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Gibson, Ducks shutout Hawks 1-0 at the UC

By Chris Block

Tuesday night brought the Blackhawks’ biggest litmus test of the young season as the Western Conference leading Anaheim Ducks landed in town.

Joel Quenneville rolled out a mild surprise, revealing Scott Darling would get a second-consecutive start in goal after getting the win in his NHL debut against Ottawa on Sunday.

Darling was solid again, stopping 24 shots but the one he couldn’t get wound up being the difference in the game as the Ducks, behind rookie John Gibson, shut down the vaunted Chicago shooters, 1-0.

The Blackhawks power play went 0-3 on the night, but also surrendered a short-handed goal in the 3rd period that eventually determined the loss. It was the second time in six home games the Hawks power play has gone a ‘0-for’ this season. It was also the second consecutive game the Hawks gave up a short-handed tally and third time this year at home. The 3 shorties the Hawks have given up this season ties for the league lead. Read more »

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Oh My Darling: Hawks edge Sens 2-1 in rookie’s debut; Kane notches 500th point

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks returned home on Sunday night, after a 0-2 road trip with losses to Nashville and St Louis. Coming home, it was the Ottawa Senators visiting the United Center.

The Hawks edged the Sens 2-1 to get back in the win column. Scott Darling made his NHL debut stopping 32 of 33 shots that he faced. Jeremy Morin worked his way back into the lineup after it was announced that Dan Carcillo would be on the shelf for the next 4 weeks with a knee injury suffered Saturday night in St Louis.

Jonathan Toews put the Hawks on the board with a nice wrap-around goal tucking it passed Ottawa’s netminder Craig Anderson. The Senators would tie the game shorthanded with Brad Richards and the linemen getting tangled during the play. Brent Seabrook would give the Hawks the 2-1 lead on the power play and that’s all that would be required. There was only one referee for this game, Steve Kozari. Just before game time the second referee, Eric Furlatt, left with an illness. 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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Rinne, James Neal hat-trick too much for Hawks in Music City

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were in Nashville Thursday night to open a two-game road trip. James Neal and Pekka Rinne were anything but gracious hosts to the Hawks, leading the Predators to a 3-2 victory.

Rinne made 30 saves on the night to hold on to a Nashville lead. Neal took care of the scoring with his fifth career hat trick. As a result, the Predators now lead Chicago by three points in the Central Division standings.

First Period-Chicago got on the board first, with Ben Smith making a sweet spin move in the left corner, maintaining possession of the puck and hitting Marcus Kruger behind the Nashville net. When Kruger came around the goal and was looking to pass, there was Smith waiting at the left post. Smith knocked in his first goal of the season at the 12:21 mark to put the Hawks up 1-0. Read more »

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Raanta’s 2nd career shutout helps Hawks route Flyers

By Brad Vandenberk

Antti Raanta was all smiles when he was informed that he would be making his season debut against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.   Corey Crawford missed the morning skate with an upper body injury. The Finnish netminder finished with 32 saves for his second career shutout as the Blackhawks pounded the Flyers 4-0.

Patrick Kane had 2 power play goals and Brandon Saad was the spark the third line needed getting his first goal of the year along with an assist. This ended the Hawks 4-game home stand (3-0-1-0) which spanned over eleven days. Read more »

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Toews shorty snatches OT win from Predators

By Jon Fromi

Jonathan Toews’ first goal of the 2014-15 campaign was certainly a memorable one. The Chicago Blackhawks captain victimized the Nashville Predators for a shorthanded goal Saturday night as the Hawks edged Nashville 2-1 in overtime at the United Center.

First Period-The Blackhawks jumped on goalie Carter Hutton right away as the teams were switching up in the second minute. Bryan Bickell dug a puck out of a scrum of players and got it out to Niklas Hjalmarsson at the red line. Hjalmarsson sent it across the ice to Oduya up the left side. Oduya entered the Nashville zone and to the top of the left circle, where he let fly with a shot on goal. The puck found the five-hole to put Chicago up 1-0 at the 1:49 mark. Read more »

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Hawks hire another new player development coach, long-time Tortorella ally

By Chris Block

Blackhawks have hired another Player Development Coach.

Recently the team hired Mike Sullivan, who last served as an assistant on John Tortorella’s staff in Vancouver. Tortorella and Sullivan were each fired by the Canucks on May 1, 2014.

Sullivan joins Yanic Perreault, Adrian Aucoin and Mark Eaton on the Blackhawks Player Development staff. This group reports to Barry Smith. Their primary role is to assist in the development of prospects.  Keith Carney was also apart of that team, but he’s currently on voluntary sabbatical from the organization.

Aucoin and Eaton are former NHL defenseman, Sullivan a forward, while Perreault a center who was one of the league’s best faceoff men in his day. Aucoin and Perreault both had stints with the Blackhawks in their playing days.

This new hire does bring a wide-range of experience, but also some baggage. 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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Rockford sets roster for Opening Night; a look at the IceHogs team, Blackhawks prospect lineup

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Mark McNeill skates in a preseason game Oct 2nd in Rockford
Photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

By Chris Block

Rockford IceHogs open their season tomorrow night when they host Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7pm.

The Blackhawks have finalized the AHL roster and it was announced today. The IceHogs will carry 24 skaters to start the season, which is allowed in the American Hockey League.

Scott Darling and Michael Leighton, as expected, will be the IceHogs goalie tandem. Mac Carruth should be given a chance to do the heavy lifting in Indianapolis, on the Hawks’ new ECHL affiliate, Indy Fuel. It seems as though the Rockford duo will split the workload evenly for now.

What’s going to be interesting is how Rockford coach Ted Dent handles his defense. Though, that may be dictated to him by the Hawks’ brass. The IceHogs start the season with 8 defensemen – Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck, T.J. Brennan, Ville Pokka, Stephen Johns, Viktor Svedberg, Zach Miskovic and Dillon Fournier.

Politically, I could see Rockford dressing seven defensemen some nights until something gives on that body count.

The forward group will look something like this…. Read more »

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Corey Crawford stops all the pucks and scores all the goals in Season Opener; Not exactly, but Hawks win 3-2 in the shootout

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks shook off a sluggish opening two periods in Dallas Thursday night, riding goalie Corey Crawford to a 3-2 shootout victory at the American Airlines Center. Crawford kept Chicago in the game in the face of a speedy Stars attack until the Hawks were able to rally in the third period with a Patrick Sharp tally. Patrick Kane potted the lone goal in the skills competition to get the 2014-15 campaign off on the right foot.

First Period-Marcus Kruger was called for the hook on Vernon Fiddler less than two minutes into the contest and the Stars kept Crawford busy on the resulting power play. The Hawks withstood the pressure and kept Dallas out of the henhouse. Chicago killed a second penalty in the 15th minute when Jeremy Morin was caught cross-checking Ryan Garbutt. Read more »

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