With Big Ten college basketball invading the United Center this weekend, it was time for the Blackhawks to embark on a 4 game road trip spanning over 7 days. Game one was a tricky task beating the Blue Jackets in a shootout. This was the last meeting between the two clubs for this year and in the years to come the Hawks and ‘Jackets will become less familiar.
Now that the NHL realignment has been approved from the players and the business end, Columbus will be heading east. With the new division, currently under a naming process, the Hawks will only see those pesky Jackets twice a year. A team they will begin to be acquainted with are the Stars from Dallas. Dallas will move into the Hawks division which sees them playing each other 6 times a season. The last time these two teams met was back in the first week of this shortened season. Marian Hossa fired the overtime winner past Kari Lehtonen. Read more »
The Blackhawks took two more hard fought points from the Blues Jackets at Nationwide Arena in a 2-1 shootout victory. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each scored in the shootout while Corey Crawford stopped two of the three Columbus shooters to seal the victory.
The Blue Jackets extended their point streak to 10 games but the club took only their second point from Chicago on the season. The Blackhawks won all four meetings between the two teams in what has turned out to be the final season that the two teams can be considered division rivals. It was far from an easy season sweep for the ‘Hawks, however, as each of those four victories were by one goal.
The fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams was the longest yet, but despite a superb 39-save effort from Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blackhawks were able to beat the Jackets goaltender with each of their first two shootout attempts. Read more »
Hockey Day in America was celebrated Sunday and the Blackhawks entertained the United Center with some matinee action. The Stanley Cup champions, LA Kings, were in town and looking to take some revenge over the Hawks.
Game one of this season had the Hawks spoiling the Kings’ Championship banner raising ceremony, winning 5 -2. On Sunday, the Hawks were looking to maintain their dominance throughout the NHL. They currently have recorded a single point or better for 14 straight games. They are also playing their third home game over seven straight.
After a big win against the Sharks on Friday evening, the Hawks were looking to keep the momentum high against the Kings. Read more »
One week since the Super Bowl claimed its victor, it was time for the Blackhawks to claim victory on the final night of their 6-game road trip on Sunday night in Nashville. The team has been on a two week road trip covering western Canada, the sunny south and now the home of country music.
The Predators played on Saturday night in Minnesota and went all the way to overtime and then a shootout where they came up short losing 2-1. The Hawks already had a practice in Nashville and were awaiting the Sunday night central division grudge match. It was said the talk around the locker room was that the energy was high and the excitement of returning home to Chicago and a seven-game home stand was even more enticing. The Hawks have only played at the United Center twice this season and rolled into Nashville on Sunday with a 9-0-2 record, the best in the NHL. Read more »
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 »
“Hockey captures the essence of the Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the dance of life, and An affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.” – Bruce Kidd
By Rich Lindbloom
Admittedly, two robust victories on the road can have an inordinate impact on one’s enthusiasm. Yet, after almost four months of saying I don’t care if they play or not, it’s truly great to see that the boys are back in town. (“Remember that chick that slapped Kaner’s face? Man… we fell about the place-if that chick don’t want to go forget her.”) Actually, it seems all the stars are lining up at the moment for Chicago hockey fans. Hockey and single digit temperatures go together like soup and sandwiches. There’s even a smidgeon of that white stuff on the ground. Hopefully Sam Fels and his street urchins will not develop frostbite while peddling ‘The Indian’ tonight. That lamppost doesn’t offer much protection from a bitter Northwest wind. Dig a little deeper and tip them tonight bucko’s! Read more »
The Blackhawks continued their back-to-back opening weekend road trip on Sunday night in Phoenix. A dually important matchup to Chicago, as these were the same Coyotes that put them out in the first round of the playoffs last season.
After a convincing 5-2 win in LA on Saturday, the Hawks were looking to keep the momentum and emotions high to start the season. With only two home games in the next four weeks, it was important to get the wins on the road when they could. Read more »
As I awoke on the morning of January 6th 2013, it was like Christmas all over again. I learned that the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association had announced an agreement was in place and a condensed season was on the horizon.
The first thing I thought of was when do the Blackhawks play? I immediately used every possible angle to let the world know that hockey was back! Will the fans be coming back to watch their favourite teams?
Well, I believe that question was answered when arenas all over North America filled up to watch their favourite teams practice. That’s right, I said Practice! Fans will come back and watch the game because hockey is a culture. I didn’t realize how much the sport of hockey has involved in every aspect of a fan’s life until I began to change my daily routines to get prepared for the upcoming 48 game season. Adjusting my work schedules to be able to watch each game as well as waiting online to purchase tickets to a few of the road games.
Growing up In Niagara Falls Ontario, I have only made a few trips to Chi Town to see my beloved Blackhawks play at the Untied Center, however when they make the flight to Buffalo, Toronto or Detroit, I always head to the rink. Read more »
“I want to bite the hand that feeds me, I want to bite that hand so badly, I want to make them wish they’d never seen me…” – Elvis Costello
By Rich Lindbloom
I heard a great definition of philosophy recently: “A blind man, in a dark room, looking for a black cat, that doesn’t exist.”
Tell me that doesn’t describe the excruciating labor negotiations between the NHL owners and the players union in a nutshell. Quite frankly, I don’t think I’m alone in my burgeoning apathy in this greed laden, rapacious process. Waves of intense anger may belie my apathy, but I’m doing my best to cope with the situation. Trying to pretend I could care less is easier said than done. Read more »
- Which position and who the Blackhawks may be looking to draft at #18
- A look back at the 2012 Draft and how well the Hawks did
- Joel Quenneville’s coaching future
- Prospects of trading some core, and non-core veterans
- Justifying the Johnny Oduya re-signing
- Phillip Danault
- Mark McNeill
- Please Stan, no more Bryan Bickell
- Looking ahead at familiar names coming out in ’13 & ’14 Drafts
- Ridiculous Blackhawks free agency speculation
- Trading Patrick Kane
- Barry Smith
- Adam Clendening and Shawn Lalonde
- Moving the Coyotes from Glendale back to Phoenix
- NHL expansion
- All this an much, much more in this 2-hour PuckCast extravaganza