The LA Kings I knew would be a tough opponent tonight for a couple of reasons. Like the Hawks, the Kings are desperately in need of points to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. They are currently outside in tenth place with a record of 27-22-12 and 66 points which is only seven points behind the Hawks’ 73 points so I knew they would come out inspired.
With the reunion of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter the old Philly brethren would make for inspired play on the ice and excitement in the crowd. The question was would their chemistry still be there and carry over from Philadelphia given the limited practice time they had together. Unfortunately for the Hawks...
The Blackhawks four game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night when they provided the Dallas Stars with an opportunity to rally late in the third period and skated away with a much needed two points by both teams.
Chicago looks to regroup and get back on the winning track when they travel to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon to face a recently offensively-improved Kings squad. This will be the second meeting between these two Western teams, with each club earning a win on the road.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi made a bold move before the trade deadline by further increasing the scoring punch for his "Philly West" club by adding marquee goal sniper, Jeff Car...
On a night when three of their division rivals played a game, the Chicago Blackhawks were the only team in their division that ended the evening without a point.
Steve Ott, Michael Ryder and Loui Eriksson each tallied for the Dallas Stars, as they downed the Blackhawks 3-1 at the United Center tonight.
Chicago started off slow in the first period, allowing Dallas to take advantage using their speed to generate a few early scoring chances. The roles reversed, however, in the second period, as the Blackhawks upped their physical play significantly and were able to induce more shots on Stars' netminder Richard Bachman.
Once again, the Blackhawks found themselves in a 0-1 hole early in the first. But also once again, Chicago stayed calm and stuck to keeping plays simple. They were eventually rewarded for their effort with a win, breaking the Red Wings' 6-game winning streak.
Valtteri Filppula opened the scoring for Detroit just 2:22 into the game in the dying seconds of Chicago's early penalty (tripping) by Marcus Kruger. The goal snapped the Blackhawks' impressive PK streak, which had been flawless the last few games; and then Corey Crawford slammed the door shut for the rest of the game.
The Blackhawks need to somehow dust off their A game as they look to continue their three game winning streak when they face the best of the best in the league, the Detroit Red Wings. They currently sit atop the entire NHL with 84 points and a record of 41-17-2.
This game is paramount for the Hawks which goes without saying. This is a potential four point swing game. If the Hawks can somehow pull this out in regulation it would do wonders not only for their confidence but to continue racking up points against divisional foes.
Detroit has few weaknesses to exploit. They are ranked only behind Boston in GF/GA differential. In other words they have a potent offense a...
The Chicago Blackhawks have rebounded nicely after losing nine straight games, some of those to division opponents, and added a solid team effort against their rivals to the south by defeating the Blues 3-1 at the United Center.
There was no magical formula consumed by the Hawks a la "Space Jam" to bring about this recent successful play - pretty simply, the Blackhawks' best players were just exactly what their team needed them to be: their best players.
Duncan Keith posted a goal and an assist, Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 30 shots and Dave Bolland scored the game winning goal to give Chicago it's third win in as many games.
After a solid win in New York, the most important thing the Blackhawks had to do in this afternoon's contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets was play a solid game and win. Thankfully, they did both, romping to a 6-1 blowout in a mostly-solid game.
It wasn't a perfect start, although the Blackhawks didn't look like a team that was playing its final game of a 9-game road stretch. After some initial give-and-go, Sami Lepistö blasted a shot intended to spring the waiting Patrick Sharp on a breakaway that probably could have been the first goal of the game. Instead, Derek Brassard anticipated the play - after all, the Blackhawks are getting well-known for this particu...
The dreaded nine-game losing streak endured by a severely frustrated Chicago Blackhawks team came to an end on Thursday night with a victory over the best team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers.
Chicago now prepares to avoid a similar fate tomorrow afternoon when they are hosted by the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets. This will be the fifth of six meetings between the two clubs.
Despite the obvious appearance of the NHL's last place team in the standings, the Columbus Blue Jackets are 4-2 in their last six games. Now that's not necessarily anything to write home about, but compared to what the Hawks just went through, coupled with the fact that there is...
Ah New York, New York “I'm gonna make a brand new start of it In old New York. If I can make it there, I'd make it anywhere Come on, come through, New York, New York.” – Kander/Ebb lyrics
And make it there the Hawks certainly did. This game had everything, Two Original Six teams meeting who don’t normally see each other, historic Madison Square Garden and ey New Yawkers in the stands. If that was not enough to stir the blood, you had the classic offence versus defense and two teams on different trajectories.
I was not sure what to expect in this one except the Hawks had nothing to lose. What I was pleasantly surpris...
In their best game in the past nine starts, the Blackhawks still couldn't come away with a win.
It didn't help that Pekka Rinne was - well, being typical stonewall Pekka Rinne. It was a solid battle throughout and Chicago played a style of hockey they've been challenged to play for quite some time: tight defense and sustained pressuring offense. The difference was Ryan Ellis's late tally against Chicago, a soft goal at 14:18 that potentially could have been blocked by Andrew Shaw - and equally should have been stopped for Ray Emery.
Even if the Blackhawks did not win, the boost of having pushed the game to overtime would've been valuable - not only to their...