By Jon Fromi
It was the same story for the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal with the visiting Phoenix Coyotes. The Hawks rallied back late, this time from a late two-goal deficit to send a fourth consecutive game into overtime. However, it was the Coyotes who once again found a way to pull out the game, prevailing 3-2. Phoenix now holds a commanding 3-1 lead in the series with a home game coming up Saturday.
As has been the case in this series, the Hawks were active early. Dave Bolland’s line had a nice shift in the second minute. Bolland got a puck on the doorstep thanks to a failed shot attempt by Bryan Bickell, but Mike Smith came up with a save. Shane Doan interfered with Patrick Kane at the 2:12 mark of the first, but couldn’t take advantage. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brendan Morrison, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Dave Bolland, Johnny Oduya, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Mikkel Boedker, Nick Leddy, Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix, Shane Doan, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Taylor Pyatt
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks finished their California weekend road swing in Anaheim versus the Ducks Sunday evening. The night earlier saw Los Angeles King, Dustin Brown bury three goals and a helper, as the Hawks were shutout 4-0. The Ducks are looking to make a strong run to fight for a tight Western Conference playoff spot. Hawk’s Captain Jonathan Toews remained in Chicago for this trip and missed his 3rd consecutive game with an upper body injury. Niklas Hjalmarsson was also held back. With two leaders off the ice, the road team needed to fight hard to beat a talented Ducks squad.
Ray Emery got the coach Q nod for the start with Jonas Hiller getting his 21st straight start for the Ducks. Marcus Kruger played on the top line with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. Brendan Morrison centered Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg. Dave Bolland was with Andrew Brunette and Bryan Bickell. Finally, Jamal Mayers had Michael Frolik and Jimmy Hayes on either side. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Cogliano, Brendan Morrison, Corey Perry, Jonas Hiller, Nick Bonino, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Ryan Getzlaf, Sheldon Brookbank, Teemu Selanne, Tim Sassone
By Brad Gardner
Another serviceable effort from the Blackhawks resulted in no points as they dropped their eighth straight game, falling to the Coyotes by a score of 3-0. The ‘Hawks found themselves in an early hole and did not have any comebacks in them tonight against a 38-save shutout from red-hot goalie Mike Smith in the Phoenix net.
The Blackhawks faced an uphill battle early with Phoenix scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the opening period. Radim Vrbata continued to light up the ‘Hawks, registering his 26th goal of the season and third against Chicago when his pass from behind the net deflected into the net off defenseman Sami Lepisto. Viktor Stalberg was unable to clear the puck from the defensive zone and Ray Whitney and Vrbata attacked with a give-and-go the other way. Vrbata used his speed to skate in behind and Lepisto was in an unfortunate position as Vrbata tried to get the puck back to the front of the net, deflecting in the opening goal at 3:14 of the first period. Read more
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Tagged Boyd Gordon, Brendan Morrison, Dylan Olsen, Gilbert Brule, Kyle Chipchura, Lauri Korpikoski, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Radim Vrbata, Ray Emery, Ray Whitney
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks definitely showed up at Rogers Arena Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the return of Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews to the line up was spoiled with 37 saves by Cory Schneider and an overtime tally by the Sedin twins.
Chicago picked up a point in the first game on the road over the next three weeks, but Vancouver prevailed by a score of 3-2.
The momentum ebbed and flowed throughout the opening period. Vancouver got an early opportunity when David Booth beat Niklas Hjalmarsson for control of a puck. Booth found himself fight in front of Corey Crawford 90 seconds into the game, but his shot was knocked away.
Andrew Shaw drew a clipping penalty from Keith Ballard that the Canucks killed in the fourth minute. Patrick Sharp found Marian Hossa streaking up the ice and it appeared as if he would get a breakaway attempt on Cory Schneider. Alex Burrows make a nice play to thwart Hossa, then helped set up the game’s first goal at the 7:58 mark. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Brendan Morrison, Canucks, Cody Hodgson, Corey Crawford, Corey Schneider, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Kesler, Vancouver, Viktor Stalberg
By Chris Block
As expected, Stan Bowman pulled the trigger on his first deal well-ahead of the February 27th trade deadline, sending defense prospect Brian Connelly to the Calgary Flames in exchange for veteran center Brendan Morrison.
“He’s a centerman and he’s got a long pedigree of being a good offensive performer,” Stan Bowman said speaking about Morrison on the team’s web site. “I think having that experience and that ability gives us a lot of options depending on where Joel wants to use him.”
Morrison, 36, has spent the past season and a half with the Flames. Chicago will be Morrison’s sixth NHL stop in five seasons. The 5-11 center was drafted out of the University of Michigan by the New Jersey Devils but would move on to spend parts of 8 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks (2000-08). Morrison was traded in March of 2000 to the Canucks for Alexander Mogilny.
The Blackhawks get a center who can set the table for skilled wingers while being defensively responsible. While falling down the Flames’ depth chart, Morrison was averaging 13 minutes per night and winning 50.3% of his face offs this season. Read more