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Blackhawks open the season 2-0-0 for the first time since 1996

Two nights, two wins, two banner-raising nights deflated, in two road games to open the season.

Not a bad start for Chicago. The Blackhawks haven't started a season 2-0-0 since 1996.

The men of four feathers rolled into Phoenix on Sunday after a decisive 5-2 win at LA, and looked to -- if not avenge last spring's playoffs, at least make up for them.

Last April, the PHX-CHI series was one of the tightest in recent Cup history. The first five games all went to overtime before the Coyotes blew the Hawks out of a deeper Cup run with a 4-0 win on Chicago ice. At the United Center for game 3, Coyote Raffi Torres took out Marian Hossa with an ugly headsho...

Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Sign Michael Leighton To 1-Year Deal

In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.

Blackhawks find their mojo in shootout win over the Blues

The Blackhawks are still without their Captain, but they're still grabbing points - and, more importantly, getting wins - out of their opponents in the home stretch for the playoffs.

Coming into the game, the Blues were holding three streaks: they hadn't allowed a PPG in nearly 50 PK attempts (it would end at 51); they were on a 5-game winning streak; and the Blues were also 36-0-0 when scoring 3 or more goals.

Against the Blues tonight, Chicago broke open the scoring early with an Andrew Brunette goal just 2:51 into the game. It hasn't felt like the Blackhawks have been getting on the scoresheet first lately, so to not start out the game in a hole was a ...

Blackhawks bow to Kings 3-2

 

As things begin to tighten up in the Western Conference we had an inter-conference game that mattered much for both of these two teams. At the start of the game the LA Kings were in eleventh place in the conference right outside the playoff spots but by the end of the game they jumped to the ninth spot. The Blackhawks hanging onto sixth place needed to continue to win to stay in the six spot with Colorado, Phoenix and San Jose right behind them. Even though the Hawks only picked up one point they stayed in the sixth slot. 

In goal for the night was Jonathan Quick for LA and Ray Emery for the Blackhawks. The Hawks needed to figure out the mystery called Quick. In th...

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 best Senators 2-1 with yes, solid defense and goaltending

 

As the Hawks try and make a run to stay in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference, potentially a new team has emerged. With injuries to key players and a necessity to change the course this team was headed on a new Blackhawks team has arisen like a Phoenix from the ashes.

This new team has a different look and a mixture of experience sprinkled in with raw youthful vigor, finesse seasoned with bit of grit. The one thing that remains constant is the teams speed. I’m not sure if this new team should be called the Ice Hawks or the Black Hogs with the new found energy and grit that Andrew Shaw, Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Bollig have given them. Oh yeah and that Oduya ...

Blackhawks and Senators battle it out in Ottawa tonight

Last year, the Ottawa Senators were one of the worst teams in the league, and with very few changes made to the team or staff over the summer, not much better was expected of them this year.

It just goes to show how quirky hockey can be and how you can never predict how seasons will go. This year, the Senators have remained solidly in playoff position for most if not all of the season.

Being in different conferences mean these two teams only see each other once a year on average; they last faced off on January 7, 2011, in Chicago; the Blackhawks won that one, 3-2.

The similarities between the Senators and the Blackhawks right now are many: both sit at 6th ...

Hawks burn Leafs 5-4

 

Another Original Six matchup is always fun. This matchup again saw two teams that do not face each other much and two teams that are looking to get back on the winning track. The Leafs are coming off of their own losing streak where they have lost 8 of their last 10. The Hawks coming off of 3 straight losses desperately need to keep gaining points to keep pace in the Western Conference.

 

The Maple Leafs themselves were in need of points as well. They are currently out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture in 10th place but are only four points behind. So they too would be skating with an air of desperation.

 

Also making this game of int...

Preds scratch out 3-2 win over the Blackhawks

In their best game in the past nine starts, the Blackhawks still couldn't come away with a win.

It didn't help that Pekka Rinne was - well, being typical stonewall Pekka Rinne. It was a solid battle throughout and Chicago played a style of hockey they've been challenged to play for quite some time: tight defense and sustained pressuring offense. The difference was Ryan Ellis's late tally against Chicago, a soft goal at 14:18 that potentially could have been blocked by Andrew Shaw - and equally should have been stopped for Ray Emery.

Even if the Blackhawks did not win, the boost of having pushed the game to overtime would've been valuable - not only to their...

Blackhawks burned by Flames in 3-1 loss

Going into tonight’s game I was hoping to see an improved defensive performance from the horrid game against Edmonton the night before. I think every Blackhawks fan was looking for answers after the Oilers game.  How would the Blackhawks respond? With the quick turnaround I wasn’t quite sure if we would see a tired drained Hawks team or an invigorated team looking for a little payback.

In the first week of the nine game three week road stretch to say this Canadian trip has not started the way the Blackhawks would have liked is an understatement.  Coming into this game out of a possible four points against Western Conference opponents the Hawks only garnered one...