The time is almost upon us. Yes that’s right, a completed Blackhawks roster. Although the Hawks haven’t been bitten by the injury bug all that much, they have had their scares.
Steve Montador was the first victim, having his concussion symptoms come back during training camp. Next up was Dan Carcillo, who injured his knee early in the year, saw his first game in over month tonight against the Sharks. Michal Rozsival tweaked his knee and missed a few games. Then Corey Crawford suffered an upper body injury just a week ago giving Ray Emery the keys to the crease. Then, Brent Seabrook missed his first game of the year against the Canucks suffering a lower body injury. The latest saw Marian Hossa take a forearm to the back of the head and being immediately helped off the ice, not returning to the game. The perpetrator, Jannik Hansen, received a 1 game suspension for the incident and Hossa will not miss any action. Read more »
The San Jose Sharks came to Chicago losers of six straight games, and they met an unfavorable host in the unbeaten Blackhawks.
The home team never trailed, getting another solid goaltending performance from Ray Emery. The scoring was provided by depth players, in most cases known more for their defensive acumen than offensive game, with goals from Dave Bolland, Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
It was not scoring, however, but fisticuffs that got the Chicago crowd into the game early. Jonathan Toews was whistled for a boarding penalty on Joe Thornton in the corner, and shortly after, things boiled over between Toews and Thornton and the captains squared off for a first period fight. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks set a new franchise record by getting off to a 6-0 start to the 2013 season with a win on Sunday at the United Center over the rival Detroit Red Wings.
Corey Crawford stopped 29 shots and Nick Leddy was the overtime hero by beating Jimmy Howard off the rush to extend the Hawks excellent run to open the season.
Both teams wanted a good start in the first period. The Red Wings, who only practiced Saturday after winning 5-3 over the Wild on Friday, had been inconsistent in the first period in the early going this season, while the Blackhawks were coming off a first-period pummeling at the hands of the Blue Jackets in their game Saturday. Read more »
The Chicago Blackhawks opened their home schedule in fine fashion Tuesday night, treating the United Center crowd to a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Corey Crawford was able to out duel Brian Elliot to give the Blackhawks their third win of the season in as many games.
The Blackhawks dominated most of the first period, testing Elliot several times in the opening minutes. Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell and Brandon Bollig all had open looks on odd man rushes but were turned away by the St. Louis goalie.
Elliot held fast until the 7:20 mark, when Chicago managed a three-man rush to the net with no opposition by the Blues. Nick Leddy started the play by gaining possession of the puck and finding Kane in the neutral zone. Kane brought the puck up the left side, played catch with Patrick Sharp and came across the crease. One backhand later, Kane had his second goal of the season and the ‘Hawks led 1-0. Read more »
“Hockey captures the essence of the Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the dance of life, and An affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.” – Bruce Kidd
By Rich Lindbloom
Admittedly, two robust victories on the road can have an inordinate impact on one’s enthusiasm. Yet, after almost four months of saying I don’t care if they play or not, it’s truly great to see that the boys are back in town. (“Remember that chick that slapped Kaner’s face? Man… we fell about the place-if that chick don’t want to go forget her.”) Actually, it seems all the stars are lining up at the moment for Chicago hockey fans. Hockey and single digit temperatures go together like soup and sandwiches. There’s even a smidgeon of that white stuff on the ground. Hopefully Sam Fels and his street urchins will not develop frostbite while peddling ‘The Indian’ tonight. That lamppost doesn’t offer much protection from a bitter Northwest wind. Dig a little deeper and tip them tonight bucko’s! Read more »
The Blackhawks continued their back-to-back opening weekend road trip on Sunday night in Phoenix. A dually important matchup to Chicago, as these were the same Coyotes that put them out in the first round of the playoffs last season.
After a convincing 5-2 win in LA on Saturday, the Hawks were looking to keep the momentum and emotions high to start the season. With only two home games in the next four weeks, it was important to get the wins on the road when they could. Read more »
As I awoke on the morning of January 6th 2013, it was like Christmas all over again. I learned that the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association had announced an agreement was in place and a condensed season was on the horizon.
The first thing I thought of was when do the Blackhawks play? I immediately used every possible angle to let the world know that hockey was back! Will the fans be coming back to watch their favourite teams?
Well, I believe that question was answered when arenas all over North America filled up to watch their favourite teams practice. That’s right, I said Practice! Fans will come back and watch the game because hockey is a culture. I didn’t realize how much the sport of hockey has involved in every aspect of a fan’s life until I began to change my daily routines to get prepared for the upcoming 48 game season. Adjusting my work schedules to be able to watch each game as well as waiting online to purchase tickets to a few of the road games.
Growing up In Niagara Falls Ontario, I have only made a few trips to Chi Town to see my beloved Blackhawks play at the Untied Center, however when they make the flight to Buffalo, Toronto or Detroit, I always head to the rink. Read more »
After two consecutive first-round playoff exits, the entire Blackhawks organization has a lot at stake heading into the abbreviated 2013 season. For better or worse, the club entered training camp with a roster that was very similar to the 45-win team from a season ago. The only new additions – defensemen Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank – do not figure to see huge roles during the upcoming season. If the Blackhawks are going to put the last two seasons behind them, they will need bigger contributions from the following groups of players with something to prove this season.
The last time the Blackhawks entered a season with the same goaltending tandem as they utilized the year before was 2007-08, when Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Lalime returned to the Chicago crease for a second season together. Both Corey Crawford and Ray Emery will be relied upon to secure wins this season, something that is even more important out of the gate as the skaters get back into game shape and adjust to the breakneck pace of the compacted schedule. Read more »
As always when Hockeenight and TTMI join together, we ran the usual gamut of topics. We review the NHL’s class action complaint filed against the NHLPA in a New York court on Friday and the damning quotes from Jonathan Toews and Troy Brouwer cited in the motion.
We discuss all the latest on Blackhawks prospects including Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith and Fork’s favorite, Jeremy Morin. Also, we broach the Blackhawks directive to IceHogs coach Ted Dent to move Andrew Shaw back to center, and what may have gone into that decision – the Jeremy Roenick autobiography, “torpedoing” Jimmy Hayes, Malort~!, Gary Bettman’s standing in the face of his third work stoppage, how the 5% variance would effect teams should it be realized, George “the Animal” Steele and some professional wrestling history.
Is it just me, or does the phenomenon of change seem to accelerate as we age? While the Roman philosopher Apuleius noted, “familiarity breeds contempt,” most people do not willingly embrace the changes that “keep slipping on, at a faster pace” in their lives. I can remember back in 2003 when the Razr was the slickest, latest and greatest of all cell phones. When I brought one home from work, my 10 year old daughter Taylor looked at me with a puzzled expression and said, “Dad!, you have a Razr?!” The tone in her voice was unmistakable; it was way too much phone for me. Then she and her 7 year old brother began exploring and playing with the newfangled device. While obviously not the most technologically advanced member of our family (slightly above our dogs), I was eventually able to become at ease with the sleek black phone. Read more »