Posted March 13, 2013 on AP on Fox
Although they're at nearly opposite ends of the Western Conference standings, the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets have had three competitive matchups this season. The results, though, have continued to be one-sided. The well-rested Blackhawks will try to avoid dropping a third straight game since their NHL-record start by extending their recent dominance over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Chicago hasn't played like the team that opened 21-0-3 in its last two games, giving up six goals each time in back-to-back defeats. The Blackhawks couldn't complete a rally from an early 4-0 deficit to Edmonton in a 6-5 defeat Sunday. "Definitely disappointed with the way we began the game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I like the response, though, after that.'' That was the team's seventh contest in 11 days, and Chicago has since gotten a significant break before starting a four-game road trip. "We've got to take advantage, take care of our bodies and get ready for Thursday,'' captain Jonathan Toews said. Having won 10 straight in the series, a matchup with the Blue Jackets would seem ideal for the Blackhawks (21-2-3) to keep their skid brief. Their three meetings this season, however, have all been decided by one goal and Chicago needed overtime to earn its latest win over Columbus, 4-3 on March 1. Since that defeat, the Blue Jackets (10-12-5) have extended their point streak to eight. They nearly recorded a sixth consecutive win for the first time in seven seasons Tuesday before falling 2-1 in a shootout to Vancouver. "Anytime you can add a point, it's good," center Mark Letestu said. "Especially the way the schedule is, and with the teams so tight in the standings, it's a small victory to get the point." Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 37 saves, has a 0.83 goals-against average in his team's last six games and might get his first start against Chicago this season. Bobrovsky has faced the Blackhawks once in his career, a 4-1 win for Philadelphia on Jan. 23, 2011, in which he made 30 saves. Chicago might turn to Corey Crawford, who replaced Ray Emery in the first period Sunday. Crawford has posted a 1.61 GAA in his eight straight wins versus Columbus and recorded a shutout in the second of his two starts against them this season Feb. 24. The Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg has nine goals and three assists in his last nine matchups with the Blue Jackets, and his 11 career goals against them are by far his most against any team. Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell each have six-game point streaks versus Columbus, with Bickell scoring twice in this season's series. Patrick Kane, who has three assists in the three games, is one shy of his 400th career point. The Blue Jackets' Artem Anisimov has scored a goal in each of his last three against Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks On Sports Illustrated’s Cover

For the first time since Bobby Hull appeared on it 41 years ago, the Chicago Blackhawks will grace the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.The post Chicago Blackhawks On Sports Illustrated’s Cover appeared first on Committed Indians.

Jimmy Hayes Headed to Chicago

When defenseman Steve Montador cleared waivers on Tuesday, the Blackhawks shipped him to Rockford. The move opened up a roster spot, which was filled by forward Jimmy Hayes. This season, Hayes has enjoyed a strong second half for the IceHogs and currently is … Continue reading →The post Jimmy Hayes Headed to Chicago appeared first on Committed Indians.

Patrick Kane Reaches 400 Points

With his assist on the Blackhawks’ goal in Columbus, Patrick Kane reached 400 points in his young career. He has been a superstar worthy of a number one overall pick, and it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate his career … Continue reading →The post Patrick Kane Reaches 400 Points appeared first on Committed Indians.

Patrick Kane Surprises Fans At Blackhawks Store For St. Patty’s Day

Forget St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th is St. Patrick Kane day in Chicago. You may remember the last Blackhawks promotion for the Illinois Lottery, where Patrick Sharp dressed up in a dog costume and surprised a fan with a Valentines Day gift basket. In their most recent promotion, they put Patrick Kane to work in the Blackhawks store, where puzzled customers and fans looked on as...

Patrick Kane undresses Sergei Bobrovsky in shootout

I’m pretty sure the shootout was created specifically for guys like Patrick Kane and Pavel Datsyuk.  There’s not a whole lot a goalie can do on this, even though Kane lost control of the puck, he still dangled Bobrovsky.  Bobrovsky has been playing really well for the past month, but he didn’t have a chance to stop Kane.  The goal gave the Blackhawks another win in a shootout...

Johnson: Blue Jackets now have confidence

Is it really learning how to win? Is that whats behind this young Columbus Blue Jackets evolution into a competitive force in the NHLs Western Conference? Is it simply that the team is starting to know what it takes to win and has begun applying the knowledge? Not according to Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson, at least not exactly. Boy, I dont know if Ive ever bought into the learning...

Blackhawks Get Back On Track In Columbus

After three days off, it took 65 minutes and a shootout for the Blackhawks to get back in the win column on Thursday night. Sergei Bobrovsky, who was named the Number One Star of the Week by the NHL last … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Get Back On Track In Columbus appeared first on Committed Indians.

Patrick Kane surprises customers at the Blackhawks Store

The Illinois Lottery is currently running the slogan "Anything's Possible." To put this slogan to work, they sent Patrick Kane to work in the Blackhawks Store, surprising customers that had no intention of meeting one of the stars of the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane shocked customers at the register, buzzed past confused onlookers with a mop and became a living model...

Sergei Bobrovsky makes a nice diving stick save in overtime

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing very well lately and even took the league-best Chicago Blackhawks to a shootout on Thursday night.  But, in order to get there, Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had to make this awesome last-ditch effort stick save.  Now Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland should have lifted the puck, but it was still a great effort by Bobrovsky...

TV Ratings: No Records, But Blackhawks Still Strong Post-Streak (Also: More NHL, College Hoops)

The Blackhawks’ first two losses of the season still did well in Chicago TV ratings. In other news, the Rangers have routed the Devils and Islanders in New York, and the Gonzaga/St. Mary’s WCC title [...]

Blue Jackets pick up minor-leaguer from Flyers

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Matthew Ford from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for future considerations. Ford will report to the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League in Springfield, Mass. Originally selected by Chicago in the eighth round, 256th overall, of the 2004 NHL draft, Ford has 72 goals and 69 assists in 256 career AHL games with Hartford, Lake...

Video- On Hot Goalie

Sergei Bobrovsky with an incredible save on Dave Bolland in OT tonight. Blackhawks did win in the SO 2-1 but 'Bob' remained hot, stopping 39 shots.  

John Jaeckel: GameDay Preview: Hawks@Blue Jackets

Follow me @jaeckel Chicago Blackhawks @ Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00PM Eastern/6:00 Central Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH CSN-Chicago, FS-Ohio/WGN Radio THE BUZZ The other night on CSN, analyst Denis Savard called tonight's game in Columbus an almost sure victory for the Hawks. I'm not going there. The Blue Jackets have played the Hawks tough this year, and...
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