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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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Helping Corey Crawford is the Key for the Chicago Blackhawks if They Want to Win

There's been many fan debates about whether the Chicago Blackhawks are a better team than they were last season after the major overhaul of their defense unit. There's no doubt that the 'Hawks became a tougher team with the addition of Andrew Brunette, Sean O'Donnell, and Daniel Carcillo, but does it make up for losing Brian Campbell and Troy Brouwer, two very skilled and prized 'Hawks? It all depends on ho ...

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Chicago Blackhawks:My Favorite Moments of the 2010-11 Season

It's been two weeks since the Vancouver Canucks ended the Chicago Blackhawks season, and since then my sadness has already passed, being replaced by optimism and excitement for next season. While the 2010-11 season wasn't as fun and more painful than the Stanley Cup season, there was still a lot to cheer and be happy about if you were a 'Hawks fan. 1. Banner Raising Tribute Video My first favorite moment of ...

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Chicago Blackhawks Fail to Reward Crawford, Ousted in the First Round

Frustration. More Frustration. Hopelessness. Exhilarated. Shocked. Devastation. Speechless. Chicago Blackhawk fans went through every one of those emotions Tuesday night. It was a fitting end to one of the best playoff series played in recent history. Sadly, the 'Hawks find themselves heading home after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. This season has taught me a lot of things.  There is no pla ...

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5 Reasons Chicago Blackhawks Are Set For Another Stanley Cup Run

The Chicago Blackhawks did not start the last week of the NHL season off right, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0. Adding to the problem were win by Dallas and Calgary, moving wach to just points away from grabbing the eighth seed from the 'Hawks. Plagued by mediocre defense and lack of depth in the regular season, repeating has looked like an almost impossible task for the defending Stanley Cup champio ...

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Chicago Blackhawks Miracle on Madison; Corey Crawford

 Raise your hand if you thought Corey Crawford was going to be this good.  That is what I thought, and if you did raise your hand you are most likely lying. After spending a prolonged period of time in Rockford as the No. 1 goaltender, Crawford has shown Chicago and the rest of hockey fans why he belongs in the NHL. Marty Turco was signed to be the Chicago Blackhawk No. 1 goaltender for the season.  Fans ...

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