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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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Blackhawks calm the Hurricanes with 3-2 win

 

The Blackhawks came into the game with a somewhat depleted force. Out of the line up with injuries were Kane, Saad, Bickell and Rozsival. As the mantra goes, the next man up which gave recently called up Jeremy Morin a chance at some United Center Ice.

The injuries also forced coach Joel Quenneville to come up with some unusual line combinations out of necessity. The constant and familiar Corey Crawford however was in net for the Hawks. Anton Khodbin was in the Carolina net.

The Blackhawks dominated the first period with good puck control and dictated the pace and play of the game yet were unable to score. The period went scoreless.

All of the scoring came i...

Blackhawks calm the Hurricanes with 3-2 win

 

The Blackhawks came into the game with a somewhat depleted force. Out of the line up with injuries were Kane, Saad, Bickell and Rozsival. As the mantra goes, the next man up which gave recently called up Jeremy Morin a chance at some United Center Ice.

The injuries also forced coach Joel Quenneville to come up with some unusual line combinations out of necessity. The constant and familiar Corey Crawford however was in net for the Hawks. Anton Khodbin was in the Carolina net.

The Blackhawks dominated the first period with good puck control and dictated the pace and play of the game yet were unable to score. The period went scoreless.

All of the scoring came i...

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 fall short to Predators 3-2

The Chicago Blackhawks came into this game on the heels of a loss to a divisional foe. One would think that the cure is a win against another divisional opponent but unfortunately for the Blackhawks that did not happen as the Hawks lost again to another Central Division rival.

 As we are coming down the home stretch every divisional win and loss is big and in a year where the Hawks surprisingly have not done well against their own division a loss against the Predators looms large.  

The Hawks were outworked and lost every board battle in the first period. The energy and desire were absent. The results showed as Nashville was able to score twice on goals by Mike Fishe...

Blackhawks 5-2 win over Canucks gives Quenneville new record

With the Blackhawks' victory in Vancouver on Wednesday night, head coach Joel Quenneville became the NHL's 3rd-winningest coach in league history. To even coach 693 games at the NHL level is an achievement; to win that many, even more so.

At first, it looked like the game versus Vancouver would delay reaching that coaching milestone by another game or two.

The Canucks scored just 16 seconds into the game on a backhand shot by Chris Higgins. Tom Sestito would stretch the lead to 2-0 Vancouver  

But once the Blackhawks got on the board, there was no stopping them.

Marian Hossa opened the scoring for Chicago at 6:30 of the second with ...

13 Hawks earn points in dominant victory over Flyers

Philadelphia came to Chicago tonight looking for a game against one of the league’s top teams to use as a measuring stick for their own success.  After an embarrassing 7-2 thumping by the Hawks, they may want to reconsider that statement.  13 Blackhawk players would finish the game with at least a point, and Antti Raanta finished with a .933 SV%, proving yet again that he is a very capable goaltender.  Ray Emery, who started against his former team, would allow six goals on 18 shots.

The game got off to a rough start right away, when Sheldon Brookbank and Wayne Simmonds dropped the glove a...

The Pirri Predicament: Does he stay or go?

 

The Situation:

Ever since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the role of second line center has been a well-documented void that needs to be filled.  Patrick Sharp, who filled the role during the run, was moved to wing in 2011, and since then the Hawks have had a parade of centers attempting to fill the role, including  Marcus Kruger, Dave Bolland, and Patrick Kane.  While Michael Handzus seems to be the semi-permanent solution for now, the question remains if he will be able to keep up his strong play as age and injuri...

Hawks score twice in 9 seconds to stun Vancouver

 

The Hawks and Canucks rivalry has dimmed over the last year as the teams have not faced each other in two consecutive playoff series.  Tonight, however, the hockey didn’t disappoint and the game was fast and fiesty as the Hawks came from behind to take a 2-1 win.  The game was fast and tight, with a battle between goalies Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo, who went head to head and made 36 and 27 saves, respectively.

 

The game started with a ba...

Blackhawks head to Nashville for first of back-to-back games

 

The reunions keep rolling for the Blackhawks as they head to Nashville to play against former Hawks Viktor Stalberg and goalie Carter Hutton just two days after re-acquiring Kris Versteeg.  Versteeg will lace up against the very player who sent him away from the Hawks in a trade to Toronto, Stalberg, who signed as a free agent in Nashville this past summer.

This is the first of back to back games for the Hawks, as they’ll return to the United Center to face off against the San Jose Sharks, their last ho...