By Jon Fromi
Despite watching a two goal lead evaporate in the last ten minutes of the contest, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to come away with a huge 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues Thursday night at United Center.
With the victory, the Blackhawks have taken four of six games from the top team in the Western Conference. They also move another step closer to locking up a spot in the postseason with a solid performance.
The pace favored the Hawks early, but Chicago didn’t get on the board until midway through the opening frame. Kent Huskins committed a high stick on Andrew Shaw a little over two minutes in. Although the Blackhawks got a shot on goal on the power play for the first time in nine attempts, a single shot was all Chicago could muster.
The first score came when Nick Leddy found Bryan Bickell in the neutral zone in the eleventh minute. Bickell entered the Blues zone with Dave Bolland, where he skated to just above the left faceoff circle before sending a wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak at the 10:38 mark. Read more
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Tagged Alex Steen, Andrew Brunette, Blues, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Arnott, Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp, St. Louis, TJ Oshie, Viktor Stalberg
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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Tagged Andrew Brunette, Andy McDonald, Brandon Bollig, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Arnott, Ray Emery, Ryan Reaves, Sami Lepisto, TJ Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka
Corey Crawford gives up 3rd goal Tues vs STL – photo: Yahoo! Sports
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks sported a shuffled lineup Tuesday night in St. Louis. Unfortunately, the result was the same uninspired play that marked Sunday’s loss to Vancouver.
On this night, T.J. Oshie led the way as the Blues prevailed 3-0. In addition to winning new coach Ken Hitchcock’s debut, St. Louis handed the ‘Hawks their second straight loss.
Neither team came out with a lot of fire, likely in part to an emotional ceremony for former Blues Pavol Demitra and Igor Kovolev (also formerly with Chicago) that delayed the start of the contest by several minutes. The two teams skated seven uneventful minutes before it felt like more than an extended pre-game skate.
The Blues opened the scoring at the 8:15 mark of the period. Kevin Shattenkirk brought the puck into the ‘Hawks zone and easily skated away from John Scott’s attempt to halt the play. Shattenkirk found Vladimir Sobotka headed for the net, and Sobotka was able to use some second effort to muscle the puck past Corey Crawford. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Blues, Brett Hull, Bryan Bickell, Chris Stewart, Dan Carcillo, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Igor Korolev, Jaroslav Halak, John Scott, Keith Tkachuk, Ken Hitchcock, Pavol Demitra, Ryan Reaves, Steve Konroyd, TJ Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka