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Isles Wash The Rags At The Garden

As the “Lets Go Islanders” chants rained down from the Madison Square Garden rafters, while the horn sounded on an entertaining game, the Rangers’ Ryan Malone showed the only fight the Rangers could muster in the 3rd period by giving a couple of cheap shots to Brian Strait. Too little too late, as the Islanders took the first matchup of the season against their rivals in an impressive 6-3 victory.

A closer look at Hawks' deadline moves

The trade deadline has come and passed for the 2014 season, and while the rest of the league was busy making blockbuster deals, the Hawks were quietly adding depth in a relatively low-key deadline. GM Stan Bowman has made similar moves like this in past few deadlines with minor acquisitions Michal Handzus last year and Johnny Oduya the year before, who, while not marquee names, were key role-players in the Hawk’s cup run last year.  At this year’s deadline, the Hawks got four new players- Peter Regin, David Rundblad, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Mathieu Brisebois.  Here’s a closer ...

Hawks encountering problems in new year

 

The honeymoon is officially over for the Chicago Blackhawks.

It was great while it lasted, but gone are the days when the Hawks could score 6 goals or more every night, as they did in three straight games in December. As Chicago approaches the Olympic break just over halfway through the season, they’re starting to look like a mediocre hockey club at best. A delayed Stanley Cup hangover apparently has struck, and created problems that have been made particularly apparent in January:

Blackhawks dominate Stars 6-2; head home to face Flyers

Trips to Dallas aren't quite automatic two points for the Blackhawks yet, but they're certainly playing well in the Stars' home barn.

Tonight's game was about scoring early and often for Chicago, starting with Michael Kostka scoring on his first shot of the game in his first game back after injury.

Patrick Kane would have a breakaway goal ten minutes later to make it 2-0; Brandon Saad would stretch the lead to 3-0 early in the second period.

Patrick Sharp would then score two goals within three minutes in the middle of the second - one on the power play, one even strength - to stretch the lead to 5-0 for the Blackhawks.

The Stars...

Hawks travel to Minnesota for first of back-to-back games

The Blackhawks (20-5-4) were only able to enjoy the confines of the United Center for one game, a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Dallas, before packing up and hiting the road again.  The Hawks travel to Minnesota to face the Wild (16-8-5), a team that has dropped three of their last four games after an otherwise impressive November.

The secret to the Wild's success lies largely in goaltender Josh Harding, who has put up outstanding numbers with a league-leading 1.45 GAA, and his stellar SV % of .939 trails only King's goalie Ben Scrivens.  Minnesota currently sits in the first wild card position in the Western conference with 37 points, and a win could catapault them in...

Blackhawks head to Nashville for first of back-to-back games

 

The reunions keep rolling for the Blackhawks as they head to Nashville to play against former Hawks Viktor Stalberg and goalie Carter Hutton just two days after re-acquiring Kris Versteeg.  Versteeg will lace up against the very player who sent him away from the Hawks in a trade to Toronto, Stalberg, who signed as a free agent in Nashville this past summer.

This is the first of back to back games for the Hawks, as they’ll return to the United Center to face off against the San Jose Sharks, their last ho...

Hawks play host to red-hot Coyotes

 

The Hawks will look to extend a 3-game winning streak as they take on the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center on Thursday night.

The Hawks are starting to look like one of the more dominant forces in the NHL again, posting two solid wins against Winnipeg and Dallas last week and narrowly beating an Edmonton team 5-4 that has been notorious for giving the Hawks a tough time.  

The Coyotes are coming off a thrilling OT victory against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, wh...

Hawks find their game as they down the Maple Leafs 3-1

On an emotional night for several reasons, the Blackhawks finally found the game that they have been looking for so far this young season.  They played a solid two-way game, got their offense going, utilized their team speed, and dictated the game.

The game was a Hockey Fights Cancer night, and could not have opened more emotionally when the Blackhawks took five local area children who are all battling cancer on the blue line with them during the national anthems. 

There was also an honorary puck drop with one of the children between Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane, with both gentlemen giving their sticks to the nine-year old and reminding us all that there are continu...