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Blackhawks on the brink of a Stanley Cup; defeat Flyers 7-4

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Chicago Blackhawks had everything going their way on Sunday night,  balance scoring, home ice advantage and mixing up the scoring lines which put them one win away from a Stanley Cup.

Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Kane both were moved out of the number 1 scoring line, but they had two goals and two assists to lead Chicago to a 7-4 win over Philadelphia, allowing them to take a 3-2 series lead.

Dustin Byfuglien (nhl)

Byfuglien, who at 257-pounds looks like a defenseman intead of a winger, had eight goals in the first three rounds of the plyoffs but none in the first four games against the  tough Flyers defense, scored a power-play goal in the second period and added an empty net goal in the closing seconds of the third period.

The scoring line of Jonathan Toews, Byfuglien and Kane that was effective earlier in the playoffs, was split up, and the strategy worked to perfection. They had a combined 1 goal and four assists in the first four games against the Flyers.

Brent Seabrook added a power-play goal, Dave Bolland, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks.

Chicago can capture their first Stanley Cup since 1961 with a win in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Blackhawks win Game 1 over Sharks, 2-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi is starting prove to the NHL skeptics that he is of championship caliber.

Niemi made 44 saves, Dustin Byfuglien scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:45 remaining in regulation to help Chicago get off to a fast start for a change this postseason by beating the San Jose Sharks 2-1 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference final.

Dustin Byfuglien (nhl)

Niemi looked so sharp in stopping all but one shot in his first career start against San Jose, helping the Blackhawks kill four of five power plays including a 6-on-4 advantage in the closing minute. The win snapped a run of four straight series-opening losses for Chicago.

Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who improved to 6-1 on the road this postseason.

Rookie Jason Demers scored San Jose’s only goal, who fell to 0-4 at home all-time in two trips to the conference final.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Western Conference (Thursday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

Patrick Sharp (nhl)

Patrick Sharp scored his first two goals of the postseason and Chicago finally found its offensive form to tie the series at 2-2 by beating  the Nashville Predators, 3-0.

Jonathan Toews also scored his first playoff goal and had an assist. Marian Hossa had an assist, just his second in the series, and rookie Antii Niemi stopped 33 shots for his second shutout.

Evgeni Nabokov (nhl)

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots to record his  seventh career playoff shutout, Logan Couture scored twice and San Jose took a 3-2 lead in the series with a 5-0 win over Colorado.

Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Dwight Helminen also scored for the Sharks.

No revenge as Blue Jackets beat Chicago for the second time in 4 days

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

After the Blue Jackets demolished the Chicago Blackhawks this past Thursday at Nationwide Arena, 8-3, most of the Blackhawks players including head coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t wait until Sunday to get the Jackets on their home ice for a payback. After all, Chicago had 3 days of practice to get ready, while the Jackets had to play on Saturday night at home and lost in overtime to the New York Islanders and had to travel late Saturday night to the Windy City for back-to-back games. All scenarios led to the rested Blackhawks ready to have a blow out of their own? Not at all!

Steve Mason, Jakub Voracek, Andrew Murray, Mike Commodore, Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger led the way for a 4-2 Columbus win over Chicago on Sunday night.

Steve Mason seems to be finally rounding into the form that everybody saw last season as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, as he made 33 saves and allowed only 1 goal. The other Chicago goal was knocked into the net by a Columbus player by accident.

Jakub Voracek scored two goals and had an assist in the win over the reeling Chicago Blackhawks who are 2-4-2 in the last eight games.

Andrew Murray and Mike Commodore also scored for Columbus. Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger each had two assists for the Blue Jackets.

Eventhough Columbus is out of the playoff chase, clinging to 5th place in the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference, they have played well under interim coach Claude Noel who is 9-5-4 since taking over for the fired Ken Hitchcock on February 3.

Despite all of their recent inconsistent play, the Blackhawks remain seven points ahead of second-place Nashville in the Central Division, but they keep missing opportunities to gain on San Jose in the race for first place in the Western Conference.

