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 ...
Through three games the Kings/Sharks Western Conference Semifinal has been nothing short of fantastic. Entering the series was the Stanley Cup defending champions who disposed of the St. Louis Blues in six games despite falling behind 2-0; the Sharks entered red hot as a team drenched with momentum after easily sweeping the Canucks 4-0.
The two Californian teams play rough styles of hockey that aren't always pretty but are effective for playoff hockey. The Kings won the first two games in different fashion, the first behind the perfect play of Jonathan Quick who shut out the Sharks facing 35 shots and secondly behind some late game heroics in a spectacular comeback win.
The first round of the 2013 NHL playoffs are in the books, eight teams have been sent packing to hit the links while eight teams remain to square off in the conference semi-finals. (Photo Credit: Torch Creative)
The first round did not disappoint hockey fans who have come to expect physical, fast, dramatic hockey in the playoffs and year after year they are not disappointed.
One year after the Los Angeles Kings became the first eight seed ever to win the Stanley Cup both seven seeds and both six have managed to advance to the semi-finals. The Eastern Conference Semi-final match-ups pit the Pittsburgh Penguins (1) against the Ottawa Senators (7) and the Boston Bruins (4) face off with the New York Rangers (6), while the Western Conference will feature the Chicago Blackhawks (1) who will try to hold off the Detroit Redwings (7) and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings (5) will face their fellow Californians, the San Jose Sharks (6).