March 4, 2013 |
To put it mildly, the Blackhawks' current streak is impressive. Through 22 games, they have earned at least a point in each one. And they've done it all sorts of ways, including Sunday's win over Detroit, which required late-game heroics from Patrick Kane. In addition to a Stanley Cup title, the Hawks are chasing the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers, who went 35 straight games with a point. And Chicago is doing this with only a week of training camp, which makes their run even more amazing.
March 3, 2013 |
The 2013 Blackhawks have long since left the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks in their dust, but oh, there are mountains left to climb. Chicago's streak of games with at least a point reached 22 this season and sits at 28 overall if you count last season. It's time to see how they stack up against some of the greatest winning/unbeaten regular-season streaks in history. NHL 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers: 35 games The "Broad Street Bullies" own the pinnacle of unbeaten streaks in hockey; it's also the longest in major American sports.
February 28, 2013 |
Lord, I love the NHL. Right when they lure me back, almost all the way back, they do something stupid like float realignment. Fine, except the move would send the Detroit Red Wings back to the Eastern Conference. OK, I can put up with the huge ticket prices, all the modernity, all the newbie Blackhawks fans who never saw a game at the old Chicago Stadium, all that good stuff. But, I need my Original Six. Sorry, as much as I complain about Detroit, with all its fans walking the streets whenever the Wings come to town, we want them on that wall.
February 24, 2013 |
There's no question the Blackhawks' record-breaking start to this season feels straight out of Hollywood. So we've got our own awards to hand out to the NHL-leading squad, Oscar-style. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE Patrick Kane Lots of great candidates here, but Kaner leads the team in goals and assists (nine and 14, respectively, entering Sunday) and has stayed out of the headlines off the ice. The perfect combination. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE The Hawks' opponents You need some help to go undefeated in...
February 21, 2013 |
If an NFL or NHL athlete suffers a hard hit to the head or body, he is required to jump through a few hoops before he can play again. NFL Players are subjected to the sideline concussion evaluation, which assesses orientation, memory, concentration, balance and symptoms. Some of the sample questions: What day is it? Did your team win its last game? Can you repeat a list of five words? If the player experiences a loss of consciousness, unresponsiveness, confusion or amnesia, he is considered a "No Go" and shouldn't be allowed to return to the game or practice.
January 10, 2013 |
I would like to send out a quick thank you note to the Chicago Blackhawks. For two things. The first is for coming back and giving us some hockey, helping us through the winter malaise. Secondly, for inadvertently inventing a much needed cure for winter sports. Ladies and gentlemen, the 48-game season. It's the perfect compliment to our ADD-riddled, hyperactive, social media culture. It's the Twitter of sports seasons. And you love it. Here's why: Everything we need to know, we can find out in 48 games.