By Brad Vandenberk
Game 82 is upon us, finally! Not that this season has been a bad one, but after mailing it in against the Capitals last night, it’s hard to get excited for this game. As I stated last night, Chicago can’t move up from their current third seeded position.
Even though most fans and players are looking toward the post season the Hawks are looking to avenge some pride with the season series owned by the Preds 3-1. It’s amazing to think – would the Preds be making the playoffs if Pekka Rinne played the entire season? Several players may be playing their final game tonight in the likes of Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom. Once Toews and Kane return those two seem to be the odd men out. It does prove the depth that Chicago does have available if needed to be called upon. Another situation that will be solved on Sunday evening is who is the Hawks first round opponent? After both Avalanche and Blues taking a loss last night, it seems that it will come down to the final day of the NHL. The Avs finish their season against the Ducks while the Blues have an afternoon affair against the Redwings at home. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Antti Raanta, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brad Vandenberk, Brandon Saad, Craig Smith, Game recap, Jeremy Morin, Marian Hossa, Matt Carey, Matt Cullen, Nashville, Patric Hornqvist, Paul Gaustad, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ryan Ellis, Shea Weber
Something to Harp About
By Rich Lindbloom
If nothing else last week, I discovered how deep, vast and wide the State of Texas is. We visited Lake Rayburn in the east, and then the Austin and San Antonio area. Needless to say, finding the Hawks games at local watering holes proved to be a challenge. With the exception of the King’s game, we were forced to follow the action on our cell phones. Obviously, we were less than enthused with the late game meltdowns-twice against the Quackers and once against LA.
After the first loss to Anaheim, a quite distasteful 2-4 ending, I thought of a perfect way to describe the outcome. Read more
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks nearly let a two-goal advantage go for naught Monday night against the Nashville Predators. It took a shootout goal in the fifth round by defenseman Michal Roszival, but the ‘Hawks avoided the tag of April Fools with a 3-2 shootout victory.
The Blackhawks spent most of the first half of the opening period on the attack in the Nashville zone. Jonathan Toews had a couple of opportunities early, as did Nick Leddy off a feed from Patrick Kane.
Andrew Shaw had the puck on his stick in the ninth minute but couldn’t get off a decent shot. Dave Bolland centered Kane at the 10:45 mark for a nice scoring chance but Pekka Rinne stopped the attempt. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, David Legwand, Game recap, Michal Rozsival, Nashville, Nick Leddy, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Hornqvist, Patrick Kane, Paul Gaustad, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Taylor Beck
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks turned a tight game into a bit of a laugher Wednesday night at the United Center, pulling away behind a big night by Jonathan Toews and Chicago’s surprising rookies. Both Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw both contributed two points as the Blackhawks cruised to a 6-2 win.
Chicago controlled the early going, but it was the Sabres getting on the board first when Brent Seabrook got caught a bit too far up the ice. Marian Hossa, who had just been denied a scoring chance in front of the net by Jhonas Enroth, dumped the puck into the corner. Jochen Hecht gathered the puck and fired a long pass that found the stick of Jason Pominville. The Sabres captain took advantage by beating Corey Crawford top shelf to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead with 9:30 in to the opening period.
Derek Roy was called for hooking moments later and the Blackhawks went on the power play. Hecht took advantage of a puck glancing off the referee and bore down on Crawford for what would have been a shorthanded tally. The attempt struck the post, skidded across the crease, and was kept out of the net by a quick-acting Patrick Kane. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Brandon Svendsen, Carter Hutton, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Jamal Mayers, Jason Pominville, Jhonas Enroth, Jimmy Hayes, Jimmy Newcomer, Joe Lavin, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Beach, Marian Hossa, Mark Bernard, Paul Gaustad, Ryan Stanton, Ville Leino