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Canucks Power Play goes 5 for 6 in a 6-2 beating of hapless Hawks

Marcus Kruger – photo credit: Yahoo! Sports

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks returned home on Sunday night to face their Western Conference rivals, the Vancouver Canucks.

Duncan Keith missed his third straight game with a left hand injury.  This game was one circled on the calendar after the Hawks almost eliminated the Canucks from the playoffs last spring coming from behind in a 3-0 series deficit to force Game 7.  This was also the first meeting between these two teams since last year’s playoff opening round.

The Canucks were a dominate force against the Keith-less Hawks.   Their power play went 5 for 6 tying the Hawks 5 power play goals, total, over the month-old season.   On the flip side, the Hawks were a dismal 0 for 5 on the power play.  Vancouver won the game 6-2 with the Sedin’s combining for 7 points.

Vancouver drew first blood with newest Canuck David Booth scoring his goal of the year, at 6:00 of the period, on the first power play of the game.

Michael Frolik tied the score at 12:57 of the first with a simple wrist shot to the net, which fooled Roberto Luongo and sent both teams to the locker room tied at 1-1.

Vancouver outshot the Hawks 17-9 In the opening frame.  The Sedin’s were up to their old tricks as they made a few attempts to give Corey Crawford snow showers.  Patrick Kane was the only one who took exception to this and took Henrik Sedin down.  He was called for the rough with 18 seconds remaining in the period.

Canucks opened the second period on the power play and Aaron Rome, playing his first game of the year, blasted a shot from the point over Crawford putting the Canucks up 2-1 just 1:16 into the middle frame.

The Hawks surrendered another power play a few minutes later when Bryan Bickell, trying to get physical, was called for boarding Daniel Sedin.  Seizing another opportunity with the man advantage, Daniel Sedin found a nearly wide open net, with Crawford having no chance to get over for the save and the Canucks had 3 power play goals and a 3-1 lead with less than five minutes played in the second period.

Dan Carcillo tried to get the United Center crowd back into the game by dropping the gloves against Aaron Volpatti.  Carcillo won the fight and took Volpatti down.  This seemed to wake the Hawks up as Marcus Kruger scored his second goal of the year going hard to the net two minutes later as Jamal Mayers let a shot go from the top of the circle and Kruger put home the rebound cutting the Canucks lead to one.

Just 43 seconds after the Kruger tally, Jannik Hansen silenced the crowd with an easy tap-in from the side of the net, putting the Canucks up by a pair with 4:10 remaining in the period.

Viktor Stalberg was then called for a high stick on Dan Hamhuis, putting out the Canucks hot power play once again.

Hamhuis made the Hawks pay, sending a point shot past Crawford making it 5-2.  As the period came to an end Jamal Mayers dropped the gloves with Kevin Bieksa.  Mayers did get a few shots in, but in the end Bieksa took him down.

The third period began with Kane drawing a holding penalty and sending the Hawks on their 5th power play of the game.  Showing no urgency during the man advantage, they were unable to beat Luongo.  Carcillo took a puck hard to the net trying to complete a wrap around. He wound up being tackled by Rome and received two minutes for a rough, two minutes for unsportsmanlike and a ten minute misconduct.  Then again, the Canucks made the Hawks penalty kill look invisible as Henrik Sedin tucked one past Crawford making the final score 6-2 and helping the Canucks go 5 for 6 for the night on the power play.

Quick Hits:

-Hawks out shot Vancouver 40-38

-The Hawks again were unable to score on the power play going 0 for 5.  Only one team in the NHL has scored fewer power play goals – St. Louis, who have scored 3 times on 40 chances (7.5%).  Blackhawks are 5 for 53 (9.4%).  Percentage wise, Chicago has the third-worst power play in the league, with Columbus slotted between the Hawks and Blues.

-Surrendering the five power play tallies, the Blackhawks penalty kill took a beating in this one.  Chicago PK units had given up just four, total, over the first 13 games of the season.  Their PK unit now ranks 22nd in the league (79.6%), on slot behind the Detroit Red Wings (80.0%)

-Vancouver needed just less than seven and a half minutes (7:25) to post their 5 power play goals on Sunday

-Blackhawks were unable to record a point at home for the first time this season. They are now 5-1-2 at United Center.

-Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up his first point of the year with an assist on Frolik’s goal.

