By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks hosted the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Thursday night for the first meeting between the two teams since the end of February. Thursday’s tilt marked the first of three games scheduled between the Central Division rivals this month.
Another lead was given away in the third period by Chicago, but they managed to come away with a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blues, who registered their first victory over the Hawks this season. The back-and-forth battle saw the Blackhawks out-shoot the Blues 36 to 22 in the game, while the Blues out-hit the home team 43 to 21.
Adam Cracknell opened scoring in the first period with his first career NHL goal. Duncan Keith lost an edge in the offensive zone and Chris Porter’s outlet pass sprung Cracknell on a 1-on-1 break. Brent Seabrook moved over to pick up the man, but appeared to get a piece of Cracknell’s shot that caused it to deflect past Corey Crawford. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Adam Cracknell, Barret Jackman, Blackhawks, Blues, Brandon Saad, Brian Elliott, Chris Porter, Corey Crawford, Jay Bouwmeester, Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus, Roman Polak, St. Louis, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks got back into the win column on Saturday night in Calgary, pulling out a 3-2 victory in their third consecutive game decided by shootout.
Patrick Kane scored the deciding goal in the shootout, but Ray Emery was the story of the game. Making just his second start of the season, the veteran goaltender made 45 saves against perpetual pressure from the Calgary Flames.
Emery saw plenty of action in the opening frame, but apart from a couple rebounds let out in front of his net, he did not have any trouble getting locked into the game early.
He showed good positioning, making an early save on a Dennis Wideman shot that was deflected in front of the net. Emery also received a little help from the post in the latter half of the period. Following a quick give-and-go with Alex Tanguay, Mike Cammalleri saw some open net to the far side but drew iron with a one-timed shot. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Calgary, Flames, Jay Bouwmeester, Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa, Miikka Kiprusoff, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery
By Chris Block
PuckChatter~Radio returned Thursday night with Al Cimaglia [@AlCimaglia on Twitter] joining in to help us break down the Blackhawks eventful, yet unproductive first week of free agency.
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Among the topics hit on this week’s program…..
-McDonough & Co. show insecurity over losing bids on Parise & Suter
-Why did they want Parise and Suter?
-The pursuit of Martin Brodeur
-Blackhawks bid to become the Miami Heat of the NHL
-What is the plan, Stan?
-How can the Hawks still improve the roster before camp?
-Odds they still can
-Potential trading partners and realistic targets
-What about the goaltending?
-The Penalty Kill
-Could RFA’s Sam Gagner, Evander Kane be on the move?
-Which Western Conference star would be a perfect 2nd line center
-The Blackhawks and Russians
-Martin St. Pierre signs with Rockford
-A review of the Blackhawks selections at the NHL Entry Draft
-Prospect camp next week
-The heat. The heat! And polyester.
-Meeting a man with a very unfortunate name
-Can I play with your poodle?
-And much, much more
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Alexander Semin, Brandon Saad, Chris Block, Corey Crawford, Evander Kane, Jake Chelios, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Quenneville, Mark McNeill, Martin Brodeur, Minnesota, Nick Leddy, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Paul Stastny, Prospect Camp, Ray Emery, Ryan Suter, Sam Gagner, Stan Bowman, Teuvo Teravainen, Viktor Stalberg, Wild, Zach Parise
By Brad Vandenberk
After allowing Sam Gagner to tie an Edmonton Oilers point per game record with eight points (4G, 4A) while suffering an 8-4 loss, the Chicago Blackhawks embarked on a three and a half hour bus drive south to play the Calgary Flames. This would be the third of a nine game road trip for the Hawks. The message was easy. Keep the game simple, play defensive hockey and the goals will come. The Flames were looking to extend their 3 game winning streak at home versus the Hawks. Coach Q’s boys are scheduled to head back to Chicago after this game and then make their way to Colorado on Tuesday. They will finish next week in San Jose and Phoenix with another back to back on Friday and Saturday.
Ray Emery got the call in net after coming in for Crawford during the Oilers game, the night previous when Emery allowed 3 goals on 13 shots. Miikka Kiprusoff was between the pipes for the home town Flames. Andrew Brunette was injured during the Oilers game and is diagnosed with an upper body injury. Read more