Sunday, November 22, 2015
Before Saturday's game, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was asked how the games went just before the Hawks embark on their annual trip to Las Vegas.
"Flip a coin," said Quenneville. "You know some real good and some real bastards."
Saturday's game could be considered a bit of both.
The Hawks played better than they had in a victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday and lost overtime to the Calgary Flames on Friday, but still came out on the wrong end of a loss to the Vancouver Canucks 6-3.
Some familiar enemies have done in the Hawks Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Daniel Sedin tallied a hat trick, including two goals after Artem Anisimov center Hawks tied the game 3-3 in the third period, while Henrik Sedin had a goal and four assists.
"We gave up half the chances we did the last two games, but the bad guys had chances tonight," said Quenneville said.
There were some good points for the Hawks. Trevor Daley had two assists and the Hawks offense picked up a little momentum after Quenneville decided to change his lines in a radical way. Quenneville moved Marian Hossa on the top line and he skated on the third line with Andrew Desjardins and Marcus Kruger.
He also paired Ryan Garbutt and Andrew Shaw Jonathan Toews, a movement that had a certain advantage. Toews and Shaw were among the leaders of the Hawks in Corsi plus-minus. Garbutt scored his first goal as a Blackhawk in the first period.
"They had a little energy, they got the speed, they had rhythm, they had the puck, had time to attacking zone," said Quenneville. "They scored. Many things we wanted. It was a dangerous line."
Meanwhile, Patrick Kane extended his point series of 16 games with assistance on the secondary purpose of Anisimov in the third.
"Actually, I thought we played well enough for most games, you put 3-3, then a couple moves later, you're down 4-3 and 5-3 really fast and it's frustrating" said Kane. "But these guys have made some good games tonight."
These guys would be the Sedin. With the score tied at 3-3, Daniel Sedin took a pass from Henrik along the left circle and beat Crawford short side at 14:35. Sedin then ran a give-and-go that led to a third goal from Daniel night.
"I do not know if they are getting better, but they are not getting any worse," said Quenneville said. "They have always been quite effective, dangerous. Tonight was one of those nights where they had the magic touch and they were good."
The Hawks now head to Las Vegas for some rest and relaxation before facing the Sharks on Wednesday in San Jose. While Saturday's score was lopsided, they do not leave Canada in a total funk.
"You play well on the road, it's 3-3 and then give you up to two faster, then you are out of the game," said Kane. "That's what's frustrating, but even if we got points in our last two games I thought (Saturday) was a better effort. "
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Artem Anisimov was where all of the life of Patrick Kane Jersey?
Marko Dano was supposed to be the stud Brandon Saad in the trade, and it could still be, but for now, Anisimov was a Kane centering star on the Blackhawks only line that could mark until Jonathan Toews discovered three-on-three overtime.
Last season, you remember, Brad Richards was supposed to be the answer for Kane - always someone is supposed to be the answer, even Michal Handzus - but inexplicable and unacceptable Richards three goals in 22 games before Thanksgiving and none in October 1 killed that idea for a while.
Anisimov, meanwhile, already has five goals in the first 12 games of the Blackhawks, two of them shorthanded, including the clincher in the 4-2 win over the Kings on Monday night.
For those of you scoring at home, Anisimov is a goal of Saad.
Even absent, Saad large numbers in the context and perspective of this pairing Anisimov-Kane and now the trio which includes wonderfully talented Teuvo Teravainen.
Three years ago Bryan Bickell was a major contributor to a winning team to the Stanley Cup when he scored nine goals in 23 playoff games for the Chicago Blackhawks. He was rewarded with the next summer, $ 16 million contract extension for four years with the team, and it's pretty much done all downhill for him since.
His production declined his playing time was reduced, it was left out, and it has even been put on waivers (and went unclaimed) during the summer after the team was unable to find a trading partner for him.
On Monday, the team turned to the only other option she had when she announced that Bickell was sent to Rockford of the AHL.
Taking its place on the list will be Marko Dano, one of the key players Blackhawks received during the summer in the trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dan had seven points (one goal, six assists) in nine games in the AHL this season and had a very impressive NHL debut last season with the Blue Jackets when he recorded 21 points in 35 games in his rookie season 20 years.
Bickell still has a year remaining on his contract after this season at a salary cap hit of $ 4 million. By sending him to the AHL Blackhawks only save $ 950,000 from the ceiling.
The decision to sign him this long-term contract was controversial at the time because he had never really proved to be a big-time producer before the playoffs, and given the movements Blackhawks had making in recent years because of the salary cap is proven to be a costly extension.
