Chicago Blackhawks: Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 5, Kings 4 (F/2OT)

May, 28, 2014
May 28
10:58
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-4 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Wednesday:

How it happened: Michal Handzus scored the winner off a pass from Brandon Saad at 2:04 in the second overtime. The Blackhawks forced the first overtime when Ben Smith scored the lone goal in the third period at 1:13. The Kings had built a 4-3 lead after finding themselves two goals behind in the first period. After the Blackhawks went up 3-1 in the first period, the Kings responded with three consecutive goals, one in the first period and two in the second period. Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown and Tanner Pearson scored the three goals for the Kings. The Blackhawks got the start they wanted, scoring twice in the first four minutes. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored a power-play goal at 1:13, and Johnny Oduya knocked in a rebound from a Patrick Kane shot at 3:40. Jarret Stoll gave the Kings their first goal at 9:40, but less than two minutes later the Blackhawks responded as Saad put them back ahead 3-1. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 41 saves on 45 shots. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 40 of 45 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks held off elimination and cut the Kings’ series lead to 3-2. The Blackhawks were given a scare as the Kings erased their two-goal lead and pulled ahead of them after two periods, but the Blackhawks, especially Crawford, stepped up when they needed to in the game. Crawford didn’t allow a goal after the Kings scored at 13:08 of the second period. The Blackhawks also bounced back after struggling on special teams in the past few games. They scored a power-play goal for the first time in three games and shut out the Kings’ power play for the first time since Game 1. The Blackhawks’ second line of Saad-Andrew Shaw-Kane was a force most of the game.

Player of the game: Saad was all over the ice for the Blackhawks. He had one goal, two assists, seven shots on net, three hits, three takeaways, two blocked shots, was a plus-4 and won 4 of 8 faceoffs.

Stat of the game: Crawford stopped 19 shots over the last three periods.

What’s next: The series returns to Los Angeles for Game 6 at 8 p.m. CT on Friday. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks in Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles and are 5-3 at home in the playoffs this season.

Rapid Reaction: Kings 6, Blackhawks 2

May, 21, 2014
May 21
10:01
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Los Angeles Kings’ 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at the United Center on Wednesday.

How it happened: The Kings rallied from a 2-0 deficit to score six consecutive goals to beat the Blackhawks. The Kings began their comeback in the second period, when Justin Williams scored in front of the net at 18:14. The Kings turned to their power play to score the next two goals. Jeff Carter scored on a power play at 1:37, and Carter capitalized on another Blackhawks’ penalty when he scored a power-play goal at 4:04. The Kings added two more goals with Tyler Toffoli scoring at 8:59 and Carter at 14:44. Carter finished off his hat trick with an empty-net goal. The Blackhawks built a 2-0 lead behind a power-play goal by Nick Leddy in the first period and a goal by Ben Smith in the second period. The Blackhawks were 1-for-4 on the power play, and the Kings were 2-for-4. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 23-of-25 shots. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 25 saves on 30 shots.

What it means: The Kings evened the series 1-1. The Kings gave the Blackhawks their first loss at home in the playoffs. The Blackhawks had won their first seven home playoff games. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill had allowed just four goals over the first 13 games of the playoffs. They were 44-of-48 on the penalty kill coming into the game. Quick kept the Kings in the game when the Blackhawks had multiple quality chances in the first two periods. He’s allowed a total of 13 goals in the Kings’ nine playoff wins.

Player of the game: Carter scored a hat trick in the third period.

Stat of the game: The Kings won 43-of-70 faceoffs.

What’s next: The series moves to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 will be at Staples Center at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday. The Kings are 3-3 at home in the playoffs.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Blues 2 (F/OT)

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
10:23
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ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series at the Scottrade Center on Friday.

How it happened: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal on a breakaway at 7:36 of overtime. The Blackhawks were the first to score on the night, as Marian Hossa broke his four-game scoreless drought. He scored off his own rebound at 16:11 of the first period. The Blues tied the game at 1-1, when T.J. Oshie scored with a backhanded shot as he was skidding on his knees at 11:04 in the second period. Ben Smith put the Blackhawks back ahead 2-1 with a backhanded shot near the net six minutes later in the second. The Blues tied it again at 2-2, when Jaden Schwartz set up Alex Pietrangelo for a goal on a 2-on-1 rush at 1:42 of the third period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford and Blues goaltender Ryan Miller each made 27 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks became the first team in the series to win on the road. They took home-ice advantage away from the Blues and a 3-2 lead in the series. The Blackhawks have a chance to close out the series at home on Sunday. Four of the five games have been decided in overtime. Each team has won twice in overtime. Both teams continued to have power-play woes and penalty-killing success. They each were 0-for-2 on the power play in the game. The Blackhawks are 2-for-18 for the series, and the Blues are 2-for-23.

