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Whom Will Garth Snow Be Targeting? Isles Free Agent Talk

Today is Canada Day, which marks the opening day of free agency in the National Hockey League – a day that captures the attention of every hockey fan that hopes their team will improve their roster the easiest way possible.

However, this year comes with a twist for Islanders country. In previous years, fans were desperately hoping that Garth Snow would be signing a slew of top players. This year, the Islanders have a team comprised of both veterans and young players that is on the rise looking to fill a few holes. With that being said, they are some important holes that must be filled with the right players.

The top line will still continue to boast John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, the latter being the recent subject of trade rumors. Since Okposo was not moved at the draft, it looks as if he will be staying in an orange and blue sweater for at least one more season.

Blackhawks face off against San Jose

After a tight 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night, the Blackhawks will face off against San Jose in a matinee showing to cap off their annual road trip with their dads.

 

The San Jose Sharks are in a bad place right now, both in the standings and off the ice. While they’ve won their last two games, they’re still three points out of a playoff spot behind Winnipeg and Los Angeles, who holds the last wild card spot. Add on top of that a disagreement...

Blackhawks shut out again vs Wild

The Blackhawks needed to start off solidly against the MN Wild after their annual Vegas trip. They certainly didn't expect to find themselves in an 0-2 hole after just 10 minutes of play -- or to suffer their second consecutive shutout loss, the first time that has happened since 2006.

Mikko Koivu opened the scoring unassisted at 7:40 in the first period. Jason Zucker would make it 2-0 at the 10-minute mark, and Mikael Granlund would put the final nail in the coffin late in the second.

However, one goal was all they needed, as the Wild held the Blackhawks to just 24 SOG. Compare that to the Wild, who had 24 SOG in the second period alone. Usually, it's the ot...

Hawks power past Avs to win 5-2

As has become tradition in the last few years on his birthday, Patrick Sharp scored a goal and the Hawks picked up a win, defeating the Avalanche 5-2 in Denver on Saturday night. Corey Crawford found redemption after getting pulled in his last start, stopping 23 shots while opposing netminder Calvin Pickard cooled off after being red-hot in his last three games.

 

Brent Seabrook earned first star of the game honors, picking up a goal in the win and taking away a golden...

Hawks win 2-1 in OT against the Nashville Predators

The Blackhawks came into the game off of a frustrating overtime loss to the Calgary Flames. They had close to 50 shots on goal with only one actual goal in the game and as this game wore on it was beginning to have that same feeling as the game against Calgary. The Hawks had 37 shots against Nashville, this time though the results were much different.

Again Corey Crawford was great in the Blackhawks net and kept them in the game when the Predators were surging in the third period. Surprisingly, it was not Pekke Rinne in the Preadtors nets but a name that Blackhawks and IceHogs fans should be very familiar with Carter Hutton.  Hutton has manned many a IceHogs net and Hawks net a...

'Zus strikes down Kings; Hawks force Game 6

In a matchup that felt more like a Game 7 than a Game 5, the Hawks and Kings put on a show in a 5-4 double OT win for the Blackhawks.  Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick both made 40 saves, and it was Michal Handzus who would put it away for the Hawks 2:04 into the second overtime period.

 

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on a power play just 1:13 into the first that had Drew Doughty in the box for tripping Jonathan Toews. Brent Seabrook let los...

Hawks shut out in Game 3 against Wild

After taking the first two games of the series, the Hawks came out flat in the third period and fell to the Wild 2-0 in Game 3. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who has been highly scrutinized after replacing the injured Darcy Kuemper in net, stopped 19 shots to get his first shutout this playoff season and his fourth career playoff shutout.  This loss also marked the eighth consecutive time the Hawks have lost the first road game in a playoff series, dating back to 2010.

 

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Hawks fall to Blues in first playoff game

The playoff series between the Hawks and Blues was expected to be a high-powered and physical, and the two teams did not disappoint in a raucous first game that resulted in a 4-3 triple OT victory for St. Louis.  Alexander Steen would get the winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period.

 

It was the Blues who would strike first less than five minutes into the first period, as Adam Cracknell got a tip-in past Corey Crawford to put St. Louis up.

Hawks defeat Wild in shootout; face Blue Jackets Friday

Battered, bruised, and missing their two marquee stars, the Hawks hosted the Wild at the United Center looking for two points and a spark in their play that’s been lacking in the last few contests.  They found both in a hard-earned 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild, despite forward lines thrown off because of injuries and a last-minute scratch of Johnny Oduya.

 

Minnesota would get on the board first, after a sho...

A closer look at Hawks' deadline moves

The trade deadline has come and passed for the 2014 season, and while the rest of the league was busy making blockbuster deals, the Hawks were quietly adding depth in a relatively low-key deadline. GM Stan Bowman has made similar moves like this in past few deadlines with minor acquisitions Michal Handzus last year and Johnny Oduya the year before, who, while not marquee names, were key role-players in the Hawk’s cup run last year.  At this year’s deadline, the Hawks got four new players- Peter Regin, David Rundblad, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Mathieu Brisebois.  Here’s a closer ...