The Blackhawks came into the game on the second of back to back games with that being the case a new goaltender Scott Darling was manning the Chicago nets. Darling is an Illinois native and a big goalie at 6’6”. He stands tall and he did in the Blackhawks net as well.
After having lost two games in row the Hawks were looking to get back to the winning track. All the scoring in the game came in the middle period thanks to spectacular goaltending by Scott Darling who made his NHL debut in front of his hometown crowd.
Jonathan Toews started the scoring on a wrap around that beat Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson as he was slow to go from post to post. The goal was signific...
The Blackhawks came into this game on a mission to get second scoring chances and to crash the net and they most certainly did.
Chicago beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Tuesday in what might have been the most complete game the Hawks played this season. It was a solid team victory.
The Hawks also went with different lines than they had in the past and again Joel Quenneville demonstrated his knack of having his pulse on this team and knowing how to get the best from his players and utilizing their strenghths to spark his team.
The game also saw the return of Kris Versteeg to the line-up. Versteeg however was not on the third line but was opposite his old b...
The Hawks will face the Flyers for the first time this season, and the seasons couldn’t have started differently for the two teams.
The Flyers won their first game of the season just three days ago, finishing a dramatic comeback against the Dallas Stars in overtime thanks to captain Claude Giroux, but their record is still just 1-2-2, which has them sitting at seventh in the Metropolitan division and tied for thirteenth in th...
The New York Islanders were able to pull arguably the biggest steal in the 2014 NHL Draft. They took Joshua Ho-Sang with the 28th overall pick. His talent is heralded and lauded unanimously throughout the ranks of hockey scouts but the jury is still out on ‘character’ issues.(Credit: Flickr/5of7)
Most teams decided that the inevitable headache waiting with his brash nature far outweighed his skill level.
For the Islanders, this was the perfect pick. A damaged draft stock with a player that felt beyond offended that he was passed up on created an immediate bond between a rejected franchise and rejected prospect.
This perceived disrespect from other teams will create a love for the Islanders logo on his jersey. Reason being, they were the only ones that gave him a chance.
Alright it is only preseason but it’s good to see the Hawks back on the ice where they belong. Even though pre-season games are just that there are several things that can be noted particularly since this is an audition for many of the younger players.
The Lines for the most part were Sharp-Toews-Hossa; Saad-Richards-Kane; Carey-Rasmussen-Morin & Mashinter-Danault-Bass. The Defensive pairing were Keith-Seabrook; Hjalmarsson-Dahlbeck & Rozsival-Cumisky.
Of the young forwards, Phillip Danault really stood out. He is very defensively responsible and was a faceoff monster at 67% which tied with the Captain for the highest percentage. Not too shabby. He also had two b...
The theme this summer in the NHL world was advanced stats, as ‘basement bloggers’ rose up and started to take their place in the big leagues. Advocates for analytics including Darryl Metcalf (founder of ExtraSkater.com) Kyle Dubas, and Tyler Dellow, among others, have been snapped up by NHL teams as newly formed or expanded analytic departments become more valuable to teams. As the ‘summer of analytics’ continues, it's leaving in its wake some confused and dubious fans asking themselves if corsi or fenwick, whatever they are, are actually that important. They are, but it can ...
It’s all come down to a one-game, winner-takes-all epic showdown at the Madhouse on Sunday night, and the hype couldn’t be higher for the Blackahwks/Kings showdown for Game 7. The Hawks took a nerve-wracking Game 6 with a score of 4-3, sending the series back to the United Center, where the winner of Game 7 will move on to the Stanley cup final for the second time in the last three years to face the New York Rangers. This will be the King’s third Game 7 of the playoffs, after taking both the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks to seven games in their previous two playoff series.
In a matchup that felt more like a Game 7 than a Game 5, the Hawks and Kings put on a show in a 5-4 double OT win for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick both made 40 saves, and it was Michal Handzus who would put it away for the Hawks 2:04 into the second overtime period.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on a power play just 1:13 into the first that had Drew Doughty in the box for tripping Jonathan Toews. Brent Seabrook let los...
The Blackhawks face off against the Kings again Wednesday night on home ice, with the hopes that they can head to LA with a 2-0 lead over their conference final opponents. The Kings, despite outshooting the Hawks 17-6 in the second period of Game 1, couldn’t truly solve Corey Crawford, and Chicago also believes that there’s another level that they haven’t yet reached in the postseason.
The Kings went into Game 1 with less than forty-eight...
The Hawks have a return engagement to the Western Conference Final with a very familiar opponent, in fact the same opponent as last year, the Los Angeles Kings. In a series that could be called the tournament of champions the Hawks and the Kings are the last two Stanley Cup Champions and are looking for more championships but must get past each other first.
Throughout these playoffs we have heard the terms resolve and resiliency used on several occasions when describing the Chicago Blackhawks. Now more than ever they will need to muster all of their resolve because the LA Kings have an equal amount and know how to win and what it takes.