January 20, 2014 |
The Blackhawks are growing up. They've won the Stanley Cup twice in four seasons, they're again one of the NHL's elite teams--and a handful have become first-time dads recently. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa each welcomed their second children earlier this season, and both are fathers to a pair of daughters. Sheldon Brookbank and his wife are expecting their second child in the spring, and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson also is prepping to become a dad in the next few months.
January 19, 2014 |
You probably thought you'd seen everything a Blackhawks Bruins game had to offer when these teams met in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Uh, no. Not only did Sunday's rematch at the United Center end in a shootout - which, of course, is impossible in the playoffs - there were a number of strange occurrences this time around. Parts of the game were familiar, and just as nerve-wracking. After Marian Hossa put the Hawks up 1-0 in the first, Boston took a 2-1 lead until the Hawks eventually forced overtime.
June 23, 2013 |
Cold. Leathery. With a fair amount of sweat. If anyone knows what hockey glove tastes like, it's Andrew Shaw. One of the lasting images of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final will be the Blackhawks forward absorbing a fist to the face in front of the Boston net - more than once. It led to a sore nose in Game 5 on Saturday. Not to worry, though, Shaw said it's fine. So are the Hawks, who head into Monday's Game 6 in Boston with a 3-2 series lead. If they wind up hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup for the second time in four years, the usual suspects will have played...
June 13, 2013 |
In three short years, Patrick Kane has grown up. Before lifting the Stanley Cup in 2010 at age 21, he talked to RedEye about how he liked to play himself in an NHL video game and how he was still adjusting to superstardom in Chicago, where athletes are mega-celebrities. Fans saw the boyish grin he flashed when he celebrated that game-winning goal against Philadelphia in overtime to crown the Hawks champions. Fast-forward three years and he still has the same boyish grin. Chicago witnessed it again when he smacked the puck into the net in double...
June 9, 2013 |
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 to recover from a double-overtime, Western Conference title-clinching win. Will the Hawks have enough left for an encore in the Stanley Cup finals? That will be decided starting Wednesday at the United Center. For the time being, amid their usual preparation for a playoff series, one can only imagine...
June 5, 2013 |
At some point in Thursday's Blackhawks-Kings game, a forecheck is going to be given with juuust a bit too much vigor. A skater will spray juuust a bit too much snow in the goalie's face. Chirping will turn into shoving, and shoving will become a brawl. And a real hockey rivalry will be born. These teams haven't played often enough to engender the deep, dark hockey hatred that only comes from repeated exposure and repeated cheap shots. But the combination of uber-high expectations in Chicago and "Hey, aren't we the defending champs?"