Tag: goaltending

As deadline approaches, Blackhawks can't hesitate

The NHL trade deadline comes this Wednesday, and the Hawks are expected to be active.  They have one of the top teams in the league, but are staring down salary cap issues this summer, and a weak link that is weighing heavy on everyone’s mind.  The Hawks, as currently constructed, are good enough to win... Read more »

Hawks overcome defensive lapses to top Thrashers

Last night, the Blackhawks blew a 3-1 1st period lead to the Atlanta Thrashers in all too familiar fashion.  It followed the formula of many recent Hawks games.  Dominate early but get scored on first…usually on a questionable goal.  Then tie it or take the lead.  Then lose the lead and scramble at the end... Read more »

Huet and Niemi making strong case for a different goaltender

It’s been the Hawks biggest concern all season long.  Just when you think it’s solved, there’s a stinker.  I’m talking of course about the Blackhawks’ goaltending situation.  I’m not going to tell you that Antti Niemi or Cristobal Huet are terrible.  They aren’t.  They are decent goalies.  Huet has been ordinary.  He makes routine saves…and... Read more »

Kovalchuk lands in New Jersey...Hawks focusing on Niedermayer?

Earlier this evening, the New Jersey Devils won the biggest trade prize of the season.  Atlanta’s electric scorer, Ilya Kovalchuk, along with defenseman Anssi Salmela went to the Devils for defenseman Johnny Oduya, forwards Niclas Bergfors and Patrice Cormier, and a first round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The newest New Jersey Devil…Ilya... Read more »

Niemi continues to make case for more starts

Thursday night’s victory in Calgary was just what the Hawks needed.  For the first time in three games, the Hawks dominated.  They held the edge in play for much of the game, and the only thing that kept it close was Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff.  What was a 3-1 win could easily have been 6... Read more »

Niemi makes case for more starts in win over "Real" Red Wings

Now this is a win over the Red Wings Hawks fans can get behind.  Back in December, when the Hawks shutout the Red Wings in consecutive games, there was a bit of an empty feeling.  The Wings were playing severely short handed, and were really a shadow of themselves. Well, today’s 4-3 shootout win didn’t... Read more »

Get off the ledge...Hawks collapse nothing more than a loss

So, if you missed it (and why would you?) the Hawks had a 5-1 lead in the 3rd period, until the Minnesota Wild stormed back to tie the game and eventually win it in the shootout.  Over the next 18 hours or so, the “experts” (meaning everyone who decided to stray from football for 5-6... Read more »

Kovalchuk to the Hawks makes perfect sense

Last week, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun presented a theory that the Blackhawks could get involved in trade talks with the Atlanta Thrashers for superstar winger Ilya Kovalchuk.  For the uninitiated, Kovalchuk is one of the top wingers in the NHL.  He’s the textbook definition of sniper.  He’s only 26 years old, and has already scored 50... Read more »

UPDATE : Kane injury not a concussion...Hawks win big

While the Hawks were lighting up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 Sunday night, Patrick Kane was forced to watch.  He suffered what the Hawks are calling an “upper body injury” after tripping and hitting his head on the ice in the 1st period.  As the Hawks winger was chasing a loose puck, his legs were... Read more »

Blackhawks find the lamest way to lose

Ah, the NHL shootout.  The league’s answers to all of their problems.  “Do you see how excited the fans are during a shootout?  They’re all on their feet.” The NHL believes that every fan loves the shootout based on the tension in the building.  To me, they’re way off base.  The reason the fans are... Read more »