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Eleven Rounds To Decide The Game

Blue Jackets and Blackhawks went deep into the shootout last night.

Chicago finally pulled out a 4-3 victory.  Watch the shootout below…

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Evening Line

I know there is still a lot of regular-season hockey to be played, but I feel pretty comfortable saying that I expect to be spending quite a bit of time in April, May and June in the Windy City

-Craig Simpson of CBC.  More from Craig on the Blackhawks.

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Afternoon Line

Last season was fine, with the Hawks surprise participants in the Western Conference finals, but there’s no reason to think this couldn’t be one of those altogether too-rare dream seasons.

-Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times.  More from Len on the Blackhawks.

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Look For The Blackhawks To Move Cam Barker

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

• Take this to the bank: The Chicago Blackhawks will move Cam Barker’s $3-million US salary this summer because fellow defenceman Bryan Campbell and his $7 million salary is staying put.

The Blackhawks also have hugely underrated Swede Niklas Hjalmarsson playing 20 minutes a game. Barker plays 14 minutes a night and teams are always looking for power-play pointmen.

• Todd Bertuzzi is lighter than ever—he’s on the ice for optional workouts 15 minutes before the other players in Detroit—but you have to wonder whether his hands are gone. That’s what happened to his old Vancouver Canucks teammate, Markus Naslund, who lost his mitts. Bertuzzi is not in the slot like he used to be; he’s on the perimeter. He has just one goal in the last 13 games.

more Western and Eastern Coference notes…

added 10:40am, And even more from Jim at Faceoff.com.

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Blackhawks Head Home With Two Straight Losses, But Long Trip Was A Success

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It was a great road trip for the Blackhawks despite Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Kings in a shootout, which followed Friday’s 3-0 loss at Anaheim.

The Hawks took 9 out of a possible 12 points and come back home still in first place in the Central Division.

“I thought it was a real good road trip,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “You get 9 out of 12 points in six tough buildings. At the beginning of it you would have taken that.”

 

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This Is Chicago’s Year

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

My suggestion is to enjoy the ride and assume it’s going to get even better as the season goes along. Why shouldn’t it?

When the Hawks skated all over the Sharks in a 7-2 road victory Wednesday, you could hear the rest of the league letting out an involuntary “whoa—what is that?” The Sharks have the best record in the NHL, and the Blackhawks made them look like a junior team from Saskatoon.

The game featured the long-awaited debut of Marian Hossa, and he scored two goals as if it were the most natural thing to do after spending four months rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder.

Before the victory over the Sharks, the Hawks had put together a seven-game winning streak. Now with Hossa in the lineup in San Jose, here came an epiphany like a rush up the ice: Why not this season?

I thought the Hawks were another year away from being a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup, that the Red Wings or the Penguins or the Sharks still would rule, but what we’re seeing now changes everything. Why not this season indeed?

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Blackhawks Alternate Look

A variation of their Winter Classic sweater.

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Is Hossa Jinxed?

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

He has answered the call every time Slovakia has called, but has never scaled the podium. When Slovakia experienced its greatest achievements on the world stage – silver, gold and bronze medals at World Championships in 2000, 2002 and 2003 respectively – Hossa was engaged in the NHL playoffs for the chronically underachieving Ottawa Senators.

And, of course, we all know what happened the past couple years in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Detroit.

So, if you’re a Hawks fan, should this worry you? Is every team on which Hossa plays doomed?

It’s not rational, but who knows how the hockey gods work? For the superstitious Chicago supporter, here’s something to cling to: the last time Hossa did win anything of consequence, at the Memorial Cup, he was wearing the Hawks’ logo. Until he got hurt.

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The Best In The West

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It’s time to start thinking differently about the Blackhawks.

Defenseman Duncan Keith was asked following Wednesday’s 7-2 rout of the Sharks, who still have the best record in the NHL, if beating San Jose meant the Hawks had passed some sort of test.

It should be the other way around. Playing the Hawks now is a test for other clubs. The Hawks are the best team in the Western Conference at the moment, not San Jose. The Hawks went farther than the Sharks in the playoffs last spring and have beaten them twice in two games this season.

If it weren’t for Pittsburgh, the Hawks would be the best team in the NHL. The Penguins still rule because they have the Stanley Cup and are 16-8-0.

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Game Of The Night Turns Into A Dud

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The Marian Hossa era has officially begun. And by the looks of things, it could be something special for the Blackhawks.

The veteran winger made his debut with the Hawks on Wednesday night and helped them thoroughly dismantle the San Jose Sharks 7-2 in front of a crowd of 17,562 at HP Pavilion….

“It was a bonus to score two goals,” said Hossa, who played his first game after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. “I was looking to try to get into game shape and try to make good plays, keep it simple. Who would say we’d beat them 7-2? We played a great game overall. It’s huge.”

more on the game…

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