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Blackhawks lay down for Predators

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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Blackhawks Stick It to Stars in Big D, Win 4-1

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks came out with a pair of early tallies to establish control in Dallas Friday night. Up 2-0 before Stars fans knew what had hit their team, the Blackhawks won their third road game in four tries this month with a 4-1 triumph.

Chicago took little time in lighting the lamp. Just seconds after the faceoff, Bryan Bickell got control of the puck along the boards between the benches. Andrew Shaw got the pass as he came over the blue line and dropped it back to Dave Bolland, who snapped home the shot past Kari Lehtonen at the ten second mark of the opening period.

Ninety seconds later, after Corey Crawford turned away a redirected shot, the Hawks brought the puck to the other end. Viktor Stalberg’s attempt was blocked by Lehtonen, but Patrick Sharp got the puck out the corner. Looping into the left faceoff circle, Sharp fired for the opposite post. The shot got past Lehtonen and 1:42 into the game held a two-goal advantage. Read more »

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Third period comeback propels Hawks over Blues

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks captain was still sidelined with an upper body injury as the league leading St Louis Blues rolled into town.  Although whispers were heard throughout the United Center for a Jonathan Toews return this week, he had not practiced the past two days and did not lace the skates up for this one.  The Hawks played the Blues in St Louis just seven days ago and got beat up physically and on the scoreboard, losing 5-1.  The Hawks are still sitting in the 6th spot in the western conference but are beginning to feel the heat from the 7th and 8th position.  After suffering a shootout loss on Sunday night to the LA Kings, a big win was needed from a central divisional rival.  Ray Emery, still crowned the number one goalie, started for the Hawks and Jaroslav Halak continued the Blues dominance between the pipes.  The same Hawks line-up that squared up against the Blues last week stood intact for this match.

Less than a minute into the game, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane break in on a 2 on 1, but Halak was there to shut the door.  Read more »

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Desperate Kings pickup two points in Chicago

By Brad Gardner

Jonathan Quick continued to baffle the Blackhawks when his Kings club visited the United Center on Sunday evening. The Blackhawks battled back to tie the game twice and earn one point in the standings, eventually falling to Mike Richards’ conversion in the shootout for a final score of 3-2.

The Kings set the tone early with a chance off the opening faceoff. Nick Leddy fumbled a pass to his defensive partner that was picked up by Dwight King. He broke in between the two defenders on Ray Emery but the ‘Hawks goaltender was able to deny the game’s first shot.

Slava Voynov was able to get one by Emery a few minutes later. Duncan Keith pinched into the offensive zone but had the puck poked away by Justin Williams. The sent the Kings in on a 4-on-1 against Brent Seabrook, who sold out to take away the passing lane. Williams still had room to get the puck to Voynov, who beat Emery wide to the glove side for the rookie defenseman’s fifth tally of the season. Read more »

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Wild Third Period Nets ‘Hawks 4-3 win over Rangers

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks erased a third period deficit with three goals in the final seven minutes. Johnny Oduya led the attack with a goal and an assist as the ‘Hawks prevailed over the New York Rangers 4-3 in front of the 180th straight sellout crowd at the United Center.

Chicago got a big scoring opportunity seconds into the game when Duncan Keith made an area pass that Marian Hossa caught up to. Hossa beat the Ranger defense to the net, but Henrik Lundqvist snuffed out the shot.

From there, it was back and forth hockey with both teams getting their chances. Lundqvist and Ray Emery kept both teams honest along with their defenses. The ‘Hawks killed off the only penalty of the period, a delay of game call that came when returning defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson closed his hand on the puck late in the sixteenth minute. Read more »

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Blues dominate Blackhawks 5-1 in The Lou

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawk`s three-game road trip came to an end on Tuesday night in St Louis.  The Hawks had a 3-game winning streak heading into the Scottrade Center.  They took two eastern conference teams out earlier last week with the Leafs and Senators falling by one.  They then travelled to Detroit where they won a tight match against their divisional rivals.  With the Hawks’captain still on the shelf, they have won all three previous games the hard way, grinding out with great defense and even the back checkers making their presence felt.  This game would offer another divisional match up with St Louis holding the edge in toughness and grit.

