By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks were looking at the daunting task of breaking a three-game skid without the services of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Hosting Minnesota Thursday night, Chicago survived a late goal by the Wild and posted a 3-2 shootout win.
With the lineup lacking its usual star power, Ben Smith and a returning Bryan Bickell provided the offense for the Blackhawks. The result was a key victory as the regular season winds down.
First Period-Kris Versteeg got off a shot in the first minute after Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov misplayed the puck in front of the crease. However, Chicago found the going tough in terms of getting the puck to the net. Minnesota outshot the Hawks 9-5 in the opening period and scoring chances were few for the home team. Read more
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By Brad Vandenberk
After beating the Canucks with two goals over just 9 seconds on Saturday night, the Blackhawks were off to Edmonton to continue the western Canadian leg of their circus road trip. The local Edmonton papers all had the Oilers with the slight edge heading into this contest. It seems that the capital of Alberta must be missing something here. The Hawks just edged the Oilers at the UC just weeks ago. Michal Handzus was welcomed back to the lineup after coming off the IR. Marian Hossa was still missing in action due to a family reason back in Chicago. He is rumoured to be joining the Hawks when they cruise down highway 2 to Calgary on Tuesday. Read more
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Marian Hossa – photo: Getty/Yahoo! Sports
By Brad Gardner
Thursday marked the Blackhawks’ first appearance at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center since capturing the Stanley Cup there two seasons ago.
Both teams were coming off disappointing losses earlier in the week and brought the offense, totaling a combined 80 shots over the course of the game. Despite a better effort than they brought Monday against Edmonton, which culminated in a comeback from two goals down in the third period, Chicago fell short in regulation by a score of 5-4 and this time left Philadelphia empty-handed.
Jimmy Hayes found the back of the net for the second consecutive game on a give-and-go with Jamal Mayers. Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo tried to play the puck up the boards but Hayes got a stick on it and deflected the puck right to Mayers. He dished back to Hayes for a deflection between the legs of Ilya Bryzgalov for a 1-0 Chicago lead 3:01 into the game. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Claude Giroux, Dylan Olsen, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, James Van Riemsdyk, Jimmy Hayes, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Scott Hartnell, Zac Rinaldo