Just over eight months ago, the Minnesota Wild made all the difference in the world to the Chicago Blackhawks.
On the afternoon of April 10th, the Blackhawks lost at home to the Detroit Red Wings in game 82 of their season. Although the Blackhawks held a 2-point lead over the Dallas Stars in the standings, everybody - from the fans right through to the players - assumed the season was over. Minnesota hadn't been playing well; the Wild had been out of the playout race for several games. All the Stars needed to do was beat the Wild - and, tied at 97 points with Chicago, the tiebreaker would put Dallas, not the Blackhawks, into the playoffs.
Lost in the goalie mix since the 2011 playoffs is Johan Backlund?
Backlund started one game for the Flyers in March 2010 and left after two periods due to a groin injury. He was out until the playoffs where during the second round comeback against Boston. He played just over one minute of game action in relief of Brian Boucher.
In 2010-11, Backlund spent most of the season as the Phantoms starter, before Michael Leighton arrived in January via waivers.
This season, he was part of a three goalie rotation with the Phantoms with Leighton and Jason Bacashihua before suffering a hip injury in November.
The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks battled it out for a 0-1 game in California at Thanksgiving. Since that game, the Sharks had gone 2-5-0, including being shut out twice on the road (Kings; Blues). In the same stretch, Chicago went 5-1-1.
San Jose came into Sunday night's game as the 3rd game in 4 days, on the heels of Saturday’s 0-1 loss in St. Louis, while Chicago had only played twice in the past six days, with their last game being Thursday night on Long Island.
Given these circumstances, one might guess that Chicago would have looked like the more dominant team, not just to open the game but throughout the 60 minutes.
The Chicago Blackhawks (17-8-4) taken on a familiar face when Antii Niemi and his San Jose Sharks roll into the United Center on Sunday. I’m sure Sharks coach Todd McLelland will have Antii Niemi in goal tonight even though he just went last night in goal when the Sharks fell 1-0 to the Blues.
Antii Niemi always seems to play his best against his former teammates or maybe he still feels he has something to prove to them parting ways with him. Last year the Sharks won 3 out of the 4 contests with him in the nets when facing the Blackhawks. This will be the second meeting this year and Niemi already posted a 1-0 shutout to his former team. Ray Emery will be in ...
The Islanders, who are boasting the worst offense in the league with only a dismal 59 goals for (the second worst team is the L.A. Kings with 63), were heavily criticized for one specific thing over the past three months; not scoring enough goals. (Shocking, right?)
After being shutout several times this year, the Isles were becoming a one-trick pony; if the line of Moulson-Tavares-Parenteau wasn't scoring, then there wasn't anything to worry about if you were the opposing team. However, the Isles have been on a recent streak after coming away with points in their past six games played.
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.
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...
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 ...