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Welcome To The Jungle, Marc Bergevin

 

Jeff Goldblum called, he wants his glasses and face back. It's been a long month since the Montreal Canadiens fired General Manager Pierre Gauthier at the end of March, with only a handful of games left in a regular season that was and felt much, much longer. The firing opened the organization up to a lot of speculation, as owner and team president Geoff Molson and special adviser (a former GM of the team himself) Serge Savard entered a long process to pick the person who would take this team forward in what can only be described as a rebuild. At the very least, a retooling. There were plenty of names mentioned, including just about ever Francophone assistant ...

Phoenix win their first series in 25 years; Chicago's season is over

The Chicago Blackhawks finally found their game.

Unfortunately, it came in game 6 in a first-round series where they were down 3-2, and they were up against a goaltender who was having the game of his life.

On Monday night in Chicago, the Blackhawks came out on fire. They grabbed a hold of the game, and put a stranglehold on it. They nearly had shots on goal into the double digits before the Coyotes registered their first; they blocked shots; they scooped the puck away from Phoenix with such ease that it was almost like watching an NHL team play against an AHL one.

This is the team that Blackhawks fans have been looking ...

Blackhawks push to extend their series life tonight

The last time the Blackhawks and Coyotes faced each other at the United Center, it was game 4 of the series. Phoenix took that game in overtime, just one of five OT games that this series has seen so far. Prospect Brandon Saad made his playoffs debut. Andrew Shaw was still suspended, Marian Hossa was out from the injury inflicted by Raffi Torres's reckless hit in game 3.

When Brendan Shanahan laid down the suspension for Torres last Saturday, it was the second-longest in NHL history. (The current record is 30 games for NYI's Chris Simon in 2007 for stomping on PIT's Jarrko Ruutu's ankle.) The message was clear, not only to Torres but to the rest of the league: we'...

The Capt gets serious as Hawks win in OT 2-1 to force game 6

As the sun was setting in Arizona and we were heading into the early hours of Sunday morning back in Chicago, a familiar hero took out his six shooter and blazed it in the desert. Jonathan Toews never ceases to amaze me and leaves me in awe. On a team that is filled with stars that shine so bright they could probably scorch the desert, he always manages to shine the brightest and reminds us why he is the one wearing the C on this team. I would follow this kid into anything. I would have loved to have been a puck on the ice when he gave his speech to the team minus the coaching staff following their morning skate. It must have been inspiring as the entire team played with focus and purpose...

Hawks must find another gear in the desert

 

Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon. One of the most thrilling adventures in the world is rock climbing in the 6000’ deep canyon. Most sane people would steer clear of this for fear of too many things going wrong and plunging to their deaths except for adrenaline junkies who live for this type of rush. The Blackhawks must feel right at home then with these adrenaline junkies. Down 3-1 in the series they are holding on by their fingernail tips with no rope tie offs as they face an uphill climb that must seem as large as the Grand Canyon.

The Blackhawks season is in jeopardy of ending and hangs in the balance tonight at Jobing arena in Phoenix. In a series where not...

Blackhawks get dramatic OT win to split series with Coyotes 1-1

The Chicago Blackhawks made a lot of mistakes in the first game of their series versus the Phoenix Coyotes, and corrected most of those in their second game on Saturday night.

It was an exciting game, starting with Bryan Bickell of the Blackhawks opening the scoring 3:05 into the first period, proving that Chicago's power play isn't entirely impotent.  Raffi Torres tied it up for Phoenix just under 6 minutes later. When Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks closed in on Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, the puck on his stick, Smith put his hands up and made first contact. Yet Toews was the one who ended up with a penalty for interference, and then the Coyotes took the lead...

Phoenix Coyotes take series opening vs Chicago Blackhawks

Going into the Thursday opener between Chicago and Phoenix, most analysts were split on their predictions. Several pointed out that the Coyotes had owned the season series between the two, 3-1; but just as many acknowledged that those games were not some of the Blackhawks' best hockey of the year. Mike Smith has been the difference-maker for Phoenix, while the Chicago goalies have had their share of struggles.

At the end of the day, however, these two teams have always battled strongly against one another, their different styles making for some interesting games.

After four high-paced opening minutes, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews put the first goal of the night...

Blackhawks/Coyotes playoff preview - solving Newtons' law of motion

 

Remember back in school when you studied science and physics and learned about Sir Isaac Newton and his laws of motion? Remember his 3rd law of motion – For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Now this series will be a study in contrasts. These teams are the polar opposites. The Coyotes employ a tight defensive style of play while the Blackhawks would prefer a free wheeling offensive style of play. These will be two forces of equal yet opposite forces. 

I’m not going to spend much time talking about the regular season records these two teams had against each other because we are in the second season when everything starts fresh ...

Hawks drop final curtain on Red Wings 3-2 in SO

In game 82 of the regular season with playoff seeding on the line, what better way to determine the final seeding of teams in the Western Conference Central Division than to have the oldest rivalry determine it.  The Blackhawks could only move up to the 5th seed if they beat the Wings in regulation time and even though they could not accomplish that they still managed to determine Detroit’s fate.

By letting the Blackhawks win in the shoot out Detroit lost more than just a game and series to the Hawks, they lost home ice advantage and must now face one of the toughest teams in the West if they want to win the Stanley cup.  The Blackhawks at this point are still uncert...

Wild prevail 2-1 over Hawks in Shootout

In a game that saw the return of Duncan Keith, which also saw a much tighter defensive effort yet the Blackhawks lose this game in the last four minutes of the game. The bigger picture and more importantly was that the fourth seeding in the Western Conference and home ice advantage in the playoffs was at stake.

Not making an excuse but the Hawks lineup was fairly depleted with Toews, Montador, Lepisto, Bolland and Brunette all out of the line-up. This impacted the lines on the ice and the match ups coach Q could employ.

The Blackhawks with only gaining one point and Nashville defeating Dallas can not capture the 4th seed and home ice in the first round. They can only get as hi...