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Chicago Blackhawks: It's the new year; time for resolutions

All that being said, Sunday night's game vs. the Los Angeles Kings was the Chicago Blackhawks official halfway point, their 41st game played.. No going back down, but here's what needs to be done in the four months ahead. A resolution list, if you will: - Start playing 60 Last year, it was all too common: the Blackhawks would take a lead into the third period, they'd begin to relax in the third, the other team would start to catch up, and the Hawks would scramble to hold onto their lead to make it through the period and take the win. You'd think they would've learned from that; but no, the same mentality seems to be have gotten worse. The primary reason it's worse this year is becau...

Looking back at 2010 for the Blackhawks

If you ask most people about 2010 for the Blackhawks, most will talk about winning the Stanley Cup, and the parade, and the Cup's travels around Chicago. Some will talk about the Blackhawks players who won gold and silver representing their country at the Vancouver Olympics. Most will vent their frustrations over the first half of the new season, and talk about the "Stanley Cup hangover". There's more to the year than that. There were four shutouts for the team - one by Cristobal Huet; the other three which all took place by rookie Antti Niemi during a grueling 13-day, 7-game stretch. There was the joy of watching a team that had been five years in the making come together and have fun...

Marty Turco Back Into Picture For Chicago Blackhawks

Before Sunday, Marty Turco was nearly an afterthought. They play of his backup, Corey Crawford, has Turco serving unofficially as a second-string goalie, though Joel Quenneville never made any indication that there was a changing of the guard. Turco came into the season as the unquestioned starter, with such little experience for Crawford coming into 2010-11. His puckhandling style excited the Blackhawks' brass and blueliners, who expected him to essentially serve as a third defenseman on the ice. That excitement was short-lived. Turco was bad, but the defense in front of him wasn't much better. After a couple of solid starts at the beginning of the year, fans tired of seeing Marty...

Tomas Kopecky Stings Former Team, Blackhawks Down Red Wings

After losing both halves of a home-and-home against the speedy Colorado Avalanche, many were unsure of how the Chicago Blackhawks would answer heading into a huge contest against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. The Blackhawks answered that question very quickly. Chicago struck fast, with a pair of early goals, and another great performance between the pipes from Corey Crawford snapped the Hawks' skid and moved them back into the top eight in the Western Conference. Patrick Sharp kicked off the scoring just over a minute in, slapping home a one-timer on the power play. Just a few minutes later, Bryan Bickell tickled the twine in his third straight game to give the Hawks an early 2-0...

Chicago Blackhawks look to find their stride mid-season

As the season rolls on and the new year is almost at our doorstep, it's worth contemplating who might be more frustrated right now for the Chicago Blackhawks: the fans, or the players. Injury after injury has taken its toll already on the team - Hossa, Bolland, Kane, Pisani. One has to particularly feel for Marian Hossa, who started off the season completely healthy and set a blazing streak, only to be sidelined by injury, and then, upon his return to the ice, get injured again just a few games later. He's only played 21 of 32 games so far this season, but when he's not on the ice, it feels like so many more. Brian Campbell has recently returned to play after missing the first mon...

Corey Crawford Between the Pipes for Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday

After another Marty Turco disaster on Monday night, it will be Corey Crawford getting another start for the Chicago Blackhawks in the second leg of a home-and-home with the Colorado Avalanche. After the Avs chased Turco from the net on Monday, Crawford came in and nearly won it for the Blackhawks. However, the lack of defensive help, notably from stars Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, resulted in Crawford getting hit with the loss, despite giving up just the two goals. It was Craw's first regulation loss since November 7th. While Crawford's last two decisions have been losses, many have noted that these were two of his better performances. After a 28 save performance against San Jos...

With the annual Circus Trip a success, the Blackhawks look ahead

Welcome back, boys. How two weeks can change so much. The Blackhawks struggled through the first quarter of the season, with the final four games before their annual road trip going 1-2-1, with one of the losses being decided by shootout and the win coming in overtime. Six of the last seven games before the trip were decided by just one point, the only exception being the loss to the Rangers in New York. The team suffered through multiple injuries, a pair of suspensions, constant line shuffling, lack of chemistry, and they just couldn't seem to bring the same game to the ice every night. The last game before the road trip was a 3-2 nail-biting win over the Ducks (won in OT), which set ...

Previewing the Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose game

The Chicago Blackhawks have concluded the first half of their annual November "circus trip", closing out the Canadian leg 2-1. The last three games have been as inconsistent as the rest of the season: beating the Oilers 5-0; falling to the Flames 2-7; and then blowing out the Canucks 7-1. Now the Blackhawks look ahead to the California leg of the trip, with three games in four days: Wednesday night at San Jose; Friday afternoon in Anaheim; and Saturday evening in Los Angeles. Of all the dates that Blackhawks fans eagerly circled on their calendars this year, it is Wednesday's matchup that generates the most interest on this trip, for three big reasons. The first, and most obvious, ...

Chicago: Where the only thing consistent is the inconsistency

After Sunday night's loss to the Oilers, Brian Campbell summed it up in a way that the Blackhawks fans have been feeling for two weeks: "Thers's no excuses for it," he said. "We have to find ways to finish chances throughout the game, and work harder ... We obviously didn't get the job done again tonight, which is getting a little old." Campbell also echoed the recent words of Hossa and Toews, calling the losses "unacceptable" and that the team wasn't working hard enough, saying, "Losing two games to these guys in our own building is not a good thing. Losing two games to any team in our own building in a matter of what, two weeks ... it's unacceptable. We've got to get a little mad in th...

Blackhawks' new roster beginning to click; Campbell returns to ice

The Chicago Blackhawks had a trio of games over the past four days that can give the fans plenty of hope for the rest of the season, but which also showed that the Hawks have carried some of last seasons flaws into this one, despite massive roster turnover. Let's start with the ugly: Friday night's 7-3 loss against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center. Maybe it was just an bad night for everybody. Maybe they underestimated the young - and very fast, and very hungry - Edmonton team. Maybe it was because this was the first time that the Blackhawks were facing off against one of their own - Colin Fraser was one of the first to feel the post Stanley Cup-win axe, traded to the Oilers despi...