Chicago Blackhawks: Brent Seabrook

Rapid Reaction: Penguins 4, Hawks 1

March, 30, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Blackhawks dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing their third game in a row.

How it happened: Pittsburgh scored two goals in the span of 21 seconds in the first period and never looked back. Brent Seabrook was knocked down at the Penguins blue line, causing an odd-man situation, on which James Neal eventually finished. That was quickly followed by Lee Stempniak’s ability to get behind the defense for another score. The Hawks finally got on the board midway through the second period after some nice passing in the offensive zone. Sheldon Brookbank scored from the point with Andrew Shaw providing a screen. But two Sidney Crosby goals, including an empty-netter in the third period, ended what was a close game to that point.

Toews hurt: Jonathan Toews left the game in the second period after getting hit by defenseman Brooks Orpik. Toews was seen holding his left arm and immediately went to the locker room. But after the game Joel Quenneville said he thought the injury wasn’t serious. There was no call made on the play, which could be interpreted as a high hit.

What it means: It all depends on how long Toews is out. The Hawks already are struggling to score goals and morale would undoubtedly sink even lower if the team’s captain was out of the lineup for an extended period of time. They already are missing Patrick Kane. The Hawks have clinched a playoff berth, so getting healthy might be the most important goal with such a short time remaining in the regular season. They get a break by not playing until Thursday; it gives Toews a chance to be re-evaluated without the pressure of trying to play in a game right away.

What’s next: The Hawks are off until Thursday, when they take on the Minnesota Wild at home still looking to reach 100 points. They’re stuck on 99.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 6, Blue Jackets 1

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6
9:36
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on Thursday.

How it happened: Searching for more offense heading into the game, the Blackhawks got plenty of it Thursday night. Chicago went off for six goals, including three in the second period, to win for the first time at the United Center since Jan. 19. Andrew Shaw broke out of a recent slump, scoring two goals. Jonathan Toews also scored twice and has five goals in the past three games. Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell scored the Blackhawks’ other goals. Marcus Kruger and Brent Seabrook each had two assists for the Blackhawks. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the second period after allowing his fourth goal.

What it means: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made some line changes leading into the game after the team had scored just three goals total in its previous three indoor games. The Blackhawks scored five at Soldier Field on Saturday, but the conditions made that an unusual game. Quenneville’s moves paid off in a big way against Columbus. The Blackhawks improved to 37-13-14 with 88 points and remained in second place in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks extended their winning streak over the Blue Jackets to 12 games. The Blackhawks last lost to them in 2011.

Player of the game: Shaw snapped an 11-game goalless streak with his two goals. He had zero points and a minus-2 rating over his previous five games.

Stat of the game: Thirteen Blackhawks registered a point in the victory.

What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to Patrick Kane's hometown of Buffalo to face the Sabres on Sunday.

Hawks can't finish against Avs -- again

March, 4, 2014
Mar 4
10:51
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks arguably outplayed the Colorado Avalanche the past two times the teams have met.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastChicago defenseman Brent Seabrook acknowledged after the game that the Blackhawks had their chances but failed to capitalize.
The Blackhawks outshot the Avalanche 48-26 in their matchup on Jan. 14. Chicago dominated possession again on Tuesday and outshot the Avalanche 38-21. The opportunities to load up on goals were certainly there for the Blackhawks on both occasions.

But both times, the result was the same. The Blackhawks weren’t able to capitalize on their many chances and squandered key points in what is becoming a tighter Central Division race. After falling 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 14, the Blackhawks lost 4-2 to the Avalanche on Tuesday.

Giving the Avalanche four points in those games could come back to haunt the Blackhawks. The Avalanche moved within a point of the Blackhawks for second place in the Central on Tuesday and have played one less game than Chicago. The St. Louis Blues also built a two-point lead on the Blackhawks with another win on Tuesday.

“We lost a lot of ground tonight, the four-point swing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Now we’re behind [the Blues], now Colorado is one behind. A lot of things can change. We’d love to move ahead. We’d love to finish first in our division. Let’s know we got to be better and more consistent in stretches in games. For the most part, we did the right things tonight. We should have taken advantage of it.”

