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JvR fuels Flyers dramatic 5-4 win over Blackhawks

Here we go again.

A phrase that fans of the Philadelphia Flyers became very familiar with during Thursday night’s 5-4 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.

The first time they uttered the phrase came three minutes into the first period when Jimmy Hayes put the Blackhawks up by one.

The second time they cursed it when the Blackhawks tied the game on the back of two goals that occurred within 25 seconds of one another with six minutes left in the third.

The third time they erupted with it when James van Riemsdyk scored his second goal of the game to put the Flyers ahead for good with 33 seconds remaining in regulation.

It ISN’T always sunny in Philadelphia – Hawks lose 5-4 to Flyers

 

I knew this game would be emotional for the Blackhawks going back to Philadelphia where they won the Stanley Cup. I’m not sure if it was seeing the sea of orange jerseys or having my blood rise at the sight of Scott Hartnell but I was ready for a thrilling game between two teams and it did not disappoint. While these teams’ rosters have changed significantly and despite the fact they do not face each other often, there would be deep emotions running between them.

Both teams heading into this game were coming off of disappointing losses. The Blackhawks were looking for a win to keep pace in the Western Conference where they now reside in second behind their o...

Where there is smoke, there is Bryzgalov

Ilya Bryzgalov’s time in Philadelphia has been contentious to say the least.

Coming into town on the back of one of the most dramatic shakeups in team history (in addition to one of the largest contracts in league history), the 31-year old goaltender had a giant “X” on his back long before he ever wore an orange sweater.

For a franchise that has had inconsistency at the position since the late 1970s, Bryzgalov is expected to add stability to a role that has been lacking.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case thus far.

Matt Brigidi explains why there is no reason to worry about Bryzgalov

Game preview: Blackhawks return to Philadelphia

The last time that the Chicago Blackhawks played on Philadelphia ice, they did it hoisting aloft the Stanley Cup in June of 2010.

The two teams met late last January, too - when the Flyers readily beat the Blackhawks 4-1 at the United Center. At the time, Chicago had turned over half its roster in the post-Cup win salary cap purge, and the team was struggling to find its footing; they've come a long way since then.

This year, the Flyers know what the Blackhawks went through - they, too, turned over a great deal of their roster this summer following another disappointing year in the playoffs, and were thoroughly rebuilt. When the Blackhawks and Flyers drop the puc...

Numerous roster changes for Blackhawks

Since Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Chicago Blackhawks roster has seen a number of changes.

First, the injuries. Steve Montador and Marcus Kruger were both placed on Injured Reserve. Montador missed the game against Edmonton with an upper body injury and Kruger has been out since December 26th with a concussion. According to head coach Joel Quenneville, Kruger’s recovery had a setback on Tuesday.

Jimmy Hayes had already been called up from Rockford to replace Kruger (who was initially replaced by Brandon Pirri) and has been impressive in limited minutes through his first two games.

The Daniel Carcillo hit, and subsequent injury, on Edmonton&rs...

Oilers vs Blackhawks like Oil and Water as Oilers down Hawks 4-3

 

With the first game in the New Year the Chicago Blackhawks were looking to continue their winning ways from December. The last time they played the Oilers in Edmonton it was a complete debacle in Alberta. This however is the season of resolutions and after some soul searching as a team and a new year I thought would bring a new result but I was wrong.

The Blackhawks needed to stay out of the penalty box as the Edmonton Oilers have a good power play and rank fourth overall in the NHL but just couldn’t do it.  I was also looking for improvement on the Blackhawks power play and continued stellar defense as the previous games with Edmonton were high scoring but n...

Blackhawks Seek Revenge vs Edmonton

The last time these two teams met, the result was a lopsided blowout and a 9-2 victory for the Edmonton Oilers. Since that meeting on November 19th, the teams have gone in opposite directions.

The Chicago Blackhawks sit at the top of the Western Conference with 52 points, having gone 10-2-1 in the month of December. On the other hand, the Oilers have gone 3-11-1 in their last 15 games, have lost their last 3 games in a row, as well as 7 straight on the road, and sit 13th in the West, 10 points behind the 8th and final playoff spot.

The Blackhawks will look to start 2012 much like they finished 2011 after beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-2, but they won't be at full-strength...

Round 1: Blackhawks edge Red Wings, 3-2

Five more of those please!

The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings put on sixty minutes of playoff-like hockey in front of a season high 22,166 at the United Center Friday night and the Hawks prevailed in the end with a 3-2 victory.

For sixty minutes, it seemed as though the only stoppages in play were for the two intermissions. The game opened with five or six minutes of continuous, back-and-forth action before the first whistle was ever blown.

Justin Abdelkader gave the Red Wings the early lead half-way through the first period after a big rebound was given up by Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. It seemed to sit there in the slot forever after the initial Drew Miller ...

Close Match Between Detroit and Chicago

The Detroit Red Wings fall short in a fast-paced game with a 3 to 2 loss against the League-Leaders, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Photo Credit: Detroit Red Wings Official Website

First Period: The first period started very physical between the two teams. We even saw a fight from Bertuzzi and Carcillo. The first goal came after 9 minutes of play to the Red Wings. Abdelkader scored a goal with an assist from Miller. Only 5 minutes later, Toews headed towards the net and the refs made a terrible hooking call to Lidstrӧm, giving Toews a penalty shot. The penalty shot turned into a goal that tied the game. The Wings had the...

Blackhawks Season Series vs Red Wings Begins Tonight

It's hard to believe that halfway through the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings are just now meeting for the first of six times tonight when the Hawks host the Wings at the United Center.

Over the last ten games, statistically speaking, the Blackhawks and Red Wings share virtually identical stats all around. Both teams have played very well of late. Chicago sports a 7-2-1 record in their last ten, while Detroit shares similar success with a 7-3 record through ten games. Chicago is tied with Vancouver for the NHL lead in the standings with 50 points, while Detroit sits not far behind Chicago with 47.

Perhaps the most jarring statistic regarding th...