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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On January 1st, 40,818 fans piled into Wrigley Field to watch the Blackhawks take on the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Unlike last year’s bitterly cold and snowy affair, the skies were clear and the temperature was a relatively balmy 32 degrees. The Blackhawks jumped out to the early lead, leading 3-1 after the first period. Jiri Hudler, who jump-started the Red Wings offense by scoring two of the three Detroit goals in the second period, was impressed by the atmosphere at Wrigley. “I kind of had my mouth open in the beginning,” Hudler told the AP’s Rick Gano. “We were all looking at each other during the anthem—‘Wow, this is awesome.” The Wings’ 6-4 win gives them an eight point lead over the Blackhawks in the Central division.
The official seating chart for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic has been released! The New Year’s Day matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the season.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are on their best run in 27 years. Chicago has won their last seven games, and are 8-1-1 in their last ten. If they can win their post-break game against Philadelphia, they will go for the Blackhawks franchise record against the Minnesota Wild on December 28th. Led by right wing Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks are making at run at the division lead. The New Years Day matchup against the Detroit Red Wings may have a lasting effect on who wins the Central.
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The NHL Winter Classic, hockey’s annual outdoor game, is coming to Wrigley field this season. Unlike last year’s Pittsburgh/Buffalo affair, the 2009 Classic may have implications in the results of the Western Conference Central Division.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings have stepped it up recently. Both teams have fought through tough schedules to put up 7-1-2 records in the past ten, and have largely avoided the injury bug. With a game in hand, Chicago trails Detroit by 7 points – though the teams have had similar seasons so far. Red Wings RW Marian Hossa leads the team with 24 points, while Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane has 25.
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Despite a slow and sloppy start to last night’s game against the Dallas Stars, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to turn it around in the second half of the game, eventually winning 6-3. Dallas got it going early, scoring the first goal and outshooting Chicago 10-1 at one point. Brenden Morrow got the lone first period goal for the Stars at the 7:37 mark. The Blackhawks were able to tie it up at the end of the first on a wrist shot by Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks would play a more involved and intense game in the second period. They took their first lead of the night on Ben Eager’s second period goal assisted by Dave Bolland. A Stars’ power play goal by Mike Modano would even the score at 2 apiece just one minute later. Near the end of the second period, Chicago rookie Kris Versteeg broke a 3-3 tie with a power play goal. Chicago would hang on to this lead for good adding two goals in the third period from Martin Havlat and Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks will play their next four on the road before returning to the United Center on 12/3 to host the Anaheim Ducks. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available for all 2008-2009 games now.
The Boston Bruins finally got on the winning side of a shootout when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks last night at the United Center. P.J. Axelsson got the winning goal in the OT shootout to seal the 2-1 win for Boston. The win puts the Bruins at 7-1-0 in their last eight games, good for a first place tie with the rival Buffalo Sabres. The Blackhawks who have also been playing superb hockey had their winning streak snapped at four.
There was very little offense to speak of in this matchup last night. There was no scoring until 19:06 of the second period when Marco Sturm scored a power play goal for Boston. The Chicago Blackhawks tied the game in the third period on a goal by Jonathan Toews.
The Bruins will host the Montreal Canadiens on 11/13. They then travel to New York to play the Rangers and Toronto before returning to the TD Banknorth Garden to host the Buffalo Sabres on 11/19. Bruins tickets are available for all remaining games.
The Blackhawks play their next two at home. On 11/14 they host the St. Louis Blues and on 11/16 they welcome in the San Jose Sharks. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available for both of these games.
The 6-3-3 Chicago Blackhawks are anxious to play some hockey on Sunday. Since their 6-2 win on Monday night, Chicago has had five days off. They’ll play the Calgary Flames on Sunday 11/8. Monday’s win over the Avalanche was the third straight for the Blackhawks who have had no trouble putting the puck in the net lately. The Blackhawks have outscored their opponents 15-7 in the last three games.
The Blackhawks will play their next four games at home. After hosting the Flames on Sunday the Boston Bruins will come in on Wednesday 11/12. Blackhawks tickets are available for all upcoming home games.