Author Archives: Michael Calvert

Hawks finish Preds in a dramatic Game 6

By Michael Calvert

The Blackhawks closed out Nashville in another dramatic, come-from-behind whirlwind night at United Center on Saturday.

Duncan Keith scored with 3:48 to play in regulation to complete the Hawks’ Game 6 comeback. Keith’s tally was his second of the series and gave the home team a 4-3 lead that would stand as the final score.

A wild opening 11 minutes of the game saw the Predators gain 2-0 and 3-1 leads on the backs of two James Neal goals, and another from Matt Cullen that got Scott Darling pulled from the net in favor of Corey Crawford.

Darling was the Game 6 starter as he’s managed to keep the net since Game 3 and the Hawks went in with what has become a pretty consistent line arrangement.

The Blackhawks tightened up in front of Crawford as he needed to make just 13 saves in 49 minutes the rest of the way. That opposed to Darling, who saw 12 shots in 11:16 of play. Read more »


Be My Darling Please: Clobbered in Smashville

By Michael Calvert

I hadn’t intended to write an anti- Crow story as I consider myself a Crawford fan, but there’s not enough time for him to “figure it out.”

Whatever IT is, Crow doesn’t have it now. He’s been so bad in fact that if given the Preds were to be held to only 10 shots in a game the Hawks would need to score 3 to win. Read more »


Johnny to the rescue, Hawks get by Sabres 4-3

By Michael Calvert

In a game where the Hawks could really use the win and the Sabres really could use a loss, this game wound up developing into a nail biter, go figure.

1st period: The Hawks jumped all over the Sabres to begin the game, as anticipated. Keith netted the first goal only 2:16 into the game on a slapper glove side with Bickell providing the screen.

The Hawks maintained pressure for the next few minutes and at around the 4:00 mark really started pouring it on. The Sabres managed to weather that storm keeping the score at 1-0.

At 8:36 in the first, Sharp put a beauty of a move on the Sabres hapless d man and beat Lindback with a nice wrister, at this point it’s 2-0 and looks as though the rout is on. Read more »


Forgettable Night in Philly

By Michael Calvert

How do you get killed vs a far inferior team in a game you really should win? Not too sure, but the Hawks had the recipe for it last night.

Hawks lines were unusually mixed last night and these didn’t last.

Saad – Toews – Shaw
Sharp – Vermette – Hossa
Versteeg – Richards – Car Bomb
Nordstrom – Kruger – Desjardins

Timonen – Seabrook
Keith – Rozsival
Oduya – Hjalmarsson Read more »


Richards tally wins game in return to Broadway

By Michael Calvert

A day after crushing the East’s 2nd place NY Islanders in Chicago, the Hawks took to Broadway to take on the Metropolitan division-leading NY Rangers.

Cam Talbot, who’s been exceptional in King Henrik’s absence, was again in goal for the Blueshirts. Scott Darling, who has been great in spot starts for the mighty Blackhawks, has been every bit his equal. Darling’s numbers suggest he’s been better.

Martin St. Louis was out for the Rangers Wednesday as he’s been shelved for 10-14 days with a “lower body injury”

On paper the first thing that really jumps out to me is how nice these forward lines look even without the greatness that is Patrick Kane. [See lines at bottom of this recap]

Duncan Keith played 27 + minutes in a game that Q deemed worth sitting Crawford, that’s somewhat interesting. I don’t disagree with resting Crow, but why is Timonen playing fewer than 8 minutes? Timonen skated 7:30 against the Rangers, fewest of any Blackhawks by nearly three full minutes.

In a game of near misses, it was the ex Ranger Brad Richards who broke the 0-0 tie in the 3rd, tallying the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 Blackhawks victory. Read more »


Hawks beat depleted Penguins squad in Shootout

By Michael Calvert


Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang were both hurt for last night’s game. Fleury has been so bad the last 11 games he may has well been hurt, but played fairly well last night.

1st period: The first started out pretty slowly with neither team putting up any real scoring chances. At right around 14:00 the Hawks began to turn it on, jumping all over the Penguins for a whole minute finally scoring on a Rundblad rocket slapper.

The Hawks committed the game’s first penalty at 11:21 with a hook by Oduya, it looked like a Pittsburgh penalty to me. The Penguins weren’t able to capitalize; in fact, the Hawks had more opportunities on the PK. Read more »


Hawks fall down three to Nashville, then rush back twice to tie, kick extra point in 5-4 shootout win Monday at United Center

By Michael Calvert

The game started out like a typical Preds game, slow with a lot of backing and forth-ing in the neutral zone. However, at 11:50 in the first, the Preds started rolling. Just as their power play expired, Roman Josi scores on a pretty give and go pass that Saad must have been impressed by as he too sat watching.

Craig Smith deposited a rebound at 17:12 to give the Predators a 2-0 lead, which feels insurmountable the way this game is going, not to mention Rinne’s 1.8 goals against average.

The Predators had 18 shots in the first period, this is not your father’s Preds, not even your older brother’s. Read more »


Raanta backstops 4-0 shutout of Leafs on emotional day for the Blackhawks

By Michael Calvert

Sunday night, the once hot, but now cold Maple Leafs came into Chicago on the heels of being blown out by Philly at home. Their luck wasn’t much improved as Raanta was as solid as need be and the Hawks put together a tight, complete game on their way to a 4-0 shutout.

Brad Richards was not in the lineup so the lines looked slightly different: Read more »


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 »


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 »