Posted March 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Earlier this month, the Colorado Avalanche ended the Chicago Blackhawks' historic season-opening run. While the Blackhawks have bounced back from a brief slide started by that setback, the Avalanche have failed to completely build on the victory from the last meeting. Trying for a third consecutive win, the Blackhawks look to avenge their first regulation loss of 2013 and end their recent road struggles to an Avalanche team hoping to avoid a season-high fourth straight defeat Monday night. "I'm sure (Colorado will) be ready," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "They played well against us both games (this season). Will do what we have to do to be aware of what they do. They're a good hockey team and I'm sure they are going to be anxious and excited." After rallying for two third-period goals in a 3-2 home win over Colorado on March 6, Chicago (23-2-3) ran out of gas two nights later in a 6-2 road loss to the Avalanche. Colorado (10-13-4) scored four times in the second period en route to ending the Blackhawks' NHL-record 24-game point streak to start the season and snap its own 0-2-1 stretch. Chicago followed with a 6-5 home loss to Edmonton last Sunday, but opened a four-game trip with a 2-1 shootout win at Columbus on Thursday and an 8-1 rout of Dallas on Saturday. "As long as we show up prepared and go out there and play the right way as a team we'll turn things in our favor," said Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who has six goals and five assists in nine games. "The last couple of games, some good road games, we've done that so we want to keep that going." Toews and Marian Hossa each scored twice while Patrick Kane and defenseman Nick Leddy both had a goal with two assists Saturday for the Blackhawks, who improved to 12-1-2 on the road after their highest-scoring game in four seasons. "A great effort all-around by the team,'' said Kane, who has three goals and four assists in three games since being held without a point in both versus Colorado. "It was a game that we probably needed, since we've been in so many close games, to get some guys some confidence scoring some goals." Corey Crawford has stopped 47 of 49 shots in two games after yielding 11 goals in his previous three. Crawford is 13-2-3 with a 1.79 goals-against average, but has a 4.73 GAA during a three-game losing streak to the Avalanche. Hossa has four goals and two assists in his last five games but only one assist in his last three versus Colorado. Toews has scored in both against the Avalanche in 2013. Though the Blackhawks have played well on the road, they've dropped six of eight (2-4-2) at Colorado and been outscored 11-4 while losing the last two. The Avalanche followed the victory over Chicago with a 3-2 overtime win over San Jose last Sunday, but have yielded 15 goals in losing the next three. With a Western Conference-low 24 points, Colorado is running out of time to save its season. "We've got to figure it out here and start to work together,'' said forward Matt Duchene, who has five goals and six assists in six games. "It's not effort and it's not talent. We've got both of those. I think it's just concentration. Everyone is so scared to make mistakes.'' Duchene recorded four of his five points against the Blackhawks this season in the home victory. Semyon Varlamov has saved 60 of 65 shots in the two games versus Chicago, but yielded 10 goals in the last three overall.

Blackhawks Do Dallas, Win 8-1

The final score was 8-1, but the game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. Five different Blackhawks had three points in the blowout: Bryan Bickell: 3 assists Viktor Stalberg: 3 assists Nick Leddy: 1 goal, 2 assists Patrick … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Do Dallas, Win 8-1 appeared first on Committed Indians.

Patrick Kane scores sick 360-backhand goal

Already leading 7-1 on the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane decided to put on a show.  Coming down on a two-on-two he didn’t have much to do other than exactly what he did.  He skated towards the middle of the ice acting like he was going to cut across the tops of the circles, then threw on the breaks and busted out a spin move and then fired the puck short...

Patrick Kane scores incredible back-handed 360 goal (Video)

Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks trounced the Dallas Stars by a score of 8-1 and Chicago star Patrick Kane put together one of the best goal of this shortened NHL season. In the third period of play, Kane gained control of the puck and put together an impressive spin-o-rama backhanded goal for his 15th score of the season:

John Jaeckel: Colorado Preview; Minor Hawks/Leafs Deal?

Follow me @jaeckel Chicago Blackhawks @ Colorado Avalanche 8:00PM Central/7 Mountain CSN Chicago, Altitude Sports2/WGN Radio THE BUZZ After breaking the Blackhawks' season opening points streak, the youthful Avs went on to lose 3 of their next 4. The Hawks appear to be back on a role, even without top winger Patrick Sharp, destroying Dallas 8-1 Saturday night...

Blackhawks Bury Avalanche

With revenge on their minds, the Blackhawks handled their business in Denver on Monday night. Patrick Kane had another dominant three-point night (one goal, two assists) leading the Hawks to victory. He also had three takeaways. Unfortunately, Kane spent a lot … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Bury Avalanche appeared first on Committed Indians.

Blackhawks get revenge vs. Avs

Ray Emery stopped 17 shots to remain unbeaten this season, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and Chicago held off Colorado 5-2 on Monday night in the first meeting since the Avalanche halted the Blackhawks' record points streak. Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw scored 57 seconds apart in the first period, Brent Seabrook contributed another and Jonathan Toews added a late insurance...

AHL Brawl carries on into the benches

The Rockford Ice Hogs and the Chicago Wolves got into it pretty intensely on Sunday night very late in the third period.  The Ice Hogs had a powerplay with 12.9 seconds left and with a 2-1 lead they were intent on letting the clock run out. Ice Hogs forward Ben Smith was then hit through a door that wasn’t closed all the way by Guillaume Desbiens as they were taking the puck up...

Blackhawks put beating on Stars

Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each scored twice in leading the Chicago Blackhawks to an 8-1 rout of the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. Nick Leddy and Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists as eight Blackhawks scored two or more points and Chicago boosted its road record to 12-1-2 with a dominant win on the second stop of a four-game road trip. Corey Crawford made 18 saves...

Time For Changes In Dallas?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Could the Stars resort to personnel changes after an 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday _ the worst loss the team has suffered at American Airlines Center? Well, it seems at the very least we should be on alert. After all, owner Tom Gaglardi was in the building. He brought his family down for the game from Vancouver and...

John Jaeckel: Globetrotters 8, Generals 1

Follow me @jaeckel When the Blackhawks lost two games in a row recently, the question naturally arose: is this a temporary blip or are they going to be merely mortal from here on out? If last night's game, their second win in two games on the road, is any indication, the answer is: blip. And last night against Dallas, they looked as good or better than they have all year...

Best Defensive Forward

In mid-February I picked Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks as the Selke Trophy leader.  While he remains a strong candidate, I think there is a stronger Selke Trophy leader right now in Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.  Bergeron has a stronger +/- (adjusted or raw) while playing against a similar quality of competition with more penalty killing time.  Bergeron leads...

Bill Meltzer: Stars Gameday: 3/16/13 vs. Blackhawks

PREVIEW 8:00 AM CST Still looking for their first win in a four-game homestand, the Dallas Stars (12-11-3) take on the NHL leading Chicago Blackhawks (22-2-3) tonight at the American Airlines Center. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. CST and will be broadcasted locally on Fox Sports Southwest. This is the second of three meetings between the teams this season, and the final one...

The F**K You Fantasy POTN (3/18)

Andrew Shaw celebrates like he is in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) This was an easy night for the F**K You Fantasy POTN because we only have one award winner. Yes it is rare but sometimes these things do happen. There is not much to this Monday night but we have one award winner and it was just too obvious and too embarrassing. ======================================...
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