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Blackhawks take entertaining 5-4 win over Oilers

The Oilers have given the Blackhawks fits over the past few seasons, but tonight, Chicago came out on top.

Brandon Saad opened the night's scoring with a goal for Chicago with 1:37 left in the first period. The Oilers would return the favor by evening up the score on a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins goal in the first minute of the second period.

Simon Gagner was awarded a penalty shot, the call going against Brent Seabrook for holding on a breakaway, but was unsuccessful; Corey Crawford improves to 8-for-8 career success on the shootout.

Nail Yakupov pulled the Oilers ahead on a power play goal at the 8:55 mark in the second period. Andrew Shaw would tie up the g...

Hawks fall 5-3 to Wild

In what has to be classified the sloppiest game of this year, the Hawks were defeated by the Minnesota Wild at the United Center Saturday night. The Hawks took five penalties and the Wild had seven penalties. Each team scored a power play goal.

There was little to get excited about in this game for Hawks fans. The effort was there but the performance was uninspired and this game was something that most Hawks games are not - dull.

The Hawks had a chance to come back from a deficit and show why they are the reigning Stanley Cup champs but unlike last year’s team they were unable to mount a comeback. The game had way too many penalties and unlike last year’s penalty k...

Blackhawks home stretch report card: Fine-tuning before the playoffs

There is no better time to be thankful that all the armchair GMs aren't real GMs than directly after a tough loss right before the trade deadline.

Monday night on Twitter, as the Blackhawks walked out of a lackluster game with a 5-4 loss to the LA Kings, whom they had previously dominated earlier in the season, all the usual suggestions came out. So-and-so should go back to Rockford. So-and-so is dead weight this season and should be traded. (If he's such dead weight, who else is going to want him?) So-and-so isn't getting it done. In exchange, fans are looking for every high-profile player out there, future salary concerns be ignored.

In a season like ...

Hawks cook Sharks in 4-1 win

Photo by Maggie Avila

 

There is nothing quite as good as a Friday night fish fry. There is a plethora of ways of cooking fish. You can bake, stir fry, poach, grill, steam and blacken fish into a delicious feast in which one can devour until fully satiated. The Blackhawks did just that Friday when they completely dominated the Sharks.

This game was not even as close as the score would indicate. The Blackhawks came out on fire with purpose and on a mission. If any game exemplified their mantra of one goal so far it has been this one.

The Hawks continued their undefeated in regulation streak which is now at 14 games. Two more games as they will tie a leag...

Blackhawks close out their road trip at 10-0-2

When considering the game in Nashville tonight, it might have seemed a coin toss who would win. The Blackhawks were on the final game of a six-game road trip that covered 5,300 miles since January 29th. The team would be headed home to Chicago after the game, and you have to think that weighed on their minds.

In the meantime, Nashville shut out the defending Stanley Cup champs 3-0 on Thursday night and then played a tough game in Minnesota on Saturday night, where the Wild beat them 2-1 in overtime.

The team that looked more fatigued on the ice on Sunday night? The Predators.

By the end of the first period, the game remained scoreless, although the Blackha...

Blackhawks Refuse to Lose; Topple Red Wings 2-1 in OT

 

The Chicago Blackhawks continued their winning streak last night by way of a 2-1 overtime victory against their Central Division rival Detroit Red Wings to move to 6-0-0 on the season, their best start in franchise history. Not too bad. The winning tally came just over halfway through the extra period, when a Detroit turnover in the Chicago defensive zone led to a deep outlet pass to Hawks winger Viktor Stalberg. Stalberg carried the puck into the offensive zone and hit Nick Leddy with a cross-ice pass that the Chicago defenseman promptly buried over Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard's left pad to send the United Center crowd of over 21,600 to their homes in a most...

Blackhawks take on the World

 

Although the Chicago Blackhawks season may have ended some Blackhawks were  not ready to put their hockey sticks down just yet. Several Blackhawks decided to represent their countries teams at the IIHF World Championships held simultaneously in Helsinki, FIN and Stockholm, SWE.

Duncan Keith D and Patrick Sharp LW played for team Canada while Viktor Stalberg RW, Niklas Hjalmarsson D and Marcus Kruger C donned the Swedish team jersey. Michael Frolik also is playing for the Czech Republic team.

Unfortunately, on Thursday both Team Canada and Team Sweden were knocked out of the quarterfinal rounds by Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively. Michael Frolik is the...

Hawks burn Leafs 5-4

 

Another Original Six matchup is always fun. This matchup again saw two teams that do not face each other much and two teams that are looking to get back on the winning track. The Leafs are coming off of their own losing streak where they have lost 8 of their last 10. The Hawks coming off of 3 straight losses desperately need to keep gaining points to keep pace in the Western Conference.

 

The Maple Leafs themselves were in need of points as well. They are currently out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture in 10th place but are only four points behind. So they too would be skating with an air of desperation.

 

Also making this game of int...

Blackhawks clip the Wings at the United Center, 2-1

 

Once again, the Blackhawks found themselves in a 0-1 hole early in the first. But also once again, Chicago stayed calm and stuck to keeping plays simple. They were eventually rewarded for their effort with a win, breaking the Red Wings' 6-game winning streak.

Valtteri Filppula opened the scoring for Detroit just 2:22 into the game in the dying seconds of Chicago's early penalty (tripping) by Marcus Kruger. The goal snapped the Blackhawks' impressive PK streak, which had been flawless the last few games; and then Corey Crawford slammed the door shut for the rest of the game.

It took another 25 minutes of pla...

Wings Lose Critical Match Up Vs Chicago

Well, Jimmy Howard was the only star for the Wings in the loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. The original six rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings continued tonight, but Chicago took the win.

The day started action packed already; Pavel Datsyuk out for two weeks due to knee surgery, Jonathan Toews out with an upper body injury, Kyle Quincey traded to the Wings but not in time to play against Chicago, MacDonald officially the back-up goalie for Detroit, and lastly Jimmy Howard and Danny Cleary back on ice for the Wings. It was safe to say Wings fans were just a little nervous coming into tonight’s game. The Wings ...