By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks captain was still sidelined with an upper body injury as the league leading St Louis Blues rolled into town. Although whispers were heard throughout the United Center for a Jonathan Toews return this week, he had not practiced the past two days and did not lace the skates up for this one. The Hawks played the Blues in St Louis just seven days ago and got beat up physically and on the scoreboard, losing 5-1. The Hawks are still sitting in the 6th spot in the western conference but are beginning to feel the heat from the 7th and 8th position. After suffering a shootout loss on Sunday night to the LA Kings, a big win was needed from a central divisional rival. Ray Emery, still crowned the number one goalie, started for the Hawks and Jaroslav Halak continued the Blues dominance between the pipes. The same Hawks line-up that squared up against the Blues last week stood intact for this match.
Less than a minute into the game, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane break in on a 2 on 1, but Halak was there to shut the door. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Andy McDonald, Blues, Brandon Bollig, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Jamal Mayers, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jaroslav Halak, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrik Berglund, Ray Emery, Ryan Reaves, Viktor Stalberg
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawk got a big effort from goalie Corey Crawford Sunday to post a huge come from behind victory over the St. Louis Blues before a sell-out matinee crowd in the United Center.
Crawford outdueled Blues goalie Brian Elliot, stopping 29 of 30 St. Louis shots and keeping Chicago in the game until they put up three third-period goals to claim their third straight win. Elliot allowed just two goals on 27 Blackhawks shots, but at the end of the day, it was Crawford who stood the tallest in net.
Chicago was stifled by the Blues defense in the opening period. The Blackhawks came up empty on a pair of power play opportunities early in the first and went over 15 minutes without a shot on goal. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Jon Fromi
Tagged Andy McDonald, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka