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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...

Hawks Prepare to Battle Islanders

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to rebound tonight from their previous 4-1 trouncing by the defensive-minded Phoenix Coyotes when they get ready to face the struggling New York Islanders at the United Center. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. 

All too often goaltenders are evaluated solely based on their recent statistics with little consideration for how the team in front of them is playing. This tends to happen because, well, it's just easier.

Corey Crawford, who is expected to get the start tonight, has somewhat unfortunate statistics in his last 5 games. More specifically, it's difficult to pin-down the inconsistency of not jus...

Hawks Thoughts - Where's the defense?

Still think Chicago should make that bid for Bobby Ryan?

Right.

Be sure to check out TCL's newest Blackhawks' writer Maggie Avila's game recap from last night.

Here's a brief goal analysis of last night's joke of a 60 minute effort by your Chicago Blackhawks in their 4-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes:

PHX Goal #1 - They scored off a really poorly timed change by the Blackhawks where Hjalmarsson looked like he was just learning to skate for the first time. He looked lost throughout the entire game. The goal was a nice stuff attempt that Langkow made count. And if Andrew Brunette is your only forward backchecking during a situation like that, consider ...

Chicago Blackhawks - Home sick or sick at home

 

Home is where the heart is or at least the Blackhawks were hoping home is where another win is. Tonight the Hawks took on another Pacific division rival in the Phoenix Coyotes. They were hoping to continue their recent circus road trip successes against the Anaheim Ducks and the LA Kings.

The Blackhawks needed to keep the winning habit going especially against all of their Western Conference foes. Points are becoming critical. They are currently only 2 points ahead of Detroit which the Red Wings having two games in hand on the Blackhawks. In fact they are only 4 points ahead of these Coyotes in the Western conference again with the Yotes having 2 games in hand on the Bl...

Hawks Thoughts - Toews Keeps Proving His Worth

Captain Serious, a.k.a. Jonathan Toews, gets paid the big bucks for many reasons. He scores goals, he sets up plays, he digs out the puck in corners in order to set up said plays and he shuts down some of the most lethal opposing offensive threats in the NHL.

Of course, you already knew that.

Good players in the NHL can provide offense for their teams throughout the season on a consistent basis. Great players can do the same thing, while scoring the big goal when their team really needs it to steal the win from their opponents grasp just before the buzzer.

And then there is Jonathan Toews. Somewhow, Captain Serious is able to do all of those things and more. A lot of pla...

Islanders Skate To First Road Win!

The Prudential Center was as loud as it had been the entire night. The New Jersey Devils just tied the game at 3 with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.

Or did they?

 

After a league review in Toronto, it was determined that Zach Parise’s skate directed the puck into the net and the goal was overturned.

 

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Hawks Thoughts - Hawks Soar Over 'Nucks

Last night's 5-1 Blackhawks' victory over rival Vancouver was the perfect example of how a successful powerplay can seriously steal the momentum for your team. 

The Blackhawks did a great job of exposing the Canucks lack of offensive depth last night at Rogers Arena. Despite the addition of David Booth, trading away both Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm, along with the continued absence of Mason Raymond, significantly leaves Vancouver with limited offensive options. It also remains to be seen whether Ryan Kesler is really 100% after his intense surgery for a torn labrum in the offseason.

Granted, the Sedin Twins are still the NHL's best one-two punch when it ...

The State of Canuck Nation After Lopsided Chicago Loss

It doesn’t take any great hockey mind to look at the Canucks’ 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks to understand that something is really wrong with this team right now.  The Canucks are playing some of the most inconsistent hockey that we’ve seen in Alain Vigneault’s tenure in Vancouver. 

The Canucks came into the Chicago game riding a streak that had seen them put up 3 wins in their last 4 games.  While those numbers aren’t spectacular, it is worth noting that the style of play was significantly more “Canuck like” than the play we saw in October.  Finally, it looked as though the team was going to be able t...

November Notes

We are in mid-November, and it is time for my look at the Canucks this month thus far. The 'Nucks have played 7 games up till now (1 home, 6 road), and have managed to get 8 of 14 points. Brian Raiger takes a look at what the Canucks have done correctly and what they need to do for their remaining 6 games of the month and season ahead.

NOV. 1 - CANUCKS @ FLAMES - SCORE: 5-1 W

The key to any game is to have a successful first 20 minutes, come out hard hitting, get the puck deep, draw a penalty, and convert. This is what happened for the Canucks, scoring 3 goals in the first 20 minutes (2 of them with the extra man, and one of these PP goals coming with 19 seconds left in th...

Looking at the schedule ahead for the Blackhawks

There are certain games you get up for in the course of the season, and few tend to generate as much excitement within a fanbase as the first meeting of the year between bitter rivals. It's a date circled early on the calendar and loaded with anticipation.

The players get up for it, too, and they feed the media all the right quotes and give the fans the little wink-wink-nudge-nudge, and then .... they go out there and lay a big, fat egg - which is exactly what Chicago did last night against the Vancouver Canucks.

We've discussed the Blackhawks/Canucks rivalry and how last season ended often enough by now. The Blackhawks rol...