By Brad Vandenberk
With their surprise sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Boston Bruins awaited the winner of game 5 in the Western conference final in Chicago between the Blackhawks and LA Kings. If the Hawks win this contest, they will head to the Stanley Cup final. The Kings were trying to take the series back to LA and recreate the same momentum the Hawks had against Detroit.
Duncan Keith was back in the lineup for the home team after serving his one game suspension. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Anze Kopitar, Blackhawks, Boston, Bruins, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Dwight King, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Kings, Los Angeles, Mike Richards, Patrick Kane
By Brad Gardner
The Los Angeles Kings held serve with a 3-1 win on home ice over the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Goals from Justin Williams and Slava Voynov spotted the Kings a 2-0 lead, which was enough for Jonathan Quick and a tight-checking Kings defense to remain undefeated at home during the playoffs.
Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 27 shots and kept his team in the game the whole way. The penalty kill also played a big part in keeping the score close, finishing a perfect 5-for-5 against the Kings powerplay. Despite the loss, the Blackhawks maintain a 2-1 series advantage. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Dwight King, Game 3, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams, Kings, Los Angeles, Marian Hossa, Slava Voynov, Staples Center
Something to Harp About
By Rich Lindbloom
If nothing else last week, I discovered how deep, vast and wide the State of Texas is. We visited Lake Rayburn in the east, and then the Austin and San Antonio area. Needless to say, finding the Hawks games at local watering holes proved to be a challenge. With the exception of the King’s game, we were forced to follow the action on our cell phones. Obviously, we were less than enthused with the late game meltdowns-twice against the Quackers and once against LA.
After the first loss to Anaheim, a quite distasteful 2-4 ending, I thought of a perfect way to describe the outcome. Read more
By Brad Vandenberk
The road trip has ended and the Blackhawks find themselves at the UC playing 3 games in 5 days. Their recent road trip had them obtain 6 out of a possible 8 points.
Their only loss came at the hands of the Ducks on Wednesday, abolishing a 2-1 lead with 6 minutes left in the 3rd period, losing 4-2.
That’s not the only loss that was suffered. Marian Hossa left the game in Colorado on Monday night and has yet to play a shift since. Coach Q stated that the injury is not serious and that Hossa is expected to return shortly. Sorry Hawks fans, Hossa did not dress tonight for the Kings match. He has also been listed as questionable for Tuesday’s contest against the Flames. Hossa was a big contributor to the Hawks beating the Flames in Calgary scoring the tying goal with 2.4 seconds left in the game. They then went on to claim victory in the shootout. Read more
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Tagged Anze Kopitar, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Dustin Brown, Dwight King, Game recap, Jarret Stoll, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Jordan Nolan, Kings, Los Angeles, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Patrick Kane, Tyler Toffoli