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  • 5 things: Series win can't hide big Blackhawks problems

    5 things: Series win can't hide big Blackhawks problems
    Say this for the Predators: They finally found a way to keep Blackhawks fans out of their building. And some other observations on the Hawks' 4-3 win Saturday in Game 6 that advanced them to the second round: 1. It really didn’t matter how Game...
  • Blackhawks' top players come through in first-round clincher

    Blackhawks' top players come through in first-round clincher
    The Blackhawks' brightest stars made sure there was no Game 7 in Nashville. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford — yes, Crawford — led the charge as the Hawks rallied to a thrilling 4-3 victory over...
  • Bryan Bickell not scoring goals, but he's making a difference for Blackhawks

    Bryan Bickell not scoring goals, but he's making a difference for Blackhawks
    By now a sad shade of yellow, the welt situated below Bryan Bickell's right eye, and the cut parked next to it, near the bridge of his nose, are nearly healed. With a day off to lick their wounds since losing Game 5 on Thursday, Bickell and his...
  • Blackhawks still the team to beat in West

    Blackhawks still the team to beat in West
    A familiar echo bounced off the walls of the United Center at one point Saturday night after a familiar Blackhawks goalie made another save. "COR-EY! COR-EY!" the fans chanted. "I could hear it,'' Corey Crawford said after stopping all 13 shots he...
  • 5 things overheard during the Hawks' Game 6 win vs. Nashville

    5 things overheard during the Hawks' Game 6 win vs. Nashville
    Don't shave that beard yet. The Blackhawks got the job done Saturday night and closed out the Nashville Predators to stay alive in their quest for the Stanley Cup. The Hawks dodged a Game 7 in Nashville after clinching the series in six games in front...
  • 5 things: Before you blame Darling, blame this guy

    5 things: Before you blame Darling, blame this guy
    I thought that today's "5 Things'' blog might be a shorty, but geez, the Hawks had some bad players and did some bad things against the Predators in an elimination game that resulted in a 5-2 loss. 1. Corey Crawford gave up three goals in the third...
  • Saturday's recap: Blackhawks 4, Predators 3

    Saturday's recap: Blackhawks 4, Predators 3
    The Predators came out firing on all cylinders, but the Blackhawks answered every challenge.  After Scott Darling allowed three early goals to the Predators, Corey Crawford came on in relief and didn't allow a goal as his teammates came back for a 4-3...
  • Duncan Keith scores another game-winner for Blackhawks

    Duncan Keith scores another game-winner for Blackhawks
    Try after try in the third period, the Blackhawks just couldn't seem to get the puck in the net for the go-ahead goal. But after several "oohs" and "ahs" from the United Center crowd, one shot finally found the net and lifted the Hawks to the next round...
  • Embarrassed early, Blackhawks hit their stride just in time

    It smacks of desperation. And it's more a hunch than a real strategy. But when pressed, most coaches will admit few things motivate pro athletes better than embarrassing them. Ask the Chicago Blackhawks, who overcame another big first-period deficit and...
  • Keith scores, Blackhawks eliminate Predators with 4-3 win

    Duncan Keith waited and waited for just the right moment, and then unloaded. Another big goal for Chicago's top defenseman moved the Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs. Keith scored at 16:12 of the third, and Chicago overcame a brutal...
  • Scott Darling's rough game could open door for Corey Crawford in Game 6

    Scott Darling's rough game could open door for Corey Crawford in Game 6
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — No town makes the most out of desperation better than this one, the honky-tonk capital of America, where they regularly turn angst into opportunity and capitalize on calamity. Not that the Predators traditionally do this as...