The Blackhawks acknowledged Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov once again played a major role in Colorado's win, but they also felt they left some opportunities on the table, especially scoring just once and totaling four shots on goal on four power plays.

“We had some chances,” Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “We couldn’t bury them. They buried their chances.”

As many shots as the Blackhawks couldn't put away on Varlamov, Quenneville was even more disappointed with his team’s defense on the Avalanche’s first three goals. The third line's defense led to the first goal. Duncan Keith missed on an attempted steal in the neutral zone, leading to the the second goal. And the penalty kill wasn’t able to rotate quick enough on the third goal.

“I thought we outchanced them, outplayed,” Quenneville said. “I didn’t like any of the goals that went in tonight.”

The division wasn’t won or lost on Tuesday, but the Blackhawks realized time was running out. They have 19 games, including one more against the Avalanche and two more against the Blues, to finish out the regular season.

“They’re good teams and so are we,” Seabrook said. “We just got to find a way to get some victories against them. I think we play them a couple more times each. We’ll be ready.

“[The end of the season has] come up quick. We got to turn this around quick and get back to playing our hockey and our style of game.”

Keith, Seabrook to appear on 'Chicago Fire'

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will make guest appearances on the NBC television show "Chicago Fire" on Tuesday.

The episode, which is titled "Virgin Skin," will include Keith and Seabrook providing a tip to one of the show’s characters at a bar, according to a release.

"Chicago Fire" is in its second season on NBC. The fictional show is about the lives of people in the Chicago Fire Department and is filmed in Chicago.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Canucks 2

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brandon Saad scored two goals and added an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks (33-10-13) saw their longest losing streak of the season end at four games. The Canucks (27-19-9) suffered their 10th loss in the past 12 games.

With the victory, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville moved into sole possession of third place all-time with 693 coaching wins. He surpassed Dick Irvin, who posted most of his wins with the Montreal Canadiens, but also guided the Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Blackhawks overcame a 2-0 second-period deficit with four unanswered goals in the middle frame and scored the lone goal in the third -- an empty-netter by Saad in the final minute.

Corey Crawford recorded 29 saves for his 20th win of the season, while Roberto Luongo took the loss.

Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks.

Chris Higgins and Tom Sestito replied for Vancouver.

The Canucks scored quickly, as Higgins beat Crawford with a backhand through the legs on Vancouver's first shot only 16 seconds into the game. But the Blackhawks controlled play for the rest of the period, limiting Vancouver to just two shots for much of the frame.

Sestito gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead at 2:44 of the second, as he put in a pass from former Blackhawks farmhand Ryan Stanton, who was claimed off waivers from Chicago at the outset of the season. However, just when it appeared that the Hawks might be down for good, they rallied with four unanswered goals.

The first came from Hossa, on a power play at 6:30, as he capped off some nifty passes with Saad and Kris Versteeg. Just more than three minutes later, Saad drew the Blackhawks even.

Midway through the second, Toews capitalized on a Canucks miscue as their defense and Luongo let Brent Seabrook’s pass from the corner go straight to the Blackhawks captain as he stood in front of the net. Sharp skated into the slot from the blue line and beat Luongo with a quick shot that put the Hawks ahead 4-2.

Notes: Center Michal Handzus returned to the Blackhawks lineup after he was made a healthy scratch a night earlier in Calgary. Quenneville said he scratched Handzus because the plan this season was not to play him on back-to-back nights. The decision wasn’t based on poor play. “A guy isn’t coming because he has one bad game,” Quenneville said before the game. Handzus repaid his coach’s confidence by assisting on Saad’s goal. … The game was Vancouver’s last home contest before the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Before the game, Olympians from the Blackhawks and Canucks were saluted in a flag-bearing ceremony. … Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell was a healthy scratch for the second time in three games. Quenneville said Bickell needs to show more than he did in Tuesday’s overtime loss to Calgary. … Canucks coach John Tortorella served the fifth of a six-game suspension for storming the Calgary Flames dressing room area on Jan. 18. He is due to return Saturday in Detroit.

Blackhawks keep practice light, short

January, 25, 2014
Jan 25
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CHICAGO -- If the Chicago Blackhawks ever find themselves in a 3-on-3 situation, coach Joel Quenneville may want to consider throwing Michal Handzus, Mike Kostka and Kris Versteeg onto the ice.

