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19 and counting: Chicago extends The Streak

When the Oilers rolled into town, the Blackhawks remembered last season: Edmonton embarassing Chicago 9-2 and again 8-4, both on Rexall Place ice, and a 4-3 loss on United Center ice.

But even the hot young powerhouses of the up-n-coming Oilers couldn't hold the Blackhawks back from a win, and Edmonton was the one taking a 3-2 loss at the end of the night.

Edmonton's Jeff Petry opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal 4:28 into the first; the Blackhawks replied barely a minute later with a beauty of a Patrick Kane backhand on the power play. The game would remain tied 1-1 until late in the second, when rookie Nail Yakupov put one in to give the Oiler...

Blackhawks Edge Canucks; Extend Points Streak to 16 Games

 

Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout and Marian Hossa added two goals in regulation to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to 13-0-3 on the season.

As the horn sounded to signal the end of regulation with the score knotted at three goals apiece, Chicago officially tied the NHL-record-holding 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks by starting the season with sixteen consecutive games without a regulation loss. That Anaheim squad lifted Lord Stanley’s Cup at season’s end, and dreams of a second parade in three years are surely dancing in the heads of Blackhawk fans across the state of Illinois tonight.

Chicago entered tonight’s shootout with a paltry 1-3 r...

Blackhawks v Sharks: Game Preview

 

CHI v SJS - Game Preview

02/15/13

7:30pm CST

 

It’s round 2 for the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks as the puck drops Friday night at 7:30pm in the United Center.  Chicago defeated San Jose 5-3 when they last met in the Shark tank. 

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Will the third man for the shootout please stand up??

The Chicago Blackhawks can do no wrong these days.

Best record in the NHL. League leader in points standings,etc,etc. 

Someone has to be the guy to point out the glaring weakness: The quest for the third man in the shootout period.

One can argue that the third shooter dilemma has been the team’s toughest opponent thus far. It has gotten to the point when fans and even people who claim (I use that term loosely) to know the game can figure out that the team is better off winning a game in regulation.

After Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, it’s been slim pickings for coach Joel Quenneville. Marion Hossa, Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, who needs to start...

Hawks at Home: Blackhawks v Ducks Game Preview

 

CHI v. ANA - Game Preview

02/12/13

7:30pm CST

 

There was a lot of talk at the top of this season about the tough schedule the Chicago Blackhawks had ahead of them with 10 of their first 12 games on the road.  Recalling the hard luck the Hawks faced away from home last season still...

Chicago Blackhawks First Quarter Report Card

The past two seasons were a struggle for the Blackhawks. Although they qualified for the playoffs both years, neither route was ideal.

In 2011, gutted post-Cup victory, they backed into the playoffs based on the Wild's win over the Stars in game 82. The battle leading up to the playoffs left the team battered and tired - yet they still pushed the Canucks to Game 7 OT in the first round.

In 2012, they had a bit more of a cushion, but 101 points in the ultra-competitive West was only good enough for 6th place. Although the Blackhawks pushed the Coyotes to five OT games, and then lost to Phoenix 0-4 in Game 6 on home ice.

Blackhawks close out their road trip at 10-0-2

When considering the game in Nashville tonight, it might have seemed a coin toss who would win. The Blackhawks were on the final game of a six-game road trip that covered 5,300 miles since January 29th. The team would be headed home to Chicago after the game, and you have to think that weighed on their minds.

In the meantime, Nashville shut out the defending Stanley Cup champs 3-0 on Thursday night and then played a tough game in Minnesota on Saturday night, where the Wild beat them 2-1 in overtime.

The team that looked more fatigued on the ice on Sunday night? The Predators.

By the end of the first period, the game remained scoreless, although the Blackha...

Blackhawks Trounce Coyotes in Phoenix

 

The Chicago Blackhawks continued to prove that they are an elite contender Thursday night at Jobing Arena when they trounced the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 6-2 and improved to 9-0-2 on the season.

 

Patrick Kane scored two goals and added a helper and Chicago got a solid performance from netminder Ray Emery as he stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced. Patrick Sharp finished the night with three assists for the Hawks.

 

Many expected the game to not only be a chippy one, but one filled with yearning for revenge by...

Blackhawks Outlast Sharks at The Tank

 

The Chicago Blackhawks maintained their impressive season start with a 5-3 nail biter of a win against the rival Sharks at the HP Pavilion at San Jose on Tuesday night.

 

Chicago rookie Brandon Saad scored his first career goal, Corey Crawford settled in by stopping 30 of 33 shots on net and the Blackhawks improved to 8-0-2 on the year, good for first place in the NHL.

 

The first period was a whirlwind of an affair with both teams scoring in bunches to set what ended up remaining a gritty and intense battle b...

Into the Shark Tank: Chicago at San Jose

 

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CHI @ SJS 

9:30pm CST

 

The two league leading teams are matched up tonight in San Jose as the Blackhawks take to the ice against the Sharks in the fourth contest of their six-game road trip.

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