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Brandon Pirri appeared to be the favorite to win the second line center job before the season. An injury during the preseason jeopardized Pirri’s chances, and ended with him being sent to Rockford of the American Hockey League. That changed over the weekend.
Pirri was recalled Saturday, while winger Jimmy Hayes was sent down. Michal Handzus had been shuffled in and out of the second line center role, and an open audition has been set into motion. Pirri’s first game this season was spent on the fourth line.
Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, and Handzus will continue to get looks in between stars Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, but Brandon Pirri is the best fit, as long as he gets a chance to show it. Coach Joe Quenneville has said that Pirri needed to develop a better two-way game to add defense with his offensive style. Last season in Rockford, Pirri scored 75 points in 76 games, leading the league but there was zero mentioned of his defensive play.
When the 22-year old finally gets slott...
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Patrick Sharp scored the Blackhawks’ first goal in regulation and the shootout winner, and Corey Crawford made a number of huge saves late in the third period as the Blackhawks earned a hard-fought two points in Carolina on Tuesday night. … Continue reading →The post Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford Lead Blackhawks Past Canes appeared first on Committed Indians.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
There was a time when Patrick Kane dreamed of playing in his hometown of Buffalo for the Sabres.
That was before his life changed in 2007 when the Blackhawks made him the first pick in the draft.
Kane has won two Stanley Cups here and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this year, and he was rookie of the year in 2008....
With a heavy Eastern Conference schedule for the remainder of their games in October, the Blackhawks need to take care of business against the not-so-stellar Eastern Conference teams in order to keep up with the tough Western Conference.
With the likes of struggling teams in Carolina, Florida and Ottawa, the Blackhawks must capitalize each and every night for the remainder of October...
It’s tempting when you have the precision of Duncan Keith the
vision of Marian Hossa the skill of Patrick Sharp and the power of Brent Seabrook to try to be too fancy. To try for the superstar
play the otherworldly pass the ideal shot. To try to make the perfect play.
But in the chaotic world of the power play the perfect play is usually the imperfect one — the deflection...
This is a regular feature chronicling what or who of the Chicago Blackhawks is red hot and high flying, and what has been grounded.
Brandon Saad has certainly passed the eye test in every game so far. Saader has been the most noticeable player on the ice most evenings. He’s already been promoted from the 3rd line to the 1st to ride alongside Toews and Kane. Not surprising...
Corey Crawford made 28 saves to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the winless Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
Ben Smith and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who swept a pair of weekend home games, edging the Islanders 3-2 on Friday.
Drew Stafford connected with 8:11 left in the third, spoiling Crawford's bid for a shutout. The Sabres (0-5-1) put together...
The shot totals are everywhere from strong to tremendous. The Chicago Blackhawks are recording everywhere from 28 to 40 shots per game that last total coming against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
But for all those shots the goals haven’t been as plentiful. Yes the Blackhawks are winning heading into this week’s games with a 3-1-1 mark. But even those victories have been...
Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks claimed the 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.
Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored 2:22 apart in the first period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who blew a 2-0 lead in the third before winning in the tiebreaker.
Corey Crawford finished with 32 saves, then...
Ryan Miller survived an onslaught through the first two periods and kept the Buffalo Sabres close, but Corey Crawford was good enough to earn a hard-fought victory on Saturday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks put 37 shots on … Continue reading →The post Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Outduel Sabres appeared first on Committed Indians.
The Chicago Blackhawks dominated much of Saturday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres. When they got into a bit of trouble at the end, Corey Crawford was there to carry them to the finish.
Crawford made 28 saves to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the winless Sabres.
Ben Smith and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who swept a pair of weekend home games, edging...
The scramble in front of the Chicago Blackhawks net was another furious one with another opponent making things interesting in the waning moments. But for the second consecutive night the Blackhawks withstood the pressure and got those coveted points.
Ben Smith scored his first of the season and Patrick Kane got the game-winner on a late second-period power play as the Blackhawks...
In week two the Icehogs traveled to Cleveland, OH to take on the Lake Erie Monsters in the Quicken Loans Arena.
On Friday night goalie Antti Rannta got the start, his first since game one when he left five minutes in the first period with a lower body injury. The Hogs got off to a quick start which is always nice to get in any hockey game. The Hogs continued to get contributions...
33-year-old defenseman Steve Montador has been released by KHL club Medvescak Zagreb due to injury issues. Undrafted, Montador was signed by the Calgary Flames as a free agent and spent time playing for the Saint John Flames out of the American Hockey League. After losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals as a member of the 2003-2004 Calgary Flames, Montador...
Though scoring has not come easy of late for the Chicago Blackhawks, they appear to be back on track following two consecutive defeats.
Whether the momentum they've gained from that will help them end their road struggles against the Carolina Hurricanes remains to be seen.
Looking for a rare win in Raleigh, the Blackhawks try to hand the Hurricanes a third consecutive home...
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Yet another Eastern Conference team on the schedule tonight for the Hawks, as they try to iron out the early season kinks. The hawks will see former teammate (of a few remaining Chicago players) Tuomo Ruutu...