The trio likely wouldn’t have been favored by Vegas to be the Blackhawks’ 3-on-3 tournament champions, but that’s exactly what they became. Handzus, Kostka and Versteeg defeated five other teams for the title Saturday.

Quenneville considered giving his players Saturday off, but instead opted to create a fun and loose environment by having a 3-on-3 tournament where teams were distinguished by wearing white, green, red, blue and black jerseys. They practiced for about 30 minutes at Johnny's IceHouse West.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook thought it was a brilliant idea.

“He’s done things like this in the past, and it’s been great,” Seabrook said. “I’m not going to speak for Joel, but maybe the boys needed a fun day like this. Something to get the emotion and excitement back.”

The Blackhawks are coming off two consecutive road losses. They fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 5-4, in a shootout Wednesday and to the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, in regulation on Thursday. Quenneville wasn’t pleased with the team’s pace in the games. The Blackhawks return to ice to play the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

“I think the last two games we didn’t have the pace we’re accustomed to,” Quenneville said. “We’re going to need it going forward.”

The pace was nonstop both ways throughout Saturday’s scrimmages. Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta had little time to rest. Crawford also enjoyed it.

“That was definitely a change from our usual practices,” said Crawford, whom Quenneville announced would start Sunday. “Our practices, they’re short. They might be one of the shortest practices in the league. We’re definitely working hard the whole time. It’s high pace. That’s the same way we play. It was a little bit of a change today. Change up in what we’re doing today. I think everyone was loose and happy with what we did today.”

Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp joked Jonathan Toews was the only one unhappy.

“Toews’ team came fifth out of six teams," Sharp said. "I don’t think Jonny is going to be able to sleep tonight. He’ll have a great game tomorrow.”

Rewind: 5 observations from Hawks-Wings

January, 23, 2014
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Here are five observations from the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-4 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday:

1. That was certainly an entertaining game, but one the Blackhawks are going to be disappointed in. They had the game under control with a 2-0 early lead and allowed the Red Wings back in it. The Red Wings simply outworked them for much of the game. The Red Wings often won the loose pucks and made the hustle plays. The Blackhawks were careless with the puck at times, too. A play like the one in the second period where Brent Seabrook had the puck taken off of him in the defensive zone and led to a goal doesn’t often occur to the Blackhawks. None of the goals Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed seemed too soft, but four goals is still a lot to give up. He had been better than that recently.

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Hossa, Seabrook sit; back vs. Ducks?

January, 16, 2014
Jan 16
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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa and defenseman Brent Seabrook sat out practice on Thursday, but they are expected to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Hossa was held out of practice for a “maintenance” day and Seabrook was sick, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

“Both should be fine tomorrow,” Quenneville said after practice at the United Center.

Hossa has 17 goals, 22 assists and a plus-24 rating in 44 games this season. Seabrook has six goals, 26 assists and a plus-23 rating in 49 games this season.

The Ducks and Blackhawks are first and second in points in the NHL. The Ducks are 36-8-5 with 77 points, and the Blackhawks are 30-8-11 with 71 points.

Hawks fail to convert chances vs. Avs

January, 14, 2014
Jan 14
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks took 51 more shots than the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday evening.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville felt fortunate to get a point.

That’s the type of night it was against Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

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Bill Smith/Getty ImagesThey Blackhawks are 4-11 in overtime and shootout games this season. Last season they were 11-5.
“We’ll take the point knowing it was tough to get the first [goal], get to the second one; and the goalie played well for them,” Quenneville said after Chicago’s overtime loss. “You got to get lucky. Second opportunities, I think that was the recipe. We weren’t fortunate around there, but we certainly had some decent looks.”

The Blackhawks had looks from nearly everywhere on the ice from start to finish. They took 88 total shots, including 48 on net. It was the third most shots on goal for the Blackhawks this season.

Up and down the lineup the Blackhawks created chances. Patrick Sharp had 12 total shots, including nine on net. Brent Seabrook had 11 total shots. Niklas Hjalmarsson had six shots on goal. Patrick Kane had five shots on net, including one from the right circle that Varlamov robbed of a goal with a glove save. The two pucks the Blackhawks were able to get past Varlamov came with traffic and rebounds.

