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Chicago Blackhawks Need A Taste Of Home

Posted by sportsmaven on February 15, 2007

The Chicago Blackhawks are desperate for some home cooking. Ending a 7 game road trip, the Hawks rolled in to Pittsburgh to play perhaps the hottest team in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins and came away with a shootout loss tonight, 5-4 at Mellon Arena. The Hawks fought and battled, but Pittsburgh was a bit too tough tonight. Pittsburgh is the hottest team in the NHL right now. They won yet again without any goal scoring from the NHL’s leading scorer, Sidney Crosby.

Blackhawks Lose to Penguins 5-4
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

For the Blackhawks, it’s good to see guys like Patrick Sharp and Martin St. Pierre get on the board. They will need strong play from players like that to move to the next level. I would love to see Patrick Sharp get more playing time. If Sharp gets ice time, I feel he will play more aggressive and start to realize some of his massive potential. I believe one player that hasn’t stepped up this season is Tuomo Ruutu. Ruutu was expected to have a breakout season, but was sidelined early once again with an injury and is fighting to get back to form. If the Hawks are to show drastic improvement, Ruutu will need to fulfill his potential as a player. Does Tuomo have what it takes? Only time will tell…..

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Chicago Blackhawks Deliver On National Television

Posted by sportsmaven on February 12, 2007

The Chicago Blackhawks were on national television today, believe it or not. So were their opponents, the Columbus Blue Jackets. How this game got on national television, i’m not sure. Both these teams entered today with losing records. So this is what the NHL wants to showcase in a limited national television opportunity? I’m not sure what the NHL braintrust (or maybe it was the networks, who knows these days?) was thinking on this one, but the Hawks game out smoking in the first period with 3 goals and hung on for a 5-4 victory in Columbus, Ohio.

Blackhawks Beat Blue Jackets 5-4
(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Martin Havlat led the Hawks with 3 points on a goal and two assists. Nikolai Khabibulin back between the pipes made some key saves down the stretch to preserve this victory. The Hawks are 4-2 on the seven game roadtrip with their last game on Wed. in Pittsburgh against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Martin Havlat clearly sets the pace for this Blackhawks team. When he plays well, the team tends to play well and it shows on the scoreboard and the standings. The Hawks stuggled mightily when he missed 19 games with a high ankle injury earlier this season. The Hawks are now at .500 (15-15-5) under Denis Savard since he took over for Trent Yawney as head coach.

The goals should be simple now, get back to .500 as soon as possible and then make a push for that 8th spot in the playoffs. Currently the Hawks are 15 points out of that last spot, a longshot, but anything could happen.

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