Mar 132015
 

By Chris Block

Blackhawks set off for their annual father and son’s trip this week.

Glendale, Arizona was the first stop for the Hawks as they visited a majority Blackhawks fan partisan crowd of 17,534 at Gila River Arena.

Andrew Shaw and Brad Richards ended two long goal scoring droughts and Corey Crawford was stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced in a 2-1 win over the NHL’s 3rd-worst team by record.

The game also marked Antoine Vermette’s return to Arizona for the first time since being traded to Chicago on March 2nd. The Coyotes got the Blackhawks’ first-round draft choice this coming June, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck back in return for Vermette’s services. So, it was Dahlbeck’s first chance to perform against the team that drafted him 79th overall in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Dahlbeck is also on the Coyotes’ first penalty kill unit, a unit that had not surrendered a power play goal against in the four games since Dahlbeck joined their team. Continue reading »

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Feb 102015
 

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. Continue reading »

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Jan 202015
 

By Brad Vandenberk

After dropping two straight divisional games at home, the taste of losing was on the Hawks’ tongues. It just took a quick stir of the drink to make everything better, and a visit from the Arizona Coyotes also helps.

Coach Q, coaching his 500th game in the Hawks organization, tinkered the line up just slightly to get certain players going. Andrew Shaw got the message, scoring two goals on route to a 6 -1 routing of the desert dogs.

Teuvo Teravainen (1G, 1A) and Bryan Bickell (2A) added to the newly third line. Patrick Sharp (2A) also helped ignite the second line alongside Brad Richards (2A) and Patrick Kane (1G, 2A). That lined combined for 9 points with Kane scoring his 200th career goal all with Chicago, being the 20th player in Blackhawk history to achieve that mark. Even the defense core received a face lift with Duncan Keith mentoring David Rundblad, forcing Brent Seabrook to partner with Niklas Hjalmarsson. Johnny Oduya and Michael Rozsival rounding out the bottom pairing. Continue reading »

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