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Hawks back in series, shutout the Blues 2-0

Corey Crawford at the end of game 2 in St. Louis in his post game presser said he needed to be better and on this night he was a man of his word he was spectacular. In his first NHL playoff career shutout Crawford stopped 34 shots on the Hawks net. Corey Crawford won this game for the Hawks.

Besides Crawford being excellent in net the Hawks broke a bad habit as well, giving up goals late in games to push to overtime. On this night the Hawks not only did not give up the lead late the game actually ended in regulation time.

The scoring got started in the first period in what would have to be called a soft goal given up by Ryan Miller. Jonathan Toews shot the puck through Miller ...

Blackhawks need to clean up their game as series shifts to Chicago

The Blackhawks open their home games at the United Center already in a 0-2 hole.

The worst part about that? They could be headed home up 2-0. The Blackhawks gave up the tying goal in both games in the dying moments of the third period: with less than two minutes on the clock in Game 1, and just a handful of seconds left in Game 2. In both games, the Blues made the best of overtime, came away with the wins.

Corey Crawford's play in Game 1 was outstanding, but he took the blame for Game 2, stating, "It’s pretty much not acceptable. We’re not going to win if I’m going to play like that. I just have to be better" - an opinion echoed by his...

Game 2 only takes 1OT for Blues to capture 2-0 lead in series against Blackhawks

After an incredibly intense, well-balanced Game 1 which went all the way into a 3OT situation, the Blackhawks and Blues are meeting again for Game 2 of the 1st round of the playoffs. The Blues took the first game with a game winning goal 26 seconds into the 3rd overtime period,making it the longest game their franchise ever played, at over 100 minutes.

 

Game number 2 would be ultimately taken by the Blues in overtime, in a brutal game that saw Chicago take 10 penalties and St Louis 6, and the lead change from the Blues, to the Hawks, and bac...

Hawks regroup to face Blues in Saturday playoff matinee

It’s only the second game of the playoffs, but tempers are already flaring after an exhausting 4-3 triple overtime thriller to kick off the Blues-Blackhawks series.  

 

After having the game seemingly locked up with two minutes to go, the Hawks gave up a late goal in the third period that tied the game.  Their regular season struggles in the extra frame (they won just one overtime game this year) continued in their first postseason con...

Hawks fall to Blues in first playoff game

The playoff series between the Hawks and Blues was expected to be a high-powered and physical, and the two teams did not disappoint in a raucous first game that resulted in a 4-3 triple OT victory for St. Louis.  Alexander Steen would get the winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period.

 

It was the Blues who would strike first less than five minutes into the first period, as Adam Cracknell got a tip-in past Corey Crawford to put St. Louis up.

Blackhawks at the Blues - Game 1 preview

Although it's been twelve years since they faced each other as playoff foes, the Blues and the Blackhawks are very familiar with one another as long-time division rivals since 1970. There is a hatred between these two teams that runs deep between the fan bases, and games between them are always snarling, hard-hitting affairs. The St. Louis Blues had a rough ending to their regular season - becoming riddled with injuries, and going 3-7-0 in their last ten games. Their six-game losing streak to close out the season dropped them to second in the Central behind the Avalanche. But by no means should the Blackhawks assume that their first-round opponent will be anything less than their trad...

In defense of Jeremy Morin

Jeremy Morin has followed a similar career path as Brandon Pirri, bouncing between the minors and big league club and never really sticking or making consistent contributions.  Pirri was traded to Florida, and many thought Morin would be the next out of Rockford. Instead, he’s making his case for the playoffs, and it’s a good one.  After scoring four goals in the last five games, Morin was spotted at Tuesday’s practice with a white practice jersey on- which means he’s a ‘5th line guy’ or healthy scratch.  This should not happen.

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Blackhawks lose barnburner game 82 to Preds 7-5

With third place in the Central sewn up no matter what happens with the Blues and Avalanche's final games, Coach Joel Quenneville opted to sit a number of regular players for an otherwise-meaningless game.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were already out for the game, but Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Krüger, and Michal Handzuš all were healthy scratches as well.

Ben Smith opened the scoring early for the Blackhawks, just 4:11 into the game. Marian Hossa would command his way into the Predators' zone before making an easy wraparound curl goal to make it 2-0.

It would take just 14 seconds after Hossa's goal for Nashville to break on...

Hawks shut out by Capitals 4-0; prepare to face Nashville Predators

The Blackhawks came into the game with the Washington Capitals that really did not mean much too either team but for different reasons. The Capitals have been eliminated from the playoff and after the weekend will be hitting the golf courses until the fall.

The Blackhawks are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They will be going to the post season but with their position solidified at third place in the division really had nothing to play for and it showed on the ice.

The game was basically a practice session held at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. This game gave a good opportunity for the special teams to be assessed before going into the playoffs. The Hawks went up ag...

Blackhawks get monkey off their back with OT win over MTL

It only took 80 games, but the Blackhawks finally got a monkey off their back: winning a game in regular overtime.

Chicago welcomed the Montréal Canadiens to town for their final home game of the regular season. The Habs are without several players, including starting goaltender Carey Price, but they hold on to second place in the Atlantic division in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of Tampa Bay, who have one game in hand.

From the way the Canadiens played, however, you wouldn't guess that they were short so many regulars. The refs were rarely on their whistles, and it was an entertaining and fast-paced game between two talented teams, with Montréal ...