Quenneville Returns to Chicago With Florida Panthers

Quenneville Returns to Chicago With Florida Panthers

January 20th, 2020 CHICAGO — In some Chicago circles, certainly every one that includes a hockey rink, it's just “Q.” Only one letter is necessary for a man so revered there is a Twitter account for his moustache with more than 40,000 followers. Q returns Tuesday night. Joel Quenneville leads the Florida...
Kane gets 1,000th point, Blackhawks beat Jets 5-2

Kane gets 1,000th point, Blackhawks beat Jets 5-2

January 19th, 2020 CHICAGO — Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win. Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach the...

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January 15th, 2020
Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA — Jonathan Toews scored in overtime as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied past the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night. A pair of goals by Dominik Kubalik, who now has seven in his last five games, tied the game 2-2 early in the third after the Blackhawks (21-20-6) trailed 2-0 early. Robin Lehner was solid, stopping 20 shots, as Chicago played the first of a three-game Eastern Canada road trip. Connor Brown and Chris Tierney scored first-period goals for the Senators (16-22-8). Rookie goaltender Marcus Hogberg started in net for the third straight game, making 27 saves. Ottawa Senators goaltender Marcus Hogberg (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand) Ottawa has just one regulation win in its last 14 games (3-5-6). The Senators are now winless in their past eight games (0-4-4). Ottawa wasted no time getting things started as Brown scored 3:33 into the game, banging home a Dylan DeMelo rebound. Tierney gave the home team a 2-0 lead less than...
January 13th, 2020
Column

The Chicago Blackhawks went 2-2-0 in their recent homestand, picking up four of a possible eight points. Unfortunately, due to the hole they dug themselves in the first half of the season, this doesn’t seem like enough. Their current record of 20-20-6 is good for 46 points through 46 games, which is last place in the Central division. They need every win they can get to climb back into any sort of playoff contention. Blackhawks’ Recent Scores Vs. Detroit Red Wings, Sun. 1/5, Win 4-2 Vs. Calgary Flames, Tues. 1/7, Loss 2-1 Vs. Nashville Predators, Thurs. 1/9, Loss 5-2 Vs. Anaheim Ducks, Sat. 1/11, Win 4-2 While they can’t go back; the Blackhawks can certainly move forward. They continue to build and are playing better, more consistent hockey. Here are five takeaways from their four-game homestand. 1. Sikura’s First Isn’t Enough What was shaping up to be another loss to a lowly opponent turned around with the help of the two Dylan’s, Dylan Strome...
January 12th, 2020
Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Dominik Kubalik scored two goals, Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Saturday night. Kubalik has goals in four straight games and 16 for the season, tying him with Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson for the NHL rookie lead. The first two-goal game of his career gave the Chicago forward eight points in his last five games. Olli Maatta also scored for the Blackhawks, who rebounded after two losses to finish a four-game homestand 2-2-0. Max Jones and Rickard Rakell scored for last-place Anaheim, which has lost six of seven (1-5-1). Robin Lehner made 35 saves in his first game since hurting his right knee at Vancouver on Jan. 2. Anaheim's John Gibson blocked 29 shots. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports) Chicago's Patrick Kane assisted on Kubalik’s first goal and extended his point streak to six games, with four goals and six assists in the stretch. The Chicago star...
January 11th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Boston Bruins who might have a trade option available but could be waiting on something bigger, there is news on Robin Lehner's thoughts about staying in Chicago. Finally, are the Edmonton Oilers working on a deal with the Detroit Red Wings? Bruins Waiting For Right Deal Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggested in the latest 31 Thoughts podcast (audio link) that at any time, the Boston Bruins could make a trade for Los Angeles Kings winger Tyler Toffoli. He also said, the Bruins are holding off for now. Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (Dom Gagne-USA TODAY Sports) Friedman didn't explain why that deal was already in the Bruins hip pocket, only that he is and that the team is thinking about Chris Kreider before they pull the trigger on the Toffoli deal. Friedman believes Bruins GM Don Sweeney is likely focusing on trying land a bigger fish at this year's trade deadline. If the Bruins went the...
January 11th, 2020
Blackhawks Goaltending

Robin Lehner has proven himself to be one of the very best goaltenders in the league, and now, he's ready to get what he deserves. Plus, one of the three games on Friday night ended with a shutout. Lehner Backs Himself When the Chicago Blackhawks signed Lehner this summer, many in the hockey community responded with shock. The goalie had just finished an incredible season, winning the Jennings Trophy (along with Thomas Greiss) for the New York Islanders. He also brought home the Bill Masterton Trophy for his incredible perseverance and public vulnerability in the face of severe mental health struggles. And yet, he could only muster a one-year, $5 million contract in Chicago, with no guarantee that he'd even be the starter over Corey Crawford. Robin Lehner accepts the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy during the 2019 NHL Awards. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) At this point, though, Lehner's ability to persevere is not in question. He immediately took to the crease in...
January 10th, 2020
Blackhawks History

In hockey, wingers have a simple job: score goals. As easy as it sounds, it takes a lot to be a top winger in the NHL. The Chicago Blackhawks are lucky to have had plenty of strong wingers throughout the history of their franchise, but a few stand out much more than the others. Here is a look at the best of the best. 3. Marian Hossa When Hossa first signed with the Hawks after two consecutive Stanley Cup Final losses with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, he told the Chicago Tribune, "When I look at Chicago, I think it's an exciting team. They are big, strong and fast. I see a nice future in Chicago. I had a great time in Detroit. I was hoping we could get something done, but with today's economy and the salary cap, it's really hard to sign all of the star players on a team. I was hoping to sign a long-term deal, and Chicago made a great offer." (from "Marian Hossa transformed the Blackhawks from wannabes to winners", Chicago Tribune -...
January 10th, 2020
Nashville Predators

CHICAGO — Pekka Rinne made 29 saves and scored an empty-net goal, and the Nashville Predators beat the sloppy Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night for John Hynes' first win with the team. Hynes became the third coach in franchise history after Peter Laviolette was fired on Monday. Hynes dropped his debut when Nashville lost 6-2 to Boston on Tuesday night, but the Predators held off the Blackhawks in the final part of the third after nearly blowing a three-goal lead. Matt Duchene, Viktor Arvidsson and Colin Blackwell also scored for Nashville, which had dropped five of six. Nick Bonino also picked up an empty-net goal before Rinne's shot from behind the Predators' net went in with 22 seconds left. The 37-year-old Rinne was mobbed by his teammates after his first goal and 14th career point in the NHL. Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi congratulates goaltender Pekka Rinne (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports) Dominik Kubalik scored for the third straight game,...
January 9th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In our second look at the NHL rumor rundown report for January 9, 2020, we continue with more news out of Craig Custance's Top 27 trade candidates piece plus get into news surrounding the Winnipeg Jets. There are updates on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild plus news on what the Chicago Blackhawks are making available. Finally, are the Montreal Canadiens going to become sellers? Byfuglien Ready to Get on the Ice? It is believed that defenseman Dustin Byfuglien could be inching closer to an NHL return as TSN’s Darren Dreger reports he's at the point in his rehab that testing his ankle on the ice might be the next step. Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Dreger tweeted prior to the Jets vs Maple Leafs game on Wednesday, "He hasn’t yet, but a potential return clearly hinges on the next phase and some think he’s at that point." The Jets are already thinking about Byfuglien's return as GM Kevin Cheveldayoff admitted that he's aware...