strength but with only two seconds after the penalty expired which for all intents and purposes was like a power play goal.

The scoring was started by Jonathan Toews who scored a beauty of a shorthanded goal when he busted up the far boards side ...

Blackhawks to try and take Game 3 in LA

The Blackhawks are headed to Los Angeles to play Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the LA Kings, who beat the Hawks on Chicago ice last Wednesday. The Kings won 6-2, scoring 5 goals in the last frame of the game.

 

The Blackhawks’ defense struggled in the last period of Game 2 against a determined, offensive-minded LA team. After dominating for most of the game and scoring twice, the Blackhawks let the game get away from them. They should be very eager to try and get one or two away from the Kings while playing in Lo...

Blackhawks take first home playoff loss 6-2 vs Kings

If you were betting on the Blackhawks sweeping the Western Conference Finals, that's a bet that was definitely lost tonight, as Chicago had their first loss on home ice in the playoffs so far.

The Blackhawks owned possession for most of the first, but the Kings were dedicating themselves to defense and commanding face offs. It was a steady parade to the box for both teams throughout the first: the Kings took four, and the Blackhawks two. Nick Leddy got Chicago on the board first, a power play goal 14:16 into the game, off a feed from Duncan Keith.

Just after Drew Doughty's late-first-period penalty expired in the second, Ben Smith made it 2-0 for the Blackhawks 1:40 in...

Hawks look to take 2-0 series lead against Kings

The Blackhawks face off against the Kings again Wednesday night on home ice, with the hopes that they can head to LA with a 2-0 lead over their conference final opponents.  The Kings, despite outshooting the Hawks 17-6 in the second period of Game 1, couldn’t truly solve Corey Crawford, and Chicago also believes that there’s another level that they haven’t yet reached in the postseason.

 

The Kings went into Game 1 with less than forty-eight...

High-intensity game goes to Blackhawks in Western Conference Final's Game 1

The Western Conference Finals this year feels very much like déja-vu - a rematch from 2013’s WCF, with the Blackhawks facing the Los Angeles Kings once more. The Kings have dispatched the Anaheim Ducks in 7 games in their second round, while the Blackhawks went through a difficult round against the Minnesota Wild, which they finished in 6 games. And now the match-up to the Stanley Cup Final is the same as last year, where the Blackhawks won in 5.

 

There is no question that both teams have excelled during the regular season, as ...

Hawks gear up to face LA Kings

The Hawks have a return engagement to the Western Conference Final with a very familiar opponent, in fact the same opponent as last year, the Los Angeles Kings. In a series that could be called the tournament of champions the Hawks and the Kings are the last two Stanley Cup Champions and are looking for more championships but must get past each other first.

Throughout these playoffs we have heard the terms resolve and resiliency used on several occasions when describing the Chicago Blackhawks. Now more than ever they will need to muster all of their resolve because the LA Kings have an equal amount and know how to win and what it takes.

The Los Angeles Kings have faced elimina...

Blackhawks take 3-2 series lead after UC boos them awake in Game 5

The Blackhawks are not used to being booed in their own building, but it happened tonight, after 20 minutes of poor play. It shook the team up, and led them to a win, after losing 2 consecutive game against the Wild in the second round of the playoffs. The Hawks are the first team, in this round, to get scored on first, and still win the game.

 

The Hawks and Wild were back in Chicago for Game 5. Andrew Shaw is still not playing, and Brandon Bollig has been suspended for 2 games after boarding Keith Ballard in Game 4. However, Peter R...

Hawks prepare to face Wild

The Hawks are looking to regain their form with the help of their fans as the series now will be held in   Chicago’s United Center. The Hawks are looking to wipe away their lackluster play in Minnesota and regain control of the series in this pivotal game 5 of the series. 

Coming into game 5, though the series is even the momentum has shifted to the Minnesota Wild due more in part to the play of the Blackhawks. In Minnesota they were out hit, out shot and out drawn in the face-off circles not exactly a recipe for wins which sums up both losses. The Hawks also have not been winning many board battles. 

The Wild also got a lift when Matt Cooke returned ...

Blackhawks drop game 4 to Wild; series tied 2-2

The Blackhawks continued to be stymied by the Wild in Minnesota.

While the Wild's style might not be exciting - choking defense that slows the other team - it's working. The Wild also have some young guns who have been showing why Minnesota made it into the playoffs, and why they'll be challenging things in the Central division in the years to come.

The first goal of the night came from Justin Fontaine, his first goal of the playoffs, to make it 1-0 Wild, 7:24 into the first. It would take most of the first period, but Patrick Sharp got the Blackhawks on the board with 39 seconds left in the first period with a five-hole goal.

Jason Pominville ...

Hawks look to rebound in Game 4

The Hawks and Wild will face off in a Game 4 that could could be classified as a ‘must-win’ for either team.  While this isn’t a Game 7 scenario, a win for either team could change the momentum of the series.

 

The Hawks still hold the series lead at 2-1, but they fell flat in their first road game against the Wild, failing to get a single puck past netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.  They’ll need to step up their offense and ...