By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks fell prey to the close to the vest style of Barry Trotz and the visiting Nashville Predators. Nashville may not be going to the playoffs but that didn’t stop them from holding the Hawks scoreless Sunday night, handing Chicago a 2-0 defeat.
First Period-Chicago outshot the Predators 11-6 but still managed to find itself on the short end of a 1-0 deficit.
Both teams were active early, with Sheldon Brookbank facing off against Rich Clune at the 5:56 point of the opening period. Chicago gained a power play opportunity in the ninth minute when Matt Cullen hooked Kris Versteeg but the Hawks couldn’t manage much. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Calle Jarnkrok, Corey Crawford, Gabriel Bourque, Game recap, Jeremy Morin, Jon Fromi, Mike Fisher, Nashville, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Rich Clune, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Sheldon Brookbank
By Michael Calvert
Well, that was embarrassing. Chicago went into Nashville Saturday night to face a flailing Predator team sporting a backup goalie. One would think that a team with little to no offense and a backup with ‘Khabibulin bad’ numbers would be an easy win.
The Wall, who shall be known from here forth as The Gate, lets in a pretty easy tap in from Matt Cullen off a pedestrian wrist shot rebound. I’ll call him the gate because we all know they can’t really keep much out, figure out their weak spots and in you shall go. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Bryan Bickell, Craig Smith, Game recap, Kris Versteeg, Marian Hossa, Matt Cullen, Mike Fisher, Nashville, Nick Spaling, Nikolai Khabibulin, Patric Hornqvist, Predators, Shea Weber, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The Nashville Predators have had a way of bringing out the worst in the Blackhawks this season. That trend continued on Sunday as the Predators won a convincing 6-1 decision over the Hawks in Chicago. The Hawks finished with more shorthanded chances than power play shots as they stared down a multiple goal deficit for much of the contest. Nashville has now taken nine of a possible ten points against Chicago this season and has a four point lead in the standings as both teams have six games left to play.
Corey Crawford started the game but allowed four goals on 15 shots in 42 minutes before he was pulled in favor of Ray Emery. The veteran Emery allowed two third period goals on nine shots. The six goals against was the most for Chicago since February 2nd when they gave up eight goals to the Oilers while deep in the throes of that nine-game losing streak. Read more
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Tagged Alexander Radulov, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Yip, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Francis Bouillon, Jordin Tootoo, Matt Halischuk, Michael Frolik, Mike Fisher, Nashville, Patric Hornqvist, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ray Emery, Shea Weber, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks last game before the All Star break took place Tuesday night at the United Center. They played host to the pesky Nashville Predators who they lost to just three nights ago in Nashville 5-2. That game saw the Hawks captain leave with a wrist injury. Jonathan Toews joined his teammates Patrick Sharp and Dan Carcillo on the injury reserve list. It was also mentioned that Toews would forego the All Star festivities this coming weekend due to the injury. With Captain Serious watching from the press box Rockford superstar Brandon Pirri was recalled to hopefully ignite the Hawks.
Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne was looking for his ninth straight win on Tuesday with his second start in as many nights. The Preds beat Columbus 4-1 on Monday in Nashville. Although Corey Crawford was pulled during Saturday’s contest, he did get the start for the home team. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, Dave Bolland, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Mike Fisher, Nick Leddy, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Sean O'Donnell