Player of the game: Toews scored the winning goal. He has six points in the series.

Stat of the game: Hossa had seven shots on goal, scoring once.

What’s next: The series returns to Chicago for Game 6 on Sunday.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 4, Blues 3 (F/OT)

April, 23, 2014
Apr 23
11:58
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series at the United Center on Wednesday.

How it happened: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored the winning goal at 11:17 of overtime. Both teams previously led in the game. The Blackhawks built a 2-0 lead in the second period behind a power-play goal by Andrew Shaw and a goal by Kane. The Blues responded with two goals in the final 1:09 of the second period. Vladimir Tarasenko first scored a power-play goal from the left circle at 18:51. Max Lapierre tied the game with a shot from the right circle with 3.1 seconds remaining in the period. Tarasenko broke the 2-2 tie when he scored from the right circle off a 2-on-1 rush at 12:26 of the third period. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell tied the game at 3-3 when he redirected a shot by Michal Rozsival into the net with 3:42 remaining in the third period. Chicago gave St. Louis five power plays, and the Blues capitalized on one of them. The Blackhawks were 1-for-2 on the power play. St. Louis goaltender Ryan Miller made 30 saves, and Chicago's Corey Crawford had 30 saves.

What it means: It wasn’t easy, but the Blackhawks took care of business in Chicago. The Blackhawks won both of their games at the United Center after dropping the first two games in St. Louis. The Blackhawks still face the challenge of winning in the Scottrade Center with the Blues having home-ice advantage. The Blackhawks won their first overtime game of the series after dropping Games 1 and 2 in OT. Seven of the Blues’ 11 goals in the series have been scored in either the final two minutes of a period or in overtime. Chicago has killed off 19 of 21 power plays in the series. Jonathan Toews had two assists in the win and has five points in the series.

Player of the game: Kane had by far his best game of the series. He started the sequence on the power-play goal, finished a pass from Johnny Oduya for the second goal and then scored the winner. He has three goals and four points in the series.

Stat of the game: Kane had nine shot attempts.

What’s next: The series returns to St. Louis for Game 5 on Friday.

Rapid Reaction: Blues 4, Hawks 3 (F/3OT)

April, 17, 2014
Apr 17
11:53
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ST. LOUIS -- Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Blues’ 4-3 three-overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series at the Scottrade Center on Thursday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks and Blues set the bar high for the remainder of the series. The Blues’ Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime for the win. The Blackhawks looked to have the game secured in regulation. They were leading 3-2 heading into the final two minutes of the third period. Jaden Schwartz saved the Blues by scoring in front of the net with 1:56 remaining in the third period. The Blackhawks had been leading 3-2 since the end of the first period. Patrick Kane broke a 2-2 tie at 18:24 of the first period, when he received a stretch pass from Jonathan Toews and scored on a breakaway. The Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya and Brent Seabrook and the Blues’ Adam Cracknell and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored first-period goals. The Blackhawks nearly won the game in the first overtime, but Blues forward Maxim Lapierre blocked a Blackhawks’ shot while standing behind goaltender Ryan Miller in the net. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 48 saves on 52 shots. Miller made 39 saves on 42 shots. The Blackhawks failed to score on two overtime power plays, and the Blues squandered one overtime power-play opportunity of their own.

What it means: The Blues went up 1-0 in the series and held onto their home-ice advantage. The Blues have scored a number of clutch third-period goals against the Blackhawks this season. The Blues pulled out a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks by scoring in the final minute of the third period on Oct. 9. The Blues came back from a 5-3 deficit when they scored two goals in the final four minutes of the third period on Dec. 28, then won in the shootout. The Blues’ win on Thursday marked their first victory since April 3.

Both teams benefited in getting some of their top players back. Tarasenko had missed the previous 15 games for the Blues. Kane was out the previous 12 games, and Toews missed six games. The Blackhawks’ top line of Toews, Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad was especially effective for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks won 54-of-91 faceoffs.

Player of the game: Steen scored the winning goal.

Stat of the game: Blues defensemen Alex Pietrangelo played a game-high 44:08 of ice time.

What’s next: The series remains in St. Louis for Game 2, at 2 p.m. CT Saturday.

