15 years ago the Blackhawks played host to the second-best team in the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche. On paper, this should have been a complete blowout. The ‘Lanche had superstars – Forsberg, Sakic, Hejduk, etc. – and the Blackhawks had, well, Chris Chelios and a bunch of turds.
Last time out against the Devils of New Jersey was a shellacking, as the Devils mustered two shots on goal in the first period, Patrick Sharp had a hat trick, and the Devils limped to a 7-2 loss behind Corey Schneider. It was heaven for Blackhawks fans, and another day in the office for a sadly inconsistent Devils team. Surely they’ll be looking for some revenge tonight, but, given the Hawks’ play in the second of back-to-backs that we’ve referred to so often here, it will be a tall order. Continue reading
The Islanders won 3-2 in overtime after four Blackhawks swarmed John Tavares and failed to cover Olympic snub Kyle Okposo. Okposo got the puck and made the Hawks pay. End.
It’s a waste of time to break this game down. Chicago flat out sucked for two periods and made Evgeni Nabokov look like Jacques Plante. If not for Corey Crawford the other New York team would have beaten the Hawks by 15. Continue reading
64 wins, a 24 game point streak, 17 seconds, and one Stanley Cup later, 2013 has officially rolled into 2014 for the Chicago Blackhawks. Shouldn’t be too difficult for them to match that, eh?
Well, the Hawks are off to a pretty good start. 63 points has them atop the league, albeit tied with the Anaheim Ducks and with the St. Louis Blues just four points back with three games in hand (boy, am I tired of seeing that). Titty Shots has 53 points in 42 games, six off the league lead, and Duncan Keith has a mind-boggling 36 assists from the back end, third in the league and only three behind the Grand Masturbator himself, Joe Thornton. Patrick Sharp keeps scoring at a ridiculous pace, and every time I’ve seen Jonathan Toews he’s absolutely dominated the opposition, for the most part, winning nigh every board battle he gets involved with. Once again, it looks like the road to both the President’s Trophy and the Stanley Cup will eventually run down West Madison. Continue reading
On this final day of 1998, Blackhawks Head Coach Dirk Graham would earn one of the final wins of his (awful) coaching career.
Let’s keep this short and sweet. The Blackhawks beat the Kings 1-0 on Monday night. The win gave Hawks rookie netminder and Lord of the Downstairs Antti Raanta his first career NHL shutout. Conversely, Kings rookie sensation Martin Jones has now lost two straight. Continue reading
The Kings are always a grade-A pain in the ass. Dustin Brown is a real shithead, Anze Kopitar is way too fuckin’ good, and they can’t seem to go wrong in net, with both Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens playing better than could possibly be expected while Jonathan Quick remains injured. They’ve got a pretty damn good penalty kill at 85%, and Drew Doughty has been lights-out, likely to the tune of a top pairing with Duncan Keith come Sochi. In short, the Kings are a big time force out West, and the Blackhawks would do well not to take them lightly. Continue reading