| Mar 16, 2014
| 7:51 PM
The Blackhawks and Red Wings don't need brackets, Cinderellas or buzzer beaters to get their madness on. All the bad blood from 90-plus years of facing each other is plenty. Take Sunday's game at the United Center.
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:55 AM
Everybody lies in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s a tradition older than playoff beards and booing Gary Bettman.
Injuries, player availability, the opponent, strategy -- you name it. Everybody lies.
If you didn’t know that Al Franken was...
| May 30, 2014
| 10:49 PM
The Kings thought they were playing in the Western Conference finals.
But it appears they spent the last two games finding out they’re spectators at the Patrick Kane Invitational.
Kane managed just one point in the first four games of this...
| May 31, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Trying to capture the spirit of the thing after the Blackhawks’ 4-3 win in Los Angeles that created an improbable Game 7 on Sunday:
1. Patrick Kane struggled in last year’s Western Conference finals, and then found himself skating with...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 5:55 PM
Any player who tells you home-ice advantage makes no difference is probably lying. No doubt the Blackhawks were thrilled Sunday's Game 7 of the Western Conference finals was in Chicago and not in the Kings' home arena.
"[Game 5 on Wednesday] was...
| May 4, 2014
| 5:09 PM
It was useless for Minnesota to resist.
The Blackhawks, with legitimate delusions of Stanley Cup grandeur, have a 2-0 lead in their playoff series against Minnesota after a 4-1 win Sunday at the United Center.
Maybe it was the force—Sunday was...
| May 4, 2014
| 3:22 PM
The team the Wild dragged into this playoff series is different than the one that lost to the Blackhawks in five games last spring.
But so what. It doesn’t matter.
The Wild emphasized a skating, forechecking, offensive-minded strategy in Game 1....
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Trying to capture the spirit of the thing that was the Blackhawks’ choke in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals that ended their Stanley Cup defense:
1. The Hawks need a second-line center. Here we go again. If it takes trading, say, Brent...
| May 22, 2014
| 6:27 PM
| Jun 1, 2014
| 8:51 PM
This Blackhawks season just became a failure. There’s no other way to look at it.
The franchise’s motto is “One Goal.’’ This isn’t that goal. This is failure.
Some franchises might be happy to reach the conference...
| May 24, 2014
| 9:52 PM
Jonathan Toews let it be known before the puck dropped that his Chicago Blackhawks needed to play ticked off Saturday at Staples Center, then backed his words with two first-period goals.
If more of his teammates don't join his cause, however, more...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:32 AM
Corey Crawford is getting hosed.
It might not bother him, but it bugs me. Crawford is proving he’s an elite goalie, and people need to wake up, especially national people.
The Blackhawks just reached the Western Conference finals because of a...