While the Blackhawks failed to capitalize on their opportunities, especially all five of their power plays, the Avalanche took advantage of their chances. They scored three goals on 26 shots on net, and two of those goals came on the power play.

“Against a team like this it’s a matter of finding a way to win a hockey game,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “That’s what we did.”

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had mixed feelings about the contest’s outcome.

“I think we did a lot of good things,” Toews said. “We played well right off the bat in the first period, and then we just kind of maybe let up and we gave them that two-goal lead. I think the rest of the game we kept coming back. We put a lot of pressure on them for the next 40. We just couldn’t find a way to score enough goals to win.

“We’ll keep working, not get overly frustrated by that game. It is a frustrating game, but we’ll stay with it and we know we can build off that effort and start playing better hockey than we have been the last few games.”

Things would be even more frustrating if the Blackhawks lack a few points for a division title come season’s end.

The Blackhawks have squandered 11 points this season with overtime and shootout losses. They’re 4-11 in overtime and shootout games. Last season they were 11-5 after such finishes.

“Our record in overtimes is rather one-sided against us,” Quenneville said. “Certainly a tough situation for us. … That’s a lot of points. At the end of the day, it’s what it is. We should be better in that area.”

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Oilers 3

January, 12, 2014
Jan 12
9:05
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks responded in a positive way after scoring an own goal to allow the Oilers to tie the game at 2-2 during the second period. Marian Hossa celebrated his 35th birthday with a power-play goal to put the Blackhawks up 3-2, and Jonathan Toews gave them a 4-2 lead with a nifty move in front of the net later in the second period. Taylor Hall cut the Blackhawks’ lead to one with a goal with 14:43 left in the third period before Brent Seabrook extended it back to two goals later in the period. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Blackhawks. Ales Hemsky scored for the Oilers in the first period, and Boyd Gordon was credited with the second goal. Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta made 18 saves on 20 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks snapped a three-game winless streak and improved to 30-8-10 with a Central Division-leading 70 points. The Blackhawks have outscored the Oilers 15-8 in three games this season. The Blackhawks’ offense has been lacking of late. Sunday’s win marked the first time in five games they scored in the first period and the second time in seven games they scored more than two goals. Toews extended his points streak to six games. Kane, who leads the Blackhawks with 56 points, snapped a three-game points drought and had his first multipoint game since Dec. 28. Shaw broke out of a six-game points slump.

Player of the game: Hossa scored the Blackhawks’ lone goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and added a goal and an assist on Sunday.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks had 74 total shots to the Oilers’ 40.

What’s next: The Blackhawks remain at home and play the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. The teams have split their two meetings this season.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook got excited when he saw a familiar number on his phone Tuesday morning.

Seabrook thought he was going to be told he had been selected to Team Canada for the second consecutive Olympics. Moments later, he learned the caller was actually bringing bad news. He had been skipped over this time around.

While eight Blackhawks celebrated being named to their respective countries’ Olympic teams Tuesday, Seabrook and goaltender Corey Crawford discovered they had not been chosen. Both had participated in Canada’s orientation camp in August.

“It was a tough call this morning when I got the phone call, but you know Canada's got a lot of great players,” Seabrook said after practice Tuesday. “You saw the team they're putting out there. It's going to be a good team. I'm looking forward to watching, maybe having a few beers and relaxing over the break.”

Crawford had also been hopeful of making the team. He hadn’t been selected to participate in the Olympics before.

“Yeah, it's pretty disappointing,” Crawford said. “It was definitely a goal of mine. I didn't make it, so move on, focus on our team and winning hockey games here.”

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Hawks to learn Olympic fates Tuesday

January, 6, 2014
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Almost half of the players on the Chicago Blackhawks roster will find out Tuesday whether they’ve been selected to play for their respective countries in the upcoming Olympics.

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Bill Smith/Getty ImagesPatrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews will find out if they've been named to Team Canada on Tuesday.
It’s a day Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was excited about for his players.

“I think it’s something you look forward to,” Quenneville said on Sunday. “I think I’m looking forward to the same type of anticipation a lot of our players have. It’ll be a fun day for a lot of guys. We’ll see how it plays itself out. I look at it at the bright side of things. It’ll be something to look forward.”

