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  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp looks down during the second period of Friday’s game against the Nashville Predators in Chicago. The Predators won 3-2. Sharp has one goal in his last 11 games.

    Sharp, Kane need to find ‘on’ switchMar 15, 2014 12:00 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.

  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Brandon Pirri (37) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an Oct. 17 NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Chicago.

    Pirri trade not a surpriseMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • John Starks/ Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews stays on the bench during a shift change late in the third period against the Boston Bruins Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center in Chicago.

    Kane, rock-solid Crawford star on grandest stage Jun 22, 2013 12:00 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.

  • Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate a goal by Patrick Kane against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The Blackhawks won 3-0.

    Hawks win in Nashville to close out 4-0-2 road tripFeb 10, 2013 12:00 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.

  • Phoenix Coyotes’ Raffi Torres (37) fights with Jamal Mayers of the Blackhawks early in the first period of Thursday night’s game in Glendale, Ariz. Patrick Kane said the fights “pumped up” the Hawks, who went on to claim a 6-2 win.

    Blackhawks get payback on Torres, CoyotesFeb 7, 2013 12:00 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.

  • Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo, left, stops Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

    Keith really hears it from fans during shootout lossFeb 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Phoenix Coyotes' Gilbert Brule (8) tries to get control of the puck as Michael Frolik falls over him during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz.

    Bickell, Frolik hoping new season brings better resultsJan 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 29, 2012 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    Tim Sassone gives his take on the NHL lockout.

  •  Zach Parise is no longer on the market: the coveted free agent has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild.

    Minnesota snags top players; what now for Hawks? Jul 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Phoenix Coyotes' Antoine Vermette (50) looks to pass against Chicago Blackhawks' Michael Frolik (67) during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Chicago, Thursday, April 19, 2012. The Coyotes won 3-2.

    Hawks to-do list: fix power play, find No. 2 centerApr 26, 2012 12:00 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.

  • While the Hawks continue to struggle with the power play, the defense has improved. The Hawks and goalie Corey Crawford have allowed only 7 goals in the last four games.

    Ugly power play still problem for Blackhawks Feb 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  It has been a struggle the past few weeks for Viktor Stalberg and the rest of the Blackhawks, who have lost eight straight games.

    Pressure mounts, and it doesn’t get any easier for Hawks Feb 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Phoenix’s Adrian Aucoin checks Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson in a game on Tuesday. Karlsson was the first player chosen by Daniel Alfredsson, who is one of the captains for Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game.

    Hossa, Kane together on Team Chara for All-Star Game Jan 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  With his stick handling, penalty killing talents and defensive awareness, perhaps winger Marian Hossa deserves consideration for the Selke Trophy, which often is reserved for centers.

    Is Hossa a Selke Trophy candidate? Why not? Dec 10, 2011 12:00 AM
    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.

  • The Hawks' Andrew Brunette, right, has a shot stopped by Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff during the second period Friday.

    Two quick second-period goals bury Hawks Nov 18, 2011 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Scott Nichol of St. Louis and Viktor Stalberg of the Blackhawks during a 3-0 Blues win Tuesday night. The Blues outhit the Hawks 19-14 in the game.

    It’s debatable if Hawks are tougher to play againstNov 9, 2011 12:00 AM
    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.

  • While some Blackhawks fans would like to see the team trade Patrick Kane, he's a point-a-game scorer who's only going to get better and better and it would be foolish to trade him, says veteran sportswriter Tim Sassone.

    Don't even think about trading Kane Apr 29, 2011 12:00 AM
    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 28, 2011 12:00 AM
    Blackhawks coach Joen Quenneville would like to see his team be a little tougher to play against next season.

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