Coach Claude Noel (cbj)

Early in the game, Chicago played as if they were out to put the game away early.  Dave Bolland was credited with the goal that opened the scoring at the 8:58 mark of the first period. Steve Mason stopped a Brent Seabrook shot off the right wing, and Bolland failed in his attempt to put in the rebound from the side of the net. Columbus center Antione Vermette  tried to clear the puck out of the crease area but accidentally knocked it past Mason, giving Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Andrew Murray brought the Jackets back into a 1-1 tie just shy of two minutes later during a delayed penalty call when he knocked in a loose puck from a scramble in the crease area.

Columbus basically put the game away in the second period by scoring twice for a 3-1 lead. Jakub Voracek knocked in a loose puck into a wide-open net with 6:35 left in the second  period for a 2-1 lead. After Chicago goalie Antii Niemi blocked Derick Brassard’s shot from the right circle and dropped to the ice and Voracek pounced on the rebound from the left side of the crease.

Mike Commodore pushed the lead out to 3-1, scoring on a shot from the point with 6.3 seconds left in the second period while his teammate Jakub Voracek was screening Niemi’s vision.

Goalie Steve Mason (cbj)

Patrick Sharp cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third period with 3:13 left when he scored on a short-handed breakaway. The goal gave Chicago late momentum, but Voracek scored on an empty net goal with 8 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Chicago beats Columbus in shootout, 5-4

Rick Nash Columbus (AP)

By Stuart Mason

MSN beat reporter

Columbus- The Chicago Blackhawks, Central Division leaders and the NHL’s second best team, came from two goals down early to defeat Columbus in a shootout, 5-4. The Valentine’s Day crowd of 17,673 was entertained with 9 goals, a fast pace, hard-hitting and several fights.

Since Claude Noel took over as the interim coach, Columbus has shown the knack of being able to score first and yesterday was no different as they went up 2-0 in the opening period on goals by Kristian Huselius, his 20th of the season, 3rd vs. Chicago and the 19th of the season for Raffi Torres.  The Jackets were dominating and held all of the momentum until Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane scored on a power play with :06 left in the first period, his 25th goal of the season. That cut the lead to 2-1 and gave Chicago momentum for the second period.

The Blackhawks showed why they’re Stanley Cup contenders in the second period by scoring 3 goals to go up 4-2. The Hawks took advantage of Columbus’ soft play in the defensive zone which led to goals by two unknown players, left winger Bryan Bickell and center Jake Dowell. Patrick Sharp added the third tally. Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash scored his 28th goal at the 17:44 mark on a :12 power play to cut the deficit to 4-3.

The 3rd period was very fast-paced as the Blue Jackets came out very aggressive to tie up the game. They received a little help from Chicago’s Troy Brouwer. After Anton Stralman put a vicious hit on Chicago star player Patrick Kane, Brouwer took matters into his own hands. He instigated a fight with Stralman which lasted about :30 seconds.  Brouwer received 19 minutes in penalties: 10 minutes for instigator misconduct, 5 minutes fighting, 2 minutes for instigator (face shield) and 2 minutes instigator. The latter two penalties added up to a 4 minute power play for Columbus which allowed them to tie the game at 4 as Fedor Tyutin redirected the puck off of Chicago defenseman Kim Johnsson’s stick and went past goalie Antti Niemi who was stunned.

The overtime period went scoreless, but Columbus had to kill off a 48 second power play left over from the 3rd period when Raffi Torres was called for roughing.

Shootouts are where the Blue Jackets have historically struggled and yesterday was no exception. Troy Brouwer scored the game winner as the Blackhawks ended the week winning four straight games, 3 in shootouts.

Going into the Olympic break, Chicago is 40-15-5 for 85 points while Columbus is 25-28-10 for 60 points.  The Blue Jackets are 24-23-7 all-time vs. Chicago. Seven of the past ten games have been decided in overtime or a shootout.44 211 TROY BROUWER CHICAGO RW44 214 PATRICK KANE CHICAGO RW44 225 JOEL QUENNEVILLE CHICAGO COACH44 235 CLAUDE NOEL CBJ COACH