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Blackhawks ready for stretch run with tough win against Sabres

Mar 9, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT

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It wasn’t as easy as their win-loss records would indicate, but the Chicago Blackhawks still managed to take two points against the Buffalo Sabres via a 2-1 win on Sunday.

The Blackhawks are in a dogfight for playoff seeding with some strong Western Conference teams. In fact, with the St. Louis Blues still in action against the Minnesota Wild, it would be wiser to wait until after that game is over to ruminate upon Chicago’s 90 standings points.

Still, dropping a game like this would be regrettable for Chicago, but Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews wouldn’t let that happen.

Things truly get interesting going forward for Chicago. As the second-ranked team in the Central Division, they’ll go on the road to try to fatten their lead over the Avalanche in Colorado. The Avs are currently three points behind the ‘Hawks.

After that, the Blackhawks aim to lap up in the best remaining stretch of their season with six of their next seven contests coming in Chicago.

In other words, they aren’t leading the Central Division or the Western Conference as of this writing, but it would be foolish to count them out.

  1. ibieiniid - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    the defense I saw from Myers and Hjalmarsson (SP) tonight was pretty impressive.

    • gret9 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Hammer is one of my favorite Blackhawks….shot blocking machine who seems to have no fear.

      The shift where he got hurt blocking a shot and then struggled to get in front of Crawford to block another shot with the same bad leg is one I will remember for a long time.

      Nick is nails.

  2. pone27 - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    In other words, Mr. O’Brien would not be surprised if the Hawks are on top of the West at the end of the season.

    While I would love to sit here and say that the Hawks are going to win the cup, every year since the Hawks have been among the best in the West, it is hard to say that they will win it all. The West is too strong.

    You also take into account who else bolstered up in the West at the trade deadline (Kings with Gabs, Blues with Miller, etc,.) and now the West just got that much more difficult.

    I do love the fact that Rundblad is now part of the D core for the future, even though it is not a here and now type move. Forgot what Tallon did in 2010, but it was along the same lines of moves if my memory serves me correct: Nothing to change the chemistry now, more or less moves for the future.

    All biased aside, the Hawks are one team that did not need to dip their hands in the trade deadline frenzy. They are already what most to all teams in the NHL want.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      I’d be more nervous if the Hawks didn’t beat two stout defensive teams in the WCF and Stanley Cup finals last year.

      Regular season success is nice and all, but when you’re down 3-1 in the playoffs, it’s not that great of a hat rack.

      I still like the Hawks’ chances in a seven game series with anyone, but there’s a reason why I was still uneasy about them winning the President’s Trophy last year, and why I won’t be that uneasy if they don’t this year.

  3. jimw81 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    watching giroux and simmonds play with Globetrotters was more fun to watch than this game.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      There was some sloppy play, but there were a lot of opportunities–for both sides.

      Chicago had a couple of really nice opportunities clang off the post, and there was a decent amount of end to end outside of the special teams.

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  5. tfilarski - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    i think the hawks should mostly be concerned with the avalache. patty waaaaaaaaaah will have his team leave it all out on the ice. the turn around he has been able to accomplish this year is insane.

  6. slysipops - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    although the HAWKS don’t seem as potent this year as last, i think they still have the ability to get it going if they get backed into a corner, more than any other team !

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