By Chris Block
The Blackhawks 8-game winning streak came to an end on Long Island on Saturday night.
Dan Carcillo put the Hawks ahead for exactly six seconds in the second period when Jaroslav Halak stopped his shot but had the rebound pop high in the air and come down bouncing off the back of his head and into the back of the net. But a bad Duncan Keith giveaway in front of Scott Darling handed Cal Clutterbuck the tying goal six seconds after the Hawks took the lead.
Patrick Kane later notched his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Then the tide turned once again after a Kris Versteeg penalty midway through the third. Kyle Okposo nailed a Darling rebound on the ensuing New York power play. On the next shift the Hawks watched Isles’ defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky dance through their zone and rip a shot by Darling’s stick to take a 3-2 lead, one Halak and the Islanders would not relinquish.
Darling was the star of the game for the Hawks. He stopped 38 shots in taking the 3-2 loss. Halak faced just 25 shots at the other end.
The second period was one of the Hawks’ worst periods of the year, but that’s not to take anything away from the Islanders, who were the better team overall in the latter two-thirds of Saturday’s contest. Read more
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Tagged Antti Raanta, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Cal Clutterbuck, Chris Block, Dan Carcillo, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Islanders, Joel Quenneville, Kris Versteeg, Kyle Okposo, Lubomir Visnovsky, New York, Nick Leddy, NY Islanders, Patrick Kane, Scott Darling
By Chris Block
The Blackhawks were able to beat winter storm Hercules out east, but on Thursday night they were not up to the task of beating the Eastern Conference’s second-worst team, the New York Islanders.
Ultimately one sloppy period and two costly mental errors cost Chicago in a 3-2 overtime loss on Long Island. Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith notched the goals for the Blackhawks while Casey Cizikas, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo scored for the home team. Corey Crawford was solid in his crease return, but not good enough as his counterpart Evgeni Nabokov stood as the Islanders’ top performer on this evening. Read more
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Tagged Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brian Strait, Bryan Bickell, Casey Cizikas, Chris Block, Corey Crawford, Evgeni Nabokov, Game recap, Islanders, John Tavares, Kris Versteeg, Kyle Okposo, New York, NY Islanders, Patrick Sharp, Thomas Vanek
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks gave up an early 2-0 lead in the last minute of the first period but rebounded to defeat the New York Islanders 3-2 at the United Center Friday night. Michal Handzus provided the winning margin with his first goal of the season. Also chipping in was rookie Joakim Nordstrom, who netted his first career goal in the win.
First Period: Nick Leddy got to the net and got off a shot in the second minute that goalie Kevin Poulin knocked away. A few minutes later, Patrick Sharp found Marian Hossa up the left side for another shot on Poulin. Early in the seventh minute, Brandon Bollig nearly pulled off a spin-o-rama from the left post. Poulin gloved the attempt after knocking it into the air with his blocker. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell, Game recap, Islanders, Joakim Nordstrom, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, Josh Bailey, Kevin Poulin, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Michal Handzus, New York, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nikoali Khabibulin
By Jon Fromi
Jonathan Toews showed why he was afforded the NHL’s Second Star of the Month for November in the Chicago Blackhawks first contest of December against the visiting New York Islanders.
The captain notched a goal and an assist in regulation, then had the deciding shootout goal as Chicago snatched two points in a 5-4 decision. The game was far from the performance the Blackhawks were looking for after a lackluster loss to Phoenix earlier this week.
Despite allowing 41 Islander shots on goal and failing to hold a third period lead, the ‘Hawks came up with just enough to claim points number 32 and 33.
The Blackhawks created some excitement in the opening minute when a Brent Seabrook shot from the blueline found iron. Duncan Keith fired another shot on Al Montoya that Viktor Stalberg was able to get a stick on. Toews’s put back was waved off as the whistle had blown before he could get to the puck. Read more
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Tagged Al Montoya, Andrew Brunette, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Islanders, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Okposo, Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, Patrick Sharp