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Blackhawks complete Canadian sweep on circus trip with win over Flames

Finnish rookie Antti Raanta, 24, got his first official NHL start Wednesday night in Calgary vs. the Flames for the Blackhawks - and his first win.

Both teams battled it out scoreless for over half the game, until Matt Stajan broke through to open the scoring 1-0 for the Flames.

The Blackhawks had a lot of offensive pressure against Calgary, but the Flames were committed heavily to shot-blocking and clogging passing lanes throughout the game.

Sean Monahan gave the Flames a second goal just over two minutes into the third. That point tied Monahan with Bruins Torey Krug for rookie points (15).

It seemed like the Flames' Swiss goaltender Reto B...

Blackhawks continue annual circus trip with solid 5-1 win over Oilers

Over the past few seasons, the offensively-gifted and speedy Edmonton Oilers have repeatedly hung a sizeable number of goals on Chicago when they've played each other, win or lose.

But Monday night was all about the Blackhawks.

Jonathan Toews opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first, with an easy short-handed goal during a Ben Smith penalty. Toews had a breakaway with plenty of time to outskate the Oilers chasing him, and to get Edmonton's goalie to commit early.

Not to be outdone, Patrick Kane scored a power play goal a few minutes later, shooting over the prone Devan Dubnyk to make it 2-0 Blackhawks.

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Hawks score twice in 9 seconds to stun Vancouver

 

The Hawks and Canucks rivalry has dimmed over the last year as the teams have not faced each other in two consecutive playoff series.  Tonight, however, the hockey didn’t disappoint and the game was fast and fiesty as the Hawks came from behind to take a 2-1 win.  The game was fast and tight, with a battle between goalies Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo, who went head to head and made 36 and 27 saves, respectively.

 

The game started with a ba...

Blackhawks cool the Jets 6-3 in Winnipeg

The Blackhawks started off strong in Winnipeg on Thursday night: commanding on the dot, strong defensively, and leading 1-0 after the first from a Patrick Kane laser shot.

Dustin Byfuglien would take a holding penalty for the Jets, followed by Duncan Keith taking a slashing penalty in order to prevent a goal. On the ensuing 4-on-4 play, Brandon Saad stretched the lead out to 2-0 just over 3 minutes into the second -- but the lead would last less than a minute.

Andrew Ladd would open up the scoring for Winnipeg 19 seconds after the Saad goal; and then, as the Byfulgien penalty expired, Keaton Ellerby put in his first of the year, a PPG, just 29 seconds later.

Hawks fall flat in opening game of Circus trip

 

The Hawks came out flat in their first game in their 7-game circus trip across the Western conference.  After bouncing back 5-1 against the Sharks on Tuesday, the Hawks got steamrolled against an Avs team that capitalized on every opportunity that was given to them.

 

Corey Crawford was pulled after 3 quick goals in the first after playing just 13:17 for Finnish netminder Antti Raanta.  Raanta made 13 stops on 15 shots in his first NHL start, albeit an abbrevia...

Blackhawks begin annual Western road trip; plans for "NHL Revealed" announced

The Blackhawks (14-3-4) kick off their annual two-week "circus trip" today as they head out on a road trip that will take them to all four Canadian Western conference teams. They will also visit Colorado, Phoenix, and Dallas instead of their usual Thanksgiving weekend swing through California.

First up on the trip is Tuesday night's match at the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs held one of the top spots in the West for most of the early season, but have since lost their past three games and are now 14-5-0 with 28 points, which puts them 4th in the Central, and 2nd in the Western wild card race.

Matt Duchene was injured in Saturday night's game vs Florida, and...

Hawks best in the west with 5-1 win over Sharks

In a match that pitted the best vs the best in the Western Conference, the audience at the United Center in Chicago should have went home very satisfied. The game was a speed vs speed game that was a battle of the titans in the West.

The difference was the Blackhawks control of the neutral zone and their transition game not only offensively but defensively as well. The Sharks never could quit keep pace with the Hawks transition game that saw four of the Hawks five goals coming off of the rush. Special teams was not a factor in this game as all of the goals were five on five scores with the exception of a penalty shot.

The Hawks had great body positioning and back checking off ...

Blackhawks suffer 7-2 loss in Nashville; head home to face Sharks on Sunday

It's not often that the Blackhawks give up a handful or more goals to the Predators. Prior to tonight's 7-2 loss, Chicago last gave up 6 or more goals to Nashville on March 25, 2012.

The Predators made it 2-0 in less than a minute when Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling both scored in the middle of the first period.

After the second goal, Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was injured; Corey Crawford came in to play the rest of the game.

Nashville would stretch their lead to 3-0 with a power play goal 9:02 into the second, and then make it 4-0 with less than two minutes left in the frame.

Patrick Kane broke the shutout shortly after to get t...

Hawks ground Jets in 4-1 home win

 

The Hawks were firing on all cylinders as the Winnipeg Jets rolled into town on Wednesday night.  Three days after their defeat in Calgary, the Hawks came back to Chicago and dispatched the Jets 4-1.  Corey Crawford was solid in net with 23 stops as the Hawks reached double digits in the win column with their 10th of the season.

 

This was also the ‘official’ Chicago homecoming of former Hawk forward Michael Frolik, who received a warm welcome from ...

Hawks Drop Second of Back-to-Back Games in OT

 

The Hawks put a season high 44 shots on goal, but rookie goaltender Reto Berra stood on his head in his NHL debut as the Flames won a 3-2 decision in overtime.  Marian Hossa scored the tying goal as the Hawks earned one point in their second game in two days.

 

The Hawks had a fast start as per their usual brand of hockey, outshooting the Flames 18-11 in the first period, three of which came on their first power play opportunity.  Berra, who finished the game w...