Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Queeneville earned his 500th career victory after 11 shootout rounds when defenseman Brent Seabrook found the net with a backhand to seal the deal over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 last night at the United Center. “I’ve been in a lot of great places, said Queeneville. “I’ve been fortunate, worked with good teams and great players.”
Chicago’s Kris Versteeg started off the offensive festivities 6:02 left in the first period. Antoine Vermette and Samuel Pahlsson answered for Columbus with a pair of goals early in the second. The Blackhawks then capitalized on a power play opportunity with Patrick Sharp netting Marian Hossa’s assist. Kris Russell wasted no time putting the pressure back on :40 into the third with another score. Jonathan Toews netted the last goal in regulation for the Hawks before Seabrook wrapped up the night in dramatic fashion.
“For a defenseman, you get out at center ice and it’s definitely a different feeling,” said Seabrook. “Huet kept us in and made some big saves. Tonight was pretty cool.” The Blackhawks will next host the Nashville Predators on Friday, December 4th. Look for great Chicago Blackhawks ticket deals right here at AceTicket.com!
Bryan Bickell fired in the only goal 1:12 into the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks defense stepped up to shut out the Canucks yesterday at General Motors Place in Vancouver. Goalie Antti Niemi came up with 30 saves after being sidelined for the past two weeks. “Maybe the most confident I’ve felt in the NHL today,” said Niemi. “I don’t know why, but I didn’t worry about anything else, just make the next save.”
Coach Joe Quenneville was extremely pleased with Niemi and his defense’s overall contributions. “Spectacular. What an effort. What a game,” he said. “That was a goalie win, hopefully you get five or six over the course of a year and that’s one. I thought our ‘D’ played real well but he was spectacular.”
Chicago is now 15-5-2 heading into their next contest against the San Jose Sharks this Wednesday. They currently lead the Central Division over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chicago Blackhawks tickets can be found right here at AceTicket.com!
Kris Versteed scored twice on power play opportunities as his Chicago Blackhawks netted five goals in the second period alone, eventually posting a 7-1 victory in the books over the Calgary Flames. Five other Blackhawks were able to boost their stats with Versteed as the only player to notch multiple goals. Cristobal Huet denied 27 of 28 Calgary shot attempts on their own home ice. “Great game across the board, I’m very happy with all aspects and areas of our game,” said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. “Everyone contributed.”
The Flames will try to build themselves back up for their Saturday contest against the Los Angeles Kings. Captain Jarome Iginla, knowing the potential of his team was surely frustrated after yesterday’s pathetic showing. “There wasn’t a guy in here, every single one of us, that was nearly good enough especially in an important time of the game in the second period where we just had a meltdown,” he said. “We’ve been doing that against this team for a while and we haven’t been good enough lately. That was embarrassing.”
The 13-5-2 Blackhawks will next travel to Edmonton to square off against the Oilers. The best deals for Chicago Blackhawks tickets can be found right here at AceTicket.com!
The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings were tied at 1-1 heading into the third period last night at the United Center. The Hawks then came out strong for the next ten minutes, tacking on three more goals to solidify the win and coast from there. Chicago handled LA offensively with 10 shots on goal to their two in the final period.
John Madden started off the festivities, knocking in the initial goal just over a minute into the second period. Anze Kopitar answered for the Kings soon after to tie it up, which was then followed up by Troy Brouwer, Jonathan Toews, and Andrew Ebbett’s game changing scores in the third.
The biggest factor in last night’s contest was how teams responded to power play opportunities. The Kings were given the one-man advantage twice but failed to score each time. The Blackhawks from their three chances earned two goals. “I’ve always said the power play can win you a game and penalty killing can lose you a game. And tonight, it lost us a game,” said Kings coach Terry Murray. “The Blackhawks brought their work boots. They got a couple-goal lead and played prevent defense.”
Chicago is now set to host the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday at 8:30 PM. Blackhawks tickets are available now!
Martin Hanzal and Peter Mueller scored the initial goals in the first period as the Phoenix Coyote defense held on from there, eventually defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 last night in Glendale, AZ. Despite the 2-goal deficit, the Blackhawks handled Phoenix in regards to general scoring opportunities. In total they put 32 shots on goal to the Coyotes 23.
