| Mar 26, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Remember when the Chicago Blackhawks outskated everybody?
Yeah, they set a record, such as the silly NHL records are, for not losing in regulation for half of this half-season. The Hawks came out of the lockout quicker and faster on their skates and...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 4:30 PM
One hundred thirteen days. That's the total time it took for the recent National Hockey League lockout to end.
Agreements could not be reached. Fans were angry. The 2012-'13 hockey season looked like it would never happen. However,...
| Feb 11, 2013
The countdown to the Sochi Olympics slipped beneath the one-year mark last week with a huge question looming: Will NHL players participate in Russia's first-ever Winter Games?
The answer should be clearer after executives of the NHL, NHL Players' Assn....
| Jan 24, 2013
| 7:20 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hold off on the confetti making. Don't start looking for a good seat along the Stanley Cup parade route. Don't bother trying to pick a spot in the Consol Energy Center rafters for the next championship banner to hang.
| May 23, 2013
| 5:02 PM
On April 18, I was at Johnny's IceHouse West, interviewing fans about their experience watching Blackhawks practice, when I saw two women in the bleachers in bright red jerseys. One was wearing Jonathan Toews, the other Corey Crawford.
"Excuse me," I...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 11:11 AM
What a game!
It went into overtime Wednesday night tied at 1-1 with Ilya Bryzgalov in net for Moscow and visiting St. Petersburg goalie Sergei Bobrovsky performing just as well at the other end of the rink.
Finally, Bobrovsky let the second puck of...
| Jan 1, 2013
With varying degrees of failure over a decade and a half, I have used my Half-baked Jake, ellipsis-pocked humor for my year-in-review, year-in-preview column. For example …
In the Year 2012, Gabby Douglas showed us that a squirrel could fly. In...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 1:29 AM
With a new year comes new hopes and anticipations.
It’s what makes New Year’s so great.
It’s also part of what defines sports.
Happy New Year Northern Michigan.
There’s a lot of reasons to look forward to a great 2013 year in...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 9:35 PM
Here come the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks.
Admit it, hockey fans in the city: You never have been happier to hum that hokey song in your head.
You have missed the winter soundtrack of your sport in our city. You cannot wait to hear the familiar music...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 3:09 AM
Hockey is back, and it took nearly four months and one long night to get the game back on the ice.
With the season on the line, the NHL and the players’ association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout and save what was left of a...
| Jan 7, 2013
It's why our games have shootouts, extra innings, overtime or penalty kicks.
Sports fans like to have a clearly defined winner and loser, and they want to pass judgment quickly. Ties have become unacceptable even if a deadlock accurately reflects the...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 3:20 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — They walked into a Manhattan hotel, knowing they were running out of time to save their season.
After 16 hours of tense talks, the NHL and its players finally achieved their elusive deal early Sunday morning, finding a way to...