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Hawks complete Circus trip with 5-2 win in Phoenix

By Brad Vandenberk

The Blackhawks finally completed their annual Circus road trip on Saturday night.  To this point, the road warriors had gone 5-1 on this trip.  The final stop was in Phoenix where the pesky Coyotes are known to give the Hawks some issues.  It wasn’t long ago that these same Yotes beat the Hawks out of the first round of the playoffs.  This time entering Jobing.com Arena, it was time to head back home packing another road victory.  The Hawks skated into this one in first place with a 3 point lead in the western conference separating them and second place.  The more points the merrier when you are on the road.

Hawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta got the start, while Canadian Olympic hopeful Mike Smith was in the blue paint for the Coyotes.  Michael Rozsival worked his way back on the point with Sheldon Brookbank taking a seat.  Michael Kostka and Bryan Bickell were the other scratches. Read more »

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Hawks quick to chase Dubnyk, win 5-1 in Edmonton

By Brad Vandenberk

After beating the Canucks with two goals over just 9 seconds on Saturday night, the Blackhawks were off to Edmonton to continue the western Canadian leg of their circus road trip.  The local Edmonton papers all had the Oilers with the slight edge heading into this contest.  It seems that the capital of Alberta must be missing something here.  The Hawks just edged the Oilers at the UC just weeks ago.  Michal Handzus was welcomed back to the lineup after coming off the IR.  Marian Hossa was still missing in action due to a family reason back in Chicago.  He is rumoured to be joining the Hawks when they cruise down highway 2 to Calgary on Tuesday.  Read more »

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Patrick Roy’s intensity overwhelms Blackhawks

Hawks can’t keep pace; lose 5-1 in Colorado to open Circus trip.

By Brad Vandenberk

It was time to kick off the Blackhawks annual circus road trip on Tuesday.  This happens every year around the same time in November when the lions, tigers and bears, OH MY, invade the United Center for two weeks.  As we have witnessed in the past, this trip provides an accurate measuring stick as to how well the Hawks play on the road.  Read more »

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Hawks bounce back, trounce Sharks 5-1

By Brad Vandenberk

After an absolute debacle in Nashville on Saturday night, it was time for Kris Versteeg to get his long awaited ovation at the United Center on Sunday evening.  The visiting, San Jose Sharks, were coming off a five game road trip that saw them go 3-0-1 thus far.  Nikolai Khabibulin was put on the IR this morning which meant that Antti Raanta was recalled from Rockford to sit behind Crawford who got his 19th start of the year.   After Khabby left with an injury on Saturday night, Crawford was called upon to not only finish that game, but start against the Sharks who are battling the Hawks for tops in the Western Conference. Read more »

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Hawks score early and often in Toews first game in Winnipeg, winning 5-1

By Brad Vandenberk

With all the story lines in this game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS centre, you just needed to be a hockey fan to get excited for this one.

The Hawks haven’t played in the Peg since 1996.  Next to the Florida Panthers, the Jet also has an abundance of ex-Hawks.  The Hawks penalty kill this year is being questioned since the departure of Michael Frolik.  Captain Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien also sport the Jets crest.   Hawks captain Jonathan Toews made his hometown debut this afternoon.  The hype in all the local newspapers, TV’s and radio broadcasts was that Toews was in town with the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.  Let’s not forget that Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith were also born in Winnipeg.  And last but certainly not least, there was a good old Kane versus Kane matchup.  Read more »

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Toews’ Trick Surges Hawks to 6-5 comeback win

By Brad Vandenberk

After a Wild weekend splitting a home and home series with Minnesota, it was time to head back to the Madhouse on Madison to take on the visiting Ottawa Senators.   This will be the last eastern conference test until December 8th when the Florida Panthers visit the UC.

On Saturday night the Hawks were given a rude awakening when they were beaten badly on home ice by their central division rivals, the Wild, 5-3.    Read more »

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Hawks squander 2-goal lead, prevail 3-2 in the shootout at Florida

By Brad Vandenberk

It’s the time of year when the Blackhawks players, and coaching staff, invite their mothers to enjoy the sun, sights and sounds that Florida has to offer.  And why not throw a few road games in there while we’re at it.  First stop Florida, where many of the former Blackhawks now reside playing with the Panthers.

The Hawks wanted to continue their dominate play against Eastern conference teams and gain some much needed points in the Central division.  With a 5-0-1 record against the east side, and the Panthers starting off with an abysmal 3-6 record, this game was ripe for the picking.

Coach Q gave Corey Crawford the nod between the pipes, while savvy veteran Tim Thomas manned the net for the home team. Read more »

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Hawks escape from Carolina with 3-2 shootout win

By Brad Vandenberk

After a weekend of beating two Eastern Conference teams in the Islanders and Sabres, the Blackhawks sent off to Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday to take on the Hurricanes.

The last time these two teams met was October 28th during the 2011-2012 season, when the cardiac Canes shutout the Hawks 3-0.  Coming into Tuesday’s contest, the Canes were coming off a weekend of disappointment, only grabbing 1 out of a possible 4 points.  The Hawks next seven games see them play four more Eastern teams before the month of November, when it is four weeks of Western conference foes.  Read more »

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Blues hand Hawks first regulation loss

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks embarked on their first road game of the year, heading into St Louis to take on the Blues.  Their record going into this match was 1-0-1, meaning a certain ‘streak’ was still alive.

The Hawks have only played two games in the span of eight days.  Some of the players began to comment on how much of a difference it was from last season, when most teams played three games in four nights.  There was even a comparison to how it felt more like a football season than a hockey season.  This is great news for some of the Hawks players nursing injuries like Michal Handzus, who missed practise early in the week.  As well as superstar Marian Hossa, who is still not a 100% after taking the majority of training camp off.  Read more »

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Blackhawks prospects notch win in tourny finale

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Junior Blackhawks played their final game in the annual rookie tournament in London, Ontario on Sunday afternoon, this time facing off with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mac Carruth got the start in goal for the Hawks, while the Pens went with Tristan Jarry.

Forward Chris Desousa worked his way back in the lineup edging out Johnny McGuire.  Bobby Shea was back in on the defense pairings with Adam Henry scratched.

Less than a minute into the opening period, Pat Mullane throws an elbow trying to separate a Pens d-man from the puck.   Read more »

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