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Antti Raanta answers call, makes 32 saves in 4-0 win over Flyers

They got the quantity of shots, only this time they also got the quality. They drew penalties, only this time they capitalized. They made some pretty plays, only this time they also made some ugly ones. The Blackhawks are 4-0-1 after their 4-0 thrashing over …Read More

 

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  • Joel Quenneville mulling changes on power play

    With the Blackhawks off to a 3-0-1 start, their power-play woes haven’t been a big deal. But coach Joel Quenneville is thinking about ways to deal with it, including some personnel changes. “Absolutely,” he said Monday. ­“[Tuesday against the Flyers,] I think we’ll start the …Read More

  • Blackhawks rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk playing like he belongs

    Trevor van Riemsdyk can’t pinpoint the moment he first felt like an NHL player. He didn’t take a crushing hit along the boards and pop back up. He didn’t suddenly stop getting goose bumps during the national anthem, either. He insists there wasn’t a singular …Read More

  • Blackhawks win in OT on Jonathan Toews’ short-handed breakaway

    The Blackhawks scored on their first shot Saturday night. They also scored on their last. In between? Well, about that… Jonathan Toews tapped in his own rebound on a short-handed breakaway in overtime to give the Hawks a 2-1 victory against the Nashville Predators, but …Read More

  • Blackhawks’ Kris Versteeg will be back earlier than expected

    Kris Versteeg might be the only person in Chicago happy about the sporadic nature of the Blackhawks’ early schedule. “It’s definitely worked to my favor,” he said. Versteeg, who suffered a lower-body injury at practice two days before the season opener in Dallas, rejoined the …Read More

  • Patrick Kane, Blackhawks are too cute for own good

    There are times when a player such as Patrick Kane sees things on the ice — a passing lane that nobody else would try, a developing play that nobody else would anticipate. And so with the puck on their stick and a split-second to ruminate, …Read More

  • Andrew Shaw working more to get quicker on the draw

    Of all the things Andrew Shaw does to improve his skills at the ­faceoff dot, perhaps the most ­useful one is simply taking draws against Jonathan Toews as ­morning skates wind down. “He’s the best cheater in the NHL when it comes to faceoffs,” Shaw …Read More

  • Blackhawks cannot solve Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller, fall in OT

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    As the shots kept piling up, and the power plays kept coming, and the ice kept tilting, but the puck kept staying out of the net, Marian Hossa’s mind briefly wandered back to an early February night in Calgary in 2013, when Ray Emery singlehandedly …

    Blackhawks glad Corey Crawford is odd man in

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    Johnny Oduya came down the right side of the ice, Duncan Keith came down the left, and Corey Crawford had a nice, unobstructed view of both, seeing as how there were no defenders protecting him in this particular drill. Oduya fired off a shot from …

  • Daniel Carcillo says there’s still place for enforcers in hockey

    ‘‘The decline of the hockey  enforcer’’ is a phrase almost as time-worn these days as ‘‘hockey fight’’ itself. And it puzzles Daniel Carcillo, who has returned to the Blackhawks as the player most likely to drop the gloves. ‘‘Everyone’s talking about it,’’ Carcillo said after …Read More

  • Michal Rozsival returns to practice, might play vs. Flames

    Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival practiced Monday for the first time since being sidelined by an upper-body injury and might return Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. ‘‘I felt great,’’ Rozsival said. ‘‘It was great to be back on the ice with the team. I just want …Read More

  • Brad Richards getting acclimated to new teammates, fatherhood

    Brad Richards slept on Friday night. It was the kind of sleep that only a first-time parent knows, the kind of sleep you get when your spouse lets you hole up in another room for one glorious night of actual and uninterrupted rest. And he …Read More

  • Blackhawks score four in third, beat Sabres in home opener

    A disclaimer to start: The Buffalo Sabres are not a very good hockey club. They finished dead last in the league last season — by 15 points, no less — and their dominant storyline for the 2014-15 campaign is whether they’ll be bad enough to …Read More