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Hawks top Wild late

Amid potential goalie controversies and whispers of a possible case of mumps, the Blackhawks managed to pull out a win against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night. After a three period outburst in the second from Chicago, the Wild came back to tie it in the third before a late power play goal by Patrick Kane gave the Hawks the lead for the rest of the game. Antti Raanta, who made his second straight start, made 26 saves in the victory.

 

The Wild got on the board first wi...

Hawks look to rebound in Game 4

The Hawks and Wild will face off in a Game 4 that could could be classified as a ‘must-win’ for either team.  While this isn’t a Game 7 scenario, a win for either team could change the momentum of the series.

 

The Hawks still hold the series lead at 2-1, but they fell flat in their first road game against the Wild, failing to get a single puck past netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.  They’ll need to step up their offense and ...

Hawks look to take Game 2 against Wild

After a 5-2 win at the United Center on Friday night, the Hawks are looking to keep up their winning ways at home with another victory in a Sunday matinee matchup against the Wild.

 

Though the Hawks came away victorious in Friday’s game, they did so after being vastly outplayed in the second period, getting outshout 17-3 but managing to keep the game within reach before turning it on in the third.  They also lost teammate and playoff pest Andrew Shaw, who l...

Hawks fall to Wings in SO; face division-rival Wild Thursday

 

The Red Wings and the Blackhawks met again on Wednesday night, and though the two teams are now in different conferences and meet just twice a year, the rivalry was as intense as ever. The Red Wings came from behind to secure the win in a thrilling 5-4 SO victory, with Darren Helm scoring the deciding goal in the shootout.  

 

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead at 8:41 of the first, when Marian ...

Blackhawks take 5-1 road win over Wild; prepare to face Sens on Tuesday

Saturday night at the United Center, the Wild outplayed the Blackhawks 5-3. Goalie Niklas Bäckström, who still isn't 100% after a recent knee injury, collected the win. That night, the Blackhawks looked like they were nursing a Cup hangover, with sloppy play and lackluster play.

The Wild were down almost half a dozen players, and after being knocked out of the 2013 playoffs 4 games to 1 by Chicago, the game had to be a confidence-builder for them.

Chicago (6-2-3, 15 points) entered Monday's tilt just one spot ahead of the Wild (6-3-3, 15 points) in the Central division.

Minnesota outshot the Blackhawks in the first period - a trend that would con...

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.

Blackhawks look to clinch berth to second round of playoffs tonight

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....

Blackhawks Shutout Wild 1-0; Capture 30th Win of Season

 

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...

Blackhawks historic streak continues with 5-3 win vs the Wild

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.

Chicago didn't open the scoring, but t...

Blackhawks Fall to Wild in Shootout

 

CHI @ MIN - Postgame Recap

 

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.

 

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