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Blackhawks firing on all cylinders in Game 2 win over the Wild

The general consensus on my Twitter timeline following the Hawks 4-1 dismantling of the Wild was that Game 2 was the most complete performance we’ve seen out of the Blackhawks this postseason. It’s hard to disagree, as there were contributions from the entire lineup. Top-liners Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa combined for a shorthanded goal thanks to a fortuitous bounce off the butt end of Devan Dubnyk’s go ...

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Who’s in goal? It shouldn’t matter for the Blackhawks

Crawford or Darling? Darling or Crawford? It shouldn’t matter. Chicago Blackhawks Joel Quenneville has already named Scott Darling the goalie in Saturday night’s Game 6 matchup between his Hawks and the Nashville Predators. But in all reality, it shouldn’t matter if Darling is the goalie, if Corey Crawford is the goalie, or if goalie coach Jimmy Waite stood between the pipes for the Hawks. This series shoul ...

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Don’t ever turn your back on the Blackhawks: Game 1 Reaction

Consider this a public service announcement, for those of you who are relatively new to the Stanley Cup Playoffs or are unfamiliar with its insane momentum swings. No matter how what you think of this year’s version of the Blackhawks, there will be moments in this postseason where the team you see on the ice will fail to resemble an NHL-caliber squad. There will be baffling mistakes made by your favorite pl ...

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Chicago Blackhawks dominate early NHL All-Star selections

  Columbus is going to have a major Windy City feel later this month. The first batch of NHL All-Star selections were revealed earlier today and five Chicago Blackhawks were named to the team. The only non-Blackhawks player named to the first six selections was Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons. Forwards Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, defensemen Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith join goalie Corey Cr ...

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No problem too big for the Chicago Blackhawks this season

Nearly one-third of the way through its regular season schedule, the Chicago Blackhawks are in the middle of its most challenging stretch and still dominating, winning five in a row and 10 of their last 12. The Hawks’ success in the prior two weeks is particularly impressive when you consider its opponents in some of those games. Consecutive 4-1 defeats came against Western Conference powers Anaheim, Los An ...

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Corey Crawford to miss 2-3 weeks

The Chicago Blackhawks will be without goaltender Corey Crawford for 2-3 weeks, the team announced on Wednesday. Crawford was in a walking boot and injured his right foot by missing a step at a recent concert. The goalie will speak to media soon, which means more information should be available. The Blackhawks goalie has been terrific this season with a 12-5-1 record and a 1.87 goals against average. The Bl ...

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The fortunes of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins after their first Stanley Cup victories

As the calendar turned from 2009 to 2010 about four-and-a-half years ago, both the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to be embarking on a long run of dominance in the NHL. The Penguins were riding high off of their 2009 Stanley Cup Championship victory over the Detroit Red Wings and boasted two of the world’s best players in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, were ...

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NHL Playoffs: Three Key Blackhawks in Round 2

After closing out the St. Louis Blues Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks had to wait until late Wednesday night to find out their next opponent. It took seven games, but the Minnesota Wild moved on with their series win over the Colorado Avalanche.   The Wild entered the playoffs as the first wild card team and upset the Colorado Avalanche on an overtime goal in Game 7. This will be the second year in ...

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6-Year Extension for Crawford

If there is anyone left doubting Corey Crawford's goaltending ability out there, they'll have another 6 seasons to further evaluate the Blackhawk after the club announced a contract extension with the goalie through the 2019 - 2020 NHL season Monday. The 6-year contract extension announcement comes on Crawford's day with the Stanley Cup, a fitting way to express the club's faith in the 28-year old goaltende ...

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Crawford Injured; Karlsson Called Up

The Chicago Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville said this morning that goaltender Corey Crawford is out day-to-day with an “upper body injury.” In the NHL, teams do not need to conceal as much details about a player’s injury as other professional sports. So nobody knows how long he will be out. Ray Emery will start Friday against the San Jose Sharks. Due to Crawford’s injury, the Blackhawks recalled goaltende ...

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