Chicago Blackhawks: Ottawa Senators

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Senators 1

March, 2, 2012
3/02/12
8:51
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

How it happened: The Hawks got down 1-0 despite outplaying Ottawa early in the game. But they stuck with their game and took a 2-1 lead with two goals in the second period. The first one came on a delayed penalty with an extra attacker on the ice. Marcus Kruger made a pretty behind-the-back pass to Patrick Sharp, who put it on net, where Bryan Bickell scored. Then a few minutes later, on an actual power play, Marian Hossa wrapped a backhand around the net for a tally. The Hawks could have had much more, but Sharp missed on a penalty-shot try while Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw also missed on breakaways. Hossa hit iron once and Andrew Brunette had several close-in looks that never got by Senators goalie Robin Lehner. The Hawks outshot Ottawa 39-25.

What it means: On the road against a hot team, the Hawks instilled their will until Ottawa finally broke. The Hawks trailed 1-0 after one period despite putting 17 shots on net. But they didn’t slow down in the second, using the man advantage on a delayed penalty and a power play to take over the momentum in the game. Kane, Hossa and Brunette played as well on the road as they did at home on Wednesday, combining for 12 shots. Kane kept feeding Brunette, who couldn’t finish, but the play of the trio kept the pressure in the offensive zone and away from goalie Ray Emery. But that doesn’t mean Emery didn’t make big saves. He did, and assuredly earned himself another start. The Hawks like to skate and they were able to in a big win to start the trip. It was huge.

What’s next: The Hawks play game No. 2 of their road trip in Detroit on Sunday afternoon.

Hawks trade minor leaguer Klinkhammer

December, 2, 2011
12/02/11
4:09
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO --The Chicago Blackhawks traded minor league forward Rob Klinkhammer to the Ottawa Senators for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL draft, the team announced Friday.

Klinkhammer, 25, has tallied six points (2G, 4A) in 18 games this season with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. Klinkhammer made his NHL debut with Chicago on Dec. 8, 2010, against the Dallas Stars at the United Center.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Senators 2 (SO)

January, 7, 2011
1/07/11
10:25
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators on Friday at the United Center.

How it happened: The Hawks’ third-period woes continued, but they prevailed in a shootout to get the win. It looked like Patrick Kane had given his team the lead for good midway through the final period. Kane stole a puck from Erik Karlsson at the Ottawa blue line, and then used defenseman Chris Phillips as a screen to get the puck by Brian Elliott. But the Senators tied it with less than two minutes to play with an extra attacker on the ice.
Things also looked sour early in the second period, after the Hawks gave up yet another power-play goal, but just a few minutes later Patrick Sharp scored on a redirected point shot by Brian Campbell. It was his 24th of the season. The Hawks hunkered down on defense giving up just 15 shots in the final 40 minutes after allowing 11 in the first period. Jonathan Toews and Kane scored in the shootout.

What it means: The Hawks avoided another embarrassing home loss to a team below .500 and almost got through the third period with no damage. They’ve given up the most third-period goals in the league this season, so add one more to that total. Kane’s score in regulation and then in the shootout is exactly the type of thing that can spark a player. He had the puck on his stick more often than in recent memory, and finally did something with it. He also added a few helpers on the power play.

What’s next: The homestand continues when the Hawks host the New York Islanders on Sunday. They’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hawks 1961 championship team by honoring several players, including Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.

Second-period wrap: Hawks 1, Senators 1

January, 7, 2011
1/07/11
9:13
PM CT
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators are tied 1-1 after the second period at the United Center.

Both teams got on the board in the middle 20 minutes, with Ottawa striking first on a power play moments into the second period. The Hawks’ penalty killing has been in a major slump and once again the unit looked out of position as Senators’ captain Daniel Alfredsson found a clear shooting lane for the goal. The Dallas Stars were 3-for-3 on the power play on Wednesday night and Ottawa is 1-for-1 so far.

The Hawks responded when Patrick Sharp redirected a Brian Campbell shot from the point. It was Sharp’s team-leading 24th goal of the year.

After a quick start by the Senators, the game has evened up and the Hawks will yet again try to get points out of a third-period tie.

First-period wrap: Hawks 0, Senators 0

January, 7, 2011
1/07/11
8:23
PM CT
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators are scoreless after the first period at the United Center on Friday.

The Hawks hoped to get off to a faster start than their previous two games but they didn’t manage it. Ottawa controlled the play early in the period, while the Hawks took a good portion of the first 10 minutes to get their first shot on goal.

The Hawks played better in the latter half and were only outshot 11-8 in the period. The Senators owned the majority of scoring chances but couldn’t get one by Corey Crawford.

Ottawa will begin the second period on the power play after Duncan Keith took a late holding penalty, the lone infraction of the period.

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