-The Hawks are back on the road Tuesday in St. Louis when they face the Blues for the first time this season. It’s another important divisional battle, and will be the Blues first in front of new head coach Ken Hitchcock.  Hawks will then travel to Columbus for a battle Thursday night before returning home to face Calgary on Friday.  Busy week ahead.

Brad Vandenberk

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Blackhawks beat Blue Jackets 5-2, despite 3 disallowed goals

By Brad Vandenberk

On Saturday, Chicago Blackhawks played their first divisional game of the year against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Before the game, Dan Carcillo was given a 2 game suspension for his “hit” on Joni Pitkanen during Friday night’s shutout loss in Carolina.

Both teams started their back up goalies Saturday, giving Allen York his first NHL start of the season for Columbus.  Ray Emery started his second game of the year giving Corey Crawford the night off.  With Carcillo off the roster, the Hawks were forced to adjust their lineup accordingly.  Patrick Sharp took Carcillo’s spot on Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa’s line which put a void on the Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette line.  Viktor Stalberg found a spot on the first line moving up from the fourth.  The Bolland line stayed intact as the fourth line saw John Scott with Marcus Kruger and Jamal MayersSami Lepisto played his first game of the year on defense replacing Sean O‘Donnell.

The Hawks took the lead early. Marcus Kruger scored his first goal of the year, and first NHL goal, on a rebound.  Jamal Mayers entered the zone, let a shot go and Kruger put the puck passed York. Read more »

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Hawks win shootout competition, thus earn two points, 3-2 victory over Anaheim Ducks

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By Brad Vandenberk

The Anaheim Ducks flew into the United Center on Tuesday to take on your Chicago Blackhawks.  The Hawks were coming off a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night, while the Ducks were beginning their 7 game road trip after losing their last 2 at home.

Corey Crawford started in net for the Hawks, while his bobble heads filled the arena.   Jonas Hiller, starting goalie for the Ducks, was tested early on in the game, as the Hawks found themselves owning the offensive zone; even the fourth line had a few chances to score.

The Hawks got their first power play of the game as Corey Perry, flipped the puck over the glass and was called for Delay of Game.  Although the Hawks were one man up, they couldn’t break the score.  Not long after Perry’s penalty expired, Sean O’Donnell was called for tripping, and the Ducks 2nd ranked penalty kill in the league received their first test of the night. Read more »

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Avs tie game late, beat Hawks 5-4 in shootout

By Brad Gardner

The Blackhawks and Avalanche met for the second time in three nights as they took the ice for the back half of their home-and-home series. Corey Crawford and Semyon Varlamov again started between the pipes after an excellent duel Thursday night in Colorado, but neither would have such a strong showing in Saturday’s tilt.

After the Blackhawks carried play for a bulk of the first period, Colorado began to turn the tables in the  second half of the frame. The Avs eventually took the lead at the 16:09 mark of the first on a redirect in front of Corey Crawford. Paul Stastny beat everyone to a puck on forecheck and passed back to his blue line. Working his way across the slot, Stastny got his stick on a puck from Kyle Quincey and redirected it past Crawford to put Colorado on the board first.

The Avs took the one goal lead to the locker room, but it would not last long in the second. Michael Frolik brought the game even just 46 seconds into the middle period. Erik Johnson attempted an ill-advised pass up the center of the ice that was picked off by Frolik. He was wide open right in front of Varlamov’s net and buried the chance for his first goal of the season. Read more »

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Hossa’s return sparks Hawks to 5-2 win over ‘Yotes

By Brad Vandenberk

Blackhawks began a small road trip Tuesday with a stop in the desert versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

Phoenix decided to start Jason Labarbera while the Hawks went with Corey Crawford.

Marian Hossa returned to the lineup, again playing alongside Patrick Kane and Dan Carcillo.

Hossa didn’t need much time to get going.  On his first shift, he found himself on a 2 on 1 with Carcillo and elected to shoot high over the net.  The first penalty of the game went to Taylor Pyatt who was called for boarding, sending Niklas Hjalmarsson awkwardly into the boards.  Hjalmarsson would be okay.