Including his seven games this season (where he has yet to record a point) Bickell only 44 points in 146 regular season games since signing the contract.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
MONTREAL -- Chicago's Kyle Baun Jersey scored twice and added an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 in NHL pre-season action on Friday night at the Bell Centre.
Ryan Garbutt, Garrett Ross and Jan Hejda also scored for the Blackhawks (2-1-0).
Zack Kassian scored for the Canadiens (0-1-2) in his second game with the team since being traded in the off-season.
The game was Montreal's second in three nights. The Habs lost 4-3 in a shootout versus the Washington Capitals on Thursday and will take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday.
Down 3-0, Kassian gave the Habs hope when his backhand shot beat goalie Scott Darling 25 seconds into the second period, but that was the only offence the home side could muster on the night.
The Blackhawks were without Patrick Kane, who's the subject of an ongoing police investigation. Kane has been accused of sexual assault but has not been charged in an alleged incident dating back to August.
Friday, September 25, 2015
BUFFALO — The lawyer for a woman accusing Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys star Patrick Kane of sexual assault abruptly quit the case Thursday night, saying he’s no longer comfortable representing the woman because of how her mother reported finding an evidence bag they believed once held the woman’s rape kit.
Thomas Eoannou told reporters he believes there were, what he called, ‘‘fabrications’’ in the story of how the bag was found. And he added that he’s no longer sure if the bag ever contained evidence from the investigation.
‘‘I can only say that I don’t know what’s true and what’s not true,’’ Eoannou said during a hastily called news conference at his downtown Buffalo law office. ‘‘I received the story line from the mother. And it’s my position that I'm not comfortable with that version of the events.’’
Despite his concerns, Eoannou said he’s still confident in the woman’s allegations against Kane.
‘‘I don’t know how that reflects, and I don’t think it does, on the night in question,’’ Eoannou said.
The woman’s mother declined an interview request, and instead referred to a statement the family released to the media.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
First of all, you can’t blame the fans, most of them Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys fans, who have bombarded social media with often obscene comments amounting to “lay off Patrick Kane.”
Even those cretins who were high-fiving Wednesday when it was revealed that the evidence bag that had once contained the rape kit in the case against the Hawks’ star winger had been delivered anonymously Tuesday afternoon to the home of his accuser’s mother.
As appalling as that revelation may be — hinting at misconduct or incompetence by either the Hamburg, N.Y., police or the District Attorney’s office, or bribery, or just some well-meaning or malicious person intentionally corrupting the evidentiary chain of custody — no doubt the true believers see it as manna from the hockey gods.
We know that fans, at a certain level of blind devotion, are not rational people, that they will forgive their idols any transgression — performance-enhancing drugs, domestic violence, even murder — because the worst of them consider moral depravity a fair exchange for championships.
That, or they just won’t believe their heroes could possibly be guilty, so they voluntarily suspend their critical faculties, if they ever had any.
But the Chicago Blackhawks are supposed to be better than that. The National Hockey League is supposed to be better than that.
Sure, when it comes right down it, we often suspect they have no higher purpose than to sell tickets and hype TV ratings, but the illusion of caring, responsible citizens is important to the image they are peddling. So at some point, you might suppose, someone in the public relations end of either operation might say: “Uh, boss, don’t you think this is making us look a little … callous? I mean, what about the victim, just supposing the accuser isn’t lying?”
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tomas Kopecky Jersey never wanted to leave in the first place.
So when it came to choosing the team with which he would sign a tryout agreement in the hopes of extending his NHL career, the veteran forward came back to the Blackhawks.
At 33, Kopecky is in training camp trying to latch on with the franchise he helped win the 2010 Stanley Cup and a season later set career highs in goals and points. Following the 2010-11 season, during which he had 15 goals and 27 assists, the Hawks traded the rights to the soon-to-be free agent to the Panthers, with whom Kopecky signed and spent the last four seasons.
While South Florida was nice, leaving the bulk of the group that brought the Hawks their first championship in 49 years was difficult.
"I wanted to stay here in Chicago, but it's a business," said Kopecky, who has 68 goals and 106 assist in 578 career games. "I've kind of learned that along the way. I chose to come back here because this is one of the top organizations and it's a winning organization. That's what I want to do. I want to win.
"It's awesome to see all the familiar faces and a couple of young kids too. I'm really appreciative for getting a tryout. We'll see what happens."
With the roster in flux after an offseason of radical change, Kopecky is vying for a spot on a Hawks team that could have use for a hard-nosed, experienced player who can slot into any forward position and provide net-front presence on the power play and kill penalties.
The two-time Cup winner — he won his first with the 2008 Red Wings — described his game as "kind of gritty, get in front of the net and get into people's faces and agitating — whatever it takes."
