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Hawks trade leads with NHL’s top team, win 3-2; Kane tops Tampa Bay in the shootout

By Brad Vandenberk

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the United Center on Tuesday night looking for their 7th straight victory and owning the league’s best record.

Some have this pegged Lightning-Blackhawks as a potential Stanley Cup final. Although the game had a playoff type feel to it, it took a shootout to solve this one, as the Hawks took it behind the strong play of Corey Crawford 3-2. Ben Bishop made life difficult for the Hawks as they outshot the Lightning 39-27. Jonathan Toews competed in his 500th career game. Read more »

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Hawks find scoring, Crawford shuts door on Les Canadiens 5-0 at Centre Bell

By Brad Vandenberk

A road trip to La Belle Provence seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. After losing 1-0 on Sunday night at the United Center, the Hawks adjusted their line up heading into Montreal on Tuesday. It sent a message to most of the Hawks as they skated their way to a 5-0 victory over the Canadiens.

Home town kid, Corey Crawford obtained his first shutout of the year and 11th of his career, making 27 saves.   Jonathan Toews scored and early power play goal and the “fourth” line did the rest with Kris Versteeg, Bryan Bickell and Marcus Kruger combining for 4 points.

Patrick Sharp was injured in the third, being helped off the ice and did not return. Coach Q mentioned after the game that he would be “out for a bit”, but the team won’t know for sure until they return back to Chicago. Read more »

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Oh My Darling: Hawks edge Sens 2-1 in rookie’s debut; Kane notches 500th point

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks returned home on Sunday night, after a 0-2 road trip with losses to Nashville and St Louis. Coming home, it was the Ottawa Senators visiting the United Center.

The Hawks edged the Sens 2-1 to get back in the win column. Scott Darling made his NHL debut stopping 32 of 33 shots that he faced. Jeremy Morin worked his way back into the lineup after it was announced that Dan Carcillo would be on the shelf for the next 4 weeks with a knee injury suffered Saturday night in St Louis.

Jonathan Toews put the Hawks on the board with a nice wrap-around goal tucking it passed Ottawa’s netminder Craig Anderson. The Senators would tie the game shorthanded with Brad Richards and the linemen getting tangled during the play. Brent Seabrook would give the Hawks the 2-1 lead on the power play and that’s all that would be required. There was only one referee for this game, Steve Kozari. Just before game time the second referee, Eric Furlatt, left with an illness. Read more »

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Raanta’s 2nd career shutout helps Hawks route Flyers

By Brad Vandenberk

Antti Raanta was all smiles when he was informed that he would be making his season debut against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.   Corey Crawford missed the morning skate with an upper body injury. The Finnish netminder finished with 32 saves for his second career shutout as the Blackhawks pounded the Flyers 4-0.

Patrick Kane had 2 power play goals and Brandon Saad was the spark the third line needed getting his first goal of the year along with an assist. This ended the Hawks 4-game home stand (3-0-1-0) which spanned over eleven days. Read more »

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Hawks prospects drop rookie tourney finale: Teuvo, McNeill shine; Full report from London

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By Brad Vandenberk

The last game of this year’s three-game rookie tournament saw the Blackhawks and Senators faceoff. Teuvo Teravainen, Mark McNeill and Kirill Gotovets worked their way back into the lineup, with Cody Caron, Ryan Van Stralen and Justin Holl all out for this one. Mac Carruth was in between the pipes for the Hawks with Chris Driedger on the Ottawa side.

Highly touted Ottawa rookie Curtis Lazar did not dress, nor did Matt Puempel, another top Sens prospect who scored in each of Ottawa’s first two games. Read more »

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Game 4 Recap: Hawks fall 5-2 at Staples; Now must win 3-straight elimination games

By Brad Vandenberk

It’s time to put up or shut up for Game 4 in LA. The Hawks now see themselves in the midst of a 2-game losing streak in this Western Conference Final. The good news is it wasn’t that long ago that the Hawks lost both games in Minnesota the previous series. Now the difference being a loss tonight in LA could spell doom for this dynastic Hawks squad.

