By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed divisional rival Minnesota Wild into the United Center on Tuesday night. It was their first match since the Hawks dismissed Minnesota from the playoffs last year. Earlier in the morning it was announced that Duncan Keith would miss this game with an illness. With the mumps being all over the NHL, it has yet to be determined what Keith is going through. Antti Raanta was between the pipes for this one with Niklas Backstrom taking the visitors crease.
The Hawks relied on their big guns to take this one. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith all scored as the Hawks grinded out a 5-3 victory. Originally David Rundblad was in Keith place, but that was quickly changed before the second period even started, as the defensive pairings changed. Read more
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Tagged Antti Raanta, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brad Vandenberk, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jonathan Toews, Marco Scandella, Marian Hossa, Minnesota, Niklas Backstrom, Nino Niederreiter, Patrick Kane, Scott Darling, The Mumps, Thomas Vanek, Wild
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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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jared Spurgeon, Jeremy Morin, Joakim Nordstrom, Jonas Brodin, Josh Harding, Kris Versteeg, Marco Scandella, Marian Hossa, Matt Cooke, Minnesota, Wild, Zach Parise
By Jon Fromi
It wasn’t a good night Saturday for the Chicago Blackhawks, who fell behind early to a visiting Minnesota Wild team and came out on the short end of a 5-3 score. The Blackhawks drop their second regulation contest and failed to earn a point for the first time at the United Center this season.
Jason Pominville paced the Wild effort with a pair of goals, while Niklas Backstom stopped 33 shots, consistently turning Chicago away through the evening.
First Period-Jonathan Toews went strong to the net in the opening minute with Marian Hossa sending a rebound attempt toward Backstrom. The Wild goalie stopped both shots. The fourth line got a shot on goal when Brandon Bollig found the puck in front of the net, though Backstrom saw it all the way and made the save. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Game recap, Jason Pominville, Jon Fromi, Justin Fontaine, Kyle Brodziak, Marco Scandella, Marcus Kruger, Mikael Granlund, Minnesota, Nick Leddy, Nicklas Backstrom, Patrick Kane, Ryan Suter, Wild, Zach Parise
By Brad Gardner
The Chicago Blackhawks took a 2-0 series lead over the eighth seeded Minnesota Wild with a win at home on Friday night. After jumping out to a two-goal lead in the second period, the Blackhawks eventually held on to win by a final score of 5-2.
It was a rematch in net between Corey Crawford and Josh Harding after each goaltender turned in a strong performance in Game 1 of the series. Neither disappointed on Friday, even though it was a higher-scoring affair. Crawford got the win in Game 2 with 26 saves, while Harding managed 43 saves on 47 shots in the loss.
Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp registered two goals apiece as the Blackhawks carried play for a majority of the game. Despite a substantial lead in the shot column for the home team, the visitors remained in it for much of the game, trailing only by one goal heading into the third period. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Devin Setoguchi, Game recap, Josh Harding, Marco Scandella, Michael Frolik, Minnesota, Patrick Sharp, Playoffs, Wild
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks controlled the first two periods in every way except for the scoreboard, allowing Minnesota to tie the score late in Thursday’s contest. For the second time in as many games, the Hawks fell to the Wild in a shootout 2-1 in the Xcel Energy Center.
Chicago was aggressive in the first period, getting some good passing and outshooting the Wild 7-1 until the 8:19 mark, when Patrick Kane made a nice move into the Minnesota zone. Dany Heatley committed a slash, which nearly allowed the ‘Hawks to score. Only a great save by goalie Josh Harding robbed Patrick Sharp. Once the Hawks started the actual power play, the shots dried up.
The fourth line put Chicago on the board with 8:23 remaining in the period following a faceoff win by Jamal Mayers at the right circle. Michael Frolik gathered in the puck, skated behind the net and fired a shot on Harding. The rebound came out in front of the net, where Mayers was around to bang it past Harding to put the Blackhawks up 1-0. Read more
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Tagged Cal Clutterbuck, Corey Crawford, Devin Setoguchi, Duncan Keith, Jamal Mayers, Josh Harding, Marco Scandella, Michael Frolik, Minnesota, Nate Prosser, Pat Foley, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Wild