Helping Kopecky's bid is the familiarity he shares with Joel Quenneville and his coaching staff.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Tests from a rape kit lack DNA evidence from Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane Jersey to confirm a woman's allegations against him, the Buffalo News reported.
Four sources familiar with the case told the newspaper Saturday that there is no DNA evidence in the accuser's genital area or her undergarments.
Kane, 26, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in August at his offseason home near Buffalo, N.Y. He has not been charged in the case. The Erie County district attorney's office delayed grand jury proceedings recently.
Kane addressed his ongoing legal issues Thursday when he reported to the team's training camp at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.
"This has been an incredibly difficult time for many people," Kane said in his first public comments since police began investigating the allegations. "I cannot apologize enough for the distraction this has caused my family, my teammates, this incredible organization and, of course, our fans. While I have too much respect for the legal process to comment on an ongoing matter, I am confident that once all the facts are brought to light, I will be absolved of having done nothing wrong."
Sources told the Buffalo News that Kane's DNA was found on the accuser's fingernails and shoulders, but those sources said the DNA evidence could have occurred from casual contact.
Sources told the newspaper that settlement talks were ongoing between the two sides, but Kane's attorney, Paul Cambria, had previously denied any settlement talks.
Kane has helped lead the Blackhawks Hoodie three Stanley Cup championships in the past six seasons and has scored 205 goals in eight NHL seasons. He signed an eight-year, $84 million contract extension in 2014.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Members of the Chicago Blackhawks Jersey and the Stanley Cup will make appearances at the 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday.
The NHL champions are scheduled to ride on the WGN Radio float along with their prize, according to the parade’s website and organizers.
Sunday would mark the second time the Stanley Cup joins the Chicago Pride Parade celebrations. In 2010, the Blackhawks showed up with their prize for the first time in the parade’s history.
The parade kicks off at noon Sunday, and WGN Radio’s float is tentatively No. 17 in the parade’s lineup.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
LAS VEGAS — If Jonathan Toews Jersey really wanted to, he could make a run at the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player. He’s got the offensive skills to create scoring chances, he has the vision to dole out goals from behind the opposing net, and he has the grit to fight for and finish off the greasy goals. If he wanted more points, he could get more points.
Of course, the irony is, that would actually make him less valuable to the Blackhawks.
“It’s just being the player that they need him to be every night, regardless of what he thinks or what anybody else thinks,” Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban said. “He just does what the coaching staff and the organization need him to do. And that makes a player special, because it’s a difficult thing to do. It’s a team-oriented skill that you need to have. It can’t be overlooked. And I think he’s a team-first guy and it shows, it shows in his play.”
It’s not his point total that makes Toews so good, and so valuable. Even with 506 of them in just 565 games, that’s not why he’s considered by so many to be one of the two or three best players in the NHL. It’s his defense. It’s his savvy. It’s his prowess in the faceoff circle, in the corners, in his own zone. It’s his penalty killing and his power-play work. It’s his willingness to sacrifice his individual stats for team success.
Barely a week after captaining the Hawks to the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons, Toews is in Las Vegas for Wednesday’s NHL Awards. He’s a finalist for two very Toews-like awards — the Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s top defensive forward; and the Mark Messier Leadership Award, given out by the famed Oilers and Rangers captain for the intangibles that have made Toews famous. The Hart Trophy likely will go to Montreal goaltender Carey Price, who’s a finalist alongside Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and the Islanders’ John Tavares.
Tavares lost in the first round. Price lost in the second round. Ovechkin lost in the second, too.
“You can talk about the trophies of the regular season all day long, but at the end of the day, he won the trophy that all the players want,” Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang said. “I don’t think he really worries about that. I think he’s pretty happy with his three Stanley Cups instead of three Hart trophies.”
Toews has three Stanley Cups. Two Olympic gold medals. Two World Junior championships. One world championship. One Conn Smythe Trophy. One Selke Trophy.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
As the champagne finally dries up and the last pieces of confetti are vacuumed, attention turns to what, exactly, the Chicago Blackhawks Jersey might look like in 2015-16.
The Blackhawks have $64.05 million committed to the cap next season. That’s a lot.
They have 11 skaters under contract. That’s … not a lot.
"It kind of reminds me going into that summer of 2010," coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Tribune, in a comment that could send shivers down the spines of Blackhawks fans. "We knew we were going to have to lose a significant amount of our team, (but) losing almost half of it that summer, I didn't know we were going to lose that many. This year, I don't anticipate that amount. We'll see what happens, but certainly the nature of the game, this era, change is all part of it."