Kris Versteeg put Chicago’s only point on the board 14 minutes into the second period. This would mark the last exciting occurrence on the offensive end, as both teams were shut out completely in the final period.”We’ve got to bear down and try to get to those opportunities,” said Versteeg. “If we score on half our opportunities it’s totally a different game.”
The Hawks are set to face off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight before hosting the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, November 9th. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available now!
After six years away from the NHL, former veteran RW Theo Fleury is determined to make a comeback at the age of 41 years old. Fleury ran into trouble with the league after violating the NHL substance abuse policy during the 2002-2003 season. Since then with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous and his family members, the seven time All-Star reached out for reinstatement.
Drafted 166th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1987, Fleury is currently in the process of signing back with the first team that gave him a look to begin with. During his 15 previous seasons with the Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks, he earned 455 goals with 633 assists. If he doesn’t make the Flames line up, he will be expected to be a part of the Abbotsford Flames farm team.
Aside from his quest to re-join the NHL, Fleury more importantly is happy to be back on the right track. “I think the biggest thing is that I’m healthy again,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot of weight and eating properly and sleeping well. It’s been all part of my personal growth more than anything else.”
The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly signed Marion Hossa to a 12 year $62.8 million contract. The 30 year old phenomenon is going to his fourth team since 2008 but with a 12 year deal he should be around long enough to get accustomed to life in Chicago. The Blackhawks are a good young team that just got better. Hossa himself is no stranger to good clubs coming off back to back years of Stanley Cup Finals appearances with the Penguins in 2008 and the Red Wings in 2009. The Blackhawks are hoping that in his next Finals appearance Hossa might finally get his chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The news will no doubt cause quite a stir in Chicago. Although not available yet, you can count on Chicago Blackhawks tickets selling quite well for the 2009-2010 season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings may be on a Stanley Cup finals collision course again. Both teams won the first games of their respective Conference Championship series’, and seem to have the edge in making it to the finals. The Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Carolina Hurricanes’ late charge on Monday to secure win number one. Pens defenseman Phillippe Boucher notched an assist, and his first playoff goal since 2004. Boucher sat for much of the regular season with a foot injury, and only dressed for four of Pittsburgh’s playoff games so far. Boucher made his presence felt in Monday’s game though.
“He’s been ready, he stayed ready and worked hard,” Pens coach Dan Bylsma told the AP’s Alan Robinson. “He didn’t get a lot of minutes, but when he did he cashed in.”
The Red Wings had an easier time than the Penguins, beating the Blackhawks 5-2 on Sunday night. Former Blackhawk Daniel Cleary victimized the team that drafted him, notching a goal at 8:23 to tie the game in the first period, as well as a late goal that put the nail in Chicago’s coffin. “I wasn”t in Chicago very long, so no hard feelings,” Cleary said in a post-game press conference. Detroit’s defense was solid, and netminder Chris Osgood stopped 30 of 32 shots that made it to him. The Red Wings have won 4 of their last 5 games, and seem to have the momentum to carry them to the finals.
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You never want to blow a 3 goal lead but when you are playing one of the top teams in the league, you’ll take it. The playoff bound Chicago Blackhawks did just that on Wednesday night with a 6-5 OT shoot-out win over the San Jose Sharks. The Blackhawks blew a 4-1 lead before fighting their way back, eventually winning with shoot-out goals by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
Chicago came out strong in the 1st period, building a 3-1 lead on goals by Havlat, Byfuglien, and Ladd. By the end of the 2nd period things were tighter as the Sharks pulled within a goal at 4-3. The back and forth would continue in the 3rd period with the Sharks’ Joe Thornton tying the game at 5-5 with just over two minutes left in regulation.
The win for the Blackhawks left them alone in 4th place in the Western Conference and 2nd place in the division. The playoff starved Blackhawks are certainly looking forward to making a run at the Stanley Cup this year. Chicago Blackhawks playoff tickets are now available.
At 32-15-8 the Chicago Blackhawks are a true contender in the Central Division trailing the Detroit Red Wings by just 10 points for 1st place. The Blackhawks put on another fine display in their 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Trailing 3-2 going in to the 3rd Chicago scored the next three to take the lead and the win. Kane, Bolland and Toews scored the final three goals for the Blackhawks.
The Lightning built their lead on a hat trick by Steven Stamkos. The Blackhawks opened the scoring in the 1st period with a goal by Duncan Keith. Toews scored his first goal of the game for Chicago in the 2nd period.
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