The biggest obstacle on the nine-week journey to hockey’s Stanley Cup is the fickle finger of fate. In no other sport do the fortunes of the best teams at the highest level so often hinge on a clink, a clank or a wayward bounce — …Read More
You hate to say it, but the entire regular season that just whizzed by means almost nothing. It was fun watching the Blackhawks do what they did — to hear the infectious-like-a-disease chorus to “Chelsea Dagger” again and again — but the playoffs are where …Read More
Patrick Sharp was smirking before the question was even finished. It wasn’t the first time he heard it, and he knows it won’t be the last time, either. “It seems like we always answer questions about [Corey Crawford],” Sharp said. “I’m not sure why.” Why …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: The Blackhawks are about to go on another roll. Can you feel it? No, not that. That’s your feet attempting to thaw. I’m talking about a team that knows how to do this, that has the rare ability to turn it on when necessary.
The St. Louis Blues were a preseason favorite to win the Stanley Cup and played like it for 26 weeks of a 28-week season. The Blackhawks are the defending champions and racked up the second-most points in team history. And neither is terribly happy with …Read More
There’s really no way of knowing what to expect from this first-round playoff series between the Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks largely cruised through the second half of the season, waiting to flip the switch in the playoffs, and have been without …Read More
Patrick Kane returned to practice Tuesday on the Blackhawks’ third line with center Andrew Shaw and winger Bryan Bickell. With no questions asked. ‘‘That’s what the coaches are here for, to set some lineups,’’ said Kane, who missed the final 12 games of the regular …Read More
The Blackhawks’ defense of the Stanley Cup got off to a positive start Monday, when the first two skaters for an optional workout stepped on the ice at Johnny’s IceHouse West. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. That automatically makes the Hawks stronger than they’ve been …
Jonathan Toews doesn’t get a lot of chances to marvel at Marian Hossa. After all, they’re usually on the ice together — whether it’s on the Blackhawks’ top line, on the power play or on the No. 2 penalty-killing unit. Toews usually has plenty to …Read More
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said he feels ‘’really good’’ after missing the final six games of the regular season and said he was recharged and ready to go for the playoff opener Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis.
Less than a month ago, facing the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs was something of a nightmare scenario for the Blackhawks. The Blues play a bruising and battering physical style, were the top team in the league, had just acquired …Read More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brandon Bollig played in his 82nd game of the season Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, a remarkable achievement for a guy who had played just 43 games over the previous two seasons, and had been pigeonholed as a one-dimensional fighter. He has …Read More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Teuvo Teravainen scored his first North American goal in the Rockford IceHogs’ 4-1 loss Friday against the Milwaukee Admirals, the 19-year-old Finnish rookie’s AHL debut. The Blackhawks sent Teravainen to Rockford on Thursday — a day before their last two games were …Read More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Blackhawks won’t play in their two most important games this weekend. While they played out the string in relatively meaningless games in Washington and Nashville, their first-round opponent will be decided Sunday. The St. Louis Blues host the Detroit Red Wings …