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Blackhawks take series in thrilling Game 7 overtime

 

And then there were eight.

The Chicago Blackhawks had rallied from a 1-3 series deficit to force game seven. And what a game seven it was, one to send off the Red Wings to the Eastern Conference with a memorable farewell.

At the end of the day, this series was a wake-up call for the Blackhawks. The Minnesota Wild had never pushed the Hawks up against the ropes. A couple of games with less-than-stellar effort, and the Presidents' Trophy winners were suddenly at risk of being knocked out in the second round.

Somewhere between game four and seven, the Blackhawks began waking up, finding their game again. They won game five, then six, a...

Blackhawks v Blues: Game Preview

 

TCL Blackhawks

CHI @ STL

4/27/13

7:00pm CST

 

The Chicago Blackhawks have clinched the Central Division, the Presidents’ Trophy, the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference playoffs, and hold the record for l...

Blackhawks have a rough night in Vancouver; lose 3-1

Both teams playing in Vancouver tonight already had punched their tickets to the playoffs, but the Blackhawks had an eye on the Presidents' Trophy, and the Canucks wanted to ensure they locked up the Pacific division.

But between the two teams, the Blackhawks looked like they were asleep at the wheel, aside from Corey Crawford, who was doing his best to carry the game. Coach Quenneville's random line generator was set to "liquify", and line combinations changed regularly though the game.

The Canucks put a lot of pressure on early, limiting Chicago to mostly one-and-done shots in the first. Niklas Hjalmarsson took a charging penalty for a hit on one ...

Blackhawks Snuff Out Stars 5-2; Further Cement Western Conference Lead

 

Five different Blackhawks players scored, including Andrew Shaw with the game-winner, in a 5-2 Chicago victory over the Dallas Stars Monday night.

The Blackhawks (33-5-4) win was their third over Dallas (21-18-3) this year, sweeping the season series. The win was also Chicago’s sixth straight and moved them 11 points ahead of the idle Anaheim Ducks for the top spot in the Western Conference.

While Chicago was cementing its playoff position, Dallas was left wanting. The loss kept the Stars two points back of Detroit for the eighth playoff spot in the West, each team with just six games remaining. Columbus also sits two points ahead of Dallas, albeit with only...

Blackhawks take on the World

 

Although the Chicago Blackhawks season may have ended some Blackhawks were  not ready to put their hockey sticks down just yet. Several Blackhawks decided to represent their countries teams at the IIHF World Championships held simultaneously in Helsinki, FIN and Stockholm, SWE.

Duncan Keith D and Patrick Sharp LW played for team Canada while Viktor Stalberg RW, Niklas Hjalmarsson D and Marcus Kruger C donned the Swedish team jersey. Michael Frolik also is playing for the Czech Republic team.

Unfortunately, on Thursday both Team Canada and Team Sweden were knocked out of the quarterfinal rounds by Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively. Michael Frolik is the...

Blackhawks head to the house of Blues tonight

 

Chicago briefly stumbled after posting some excellent wins at the end of their epic February road trip; they've now won the first two games of a three-game road trip, taking contests against Detroit and Ottawa.  Tonight, the Blackhawks roll into St. Louis for the 4th of six games against the Blues this season. So far, Chicago is 2-1-0 versus the Blues, including being shut out during their first match up of the year. St. Louis boasts one of the best home records of the season, and a pair of goalies - Halak and Elliot - that together have compiled 12 shut outs for their team. The Blues allow a meager 26.0 shots against/gm (1st in the league), the lowest amount of gi...

Blackhawks seek to take a bite out of the Sharks



Tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks are in San Jose, facing off against their former Stanley Cup-winning goaltender, Antti Niemi, and their Western Conference rival, the Sharks.

No matter if Niemi stays with the Sharks or if he goes on to another team, that's how it will always be said. Niemi, after all, helped the Blackhawks win their first Cup in 49 years. Then the Sharks got Niklas Hjalmarsson to sign an offer sheet, and it put the salary-cap-strapped Blackhawks over a barrel in terms of choosing between a young and promising defenseman, and a young and promising goalie; they couldn't keep both without further gutting their roster of players considered core -...

Could a possible solution to Chicago's D-man woes be sitting in its press box?

It's well-known that the Chicago Blackhawks are shopping for at least one defensemen, although they're hardly the only team to be doing so.

A question which needs to be asked is: Is a possible solution to Chicago's defensive issues already on the team, but spending the majority of his season in the press box?

Finnish defenseman Sami Lepistö was a summer signing, fresh off a gold medal win at the World Championships. Despite what looked like a decent depth signing for that sixth blue line role, Lepistö has spent just 11 games in the Blackhawks lineup. There are certainly bloggers out there eager to decry him as bad (and those same writers are even eager ...

Round 1: Blackhawks edge Red Wings, 3-2

Five more of those please!

The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings put on sixty minutes of playoff-like hockey in front of a season high 22,166 at the United Center Friday night and the Hawks prevailed in the end with a 3-2 victory.

For sixty minutes, it seemed as though the only stoppages in play were for the two intermissions. The game opened with five or six minutes of continuous, back-and-forth action before the first whistle was ever blown.

Justin Abdelkader gave the Red Wings the early lead half-way through the first period after a big rebound was given up by Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. It seemed to sit there in the slot forever after the initial Drew Miller ...

Blackhawks win over struggling Sharks 3-2 in OT

 The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks battled it out for a 0-1 game in California at Thanksgiving. Since that game, the Sharks had gone 2-5-0, including being shut out twice on the road (Kings; Blues). In the same stretch, Chicago went 5-1-1.

San Jose came into Sunday night's game as the 3rd game in 4 days, on the heels of Saturday’s 0-1 loss in St. Louis, while Chicago had only played twice in the past six days, with their last game being Thursday night on Long Island.

Given these circumstances, one might guess that Chicago would have looked like the more dominant team, not just to open the game but throughout the 60 minutes.

However, after their us...