| Jun 6, 2013
| 8:40 PM
Third period (Blackhawks 3, Kings 2)
Empty net again.
Kings left wing Dustin Penner backhands a pass to forward Jeff Carter, but there's no shot.
Chicago celebrates at net with goaltender Corey Crawford as time runs out.
| Jun 9, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Duncan Keith entered the press conference area and set down a plastic bag holding four enormous bottles of juice.
After what the Blackhawks defenseman and his teammates had just endured Saturday, you can't blame him for being thirsty. It can't be easy...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 12:17 PM
CHICAGO -- Talk about an odd juxtaposition in a hotel lobby: excited science fiction conventioneers and rich and famous hockey players with serious playoff beards.
The Kings were thrown together in the same hotel as a "Star Trek" convention. This...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 6:28 AM
Among the many ways the Blackhawks pantsed the Kings in the first two games of the Western Conference finals, this might be the most amazing stat that blew up supposedly impenetrable goalie Jonathan Quick:
Three times the Hawks scored two goals in a...
| May 27, 2013
| 6:45 PM
It's often the case that as Jonathan Toews goes, so go the Blackhawks. He's had a rough series against Detroit, especially with three penalties in Game 4. The captain did notch his first goal of the playoffs in Game 5 to help keep his team alive, and...
| May 29, 2013
| 7:17 AM
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says he loves Game 7’s, even if it sounds like he loves whistling past the graveyard.
Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who is not smart enough to like the Rolling Stones, at least has the brains to...
| May 30, 2013
| 5:53 PM
As a sportswriter I have to differentiate fan from journalist almost on a daily basis. But after watching the last three Blackhawks games, the fan has come out of me by force of nature.
Anyone who knows me understnds I am mostly just an observer of...
| May 22, 2013
| 12:40 PM
For second-wave Blackhawks fans, you've finally got a real reason to hate Detroit. Since Chicago's 2009 playoff elimination at the hands of the Wings, the historically testy rivalry hasn't featured the same acrimony as Vancouver. Or St. Louis. Or even...
| 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...
| May 23, 2013
| 7:32 PM
Technically, Thursday's Game 4 at Detroit was not a "must-win" for the Blackhawks. Even if they lost, they'd still have a chance to win the series. However, being 3-1 would make them very uncomfortable, and thus they needed to play with a high degree of...
| May 24, 2013
| 6:52 AM
Jonathan Toews lost it.
The Blackhawks captain lost his composure. Lost a period. Maybe lost a playoff series and a season.
It was costly and embarrassing, and those two points are more than Toews has in this series against Detroit.
The Hawks were...
| May 21, 2013
| 7:14 AM
The Blackhawks might have the better talent in their second-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, but they’re failing to take advantage of it.
Looking at you, Jonathan Toews.
Maybe adversity will make a difference.