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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, ...

Bark At The Moon; Ending This Road Trip Right

Maybe I should start doing "Cappy's Battle Level" more often. It seems as though the past two games the Islanders have turned on a switch & have played the best hockey of the season so far.

Hawks head home after beating the Coyotes 5-2

In the final game of the Hawks long circus trip the team could not have asked for a better way to turn the page and close out the long road excursion. They may have started the trip wrong in Denver but closed solid in Phoenix. The game also was the second start for back up rookie goalie Antti Raanta and he did not disappoint.

For the first time this year, the Jobing Com Arena was completely sold out and of course there was a sea of red Indianhead jerseys a sight to the delight for Hawks fan back in Chicago. The Blackhawks fans were treated to the Hawks coming out of the gates flying as they utterly dominated the first period. 

Before the period was half over the Hawks wer...

Hawks defeat Stars in marathon shootout; head to Phoenix to wrap up circus trip

 

The Hawks finished off the Canada portion of their Circus road trip with a 3-2 SO win against the Dallas Stars, moving their record to 5-1-0 on the circus road trip.  Corey Crawford stayed in strong in net on a night that the Hawks turned over the puck over far more often than usual, stopping 25 shots and denying 10 shooters in the shootout and earning his 100th NHL win in dramatic fashion.

 

The Stars got the first goal of the night after a bad play and miscommunic...

Blackhawks beat Phoenix in shootout; re-acquire Kris Versteeg from FLA

Thursday night's game versus the Coyotes was certainly very entertaining.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring early, with Brandon Saad shoveling in a rebound at 2:37 in the first. Patrick Sharp would follow that up with a power play goal less than four minutes later to make it 2-0 Chicago.

Phoenix would break on to the score sheet just 41 seconds later, when a shot by Michael Stone was accidentially tipped by Chicago's Brandon Pirri to make it 2-1. The Coyotes would tie up the game with a power play goal by Shane Doan.

Marian Hossa scored to make it 3-2 Blackhawks, 5:05 into the second period. Chicago held on to the lead for most of the third until L...

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...

Game Preview:Isles Take on the Phoenix Coyotes at The Coliseum

After collecting 3 out of a possible 4 points in the first two games of the year, the New York Islanders look to keep the good times rolling with a matchup against a team that many believe can surprise a lot of people this season, the Phoenix Coyotes.

Isles Files: A Look Ahead To Free Agency

At most, the 2013 NHL season has two games remaining. The Chicago Blackhawks have the opportunity to send the Boston Bruins home without any new hardware, as a win tonight would make them this year's Stanley Cup Champions.

With that being said, the New York Islanders organization has been preparing for the NHL Entry draft, as well as free agency.

As we jump ahead to July 5th, there are a handful of players that the Islanders might consider for the 2013-2014 roster that may make them a better contending team for next season's playoff run.

Reports: Ilya Bryzgalov to Be Bought Out

After numerous reports said the same thing it looks like the Flyers may be parting ways with their controversial goaltender.

Bob McKenzie of TSN, The Fourth Period, and now Comcast SportsNet have all reported that the Flyers could be buying out netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. After two years of headache-filled hockey, Bryzgalov may be getting cut loose, freeing up some much-needed salary cap space as the Flyers look to rebound from missing the post season.