Tag: Vancouver Canucks

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 »

As Bolland goes, so go the Hawks?

Much has been made about the impact Brian Campbell’s absence has had on the Blackhawks during this young season. He eats big minutes, moves the puck, and skates through opponents’ neutral zone traps better than any other defenseman on the roster. While the Hawks certainly miss Campbell, are they missing production from somebody IN the... Read more »

Despite blockbuster deal, Hawks probably not done

Don’t be fooled by the big Byfuglien/Sopel/Eager trade, there could be more movement coming before Friday’s NHL Draft. Numerous sources have reported (even before today’s trade) that Kris Versteeg would be the first Blackhawk dealt for a draft pick. As of Wednesday evening, those rumors are still swirling; The common belief is that the Hawks... Read more »

Byfuglien making his case to be part of long-term core

I know this is an odd time to discuss the future, considering the Hawks are now one win away from heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. But regardless of what happens in the next few weeks, the Hawks still have major salary cap issues this offseason that will need to be addressed. In order for... Read more »

Toews, Hawks capitalize on Canucks' stupidity in 7-4 victory

The signs were everywhere prior to Game 4 that the Canucks were going to try to impose a physical game on the Blackhawks. They succeeded at that; the problem was, a majority of their physicality was illegal. I’ve watched a lot of hockey, including 92 Hawks games this year from start to finish, and I’ve... Read more »

Game 1 collapses becoming tiresome, but Hawks must rebound

After Saturday night, the Hawks have now fallen behind 1-0 in four consecutive playoff series’. The Game One they did win, vs. Calgary in the opening round last year, was also a poor effort for most of the night before Martin Havlat tied the game late and won it in overtime. Point is, this team... Read more »