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Hawks lose 3-2 to Isles in overtime in Corey Crawford’s return

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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Blackhawks have their way with the Devils

By Chris Block

If there ever was a game that could exemplify the current era Chicago Blackhawks, Monday’s 5-2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils is just it.

The Hawks patented style of suffocating much of the opposition’s attempts at advancing the puck through the neutral zone was in full force.  And even when the Blackhawks let up temporarily and give an opponent a glimmer of hope, the Hawks are much too talented, and their opponent knows the fatal gut-punch is always potentially just around the next corner.

With the three-day Christmas break looming, the Chicago Blackhawks took to the United Center ice on Monday night to face off with a New Jersey Devils team that entered the contest with a .500 record (15-15-7).

Antti Raanta made his seventh consecutive start in the Hawks net since Corey Crawford suffered his injury during the first period of the December 8th game against the Florida Panthers.  Raanta made 10 saves against a grand total of 12 New Jersey shots on Monday in improving his overall NHL record to 8-1-2 (2.20 GAA, 91.6 sv%) and 5-1-1 as Chicago’s interim number one goalie. Read more »

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Canucks rally from two down, take 3-2 shootout decision Friday night at the UC

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks held a two-goal lead midway through Friday’s game with Vancouver and were up a goal entering the last 20 minutes. The Canucks chipped back, tied the game in regulation and won an eight-round shootout session on a successful attempt by Ryan Kesler. Chicago picked up a point but dropped a 3-2 decision to Vancouver at the United Center.

First Period-The Hawks tested Eddie Lack a couple of times early, controlling play and putting up the game’s first five shots. Vancouver’s Chris Higgins found himself with a potential scoring chance when he took a pass from Kesler to the Chicago net. Fortunately, Antti Raanta turned away the attempt early in the seventh minute. Read more »

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Hawks rebound from Saturday’s loss in TO, halt Kings’ winning ways with 3-1 victory at the UC

By Brad Vandenberk

After a complete debacle in Toronto on Saturday night, and the Blackhawks not getting home on Sunday until 3am, the Hawks were back in action Sunday at 6pm taking on the Los Angeles Kings.  The Kings are coming off an afternoon game in Ottawa on Saturday.  Both teams were playing on a back to back but the Kings have gone 18 straight games without allowing a first period goal.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are still trying to pick up the pieces from being embarrassed 7-3 at the ACC.  On the good news front, Bryan Bickell sounds like he will make the trip to Nashville on Tuesday with his return in question.   The Hawks also bolstered their goaltending situation, acquiring Jason Labarbera on Saturday afternoon for a player to be named later. Read more »

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Hawks 2nd period explosion key to 7-2 rout of Flyers

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks were held out of the net for over 20 minutes Wednesday night. At that point, the Hawks offense shook off a sloppy first period, scorched the Philadelphia Flyers for five second-period goals and cruised to a 7-2 victory.

Seven different Blackhawks found the back of the Flyers net as Chicago won their third straight behind rookie goalie Antti Raanta. Last year’s back-up goalie, Ray Emery, had his homecoming ruined as the Hawks burned him for a six-pack of goals.

First Period-The tone was set early as Wayne Simmonds laid a hit on Duncan Keith in the left corner of the Blackhawks zone. In came Wade Brookbank to engage Simmonds barely ninety seconds into the contest. Read more »

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Hawks special teams near perfect in Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes’ return to United Center; Hawks beat Panthers 6-2

Corey Crawford leaves game in 1st period with “lower body” injury

By Brad Vandenberk

After losing a close affair against the Ducks on Friday, it was time for the Hawks to play their final eastern conference match against the Florida Panthers at the UC.  This would be the first visit for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen since being traded down south.  This was also Kris Versteeg’s first game against his old team playing for his old team.  Fatigue seems to be creeping its ugly head into the dressing room of the Hawks.  They are currently suffering from a 3-game losing streak.  Though, they have battled in all 3 games to try and stay atop the western conference.  There was some good news coming into this game.  Bryan Bickell has begun skating again and is close to a return.  Andrew Shaw did play in this game after missing the last 2 with an upper body injury.  Michael Kostka was back on the Hawks roster after being activated off the IR.  Finally Nikolai Khabibulin is working his tail off in the gym, but is still some time away from returning. Read more »

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Hawks pick up a point, but drop 3rd straight in shootout loss to Anaheim

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks twice pulled even Friday night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks but were not able to avoid their third straight defeat. Play went to a shootout but the Hawks were on the short end of a 3-2 decision.

First Period-Corey Perry opened the scoring at the 3:20 mark, tipping in a Ryan Getzlaf shot. Less than a minute later, the Blackhawks responded after Kris Versteeg’s drop pass got away from Patrick Kane. Ben Smith took control of the loose puck and wristed home the equalizer through Jonas Hiller’s wickets. Read more »

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Hawks victimized by late come from behind effort, fall 4-3 to Wild in Minnesota

By Michael Calvert

The Hawks came into St Paul riding a one game losing streak after dropping one in heart breaking fashion to the Stars.

Aside from the first, the lines looked much different.  Kris Versteeg played center for the second line, and I thought played fairly well.  Recent call ups Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom played on the third line with d man Sheldon Brookbank; you know Harding was shaking in his skates looking at that line.  The Hawks kept the 4th line of Bollig, Krüger and Ben Smith intact. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Attack of the Mustard Men

Lindbloom_Img01_2013Nov21“My dog died yesterday and left me all alone.
The finance company stopped by and repossessed my home.
But that’s just a drop in the bucket babe, compared to losing you,
and I’m down to seeds and stems again too.
Got them down to seeds and stems again blues.”
– Commander Cody

By Rich Lindbloom

After the Nashville game last Saturday, I started to ponder the meaning of life. Losing to the Predators has that kind of effect on me – I doubt even the brain addling effects of alcohol could have helped me. Instead of resorting to “oh demon alcohol,” I started Googling “meaning of life quotes,” cementing my depression. It seems most philosophers, as Kahlil Gibran once suggested, suffer from indigestion. I’m pretty sure I would have had a much better time if I had gone to Gonna Drinken 3 at Galway Bar with Hockeenight’s brain trust. (What’s the meaning of life – Fart!) Somehow, I think you get vastly different takes on the meaning of life depending on your sobriety. Stick tap to the boys for raising money for the wounded veterans. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.137; The Hjalmarsson Dance

By Chris Block

PuckChatter~Radio pulled off 2 shows in 6 days with another brand new episode on Tuesday night. dissecting the Kris Versteeg trade and the reasons why Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen were the players to go the other way.

We covered the official announcement of the retirement of former Blackhawk defenseman Adrian Aucoin, and the details of how he was since hired to the Blackhawks player development staff.  Aucoin’s retirement, new job as well as the accurate depiction of his Hawks career was covered on this site exactly one month ago.

Then, we give an in-person account of the exclusive Chicago Blackhawks/Banner Collective/Blackhawks TV – launch party for the One Goal II book and 17 Seconds film commemorating the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions that was held at The Wit hotel in downtown Chicago on Monday night – what it was, exclusive details and impressions of this event, film and book.

Also, we hit a couple listener emails, talked the Horseshoe Casino on a random November Saturday afternoon, Blackhawks-Predators, Block’s niece having poor in-game hockey etiquette, and bacon – Yeah, of course We want bacon!

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