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Chicago Blackhawks First Quarter Report Card

The past two seasons were a struggle for the Blackhawks. Although they qualified for the playoffs both years, neither route was ideal.

In 2011, gutted post-Cup victory, they backed into the playoffs based on the Wild's win over the Stars in game 82. The battle leading up to the playoffs left the team battered and tired - yet they still pushed the Canucks to Game 7 OT in the first round.

In 2012, they had a bit more of a cushion, but 101 points in the ultra-competitive West was only good enough for 6th place. Although the Blackhawks pushed the Coyotes to five OT games, and then lost to Phoenix 0-4 in Game 6 on home ice.

All In Versus Predators: Chicago in Nashville

 

CHI @ NSH - Game Preview

2/10/13 7:00pm CST

 

The Nashville Predators (5-2-4) play host to the Chicago Blackhawks (9-0-2) Sunday night in the last game of Chicago’s longest road-trip this season.  

 

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Into the Shark Tank: Chicago at San Jose

 

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CHI @ SJS 

9:30pm CST

 

The two league leading teams are matched up tonight in San Jose as the Blackhawks take to the ice against the Sharks in the fourth contest of their six-game road trip.

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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.

Blackhawks come up short in SO 2-1

 

In what was an unusually calm Blackhawks/Canucks tilt, the Blackhawks despite not playing their best still collected a point on the road. Even the Rogers arena crowd seemed pretty subdued except for when Duncan Keith had the puck and a chorus of boos echoed the building.

There were not any incidents, fights or really even any confrontations. Both teams seemed really focused on just picking up points and collecting a win.

For as much as we would like to send Roberto Luongo into stages of self doubt and lost confidence he played brilliantly against the Hawks big guns particularly in the shoot out.

The Hawks never really were able to sustain much pressure on hi...

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...

Game Preview: Blackhawks v Red Wings

 

Game Preview- CHI v DET 

6:00pm CST

 

A warm (and loud) United Center welcome home surely awaits the undefeated Chicago Blackhawks tonight, when the puck drops on one of the best division rivalries in the league. 

 

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Blackhawks Try for Five in Columbus

 

Game Preview- CHI @ CBJ

 

The Chicago Blackhawks look to continue their perfect season on Saturday, while the Columbus Blue Jackets are desperate to break a three-game losing streak.  

 

This is the first of four match-ups between Chicago and Columbus.  ...

Blackhawks rally past Stars; remain undefeated

 

Marian Hossa scored his fifth goal of the season in the form of an overtime game-winner as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from two goals down to defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. Hossa’s goal came on Chicago’s seventh power play of the night off a beautiful behind-the-back backhand feed from Patrick Kane, pushing the team’s record to a league-best 4-0-0.

For a while it looked as though Chicago might not be able to solve Dallas net-minder Kari Lehtonen, as the Finnish-born former Thrasher frustrated one attempt after another from the Blackhawks as they outshot the Stars 12-6 in the first period to no avail.

Compounding matters was Dal...

Game Preview: Blackhawks in Dallas

January 24, 2013

7:30PM

CHI @ DAL (GAME PREVIEW)

 

The undefeated Chicago Blackhawks are back on the road to defend their perfect season start.  For the first time in 40 years, the Hawks have a 3 - 0 - 0 record, and the Dallas Stars are gearing up to try and take that streak away.  

 

But it won’t be easy for the Stars to shine on Thur...