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Blackhawks Finish Islanders on Sharp's OT Goal

Last night was one of the few games of late this season when Blackhawks' team captain Jonathan Toews was not responsible for carrying his team on his shoulders in an effort to come away with two points.

Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa both had a goal and 2 assists a piece en route to a 3-2 overtime win for Chicago over the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum.

Ray Emery allowed only 2 goals on 33 shots for the Hawks and Chicago killed all 6 Islander power play attempts in the victory.

Marian Hossa opened the scoring midway through the first period for the Blackhawks on his power play goal from a feed by Patrick Kane. It was Hossa's 400th career NHL goal.

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Isles Fight Back to Grab Point Against Blackhawks

The Islanders took their five game points streak into Thursday night's matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Three Out Of Four Ain't Bad- Islanders/Blackhawks Pregame

The New York Islanders haven’t had many important December games recently.

That changes tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks Fall to Phoenix in Familiar Fashion

This story is becoming more and more familiar.

Despite rallying to erase a 3-0 deficit to tie the game late in the second period, the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to finish off a hard-working Phoenix Coyotes club in the shootout, losing 4-3.

Both Oliver Ekman-Larsson and former Blackhawk Radim Vrbata scored for Phoenix in the shootout, while red-hot Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews missed the net and Marian Hossa was stopped on his initial shot attempt (the only one that counts). 

It's difficult to pin-down the puzzling play of Blackhawks netminder, Corey Crawford, who struggled last night after a fairly solid start to the game. However, he was pulled for bac...

Blackhawks face Coyotes again

Is it groundhog’s day? Sure feels like it. Didn’t we just see these Phoenix Coyotes? Yes indeed the Blackhawks did just see the Yotes and without much success in their last encounter. It was less than a week ago when they fell 4-1 at the United Center in their first game back from the circus trip. In their first meeting in Phoenix the Hawks handled the Coyotes pretty well beating them 5-2 lets hope Monday’s game has these results.

The Phoenix Coyotes (13-9-3) come into Chicago after sustaining two straight losses to the Winnepeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers. They will be looking to right the ship when they visit the Madhouse on Madison. The Blackhawks (16-8-3) are ...

Chicago Blackhawks deliver the final blow to Blues with 5-2 win

 

If familiarity breeds contempt the age old adage certainly applies to Chicago Blackhawks/St. Louis Blues games. This was the 277th meeting between these two Central Division rivals. Going into this game I was very concerned for the Blackhawks on a number of fronts. I was hoping for some answers against an up and coming Blues team who beat the Hawks in their last meeting 3-0. The Hawks gave me some with a resounding exclaimation point. 

My concerns were the lack of defense in the Hawks zone, not by just the defensemen but by the forwards and goalies too. I was rightfully worried over the NHL’s worst PK and an inconsistent power-play.  I was looking for a ...

Islanders Look For Two Points Tonight In Dallas

The Islanders come off of a 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks to face the Dallas Stars. The Stars enter the game being a banged up team with a record of 15-9-1.

The Stars will start goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who has taken over the starting role recently after Kari Lehtonen substained an injury. Raycroft, the 31 year old netminder on his sixth NHL team, seems to have finally found the right home for him. Raycroft played earlier in his career with Boston, Toronto, Colorado, and Vancouver.

The Stars have had the offensive touch from Eric Nystrom lately, putting up points in 5 of his last 6 games.

The Islanders need to play the game they have been playing for the past week; putting pucks on net instead of just dumping the puck into the zone.

Although Jack Capuano has not announced tonight's starting goaltender, it would be assumed that Al Montoya will be the started. Montoya has been on fire this past week and there is absolutely no reason to sit him.

Coach Capuano should not have to scramble his lines for tonight's game looking back at last night's game. It is his defense he needs to be concerned about. It's usually the little things the defense does that cost the team and Jack needs to make sure the defense is on top of their game.

Tonight is meeting 1 of 2 this season between these two team and it should be an exciting one based on how these teams have been playing as of late.

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Blackhawks Head to St. Louis to Challenge Blues

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to continue their winning ways tonight when they matchup with the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks are coming off of an exciting 5-4 shootout win against the struggling New York Islanders last night and look to build on that success.

This will be the second matchup of the season for these two teams, with the Blues taking a decisive 3-0 shutout win on Nov. 8th on strong goaltending by Jaroslav Halak in Ken Hitchcock's coaching debut for his club. 

The St. Louis Blues have been a revelation since Ken Hitchcock took over for former Blues coach Davis Payne, going 8-1-2 since that time. The Blues don't have what ...

Isles Fall To Blackhawks in Shootout 5-4

Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks was arguably the most exciting game the Islanders have played in all season. The Islanders came into this game looking for their third straight win but came out with a well deserved point.

The Chicago native Al Montoya was the one chosen by Jack Capuano to start for the Isles. Montoya, playing in his third straight game, made some unbelievable saves throughout the whole matchup. Facing the Islanders was the 26 year old Corey Crawford.

But enough about the goaltenders, let's talk about the offense. It was a real positive to see the Islanders scoring creative goals. Poking at rebounds and capitalizing on special teams. In past games, the Isles have used the dump and chase method, which obviously has not been working. It was great to see players go to the next and try to make a play instead of players just throwing the puck at the net and hoping for the best.

Chicago's penalty kill has not been the best this season and the Islanders definitely capitalized, scoring two goals with the man advantage. But the Blackhawks had their share of capitalizing on special teams as well. Chicago was able to score a powerplay goal and a shorthanded goal against the Isles.

The goalscorers for the Islanders tonight were Kyle Okposo, Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, and scoring his first goal of the season was Nino Niederreiter. Focusing on Okposo, it really seems as if he is in his required game shape. He is making plays and hustling much better than he had in the beginning of the season.

The Blackhawks offense never quits either; with goals coming from Andrew Brunette, Ben Smith, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp.

So it came down to a shootout. Jonathan Toews was lone scorer and was able to claim victory over the New York Islanders, 5-4.

If the Islanders can play the way they have played in the last week for the rest of the season, they will be in good shape.

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Chicago pulls out win over the Islanders in a shootout

It was a sloppy win that felt more like a loss.

Last night, Chicago took on the NY Islanders at the United Center and came away with a 5-4 win in a shootout. The game was a mess on both sides of the ice, starting with the Blackhawks' too many men penalty at 2:28 that led to a PPG to open up the scoring, and reflected in the lopsided stats that marked the whole game.

Early in the first, Chicago had a couple good looks at the net and, as has often happened this season, came out strong. But a bad shift change led to that 2MM penalty, and Kyle Okposo put the Islanders on the board first at 4:07. Chicago tied it up at 10:27 with a very pretty pair of passes from Danie...