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Blackhawks dethrone the Kings to get back on track

It was a very good night for the Blackhawks, and not just on their home ice.

First, the Blackhawks won again - and did so in the assertive kind of fashion that Chicago fans have come to expect. It was playoff-level hockey against the Los Angeles Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champs who are desperate to hold on to a playoff position. Unfortunately for the Kings, not only did they lose to Chicago, but across their division, the Flames beat the Stars 5-3 for a regulation win, widening the gap that the Kings need to make up.

Secondly, the Blackhawks looked confident in this win. The lines were clicking.  T euvo Teräväinen, playing on the so-called 'fou...

Crawford steals two points for Blackhawks against Hurricanes

Corey Crawford stole a game for the Chicago Blackhawks that they had no business winning, making 43 stops in a 3-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. Andrew Shaw scored twice and Patrick Sharp also added a goal as the Hawks moved to within two points of the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues in the Central Division.

 

Carolina, well out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, looked every bit like the team in ‘rebuilding’ mode in the first...

Blackhawks wash away Islanders; head to NYC to face Rangers

The Blackhawks are 5-0-1 in March (8-1-1 in their past ten) and have outscored opponents 19-8 in the past six games.

Patrick Kane who?

Corey Crawford has gone .961 sv% in March. The top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp is suddenly on fire. The power play is scoring, the penalty kill has been doing its thing.

The switch, as they say, has been flipped.

Chicago didn't steamroll the Islanders, but they played a very solid game against one of the best teams in the East. Jaroslav Halak and Nick Leddy were out for the Isles due to injuries. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa scored two goals apiece.

Andrew Shaw left t...

Hawks harpoon the Sharks 6-2

The Hawks and the Sharks faced off in a matinee tilt with both teams coming in needing points in the competitive Western Conference but for different reasons. The Hawks wanted to gain points looking to possibly stay within striking distance of the division lead and keeping those in the rear view mirror way far behind in the mirror. The Sharks are outside the playoffs and needed the points more than the Hawks but perhaps they are the team with the internal turmoil in the organization with cross words between management and Joe Thornton being waged in the media.

The Hawks also continued on the Fathers trip and maybe they want to keep the dads for a while, because this game was exactly...

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...

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, ...

Hawks stage late comeback, fall to Canucks in OT

Marian Hossa continued to dominate for the Blackhawks, but once again, the Hawks were bested in extra time as they dropped a 5-4 OT decision to Vancouver on Wednesday night. Hossa scored twice, including the game-tying goal with 54 seconds remaining, but it was Eddie Lack who would emerge victorious with 37 saves on 41 shots.

 

It was Chicago who would get on the board first with a goal by Patrick Kane. Kane stripped the puck from Canucks’ defenseman Lucas Sbisa ...

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 close out road trip with 4-2 win vs Blues; face Yotes on Monday

The Chicago Blackhawks (33-18-2/3rd Central) finished their long California road trip with two strong wins, one was versus the Winnipeg Jets, and the other was yesterday's 4-2 win over the Blues.

Yesterday in St. Louis, the Blackhawks opened up the scoring with Marcus Kruger. And while the Blues tied up the game twice, Marian Hossa put in the game-winning goal 11:19 into the third on the power play, and then for good measure, added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds left in the game. It was inevitable that Hossa's goal struggles would eventually end, so if he's going to get hot heading into the home stretch of games, that's good for the team.

Tonight, ...

Hawks tune out the Blues 4-2

The St. Louis Blues are probably not opera fans, but boy they heard the fat lady sing early with approximately four minutes left in the game the Blackhawks took control with a 3-2 lead and never looked back. There was so much to like in this game if you are the Hawks and a Hawks fan.

The Hawks are often guilty of not playing a full 60 minutes, but that was not the case in this one. Up by only a goal late in the third the Hawks not only never let the Blues out of their own zone to challenge, they sealed the win with a Marian Hossa empty netter.

The puck possession was the best they’ve had late in games this season. The Hawks dominated the entire third period with a 12-3 s...