After a week in western Canada and 3 days off, the Islanders returned home on Friday night to begin a 4 game home stand welcoming the San Jose Sharks to Nassau Coliseum. They defeated the Sharks in December in San Jose but couldn’t complete the season series sweep on home ice.
Plagued by injuries, and shorthanded by recent trades, the Isles will field a lineup consisting of many who started the season in Connecticut. This is even truer in light of Michael Grabner’s concussion. There is no time table for Grabner’s return, and in truth, it’s not likely he will play again this season. Therefore on Thursday, the Islanders recalled Johan Sundstrom from Bridgeport.
On a day highlighted by trade talk, the Islanders escaped on the ice and prevailed in overtime after blowing another 3rd period lead. The Vanek trade is still the number 1 story in Islanders nation, but this was a great way to have some fun while Garth and company look to get a deal done.
It took a "step-in-the-right direction" second period leading to three third period goals, but all ended well in the final leg of a California road trip as the Phialdelphia Flyers defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 in comeback fashion.
Four third period goals scored by Matt Read, Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek led yet another third period comeback on the road. That mindset broke through on the Flyers' last extended western road trip, and it continued with this trip as well.
The best cure for a struggling hockey team is to play an equally struggling hockey team. In their final regular season meeting of this season both the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks meet each other at not their best. Both clubs came in having their struggles.
The game was scoreless for the first two periods which may have been indicative of each of the clubs struggles. Another explanation the goaltenders were at their best which Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi were for their clubs. Hard to imagine with both of the powerhouse offenses these teams have. San Jose has been bitten by injury to key offensive players.
The game even though it was scoreless for forty minutes...
The Blackhawks (33-10-13) are on a West Coast road trip, facing the San Jose Sharks (34-15-6) after winning in Vancouver on Wednesday. These two teams have met twice in the regular season already, and have split wins; the hawks won their first encounter 5-1, while the Sharks took the second in the shootout after regulation ended at 2-2.
Both teams have been very solid this season, both in the top 5 teams in the League at the moment with 79 points for Chicago and 74 for San Jose. The Sharks have been consistent all season but they&rsq...
In another game against a Western Conference foe the Blackhawks had problems getting going which should not have been the case. The Sharks should have been the team with no legs since they just came into town from a Colorado game just the afternoon before. This was not one of the Hawks better games but they did manage to squeeze a point out of it.
Corey Crawford kept the Hawks in the game early. In the first period Jason Demers was able to get one past the Hawks as they could not clear their zone and the score was 1-0 Sharks which stood up until the third period.
In the third the Blackhawks defenseman provided all the scoring on this night first by Niklas Hjalmarsson the...
On Sunday, the Blackhawks (29-7-8) host one of their conference rivals, the San Jose Sharks (26-9-6), for their second match-up of the season, the first having been a 5-1 home win for the Blackhawks, back in November. These two teams are at in the top 5 in the league right now, the Blackhawks currently being 1st with 66 points in 44 games, and the Sharks being 5th with 58 points in 41 games, and they’re both meeting after a solid win, the Sharks against the Edmonton Oilers and the Blackhawks against the New Jersey Devils.
Today we profile an individual who had a very successful career in the NHL and could very well become a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is a two time Stanley Cup champion and former Islanders captain Bill Guerin.
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 ...