Category Archives: Game recap

Checkmate: Hawks pin Kings in 1-0 battle; Raanta earns first NHL shutout

By Michael Calvert

In a game where both goalies were awarded a spot among the top 3 stars, the Hawks came out victorious with a 1-0 shutout Monday night at the United Center.

Antti Raanta earned his first NHL start, though Patrick Kane also saw his 14 game point streak come to an end in this hard fought victory over the LA Kings.

Martin Jones started for the Kings and he’s been excellent backing up Ben Scrivens (so well, he’s taken over the top temp slot from Scrivens) in Jonathan Quick’s injury-related absence. Read more »

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Losing ugly: Blues overcome 2-goal deficit late, beat Hawks 6-5 in the shootout competition

By Jon Fromi

After cruising to a five-goal victory over Colorado, the Chicago Blackhawks traveled to St. Louis to tangle with another pesky Central Division foe Saturday night. Like the night before, the Hawks got out to an early lead. However, the contest unfolded a bit differently when all was said and done.

Chicago surrendered two-goal advantages twice, including allowing the Blues to tie the game with two goals in the last few minutes of regulation. St. Louis treated their fans at the Scottrade Center to a come-from-behind triumph, handing the Blackhawks a 6-5 shootout loss.

First Period-Chicago camped out in the offensive zone in the first period and soon began raining rubber on Blues starter Jaroslav Halak. Duncan Keith got in close for a slap shot in the fourth minute that Halak knocked away. Read more »

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Blackhawks have their way with the Devils

By Chris Block

If there ever was a game that could exemplify the current era Chicago Blackhawks, Monday’s 5-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils is just it.

The Hawks patented style of suffocating much of the opposition’s attempts at advancing the puck through the neutral zone was in full force.  And even when the Blackhawks let up temporarily and give an opponent a glimmer of hope, the Hawks are much too talented, and their opponent knows the fatal gut-punch is always potentially just around the next corner.

With the three-day Christmas break looming, the Chicago Blackhawks took to the United Center ice on Monday night to face off with a New Jersey Devils team that entered the contest with a .500 record (15-15-7).

Antti Raanta made his seventh consecutive start in the Hawks net since Corey Crawford suffered his injury during the first period of the December 8th game against the Florida Panthers.  Raanta made 10 saves against a grand total of 12 New Jersey shots on Monday in improving his overall NHL record to 8-1-2 (2.20 GAA, 91.6 sv%) and 5-1-1 as Chicago’s interim number one goalie. Read more »

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Canucks rally from two down, take 3-2 shootout decision Friday night at the UC

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks held a two-goal lead midway through Friday’s game with Vancouver and were up a goal entering the last 20 minutes. The Canucks chipped back, tied the game in regulation and won an eight-round shootout session on a successful attempt by Ryan Kesler. Chicago picked up a point but dropped a 3-2 decision to Vancouver at the United Center.

First Period-The Hawks tested Eddie Lack a couple of times early, controlling play and putting up the game’s first five shots. Vancouver’s Chris Higgins found himself with a potential scoring chance when he took a pass from Kesler to the Chicago net. Fortunately, Antti Raanta turned away the attempt early in the seventh minute. Read more »

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Hawks top Preds 3-1, avenge brutal November loss in Music City

By Brad Vandenberk

Remember November 16, 2013?  That was the last time the Hawks entered Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  The game ended looking more like a murder scene than a hockey game.  The Predators taught the Hawks a lesson, defeating them 7-2.  After that game, the Hawks went on to win their next seven out of eight, which included their circus road trip. If we look back to Saturday night when the Hawks were blown out on the road 7-3, we start to see a trend here. The Hawks then came home on Sunday to play a complete effort beating up on the LA Kings 3-1.  Now it’s back to the scene of the crime to show why Chicago are the defending Cup champs.  Read more »

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Hawks rebound from Saturday’s loss in TO, halt Kings’ winning ways with 3-1 victory at the UC

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. Read more »

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Leafs offense assaults Hawks in Toronto

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. Read more »

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Hawks 2nd period explosion key to 7-2 rout of Flyers

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. Read more »

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Hawks clobber lousy Stars, 6-2

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. Read more »

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Hawks special teams near perfect in Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes’ return to United Center; Hawks beat Panthers 6-2

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. Read more »

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