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Blues’ Hitchcock: It’s Blackhawks’ will, not their skill

The best team has lost in the first three games of the Blackhawks-Blues series — just one reason this is the most captivating playoff series in the NHL. Nobody knows what will happen next. This first-round series has offered a range of drama worthy of …Read More

 

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  • ‘Warrior’ Handzus blocks Blues from victory

    Veteran center Michal Handzus was credited with three blocked shots in the Blackhawks’ 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series at the United Center. But it seemed like 30. It was one of those nights. Every …Read More

  • MORRISSEY: Blues miss their injured captain, get blanked by Crawford

    W e all can agree that hockey is a brutal game. Players skating at high speed into other players. Players using sticks like scythes on each other. Players punching each other in the face. What says “good, clean fun’’ more than that? In the context …Read More

  • Feisty Brookbank fits right in vs. Blues

    A bit player for most of his seven seasons in the NHL, defenseman Sheldon Brookbank cherishes every opportunity to play in a big game. But especially this one. A rough-and-tumble series with the St. Louis Blues is his kind of game. “Better believe it,’’ said …Read More

  • Blackhawks need to play smarter, not harder

    They’re built on speed and skill and talent and all that elegant and electric highlight-reel stuff, but the Blackhawks are first and foremost professional athletes — hyper-competitive alpha males, running on adrenaline, testosterone and pride. And nobody likes to be pushed around. “You can’t just …Read More

  • Blackhawks need to stop playing like Blues

    MARK LAZERUS: The best way to deal with a bully is to ignore and outsmart him. Not to let him get in your head. Not to fall into his trap. Not to let him win. The Hawks are letting the Blues win.

  • Blackhawks back into hole after Seabrook suspension

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    The Blackhawks famously thrive on adversity in the playoffs — it’s not a coincidence that they played their best hockey of the postseason in in the second half of Game 2 against the Blues on Saturday immediately after they played their absolute worst in the …

  • No sweat: Blackhawks know all about predicaments

    The Blackhawks aren’t sweating — yet. They’re down 2-0 in their first-round series against the Blues after overtime losses in Games 1 and 2. But they know they were on the verge of winning both games until they allowed late third-period goals. And both games …Read More

  • Blackhawks down 2-0 in series after costly OT loss

    The post-whistle skirmishes grew larger and more vicious. The hits were harder and more dangerous. The conversations between captains Jonathan Toews and David Backes and referee Brad Meier grew longer and more animated. Gradually, the game was unraveling. Suddenly, the Blackhawks’ season might be, too.

  • NHL almost certain to suspend Brent Seabrook for his hit on David Backes

    ST. LOUIS — Brent Seabrook didn’t mean to do it. “It wasn’t my intent,’’ a contrite Seabrook said regarding his check that leveled Blues forward David Backes and earned Seabrook a game misconduct. “I was just trying to make a play on Backes. I thought …Read More

  • Goalie Corey Crawford takes responsibility for Hawks’ 2-0 deficit

    ST. LOUIS — There were many reasons the Blackhawks left St. Louis down 2-0 in their first-round series against the Blues, but goalie Corey Crawford blamed himself for giving up goals late in the third period and overtime of both games. In Game 2 on …Read More

  • Non-call angers Hawks goalie Corey Crawford

    ST. LOUIS — Early in the second period, with the Blackhawks trailing 2-0 and reeling a bit, Corey Crawford made a routine stop, followed by what has become a routine post-whistle scuffle. This time, Crawford stood up after freezing the puck and delivered a two-handed …Read More

  • Blackhawks plan to attack Blues in Game 2

    ST. LOUIS — The post-whistle skirmishes grew larger and more vicious. The hits were harder and more dangerous. The conversations between captains Jonathan Toews and David Backes and referee Brad Meier grew longer and more animated. Gradually, the game was unraveling. Suddenly, the Blackhawks’ season …Read More