Category Archives: Blackhawks

No Keith, No problem: Hawks grind out 5-3 win over the Wild

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed divisional rival Minnesota Wild into the United Center on Tuesday night. It was their first match since the Hawks dismissed Minnesota from the playoffs last year. Earlier in the morning it was announced that Duncan Keith would miss this game with an illness. With the mumps being all over the NHL, it has yet to be determined what Keith is going through. Antti Raanta was between the pipes for this one with Niklas Backstrom taking the visitors crease.

The Hawks relied on their big guns to take this one. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith all scored as the Hawks grinded out a 5-3 victory. Originally David Rundblad was in Keith place, but that was quickly changed before the second period even started, as the defensive pairings changed. Read more »

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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 8-game win streak snapped by Islanders

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks 8-game winning streak came to an end on Long Island on Saturday night.

Dan Carcillo put the Hawks ahead for exactly six seconds in the second period when Jaroslav Halak stopped his shot but had the rebound pop high in the air and come down bouncing off the back of his head and into the back of the net. But a bad Duncan Keith giveaway in front of Scott Darling handed Cal Clutterbuck the tying goal six seconds after the Hawks took the lead.

Patrick Kane later notched his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Then the tide turned once again after a Kris Versteeg penalty midway through the third. Kyle Okposo nailed a Darling rebound on the ensuing New York power play. On the next shift the Hawks watched Isles’ defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky dance through their zone and rip a shot by Darling’s stick to take a 3-2 lead, one Halak and the Islanders would not relinquish.

Darling was the star of the game for the Hawks. He stopped 38 shots in taking the 3-2 loss. Halak faced just 25 shots at the other end.

The second period was one of the Hawks’ worst periods of the year, but that’s not to take anything away from the Islanders, who were the better team overall in the latter two-thirds of Saturday’s contest. Read more »

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Hawks Take 8th Straight with 3-2 Win in Beantown; Dahlbeck tallies 1st NHL goal, Toews suffers head injury

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks held off a late charge from the Boston Bruins Thursday night to extend their current win streak to eight games. The Hawks rode a big performance in net by Scott Darling along with a nice evening by Ben Smith to a 3-2 road victory.

First Period-Smith was the catalyst for the opening tally, maneuvering the puck behind the net and hitting a wide open Klas Dahlbeck just above the left dot. Dahlbeck’s blast beat Tuuka Rask at the 9:10 mark to put Chicago up 1-0. Rask was fooled as Dahlbeck’s shot was slightly re-directed when his own forward, Seth Griffith, stuck his stick in the open lane and tipped the shot. The goal was Dahlbeck’s first in the NHL. Read more »

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More on Jeremy Morin’s AHL “Conditioning” loan, his trade demand, possibilities; Rockford injury, coaching updates

By Chris Block

Jeremy Morin agreed to a maximum 14-day conditioning loan with the Rockford IceHogs for the dual purpose of getting the 23-year old left winger some game time and showcase the beleaguered now 5-year pro for a potential trade.

Morin had been designated a healthy scratch for 8 consecutive games leading up to the conditioning loan. He last played on November 20th in Calgary.

Rockford embarks on a 6-game road trip starting in Milwaukee tonight (Dec 10th). Thus it’ll be 19 days between games for Morin. He is expected to be in the IceHogs’ lineup tonight.

Should Morin remain with the Blackhawks’ organization for the duration of this loan, he’d have to be recalled from the loan on December 22nd, the day after Rockford’s road trip concludes. The Blackhawks can also recall him at any time before then.

There’s some interesting aspects to this move.

Morin’s agent, Pat Brisson (who also represents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews) went to Stan Bowman in the middle of last week essentially requesting a trade on behalf of his client. Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times reported on Sunday (Dec 7) Morin’s side presented it as a “play me or trade me” type of proposal. Read more »

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Sharp Returns: Hawks squeak past Devils, 3-2 in the shootout

By Brad Vandenberk

Patrick Sharp returned to the lineup after missing 14 games on Tuesday as the Chicago Blackhawks hit the road, beginning in New Jersey. The Devils arrived home late in the morning from their 2-1 win in Carolina the previous night. Keith Kinkaid made his NHL debut for the Devils and keep the Hawks at bay. Kinkaid stopped 37 of 39 shots the Hawks through at him, but he wasn’t able to survive the shootout. Chicago wins their seventh straight game with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scoring in the shootout. Scott Darling stops both Devil attempts winning his fourth game of the year. Read more »

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Phillip Danault talks NHL call up, Experience playing for coach Joel Quenneville

Danault_2014Oct11_IceHogs_500x333Phillip Danault battles with Joe Piskula on Opening Night
Photo credit: Rockford IceHogs


By Chris Block

On November 20th, Phillip Danault got the call he’d been working toward for a decade.

That night, while the Blackhawks were in Calgary skating against the Flames, Danault received a call from Rockford IceHogs GM and Blackhawks’ director of minor league affiliates, Mark Bernard.

The news was good. Danault got word he was being called up to the NHL. He immediately began packing his bags and was to be on the first flight out of O’Hare airport to Edmonton the next morning. Danault arrived in northern Alberta just in time to join his new teammates for the final seconds of that Friday morning’s practice.

Danault, 21, made his NHL debut the very next night, on November 22nd in Edmonton. He centered the Hawks’ fourth line and even got in a few power play shifts after the game got out of hand at Rexall Place. Danault didn’t make it onto the scoresheet, though the Hawks won 7-1. Read more »

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Hawks win 3-1 in Nashville, overtake Preds for 1st in Central; A look at possible roster moves with Sharp returning

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks kept the recent string of dominance over their top competition in the West on Saturday. Chicago skated through Music City taking a 3-1 victory from the Nashville Predators before the typical Blackhawks fan-laden crowd at Bridgestone Arena.

Brandon Saad was the offensive darling of the night, scoring his 6th of the season in the first period to get the Hawks going. Saad then set up Marian Hossa for an easy goal in the second that proved to be the game-winner. Starter Scott Darling and the Hawks withstood a strong third period Predators pushback to preserve the win.

Darling stopped 32 of 33 shots in earning his 3rd win in 4 NHL starts. Pekka Rinne made 28 saves against 30 shots in taking the loss. Hossa potted an empty-netter with 1:11 to go to seal the win. Hossa had just 1 goal in his previous 16 games going into Saturday night in Nashville.

Chicago (18-8-1, 37pts, .685) jumped over Nashville (17-7-2, 36pts) and into 1st place in the Central with the victory, though the Predators do have a game in hand and own a better points-earned percentage (.692) still. It caps a week that saw the Hawks pass the Preds and Blues in the standings both by head-to-head wins as well as beating Montreal, one of the top teams in the East right now as well. Read more »

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Saad’s late tally lifts Hawks over Habs

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks found themselves down a goal to the Montreal Canadiens after 40 minutes of action Friday night. However, a pair of third period scores brought the Hawks back. Brandon Saad potted the game-winner in the final minute to give Chicago a 4-3 win.

First Period-Chicago got on the board in the third minute following Daniel Carcillo blocking a Tom Gilbert shot. Andrew Shaw collected the loose puck and brought it out of the Hawks zone. Bryan Bickell came up the left side and made a nice pass to Michael Rozsival, who had joined the odd-man rush. Roszival let fly from the right dot and beat Carey Price for a 1-0 Chicago lead at the 2:13 mark.

The scoring play seemed to tilt the rink toward the Montreal zone for the next few minutes, though real quality chances were hard to come by. Marian Hossa took a feed from Jonathan Toews but it was knocked away by Price. 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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