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Hawks squeak by Pens in a shootout 2-1

By Brad Vandenberk

Another somber Sunday morning for the Chicago Blackhawks and the hockey world. Steve Montador, once a part of the Hawks organization, was found dead at his home at the age of 35. This would be the second untimely death for the Blackhawks family in months.

The Hawks would rise up to the occasion once again, though, winning one for Stevie in a shootout 2-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Patrick Sharp took the winning shot with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane up to their old tricks, pulling some sweet moves in the shootout to take their second win in a row.

Corey Crawford has no doubt returned back to his form before his injury, stopping 37 of 38 Penguins shots. He even made a beautiful right pad save late in the second period. Marc Andre Fleury was sharp for the Penguins and showed frustration after letting Sharp’s winning snipe in.

Michal Rozsival returned to the lineup after missing one game with an upper body injury. Kyle Cumiskey along with Ryan Hartman would be back for their second straight game. This spelt bad news for David Rundblad who took this morning off. Ben Smith was back in just after the warm ups meaning Dan Carcillo was also sitting for this one. Read more »

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Hartman a smash in his NHL debut; Hawks beat the Devils 3-1

By Brad Vandenberk

It was game three of this eight game home stand and the Hawks were looking to play a complete game to gain a victory. It was a shootout coupled with an overtime loss to start at the UC. Marian Hossa took this Hawks squad on his back once again, scoring a power play goal, as well as taking the shot for Jonathan Toews to put home the game winning rebound as they beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1. Hossa is on fire these days scoring 7 goals in his last 4 games. Finally a true win at home, although gaining 4 of a possible 6 is a good start. Corey Crawford made some key saves to help get the win. Cory Schneider was his counterpart making it difficult to score.

The Hawks were looking for a spark to ignite the lineup. Let’s be honest here, if it wasn’t for an electrifying 3rd period against the Canucks the other night, this was starting to look ugly. Teuvo Teravainen was re-assigned to Rockford and passing him on the highway was recalled Ryan Hartman and Kyle Cumiskey.

It took just 2 seconds into Hartman’s first NHL shift to set the tone with a massive hit on Dainius Zubrus, knocking the Devil’s helmet flying in the air. Read more »

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Hossa Not Enough: Hawks return home, drop 3-2 shootout decision to Arizona

By Chris Block

Returning to their home ice for the first time since a 6-1 drubbing of the Arizona Coyotes on January 20th, the Blackhawks faced off with the same desert sons on Monday night in front of 21,337 fans, the 302nd consecutive sellout crowd at United Center.

Marian Hossa repeated his efforts from Sunday’s win in St. Louis, again posting 2 goals in this, the Blackhawks first home game in 20 days, on Marian Hossa bobblehead night nonetheless.

Hossa was in top form Monday. The relentless back-checking, puck-hounding, puck-sniping beast that he has earned him a reputation as one of the game’s premier all-around performers put in a near perfect effort on his end.

But his two goals were not enough on Monday, as a late second period Patrick Kane unsportsmanlike penalty allowed Arizona to check back into a game they were largely being neutralized within up to that point. And a miraculous Mike Smith goal line stand with 16.3 seconds left in overtime kept the Blackhawks from returning to Chicago in winning fashion.

Lucas Lessio and Antoine Vermette beat Antti Raanta with different slick maneuverings in the shootout, while Patrick Kane was the lone Blackhawk to convert on Smith. Read more »

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Blackhawks End Ice Show Road Trip on High Note, Best the Blues 4-2

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks got up early Sunday morning to close out their road trip. The early bird gets the worm, but Chicago was happy with two points over the St. Louis Blues.

The Hawks took advantage of a power play goal in the third period to break a tie game against St. Louis. Marian Hossa wound up the hero as Chicago prevailed 4-2.

First Period-The Blues made hay in the Chicago zone early, with a busy Corey Crawford sending several attempts to the corners.

