Articles filed under Sassone, Tim

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  • Sharp, Kane need to find ‘on’ switch Mar 15, 2014 1:23 AM
    After Friday’s 3-2 loss to last-place Nashville at the United Center, it's time to raise red flags across the board. The Hawks have stopped scoring and stopped working hard on a regular basis and subsequently have dropped to third place in the Central Division behind St. Louis and Colorado. Tim Sassone says it's time for Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp to hit the "on switch" in their games.

  • Pirri trade not a surprise Mar 3, 2014 10:56 PM
    The day after saying he liked the makeup of his team, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman traded minor-league center Brandon Pirri to Florida for two draft picks Sunday. Could he have gotten more for Pirri, the American Hockey League’s leading scorer last season? Maybe, but you never know what others think of your players until you make them available.

  • Kane, rock-solid Crawford star on grandest stage Jun 23, 2013 12:33 AM
    The bigger the game, the better Patrick Kane plays. The guy who scored in overtime in Philadelphia four years ago to give the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup in 49 years was at it again Saturday night on the game's grandest stage in the Stanley Cup Final. Kane scored 2 goals to back the rock-solid goaltending of Corey Crawford in a 3-1 win over Boston that moved the Hawks within a game of another championship.

  • Hawks win in Nashville to close out 4-0-2 road trip Feb 11, 2013 6:27 AM
    The daunting part of the Blackhawks' schedule is over and who could have predicted this? After playing 10 of their first 12 games on the road, the Hawks will return to the United Center on Tuesday still without a loss in regulation after beating Nashville 3-0 on Sunday night. That closed a six-game road trip at 4-0-2 and left the Hawks a stunning 10-0-2 for the season.

  • Blackhawks get payback on Torres, Coyotes Feb 8, 2013 10:00 AM
    Payback can come in a lot of different ways. In the first on-ice meeting between Marian Hossa and Raffi Torres since the hit in the playoffs that saw Hossa leave Game 3 on a stretcher, the Blackhawks paid Torres and the Phoenix Coyotes back with a dominating 6-2 win Thursday night at Arena. The win moved the Hawks to 9-0-2.

  • Keith really hears it from fans during shootout loss Feb 2, 2013 3:43 PM
    Jordan Schroeder scored in a shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night. Schroeder, who hasn't scored a traditional goal in the regular season, fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of goalie Corey Crawford.

  • Bickell, Frolik hoping new season brings better results Jan 11, 2013 9:44 PM
    Depth is going to mean everything in this 48-game NHL season. Bryan Bickell and Michal Frolik are two players who must step up for the Blackhawks. “For sure, I wasn't very good last year and I know I can be better,” Frolik said. “I worked in the summer and tried to play some games in Czech. I think I'm in good shape and hopefully I can prove I can be better than last year.”

  • Toews will be in NHL meetings today Dec 3, 2012 7:12 PM
    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is among the small group of players invited to be part of negotiations today in New York with six owners as the NHL and Players' Association try something different in an attempt to end the 80-day lockout.

  • Players get to see how badly fans miss hockey Oct 30, 2012 12:01 AM
    By all accounts, Friday's "Champs for Charity" game at Allstate Arena featuring many members of the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks was a rousing success.

  • The No Hockey League — again Sep 15, 2012 6:27 PM
    Tim Sassone gives his take on the NHL lockout.

  • Minnesota snags top players; what now for Hawks? Jul 4, 2012 9:02 PM
    Zach Parise and Ryan Suter — two high-profile players offered contracts by the Blackhawks — surprised the hockey world Wednesday by signing long-term contracts with the Minnesota Wild.

  • Hawks to-do list: fix power play, find No. 2 center Apr 27, 2012 10:26 AM
    The Blackhawks have a number of issues to address this off-season, but two stand out above all else: the power play and finally landing a legitimate second line center. Veteran hockey writer Tim Sassone says its clear that Marcus Kruger simply is not the answer as a top-three center, and Patrick Kane and is an all-star at right wing and should stay there and not play center, where he was knocked off the puck frequently in the playoffs.

  • Ugly power play still problem for Blackhawks Feb 20, 2012 10:42 PM
    While the Blackhawks have shown progress toward correcting their team defense issues, there are no signs of them fixing their next biggest problem: the ugly and unproductive power play.

  • Pressure mounts, and it doesn’t get any easier for Hawks Feb 12, 2012 7:58 PM
    A Blackhawks organization that has had the golden touch for the better part of the last four years, that seemingly could do no wrong on and off the ice, has come face to face with its worst adversity since Rockey Wirtz and John McDonough took over the club.

  • Hossa, Kane together on Team Chara for All-Star Game Jan 26, 2012 11:50 PM
    You’ve got to hand it to the NHL for at least trying to make its All-Star Game interesting with the fantasy draft. Both Blackhawks all-stars will play for Team Chara in Sunday’s game.

  • Is Hossa a Selke Trophy candidate? Why not? Dec 10, 2011 2:59 PM
    Not only is Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa one of the greatest offensive players in the NHL, but his all-around game should make him a solid candidate for the Selke Trophy, which goes annually to the league's top defensive forward.

  • Two quick second-period goals bury Hawks Nov 19, 2011 3:14 PM
    The Calgary Flames treated Friday's game against the Blackhawks as one they had to win. The Hawks treated it as just another game against Calgary in November.

  • It’s debatable if Hawks are tougher to play against Nov 9, 2011 6:23 PM
    The Blackhawks were supposed to be a tougher team to play against this season, but in their first 15 games they have been outhit 14 times.

  • Don't even think about trading Kane Apr 30, 2011 6:01 PM
    There's a small faction of Blackhawks Nation again calling for the Hawks to deal Patrick Kane, apparently unhappy with the winger's 1 goal and 5 assists in the first-round playoff loss to Vancouver. The Hawks should entertain no such thought.

  • More toughness? Hawks wouldn’t mind Apr 29, 2011 12:43 AM
    Blackhawks coach Joen Quenneville would like to see his team be a little tougher to play against next season.

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