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Costly turnovers send Hawks to break on losing streak; Predators 3 – Blackhawks 1

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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Predators 5 – Blackhawks 2, Hossa strikes twice, Crawford pulled, Toews left arm in question

By Brad Gardner

The Blackhawks saw their seven-game point streak snapped after a sluggish game in Nashville against the division rival Predators. Despite two goals from Marian Hossa, a flurry of goals from the home team in the middle period turned out to be the difference in Chicago’s first regulation loss since January 6th.

The opening period was characterized by chippy play from both sides. Nashville out-chanced the visitors, but Marian Hossa managed to put the ‘Hawks on the board first on the team’s second shot of the period. Andrew Shaw dropped a short pass to Hossa at center ice, who gained the zone with enough speed to beat Shea Weber to the outside. He protected the puck as he crossed over and beat Rinne inside the right post for his 19th goal of the season.

Craig Smith drew the Preds even just over two minutes later with a power play goal. Rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis had an open lane from the blue line and Smith provided both the traffic in front of Blackhawks’ starter Corey Crawford and the finish on the rebound to make it a 1-1 game going into the first intermission. Read more »

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Kane, Stalberg Pace ‘Hawks to Overtime Triumph

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks withstood a typical effort by the visiting Nashville Predators Monday at the United Center. The Blackhawks overcame a few bad bounces, a zero for seven evening on the power play, three Nashville leads and an injury to Duncan Keith to record a 5-4 overtime victory.

Patrick Kane had a pair of goals and an assist in the Chicago win, while Viktor Stalberg made his time in the top six count, scoring the game winner for the second straight game. The ‘Hawks move to 7-2-2 this season.

The game got off to a nightmarish start when a funny bounce along the boards caused the puck to elude Corey Crawford in the first minute. Caught behind his net, David Legwand managed to throw a shot to the side of the goal. The shot hit the post and kicked out in front of the net for Patric Hornqvist to backhand for a Halloween treat of a goal.

The Blackhawks were on the power play three times following Nashville’s mark, including a brief 5-on-3 advantage, but didn’t draw even until the final minute of the period. Kane benefitted from Marian Hossa winning a board battle for the puck, taking a pass from Patrick Sharp and beating Pekka Rinne through the five-hole to knot the score at a goal apiece going into the first intermission. Read more »

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Lindbloom: The End Game

Your move Blackhawks. The Clock is ticking.

By Rich Lindbloom

“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next to last blunder.” – Savielly Tartakower

Chess, like hockey, is a game that is divided into three distinct time frames. In chess they are called the opening, the middle game and the endgame. The Blackhawks misfortunes in the third period this year resurfaced some disturbing memories from back in the mid 70’s when I attended Loyola University. Mike McPartlin, (who was quite a hockey player for Mt. Carmel and Loyola in his day), and I used play chess quite often during that span of time. Even though in my mind I always dominated in the first two segments, Mike always took over in the endgame – or at least waited to pounce like a cougar on my inevitable blunder. I’m not sure I ever defeated him, although until this day I remain unconvinced he was the better player. I just had to congratulate him on his immense luck more than I would have liked too. Read more »

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