Bryan Bickell furiously pumped both fists before Patrick Kane leapt into his arms, Yogi Berra style. Andrew Shaw screamed, then raised his arms. Jonathan Toews crouched and fired off a windmill fist-pump before jumping on Marian Hossa. Meanwhile, some 22,000 nail-biting fans at the United …Read More
Bryan Bickell didn’t know teammate Jonathan Toews was listening in. But Toews was in earshot when Bickell was asked about Toews’ first goal of this postseason. ‘‘It’s nice to see that smile on his face,’’ Bickell said after the Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings …Read More
All it took was nearly every hockey cliche in the book to break the Blackhawks out of their power-play slump. Jonathan Toews won a faceoff. Brent Seabrook put three shots on goal. The Hawks maintained possession of the puck and Andrew Shaw battled Niklas Kronwall …Read More
Jonathan Toews grudgingly skated to the penalty box for the third time in 5 minutes and 34 seconds, and the look on his face spoke volumes to longtime teammate Brent Seabrook. With the Blackhawks trailing in the second period and the Western Conference semifinals starting to slip away, Seabrook skated over to the box and had a quick word with Toews — because as the captain goes, so go the Hawks.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t point fingers. He just takes away playing time. So no matter how reticent he is to dissect Brent Seabrook’s postseason performance, the playing time tells the story: Seabrook, one of the defensive stalwarts of the 2010 Stanley Cup championship core …Read More
Two springs ago, the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks found themselves down 3-0 in a first-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks. The series was over. And then it wasn’t. The Hawks won three consecutive games to force a Game 7, then Jonathan Toews scored …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: There was something a tad much about what Jonathan Toews said Thursday morning. Something overboard, something overdone. Something too too, if you know what I mean. “When you put it all together and we play the right way, we’re an amazing, amazing bunch of guys,” he told reporters. It didn’t sound like the understated captain we know.
The Hawks lost 2-0 to Detroit — giving them their first three-game losing streak of the season — and were pushed to the brink of elimination, trailing 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinals.
DETROIT — Brandon Saad won the faceoff after Niklas Kron-wall went to the penalty box in the first period. But that was about the last good thing that happened on the Blackhawks’ power play Thursday night. Eight seconds later, Pavel Dats-yuk stole the puck, the …Read More
DETROIT — On April 20, after a shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Detroit Red Wings found themselves in ninth place, on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture. They had 20 wins, and 24 losses — in regulation, overtimes or shootouts. Their …Read More
MARK LAZERUS: A little less than eight hours before the critical Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals, Jonathan Toews didn’t look like a guy who was frustrated, who was angry, who was worried. He looked like a guy who was, well, having fun.
Though the 2010 Stanley Cup championship still resonates for Blackhawks fans, it’s old news to the Blackhawks. But it’s an undeniable point-of-reference with the Hawks on the brink of being on the brink against the Red Wings.
With the core of stars from that Cup-winning …
Joel Quenneville tried putting all his top guys on one power-play unit, and it didn’t work. So now he’s spreading the wealth again. At Wednesday’s practice, the Hawks’ top unit had Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith at the points, with Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad and …Read More
Everyone in the dressing room seemed to agree that it made sense to put Dave Bolland back at third-line center when he returned from a groin injury for the second round. That’s where he’s played the best hockey of his career, particularly in the playoffs. …Read More
The Blackhawks went the entire regular season without getting shut out, and only scored a single goal five times — three of them 1-0 victories. But in Games 2 and 3 against Detroit, the Hawks were held to one goal each night. So what are …Read More
To his credit, defenseman Brent Seabrook owned up to his mistake without even being asked. ‘‘They scored a nice goal; I got burned,’’ Seabrook said when asked what made the difference in the Blackhawks’ 3-1 loss Monday to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 …