Rapid Reaction: Predators 7, Blackhawks 5

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
10:03
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 7-5 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

How it happened: One night after being shutout in Washington, the Blackhawks got off to a fast start Saturday, striking first 4:11 into the game on a Ben Smith wrist shot. His goal was followed up by Marian Hossa’s 30th score of the season at 12:43 of the first. But Nashville’s Craig Smith answered just 14 seconds later. Ryan Ellis tied it for at 6:32 of the second, before Matt Carey’s first NHL goal put Chicago in front again. Nashville again tied it at 4:03 of the third off the stick of Matt Cullen, and then took their first lead of the game at 7:05 on Colin Wilson’s goal. That lead was short lived, as Jeremy Morin’s tough-angle bank shot off of Rinne 55 seconds later tied things again. Paul Gaustad put Nashville in front at 17:05, but Andrew Shaw drew Chicago even again at 18:25. Patric Hornqvist got the winner with 58.2 remaining. Shea Weber's empty-netter with 14 seconds remaining accounted for the final margin.

What it means: In the grand scheme of things, the game did not have any impact on Chicago’s spot in the Central Division’s standings. They already were locked into third heading into the playoffs, which will start later this week. The Blackhawks will have to wait until tomorrow to see who they will face in the first round. The Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues are tied atop the Central with 111 points apiece. Each plays its final game of the regular season Sunday, and Chicago will face whichever team finishes second in the division. Should the teams end up tied in points, Colorado has the first tiebreaker, which is more regulation and overtime wins.

Player of the game: Brandon Saad had two assists, including a nifty drop pass to Smith on the game’s first goal. Saad had not recorded a point in his last three games played and was a healthy scratch Sunday against St. Louis.

Stat of the game: On a night when the Blackhawks struggled in the faceoff circle, Peter Regin won nine of his 13 draws.

What’s next: The start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks do not know which team they will be facing in round one yet, but they do know that they will start on the road against either Colorado or St. Louis. Both teams’ arenas are booked for Wednesday night, so Thursday looks to be the night for the Blackhawks’ playoff opener.

Rapid Reaction: Penguins 4, Hawks 1

March, 30, 2014
Mar 30
10:01
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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: Blues 6, Hawks 5 (SO)

December, 28, 2013
12/28/13
10:15
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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.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1

December, 15, 2013
12/15/13
8:39
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks ceased the Kings’ 18-game streak of not allowing a first-period goal by lighting up the Kings for three goals in the first. Marian Hossa began the scoring parade by converting on a short-handed chance at 5:45 of the first period. Kris Versteeg scored the second goal on an odd-man rush at 9:59. Patrick Sharp closed out the first-period scoring with a power-play goal at 19:31. Alex Martinez scored the Kings’ lone goal at 16:06 of the third period.

Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 21 of 22 shots. Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens made 37 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks responded how they hoped after losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Saturday. Raanta played a large role in that. He was pulled after allowing five goals through two periods Saturday. The Blackhawks improved to 24-7-5 with 53 points, and the Kings fell to 22-8-4. The Kings entered the game with a six-game winning streak. The Blackhawks extended their streak of games with a power-play goal to nine.

Patrick Kane also extended his points streak to eight games. He has registered points in 19 of the past 20 games. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville won his 684th career regular-season game and moved into a tie with Pat Quinn for the fourth on the NHL’s all-time wins list.

Player of the game: Jonathan Toews had the primary assist on Hossa’s and Sharp’s goals and won 10 of 13 faceoffs.

Stat of the game: Defenseman Brent Seabrook led the Blackhawks with a plus-two rating. He had a minus-three rating on Saturday.

What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to play the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The Predators defeated the Blackhawks 7-2 in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 16.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Stars 1 (SO)

November, 29, 2013
11/29/13
10:37
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DALLAS -- The Chicago Blackhawks earned a 2-1 shootout win over the Dallas Stars on Friday at American Airlines Center.

How it happened: The Blackhawks were outplayed by the up-and-coming Stars for the first two periods, but Patrick Sharp scored the equalizer at the 7:21 mark of the third period to tie the game at one. The game remained tied headed to the 11th round of a shootout, in which Ben Smith ended it for the Blackhawks with a goal. Corey Crawford stopped 28 of 29 shots for Chicago. Crawford did help the Stars score their goal late in the first period, losing the puck to Dallas center Shawn Horcoff behind the net. Horcoff made a nifty pass to Rich Peverley, who scored his fifth goal of the season for the Stars. Crawford redeemed himself with seconds left in overtime by stopping two shots, including a backhand at the front of the crease.

What it means: The Blackhawks are 5-1-0 on their seven-game road trip.

Player of the game: Sharp has been one of Chicago’s best players in two games in Dallas, adding a goal to the four assists he had at the American Airlines Center in a 5-2 victory over the Stars on Nov. 9. Sharp has points in seven of his past 11 games.

