It's been three long years since the Blackhawks last saw the second round of the playoffs.
A battered and bruised Chicago team took the Canucks to the brink, losing in overtime of game seven on Vancouver ice in 2011. Last season, the Blackhawks took the Coyotes to overtime five consecutive games - and ultimately lost in game six.
The team is better this year: not just talent- and chemistry-wise, but coming off a record, albeit shortened, season. Coach Joel Quenneville has been able to consistently roll four lines without his trademarked "line combination blender"; Corey Crawford and Ray Emery split time in the net so well that they walked away with the William M....
The Flames look to extend their winning streak to a season high three games tonight when they host the Minnesota Wild to kick-off their last homestand of the season. The Wild come into Calgary struggling to hold onto a playoff spot, going 3-6-1 in their past ten games. The Wild currently sit 7th in the West with 47 points but are tied with the eight place Detroit Red Wings and sit just two points ahead of the ninth place Dallas Stars.
Marian Hossa scored the only goal of the game with 4:46 remaining in the second period and Ray Emery shut the door on the Wild shooters as Chicago captured its 30th win of the year in Minnesota last night.
Emery faced 20 shots to record his 15th win and third shutout of the year. The shutout was also his third in his last five starts, a stretch that has seen him go 4-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA and a 0.951 SV% and has many in the windy city sounding the Goalie Controversy Alarm.
Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, making his 22nd start in the last 24 games for the Wild, stood on his head for most of the night, turning away all but one of the 31 shots launched by a tenacious...
The Blackhawks took their record to 20-0-3 on Tuesday night, and set a new team record while they were at it: for the first time in 86 years of team history, the Blackhawks have won 10 games in a row.
It was a special night in Chicago to begin with. The team celebrated Marian Hossa's 1,000th career game (played Sunday in Detroit) with a short pre-game ceremony. Hossa was presented with a silver hockey stick to commemorate his achievement as well as a painting of him hoisting the Stanley Cup; chants of "Hos-sa, Hos-sa," rained down from the rafters.
After that, it was time to get down and play hockey.
CHI vs MIN03/05/20137:30pm CST The juggernaut Chicago Blackhawks (19-0-3) play host to the Northwest Division's second place Minnesota Wild (11-8-2) tonight in the first game of a home back-to-back for the league leaders. Chicago is fresh off of an exhilarating 2-1 shootout win over division rival and fellow Original Six member Detroit. Hawks netminder Corey Crawford turned in yet another sterling performance on the day, stopping all but one of the shots he faced in regulation and the extra frame while also denying all three Red Wings shooters in the skills competition. Though Crawford was certainly impressive in the victory, it was everyone's favorite Ameri...
The Flames welcome the Minnesota Wild to the Dome tonight for the team’s first of five meetings this season. Neither team has got off to a particular good start as both teams are on the outside looking in, on the top eight in the West.
In an early season shake-up the Minnesota Wild have traded forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri to the New York Rangers in exchange for veteran winger Mike Rupp.
Powe, a 27 year old in his second year with the Wild, had yet to register a point this season while playing on the fourth line. Palmieri was acquired in the Marek Zidlicky trade last season from the Devils. He posted 6 points in 13 games with Houston of the AHL this season, but has fallen by the wayside in an organization stacked with young talent.
Palmieri, a former first round pick, is on to his third franchise at the tender age of 23.
In Rupp, the Wild receive a gritty veteran with ...
Things do not get any easier for the Flames as they welcome their toughest test of the season to the Dome, the Chicago Blackhawks. The two teams are on the opposite end of the spectrum in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks have yet to lose in regulation and are tied for 1st with 14 points, while the Flames have got off to a terrible start and sit in the West’s basement.
The Minnesota Wild took to the ice on fire against the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night, scoring within 90 seconds of the puck drop. The relentless physical demand brought out the best of both teams, ending in a shootout and a Wild victory 3-2.