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Hawks slip in Colorado and in the standings

By Brad Vandenberk

After barely beating the NHL’s worst team on Sunday in Buffalo it was now time to roll up the sleeves and get a little greasy on a trip to Colorado.  This could possibly be the Hawks first round playoff match up with some differences of course.  Yes, the Hawks have lost to the Avs 3/4  times this year.  But let’s be honest, in a 7 game series when Coach Q starts matching up lines, then we will see how things will play out.  Oh yeah,  and the fact that one of the best 2 way players in the game, Marian Hossa, is still on the shelf until this weekend at the earliest.  The Avalanche have the potential to pass the Hawks in the Central division with a regulation win.  The good news is the Hawks will be done with Roy and the boys after this one.  Read more »

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Central division race tightens; Avs pull to within a point of the Hawks after 4-2 win at the UC

By Brad Vandenberk

Now that the Olympics have claimed its victor and the Stadium Series business is behind us, its time to shift focus to the NHL playoff chase.  On the eve of the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche.  The Avs entered the contest trailing the Hawks by three points in the standings.  To make Tuesday night’s matchup even more meaningful, Colorado also has a game in hand on the defending champs in a tight race atop the Central division between the Avs, Hawks and Blues.

As we sit on March 4, 2014 the Hawks have 20 games remaining in their schedule with the pesky Avs nipping at their heels. While the St Louis Blues began the evening tied with the Hawks at 86 points (St. Louis won 4-2 over Tampa on Tuesday night to climb to 88 points].  This will make for a great finish heading into the playoffs.  The bad news coming out of the Madhouse on Madison is that Marian Hossa will be on the shelf for approximately 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury suffered in Saturday night’s affair at Soldier Field.  This next stretch without him will be a very tough test as no one can play as good a 200 foot game as Hossa.  Brandon Saad started out on the top line Tuesday night as a first-laid plan to replace Hossa alongside Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp for the time being.   Read more »

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Dud in the Desert: Hawks shut out for first time in nearly two years

By Michael Calvert

Friday night in Phoenix was the last game for the Hawks before the 3 week shutdown for the Sochi Olympics.

Patrick Kane was not available to play against the Coyotes.  Kane was on personal leave from the team in order to attend the funeral for his paternal grandfather back in Buffalo.  So, Brandon Saad moved up to the second line.  Missing Kane will never be good for the Hawks, but I doubt they will always struggle this bad offensively when down only one superstar. Read more »

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Hawks drop 2-1 shootout loss in San Jose

By Michael Calvert

This matchup between two Western conference Cup hopefuls didn’t really provide much scoring opportunities, fireworks or even a  lot of chippyness, but it still was a fairly exciting game.

The Hawks had their usual top line of Patrick Sharp and Hossa centered by Toews.  Line two had Versteeg in place of Saad with Brandon Pirri in the middle, joined of course by Patrick Kane.  The 3rd line benefited from the addition of Saad.  Along for the ride was 3rd line stalwart Andrew Shaw and old man Zus at center.

In goal was current cup hero Corey Crawford vs former cup hero Antii Niemi.  Crawford and Niemi are both beneficiaries of solid teams in front of them as they both sport a sub .920 save percentage to go along with excellent win loss percentages. Read more »

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Road rally nets Hawks 5-2 win in Vancouver

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks found themselves down a pair of goals in Vancouver Wednesday night minutes into the second period. Chicago responded with five unanswered goals to snap a four-game skid, rallying to defeat the Canucks 5-2.

First Period-The Canucks got on the board 16 seconds into the game. Ryan Kesler put a backhand attempt on the Hawks net. Chris Higgins gathered in the puck and beat Corey Crawford via the five-hole to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead on the game’s first shift.

A minute later, Niklas Hjalmarsson threw a shot toward the net that floated past Roberto Luongo. The puck struck the crossbar and glanced off of Luongo’s leg. However, Luongo was able to keep the puck from sliding into his net. Read more »

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Blackhawks win SCF rematch vs Bruins in the shootout

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were up and at ‘em for an 11:30 a.m. Sunday loop with the Boston Bruins at the United Center.

The Stanley Cup Final rematch was everything the hype suggested it would be. Yet another matchup between the two clubs was too tight to be decided in regulation. It took the shootout to decide the winner as Chicago prevailed 3-2.

First Period-The Hawks came out strong early. Patrick Kane led a 2 on 1 in the second minute but the play was broken up with Brad Marchand got away with a tug on Brandon Saad’s sweater. Bryan Bickell attempted to complete a wraparound that came up short. Read more »

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Toews’ OT penalty costly; Avalanche prevail 3-2, hand Hawks a 5th January loss

By Brad Vandenberk

After a victory on Sunday night at the UC over the woeful Oilers, the Blackhawks are slowly trying to climb out of this mini slump that they have on the go.  The road ahead did not get any easier when the Colorado Avalanche invade the United Center on Tuesday evening.  Then, on Friday it’s the NHL best team the Anaheim Ducks.  And finally, an afternoon Stanley Cup rematch is on tap on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. when the pesky Boston Bruins come to town.  The Avalanche would be a great test for the reigning Cup champs to test their ability as a team and try to start racking up some wins.  Read more »

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Hawks post 5 on the Oilers, and another on themselves; win 5-3 over Edmonton

By Jon Fromi

After dropping three straight contests, including an overtime loss last night in Montreal, the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Edmonton Oilers in hopes of picking up a win for the first time in over a week. Despite falling behind early Sunday and giving up a freak short-handed goal, Chicago prevailed with a 5-3 win. Read more »

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Sharp trick, Hawks tunnel through New Jersey

By Michael Calvert

Chicago came out with their backup goalie Antti Raanta and the Devils rolled out spot starter, future hall of famer Martin Brodeur.

I think it can be proven fact that the Hawks and Patrick Sharp are on fire.  The Hawks are 9-1-3 in their last 13 games boast the top star of the month for rookies and the last two top stars of the month player in Patrick Kane.  Patrick Sharp now leads the Hawks in goals with 25, that’s really saying something when the two time reigning player of the month is another goal scorer on your team.  Sharp now has two hat tricks in the last 4 games.

1st period:  The Hawks came out with the usual first line of forwards and the d line whose job it is to face the opposition’s top line, Oduya and Hjalmarsson. Read more »

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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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