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TCL Blackhawks Podcast: Episode Seventeen - Post-Season Wrap Up

Tune in for the latest episode of our Blackhawks podcast!  Stream live or watch it later! 

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Chicago Blackhawks, 2013 Stanley Cup Champions

The game ending could have been lifted from some hockey movie.

It had seemed like everybody had predicted the Boston Bruins would win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks wouldn't stand up to the Bruins' style of play, it was said. Although Chicago held the 3-2 going into Game 6, Boston had proven themselves solid at home. Anticipation was high for a return to Chicago for an epic Game 7.

The game unfolded that way, too. The Bruins grabbed the lead early, on a Chris Kelly goal 7:19 into the first. Boston was controlling the game, dominating the first by a wide margin.

Jonathan Toews got Chicago on the board 4:24 into the second, tying the game as Chicago...

Chicago can win the series tonight; Boston hopes to force a Game 7

Both teams have been in this position before.

In 2010, the Blackhawks were headed into Philadelphia for Game 6, up 3-2 in the series against the Flyers. In 2011, it was Boston at home, down 2-3 versus the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks. Both teams won their respective games.

These aren't the same Blackhawks. These aren't the same Bruins.

Both teams have a number of core players who were on their Cup-winning teams before. Those players know what has to be done and have to lead the way for the rest. Nobody can doubt that any player on other team doesn't have the will and desire to do whatever needs to be done to close out the series.

For...

Bruins shut out Blackhawks 2-0; take 2-1 series lead

Before the puck even dropped to start the game, an unpleasant surprise happened for the Blackhawks: winger Marian Hossa was a last-minute scratch when he was injured during warmups. Rookie Ben Smith filled his spot on the roster, and Coach Joel Quenneville started his line shake-ups early, looking for some fresh chemistry against the Bruins.

The problems that have plagued Chicago this series are not new; some of them stretch back over the past two seasons. The team struggling to enter the offensive zone on power plays is a big one. They also continue to lack any net-front presence, not really forcing the opposing goalie to work for the big saves and early dirty goals. Individua...

Blackhawks need to dig deep as SCF heads to Boston

The series is a long way from over, now down to a best-of-five, as the Blackhawks and Bruins head to Boston tied 1-1.

Before the series started, the series could be argued in favor of either team, although many hockey folks seemed to favor the Bruins. "Zdeno Chara will shut them down," "Tuukka Rask is riding a hot streak" - as if that was all it would take.

Both Chara and Rask have showed themselves to be human and beatable in the first two games. The first game (an instant classic, with three overtimes) displayed both sides of Rask. In that game, Chicago scored four goals on the Finnish netminder - twice as many as the Penguins had managed in an ...

Hawks fall to Bruins in OT 2-1

After coming off of that marathon game on Wednesday night the Chicago Blackhawks came out in the first period on fire and thoroughly dominated the Bruins.  The Shots were 19-4 in favor of the Hawks.  The unfortunate thing is they only had one goal to show for all their efforts.

The goal was scored by Patrick Sharp after a flurry of shots were blasted at the Bruins netminder with Tuukka Rask down Sharp was able to get the puck past him for the Hawks lone goal of the night.  The Hawks team speed was evident in the first period as they were much faster than the Bruins.

There was another goal that was disallowed due to the whistle being blown.  Whether it was t...

Game One Recap/Game Two Preview-Stanley Cup Finals

Game One Recap/Game Two Preview

CHI @ BOS

7:00 PM

During the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks outlasted the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a game that needed three overtime periods to settle. The game was a microcosm of the Blackhawks playoff run. The team was down two goals at one point to only mount a comeback to tie the game in the third period. Andrew Shaw scored the game winning goal.  Other goals were scored by Brandon Saad,Dave Bolland and Johnny Oduya. 

The United Center crowd witnessed one of the biggest playoff wins in Chicago sports history. The two teams went back and forth until the game winning goal was scored right...

TCL Blackhawks Podcast: Episode Fifteen

Tune in for the latest episode of our Blackhawks podcast!  Stream live or watch it later! 

Podcast starts at 8 pm CT tonight!  If you're watching live, submit questions to @TCLBlackhawks on twitter! 

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Blackhawks Defeat Bruins in 4-3 Triple-OT

 

Blackhawks Defeat Bruins 4-3 in Triple Overtime. 

 

It took just over 112 minutes of ice time for them to do it, but the Chicago Blackhawks are skating away from Game 1 with a well-deserved win over the Boston Bruins. 

 

The Eastern Conference Champions ...

Comparing the Blackhawks and Bruins: analysis by their playoff numbers

As the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks prepare to face off against one another in Chicago on Wednesday night, let's take a look at both teams by their playoff numbers thus far.

Boston has had 22 players dress in 16 games. Their top two scorers (Krejci and Horton) are not their top regular season scorers. (Their top scorers, in order, during the regular season were Marchand [36], Krejci/Seguin/Bergeron [32]). There is a gap in production after those two, although the next four top scorers (Marchand, Lucic, Bergeron, Chara) are much closer in scoring. The Bruins have 6 players with an average TOI of over 20:39; their highest is Chara with 29:21, who plays 5:11 more/gam...