By Brad Gardner
Three days after the Chicago Blackhawks took a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of their second round playoff series against rival Detroit, the Red Wings responded in kind with a 4-1 win of their own to even the series. Henrik Zetterberg assisted on two goals for Detroit as the visitors handed the ‘Hawks their first home loss of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Red Wings’ tight-checking game didn’t give the Blackhawks nearly as much room to operate as they had in the latter stages of the first game. The puck possession time favored Detroit, and even when the Hawks were able to get a shot on goal, they did not challenge Jimmy Howard too much. The Red Wings goalie made 19 saves on only 20 shots, the lowest total for the Blackhawks in the playoffs.
Corey Crawford made 26 saves on 30 shots and did not look as sharp as the Blackhawks had come to expect of him in the playoffs. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Brendan Smith, Corey Crawford, Damien Brunner, Detroit, Game recap, Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Johnny Oduya, Michal Handzus, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Playoffs, Red Wings, Valtteri Filppula
By Chris Block
Coming off a 2-1 loss to Anaheim at United Center on Friday that had many Chicago hockey fans grumbling and anxious for changes, the Blackhawks flew through Detroit on Sunday and dampered Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday celebration with a 7-1 thumping of the Red Wings.
Chicago’s charge was led by its next wave of young core, with Brandon Saad, Jeremy Morin, Nick Leddy and Jimmy Hayes all figuring prominently in the scoring.
The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg on Sunday. He was a late scratch due to a groin ailment. Detroit did see the return of veteran Mikael Samuelsson (finger) however. Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp continue to be absent from the Blackhawks line up, though both are close to returning.
Corey Crawford was back between the pipes for Chicago for this Easter Sunday afternoon matinee in Detroit, while Jimmy Howard started in goal for the Red Wings.
Jeremy Morin, called up from the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, made an impact on his first shift in the NHL this season. Morin had scored 10 goals and 4 assists in 10 games in the month of March in the AHL. And he didn’t waste any time picking up where he left off there. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook, Cory Emmerton, Dave Bolland, Detroit, Game recap, Gordie Howe, Henrik Zetterberg, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Jimmy Howard, Joel Quenneville, Jonas Gustavsson, Jonathan Toews, Jordin Tootoo, Michal Rozsival, Nick Leddy, Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings
By Brad Vandenberk
On a cold afternoon in Detroit, the Blackhawks invaded Joe Louis Arena for a 12:30 ET start. This lone NHL afternoon match was viewed nationally and did not disappoint.
The Hawks came in riding their 21 game point streak and the Red Wings were looking to play spoiler and break that streak.
With the talk of re-alignment throughout the NHL, the Red Wings will move over to the Eastern Conference and only see the Hawks 2 times a year versus the regular 6 times. This could be a big blow to the already great rivalry between these 2 clubs.
Marian Hossa played in his 1000th game, etching his name among the elite in the NHL. Dave Bolland missed his 5th consecutive game with an upper body injury. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Detroit, Game recap, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Joakim Andersson, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Eaves, Patrick Kane, Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings, The Streak, Tomas Tatar, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The sixth and final meeting of the season between the Blackhawks and Red Wings went down to a shootout, where Patrick Kane scored the deciding goal to give the visiting ‘Hawks a 3-2 victory. Corey Crawford played a strong game, despite giving up a pair of third-period goals, and did not allow a goal in the shootout to register his 30th win of the season.
Detroit’s third period comeback secured one point in the standings, thereby sealing up either the fourth or fifth seed of the Western Conference and a first round match-up against Nashville.
Despite the two points, Chicago settled into the sixth spot with 101 points (45-26-11 record) on the season. They will open the playoffs on the road against the winner of the Pacific Division.
The game played much like the rest of the season series. Each game between the two Central Division rivals has been decided by one goal. It was the fourth time in six games that the final score was 3-2 and the fourth time Chicago came out victorious. The ‘Hawks ended up taking 10 of a possible 12 points out of the season series against the Wings with a 4-0-2 record. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Contract Extension, Contract Signing, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Kings, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Pavel Datsyuk, Playoffs, Ray Emery, Red Wings, Sharks, Tomas Holmstrom, Viktor Stalberg
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks lost their fourth game in a row since the start of the New Year, falling to the Detroit Red Wings in overtime by a score of 3-2.
An early lead fell by the wayside in the closing minutes in a game that was not without its share of controversy. Also noteworthy was the lack of Patrick Sharp for the last two periods as Detroit evened up the season series at a game apiece.
Chicago got on the board early via the power play, breaking a 0-for-15 slump with 3:35 gone in the opening period. Marian Hossa collected the puck off of a Dave Bolland faceoff win and got the puck to Nick Leddy. Leddy returned the favor and Hossa threw the puck toward the net. Bolland sent the rebound off of Nicklas Lidstrom’s skate and past Ty Conklin to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.
Seconds later, Hossa got another scoring play started, bringing the puck into the Detroit zone and putting a shot on goal. In the ensuing battle behind the net for the puck, Michael Frolik tipped a loose puck to the face off circle. Sharp gathered it in, skated to the front of the net, and slapped the puck past Conklin for a 2-0 Blackhawks advantage less than five minutes into the game. Read more
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Tagged Corey Crawford, Daniel Cleary, Dave Bolland, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Hayes, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Pavel Datsyuk, Ty Conklin, Valtteri Filppula
Less than half of current NHL players recently participated in a voluntary poll presented by the National Hockey League Player’s Association and the CBC television network in Canada. Of the 318 players who did return surveys, 11% identified the Chicago Blackhawks as the team they’d most-like to play for. And 7% choose the United Center as their favorite arena to play in.
Duncan Keith, the reigning Norris Trophy award winner, finished 5th in the category of toughest defenseman to play against. Keith received three percent of the votes in that query. Patrick Sharp ranked 3rd in the most-underrated player category, tied with New Jersey center Travis Zajac with each receiving 3.5% of votes. That’s something of an arbitrary category. Frans Nielsen, who got the 2nd most votes for most-underrated, is a sneaky-skilled player but he’s not in the league of Sharp or Dallas Stars winger Loui Eriksson, who led the voting by a slim margin over Nielsen (5 goals, 16 assists, 43gp).
In Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks have the league’s 5th most desired coach, according to players polled. Quenneville received 6% of votes tallied, behind Guy Boucher (8%), Dave Tippett (8%), Mike Babcock (18%) and Dan Bylsma (21%). Bylsma was obviously aided by how well he came off in the HBO 24/7 series.
Here’s the entire list of questions and top vote getters: Read more
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