Tag: NHL Playoffs

Realizing the Magnitude of Tonight's Game

It feels like the Blackhawks have been through it all since Wirtz kicked the bucket in October 2007, yet they find themselves in unfamiliar territory tonight. It’s 60 minutes for all the marbles. Game seven. Just saying those two words brings on a feeling of intensity and relentlessness. In hockey especially, Game seven means a... Read more »

With Comeback, These Blackhawks Prove They Are Here to Stay

For many, last night may have induced a little deja vu at the United Center.  The heart-stopping action, the unlikely hero, and the fifth home playoff overtime victory in the last three seasons brought the house down just the way it’s been done previously.  The scene was unimaginable as little as a week ago. How... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Staggering Numbers Behind the Canucks' Season

The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory this Spring. For the first time since May of 2009, they are heavy underdogs in a playoff series. It’s the 1 vs. 8 matchup after all, and while nobody would consider our Hawks an unworthy playoff team, they fall behind their opponent in nearly every measurable category.... Read more »

Blackhawks vs. Canucks: First Round Playoff Schedule

I had accepted it. I truly had. I sat on my couch for about an hour, speechless and heartbroken and confused about what I had just witnessed. The Hawks weren’t expected to repeat this year, I know, but MISS THE PLAYOFFS?  And then the Minnesota Wild happened. And here we are, prepping for more fun... Read more »

Hawks would draw Anaheim with a win today (Playoff seed scenarios)

The dust has settled in the Western Conference playoff race and the Hawks can solidify the seedings with a win this afternoon at the United Center.  A win on Sunday means the Hawks travel to Anaheim to face Hart Trophy candidate Corey Perry and the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs. Unrealistic 24... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Duncan Keith is Pissed

For the first time all season, the Blackhawks’ dressing room was a truly angry place after Monday night’s 3-1 loss in Calgary.  Instead of the same old rhetoric about “needing to work harder” and “needing to prove we’re a playoff team”, the Hawks seem to have received a wake-up call. Let’s hope so, because that... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: A look at team stats through 40 games

With the Hawks roughly at the halfway point of the season, let’s look at some numbers. First and most importantly, we find the Hawks in 11th place in the Western Conference. A closer look reveals a record good for 13th place in the West after adjusting for games played. In case you’ve forgotten, only the... Read more »

Blackhawks vs. Flyers preview: Teams of destiny clash for Stanley Cup

       VS.  Throughout the Hawks’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals, they’ve been called a “team of destiny.” The franchise has taken so many huge steps forward that it just seems that way. Does this Hawks team deserve that billing? I think one could make the argument. The story of the turnaround from... Read more »

Your Chicago Blackhawks are two wins away from playing for the Stanley Cup.

Am I the only one that has been dreaming all season of watching the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center? Scratch that; What about my whole life? With their 4-2 win in Game 2, the Hawks are now two wins away from giving us that opportunity.  Don’t mistake this for overconfidence; the Hawks still... Read more »

Byfuglien, Niemi carry Hawks to huge win in Vancouver

The numbers 3/5 may have been cause for celebration on Wednesday, but at least in Chicagoland, 33 and 31 should be the main topics of conversation. Dustin Byfuglien played his most dominant game as a Hawk, Antti Niemi outplayed Roberto Luongo, and the Hawks beat the Canucks 5-2 to take a 2-1 series lead in... Read more »