By Brad Vandenberk
With Big Ten college basketball invading the United Center this weekend, it was time for the Blackhawks to embark on a 4 game road trip spanning over 7 days. Game one was a tricky task beating the Blue Jackets in a shootout. This was the last meeting between the two clubs for this year and in the years to come the Hawks and ‘Jackets will become less familiar.
Now that the NHL realignment has been approved from the players and the business end, Columbus will be heading east. With the new division, currently under a naming process, the Hawks will only see those pesky Jackets twice a year. A team they will begin to be acquainted with are the Stars from Dallas. Dallas will move into the Hawks division which sees them playing each other 6 times a season. The last time these two teams met was back in the first week of this shortened season. Marian Hossa fired the overtime winner past Kari Lehtonen. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Brenden Morrow, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Dallas, Dallas Stars, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Kari Lehtonen, Marian Hossa, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Richard Bachman, Stars, Trevor Daley, 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 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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Tagged Alexander Salak, Andrew Brunette, Brenden Morrow, Brent Sutter, Carter Hutton, Corey Crawford, Dallas, Dallas Stars, Dave Bolland, Jamie Benn, Johnny Oduya, Kari Lehtonen, Marian Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Stars, Steve Ott, Viktor Stalberg
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks saw their four-game winning streak come to an end Thursday night in the United Center. Forty minutes of defensive dominance gave way to an opportunistic Dallas Stars club that outworked the Blackhawks in the final ten minutes and stunned the home team by a score of 3-1.
Rookie goalie Richard Bachman got the start for the Stars and proved to be the difference, keeping his team in the contest with 26 saves and allowing Dallas to snatch two points from the Blackhawks.
Neither team generated a lot of scoring chances in the opening period. The ‘Hawks continued to play well in their own zone, but only outshot the Stars 6-5. Read more
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Tagged Adam Burish, Carter Hutton, Dallas Stars, Jonathan Toews, Loui Eriksson, Marian Hossa, Michael Ryder, Richard Bachman, Stars, Steve Ott
By Brad Gardner
After dropping the season opener in Dallas, the Blackhawks came out flying in the home opener in front of an announced 21, 647 at the United Center. Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and it was enough of a cushion to hold off the Stars’ late push. The Hawks eventually walked away with a 5-2 win.
Andrew Raycroft was in net for the Stars despite Kari Lehtonen’s hurculean effort on Friday night in Dallas. Raycroft turned in a strong first period in keeping the puck out of the net – the Blackhawks outshot the visitors 10-2 in the first period – but Raycroft wasn’t handling too many shots cleanly.
Those miscues eventually cost him in the first period. On a Blackhawks’ power play, Patrick Sharp controlled the puck and tried to put it on net. His first attempt was blocked, but Sharp recovered and got his second attempt through to Raycroft. Andrew Burnette picked up the rebound and notched his first goal as a ‘Hawk with a backhander, putting Chicago on the board first. Read more
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks fell prey to an outstanding performance in goal by Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in the season debut for both teams. The Blackhawks found themselves on the short end of a 2-1 score at the American Airlines Center Friday night.
Lehtonen stopped 37 of Chicago’s 38 shots, overshadowing an impressive night for ‘Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. The visiting Blackhawks had plenty of chances, but a couple of defensive zone misplays would be all it would take to spoil Chicago’s opener.
Neither team would score in the opening period, though it wasn’t for lack of opportunities. Both Crawford and Lehtonen came out in fine form and turned away several big shots. Jamie Benn looked to have a breakaway opportunity early after Duncan Keith couldn’t settle the puck, but Nick Leddy hustled down the ice and prevented Benn from getting of much of a shot. Read more