By Jon Fromi
Despite watching a two goal lead evaporate in the last ten minutes of the contest, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to come away with a huge 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues Thursday night at United Center.
With the victory, the Blackhawks have taken four of six games from the top team in the Western Conference. They also move another step closer to locking up a spot in the postseason with a solid performance.
The pace favored the Hawks early, but Chicago didn’t get on the board until midway through the opening frame. Kent Huskins committed a high stick on Andrew Shaw a little over two minutes in. Although the Blackhawks got a shot on goal on the power play for the first time in nine attempts, a single shot was all Chicago could muster.
The first score came when Nick Leddy found Bryan Bickell in the neutral zone in the eleventh minute. Bickell entered the Blues zone with Dave Bolland, where he skated to just above the left faceoff circle before sending a wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak at the 10:38 mark. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Alex Steen, Andrew Brunette, Blues, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Arnott, Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp, St. Louis, TJ Oshie, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawk`s three-game road trip came to an end on Tuesday night in St Louis. The Hawks had a 3-game winning streak heading into the Scottrade Center. They took two eastern conference teams out earlier last week with the Leafs and Senators falling by one. They then travelled to Detroit where they won a tight match against their divisional rivals. With the Hawks’captain still on the shelf, they have won all three previous games the hard way, grinding out with great defense and even the back checkers making their presence felt. This game would offer another divisional match up with St Louis holding the edge in toughness and grit.
The line up remained the same with Brandon Bollig making his “home” debut. Bollig called in a favour and put his whole family in the crowd. The Hawks knew they would be going to battle against this tough Blues team. Niklas Hjalmarsson, only days away from returning, remained out with Steve Montador joining him. Morrison, O’Donnell and Frolik also missed out on the action again. Patrick Kane continued his play at center with Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette. The rest of the line up remained the same. Ray Emery started his 3rd consecutive game in net. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Andy McDonald, Brandon Bollig, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Arnott, Ray Emery, Ryan Reaves, Sami Lepisto, TJ Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka
Dan Carcillo vs Skut Farkus
By Rich Lindbloom
In the movie A Christmas Story the only thing that saves the town bully, Scut Farkus, from total annihilation, was Ralphie’s mom. The refs may have saved Backes on Saturday when Danny Carcillo finally had enough of the Blues attempt at intimidation. In a reversal of their game plan when they shut the Hawks out on Nov 8th, 3-0, the Blues regressed to malfeasance and thuggery as an ill advised strategy. Truly, you’d think they’d finally get it by now. It was a statement game for the Blues, a game where they once and for all hoped to dispel the aura of Blackhawk supremacy. Next time, maybe they should stick to playing hockey. To the Blues credit, they didn’t resort to the obligatory tomfoolery their fans have grown accustomed to at the end of the game. The term ‘sore losers’ has been equated with St Louis Blues hockey for quite some time now. Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged A Christmas Story, Blues, Dan Carcillo, David Backes, David Perron, Ken Hitchcock, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Ryan Reaves, Scut Farkus, Sean O'Donnell, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks brought a better effort in the second half of the back-to-back, downing the division rival St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2.
Ray Emery earned his fourth win of the season over the Blues’ Brian Elliott, who has been one of the league’s top goalies so far this season. The see-saw opening 30 minutes included the Blues relinquishing a pair of one-goal advantages to the ‘Hawks before Chicago’s special teams took over in the middle frame to capture and secure the lead for the visiting Blackhawks.
Blues forward David Perron returned to the line-up for his first game since November 4th, 2010, having missed 97 games while he was out with a concussion. In his second shift of the game, Perron continued his torment of the Blackhawks with the game’s opening goal.
Patrik Berglund’s centering pass deflected off a Chicago skate and rolled directly onto Perron’s stick in front of the Chicago goal. The winger had time and patiently played the puck to his forehand before roofing his shot over a downed Emery. Steve Montador was the closest ‘Hawk, but was unable to make the play with his stick as it was tangled up in Blues forward Matt D’Agostini. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Brian Elliott, Dan Carcillo, David Perron, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Viktor Stalberg