Jan 222014

By Michael Calvert

Wednesday marked the first meeting of long time rivals, ex-rivals?  The Hawks and Wings hadn’t played one another since Game 7 on the Western Conference semi-finals in late May.

The Hawks came out looking to bury the Wings early but as is their way so often they gave up counter strikes very soon after scoring themselves.

Marian Hossa opened the scoring with his 21st goal of the season at 8:41 of the opening period.  Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya assisted on the Hossa strike.

Less than a minute after Andrew Shaw cleaned up a second-chance opportunity after a Patrick Kane shot rang off the crossbar to put the Hawks up 2-0 on an inferior opponent, Tomas Tatar scores the first goal for the Wings.  Continue reading »

Mar 312013

By Chris Block

Coming off a 2-1 loss to Anaheim at United Center on Friday that had many Chicago hockey fans grumbling and anxious for changes, the Blackhawks flew through Detroit on Sunday and dampered Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday celebration with a 7-1 thumping of the Red Wings.

Chicago’s charge was led by its next wave of young core, with Brandon Saad, Jeremy Morin, Nick Leddy and Jimmy Hayes all figuring prominently in the scoring.

The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg on Sunday.  He was a late scratch due to a groin ailment.  Detroit did see the return of veteran Mikael Samuelsson (finger) however.  Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp continue to be absent from the Blackhawks line up, though both are close to returning.

Corey Crawford was back between the pipes for Chicago for this Easter Sunday afternoon matinee in Detroit, while Jimmy Howard started in goal for the Red Wings.

Jeremy Morin, called up from the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, made an impact on his first shift in the NHL this season.  Morin had scored 10 goals and 4 assists in 10 games in the month of March in the AHL.  And he didn’t waste any time picking up where he left off there. Continue reading »

Mar 022012

“I’ll never watch the Hawks again”

By Rich Lindbloom 

“What do you get when you fall in love?
A guy with a pin to burst your bubble
That’s what you get for all your trouble
I’ll never fall in love again”
 – Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Have you thrown in the towel on the Hawks this season? Had enough of third period meltdowns, awful rebounds and uninspired play from the core? Are Frolik and Bickell driving you up a wall? Have you found yourself asking, “Why did Stalberg do that?” Are you fed up with a defense that couldn’t clean their plate, let alone a crease? Do you lie awake in bed at night wondering, “Why can’t I quit you?” In short, what do we actually get ‘for all our trouble?’ Hell, at least my wife gets flowers on occasion. Continue reading »

Mar 012012

By Brad Vandenberk

It was a night of debuts at the United Center on Wednesday.  Newly acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya donned the number 27 and started the game paired with Brent Seabrook.  Brandon Bollig answered the bat phone and was called up for duty.  Bollig is 7th in the AHL in penalty minutes and was hoping to bring energy and grit to a Hawks team that has lost 3 straight games.  The Hawks debuted their white jerseys at home as the Leafs chose this game to where their 3rd jersey’s which are a dark blue.  Corey Crawford got the call for the home team and Jonas Gustavsson tried to right the good ship Maple Leaf.  Jonathan Toews missed his 5th straight game with an upper body injury.  Steve Montador and Niklas Hjalmarsson were still out with injuries as well.  Sean O’Donnell, Michael Frolik and Brendan Morrison sat upstairs as five rookies would sport the Indian head.  The Hawks had lost 12 of their last 16 coming in and the Leafs were not any better, as they had lost 9 of their last 10.  This game would be a test of each goaltender as both teams have had shaky tendy’s.  However, the Leafs haven’t beaten the Hawks in 9 years, 6 straight games.  Continue reading »