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Hawks regroup to face Blues in Saturday playoff matinee

It’s only the second game of the playoffs, but tempers are already flaring after an exhausting 4-3 triple overtime thriller to kick off the Blues-Blackhawks series.  

 

After having the game seemingly locked up with two minutes to go, the Hawks gave up a late goal in the third period that tied the game.  Their regular season struggles in the extra frame (they won just one overtime game this year) continued in their first postseason con...

Hawks fall to Blues in first playoff game

The playoff series between the Hawks and Blues was expected to be a high-powered and physical, and the two teams did not disappoint in a raucous first game that resulted in a 4-3 triple OT victory for St. Louis.  Alexander Steen would get the winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period.

 

It was the Blues who would strike first less than five minutes into the first period, as Adam Cracknell got a tip-in past Corey Crawford to put St. Louis up.

So Who's in Net? The Isles' Goalie Dilemma

Below is a collection of names that will either be free agents or that could be in play via the trade market. One item to note is that with many of these names, there is a reason why they are available. That is not to say they are bad or wouldn’t represent an upgrade over the current three-headed monster the Islanders have used this year (for a laugh, check out the league’s goalie leaders and scroll to the bottom of the list).

Flyers Lose in Shootout to Blues

In 1899, the state of Missouri earned the nickname of being “The Show Me State” after a speech made by Congressman Willard Vandiver (in Philadelphia of all places).

On Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center, the Flyers and Blues did just that as St. Louis defeated the Flyers 1-0 in a shootout.

In a game marked by plenty of offensive chances for both teams, goaltending was the true standout star of the night. Recently acquired goaltender Ryan Miller and Flyers back up Ray Emery put on a show in what was a scenario not seen very much in today’s NHL.

Mason Stops 32; Flyers Hold Off Blues

The Flyers continue their hot streak against some of the NHL's top contenders, a run that has come to a surprise.

Despite facing a barrage of shots, the Flyers penalty kill and Steve Mason hold off the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon. It was the fifth straight win for the Flyers, who are 12-2-1 since Feb. 1.

“We’ve proven that we’re a good hockey team," Mason told reporters. "We’re beating teams that come playoff time you’re going to have to go through to the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup. Guys are gaining confidence from this so it’s a good sign.”

Hawks hand Blues first division loss in regulation

The Blues may be atop the Central Division at the moment, but it was their rivals the Hawks that walked away with a victory on Wednesday night at the UC.  Corey Crawford woud make 23 saves as the Hawks defeated the league-leading Blues in a 4-0 victory, their first division regulation-loss in the entire season.

 

The game was fast and physical from start to finish, and it was the Hawks who would get on the board first with a power play blast from...

The Goaltending Carousel Continues

The New York Islanders goaltending carousel continues to spin as earlier this week Kevin Poulin was loaned to Bridgeport and Anders Nilsson was recalled. Goaltending is still something the organization needs to address through trade or free agency, but the home grown goaltending talent seems to be running out of time to prove their worth.

Hawks head to the Olympics; USA/Canada player preview

 

After ending the first part of their season on a road trip where they went 2-1-3, the Blackhawks, along with the rest of the NHL, will have a 2 week break as the Winter Olympic games commence in Sochi, Russia.  Four of the 10 Hawks competing in the games will play for the two North American teams, as Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will return for their second Olympic games after winning gold with Team Canada in Vancouver, while Patrick Sharp will make his Olympic debut for the Canadians. Meanwhile, Patrick Kane will be the only Hawk to represent the stars and stripes of Team USA in hi...

The Sochi Olympics Have Arrived

Last night in the NHL was the final day of regular season games and the two week break for the Olympics is here now. The NHL participants for the men’s hockey tournament will fly over to Sochi, Russia and represent their countries in the tournament that begins on Wednesday.

Checking Line Becomes The Scoring Line; Flyers Win 4-1

When things are going right offensively for the Flyers, their depth in the front nine really shows.

Matt Read, Sean Couturier and Steve Downie - The Checking Line - provided some much needed fire power at the end of the second period to give the Flyers a boost en route to a 4-1 win over the Sabres on Thursday.

Read scored two goals in the span of 1 minute, 40 seconds, and Steve Downie and Sean Couturier had the primary and secondary assists respectively on both goals. The goals came in the final six minutes of the second, erasing a 1-0 Buffalo lead.

(Photo: Matt Read [middle celebrates with [left to right] Steve Downie, Sean Couturier, Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen after Read's second goal late in the second period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)