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Goaltending, Gold Medals and Chicago

It's been quite the start to 2014 for the Chicago Blackhawks. Goaltending scenarios continue to develop, nearly half the team awaited the announcement of Olympic national teams to see if they made the cut, and a Blackhawks prospect helped his team take gold at the World Junior Championships. Let's take a look at how the year started for the Blackhawks. Crawford In, Khabibulin Done Corey Crawford returned to ...

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Crawford Returns Against Islanders

The Chicago Blackhawks take on the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum Thursday night in hopes of starting 2014 where they left before the break: on top. The Anaheim Ducks are tied with the Hawks for first place in the league with 63 points and have been jockeying for the top spot over the last few weeks. But the outstanding play of Patricks Kane and Sharp continues to stun Chicago's opponents. Patric ...

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Hawks Look to Stave off Stars Revenge

The Chicago Blackhawks look to continue a six-game win streak Tuesday night as they welcome Dallas to the United Center for the third of five season meetings between the two Western Conference contenders. Patrick Kane has registered 19 points in 15 games for the Hawks, including 9 goals and a 12-game scoring streak. His play is resembling that of last season. Kane's hands are quick as ever and his passes ar ...

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Hawks Look to Bounce Back – Again

The Blackhawks are looking to bounce back from a crushing defeat for the second time in five days as they take on the Jets in Winnipeg Thursday. In their third of four regular season meetings, Chicago hopes to bounce back in a similar fashion to Sunday's 5 - 1 victory against San Jose just one night after being decimated by Nashville 7 - 2. And it's not going to be easy - Winnipeg is itching to rifle some p ...

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Hawks in Good Shape, Just Not in 3rd Period

Frustration continues to mount around the Chicago Blackhawks despite the franchises' 4 - 1 - 1 record through six games this season. The Hawks are on a three-game win streak and have guys like Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad with five points apiece very early in the season. Why the frustration? It's the late-game breakdowns. For a casual fan from, let's say, Philadelphia, to look at the NHL standings and see ...

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Pirri Gets the Nod, Here to Stay

Brandon Pirri finally gets his wish to play with the Chicago Blackhawks in Saturday night's contest against the winless Buffalo Sabres in the Windy City. He has been vying for the spot for some time now and barely missed out on the roster spot just before the season began. While teammate Jeremy Morin was more vocal about it, Pirri also voiced his frustration about not making the team for the season opener t ...

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Nordstrom Helps Hawks Hang On

Hawks fans can breath a sigh of relief after the Blackhawks staved off the New York Islanders in a 3 - 2 victory Friday night at the United Center. After two late-game breakdowns, including one very late collapse in St. Louis earlier this week, Chicago needed to correct some of those closing minute woes. With Nikolai Khabibulin giving Corey Crawford a break in net, a new face had the chance to change the ti ...

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Should Q Switch Defensive Pairings?

Duncan Keith is one of the best defensemen in the NHL and he skates along side heavyweight Brent Seabrook for the most part, another huge name. They've boosted the Blackhawks to two Stanley Cups skating together and have incredible skill out on the ice. So what exactly is going on with the dynamic duo this past week? In Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Hawks dominated nearly the entire g ...

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Sharp, Hossa Tuned Up for Big Season

  Hawks fans need no reminders that Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa are two of the most valuable skaters in the NHL, but the duo wants remind them anyway. The makings for a big season are already underway after just two games, despite a crushing collapse Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning that handed the Stanley Cup Champs their first loss of the season. That second line looked great in both conte ...

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Hawks Collapse Late, Fall in Shootout

The Chicago Blackhawks collapsed late in the game after dominating much of the Tampa Bay Lightning through 50 minutes. The Hawks were able to penetrate the blue line guarded closely by Sami Salo, who made an effort to get back in tonight's game from an injury. Tampa bay only got 16 shots off the entire game but was able to make them count. They were well-rested after having three days to rest since the home ...

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