The Blackhawks hosted the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Sunday night, and it was a bad game. After the game, head coach Joel Quenneville called it a "carbon copy" of the loss to the Jets on Friday night.
Based on the score sheet, you can see how things went. Chicago outshot Dallas 41-34 (77-53 if you include blocked shots and missed shots), went 48% of the dot, but ultimately trailed 6-3. The Stars made it 2-0 by the 11-minute mark of the period on Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin goals - and the second goal was short-handed. While Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad (PPG) would even things up 2-2 for the home team, Vernon Fiddler would give the lead 3-2 back to the Stars...
The Hawks are preparing to face yet another Central division opponent early Sunday at the United Center. These divisional games are increasingly becoming more and more important. The Hawks are coming in off of a regulation loss to another divisional foe the Winnipeg Jets who have now closed the gap and are only two points behind the Hawks. The Hawks do have two games in hand on the Jets.
The Hawks came into this game looking to rebound from their Winter Classic loss in Washington and rebound in a big way they did against a hot Dallas Stars team. The Stars came into the game on a hot streak of winning eight of their last nine games and looking to surge towards a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The game also saw Teuvo Teravainen make his 2014/2015 debut rounding out the Hawks roster with Kris Versteeg out due to injury. Teravainen started on a line with Ben Smith and Joakim Nordstrom, however he played on multiple lines and a power play too. Play your game and have patience, this is the NHL and it takes time.
On a night that saw the Blackhawks honor Brad Richards’ 1000 game, the Hawks and the Stars got off to a fast start with a first period that saw everything from goals to a fight to an unfortunate lower body injury to Trevor Van Riemsdyk.
Corey Crawford was in the Hawks nets and Kari Lehtonen in the Stars nets. The Hawks lineup also saw some changes up front as well with Joakim Nordstrom in place of Peter Regin who was sent to Rockford. Daniel Carcillo also returned to the lineup which put Jeremy Morin as a healthy cratch.
The first period had plenty of offense with the Hawks starting the scoring first with a off the two on one rush beauty from Patrick Kane on the ne...
The last time that the Blackhawks and the Stars played, it was opening night in Dallas - a 3-2 shootout win for Chicago on October 9th.
It was also one of the rare games where the opponent outshot the Blackhawks this season.
Both teams currently sit just outside the wild card cutoff, with Chicago (19) a few points ahead of the Stars (16) in the surprising Central Division. We'll say surprising mostly for two reasons: 1) even with Pekka Rinne's healthy return and a new coach behind the bench, nobody expected Nashville to be doing this well so early in the season; and 2) nobody expected Winnipeg to be sitting at 3rd in the Central, ahead of Chicago, Dallas, and...
The Islanders will probably need to improve their regular season points-performance (79 or less in each of the last five years-excluding the lockout) by at least 26 points if they are to make the post-season.
The Islanders host the Dallas Stars Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum as they look to win their second game in a row coming off a thrilling victory Thursday night in Boston. (Image credit: flickr/ chiefx70)
Corey Crawford, Corey Crawford, Corey Crawford, that is all you need to know about the first two periods of last nights game. For those that complain the Crawford never has any goalie wins well here is the first of the season. For 40 minutes no one will argue he was the best player on the ice for the Hawks.
The ice was definitely tilted to the Hawks zone and as the Stars came out flying. It appeared they did not get the memo that the playoffs were over and the regular season had started or maybe they have something to prove.
The Hawks left Dallas as coach Quenneville said after having committed robbery. There is no way the Hawks should have won that game but then again isn’t that ...
The New York Islanders were able to pull arguably the biggest steal in the 2014 NHL Draft. They took Joshua Ho-Sang with the 28th overall pick. His talent is heralded and lauded unanimously throughout the ranks of hockey scouts but the jury is still out on ‘character’ issues.(Credit: Flickr/5of7)
Most teams decided that the inevitable headache waiting with his brash nature far outweighed his skill level.
For the Islanders, this was the perfect pick. A damaged draft stock with a player that felt beyond offended that he was passed up on created an immediate bond between a rejected franchise and rejected prospect.
This perceived disrespect from other teams will create a love for the Islanders logo on his jersey. Reason being, they were the only ones that gave him a chance.