By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks swept the season series from the Dallas Stars Monday night at the United Center. Dallas came in the winners of five consecutive contests but was no match for a Blackhawks squad that parlayed a big third period into a 5-2 victory.
The win is Chicago’s sixth in a row and puts them one win from locking up home ice in the Western Conference. Three points from Marian Hossa and an active night by the third line, led by Andrew Shaw, paced the Blackhawks effort.
Brandon Saad took a nice feed from Jonathan Toews in the first minute of action. However, he could not settle the puck and the attempt was off the mark. The Hawks settled into the Dallas zone for much of the opening minutes. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Dallas, Game recap, Jamie Benn, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Ray Whitney, Richard Bachman, Stars, Vernon Fiddler, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 comeback win in Dallas, capped off by Marian Hossa‘s league-leading fifth goal of the season less than two minutes into overtime. The Stars got out to a 2-0 lead in the second, thanks in large part to a stellar performance from goaltender Kari Lehtonen, but the Blackhawks offensive pressure proved to be too much to handle.
The Blackhawks outshot Dallas 12-6 in the first period, but they came up empty on two power play opportunities and, just as the period was coming to an end, gave up a shorthanded goal to Loui Eriksson. Read more
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Tagged Alex Goligoski, Blackhawks, Dallas, Duncan Keith, Jamal Mayers, Jonathan Toews, Kari Lehtonen, Loui Eriksson, Marian Hossa, Michal Rozsival, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Ray Whitney, Stars
By Brad Gardner
Another tightly contested game between Phoenix and Chicago saw the visiting Coyotes take the series advantage. The visiting Coyotes escaped with a 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday night. Mikkel Boedker was the ovetime hero for Phoenix on a sharp-angle goal at the 13:15 mark of the extra session.
The first period was marred by a late hit from Raffi Torres on Marian Hossa right in front of the ‘Hawks bench. Early signs were not good, as Hossa dropped to the ice, slamming the back of his head, and Blackhawks medical staff jumped over the boards before the puck was even blown dead. Little time was wasted before the stretcher was brought out and Hossa wheeled to an ambulance, at which point he was communicating but had still not yet regained movement. Fortunately, he was able to return home, under further monitoring, with what is being called a broken jaw. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Brunette, Brandon Bollig, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Hit, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Kane, Phoenix, Raffi Torres, Ray Whitney, Rostislav Klesa, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Suspension
By Brad Gardner
Another serviceable effort from the Blackhawks resulted in no points as they dropped their eighth straight game, falling to the Coyotes by a score of 3-0. The ‘Hawks found themselves in an early hole and did not have any comebacks in them tonight against a 38-save shutout from red-hot goalie Mike Smith in the Phoenix net.
The Blackhawks faced an uphill battle early with Phoenix scoring two goals in the first six minutes of the opening period. Radim Vrbata continued to light up the ‘Hawks, registering his 26th goal of the season and third against Chicago when his pass from behind the net deflected into the net off defenseman Sami Lepisto. Viktor Stalberg was unable to clear the puck from the defensive zone and Ray Whitney and Vrbata attacked with a give-and-go the other way. Vrbata used his speed to skate in behind and Lepisto was in an unfortunate position as Vrbata tried to get the puck back to the front of the net, deflecting in the opening goal at 3:14 of the first period. Read more
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Tagged Boyd Gordon, Brendan Morrison, Dylan Olsen, Gilbert Brule, Kyle Chipchura, Lauri Korpikoski, Michael Frolik, Mike Smith, Radim Vrbata, Ray Emery, Ray Whitney
By Brad Vandenberk
With the scent of circus still in the air at the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks returned home to play their final game in November. The Phoenix Coyotes were in town seeking revenge for the 5-2 loss they suffered at the hands of the Hawks back in Glendale in October.
The Coyotes got their revenge as they out played the Hawks from the opening faceoff.
Mike Smith withstood a barrage of Hawks shots in the opening moments. It was the Coyotes that open the scoring. With 4:07 remaining in the opening period, Daymond Langkow completed a tic tack toe play from Ray Whitney and Shane Doan. The period ended with Hawks down 1-0 and out shot 8-7.
The second period saw the Coyotes extend their lead as Mikkel Boedker dropped a pass to Shane Doan who let a rocket go from the top of the right circle. It repelled past Corey Crawford, hit the crossbar and fell beyond the goal line making it 2-0 with 10:06 remaining in the period. Read more
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Tagged Adrian Aucoin, Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Coyotes, Dan Carcillo, Daymond Langkow, Mike Smith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Sharp, Radim Vrbata, Ray Emery, Ray Whitney