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Hawks shutout against division rivals Preds; fall in Central division standings

The Hawks have had trouble with the Nashville Predators all season, and after a reassuring win against the Hurricanes on Friday, went back to square one in a shutout loss agains their division rivals.  Pekka Rinne would make 29 saves in a lackluster effort by Chicago, who’s inconsistent play is becoming more concerning as the playoffs approach.  The loss dropped Chicago six points behind the division-leading Blues, who earned two more points today in a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

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Hawks hand Blues first division loss in regulation

The Blues may be atop the Central Division at the moment, but it was their rivals the Hawks that walked away with a victory on Wednesday night at the UC.  Corey Crawford woud make 23 saves as the Hawks defeated the league-leading Blues in a 4-0 victory, their first division regulation-loss in the entire season.

 

The game was fast and physical from start to finish, and it was the Hawks who would get on the board first with a power play blast from...

Hawks hold on against Sabres

After beating the Blue Jackets soundly on Thursday, the Hawks traveled from Chicago to Patrick Kane’s hometown of Buffalo, where they defeated the Sabres 2-1. Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago took the win.

 

The Hawks came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and jumped to an early lead on a goal by Kane, who sped through all the Buffalo defenders to put one past Enroth.

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Blackhawks prepare to face Sabres in Buffalo

The Blackhawks are set to go against the now depleted Buffalo Sabre. Since the trade deadline the Sabres have seen key components to their team gone in a rebuilding effort. The Sabres have no hopes of making the playoffs this year and have culled their lineup to reconstruct for the future.

 Gone now are Matt Moulson, Steve Ott and of course star netminder Ryan Miller.  While this may seem like a gimme game for the Blackhawks this is also a trap game as well if the Hawks look past the team along Lake Erie.  The Hawks still have to gather in as many points as they can with only 18 games left in the regular season.

 The Colorado Avalanche are right behind them...

Hawks overwhelmed by Avalanche in return to the United Center

After a dominant win against the Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday, the Hawks would drop their third game this season to the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-2 home loss at the United Center.  Semyon Varlamov was stellar in net, stopping 36 shots for the Avs, while Corey Crawford would take the loss for the Hawks.

 

Maxime Talbot would get the Avalanche on the board first on Colorado’s 5th shot of the game off of a sneaky redirect near the left faceoff dot.

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Late push not enough as Hawks fall to Rangers

Six Blackhawks came home from Sochi with hardware, but their success at the Olympics didn’t translate back in the Hawk’s first game after the Olympic break as they fell to the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden.  The Ranger’s backup netminder Cam Talbot was outstanding, making 31 saves and outplaying Corey Crawford, who had 22 stops in a losing effort.

 

The Rangers would get on the board first after a back and forth first period that had good ...

Kane scores twice as Hawks sweep series against Kings

 

The Hawks entered their 6,000 NHL game as a franchise with one goal in mind- to rebound from a rough shootout loss against the Sharks, and they celebrated the occasion by finishing off a series sweep of LA. Patrick Kane would score twice while Corey Crawford was stellar with 31 saves as the Hawks continue their west coast road trip, having earned six out of eight possible points so far.

 

The Hawks got ...

Blackhawks bitten by the Sharks 2-1 in shoot out

The best cure for a struggling hockey team is to play an equally struggling hockey team. In their final regular season meeting of this season both the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks meet each other at not their best. Both clubs came in having their struggles.

The game was scoreless for the first two periods which may have been indicative of each of the clubs struggles. Another explanation the goaltenders were at their best which Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi were for their clubs. Hard to imagine with both of the powerhouse offenses these teams have. San Jose has been bitten by injury to key offensive players.

The game even though it was scoreless for forty minutes...

Hawks burn out in OT; face Canucks Wednesday

 

The Hawks continued a disturbing trend of taking games to OT and not being able to collect the extra point as they fell to the Calgary Flames in overtime to kick off a 6-game road trip.  Both starting goalies were pulled as the points racked up, but the Flames would ultimately emerge victorious as the Hawks dropped their fourth game in a row.

 

The Flames would get on the board early with a backhan...

Hawks fall to Jets 3-1

In their last home game til March 4th a familiar recent script was played out again. The Hawks dominate forty minutes only to fade in the third period and lose the game. Unfortunately this time they could not even push the Winnipeg Jets to overtime or a shoot out.

There is no question the Hawks look tired and maybe a little bored. The Olympic break cannot get here quick enough or maybe road life will help to rejuvenate the struggling Hawks.

The lone Hawks tally came in the first period from Brandon Bollig. He was wrapping around the Jets’ net and as he was falling down somehow shot the puck and squeezed it past the Jets’ goalie Al Montoya and the near post.

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