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Hawks better than Flames

By Michael Calvert

The Calgary Flames seem to be regressing back to the norm as they have lost 4 straight coming into Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks, who had an 8-game win streak snapped the previous night on Long Island. The United Center is not an ideal location for ending poor-streaks and the Hawks were able to pull out a victory in a somewhat slow game.

1st period:

The first period was played fairly back and forth neither team looking particularly commanding. There were no goals and 1 penalty assessed to Hossa at 7:58 for tripping. The Flames would not threaten on their first pp, in fact the only scoring chance was for the Hawks. Read more »

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Hawks returning home off dominant Circus Trip

By Michael Calvert

Just a day after blowing out the Ducks, the Blackhawks did the same to the Los Angeles Kings, making two of the top teams in the league look like the Edmonton Oilers, and the Oilers look like the Chicago Wolves. In comparison, the Ducks playing the next day got blown out by a team at the time below .500, no such hangover for the Blackhawks who crushed the Kings 4-1.

Crawford started his 14th straight game on Saturday in LA. The guy is getting rid like Farlap, for any of you that remember that movie.

The Hawks showed no negative effects from the game Friday, as they dominated the first five minutes of play with Carcillo going Jose Abreu to a puck at 1:52 giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead. It looked like it was going to be a long night for the Kings early, as the Hawks were just all over them from the get go. Read more »

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Hawks crushed in Motown

By Michael Calvert

The Hawks skated into Joe Louis Arena on Friday riding a pretty impressive regular season unbeaten streak against the Red Wings. However, on this night, it was clear the home team had more jump from the get go.

As he’s been want to of late, Quenneville rolled out some pretty unusual lines, notably putting Versteeg on the first line and Hossa on the third.

1st period: Hawks get the game’s initial pp at 17:55. The first pp unit ran with both Keith and Seabs on the blue line opposed to having a forward back with Keith. Brad Richards is still on the 2nd pp unit so Coach Q is still showing some faith in our new 4th line center.

At 6:09 in the first the Wings capitalize on a terrible Versteeg turnover to score the game’s first goal. Read more »

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Hossa pots his 1,000th point, Hawks pick up the bonus point in a 5-4 shootout win at Ottawa

By Michael Calvert

Marian Hossa earned his 999th and 1000th NHL points Thursday night in helping his team overcome the franchise who originally drafted him, the Ottawa Senators, 5-4 in a shootout-deciding Blackhawks victory.

Hossa scored with 6:10 left in regulation time to give the Hawks a lead they would relent 4 minutes later. For Hossa, the goal represented his 1000th career point in his 1,100th career regular season game.

Jonathan Toews added two goals, but the Hawks could not hold onto the lead as Mika Zibnejada scored with just 2:08 remaining. Try saying that name 5 times fast, hell, try saying it once. Read more »

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Hawks late surge too short in St. Louis

By Michael Calvert

The Blackhawks got off to a quick start in St. Louis on Saturday night but then sank for the next thirty-eight minutes. So much so that even a dominant third period wasn’t enough to lift the visitor’s over the Blues.

Chicago got a power play tally from Patrick Sharp just sixty-two seconds into the game and a Kris Versteeg goal in the third than Sharp assisted on as well. But that was all the offense the Hawks could muster against Brian Elliott and the Blues as St. Louis took the first meeting of 2014-15 between these two rivals, 3-2 at Scottrade Center.

Coach Q went real wild with the lines on Saturday night, moving all 4 forward lines around. The defense was the usual top four with TVR playing alongside Rozsival on the bottom pairing. Read more »

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Another strong 3rd steamrolls Hawks past over-matched Sabres

By Michael Calvert

After an opening ceremony that lacked only a banner-raising, the Blackhawks opened the home season Saturday night against the quite-lowly Buffalo Sabres.

The Hawks scored two early goals in what looked like would be a blowout, then wasn’t, then ultimately ended up being so.

Buffalo was able to answer the Hawks two early goals with one in the middle of the first and one at the end of the first.

Scoring stalled in the second but the Hawks blew the doors off with 4 goals in the third. Read more »

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Game 2: Everything falls apart in 3rd for Hawks

By Michael Calvert

Andrew Sharp practiced in full on Tuesday but did not suit up for last night’s game. I’m afraid, had he done so, it would have made very little difference.

1st period: The story of the first period was penalties. There were 6 of them in total in just the first period, 4 of which went against the Kings. Game one featured 4 power plays in total. I don’t know if the refs are trying to calm things down as they didn’t look all that out of control to begin with, but they were calling it tight in game 2. Read more »

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Blackhawks advance to Western finals, bounce Minnesota in overtime in Game 6

By Michael Calvert

The good news is – usually when you start with the good news, it’s followed by some bad news – Well, I don’t have any of that.  The good news is the Hawks ‘to be determined’ challenger for the Western Conference Finals is going to be playing at least one more, likely, very physical game.

The better news is the Hawks this season are a combined 5-0-1 against Anaheim and L.A.  I personally don’t think either team is going to do anything close to rolling over and dying for the Hawks, but I like that stat just the same.

Corey Crawford has become a star and will, in my opinion, be the top goalie in the upcoming series, which is saying a lot with Jonathan Quick and the young phenom that is John Gibson.  Read more »

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Right place, Right time; Toews pushes Blues to the brink of elimination

By Michael Calvert

Just like its predecessors, game 5 was a tightly played, very close game. And like three of the previous games, Friday night’s contest also took extra time to decide.

The Blackhawks Put Saad up on the line with Kane and Toews and in place of Brent Seabrook on his 2nd game of suspension was Sheldon Brookbank, who again was good enough.

Deja vu for the Blues who lost last year’s first round series to the Kings after taking a 2-0 lead in the series following eerie similarities with this series. The Kings beat the Kings 4-3 in game four and 3-2 in ot in game 5, going on to win the series in LA in game 6. It’s starting to feel that way again, only in Chicago. Read more »

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St Louis Heartbreak: Hawks lose another OT thriller

By Michael Calvert

After a second heart-wrenching overtime loss in St. Louis, the Blackhawks find themselves down two games to none in a series that could easily be 1-1 or two games to none in the ‘Hawks advantage.

There were times in Saturday’s Game 2, much like the first game, where the Hawks looked listless and others where they looked dominant.  I suppose this could have been prophesied as they looked rather lethargic to end the season.

1st period:  On the scoreboard the 1st period went to the Blues easily.  The Hawks actually out-shot St Louis 11-9 but ended the first period down 2-0. Read more »

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