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 …Read More
Down two with 71 seconds left, the Blackhawks weren’t exactly out of Monday night’s Game 3 in Detroit. After all, just four days earlier, the Los Angeles Kings scored twice in 22 seconds at the end of the game to beat the San Jose Sharks. …Read More
The Red Wings scored two goals on defensive breakdowns in a 31-second span midway through the second period and held on for a 3-1 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, putting the Hawks in a 2-1 series hole and leaving the seemingly invincible Hawks looking vulnerable and rattled.
RICK MORRISSEY: Let’s face it, the Blackhawks have literally and figuratively skated through this season. Almost everything has come easy for them. They’ve not experienced even the vaguest feelings of impending doom.
Viktor Stalberg had a different perspective on the Blackhawks’ Game 2 loss than his teammates. Literally — he was watching it from up in the press box. He had a bird’s-eye view of what went wrong, and as he returned to the lineup for Monday’s …Read More
DETROIT — Missed opportunities doomed the Blackhawks on Monday night. But as usually is the case, one disputed call loomed larger than all of them put together in a 3-1 loss to the Red Wings in Game 3 at Joe Louis Arena. Sixty-seven seconds after …Read More
The Blackhawks almost habitually respond well to adversity. Sometimes it seems like they’re never better than when they’re in a tough spot. So maybe the Hawks have the Detroit Red Wings right where they want them, with their Western Conference semifinal series tied 1-1 after …Read More
Despite being whistled for five penalties and getting no points in his first two postseason games, it’s still full speed ahead for Dave Bolland. It’s the only way he knows. Bolland is supposed to be instigating and scoring. Instead, he’s slashing, roughing and sitting. He …
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said forward Viktor Stalberg is ‘‘likely playing’’ in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings after being a healthy scratch in the first two games.
Stalberg, who did his best to hide his disappointment with the …
Jonathan Toews and Henrik Zetterberg, joined at the hip-check for most of the game, were tangled yet again in front of the Red Wings goal crease midway through the second period of Saturday’s Game 2. Zetterberg wriggled his hands free and whacked Toews in the …Read More
With their fastest player a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game, the Blackhawks looked a step slow in a 4-1 loss Saturday to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Whether winger Viktor Stalberg returns to the lineup …Read More
Defenseman Brendan Smith was the whipping boy for the Detroit Red Wings’ Game 1 loss — an all-too-clear example that the difference between the Blackhawks and Red Wings is on the back line, where Nick Lidstrom no longer dominates and Smith is a long way …Read More
A year ago, depending on whom you asked, Joel Quenneville might have been lucky to still have a job. Two straight first-round playoff exits had the 2010 Stanley Cup feeling like a fading, sepia-toned memory. Now? Quenneville has the league’s top team in the second …Read More
The Blackhawks are ready for the Red Wings’ best shot. ‘‘We expect a harder game,’’ Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘I’m sure it’s going to be more physical than the first game as you progress, and we found in the Minnesota series it was like …Read More
Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg was still in a white jersey, still skating outside the top four lines at practice Friday, meaning he likely will be a healthy scratch again in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the United Center.
“It’s frustrating, …