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Hawks shut out in Game 3 against Wild

After taking the first two games of the series, the Hawks came out flat in the third period and fell to the Wild 2-0 in Game 3. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who has been highly scrutinized after replacing the injured Darcy Kuemper in net, stopped 19 shots to get his first shutout this playoff season and his fourth career playoff shutout.  This loss also marked the eighth consecutive time the Hawks have lost the first road game in a playoff series, dating back to 2010.

 

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Blackhawks take 2-0 series lead over Wild

In a surprise twist at the end of the first round of the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild dispatched the favorites Colorado Avalanche to advance to the second round, facing the Chicago Blackhawks. Last year, the Blackhawks were the ones to end the Wild’s playoffs hopes in the first round, and this year, they’re hoping to do it again.

 

And after this game, they’re 2 wins away from succeeding. The Blackhawks have taken Game 2 of the series, leading the Wild 2-0 as they all head to Minnesota to play Games 3 and 4. Another st...

Hawks look to take Game 2 against Wild

After a 5-2 win at the United Center on Friday night, the Hawks are looking to keep up their winning ways at home with another victory in a Sunday matinee matchup against the Wild.

 

Though the Hawks came away victorious in Friday’s game, they did so after being vastly outplayed in the second period, getting outshout 17-3 but managing to keep the game within reach before turning it on in the third.  They also lost teammate and playoff pest Andrew Shaw, who l...

Blackhawks take 1-0 lead in Western Semifinals vs Wild

One of these days, the Chicago Blackhawks will play the level of hockey they're capable of for a full sixty minutes, and the other team will end up looking silly.

Tonight wasn't one of those nights, but the Blackhawks still came away with a 5-2 win in Game 1 of the Western Semifinals vs. the Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks scored their first two goals on the power play. Bryan Bickell tipped a Brent Seabrook blast to put Chicago on the board first, late in the first.

After a strong first, the Blackhawks let the Wild take over in the second. Minnesota not only limited Chicago to a mere 3 SOG, but they peppered Corey Crawford with 17. Despite that, the Blackhawk...

An Overlooked Issue from Round 1

There were a lot of things to like in the Hawks 5-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon.  The stars produced, the penalty kill was stellar, and though it was a lot closer than it looked, the Hawks held on and sent the Blues packing in the first round.

 

But lost amidst the emotional high that comes with winning a playoff series was one seemingly minor lineup change that could have major impacts on the Hawks in later playoff games that wasn't he...

Blackhawks win series and advance to 2nd round with blowout 5-1 win in Game 6

Game 6 was the first chance for the Blackhawks to eliminate the St Louis Blues from the playoffs, in a series eerily reminiscent of the Blues’ first round last year, against the Los Angeles Kings. And even if this game would play out slightly differently than last year’s, it’d be the last game the Blues would play in this year’s playoffs, as the Blackhawks took a 5-1 one victory thanks to a 3rd period completely dominated by the Hawks where they’d score 4 goals.

 

The first frame saw Brent Seabrook come ba...

Hawks look to close out Blues in game 6

The scene now shifts back to Chicago’s United Center where thanks to a OT game winning goal by the captain Jonathan Toews the Hawks have put the Blues in a potential elimination position for the first time in this series.

All year long in the regular season and at time in the playoffs the Blackhawks have had a problem with closing and finishing games. So far this season there is no game bigger than Sunday’s matinee for the Hawks to finish strong and close out this hard fought series.

The Hawks can close out the Blues if they pay attention to detail and not make any mistakes especially in their own zone or the neutral zone. If mistakes are made teammates need to cov...

Blackhawks take series lead with yet another OT win

Two games ago, the Blackhawks’ playoffs hopes may have seemed low, when the St Louis Blues took the first two games, but since then, the Hawks have rebounded. They took the two games at the United Center, making it a tied series 2-2, and then headed back to the Scottrade Center for Game 5.

 

And just like most games in this series, this game would go to overtime, and Captain Jonathan Toews would be the one to take the game for the Blackhawks, 7:36 mins into the first overtime, a breakaway goal set up by defenseman Duncan Keith. Th...

Blackhawks tie up series 2-2 on third OT of series

Anybody who counted the Blackhawks out after they went down 0-2 versus the St. Louis Blues in the opening round might be feeling a little silly right about now.

However, the Blackhawks still haven't played their best hockey. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, after each missing the final couple of weeks of the regular season with injuries, are rounding into form. The team as a whole has more gears.

The Blues are playing the kind of hockey that kept them at or near the top of the Central all season. In particular, Vladimir Tarasenko has been marvelous so far in the playoffs, averaging a goal per game, to lead the league for playoff goals.

St. Louis starte...

Hawks look to steal game 5 in St. Louis

Wipe the slate clean everything that has gone on in this tremendously well played series is now even. The series is now a best of three with each team having an equal chance to win the series or do they?

The Blackhawks definitely have the momentum thanks to Patrick Kane’s magic in OT in game 4 to pull the Hawks even in the series. There is a huge difference between having the series tied at two games apiece and being down three to one in the series. If the Hawks keep the momentum rolling in St. Louis they could skate away with a road win that they need to advance to the next round.

You have to think that with the Blues being up in games 2-0 like they were last year again...