Category: Michael Handzus

Drop the puck! Game One is almost here

Drop the puck! Game One is almost here
A lot of things are on my mind before tonight’s Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, so I’ll just go point to point and you can sort out my insane ramblings. –  I don’t like the fact that Brandon Bollig is in the lineup over Viktor Stalberg.  I know Stalberg hasn’t exactly set the... Read more »

Where's the swagger, Hawk fans?

Where's the swagger, Hawk fans?
After last night’s 4-3 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings, the Chicago Blackhawks are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four seasons. Let’s recap the 2013 season : The Blackhawks won the President’s Trophy for best record in the league.  In fact, had the season not been shortened by... Read more »

Hawks drop Game 3 in LA

Hawks drop Game 3 in LA
Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Kings team everyone expected showed up, and they skated away with a 3-1 victory.  The Kings played the Hawks physically, pressuring their D and forcing turnovers early.  They also got the Hawks off their games in the 2nd period.  Patrick Sharp took two frustration penalties, and Duncan Keith earned himself... Read more »
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Blackhawks take Game 1 in nearly flawless fashion

Blackhawks take Game 1 in nearly flawless fashion
That’s how it’s done, folks. From the opening puck drop to the final horn, the Chicago Blackhawks absolutely dominated the Los Angeles Kings, and now hold a 1 game to nothing lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Hawks opened the game with a 9-0 shot advantage.  By the time the smoke cleared, they had... Read more »

7 reasons to believe in the Blackhawks

7 reasons to believe in the Blackhawks
As I sit here, nervously awaiting the start of Game 7, I find myself wavering between total confidence and extreme fear and panic.  One moment, I’m convinced the Hawks are incapable of losing at home, in a Game 7, to their hated rivals.  The next, I think back to all the times the Red Wings... Read more »

Red Wings take series lead with 3-1 win over Hawks

Red Wings take series lead with 3-1 win over Hawks
Over the next 48 hours, you, the Blackhawk fan, are going to hear a number of common themes.  Desire, hustle, TWTW, and intimidation.  These were the words infecting my Twitter feed like a zombie-fied strain of the the Bird Flu sprinkled with a little SARS and Mad Cow.  None of these narratives are accurate or... Read more »
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Blackhawks, Red Wings series a perfect end to division rivalry

Blackhawks, Red Wings series a perfect end to division rivalry
Back in the early 2000s, my wife Hope and I had just met.  Before we were “dating”, we were just new friends who both loved the Blackhawks.  We had never been able to find anyone to tag along to games with us before we knew each other, so we’d often go alone.  When we met,... Read more »

Execution, not desire, at heart of Wild's Game 3 win

Execution, not desire, at heart of Wild's Game 3 win
The narrative has been out there since Jason Zucker’s OT winner crossed the goal line Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.  Players, coaches, media, fans have all been using the same theme to describe and explain the Hawks loss. “The Wild ‘wanted it’ more.” No.  The Wild executed their plan, and the Blackhawks didn’t. The Hawks held... Read more »

Hawks clinch playoff berth with win over Nashville

Hawks clinch playoff berth with win over Nashville
It wasn’t always pretty, and for a while it was certainly in doubt, but the Blackhawks rallied in the 3rd period to beat the Nashville Predators 5-3, and became the first team in the NHL this season to clinch a playoff berth. While the Hawks and Predators exchanged leads, the 3rd period began tied 2-2.... Read more »
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Hawks stand pat as trade deadline passes

Hawks stand pat as trade deadline passes
Despite all the speculation, rumors and wild dreams of the fan base, Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks decided to keep their roster intact, and not make a trade deadline deal. While most of the hockey world thought the Blackhawks needed a second line center, the options at that position were extremely limited. Of the players... Read more »