After one of the shortest off-seasons in pro sports history, the Chicago Blackhawks are opening their training camp on the road.
Spending a lot of time on the road early in the abbreviated 2013 season didn't seem to hurt the Blackhawks; after all, they not only set a league record to open the season, but went on to win both the President's Trophy and the Stanley Cup. The players seem eager to prove that this year, there will be no "Stanley Cup hangover".
With a shortened summer and just a few days before pre-season games get underway, having training camp at Notre Dame allows the team to focus on camp without the distractions of home, and allows for the ...
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...
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.
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...
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 ...
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...
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...