The Hawks drew first blood on their first real opportunity in the fifth minute. Daniel Carcillo got the puck to Marcus Kruger coming out of the defensive zone. Kruger led Carcillo on an odd man rush, scoring when his shot from the right circle got the best of Brian Elliot. Chicago took a 1-0 advantage at the 4:38 mark. Read more »

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Hawks shut out back-to-back for first time in 8 years

By Brad Vandenberk

I thought the phrase was “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”? Well in Minnesota on Tuesday night the Blackhawks looked like they were still in a Vegas state of mind. It was apparent from the opening draw when the Wild came out flying on route to a convincing 3-0 win. After being shut out on Saturday night in San Jose, one would think there would be some kind of jump from a “rested” Hawks squad. Instead they come out and get shut out in back to back game for the first time since October 2006. That’s right before Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were on the scene. But wait there’s more. The second period saw the Hawks allow 24 shots in a single period. This was the first time all season that this was the case. A lot of questions will be asked after this one. Read more »

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Sharks’ Antti Bests Hawks Antti to 2-0 Sharks Win

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks finished the month of January 6-6-1 after being shut out in San Jose Saturday night. Former Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi had a big night, stopping all 31 shots tossed his way as the Sharks beat Chicago 2-0.

(Note-I’m breaking my own format a bit tonight. Rather than offer three periods of “Niemi says no,” I’ll just tell you that while both goalies were stingy Saturday, this was Niemi’s victory.)

The only goal San Jose would need came five minutes into the game. Melker Karlsson brought the puck across the Chicago blue line and fed defenseman Matt Irwin at the top of the left circle. Irwin’s attempt came off Antti Raanta’s pads and provided a second chance for Karlsson. Raanta kept the shot out of the net again but couldn’t control the rebound. Karlsson was able to collect the loose puck and slip it between the Hawks goalie and the left post. Read more »

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Hawks take the season series against Ducks with a 4-1 victory

By Brad Vandenberk

It didn’t take long for the Hawks to bounce back after succumbing to a late loss in LA on Wednesday night. They walked into the Honda center in Anaheim and beat the Duck 4-1 in what seemed to be a Hawks heavy crowd. Patrick Kane led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist putting him just 2 points behind the NHL’s league point leader. Patrick Sharp added 4 assists looking playoff ready. From the open puck drop the Hawks came at the Ducks testing Frederik Anderson. Andersen started this game after relieving Ilya Bryzgalov the previous night. Read more »

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Hawks trade Clendening to Vancouver Canucks for Gustav Forsling

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By Chris Block

The Chicago Blackhawks made a deal late Thursday sending third-year pro Adam Clendening to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for the rights to Gustav Forsling, 18, in a swap of prospect defenseman.

Forsling currently plays defense for Linköping in the Swedish Hockey League and has been a defense partner of 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 2nd round draft pick, Carl Dahlstrom. And the two have skated on the same team for the past three seasons in the Linköping organization. So, the Blackhawks know Forsling well.

Clendening, 22, was a Blackhawks’ 2nd round selection (36th overall) in 2011, a pick Chicago got from the Atlanta Thrashers the previous summer (along with defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy) in exchange for Andrew Ladd.

In this trade the Blackhawks now provide a somewhat clearer picture of the future of their blue line.  Clendening will report to to the Utica (NY) Comets, the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, but could be called up to the NHL club soon where he’d be reunited with former IceHogs’ teammate and defense partner, Ryan Stanton. [Update 1/30/15 2pm CST: Clendening was recalled by the Vancouver to the Canucks on Friday. He was headed to Vancouver from Chicago on Friday. Canucks host Buffalo tonight. Clendening could be in the line up.] Read more »

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2015 Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Rankings

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By Chris Block

2015 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PROSPECT RANKINGS

Qualifications for this list include being under the age of 26 on the final day of the 2014-15 regular season. This excluded Scott Darling, Brandon Mashinter (each 26 now) and T. J. Brennan from consideration for these rankings.

The other qualifier is the player must have no more than 25 NHL games played in the current season or no more than a total of 40 NHL career games played at the time of these rankings.

These rankings and short bios were first published on January 16th and are as of January 15, 2015. As you’ll read, the extended bios took a little longer to write and at that point I decided to do a writeup on every Blackhawks prospect who would qualify for this list, even those who fell below the top 25. To me, there was no added value in ranking the players 1-40, so I decided against that.

The rankings are formed by a weighted formula that leans heavily to skill, career potential and probability of impact at the NHL level.  To clear any confusion, how close a player is to playing in the NHL, or being there at times now, does not factor in. Read more »

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Hawks beat depleted Penguins squad in Shootout

By Michael Calvert

HOSSA, RUNDBLAD SCORE IN 3-2 SHOOTOUT VICTORY AT PITT

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 »

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