Sunday night, I joined the HockeeNight gang for our annual NHL Draft preview discussion.
We covered all the bases, including the trade rumors surrounding the team, what could very well happen, organizational depth needs heading into the draft, who the ‘Hawks may be drafting, big seasons ahead for some Rockford IceHogs and much, much more.
There is not a lot that needs to be said heading into this Game 7 between the Hawks and Kings. Momentum has been on either side this series, but the Hawks are riding a 2-game winning streak coming back from a 3-1 series deficit.
The Kings are no strangers to a game 7 on the road, as well as how you can build momentum coming from behind in a series. The Kings are looking to make history. With a victory, they can be the first team to win their first 3 series in game 7 on the road. It’s time for the Hawks to prove to their fans that this team does smell of a dynasty and use all your experience and get a win.
Corey Crawford played a huge game in LA on Friday night and hoped to keep that in this game. At the other end Jonathan Quick had his follies last game when Ben Smith banked one off the tenders skate and in the net. Kris Versteeg worked his way back on the ice replacing Sheldon Brookbank. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks led twice Saturday night at the Staples Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Two Jonathan Toews goals had the Hawks up in the second period but the L.A. Kings took a 40-minute advantage and dominated action in the final period to win 4-3. The Hawks now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1.
First Period-The Kings nearly drew twine in the opening minute after a Dustin Brown shot came off of Niklas Hjalmarsson. Corey Crawford smothered the deflection but the Kings controlled the early action. Read more »
“I stood stone-like at midnight, suspended in my masquerade
I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch
I strolled all alone through a fall out zone and came out with my soul untouched
I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said “Sit down,” I stood up
Oooh, growin’ up – Bruce Springsteen
By Rich Lindbloom
Cabbies, limo rides, frat parties and riotous living have accompanied Patrick Kane over his seven year journey as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Becoming a millionaire before you leave your teens has the potential to corrupt almost anyone (think the Prodigal Son).
As a few of my friends accurately pointed out, there’s a good chance several of us would be dead possessing that kind of cabbage at 18 years of age. Coupled with the mindset of youthful invincibility and instant stardom, it’s a sure recipe for disaster. Read more »
Leaving Minnesota with the series tied at 2 was not part of plan A in this second round match up. The Wild showed their talent using their speed and forecheck to trouble the Hawks and 2 loses were the result. They took it to the Hawks out shooting them in two games holding the Hawks to less than 20 shots per game.
Matt Cooke returned for game 4 and gave the Hawks a lot of problems as he was involved on 2 of the Wilds 4 goals. The Hawks depth is being challenged and the employees needed to come to work Sunday night in Chicago.
Don’t get me wrong, the stars or core of this team also needs to pull up their sleeves and not allow the Wild to possess the puck. Brandon Bollig was reprimanded for his hit on Keith Ballard, being suspended for 2 games. Keith Ballard and Matt Moulson did not travel with the team to the windy city. Andrew Shaw did not dress for his 4th straight game and has yet to begin skating. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks were unable to hand Minnesota its first home loss of the postseason Friday night. The Wild evened up the Western Conference second-round series with the Blackhawks, stifling Chicago shooters and taking Game 4 by a score of 4-2.
First Period-Both teams set a fast pace to start the contest, though most of the early action was in the Wild zone. Duncan Keith caught Minnesota napping on a line change an carried the puck toward Ilya Bryzgalov in the fifth minute until Mikko Koivu hustled over to prevent a point-blank shot on goal.
The Wild drew first blood in the eighth minute after Matt Cooke swiped the puck from Michal Rozsival. Justin Fontaine waited out Corey Crawford from the right circle and beat the Hawks goalie high to give Minnesota a 1-0 advantage 7:24 into the opening period. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks put on a clinic in the third period of Game 6, much to the dismay of the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks ripped the hearts out of the Blues with a furious final 20 minutes, sending the Blues home to clean out their lockers with a 5-1 victory.
Chicago wins this Western Conference first-round series 4-2 and completed a sweep of St. Louis after falling two games behind the Blues. Duncan Keith helped pace the Hawks with a four-point afternoon as five different Blackhawks posted goals in the deciding game. Read more »
The Hawks stole at least one point from the Blue Jackets last night. The Jackets came into the game clinging to a one point lead for the second wild card spot in the East, and with one game in hand. With that being said the Jackets needed these points badly and came within 2.5 seconds of getting at least one. This, two days after Colorado erased a 2-goal BJ lead in the 3rd period and beat Columbus in the shootout. I suppose it’s a tough week to be a BJ fan, tougher than usual anyway.
Typically sporting the IceHogs jersey, Jeremy Morin and Jokim Nordstrom suited up for this game. I suppose we can count on the Hawks not burning a contract year on Teuvo Teravainen. I am a little disappointed personally, but it’s likely for the better. Read more »
The story of last night’s game was clear: Teuvo Teravainen has arrived. Teuvo entered the game to a healthy cheer early in the first period.
Teravainen spent time on the first unit pp which tells me his role on the team is likely to be large. For most of the game he didn’t do anything that really stood out, but was a perfect 7/7 at the dot and showed some defensive know how. To win face-offs and be responsible defensively is probably icing on the cake for a player well known for slick hands and offensive creativity; we could really be on to something very special here. Read more »
The St. Louis Who’s? The Hawks finally tackled their demons and beat the Blues on Wednesday proving that they can beat anyone when they turn it up a notch. Not only did they turn it up, they made it very uncomfortable for a very good Blues teams in all situations. Corey Crawford made some very good saves to obtain his 10th career shutout.
Among all the celebrating, there was a significant loss suffered by the Hawks. Patrick Kane was accidentally landed on while in an awkward position and seemed to twist his knee, leaving during the second period.
It was announced Friday that Kane was shut down for the remainder of the regular season and placed on long term injury reserve. There is method to the Hawks madness. This was one of the only options the Hawks had get Teuvo Teravainen up to the big squad. He sported the Indian head this morning during the morning skate with teammates welcoming him as well as fans as the skate was streamed live.
Tonight’s game sees the Carolina Hurricanes enter the UC with a few key Hawks out of the line up. Read more »