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Blackhawks dismantle Blue Jackets 6-1 at the UC

By Michael Calvert

The Hawks faced a much tougher Blue Jacket team last night at the UC, but it didn’t matter, the end result was awfully familiar.

With Marian Hossa out still the Hawks had to regroup their lines some, the first line lost Sharp and gained an Andrew Shaw.  That’s a minus-1 if you’re counting at home.

Michal Handzus must have gotten to the UC and thought “look what I found,” as he centered the Patricks, Sharp and Kane.  The third line for the Hawks looked an awful lot like it should with Bickell and Versteeg centered by Regin.  Lastly, the fourth line of Smith, Krueger and Bollig.  6th Dman was played by Brookbank tonight.

1st period:  Hawks got on the scorer’s sheet early in this one.  Brandon Bollig disrupted a clearing attempt and Marcus Kruger picked off said errant attempt.  Kruger took the puck to the middle and sort of backhand flipped it towards the net.  Johnny on the spot Bollig got a stick on it and 1-0 Hawks.  The Hawks are pretty much all over the BJ’s at this point. 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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Hawks Win Stadium Series Snowdown 5-1 over Penguins; Hossa leaves after 1st with upper body injury

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks offered a national audience a dominating performance Saturday night. In a snowy Stadium Series contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hawks used a big night from Jonathan Toews and a strong penalty kill to defeat the Penguins 5-1 at Soldier Field.

First Period-The teams labored in the snow for most of the first few minutes until Simon Despres was called for tripping Marcus Kruger in the fifth minute. Kris Versteeg got the only shot on goal as the Penguins negated the man advantage.

Pittsburgh got a loose puck in front of Corey Crawford in the seventh minute but the Hawks goalie covered it up. Forty seconds later, Ben Smith made a nice pass to Kruger only to have Marc-Andre Fleury made a nice save on Kruger’s shot attempt. Read more »

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Broadway bore: Hawks lose to Rangers 2-1

By Michael Calvert

Is it the closing act to the Olympics, or the opening act for the Stadium series on Saturday?  Either way you spin it; Thursday’s Blackhawks-Rangers matchup at Madison Square Garden was not a game for the ages.

I would hesitate to say the Hawks looked slow, but more like out of sync. 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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Crawford, Blackhawks PK stymie Anaheim 2-0

By Jon Fromi

Corey Crawford recorded a shutout Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-0 road victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Crawford’s 29-save effort, along with some outstanding penalty killing, allowed Chicago to make goals from Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews hold up against the NHL’s point leader.

First Period-Anaheim came out the aggressors and generated some chances in the opening minutes, though the Hawks gained a power play midway through the period when Kyle Palmieri was called for interference on Kris Versteeg. Nothing came of the opportunity despite a couple of early shots on goal by Versteeg and Brent Seabrook. Read more »

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Dominant 2 goal Kane performance lifts Hawks to 5-3 win over the Kings at Staples Center

By Brad Vandenberk

At the halfway point of their current six game road trip, the Hawks are collecting points and slightly staying ahead of the St Louis Blues in the Central Division.  Before entering game four in Los Angeles on Monday evening, the Hawks were 1-0-2.  They were still struggling to close the deal in OT and or the Shootout adding to their league’s worst 14 overtimes with a point lost. LA on the other hand is currently looking for goal scoring being shutout in most of their games.  Bryan Bickell made his return to the line up on the 3rd line along side Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad.  Bickell is slowly creeping his way out of the Q’s dog house and knows he needs to use his physicality on the ice.  Marian Hossa has been taking a few maintenance days missing morning skates.  He remains in the line up but with the Olympic break just 5 days away, fatigue can be a factor.  You wouldn’t think with the Big Hoss, as his game is already getting Selke nods.  The fourth line has been exactly what the Hawks have asked for, playing good minutes, establishing the forecheck and actually tucking a few in at key times.  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 overtime woes extend in Calgary

By Brad Vandenberk

After an abysmal week that saw the Hawks go 0-2-1, it’s now time to embark on a 6 game road trip spanning over 12 days and playing some difficult opponents out on the West coast.  These are the last six games that the Hawks will play before the Olympic break starting February 9-26.  The Hawks are suffering through a mid season slump and what better team to bust this slump then the streaking Calgary Flames.  These same Flames gave the Hawks trouble during their last meeting back on November 27th until Patrick Kane threw a backhand over Reto Berra with just 18 seconds left in the 3rd period winning 3-2.  The start of this current road trip is also game one of a back to back with a quick visit to Van-city on Wednesday before heading south to enjoy some fun in the sun, with San Jose, LA, Anaheim and Phoenix waiting patiently.  Read more »

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