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Stalberg nets hat trick, Hawks beat Blue Jackets 5-2

It wasn't necessarily pretty, but it was a badly needed victory for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks were able to overcome 42 penalty minutes to snap a 4-game losing streak and earn their first win of 2012.

Things did not start out well for the Blackhawks. They were outshot 11-5 in a scoreless first period and experienced their biggest scare of the season to date.

A Duncan Keith slap shot was deflected off the skate of a diving Blue Jacket and connected right on the left temple of Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Toews immediately lost his balance and fell head-first into the post. To add insult to injury, the puck richocheted off Toews, then off the post and...

Blackhawks look to turn their fortunes taking on Columbus Blue Jackets


Everybody at some point in their lives must go through a spell when things just do not seem to go your way. Maybe it’s poor luck or missteps with your timing or bad news one receives. We all have experienced this or had patches when you might not feel like yourself and things just are a little askew. The Blackhawks are now in one of these patches and are looking oddly enough for their first win in 2012.


The Blackhawks are coming into this game having lost their last four games. To make matters even worse they have also lost their sharpshooter Patrick Sharp for the next 3-4 weeks. He is second on the team behind Jonanthan Toews in goals scored with twe...

Hawks Bounce Flat in Loss to Wings

The Chicago Blackhawks just got a little too cautious at the end of the game last night against the Detroit Red Wings leading 2-1 with less than five minutes to play in the third period.

In only their second season matchup against division rival, Detroit, the Blackhawks were looking to break out of a 3 game slump that started on January 2nd, 2012, only to extend it with a 3-2 overtime loss against their "neighbors" to the east. Detroit backup goalie, Ty Conklin stopped 29 of 31 Chicago shots for the win, while Corey Crawford finished the night stopping 24 of 27.


The Blackhawks got off to a great start scoring two goals within the first five minutes of th...

Hawks looking to bounce back against Wings


The Blackhawks have not gone into the new year playing very well to say the least. They are looking to turn that all around against divisional foe Detroit Red Wings today.  The last time in fact that the Blackhawks have won a game has been against Detroit that’s how long it’s been.

The last time these two teams meet at the UC the Hawks won 3-2 in which they played a very good game. In that game that saw a Toews penalty shot goal and Brent Seabrook continued his career successes against the winged wheel jerseys. Crawford had a stellar game as well to help his team hang on to win.

They may have only played one another nine days ago but it seems like...

Blackhawks Buried by Rolling Avalanche

Semyon Varlamov stopped all 25 Chicago Blackhawks shots he faced en route to Colorado Avalanche's dominating 4-0 victory last night.

Simply put, the Blackhawks were out-skated at almost all parts of the ice and Corey Crawford was no where near as sharp as his opponent, Varlamov, was at the United Center last night.

The Blackhawks did have some decent scoring chances in their 25 shots against the Avalanche defense, but last night, Colorado was just the better team and Varlamov was just the better goaltender.

David Jones opened the scoring for Colorado mid-way through the first period when he tipped-in defenseman Erik Johnson's point shot. And after that, it was al...

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...