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Blackhawks win series and advance to 2nd round with blowout 5-1 win in Game 6

Game 6 was the first chance for the Blackhawks to eliminate the St Louis Blues from the playoffs, in a series eerily reminiscent of the Blues’ first round last year, against the Los Angeles Kings. And even if this game would play out slightly differently than last year’s, it’d be the last game the Blues would play in this year’s playoffs, as the Blackhawks took a 5-1 one victory thanks to a 3rd period completely dominated by the Hawks where they’d score 4 goals.

 

The first frame saw Brent Seabrook come ba...

Blackhawks take series lead with yet another OT win

Two games ago, the Blackhawks’ playoffs hopes may have seemed low, when the St Louis Blues took the first two games, but since then, the Hawks have rebounded. They took the two games at the United Center, making it a tied series 2-2, and then headed back to the Scottrade Center for Game 5.

 

And just like most games in this series, this game would go to overtime, and Captain Jonathan Toews would be the one to take the game for the Blackhawks, 7:36 mins into the first overtime, a breakaway goal set up by defenseman Duncan Keith. Th...

Blackhawks need to clean up their game as series shifts to Chicago

The Blackhawks open their home games at the United Center already in a 0-2 hole.

The worst part about that? They could be headed home up 2-0. The Blackhawks gave up the tying goal in both games in the dying moments of the third period: with less than two minutes on the clock in Game 1, and just a handful of seconds left in Game 2. In both games, the Blues made the best of overtime, came away with the wins.

Corey Crawford's play in Game 1 was outstanding, but he took the blame for Game 2, stating, "It’s pretty much not acceptable. We’re not going to win if I’m going to play like that. I just have to be better" - an opinion echoed by his...

Game 2 only takes 1OT for Blues to capture 2-0 lead in series against Blackhawks

After an incredibly intense, well-balanced Game 1 which went all the way into a 3OT situation, the Blackhawks and Blues are meeting again for Game 2 of the 1st round of the playoffs. The Blues took the first game with a game winning goal 26 seconds into the 3rd overtime period,making it the longest game their franchise ever played, at over 100 minutes.

 

Game number 2 would be ultimately taken by the Blues in overtime, in a brutal game that saw Chicago take 10 penalties and St Louis 6, and the lead change from the Blues, to the Hawks, and bac...

At the end of the regular season, the Blackhawks face the leading Blues

The Blackhawks (44-19-15) host the St Louis Blues (52-18-7) on the second leg of a back-to-back for the Blues that saw them lose 4-0 against the Colorado Avalanche. Both Hawks and Blues have secured their spots in the playoffs, with the Blues leading the West in points; they’re second in the NHL behind the Boston Bruins. Last time these two teams faced against each other, the Blackhawks came out on top in a 4-0 shutout victory.

 

But since then, Chicago has lost Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, both of them with slight injuries an...

Tension running high in Blackhawks overtime loss to Flyers

The Blackhawks were in Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Tuesday night before going back home to the UC to play the St Louis Blues on Wednesday.

 

The starting goaltenders for each team were backup rookie goalkie Antti Raanta for the Bkackhawks, and former Blackhawks Ray Emery for Philadelphia. Emery won the Cup with Chicago last season and signed with the Flyers during the offseason.

 

Two and a half minutes in the first period, Andrew Shaw opened t...

Blackhawks snow the Avalanche Friday; face the Blues tonight

It was Patrick Sharp's birthday on Friday, and he celebrated by notching a hat trick plus an assist in Chicago's 7-2 win over the Avalanche.

Coming off the league-wide three-day Christmas break, Colorado looked like a team that was still on vacation as they were constantly out-skated and out-played by the Blackhawks.

First-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said prior to the game that he expected the Blackhawks to win the division by a good margin. But Colorado had a strong start to the season and can still be expected to be in playoff position in the spring - so long as they don't play too many games as bad as last night's.

Jean-Sebastien Gi...

Blackhawks beat the Blues to extend streak to 20

It took just 12 seconds for the Blackhawks to show how good they are this season.

That's how long it took for Jonathan Toews to put in the first goal of the game, with assists from Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa.

The Blackhawks would go on to notch their third shut out of the season, taking the win 3-0 in St. Louis. In an unusual circumstance, Chicago goalie Corey Crawford played just one period - the first - before Ray Emery took the net for the rest of the game. As Crawford was on the ice for the GWG, he is credited with the win; but neither goalie was credited with a shut out.

Crawford is reported to have an "upper body injury" that is &quo...

TCL Blackhawks writers make their 2013 season predictions

As the season is about to begin, the TCL team of Blackhawks writers give their predictions for the abbreviated (2012-) 2013 season. (Writers are listed alphabetically.)


CHERYL ADAMS (@HockeyBroad)

Central division will finish: 1) Blues, 2) Blackhawks, 3) Nashville, 4) Detroit, 5) Columbus

This is going to be an interesting year in the Central. The Blues have proven persistent and should look to repeat from last year. It's a tough call between the Preds and the Red Wins, but the Preds are hungrier for the Cup and will look to prove themselves after finally breaking into the second round. It's a rebuilding year for the Wings after losing their ...

Blues vs. Sharks - Playoff Preview

Finally! After a long 82 game schedule the Blues can really get down to business. Champions are not made in the regular season, but are made through the playoffs. This time around, this St. Louis Blues team could make a strong run. They have the home ice set for at least the first two rounds, and looking at their record at home they could not ask for anything better coming into their first playoff game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

But is home ice enough for these youthful Blues to take down a perennial Western Conference powerhouse in the Sharks? This preview should be able to sort all those questions out and more.

Sharks and Blues

I think a season sweep, and...