Chicago Blackhawks’ Awards For The 1st Half Of The 2014-15 Season | Bleacher Report

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The NHL does not give awards based on half-seasons; however, we look at the Blackhawks’ first half of the 2014-15 season and offer up these awards. Team MVP: Patrick Kane Paul Vernon/Associated Press When it comes to all-around play, responsibility and leadership, there’s little doubt that Jonathan Toews is the most important player to the Blackhawks. It has been that way since he was a rookie in the 2007-08 season. While Toews is Mr. Steady, Patrick Kane has long been Mr. Spectacular. His remarkable skill level allows him to stick-handle the puck in the tightest situations, accelerate into open spots and score the biggest goals. Teams like the Flyers , Kings , Bruins and Wild have all felt his wrath in key playoff situations. Kane has always carried his share of the load during the regular season as well, but there’s something different about his contributions this year. He has displayed increased maturity in recent seasons, and it seems he is able to make game-changing plays on a near nightly basis. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330057-chicago-blackhawks-awards-for-the-1st-half-of-the-2014-15-season

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) No. 1 Star: Kyle Okposo , New York Islanders Marc-Andre Fleury already has nightmares about Nassau Coliseum, and Kyle Okposo just made them worse. The Islanders underrated forward scored 4 goals on the Pittsburgh netminder to complete his team’s 6-3 comeback. Even cooler, Okposo netted his first-ever hat trick on the night his mentor , Bryan Trottier, was honored. No. 3 Star: Michael Hutchinson , Winnipeg Jets The rookie netminder made 31 saves in a raucous 4-2 win over Chicago. Brandon Saad was one of the best Blackhawks on the ice during the game, but he only managed to get one of five shots behind Hutchinson. Honorable Mention: A moment of silence was held to prior to the Penguins and Islanders game in honor of the late Islander, J.P. Parise. Josh Bailey and John Tavares had 3 assists each for the Isles. Sidney Crosby earned 2 goals, 1 assist in the loss … source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–okposo-scores-four–neal-ruins-trotz-s-homecoming–hutchinson-stops–hawks-074731538.html

Saad opened the scoring just 53 seconds in when he backhanded a rolling puck from the left circle, and the rising shot slipped past Hutchinson’s right elbow. The Jets came on as the period progressed and tested Crawford with some prime chances. Bogosian tied it at 1 midway through the first on a low screened shot from inside the blue line after taking a feed from Ladd. Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry was in front of the crease as the puck slipped under Crawford’s pads. Following a scoreless and scrappy second period, the Jets came out strong in early in the third. Little’s power-play goal, set up by Bogosian’s slick pass, put the Jets ahead 2-1 at 9:31 of the third. Thorburn, at the edge of the crease, tipped in Lowry’s feed from the top of the slot 28 seconds later. Teravainen picked up a loose puck made it 3-2 with 7:17 left on a shot from the slot. With Crawford on the bench for an extra attacker, Ladd scored into an empty with 29 seconds to seal the win. NOTES: Winnipeg F Blake Wheeler played his 500th game. … The Blackhawks meet the Central Division rival Jets two more times this season, with both games in Winnipeg. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20150116_WPG@CHI/jets-defeat-blackhawks-4-2-behind-3rd-period-rally

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Another issue is the team’s margin of defeat over that span. It’s one thing if the four losses in the previous eight games prior to the win over Minnesota were one-goal games, but three of those defeats were by multiple goals. They dropped a 5-1 decision at home to the Jets, were blanked 2-0 at Colorado and were the victims of a 5-2 defeat to the lowly Edmonton Oilers. The only one-goal loss was their hard-luck 3-2 decision to the Capitals in the Winter Classic, when former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 13 seconds remaining in the third period. In addition to struggling against teams that they would normally beat with ease, the Blackhawks had problems with their even-strength play and their inability to get off to good starts. They were outscored 19-13 in even-strength situations, and that’s normally an area where the Blackhawks dominate. According to NHL.com, Chicago is scoring 1.27 goals for every goal their opponents score in five-on-five situations, ranking fifth in the league. However, during that cold spell, they were scoring just 0.68 goals to each goal their opponents scored when both teams were at full strength. High-level teams like the Blackhawks can normally overcome the occasional slow start because they have so much firepower with superstars such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith in the lineup. However, even the best teams have problems when they get outscored consistently in the first period. Andy Devlin/Getty Images The Blackhawks were outscored 16-7 in the first periods during that eight-game stretch, and it explains why they had so much trouble against the likes of the Avs and Oilers. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330395-chicago-blackhawks-playing-down-to-their-competition-is-troubling-trend

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The Blackhawks dominated early in an uptempo, physical first period punctuated by two free-swinging fights. Saad opened the scoring just 53 seconds in when he backhanded a rolling puck from the left circle, and the rising shot slipped past Hutchinson’s right elbow. The Jets came on as the period progressed and tested Crawford with some prime chances. Bogosian tied it at 1 midway through the first on a low screened shot from inside the blue line after taking a feed from Ladd. Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry was in front of the crease as the puck slipped under Crawford’s pads. Following a scoreless and scrappy second period, the Jets came out strong in early in the third. Little’s power-play goal, set up by Bogosian’s slick pass, put the Jets ahead 2-1 at 9:31 of the third. Thorburn, at the edge of the crease, tipped in Lowry’s feed from the top of the slot 28 seconds later. Teravainen picked up a loose puck made it 3-2 with 7:17 left on a shot from the slot. With Crawford on the bench for an extra attacker, Ladd scored into an empty with 29 seconds to seal the win. NOTES: Winnipeg F Blake Wheeler played his 500th game. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-jets-defeat-blackhawks—behind-rd-period-rally/article_ae91f9d0-9e2a-11e4-925f-bbef622c955e.html

 

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