Two of the league’s premiere teams faced off in a Sunday matinee when the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled into town to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Two clubs typically known for their offensive firepower, the game was defensive and chippy, with several non-calls as the refs let the players go at it. The fans at the United Center got to see 65 minutes of hockey along with a dazzling shootout, and in the end watched their hometown Hawks win a 2-1 victory against the Penguins.
There hasn't been a tremendous amount of early buzz surrounding this year's Winter Classic, which will feature the Chicago Blackhawks (25-10-2) visiting the Washington Capitals (18-11-7) at Nationals Park in D.C.
It's hard to miss the advertising, though; NBC has definitely been saturating all their markets.
This season, the NHL changed partners to present its The Road to the Winter Classic show; instead of HBO, it is EPIX carrying the torch. As the station is not available in all markets or with all providers, fans can watch the show unedited on EPIX's website, NHL.com, the team websites, or catch it censored (bleep bleep bleeeeeep) on NBCSN.
The Hawks got contributions from all over the lineup Thursday night as they earned a hard-fought victory against the Calgary Flames, a team that has continued to surprise this season. Despite a late upper-body injury that kept Andrew Shaw out of the lineup, the Hawks found a way to win as Patrick Kane scored his second game-winning goal in as many games to cap Chicago’s 4-3 victory while netminder Corey Crawford made 24 stops.
The Tampa-Bay Lightning came into the United Center with a six-game winning streak. However, the Ligntning, who currently sit second in the Eastern conference, couldn’t best the Blackhawks in the shootout despite Ben Bishop’s stellar 37-save performance. Patrick Kane would score Chicago’s lone goal in the shootout and give the Hawks their second straight win in as many games.
This game was seen by many as a measuring stick for Chicago&rs...
The summer of Snow is upon us. For better or worse, the fate of the New York Islanders rests in the hands of General Manager Garth Snow over the next three months. His goal is simple even if the process is complicated: put the finishes touches on a “rebuild” started six summers ago and create a sustained contender for the last season at the Nassau Coliseum and the future of Brooklyn. (Photo credit: Official New York Islanders/flickr).
The playoff series between the Hawks and Blues was expected to be a high-powered and physical, and the two teams did not disappoint in a raucous first game that resulted in a 4-3 triple OT victory for St. Louis. Alexander Steen would get the winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period.
It was the Blues who would strike first less than five minutes into the first period, as Adam Cracknell got a tip-in past Corey Crawford to put St. Louis up.
Battered, bruised, and missing their two marquee stars, the Hawks hosted the Wild at the United Center looking for two points and a spark in their play that’s been lacking in the last few contests. They found both in a hard-earned 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild, despite forward lines thrown off because of injuries and a last-minute scratch of Johnny Oduya.
Minnesota would get on the board first, after a sho...
After a flat performance on Sunday against the Predators, the Hawks came out with a purpose and put away a 4-2 win against a Dallas Stars team desperate for points as the playoff race continues. Corey Crawford was sharp in the win with 25 saves.
The buzz around the UC was that Teuvo Teravainen would be making his NHL debut. He would get a cheer from the crowd on his first shift, and while he didn’t earn any points in his debut, he made a c...
Six Blackhawks came home from Sochi with hardware, but their success at the Olympics didn’t translate back in the Hawk’s first game after the Olympic break as they fell to the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden. The Ranger’s backup netminder Cam Talbot was outstanding, making 31 saves and outplaying Corey Crawford, who had 22 stops in a losing effort.
The Rangers would get on the board first after a back and forth first period that had good ...
In their second game in two nights, the Hawks bounced back from a tough 2-1 OT loss against Montreal to win their third game against the Oilers to sweet the season series 5-3. Antti Raanta made 18 saves to improve to 12-1-3, and the Hawks scored five goals on 41 shots, including a power play goal.
The Oilers, fresh off a come-from-behind victory against the Penguins, played well in the beginning...