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Hawks dim Stars 6-2

 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...

Hawks fall to Capitals 3-2

In a preview of the Winter Classic that Blackhawks took on the Washington Capitals only at the United Center.  The game had Corey Crawford in nets for the Hawks and the Capitals had Braden Holtby in their nets.

The Hawks had complete control of the game for the first thirty five minutes of the game and were seemingly cruising to a home victory until the Capitals onslaught in the last five minutes of the second period with three goals at the end of the period by Andre Burakovsky, Marcus Johansson & Joel Ward to put the Capitals up 3-2 at the end of two periods.  Matt Niskanen provided assists on two of the goals.

The first Burakovsky goal seemed to spark Washingto...

Capitals at Blackhawks for preview of Winter Classic match-up

As the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals meet on January 1st for the annual Winter Classic, tonight's game is being billed as a preview of the NHL's must-see game of the year. Capitals' captain Alex Ovechkin (6G/7A/13pts) - a powerhouse scorer in his own right - has expressed admiration for Patrick Kane's (4G/5A/9pts) stickhandling skills, and the respect is returned from the Blackhawks' talented winger. The two play very different styles, but both are among the top scorers in the league, and both are very entertaining players. They, plus their many talented teammates, should make for an interesting game not only tonight, but on New Year's Day as well.&n...

Hawks welcome Calgary to United Center

After a long weekend off, the Hawks will face the Calgary Flames at home on Wednesday.  This contest marks the return of Brandon Bollig to the United Center for the first time since he was traded in the off-season for a third round pick.

 

The Flames have been busy in the beginning of the season, playing four games in comparison to the Hawks’ two.  Tonight is their second game in a back-to-back series, as they defeated Nashville in the shootout yesterda...

Blackhawks win first preseason game 2-1 in OT over Red Wings

Alright it is only preseason but it’s good to see the Hawks back on the ice where they belong. Even though pre-season games are just that there are several things that can be noted particularly since this is an audition for many of the younger players.

The Lines for the most part were Sharp-Toews-Hossa; Saad-Richards-Kane; Carey-Rasmussen-Morin & Mashinter-Danault-Bass. The Defensive pairing were Keith-Seabrook; Hjalmarsson-Dahlbeck & Rozsival-Cumisky.

Of the young forwards, Phillip Danault really stood out. He is very defensively responsible and was a faceoff monster at 67% which tied with the Captain for the highest percentage. Not too shabby. He also had two b...

Advanced Stats: An Introduction

The theme this summer in the NHL world was advanced stats, as ‘basement bloggers’ rose up and started to take their place in the big leagues.  Advocates for analytics including Darryl Metcalf (founder of ExtraSkater.com) Kyle Dubas, and Tyler Dellow, among others, have been snapped up by NHL teams as newly formed or expanded analytic departments become more valuable to teams.  As the ‘summer of analytics’ continues, it's leaving in its wake some confused and dubious fans asking themselves if corsi or fenwick, whatever they are, are actually that important.  They are, but it can ...

Hawks gear up to face LA Kings

The Hawks have a return engagement to the Western Conference Final with a very familiar opponent, in fact the same opponent as last year, the Los Angeles Kings. In a series that could be called the tournament of champions the Hawks and the Kings are the last two Stanley Cup Champions and are looking for more championships but must get past each other first.

Throughout these playoffs we have heard the terms resolve and resiliency used on several occasions when describing the Chicago Blackhawks. Now more than ever they will need to muster all of their resolve because the LA Kings have an equal amount and know how to win and what it takes.

The Los Angeles Kings have faced elimina...

Hawks gut the Blue Jackets 4-3

When one man goes down another needs to step up when several go down several need to step up and they certainly did. Stacey King, the Bulls broadcaster has a saying bring your “hard hat, lunch pal” game. Bring the blue collar work hard mentality and never quit. The Hawks had several candidates most notably the make shift line of Bickell, Regin and Morin who really stood out.  

Ben Smith scored the game winning goal with 3+ seconds left in regulation to deliver the gut wrenching blow to the Columbus Blue Jackets who are a team still looking to maintain or better their positioning in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. This had to delight Detroit, Philadelphia and...

Hawks down Stars on 'Teuvo Tuesday'

After a flat performance on Sunday against the Predators, the Hawks came out with a purpose and put away a 4-2 win against a Dallas Stars team desperate for points as the playoff race continues.  Corey Crawford was sharp in the win with 25 saves.

 

The buzz around the UC was that Teuvo Teravainen would be making his NHL debut.  He would get a cheer from the crowd on his first shift, and while he didn’t earn any points in his debut, he made a c...

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...