By Brad Vandenberk
The Blackhawks finally completed their annual Circus road trip on Saturday night. To this point, the road warriors had gone 5-1 on this trip. The final stop was in Phoenix where the pesky Coyotes are known to give the Hawks some issues. It wasn’t long ago that these same Yotes beat the Hawks out of the first round of the playoffs. This time entering Jobing.com Arena, it was time to head back home packing another road victory. The Hawks skated into this one in first place with a 3 point lead in the western conference separating them and second place. The more points the merrier when you are on the road.
Hawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta got the start, while Canadian Olympic hopeful Mike Smith was in the blue paint for the Coyotes. Michael Rozsival worked his way back on the point with Sheldon Brookbank taking a seat. Michael Kostka and Bryan Bickell were the other scratches. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brent Seabrook, Coyotes, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Martin Hanzal, Mike Smith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Patrick Kane, Phoenix, Radim Vrbata, Rob Klinkhammer
By Brad Gardner
Phoenix closed out their first round series win over the Chicago Blackhawks in front of a 39-save shutout by Coyotes’ goaltender Mike Smith. The ‘Hawks out-shot the visiting Coyotes 39-20 in the game but fell by a final score of 4-0. Rookie defender Oliver Ekman-Larsson opened the scoring in the second and assisted on another goal to help Phoenix pull away with three third period goals.
The Blackhawks dominated play in the opening period but came up empty on the scoreboard. They out-shot Phoenix 16-2 in the opening 20 minutes, winning foot races and board battles with consistency. Andrew Shaw, back in the line-up after serving a three-game suspension, had one of the best chances of the period by driving to the net and redirecting a pinpoint saucer pass from Patrick Kane.
Despite the one-sided opening frame, the teams dropped the puck for the second period scoreless. The ‘Hawks again carried play with prime scoring opportunities by Jonathan Toews on a strong drive to the net, Brendan Morrison with a weak one-time opportunity, and Niklas Hjalmarsson sending a heavy blast that Smith had trouble controlling. The Coyotes’ goaltender managed to snuff out each chance and soak up the rebounds. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Antoine Vermette, Corey Crawford, Daymond Langkow, Gilbert Brule, Jimmy Hayes, Jonathan Toews, Keith Yandle, Kyle Chipchura, Marian Hossa, Mike Smith, Mikkel Boedker, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Patrick Kane, Rostislav Klesla, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tim Sassone
By Jon Fromi
Jonathan Toews made an impressive return to the lineup Thursday as the Chicago Blackhawks opened their Western Conference Quarterfinal in Phoenix, tallying a goal and assist. Despite Toews and a late surge to the tie the contest, the Hawks succumbed in overtime as the Coyotes bested Chicago 3-2.
The Coyotes tried to establish a physical tone from the opening faceoff, but it was Andrew Shaw who registered a bit hit on Radim Vrbata that sent Phoenix’s leading goal scorer to the dressing room. Shaw had an open look on a rebound on the ensuing trip down the ice, but Coyotes goalie Mike Smith turned it away.
Toews got the scoring started with his play in the fourth minute. Gaining control of the puck behind the Phoenix net, the captain attempted to center to Patrick Kane. Toews wound up gathering in the failed connection and shoveled a backhand that escaped the grasp of Smith. At the 4:04 mark, the Blackhawks led 1-0. Read more
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Tagged Adrian Aucoin, Andrew Shaw, Antoine Vermette, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Jonathan Toews, Martin Hanzal, Mike Smith, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Phoenix, Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Taylor Pyatt
By Brad Vandenberk
The Chicago Blackhawks tried to go for their third straight win Monday night, as they were host to the Phoenix Coyotes. No more then six days ago those same Coyotes out played the Hawks to a 4-1 victory. This was the third game in 4 nights for the Hawks.
This game was carried nationally on TV through Versus and TSN2 with US Hall of Fame inductee Mike “Doc” Emrick and Eddie O on the call, with Pierre McGuire between the benches. Corey Crawford and Mike Smith started in their respected nets, which turned out to be the same goalie match up as 6 nights ago.
The lines mimicked what coach Q put together in St Louis on Saturday night. Dan Carcillo was on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Marcus Kruger was still centering the second line with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on the wings. Dave Bolland centered the third line with Ben Smith and Michael Frolik and finally Viktor Stalberg was on the fourth line with Jamal Mayers and Andrew Brunette. Bryan Bickell, Sami Lepisto and the mighty John Scott were the scratches. Read more
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Tagged Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Keith Yandle, Marian Hossa, Mike Smith, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Patrick Kane, Radim Vrbata, Raffi Torres, Ray Emery