There are a few observations from the last 2 losses that we can dissect. First of all paging Corey Crawford, Mr. Crawford, you’re needed between the pipes.   Yes, the Hawks net minder has played some outstanding games, but it seems like he has dropped off a little bit in this series. Let’s not forget the third period meltdown that occurred at the end of Game 2. Normally Crow bounces back from a bad performance, but Saturday night’s contest didn’t fare well either for the visiting tender. Read more »

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Stars shine in Game 5, Hawks take series lead in 2-1 victory over the Wild

By Brad Vandenberk

Leaving Minnesota with the series tied at 2 was not part of plan A in this second round match up. The Wild showed their talent using their speed and forecheck to trouble the Hawks and 2 loses were the result. They took it to the Hawks out shooting them in two games holding the Hawks to less than 20 shots per game.

Matt Cooke returned for game 4 and gave the Hawks a lot of problems as he was involved on 2 of the Wilds 4 goals. The Hawks depth is being challenged and the employees needed to come to work Sunday night in Chicago.

Don’t get me wrong, the stars or core of this team also needs to pull up their sleeves and not allow the Wild to possess the puck. Brandon Bollig was reprimanded for his hit on Keith Ballard, being suspended for 2 games. Keith Ballard and Matt Moulson did not travel with the team to the windy city. Andrew Shaw did not dress for his 4th straight game and has yet to begin skating. Read more »

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Kane 3rd period Showtime deflates Wild push, Blackhawks take series opener 5-2

By Brad Vandenberk

Just as the bikini girl puts down the “round 2” sign, you can’t help but ponder, is this the same Minnesota Wild team the Hawks faced last year in the first round? The answer is simple. No. This Wild team comes slightly different with some glaring similarities.

Remember during the warm ups in game one last season when Niklas Backstrom took a puck off the knee and was helped off the ice deeming him finished for the series? In came Josh Harding, who played real well before hurting himself as well, and then came in Darcy Kemper to finish the series off in a losing cause as Minnesota were eliminated 4-1. Well not a lot has changed with the Wild’s goaltending carousel.

Minnesota’s hope this series seems to rest on Ilya Bryzgalov’s universe. Read more »

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Regular season wraps in wild 7-5 Hawks loss in Nashville

By Brad Vandenberk

Game 82 is upon us, finally!  Not that this season has been a bad one, but after mailing it in against the Capitals last night, it’s hard to get excited for this game.  As I stated last night, Chicago can’t move up from their current third seeded position.

Even though most fans and players are looking toward the post season the Hawks are looking to avenge some pride with the season series owned by the Preds 3-1.  It’s amazing to think – would the Preds be making the playoffs if Pekka Rinne played the entire season?  Several players may be playing their final game tonight in the likes of Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom.  Once Toews and Kane return those two seem to be the odd men out.  It does prove the depth that Chicago does have available if needed to be called upon.  Another situation that will be solved on Sunday evening is who is the Hawks first round opponent?   After both Avalanche and Blues taking a loss last night, it seems that it will come down to the final day of the NHL.  The Avs finish their season against the Ducks while the Blues have an afternoon affair against the Redwings at home.  Read more »

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Hawks wash out in our Nation’s Capital

By Brad Vandenberk

With the last weekend of the NHL season upon us, it is reassuring to know that the Hawks will be going to the playoffs and cannot get into a higher spot than the 3rd seed.  Over the past few weeks it was the Avalanche that the Hawks thought they would face for the first round, but with the Blues latest slide it could be either opponent.  Being the third seed means that they will not have home ice for the first round.  So now it’s time to sit back and let me be your host for the final 2 games of the year.  The question now is, do the Hawks rest a few players, Olympic athletes, or do you ride the momentum you are currently on?

The ‘Hawks are on a 4 game winning streak without 2 of their stars, Kane and Toews.  Good news is both players are skating and look to be 100% for the first game of the playoffs.  Read more »

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