Stat of the game: Patrick Kane had a streak of 12 straight games with a point snapped on Friday night. Kane nearly scored the game winner in overtime but was robbed on a glove save by Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Kane had eight goals and nine assists during the streak.

What’s next: The Blackhawks will finish off their sixth back-to-back situation on Saturday night at Phoenix, completing a seven-game, 12-day road trip in the process. The Blackhawks are 4-0-1 in the second of back-to-back games.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Sharks 1

November, 17, 2013
11/17/13
8:39
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: In a matchup between two of the Western Conference’s top teams, the Blackhawks pulled away from the Sharks in the latter half of the game. With the game tied at 1-1, Patrick Sharp one-timed a cross-ice pass from Marcus Kruger and put the Blackhawks ahead 2-1 at 12:08 of the second period. Jonathan Toews gave the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead when he cleaned up his own rebound at 3:39 of the third period. Kris Versteeg added the fourth goal in his first game back in Chicago since being traded for on Thursday. Sharp finalized the score with a goal on a penalty shot with 1:11 left. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 23 saves. The Sharks scored their lone goal when Joe Pavelski handcuffed Crawford on a shot, and Crawford accidentally slid the puck into his own net.

What it means: The Blackhawks bounced back in a big way from their worst defeat of the season, a 7-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. The Blackhawks were sharper on both ends of the ice Sunday and were so against one of the league’s best offensive and defensive teams. The Sharks came into the game ranked first in goals for at 3.5 per game and fourth in goals against at 2.1 per game. The Blackhawks improved to 14-3-4, and the Sharks fell to 13-3-5.

Crawford allowed one of his softer goals of the season but was solid most of the night. He was appearing in his 11th consecutive game. Brandon Pirri and Patrick Kane continued their hot streaks. Pirri has scored in three consecutive games, and Kane has produced a point in seven consecutive games.

Player of the game: Sharp was the lone Blackhawk with a plus-four rating. He had two goals and an assist in the win. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 21 games this season.

Stat of the game: Andrew Shaw led the Blackhawks with seven hits.

What’s next: The Blackhawks begin a seven-game road trip on Tuesday. They will be on the road until Nov. 30. Their next home game will be on Dec. 3.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 6, Bruins 5 (OT)

June, 19, 2013
6/19/13
10:43
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BOSTON -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-5 overtime win over the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden on Wednesday.

How it happened: Goals were difficult to come by for both teams in Games 2 and 3, but that all changed on Wednesday. The Blackhawks and Bruins couldn't stop scoring in Game 4. Brent Seabrook broke a 5-5 tie with the winner in overtime. It all started when the Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead when Brandon Saad stole the puck from Bruins forward Tyler Seguin and set up Michal Handzus for a short-handed goal at 6:48 of the first period. A Saad turnover would be partly responsible for the Bruins answering with a power-play goal by Rich Peverley at 14:43 of the first period. The Blackhawks went ahead 3-1 in the second period with consecutive goals by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Milan Lucic cut the Blackhawks' lead to one at 14:43, but the Blackhawks scored less than a minute later with a goal by Marcus Kruger. With the Blackhawks up 4-2, Patrice Bergeron emerged for the Bruins. He scored on a power-play goal at 17:22 of the second period and tied the game at 4-4 at 2:05 of the third period. Patrick Sharp put the Blackhawks back ahead shortly with a power-play goal at 11:19 of the third period. Less than a minute later, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk tied the game. Neither Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford nor Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had previously allowed more than four goals in a playoff game this season.

Player of the game: Seabrook came through again. It was his second winner of the playoffs this season.

What it means: The Blackhawks evened the series at 2-2 and regained home-ice advantage. The Blackhawks had scored just two goals in the past two games. One reason the Blackhawks broke out of their slump was Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville reunited Toews and Kane. They had two goals and one assist on Wednesday. It was just Toews' second goal of the playoffs. The Blackhawks' power play also converted for the first time in the series. They're 1-for-15 in the series. The goal snapped the Bruins' streak of 30 consecutive penalty kills. The Blackhawks improved to 4-5 on the road in the playoffs this season, and the Bruins fell to 7-3 at TD Garden.

What's next: The series moves to Chicago for Game 5 on Saturday. The Blackhawks are 10-2 at the United Center in the playoffs this season. The Bruins are 6-3 on the road.

Rapid Reaction: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0

June, 17, 2013
6/17/13
9:57
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BOSTON -- Here's a quick look at the Boston Bruins' 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden on Monday.