The line up remained the same with Brandon Bollig making his “home” debut.  Bollig called in a favour and put his whole family in the crowd.  The Hawks knew they would be going to battle against this tough Blues team.  Niklas Hjalmarsson, only days away from returning, remained out with Steve Montador joining him. Morrison, O’Donnell and Frolik also missed out on the action again.  Patrick Kane continued his play at center with Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette. The rest of the line up remained the same.  Ray Emery started his 3rd consecutive game in net.  Read more »

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Former Sens lead Hawks to victory in Ottawa

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks got some big games from a pair of former Ottawa Senators Friday night to get a three game road trip off to a promising start. Marian Hossa and Ray Emery figured heavily in the outcome as the Blackhawks bested a hot Senators squad by a 2-1 score.

The Hawks came up short on a golden opportunity four minutes in when Hossa took control of the puck in the Senators zone. He brought the puck behind the net and found Patrick Kane at the face off circle. Kane made a nice pass to Andrew Brunette. Despite there being plenty of open net, Brunette couldn’t get a handle on the pass, which looked like it was deflected.

Kane garnered a breakaway in the ninth minute but an active stick by Matt Gilroy prevented a shot. A Jared Cowen interference penalty at the 10:06 mark gave the Blackhawks a few shots on the power play, but as has been the case of late nothing came of it. Read more »

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Lindbloom: Love keeps no record of wrongs

“I’ll never watch the Hawks again”

By Rich Lindbloom 

“What do you get when you fall in love?
A guy with a pin to burst your bubble
That’s what you get for all your trouble
I’ll never fall in love again”
 – Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Have you thrown in the towel on the Hawks this season? Had enough of third period meltdowns, awful rebounds and uninspired play from the core? Are Frolik and Bickell driving you up a wall? Have you found yourself asking, “Why did Stalberg do that?” Are you fed up with a defense that couldn’t clean their plate, let alone a crease? Do you lie awake in bed at night wondering, “Why can’t I quit you?” In short, what do we actually get ‘for all our trouble?’ Hell, at least my wife gets flowers on occasion. Read more »

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Hossa, Kane heat up to clip struggling Leafs

By Brad Vandenberk

It was a night of debuts at the United Center on Wednesday.  Newly acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya donned the number 27 and started the game paired with Brent Seabrook.  Brandon Bollig answered the bat phone and was called up for duty.  Bollig is 7th in the AHL in penalty minutes and was hoping to bring energy and grit to a Hawks team that has lost 3 straight games.  The Hawks debuted their white jerseys at home as the Leafs chose this game to where their 3rd jersey’s which are a dark blue.  Corey Crawford got the call for the home team and Jonas Gustavsson tried to right the good ship Maple Leaf.  Jonathan Toews missed his 5th straight game with an upper body injury.  Steve Montador and Niklas Hjalmarsson were still out with injuries as well.  Sean O’Donnell, Michael Frolik and Brendan Morrison sat upstairs as five rookies would sport the Indian head.  The Hawks had lost 12 of their last 16 coming in and the Leafs were not any better, as they had lost 9 of their last 10.  This game would be a test of each goaltender as both teams have had shaky tendy’s.  However, the Leafs haven’t beaten the Hawks in 9 years, 6 straight games.  Read more »

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Toews-less Hawks don’t look much like Hawks at all, Dismal weekend effort ends in 3-1 loss at Anaheim

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks finished their California weekend road swing in Anaheim versus the Ducks Sunday evening.  The night earlier saw Los Angeles King, Dustin Brown bury three goals and a helper, as the Hawks were shutout 4-0.  The Ducks are looking to make a strong run to fight for a tight Western Conference playoff spot.  Hawk’s Captain Jonathan Toews remained in Chicago for this trip and missed his 3rd consecutive game with an upper body injury.  Niklas Hjalmarsson was also held back.  With two leaders off the ice, the road team needed to fight hard to beat a talented Ducks squad.

Ray Emery got the coach Q nod for the start with Jonas Hiller getting his 21st straight start for the Ducks.  Marcus Kruger played on the top line with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.  Brendan Morrison centered Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg.  Dave Bolland was with Andrew Brunette and Bryan Bickell.  Finally, Jamal Mayers had Michael Frolik and Jimmy Hayes on either side. Read more »

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