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Hawks shut out Panthers; face Lightning tonight

In their first game back without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks played one of their best games of the season in first game of a back-to-back series. Corey Crawford got his first shutout of 2015 in a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

 

Teuvo Teravainen scored in his first contest back with the club after being recalled to replace Kane when he was placed on LTIR. Just over three minutes into the game, Teravainen dangled in close and let loose a shot that found it&r...

Blackhawks get wakeup call in 6-2 loss to Bruins

There it is, Blackhawks’ fans- the wakeup call that Chicago has needed for a while now has finally arrived.

Sunday’s game wasn’t so much a contest as it was a clinic by the Bruins, who pounded the Blackhawks 6-2 in a game where the Hawks just couldn’t seem to catch a break. Corey Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots, while Tuukka Rask finished the game with a .929 sv%.

 

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Hawks preparing for the Boston Bruins

It seems really odd to type that both the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are coming into this game struggling. Boston is struggling a bit more and on the offensive side of the puck as they are currently ranked 22nd in the league and have had a hard time finding the back of nets.  Now with David Krejci out this will not help the Bruins scoring cause.

The Hawks in the meantime have had their own issues, with too many turnovers in their own end and lack of net front presence and production from their bottom lines to balance a scoring attack. Captain Jonathan Toews in his post game presser called his team out for lack of emotions and being unprepared. It will be interesti...

Hawks best Penguins in shootout

Two of the league’s premiere teams faced off in a Sunday matinee when the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled into town to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Two clubs typically known for their offensive firepower, the game was defensive and chippy, with several non-calls as the refs let the players go at it. The fans at the United Center got to see 65 minutes of hockey along with a dazzling shootout, and in the end watched their hometown Hawks win a 2-1 victory against the Penguins.

 

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Hawks defeat Devils 3-1

The Hawks had a couple of different jersey numbers on the ice 38 and 26 that gave them a slightly different look both on the front and back ends of the lineup.

Making his NHL debut was Illinois’ own Ryan Hartman who was playing the wing on the fourth and third lines. He made a huge first impression in his first shift on the ice when he made a huge mid ice hit against Devils’ Zubrus who probably out weights Hartman by 30 -40 lbs.

Ryan Hartman was very physical and noticeable throughout the game adding some grit along with skill. Welcome to the Blackhawks, Ryan here is to many more appearances at the United Center.

Also noticeable was defenseman Kyle Cumiskey, ...

Blackhawks fall to Coyotes in shootout

After two back-to-back road wins, the Blackhawks returned to the United Center for the first game of an eight-night homestand against the Arizona Coyotes. Marian Hossa scored twice, but it wasn’t enough to best the visitors, and the Blackhawks dropped a 3-2 shootout loss in a wild finish.

 

Hossa got the Hawks on the board first as he continued his dominant play from the game prior. The entire first line contributed, with Brandon Saad going in hard on the foreche...

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 face Wild looking for Quenneville's 300th win as Blackhawk

After a convincing defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, the Hawks head to Minnesota to face off against the Wild tonight. In the middle of an already grueling six-game road trip, the Hawks now being a three-game swing against three Central Division opponents, all looking for a place in the playoffs in the tightest division in the NHL right now.

 

The Blackhawks, still plagued by inconsistency, will be looking for their stars t...

Blackhawks shut out against Sharks

After a convincing 4-1 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, the Blackhawks were flying high rolling into San Jose for a matchup against the Sharks. Call it fatigue, call it a goalie win, call it puck luck, but Chicago just couldn’t solve former netminder Antti Niemi and were shutout 2-0 on Saturday against the Sharks.

 

Niemi’s game was spectacular, and head coach Todd McClement gave him a lot of the credit for the team’s success. Despit...

Hawks rebound with decisive 4-1 win over Anaheim Ducks; prepare for San Jose Sharks

Both the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks came into the game mad and frustrated, not a good combination. This was another battle of heavyweights in the west.  It was the Blackhawks however, that maybe were a little more determined to not repeat their frustrating loss in Los Angeles the other night. The Hawks won every board battle and seemed to have a little more jump in their skates.  

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