With Patrick Kane already named to the U.S. roster and Michal Rozsival named to the Czech Republic roster, here’s a look at the Blackhawks who could be joining him in Sochi:

Corey Crawford, goaltender, Canada: Crawford’s chances likely went out the door after he suffered an injury and had to miss nearly a month of action. His numbers were also more impressive last season. He’s lacked the same consistency this season.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, defenseman, Sweden: Hjalmarsson was left off Sweden’s Olympic team in 2010, but that isn’t expected to happen again. Hjalmarsson has been a key defenseman in both of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championships and has improved his offensive game. He has four goals, 14 assists and career-high 18 points this season.

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Hawks frustrated at blown chance vs. Blues

December, 29, 2013
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ST. LOUIS -- On the plus side, the Chicago Blackhawks extended their unbeaten-in-regulation streak to six games at 4-0-2.

On the down side, you’d really need to look through rose-colored glasses to see that positive Saturday night at Scottrade Center.

The Blackhawks’ 6-5 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues had all the feelings of a, well, loss. It’s as pure and simple as that. Three times the Blackhawks had two-goal leads, and three times they let the Blues come back -- twice to tie the score.

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks witnessed multiple Blues huddles of joy because Chicago couldn't hold its leads all night.
"It’s pretty disappointing when you give up two-goal leads," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said, simply.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville described the shootout loss as "a tough one there." He noted the loud crowd -- 20,282, standing room only -- and the intensity of the teams, labeling the game as "good for the sport, tough for us."

Indeed. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the sixth round of shootouts, but this game was actually lost in a span of 1 minute, 17 seconds late in regulation time, when Chicago coughed up a 5-3 lead.

Vladimir Tarasenko, who also scored in the shootout, lit the red lamp with 3:51 to play, then assisted on Patrik Berglund’s power-play goal with 2:34 left to tie the score at five. Tarasenko finished with three points -- a goal and two assists.

"Of course, it’s frustrating," said Chicago forward Patrick Kane, who extended his points streak to a career-best 14 games with a goal and two assists. "We'll try to improve on that and try to make sure it doesn't happen the next time, but with that being said, it's 5-3 with a couple minutes left and they got all the momentum. We got a point, so I guess that's one positive you can take from it."

The Blackhawks improved to 27-7-7 for 61 points, tied with the Anaheim Ducks for first overall. However, they are 0-1-2 against the Blues this season, having fallen twice in shootouts. The Blues improved to 25-7-5 for 55 points.

"Every game has been tight, competitive, exciting," Quenneville said, adding, "They’re a good hockey team. … We have a good hockey team over here. That’s what we’re faced with. I expect to be in a race the whole time."

It looked like Chicago would win the race easily when it jumped to a quick 2-0 lead midway through the first period, with goals in a span of 2:07, and a 3-1 advantage by the end of 20 minutes.

Patrick Sharp scored the first goal on a break-in after splitting the Blues D and tucking a backhand past Jaroslav Halak at 7:48. Then, at 9:55, Andrew Shaw dived to knock in the puck after it trickled through Halak’s wickets following Kane’s deflection of Keith’s point shot. Later, Kane restored the Blackhawks' two-goal lead with his 23rd of the season exactly three minutes after Maxim Lapierre cut the Blackhawks lead to 2-1.

Things appeared to be going in Chicago’s direction, but Brian Elliott relieved Halak for the start of the second period and the energized Blues got goals from Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin -- his first in the NHL -- to tie it at three.

Then, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook potted goals -- Saad scoring with 2:14 left in the second and Seabrook 1:06 into the third -- to restore the two-goal lead … until the Blues battled back again.

"They found their legs in the second and third periods and really pressed," Blackhawks defenseman Kris Versteeg said. "It's tough when you give up the extra point, but you’ve got to move on. It's frustrating against anyone. They push all game. They don't give up."

Chicago missed a glorious chance to win it in the overtime when Elliott slid sharply to his right to stop Jonathan Toews on a breakaway. In the shootout, T.J. Oshie and Tarasenko for the Blues and Toews and Sharp for the Blackhawks scored in the first two rounds. That was all of the scoring until Shattenkirk’s winner. He also won a game with a shootout goal April 4 last season at Chicago.