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
They did it under the five Stanley Cup banners hanging from the rafters.
They did it under the banners honoring legends Glenn Hall, Pierre Pilote, Keith Magnuson, Bobby Hull, Denis Savard, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito.
The Blackhawks did it at home.
For the first time in 77 years, the Hawks celebrated winning a Stanley Cup in Chicago after they topped the Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday night before a crowd of 22,424 delirious fans at the United Center.
Duncan Keith Jersey opened the scoring, Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist and goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves to help lift the Hawks to their third Cup in the last six seasons.
"This one is special because we did it in front of our fans," said Keith, who was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason. "Third time winning the Cup in six years, that's unreal."
It's a feeling that never gets old, even for those who will be adding a third ring to their collections.
"It's the greatest feeling in the world," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Once you do it once, you can't wait to do it again. It was special (Monday night) doing it in front of our own fans. The building was electric. The town had a buzz to it."
The Hawks reeled off three consecutive victories to capture the best-of-seven series 4-2 and finished the season a perfect 33-0 when leading in games after two periods.
While 2010 and '13 were amazing moments, to win it at home in front of fans who seemed intent on losing their voices from the opening notes of the national anthem until each Hawks player hoisted the Cup over his head made this one all the more cherished.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
The Stanley Cup will be in the house Monday at the United Center, and the Chicago Blackhawks Jersey will have a chance to make the hallowed trophy feel at home there for a while.
Center Antoine Vermette, a late-season acquisition who was a healthy scratch early in the Western Conference final, converted a rebound two minutes into the third period Saturday and Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford held off a furious late push by the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Blackhawks clawed out a 2-1 victory at Amalie Arena. With a 3-2 series lead they're in position to win the Cup on Monday for the third time in six seasons.
“It's great. We're excited about the opportunity,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “It's what we've worked for.”
In the fifth consecutive Cup Final game decided by one goal, the Blackhawks' defense was formidable, led by the tireless Niklas Hjalmarsson and his game-high seven blocks. And their support players came through again, with Vermette recording the winning goal for the second time in the Final and third time in this playoff run.
“Whether we're one win away or 15 wins away, you come in with that belief and you know what your team is capable of,” Toews said. “If anything, you don't want to underachieve. You want to get the most out of each other and find a way to come together as a group and give yourself a chance to be here. I think that's what everyone in this room wants.”
The Blackhawks can win the Cup at home for the first time since 1938, when they completed a best-of-five series against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the old Chicago Stadium. They won at Detroit in 1961, at Philadelphia in 2010 and at Boston in 2013. A seventh game, if necessary, would be played Wednesday in Tampa.
This is when their experience will come into play, where the core group of what is the closest thing to a dynasty the NHL has seen in the salary-cap era must take charge. The Lightning came back from a 3-2 deficit in the first round, against Detroit, and Coach Jon Cooper remains confident that his team can do that again.
“People can't sit here and say, ‘Well, the inexperienced Lightning.' I think we're the gamer Lightning,” he said. “These guys have gamed out these playoffs, and I expect nothing less in Game 6 in Chicago.”
Less than a minute after Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov suffered an undisclosed injury when he tripped over Crawford and collided with the post in the first period, Chicago capitalized on a misplay by Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop. The puck had been dumped into Tampa Bay's zone and defenseman Victor Hedman was preparing to play it, but Bishop came out of his net and to the left faceoff circle, where he collided with Hedman. Both went down, leaving an empty net for Patrick Sharp Jersey to score at 6:11, his first goal in 14 games.
Bishop, who missed Game 4 because of an undisclosed injury, was slow to get up but stayed in the game. Bishop made 27 saves, to 30 by Crawford.
“I was just trying to force the play, skate as fast as I can up the ice and apply some pressure,” Sharp said.
Tampa Bay pulled even at 10:53 of the second period, on a fine setup from Jason Garrison to Valtteri Filppula, who scored from a tough angle. But Antoine Vermette Jersey was a difference-maker again and Crawford stopped 15 shots in the third period to send the Blackhawks back home with a chance to claim the Cup Monday.
It's so close they can taste it, but they're experienced enough not to start counting Champagne bubbles yet.
“You go through the ups and downs every playoff run. It didn't start off the way I wanted but I was able to stay with it,” said Crawford, who was benched for three games in the first round against Nashville. “It's been great up to this point. With a chance to go back to our building, I think everyone's pretty excited about it. But we can't get ahead of ourselves. There's a lot of work to do here and it's going to be an even harder battle.”
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey imagined Wednesday what the feeling would have been like if the Chicago Blackhawks Jersey hadn’t bounced back with consecutive wins following consecutive losses.
