Chicago Blackhawks: 10 Years, 10 Draft Picks

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The Chicago Blackhawks are days away from hopefully adding to their already deep farm system. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft does not appear to offer a lot of high-end, “can’t-miss” talent, but offers teams that are not drafting towards the top like Chicago the opportunity to continue fortifying their depth.

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Chicago Blackhawks eliminated in part by themselves

L.A. Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks

The heart-pounding is over, but the pain is just settling in for Chicago Blackhawks fans. The Los Angeles Kings saved themselves the trouble of fighting from behind in a third consecutive series by taking a commanding 3-1 series lead and took care of business during the 11th hour. There is enough to think about in the immediate aftermath of Chicago’s elimination just short of another Stanley Cup Final appearance.

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Chicago Blackhawks: how to watch while away on vacation

Patrick Sharp

Chicago Blackhawks hockey and vacation, two things most people can agree are great. I have the opportunity to do enjoy both over Memorial Day weekend. I get to enjoy the greater San Francisco area for a wedding that I am standing up in, but have to find a way to enjoy Chicago’s finest while at a winery and after visiting the dump known as Coliseum.

The Blackhawks play Saturday evening and Memorial Day night.

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Chicago Blackhawks-L.A. Kings: Part Deux

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings meet again. Just like in 2013, the Hawks and Kings will play for the chance to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.

Both teams faced stiff competition to get to this point. The Kings took out the top two seeds in the Pacific Division in Anaheim and San Jose. The Blackhawks beat everyone’s “darling” St. Louis Blues and a much improved Minnesota Wild club. L.A. may have taken the hard road to get this far, but it has aid dividends. In the six games L.A. has faced elimination in, they are 6-0. [Read more…]

Farewell, Minnesota Wild- you were very boring to watch anyway

Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild were eliminated last night by the Chicago Blackhawks and have taken their rightful place in the footnote section of the 2013-14 NHL season. That is where they belong, and for the second time in as many seasons, Zach Parise and company watched as Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, and the defending Cup champs skated off the ice knowing that they get to play at least four more games.

There is no doubt that Blackhawks fans/people unfamiliar with the Minnesota Wild underestimated their ability to skate and challenge the Hawks, but there was very little the Wild could do to sway opinion in their favor in a seven game series. All one had to do to feel relieved about favoring Chicago was look at the person in net for the Wild, Ilya Bryzgalov. [Read more…]

What Chicago Blackhawks fans should expect in game 6 and beyond

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The Chicago Blackhawks had to hold on to home ice advantage against a surging Minnesota Wild team, and they did. I won’t waste time with the newspaper game recap story atuff and get to my analysis of the past few games.

Corey Crawford showed why he is one of the more trustworthy goaltenders in the playoffs and the league. Aside from the odd/bad goal scored by Erik Haula in the first period, ‘Crow’ was on his best behavior. His most impressive stretch of game five came in the later stages of the third period when the Wild were pressing. Crawford’s game four was less than memorable, and I mentioned on 87.7 FM’s ‘Dylan and Doyle Show’ that #50 would have to win this game.

He did, and now the Hawks head to Minnesota with a chance to close out the series.

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Chicago Blackhawks get lucky in facing the Wild next

Chicago Blackhawks Blues

The Chicago Blackhawks dispatched the St. Louis Blues much like the way a body dispatches a St. Paul sandwich: quickly. Their reward is facing the Minnesota Wild. The wannabe North Stars eliminated the defensively inept Colorado Avalanche, who despite winning the newly arranged Central Division, regressed in time for when the lights shone brightest upon them.

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Chicago Blackhawks will benefit from minor moves

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The Chicago Blackhawks were linked to a handful of familiar names heading towards the NHL trade deadline Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Kesler, Martin Brodeur, and David Legwand were all attached to trade talks involving the Hawks. In the spirit of not rocking the boat, general manager Stan Bowman made trades that made minimal ripples to the roster.

Draft picks, Peter Regin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Mathieu Brisebois, and David Rundblad join the team. Gone are Brandon Pirri and more draft picks. [Read more…]

Chicago Blackhawks: What to expect going forward

Patrick Sharp

Thank God the Chicago Blackhawks and NHL are back. The lackluster Winter Olympics hockey tournament will give way to what really matters: the push towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks are in very good position to make another run at the Cup, but there are a few things to take note of prior to the postseason.

The Hawks head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers in an Original Six matchup Thursday evening. The game will be Chicago’s first game since breaking for the Olympics. The one thing to watch for in this game is how well the 10 Chicago Blackhawks who went to Sochi look back on North American soil. The Rangers will be without Olympian winger Mats Zuccarello because of a hand injury he sustained in Russia. [Read more…]

Have Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk lost their magic?

Pat and Eddie

Cue the voice of Pat Foley in your head.

“He shoots, he scores!!!! Hawks win! Hawks win!”

As a child of Chicago’s south suburbs I was raised to love and cherish that phrase as well as anything else that came from the voice of Pat Foley. For nearly 30 years, Foley has been calling Chicago Blackhawks games on television and for a number of years simulcasting on radio. During his tenure famous former Hawks players such as Dale Tallon, Bill Gardner, Steve Konroyd, and most notably Ed Olczyk have manned the booth.

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Blackhawks Stanley Cup helps Chicago recover from Fire of 1871 (parody)

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(note: this opening paragraph is obviously parody)

With a win tonight the Chicago Blackhawks will take another step towards drinking the blessed waters residing within Lord Stanley’s Cup. With just five more wins, the tasting of these pure waters will lift the spirits of Windy City citizens still yearning for a ray of light to get them through the dark devastation brought on by the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871.

Every Brian Bickell goal is yet another opportunity to make Chicago residents forget about that fateful lantern, kicked over by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that led to doom and destruction. Every point scored by Blackhawks leader Jonathan “Captain Serious” Toews is another chance to alleviate the serious and somber mood possessed by many who lost everything in the second city’s historical inferno.

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