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Hawks win eighth straight, lose Toews

The Hawks game against the Bruins on Thursday night was a case of good news, bad news for the team.

On the bright side, the Hawks held on despite a third-period surge from the Bruins to win their eighth straight game and remain undefeated in December. Klas Dahlbeck also scored his first NHL goal to open the scoring for the Hawks after a slick pass from Ben Smith.

 

The bad side is that while Chi...

Hawks keep rolling; face Bruins on Thursday

The Hawks continue their three-game swing through the Eastern conference as they face off against the Boston Bruins tonight in TD Gardens. Once one of hockey’s most fearsome teams, the Bruins are still a formidable opponent, but injuries and sickness has taken a toll on the team, and Boston sits fifth in the Atlantic division, clinging to the final wild card playoff spot.

 

The Bruins are in desperate need for a win against the NHL’s hottest team. After com...

Blackhawks look to be-Devil New Jersey to start East Coast swing

Cruising on a 6-game winning streak, the Blackhawks (18-8-1) head to the northeast this week to face the Devils, Bruins, and Islanders.

The New Jersey Devils (11-13-4; 26 points) current sit outside the playoff picture in the East. They're not bad enough to be in the "Connor McDavid sweepstakes", but they're not exactly breathing down the necks of the 8th place team (Florida, 11-8-7, 29 points, 2 games in hand over NJ).

On Monday night, Jaromir Jagr, 42, played in his 1,500th NHL game - only the 15th player in NHL history to do so. In that game, he had a goal and assist to bring his career total to move into 5th place in the NHL all-time points list...

Hawks best the Predators 3-1

The Hawks have been trailing in the Central Division all year and chasing some other teams. Coming into the Bridgestone Arena, the Hawks had the opportunity to not only catch the division leading team but to surpass them and take over for the first time this season as the Central Division leader and seize the opportunity they did.

The Hawks had Scott Darling in between the pipes since being recalled from Rockford and he has not cooled off at all. He was really challenged in both the first and third periods. He stopped 32 of 33 shots on goal with a .970 save percentage and looked very strong.

The game also saw Klas Dahlbeck make his NHL debut on the blue line for the Hawks and ...

Blackhawks beat Habs; head to Nashville for Saturday night

The Blackhawks continued their solid run with an exciting beat-the-buzzer win over the Montréal Canadiens.

Michal Rozsival opened the scoring early, just 2:13 into the game, and the Blackhawks nearly closed out the period 2-0 after a Ben Smith goal. Canadien Brendan Gallagher scored with 1:18 left in the first to make it 2-1.

Sergei Gonchar would tie up the game 2-2 several minutes into the second, and P.K. Subban would have a PPG (Patrick Kane, tripping) to give the Habs the lead.

Jonathan Toews responded with a PPG of his own just 13 seconds into P.K. Subban's hooking penalty, and 4:18 into the third. Although both teams got some good looks at the o...

Hawks to face Canadiens

In an Orginal Six showdown the last of the regular season for these two teams, they are coming in off of vastly different paths.

The Blackhawks have heated up since the circus trip and the sizzle continued at the United Center when they defeated their dreaded division rival St. Louis Blues. The Hawks are coming in off a four game winning streak over some serious heavy weights in the Western Conference namely the Avs, Ducks, Kings and Blues.

The offense has finally sparked primarily due to the second line of Kane, Richards and Versteeg. The line has found is rhythm and will look to keep their frentic pace going. This line since being put together right before the circus trip ha...

Blackhawks seek to give St. Louis the blues

Wednesday is one of those highly important Central division showdown games: second-place St. Louis (16-6-2) visits third-place Chicago (15-8-1). The two teams last faced each other on October 25th at the Scottrade Center.

The Blues have been very good on the road, going 7-3-1 thus far this season. Here's the quirk: they're managing a measly 2.18 G/G on the road, versus 3.00 G/G at home. It's worth keeping an eye on young Vladmir Tarasenko of the Blues, who's evolving into a dynamic scorer (14G, 12A in 24 games) and a possession leader on a team that hasn't historically been known for its offensive punch.

Unless, of course, that punch refers to the...

Chicago conquers Kings to close out Circus trip

The Blackhawks finished off their circus trip with a bang in LA, besting the Kings 4-1 and finishing their Circus trip with a solid 5-1-0 record. Brad Richards had two goals in the win as the Hawks’ second line continued to dominate, and netminder Corey Crawford made 19 shots in his 14th consecutive start to earn the victory.

 

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead to start the contest, as Daniel Carcillo, who’s played very well on the entire Circus trip, g...

Blackhawks close out circus trip vs Kings tonight; beat Ducks yesterday

The Blackhawks circus trip wraps up Saturday night with a game versus the Stanley Cup-defending Los Angeles Kings.

But first, the Blackhawks played the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday afternoon, and beat them handily, 4-1.

Chicago might have stumbled their way through October, but they're rounding into form nicely in November, going 8-5-0 and outscoring opponents by an average of 3-2 (42-28), including 25 in their past six games. On the extended Western Conference swing, Coach Joel Quenneville hasn't been hitting the line blender quite as frequently. The line of Patrick Kane, Kris Versteeg, and Brad Richards have really clicked in particular - racking up the point...

Hawks prepare for Anaheim Ducks

As the Hawks continue the circus trip perhaps their greatest measuring stick will be in their final two games in California. The first challenge up is the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks sit atop the Western Conference in points and first in the Pacific division with a 14-4-5 record. The Hawks are coming in seventh in the Western Conference and third in their division with a record of 13-8-1.

Statistically however the Hawks and Ducks are pretty close in just about everything. In fact the Hawks are ahead of Anaheim in goals per game and goals against per game. Their special teams is also statistically better than the Ducks on both the power play side and the penalty kill side. Yet it is the...