Brandon Saad leads Blackhawks to 2-1 win, series tied


Game 4 Stanley Cup Final The Stanley Cup Final is all tied up at 2-2 as the series shifts back to Tampa Bay for Game 5. Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad came up with clutch performances as the Blackhawks somehow preserved a 2-1 lead in the closing minutes to take Game 4 with a 2-1 win. Toews scored his 10th goal of the post-season in the second period and Brandon Saad would net the game winner for the Hawks at 6:22 of the third period. Patrick Sharp on Brandon Saad: "What is he 21 (actually, he's 22) years old? He looks like a grown man out there." #Blackhawks — Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 11, 2015 It might be the last goal Saad ever scores in a Blackhawk uniform as you know the Penguins believe they’re going to trade Nick Spaling for Saad in a couple weeks. The Lightning had to turnRead More »

Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks rally by scoring twice in third, take Game 1


STANLEY CUP FINAL The Chicago Blackhawks like they often do find ways to win and did exactly that in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Trailing 1-0, the Blackhawks dominated play in the third period and scored twice in a 1:58 span, en route to a 2-1 victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Teuvo Teravainen (3) tied the game at 1-1 with 6:32 remaining in the regulation and Teravainen would could come up big moments later, creating a Lightning turnover with pressure on J.T. Brown and Antoine Vermette buried a shot past Ben Bishop to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. The Chicago Blackhawks gave up a first round pick and top prospect for Antoine Vermette and the trade for months had been looking like a complete dud but Vermette who has dealt with being a healthy scratch at various points in post-season,Read More »

Stepping up in clutch situations, Patrick Kane does it again for Chicago


The Chicago Blackhawks have forced a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals with a 4-3 win in Game 6 over the Los Angeles Kings and Patrick Kane took over in the third period, setting up Duncan Keith for the game tying goal at 11:34 of the third period and Kane netted the game winner with 3:45 left in regulation to put the Blackhawks ahead 4-3. Kane had 2 goals, 1 assist in the win and the Blackhawks are now 13-0 in Games 5-6-7 the last two post-seasons. This is a special group that rise to the occasion. Facing elimination the last two games, Kane has gone out and collected 2 goals and 5 assists. What continues for Chicago is their stars coming up big in clutch situations and that brings me to the Penguins. Kane and Toews might be lesser players than Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby inRead More »

Hawks capture 2nd Stanley Cup in 4 years and developing through draft has been a big key in retooling roster around core players


The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Stanley Cup champions, capturing their second Stanley Cup in four years. The Hawks won Game 6 in thrilling fashion, scoring twice in 17 seconds in the last minute to stun the Bruins 3-2. Yes, the Blackhawks tied the Penguins total for goals against the Bruins, in just a 17 second span in Game 6. At the end of the day, the Hawks were the best team in hockey from the start of the season – throughout, and a very deserving Champion. All due respect to Penguins GM Ray Shero, but the real GM of the year is Chicago’s Stan Bowman. After dismantling the 2010 Cup winning team within a year, Bowman developed through the draft and added the right pieces around his core players of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp to get the Blackhawks back onRead More »

Western Conference Finals: Blackhawks take 1-0 series lead over Kings


BLACKHAWKS 2 – KINGS 1 The Chicago Blackhawks have opened a 1-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings, defeating the Kings 2-1 on Saturday evening. Marian Hossa (6) and Patrick Sharp (8) scored the Hawks and Corey Crawford made 21 saves on 22 shots. The Blackhawks carried the play and the Kings struggled to skate with the Hawks. The Kings were outshot 17-2 in the first period but opened the scoring when Justin Williams scored off a Blackhawks turnover at 14:23 of the first period as the Kings scored on one of their two shots in the period. Chicago would respond with two second period goals from Sharp and Hossa. Joanthan Quick looked unbeatable early on and to beat a great goaltender you have to get traffic in front and that’s what the Hawks did as they scored on a rebound and a deflection. For one game, the HawksRead More »

Morning Pens Buzz: 2001 NHL Playoffs was the last time two No. 1 seeds met in Stanley Cup Finals


MORNING PENGUINS BUZZ The 2013 NHL Playoffs begin Tuesday night and this is a post-season where the two No. 1 seeds in both conferences, Pittsburgh Penguins in the East and Chicago Blackhawks in the West, are clearly superior teams to rest of the field in their respective conferences. The Blackhawks and Penguins are heavy favorites to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in what would be a tremendous matchup, but both No. 1 seeds reaching the Stanley Cup Finals rarely happens in the NHL. The last time it did happen was the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals when the New Jersey Devils, 1st in Eastern Conference, and Colorado Avalanche, 1st in Western Conference, met in the Finals, a series that went seven games. Since 1993-1994 season when the NHL adopted the concept of 16 teams qualifying for the playoffs, eight from each conference, 2000-2001 is the only season where a No. 1Read More »

The Ice Report: Therrien/NJD Update: Sharp staying put


The Latest Coaching Buzz Two coaching vacancys have been occupied in a matter of 24 hours as Guy Boucher declined an offer to become the Columbus Blue Jackets’ coach, which was first reported by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. The reason for turning down the Blue Jackets’ offer became clear hours later as reports out of Montreal indicated that Boucher accepted the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two vacancy’s now remain in New Jersey and Atlanta. Boston Bruins assistant Craig Ramsay remains the front runner in Atlanta. In New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello continues to indicate to the New Jersey media that he has not offered the head coaching position to anyone but sources close to Michel Therrien told me over the weekend that Therrien has been in discussions with New Jersey officials. On May 26, I learned that Therrien emerged as the front runner forRead More »

Post-Game Notebook: Staal’s late goal gets the Penguins a point in 2-1 OT loss


In his fourth NHL season, Penguins center Jordan Staal is starting to play with the fire, aggressiveness that could make him a force in the league for years to come. Tonight was the prime example of that when Staal was the player who wanted the puck on his stick on late in the game as the Penguins trailed. The Sidney Crosby less Penguins trailed 1-0 with less than two minutes remaining in the third but Staal delivered for the Penguins, scoring his 8th goal of the season at 18:28 of the third period off a set face-off play to force over-time. Jordan Staal was wide on the face-off, with the intention of driving to the net, an Evgeni Malkin rebound went right to Staal’s stick as he put it past Hawks goaltender Antti Niemi. ” Mike Yeo had drawn up the play with a couple different options,” Penguins coach DanRead More »

Groin injury will sideline Crosby for tonight’s game


BLACKHAWKS (17-7-3) at PENGUINS (20-9-0) In a game that represents a clash of the titans, Pittsburgh will be without their leading scorer. Sidney Crosby skated for only a few minutes at today’s morning skate and has deemed himself unavailable to play tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks due to a groin injury. The injury has been bothering Crosby for a few days and he could be sidelined for a few games. Last year Crosby missed a handful of games in late February/early March last season due to the same injury. Pittsburgh will alter their lines as forward Mark Letestu will replace Crosby in the lineup. The Washington Capitals claimed forward Chris Bourque and re-assigned him to their American Hockey League affiliate this afternoon. There was some concern this morning regarding the status of