How it happened: The Bruins carried the momentum of winning Game 2 and came out flying at home. The Bruins weren't able to capitalize on their play in the first period, but they finally broke through in the second period. Daniel Paille continued his hot streak and scored at 2:14 of the second period to give Boston a 1-0 lead. The Bruins pushed the score to 2-0 when Patrice Bergeron netted a shot on a power play at 14:15 of the second period. The Bruins' defense and goaltender Tuukka Rask took care of the rest. Rask made 28 saves and recorded his third shutout of the playoffs. The Bruins killed off four Blackhawks' power plays. The Blackhawks haven't scored on their last 19 power plays and are 0-for-10 in the series. The Bruins have killed off 26 consecutive power plays. The Bruins also dominated the dot in Game 3, winning 39-of-56 faceoffs. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 33 saves. The Blackhawks dealt with some pregame adversity when forward Marian Hossa was scratched after the team's warm-ups and was replaced by Ben Smith. Smith appeared in one regular-season this season.

Player of the game: Bergeron came through with the goal, but he was also 23-5 on faceoffs and had seven shots on goal.

What it means: The Bruins take a 2-1 series advantage. With the win, the Bruins went 4-0 in Game 3s in the playoff this season. On the other hand, the Blackhawks fell to 0-4 in Game 3s. The extent of Hossa's injury was unknown during the game. To lose him for an extended period could be costly for the Blackhawks. He's used in every role and is tied for a team-high 15 playoff points.

What's next: The series remains in Boston for Game 4 on Wednesday. The Bruins are 7-2 at TD Garden in the playoffs this season. The Blackhawks are 3-5 on the road.

Rapid Reaction: Kings 3, Blackhawks 1

June, 4, 2013
6/04/13
10:44
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LOS ANGELES -- Here's a quick look at the Los Angeles Kings' 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at Staples Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: The Kings slowed the Blackhawks' offense to a near halt. The Blackhawks were held to just 20 shots on goal, their lowest total of the playoffs. The Blackhawks had seven shots on goal in the first period and just 12 more over the next two periods. Justin Williams put the Kings ahead 1-0 with a goal from the left circle at 3:21 of the first period. Slava Voynov scored the second goal at 6:37 of the second period to put the Kings ahead 2-0. The Blackhawks were held to three shots on goal in the second period. One of those shots, a wrap-around by Bryan Bickell, found the net with 35.6 seconds remaining in the period to pull his team within a goal. The Kings' Dwight King added an empty-netter with 27.3 seconds left in the third period. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick bounced back with 19 saves after allowing four goals and being pulled from the second period of Game 2. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had 25 saves.

Player of the game: Voynov had a goal and an assist in the win. He has five goals in the playoffs.

What it means: The Kings continued to play their best in the playoffs at home. They improved to 8-0 at Staples Center in the playoffs this season with Tuesday's win. They trimmed the Blackhawks' series advantage to 2-1. The Blackhawks have had some struggles on the road in the playoffs. They're now 2-4 on the road in the playoffs.

What's next: The series remains in Los Angeles for Game 4 on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Blues 0

April, 14, 2013
4/14/13
2:05
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ST. LOUIS – Here is a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues Sunday at Scottrade Center:

How it happened: Corey Crawford stopped all 30 St. Louis shots and the Blackhawks got a second-period goal from Bryan Bickell and a short-handed goal from Jonathan Toews in the third period to earn the victory.

Bickell tipped in a rebound on a shot that hit the post 4:31 into the second period, the first goal allowed by the Blues' Brian Elliott in 214 minutes.
In the third period, the Blackhawks increased the lead to 2-0 when Jonathan Toews won a face off to the left of Elliott and got the puck to Hossa, who fired a shot into the net for his 15th goal of the year. The goal came just 16 seconds after Duncan Keith was sent off the ice for tripping.

Player of the game: Crawford raised his record to 17-4-4 as he continues his battle with Ray Emery to see which of the Chicago goalies will emerge as the regular once the playoffs get underway.

What it means: Having clinched the division title with a win over Detroit on Friday night, the Blackhawks' next goal is to secure first place in the Western Conference. Sunday's win increased their lead over second-place Anaheim to nine points, 68-59. The Ducks lost to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night and do not play again until Wednesday night. Chicago has one game in hand, but will match the Ducks' 42 games played on Monday night.

The loss hurts the Blues, who are still fighting to secure a spot in the playoffs. They remained at 48 points, currently sixth in the Western Conference.
What's ahead: The Blackhawks will be back at United Center on Monday night, hosting the Dallas Stars. They have seven games remaining in this shortened regular season.

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TEAM LEADERS

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