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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 ...

Hawks head to Washington for first of back-to-back games

After a dramatic home finale victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, the Hawks have a back to back road trip to finish the season, facing the Washington Capital’s on Friday night.  The Hawks hold the only victory of the season series, as they beat Washington on opening night after their electrifying banner raising ceremony.

 

The Caps are looking to finish the season strong after officially being eliminated fr...

Rare encounter between Blackhawks and Canadiens

As the end of the regular season approaches, the Blackhawks (45-19-15) host the Montreal Canadiens (45-27-7), the Eastern Conference’s number 3. Still without their two biggest stars, Chicago still managed to win against the West’s leaders St Louis Blues on Sunday, while the Habs ar on a 2-game win streak after defeating the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings.

 

These two teams only faced each other once in the season, an OT win for the Canadiens, in Montreal, back in January. The Hawks will want to get even with a so...

Hawks grind out the Blues with 4-2 win

Sunday is usually a day for rest and relaxation. On this Sunday afternoon the Blackhawks continued their hard worker bee mentality and were able to grind down the St. Louis Blues. Minus several key players and with Brandon Saad a healthy scratch again saw several maybe not as well known players, unless you follow the Rockford IceHogs, step up but none more than Jeremy Morin.

The plucky Morin had a whale of a game with a goal and an assist. Morin has been bounced between the Blackhawks and the IceHogs all year and this time he is looking to stick with the Hawks and make a case for himself with the coaches to put him on the ice. Fortitude is what Morin has displayed all year whether i...

At the end of the regular season, the Blackhawks face the leading Blues

The Blackhawks (44-19-15) host the St Louis Blues (52-18-7) on the second leg of a back-to-back for the Blues that saw them lose 4-0 against the Colorado Avalanche. Both Hawks and Blues have secured their spots in the playoffs, with the Blues leading the West in points; they’re second in the NHL behind the Boston Bruins. Last time these two teams faced against each other, the Blackhawks came out on top in a 4-0 shutout victory.

 

But since then, Chicago has lost Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, both of them with slight injuries an...

Hawks gut the Blue Jackets 4-3

When one man goes down another needs to step up when several go down several need to step up and they certainly did. Stacey King, the Bulls broadcaster has a saying bring your “hard hat, lunch pal” game. Bring the blue collar work hard mentality and never quit. The Hawks had several candidates most notably the make shift line of Bickell, Regin and Morin who really stood out.  

Ben Smith scored the game winning goal with 3+ seconds left in regulation to deliver the gut wrenching blow to the Columbus Blue Jackets who are a team still looking to maintain or better their positioning in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. This had to delight Detroit, Philadelphia and...

Hawks defeat Wild in shootout; face Blue Jackets Friday

Battered, bruised, and missing their two marquee stars, the Hawks hosted the Wild at the United Center looking for two points and a spark in their play that’s been lacking in the last few contests.  They found both in a hard-earned 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild, despite forward lines thrown off because of injuries and a last-minute scratch of Johnny Oduya.

 

Minnesota would get on the board first, after a sho...