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Blackhawks head to Nashville for Round 1 - let the playoffs begin!

The Blackhawks finished out their season in a ho-hum 3-2 loss to the Avalanche. Since Colorado had already been eliminated and Chicago was already locked into third in the Central, Coach Joel Quenneville opted to rest a few of his top players in advance of next week's playoffs. So the team can be forgiven for playing less than their best, in a game that ultimately had no meaning for them.

With the regular season finished, the Blackhawks end with a record of 48-27-6 (102 points), and a +41 goal differential. Corey Crawford, who finished with a record of 32-20-5, 2.27 GAA, and .924 sv%, shares William Jennings Trophy honors with the Canadiens' Carey Price (44-16-6, 1.96 G...

Crawford steals two points for Blackhawks against Hurricanes

Corey Crawford stole a game for the Chicago Blackhawks that they had no business winning, making 43 stops in a 3-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. Andrew Shaw scored twice and Patrick Sharp also added a goal as the Hawks moved to within two points of the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues in the Central Division.

 

Carolina, well out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, looked every bit like the team in ‘rebuilding’ mode in the first...

Blackhawks wash away Islanders; head to NYC to face Rangers

The Blackhawks are 5-0-1 in March (8-1-1 in their past ten) and have outscored opponents 19-8 in the past six games.

Patrick Kane who?

Corey Crawford has gone .961 sv% in March. The top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp is suddenly on fire. The power play is scoring, the penalty kill has been doing its thing.

The switch, as they say, has been flipped.

Chicago didn't steamroll the Islanders, but they played a very solid game against one of the best teams in the East. Jaroslav Halak and Nick Leddy were out for the Isles due to injuries. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa scored two goals apiece.

Andrew Shaw left t...

Hawks harpoon the Sharks 6-2

The Hawks and the Sharks faced off in a matinee tilt with both teams coming in needing points in the competitive Western Conference but for different reasons. The Hawks wanted to gain points looking to possibly stay within striking distance of the division lead and keeping those in the rear view mirror way far behind in the mirror. The Sharks are outside the playoffs and needed the points more than the Hawks but perhaps they are the team with the internal turmoil in the organization with cross words between management and Joe Thornton being waged in the media.

The Hawks also continued on the Fathers trip and maybe they want to keep the dads for a while, because this game was exactly...

Hawks fall in overtime to Rangers 1-0

The Hawks and Rangers squared off in an Original Six match up that had all the feelings of a playoff game. In a scoreless regulation game there was plenty of action in what turned out to be a goalies dual between the Blackhawks Corey Crawford and Rangers Cam Talbot.

The goaltending was outstanding particularly by Crawford who had to face 16 shots on goal in the first period. The Hawks were heavily outplayed in the first period.  Lately I would say Crawford is owed some dinners by his team mates because he got them this point and has been keeping them in these games.

 What let the Blackhawks down was once again was their power play that went zilch for four. Their inab...

Blackhawks pull out shoot out win over Oilers

The Blackhawks have improved to 3-1-0 without Patrick Kane (broken clavicle) in their lineup. But they sure aren't making it easy on themselves along the way.

While they won 2-1 in the shootout tonight, they were lucky to get to overtime. They allowed the Oilers 47 SOG (+20 attempts blocked/9 missed shots) - 18 in the first period alone - while only managing 39 SOG (+22/17) of their own. Corey Crawford has gone 3-0-0 in his last three starts, including a shut out, with a .968 sv%: Chicago's challenges aren't on his shoulders. Ben Scrivens took the loss for the Oilers despite an excellent performance.

Derek Roy had the first goal of the game with 4:45 left...

Hawks shut out Panthers; face Lightning tonight

In their first game back without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks played one of their best games of the season in first game of a back-to-back series. Corey Crawford got his first shutout of 2015 in a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

 

Teuvo Teravainen scored in his first contest back with the club after being recalled to replace Kane when he was placed on LTIR. Just over three minutes into the game, Teravainen dangled in close and let loose a shot that found it&r...

Blackhawks get wakeup call in 6-2 loss to Bruins

There it is, Blackhawks’ fans- the wakeup call that Chicago has needed for a while now has finally arrived.

Sunday’s game wasn’t so much a contest as it was a clinic by the Bruins, who pounded the Blackhawks 6-2 in a game where the Hawks just couldn’t seem to catch a break. Corey Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots, while Tuukka Rask finished the game with a .929 sv%.

 

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Hawks preparing for the Boston Bruins

It seems really odd to type that both the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are coming into this game struggling. Boston is struggling a bit more and on the offensive side of the puck as they are currently ranked 22nd in the league and have had a hard time finding the back of nets.  Now with David Krejci out this will not help the Bruins scoring cause.

The Hawks in the meantime have had their own issues, with too many turnovers in their own end and lack of net front presence and production from their bottom lines to balance a scoring attack. Captain Jonathan Toews in his post game presser called his team out for lack of emotions and being unprepared. It will be interesti...

Hawks ready to face Red Wings

After coming from the All-Star break looking less than their best, the Blackhawks are looking more like their usual selves heading into Wednesday’s matchup agains the Red Wings. With points in their last six games, the Blackhawks are looking to keep a two-game win streak going against Detroit, who are winless in their last three games.

 

The Blackhawks have a lot of things going their way. The return of Kris Versteeg to the lineup has bolstered the forward depth,...