Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 | Chicago Blackhawks, NHL, Sports | No Comments
The Chicago Blackhawks are establishing a “new”, but “bad” trend at the United Center – losing. After losing to the Rangers 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at the United Center, the Blackhawks came out flat against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night and could never rally enough to mount a comeback. The Blackhawks are now 14-2-5 at the United Center this season. The Wild scored 2 goals in the 1st period and added a 3rd goal in the 2nd period on Marek Zidlicky’s 2nd goal of the night to increase their lead to 3-0. Martin Havlat’s 15th goal of the season cut the lead to 3-1 midway through the 2nd period (more on this later), but neither team scored again until Cal Clutterbuck’s empty netter with 34 seconds left in the game. The Wild won the game 4-1. Nikolai Khabibulin struggled in net – saving only 22 of 25 Wild shots on goal. The Blackhawks did tally 41 shots on goal, but Wild goalie Backstrom came up strong, saving all but one of the shots.
Defenseman Duncan Keith missed his 3rd straight game for the Blackhawks with a concussion.
The Blackhawks fell to 25-11-8, but still have a solid hold on the 4th seed in the Western Conference with 58 points (7-point leads over both the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes). With the win, the Wild moved into a tie for the 8th seed in the Western Conference with 49 points.
There was one positive from the Blackhawks loss at the United Center. Martin Havlat’s lone Blackhawks goal came at the 10:00 mark of the 2nd period. Not a big deal, right? Think again – the Illinois has an ongoing promotion where they will give one lucky fan $1 million if the Blackhawks score a goal at precisely the 10:00 minute mark of the 2nd period. So the lucky season ticket holder in Section 326 won the $1 million and will be honored at the Hawks game against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. He did already meet Martin Havlat after the game to celebrate the award.
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 | NHL, Sports | No Comments
The Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 handing the Blackhawks their 4th loss on the road this season. The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the 1st period on Patrick Sharp’s 6th goal of the season, but the Wild would answer with 3 consecutive goals in the 1st and 2nd periods to put the game away. The Blackhawks did manage to cut the lead to 1 late in the 3rd period on Duncan Keith’s 2nd goal of the season, but that would be as close as the Blackhawks would get. It was a frustrating loss for the Blackhawks as they out shot the Wild 36 to 18. Cristobal Huet did not have a good night for the Blackhawks as he only saved 15 of the Wild’s 18 shots on goal.
Next up for the Blackhawks is a home game against the Dallas Stars on Halloween Night at the United Center. The Blackhawks are 3-3-3, good for 9 points and tied for 7th place in the NHL’s Western Conference.