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Oct 22, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) makes a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) in a shoot out at BB&T Center. Robert Mayer USA TODAY Sports Even though the Hawks took three out of a possible four points on their Florida road trip, the way the games ended against two of the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference was extremely disappointing.   On Tuesday night the Blackhawks had a 2-0 lead going into the third period only to see it slip away as the Florida Panthers scored twice to tie the game. The Hawks eventually won in a shootout, but letting the Panthers back into the game was inexcusable. Then last night, backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin looked very uncomfortable in net and let the Tampa Bay Lighting score six goals on him in a 6-5 overtime loss.   The facts so far have shown that the 40-year-old backup goaltender is just not cutting it for an elite team like the Blackhawks. Easy goals such as first one, which Khabibulin completely should have had and soft rebounds such as the overtime goal by Tampa Bay make it seem like the Khabibulin experiment might not be working out.   Offensively, the Blackhawks have started to pick up the pace by scoring eight goals in two games. Andrew Shaw picked up his first of the season last night and has started showing signs of the player we saw during last postseason. Shaw has started to play a bit more physical and started to win in the faceoff as he did last night going 4-7 from the faceoff circle.   The usual stars are also continuing to produce. Jonathan Towes, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa are all scoring and boosting their stats. Including all being in the top 5 on the team with points and Kane leading the team in goals with five. If these “stars” of the team continue to produce, expect to see high scoring from the Blackhawks and more victories.   The big concern on the team right now is clear and that is backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The question is how long can you ride Corey Crawford in straight games? Another big question is if Khabibulin can’t get it together quick, will General Manager Stan Bowman pull the plug on the 40-year-old backup?   Follow isportsweb on twitter   Even with the stars playing well and the Hawks only being a point out of first place in the Central Division, the Blackhawks need to start playing more consistent games to keep pace in the Western Conference and not letting teams come back into games that should easily be won. The backup goaltending issue will be addressed, but as a team the Hawks need to keep their foot on the pedal and push through some of these easier games. As mentioned in previous posts, every team will be coming after the defending champion Blackhawks. Now, it is up to the Hawks to match the intensity of every team they play.   The Blackhawks begin a home-and-home with the Minnesota Wild Saturday night with puck drop scheduled for 7:00pm (Central) from the United Center. The game can be seen on WGN and Fox Sports-North.

Blackhawks Bring Jeremy Morin to Chicago

The Blackhawks announced on Friday afternoon that forward Jeremy Morin has been recalled from Rockford. Morin has eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games this season with the IceHogs.The post Blackhawks Bring Jeremy Morin to Chicago appeared first on Committed Indians.

Injuries Piling Up Across NHL

The Blackhawks announced yesterday that defenseman Mike Kostka will miss the next 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury, but they aren’t alone. Injury woes are starting to pile up all over the NHL, and will impact the Hawks competition … Continue reading →The post Injuries Piling Up Across NHL appeared first on Committed Indians.

Hawks recall two as Kostka heads to IR

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled two forwards from Rockford and placed defenseman Mike Kostka on injured reserve on Friday. Jeremy Morin, who scored the game-winner in Rockford’s victory over the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday night, was recalled from the IceHogs today. The Blackhawks also recalled forward Brad Mills, who they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with today. Meanwhile...

Khabibulin returns to scene of glory

Nikolai Khabibulin returned to the scene of his greatest professional triumph when the Blackhawks goaltender skated into the crease where he won a Stanley Cup in 2004. Khabibulin was the starting netminder for the Lightning during the 2003-04 season and led them to their only NHL championship in a seven-game series against the Flames. On Thursday night Khabibulin started for the...

Tampa Scores on Own Net; Jonathan Toews Gets Credit For Goal

Easy goal for Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews eh? I would imagine that this flukey goal will create a buzz on the internet in the near future. Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, they still ended up losing in to the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime.  That was the fourth goal of the season for Toews who seems to have gotten off to a slow start for the Blackhawks scoring (4g-3a—7pts) in 10 games.

Blackhawks at Lightning game preview

Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: Sun SportsWhile it hasn't hurt them too much in the standings, the Chicago Blackhawks would love to end their habit of giving away two-goal leads, which began in a shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.After blowing another such lead their last time out, the Blackhawks will try for a more complete performance in Thursday night's rematch with the Lightning...

Tony Dean: MNWild: Show and Prove Wild Vs BlackHawks Gameday

MNWild: Show and Prove Wild Vs BlackHawks Gameday There is no masking how big tonight’s game is for the entire Wild organization. So much of what has been addressed and changed stems from how the Wild’s season ended last year at the hands of the eventual NHL Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks arguably provided the blueprint for rebuilding an NHL...

Hog Pen Week 3: Hogs Go 2 For 2

In week three of the AHL season the Hogs went 2-2 winning 5-3 on against the Chicago Wolves, as well as winning their home opener 5-4 against Grand Rapids in a SO. On Friday Rockford wrapped up their season opening five game raod trip with a tilt against the Chicago Wolves in a Illinois Lottery Cup matchup. The Hogs would open up the game with a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play...

Blackhawks Lose Crazy Game In OT

A wild, back-and-forth game in Tampa ended with Martin St. Louis burying a rebound as the Lightning overcame an epic mistake to beat the Blackhawks 6-5 in overtime on Thursday night. The box score reads like an all-star game. When … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Lose Crazy Game In OT appeared first on Committed Indians.

Michael Stuart: Lightning Aiming to Go Two-for-Two versus Blackhawks

Beating the Chicago Blackhawks once is something to be proud of. Beating the Chicago Blackhawks twice in one month is something that few teams have accomplished in the last year. Tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to do just that at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. While the Lightning did manage to capture two points against the Blackhawks earlier this month, the team...

Blackhawks Fall To Wild

The Minnesota Wild came into the United Center and easily handed the Blackhawks their second regulation loss of the 2013-14 season. There weren’t many positives for the Hawks on Saturday night. With special teams continuing to be a concern, the … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Fall To Wild appeared first on Committed Indians.

Wild-Blackhawks Preview

On their way to winning a second Stanley Cup in four seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks easily dispatched a Minnesota Wild team that was short-handed in net in the 2013 playoffs. The Wild will also be missing one of their goaltenders for their first matchup with the Blackhawks this season. Josh Harding is dealing with a lower-body injury so Minnesota will turn to Niklas Backstrom...

John Jaeckel: Wild@Blackhawks Gameday Preview

Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel! Minnesota Wild (5-3-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (6-1-3) 7PM Central United Center, Chicago CSN Chicago/Fox Sports North/WGN Radio THE BUZZ This is the first meeting of the season between the Hawks and their opponent from the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the Minnesota Wild. The Wild, along with the Hawks, are now also part of the newly...
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