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Game One Recap/Game Two Preview-Stanley Cup Finals

Game One Recap/Game Two Preview

CHI @ BOS

7:00 PM

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...

Blackhawks take 3-1 series lead with 3-2 Game 4 win

With the Blackhawks out of Duncan Keith's services for the evening on Thursday night, other players were going to have to step up in a big way.

Unfortunately for Sheldon Brookbank, he wasn't the solution, going -2 and logging just 6:50 of ice time. In comparison, the only forward even close to him in minutes was Viktor Stalberg at 8:47.

However, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival, and Niklas Hjalmarsson were very noticeable in a good way for the game, making up for the missing Keith. Between them, they were +4 with 3 assists, 4 hits and 4 blocked shots.  

Once again, the Kings were first on the board, with a goal by Slava Voynov just 3:28 into the ...

Blackhawks at Stars: Game Preview

CHI@DAL- Game Preview

7:00pm CST

The Chicago Blackhawks are back on track and ready to perform tonight in Dallas against the Stars for the second time this season.

The Hawks prevented a three game skid on Thursday night, taking the shootout win over the stellar looking Blue Jackets 2-1 to end the Chicago/Columbus series.

The Blackhawks (22-2-3) brought up big Jimmy Hayes to fill the 2nd line spot left empty by Patrick Sharp and his shoulder injurt that will have him off the ice another 2-3 weeks. Hayes filled the position well, but more importantly the solid 3rd and 4th lines were restored to early season form and Johnny Oduya notched his first goal of the season.<...

Blackhawks Edge Canucks; Extend Points Streak to 16 Games

 

Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout and Marian Hossa added two goals in regulation to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to 13-0-3 on the season.

As the horn sounded to signal the end of regulation with the score knotted at three goals apiece, Chicago officially tied the NHL-record-holding 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks by starting the season with sixteen consecutive games without a regulation loss. That Anaheim squad lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup at season’s end, and dreams of a second parade in three years are surely dancing in the heads of Blackhawk fans across the state of Illinois tonight.

Chicago entered tonight’s shootout with a paltry 1-3 r...

Blackhawks crown Kings

The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from their best start in franchise history with a 3-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings Sunday night. The team’s point streak hits 15. The Blackhawks have yet to lose a game in regulation this season.

The Hawks scored two goals in the first period and a third in the second period. Goals were scored by Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp. Duncan Keith assisted on two of the team’s goals.

Kings Center Mike Richards scored two power play goals in the third period to cut the Hawks’ lead to one.

Hawks netminder Ray Emery, who made his second start in a row, had 27 saves in ...

Hawks snatch one from Calgary in 3-2 shootout win

Photo by Maggie Avila

 

The Blackhawks came out of Calgary with a win that they had no business winning but isn’t that what great teams do? They literally snatched a win for what certainly should have been defeat. While they were doing that, back in Chicago and Blackhawks fans everywhere were going through just about as many heart palpations as Ray Emery had logic defying moves.

The Blackhawks came into the Saddledome road weary with having played in Vancouver just 24 hours earlier to face a rested and motivated Calgary Flames. Luckily for the Blackhawks they packed their Ray Bans because it was Ray Emery banning almost everything from the Hawks net.

Hawks finding the right fit

This past week Hawks GM Stan Bowman was a busy man. He was signing players left and right which, I’m sure some Hawk fans are happy about and others are not. You can’t please everyone. In any event the Blackhawks are sure active this off season and it appears are gearing up for something. This week the Hawks inked two returning veterans in Jamal Mayers RW/C and Johnny Oduya D which I think were solid returns.

Jamal Mayers was signed to a one year deal for approximately $600,000. Like I mentioned in a previous blog this signing is a little surprising because Mayers sat on the bench for most of the playoffs. Still Mayers brings veteran experience and grit that the Hawks are...

Islanders Have Tough Off-Season Decisions to Make

With the New York Islanders heading into another off-season without a playoff berth, the team will look to solidify its young core through the NHL draft, trades, and signings of free agents. (Robert Kowal/Flickr)

While the Isles might not be fortunate enough to land Nail Yakupov in this year's NHL Entry Draft, the team should focus on trying to scout the best defenseman out of this year's draft. Names like Trouba, Dumba, Rielly, Murray, and Reinhart are headlining the list of premier d-men that will be available to the Islanders come draft day in June.
Drafting a young defenseman will probably be the right choice for the Isles, but one can't simply ignore that New York has holes to fill for the 2012-2013 NHL Season. Mike Mottau, Milan Jurcina, Mark Eaton, and Steve Staios tried to do their jobs as veteran rearguards, but it was painfully obvious on certain nights that the Islanders' d-men were simply outmatched. If the Islanders want to stay in contention in a highly competitive Atlantic Division, then General Manager Garth Snow must exhaust all of his resources toward signing or acquiring a top 4 defenseman.

Blackhawks sweep season series vs Rangers

The last time the Blackhawks and Rangers met up, it was a couple weeks ago in New York, and the boys in red were riding a 9-game losing streak at the tail end of their epic February road trip. On Friday night, it was the Rangers coming into the United Center on a short losing streak, and the Blackhawks looking to bounce back after a rough 1-5 loss in St. Louis.

Johnny Oduya was acquired from Winnipeg at the trade deadline, and it wasn't expected that he was going to be some kind of miracle cure for what has ailed Chicago. The Blackhawks have gone 4-1-0 in the games since the trade deadline, however, and Oduya has soaked up an average just over 21 TOI per game since his arri...

Blackhawks head to the house of Blues tonight

 

Chicago briefly stumbled after posting some excellent wins at the end of their epic February road trip; they've now won the first two games of a three-game road trip, taking contests against Detroit and Ottawa.  Tonight, the Blackhawks roll into St. Louis for the 4th of six games against the Blues this season. So far, Chicago is 2-1-0 versus the Blues, including being shut out during their first match up of the year. St. Louis boasts one of the best home records of the season, and a pair of goalies - Halak and Elliot - that together have compiled 12 shut outs for their team. The Blues allow a meager 26.0 shots against/gm (1st in the league), the lowest amount of gi...