“If he would have lost these two games, it would have felt like we didn’t really deserve to have a break,” Hjalmarsson said.
“If he would have lost these two games, it would have felt like we didn’t really deserve to have a break,” Hjalmarsson said.
The Penguins Jersey didn’t just need a victory Wednesday night.
They needed a two-point tourniquet.
They didn’t get it.
But the Penguins salvaged a point in their 3-2 shootout loss against Chicago at Consol Energy Center. And under some pretty difficult circumstances, at that, so the defeat didn’t sting nearly as much as some others in the recent past have.
The Penguins were missing two of their core players, defenseman Kris Letang and center Evgeni Malkin, both of whom were injured in the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday in Philadelphia, and had to rally after spotting the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno and Chicago Blackhawks Jersey forward Jonathan Toews have been named team captains for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game® at Nationwide Arena on January 25, the league and club announced today. Foligno will captain the All-Star home team, now designated as Team Foligno, with Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane Jersey and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty serving as assistant captains, while Toews will lead the All-Star visiting team, now designated as Team Toews, with assistant captains Rick Nash of the New York Rangers and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.
Foligno, Toews and their assistants will be charged with selecting their squads at the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft TM presented by DraftKings on Friday, January 23 at 8 p.m. The draft will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and televised live in the United States on NBC Sports Network and in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet and TVA.
Foligno, 27, has registered a career-high 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points with 20 penalty minutes in 39 games this season. He leads the club in goals and points and is among the NHL’s leaders in goals (12th-tied), points (15th-tied), power play goals (nine, third-tied) and power play points (20, third).
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Monday, January 5, 2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015
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Saturday, January 3, 2015
Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will miss "about a month" with a left hand injury, according to coach Joel Quenneville.
Versteeg was injured in the third period of the Hawks' 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals Jersey on Thursday when he was hit in the hand by a shot off the stick of Eric Fehr. Quenneville said it is "doubtful" that Versteeg will need to undergo surgery on the hand.
Friday, January 2, 2015
The Chicago Blackhawks had their chances. Too many, one might say, because that’s how hockey works: If one team has the benefit of the preponderance of the power plays, one assumes the other team’s getting a break at some point from the officials.
“It runs through your head,” said Washington Capitals Jersey defenseman Karl Alzner, whose team scored a power-play goal with just under 13 seconds remaining to win the 2015 Winter Classic, 3-2, over the Blackhawks.
“I don’t really think at any point in the game that the ref’s looking to give an easy one to a team,” he continued. “If you look at it, a stick on the hand is a stick on the hand. Bad timing for them, good timing for us.”
It was Alzner that Jonathan Toews Jersey went after on the forecheck, with the Blackhawks on a power play after Matt Niskanen’s boarding penalty at 16:49 of the third. It was the Blackhawks’ sixth power play of the game, including a lengthy 5-on-3 in the second period.
Here’s how that power-play ended, and the Capitals were given one that would lead to the game-winner:
Was it a good call? A makeup call?
“I don’t know,” lamented Toews after the game.
“I don’t know how much how much that play deserved a call there. I don’t know how much it had to do with us getting a few more opportunities on the power play previously in the game.”
Troy Brouwer, former Blackhawk 2015 Winter Classic Jersey, scored the game-winner on the power play at 19:47 of the third period, with another penalty call against the Hawks – Brandon Saad for slashing – pending when the puck beat Corey Crawford.
“We had a power play before that, so I think both teams had their turn and they cashed in,” said Coach Joel Quenneville.
The Blackhawks had several turns, actually. They scored on the power play in the first period, asPatrick Sharp’s shot from the sunlit portion of the ice traveled into the shadows and beat Braden Holtby. But the game’s turning point may have been their inability to cash in during 1:31 of two-man advantage time.
“You always here if you don’t score on the 5-on-3 it can come back to get you,” said Patrick Sharp. “They have a good penalty kill, we have a good power play. It was a little more difficult to zip the puck around and make crisp passes.”
The hard ice in the Winter Classic made the day a “shoot first” effort for both teams, which affected the Hawks’ power play.
“The mentality today was just shoot the puck and things happen. But on a five-on- three, it's not the same mentality, which probably didn't help us,” said Quenneville.
In the end, it was the Capitals that took the shot and ended the game, seconds away from sudden death hockey.
“Even the crowd might have wanted the overtime and the shootout,” said Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmasson. "It’s a tough play. A broken stick. A broken play. Quick shot.”
And a soft penalty.
“It is what it is,” said Toews. “They got their bounce they were looking for with 12 seconds left, and we walk away with nothing.”