By Brad Vandenberk
The Blackhawks miracle regular season finishes this Saturday night in St Louis. But first, they have to complete their western Canadian road trip with a stop in Edmonton to face the Oilers.
Now, we all remember it was back on February 25th when the Oilers that took the Hawks to overtime and the Hawks finishing on top 3-2 with a great move by Marian Hossa. The second match against the troublesome Oilers saw the Hawks surrender 4 goals in the first period on route to a 6-5 defeat on March 10th.
Tonight’s game was the rubber match. The only thing the Oilers were playing for is pride as the Hawks can clinch the President’s trophy with 2 points. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Devan Dubnyk, Drew Leblanc, Edmonton, Game recap, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Nail Yakupov, Oilers, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery
Is getting punched in the face by John Scott an alternative?
“He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.” – John Buchan
By Rich Lindbloom
To be honest with you, I had forgotten what it felt like after a Hawks loss. I had been perched on Cloud Nine, (clearly a million miles, from reality), for 24 games in a row. There’s such a feeling of “momentary” euphoria when we triumph over the known scoundrels in the NHL. Truly a case of good triumphing over evil – Truth, justice and the Chicago way. When we win, I devour every word of the postgame show as if something meaningful is actually being said. As the song goes, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way.” While we all knew it couldn’t last, a feeling of invincibility and smugness had settled in during “The Streak.” Read more
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Tagged Anon., Avalanche, Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Devan Dubnyk, Duncan Keith, Gordon Lightfoot, John Scott, Marian Hossa, Matt Duchene, Oilers, Ray Emery, Sam Gagner, The Streak
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks spotted their opponents from Edmonton a four-goal lead in the first period before coming out to make a game of it. Unfortunately, the ‘Hawks could not overcome a pathetic start and lost their second game in a row 6-5 to the Oilers.
The game was dominated by Edmonton throughout the opening period. Niklas Hjalmarsson committed an early turnover in his zone that was gathered in by Ales Hemsky, but Hjalmarsson recovered nicely to prevent any damage. Damage was coming, however, as the Oilers scored twice in the third minute.
The first goal came when Mike Brown received a puck that was held in the Chicago zone and flung it from a few feet inside the blue line. The shot snaked past Ray Emery’s left pad and in at the 2:24 mark. A few seconds later, Sam Gagner completed a play that saw Nail Yakupov thread a pass to Magnus Paajarvi, who directed the puck to the doorstep. Gagner knocked in the pass to give his team a two-goal advantage. Read more
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Tagged Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton Oilers, Jonathan Toews, Justin Schultz, Magnus Paajarvi, Marian Hossa, Mike Brown, Nail Yakupov, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Whitney, Sam Gagner, Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Brookbank, Taylor Hall, Yann Danis
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks returned to the scene of perhaps the lowest point of the season in their 9-2 drubbing at the hands of Edmonton in November. It was another nightmarish game for the ‘Hawks at Rexall Place as the Oilers came very close to appeasing the “We want 10!” chants from the November game, winning by a score of 8-4 behind an eight-point effort from Sam Gagner.
Jamal Mayers got things started 6:29 into the first period. He took a wrist shot a couple strides into the zone and the puck found it’s way past Dubnyk to the short side. The goal was Mayer’s fifth of the season and second in as many games.
Chicago carried the 1-0 lead into the first intermission and then Patrick Sharp extended it further 40 seconds into the second period. Patrick Kane robbed Ryan Smyth of the puck in the neutral zone and carried it into the zone with a 2-on-1 advantage. Kane set up Sharp for the one-timer, which beat Dubnyk between the legs as he slid across the crease. Read more
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Tagged Cam Barker, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Devan Dubnyk, Jamal Mayers, Jordan Eberle, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall