Dec 162013
 

By Brad Vandenberk

After a complete debacle in Toronto on Saturday night, and the Blackhawks not getting home on Sunday until 3am, the Hawks were back in action Sunday at 6pm taking on the Los Angeles Kings.  The Kings are coming off an afternoon game in Ottawa on Saturday.  Both teams were playing on a back to back but the Kings have gone 18 straight games without allowing a first period goal.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are still trying to pick up the pieces from being embarrassed 7-3 at the ACC.  On the good news front, Bryan Bickell sounds like he will make the trip to Nashville on Tuesday with his return in question.   The Hawks also bolstered their goaltending situation, acquiring Jason Labarbera on Saturday afternoon for a player to be named later. Continue reading »

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Dec 152013
 

By Michael Calvert

The Hawks brief and ridiculously hot streak ended Saturday night in Toronto.  And the Hawks took the loss in a ‘taste of your own medicine’ fashion.

The Maple Leafs scored fairly early and very often.  Each time the Hawks struck the Leafs had an extremely quick answer.

The Hawks had a similar looking lineup to begin the game.  On the second d pairing Michael Kostka goes with Hjalmarsson, and Oduya relegated to third line duties. Continue reading »

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Dec 122013
 

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were held out of the net for over 20 minutes Wednesday night. At that point, the Hawks offense shook off a sloppy first period, scorched the Philadelphia Flyers for five second-period goals and cruised to a 7-2 victory.

Seven different Blackhawks found the back of the Flyers net as Chicago won their third straight behind rookie goalie Antti Raanta. Last year’s back-up goalie, Ray Emery, had his homecoming ruined as the Hawks burned him for a six-pack of goals.

First Period-The tone was set early as Wayne Simmonds laid a hit on Duncan Keith in the left corner of the Blackhawks zone. In came Wade Brookbank to engage Simmonds barely ninety seconds into the contest. Continue reading »

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Dec 112013
 

By Michael Calvert

Well it can be said the Blackhawks own the Stars in their barn.  If the Dallas players give a darn, they should all be embarrassed.

The Hawks rolled out with the usual on the 1st line on Tuesday night in Dallas, and then everything thereafter was scrambled around.  Old man Zus and Versteeg joined Kane on the second line.  Saad, Shaw and Morin made up a 3rd line that would make most 2nd lines blush.  Smith, Kruger and Bollig round out the dirty line.  Mike Kostka was back in the lineup for the Hawks and appears to have come back a better player – convenient. Continue reading »

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Dec 082013
 

Corey Crawford leaves game in 1st period with “lower body” injury

By Brad Vandenberk

After losing a close affair against the Ducks on Friday, it was time for the Hawks to play their final eastern conference match against the Florida Panthers at the UC.  This would be the first visit for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen since being traded down south.  This was also Kris Versteeg’s first game against his old team playing for his old team.  Fatigue seems to be creeping its ugly head into the dressing room of the Hawks.  They are currently suffering from a 3-game losing streak.  Though, they have battled in all 3 games to try and stay atop the western conference.  There was some good news coming into this game.  Bryan Bickell has begun skating again and is close to a return.  Andrew Shaw did play in this game after missing the last 2 with an upper body injury.  Michael Kostka was back on the Hawks roster after being activated off the IR.  Finally Nikolai Khabibulin is working his tail off in the gym, but is still some time away from returning. Continue reading »

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Dec 062013
 

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks twice pulled even Friday night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks but were not able to avoid their third straight defeat. Play went to a shootout but the Hawks were on the short end of a 3-2 decision.

First Period-Corey Perry opened the scoring at the 3:20 mark, tipping in a Ryan Getzlaf shot. Less than a minute later, the Blackhawks responded after Kris Versteeg’s drop pass got away from Patrick Kane. Ben Smith took control of the loose puck and wristed home the equalizer through Jonas Hiller’s wickets. Continue reading »

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Dec 052013
 

By Michael Calvert

The Hawks came into St Paul riding a one game losing streak after dropping one in heart breaking fashion to the Stars.

Aside from the first, the lines looked much different.  Kris Versteeg played center for the second line, and I thought played fairly well.  Recent call ups Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom played on the third line with d man Sheldon Brookbank; you know Harding was shaking in his skates looking at that line.  The Hawks kept the 4th line of Bollig, Krüger and Ben Smith intact. Continue reading »

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Dec 042013
 

By Brad Vandenberk

Remember the phrase “Home sweet home”?  Well the Blackhawks have finally returned back to the United Center with faint smells of horse dung still lingering in the air.  The circus has travelled to its next destination and the Indian head shines bright at center ice once again.   The opponent on Tuesday was the same Dallas Stars that the Hawks played in Big D five days prior.  That game went to a shootout with Ben Smith grabbing the victory as the 11th shooter, ripping one over Kari Lehtonen’s glove.  The league leading Hawks completed their best circus trip going 6-1 and winning 6 straight after losing to Colorado to begin the trip.  I smell another streak on the horizon, better scent than horse droppings.  All four lines are clicking for Coach Q making it easier to have any given line out against any of the oppositions attack.  Duncan Keith is making a strong case for a Norris nod being named 3rd star of the week with 6 assists.   The Stars will be without one key element heading into Chicago.  Tyler Seguin is suffering from concussion like symptoms and was sidelined for this event. Continue reading »

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Dec 022013
 
BeachKyle_IceHogs_GregHamil_2013_Nov30Kyle Beach being announced Nov 30th’s 1st star of the game
photo credit: Rockford IceHogs, Greg Hamil

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By Chris Block

After being sat out four consecutive Rockford IceHogs games due to what head coach Ted Dent called “conduct” violations, Chicago Blackhawks 2008 first-round draft pick Kyle Beach returned to the lineup on Saturday night in grand fashion.

Not only did Beach register the first hat-trick of his 175-game professional career, but he also contributed in every special teams situation in leading the IceHogs to a much-needed 4-3 victory over their rival Chicago Wolves after Rockford suffered a 7-1 shellacking in Rosemont the previous night.

Following Saturday night’s game, we had an opportunity to sit down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the often beleaguered former 1st round draft pick. Continue reading »

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Dec 012013
 

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. Continue reading »

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