"It was a competitive game," Quenneville said. "They really turned it up in the second period and we didn't have the great response that we needed, but we're still in pretty good shape."

Rapid Reaction: Blues 6, Hawks 5 (SO)

December, 28, 2013
12/28/13
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ST. LOUIS -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 6-5 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at Scottrade Center.

How it happened: Three times the Blackhawks had two-goal leads, three times they let the Blues come back -- twice to tie the score. Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in a span of 5 minutes, 1 second early in the second period as the Blues overcame a 3-1 deficit after one. Then, Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund (on a power play) lit the red lamp in a span of 1:17 late in regulation play after Chicago had taken a 5-3 lead early in the third. Kevin Shattenkirk finished with the winner in the fifth round of shootouts. T.J. Oshie and Tarasenko also scored shootout goals for the Blues. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored shootout goals for Chicago.

It had been mostly Chicago’s game in the first period, with the Blackhawks hoppin’ and the Blues floppin’. The Blackhawks scored twice in a span of 2:07 to take a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Sharp scored the first goal on a break-in after splitting the Blues defense and tucking a backhand past Jaroslav Halak at 7:48. Then, at 9:55, Andrew Shaw dived to knock in the puck after it trickled through Halak’s wickets following Patrick Kane’s deflection of Duncan Keith’s point shot. Later, Kane restored the Blackhawks' two-goal lead with his 23rd goal of the season exactly three minutes after Maxim Lapierre cut the Blackhawks' lead to 2-1.

After the Blues tied it at three, Brandon Saad scored on a rebound with 2:14 left in the second period, then Brent Seabrook made it 5-3 by sending a slapper past backup goalie Brian Elliott at 1:06 of the third after a bad giveaway by Blues veteran Barret Jackman that Kane helped create. Blackhawks rookie goaltender Antti Raanta made his ninth consecutive start and had 20 saves. Elliott relieved Halak to start the second period and allowed two goals on 19 shots. He stopped three of five in the shootout; Halak allowed three goals on 13 shots in the first period.

What it means: Although they fell in the shootout, the Blackhawks have a six-game unbeaten streak in regulation, with a 4-0 mark in regulation and 0-2 in shootouts. The Blackhawks improved to 27-7-7 for 61 points, first overall, though they are 0-1-2 versus the Blues this season. The Blues improved to 25-7-5 for 55 points.

Player of the game: Tarasenko scored one goal and had two assists in regulation and scored one of the Blues' shootout goals.

Stat of the game: Chicago killed three Blues power plays … before Berglund scored on the fourth with Niklas Hjalmarsson in the box with 2:34 left in regulation play.

What's next: The Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday at the United Center, then go right back on the road to play Thursday at the New York Islanders and Friday at the New Jersey Devils. The Blackhawks are 1-0 versus the Kings this season, winning 3-1 on Dec. 15 at United Center.

Blackhawks' Top 10 games of 2013

December, 26, 2013
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Brent SeabrookScott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCTThe Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook celebrates his overtime goal to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals at the United Center on May 29.


The Chicago Blackhawks played in some unforgettable games during 2013. There's still three to go, but here’s a look at the 10 best so far:

No. 10 -- Blackhawks 6, Senators 5, Oct. 29: Nine of the Blackhawks’ top games of 2013 occurred last season, mostly due to the context of the Blackhawks’ playoff run and their points streak. This recent game made the list because it had a bit of everything. The Blackhawks went down 4-2, and Nikolai Khabibulin was relieved by Corey Crawford in the second period. Crawford stopped 14 of 15 shots over the remainder of the game. Jonathan Toews took care of the rest. He scored three consecutive goals and put the Blackhawks ahead 5-4. Toews also had an assist. Andrew Shaw scored two goals, and Marian Hossa tallied his 100th career Blackhawks goal.

No. 9 -- Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2, March 6: The Blackhawks turned to many different players to contribute during their 24-game points streak. This was Daniel Carcillo's day. Carcillo scored the game-winner with 49.3 seconds left in the third period to defeat the Colorado Avalanche and had one of the season’s more memorable celebrations as he skidded on his knees. The Blackhawks would lose the next game and their record-setting streak ended.

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Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26