The Hawks first power play unit had Jonathan Toews, Kane and Andrew Brunette, with Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith at the point.  Although Sharp had a breakaway, the Hawks still could not convert. Read more »

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Blackhawks Wobble But Don’t Fall To The Jets: Chicago 4, Winnipeg 3

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks overcame a weak effort in the opening minutes of Thursday’s game with visiting Winnipeg. The Blackhawks used four unanswered goals to prevail in the United Center by a score of 4-3. Patrick Kane was the star of the game with a goal and two assists on the night. However, two players making their debut in the Indian head sweater, Daniel Carcillo and Ray Emery, were vital in the besting of the Jets.

Carcillo, who returned after serving a two-game suspension incurred last season, skated well with Kane and Marian Hossa, who accounted for half of Chicago’s goals on the night. Emery was between the pipes in place of Corey Crawford. Like the rest of the squad, he was able to shake off a less than promising start to the contest.

Chicago staked the Jets an early lead with Jim Slater potting two first period goals on redirects. After a giveaway by Jonathan Toews, Johnny Oduya fired a shot on goal that Slater put past Emery at the 4:24 mark to open the scoring. He then tipped in a shot by Ron Hainsey between Emery’s legs three minutes later to send Winnipeg out to a 2-0 lead. Read more »

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Hawks Triumph 5-2 Past Stars in Home Opener

By Brad Gardner

After dropping the season opener in Dallas, the Blackhawks came out flying in the home opener in front of an announced 21, 647 at the United Center. Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and it was enough of a cushion to hold off the Stars’ late push. The Hawks eventually walked away with a 5-2 win.

Andrew Raycroft was in net for the Stars despite Kari Lehtonen’s hurculean effort on Friday night in Dallas. Raycroft turned in a strong first period in keeping the puck out of the net – the Blackhawks outshot the visitors 10-2 in the first period – but Raycroft wasn’t handling too many shots cleanly.

Those miscues eventually cost him in the first period. On a Blackhawks’ power play, Patrick Sharp controlled the puck and tried to put it on net. His first attempt was blocked, but Sharp recovered and got his second attempt through to Raycroft. Andrew Burnette picked up the rebound and notched his first goal as a ‘Hawk with a backhander, putting Chicago on the board first. Read more »

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Lehtonen’s Big Night Culprit in Blackhawks Opening Night 2-1 Loss

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks fell prey to an outstanding performance in goal by Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in the season debut for both teams. The Blackhawks found themselves on the short end of a 2-1 score at the American Airlines Center Friday night.

Lehtonen stopped 37 of Chicago’s 38 shots, overshadowing an impressive night for ‘Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. The visiting Blackhawks had plenty of chances, but a couple of defensive zone misplays would be all it would take to spoil Chicago’s opener.

Neither team would score in the opening period, though it wasn’t for lack of opportunities. Both Crawford and Lehtonen came out in fine form and turned away several big shots. Jamie Benn looked to have a breakaway opportunity early after Duncan Keith couldn’t settle the puck, but Nick Leddy hustled down the ice and prevented Benn from getting of much of a shot. Read more »

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Baby ‘Hawks Hold Up Under Fire in Shootout Loss at Detroit

By Jon Fromi

The trio the Chicago Blackhawks sent out to the shootout portion of their exhibition loss in Detroit Sunday was a good indicator of what a young ‘Hawks squad was up against in Joe Louis Arena.

Taking shots for the Red Wings were Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg. Chicago sent out Brandon Pirri, Michael Frolik and Brandon Saad.

The Blackhawks gave the vastly more seasoned Detroit squad all it could handle but came out on the short end of a 4-3 shootout. Despite the big advantage in experience in favor of the home team, the young men in the Indian head sweaters were more than competitive.

The ‘Hawks found themselves on the power play five minutes into the contest when a Wings goal was negated by a Zetterberg hooking penalty. Bryan Bickell had a decent shot on goal, but Chicago came up empty. This was a running theme throughout the afternoon, as the Blackhawks were fruitless in three tries with the man advantage. Read more »

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Season Preview: Michael Frolik – More than a Skille

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By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks thought they were picking up a certain type of player when they dealt Jack Skille to the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Michael Frolik back on February 9th.

The two players were at the heart of a five-player swap back in February that served as a bit of organizational house cleaning for both teams.  GM Stan Bowman thought Frolik could snap out of a scoring funk and provide depth that Skille was not able to provide in Chicago.

At the time, both franchises were sending away players who had failed to live up to expectations. Looking back at the trade, the Blackhawks may have gotten a different player than they bargained for. Read more »

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