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Blackhawks Highlights 2013-2014

Recaps of all of the Blackhawks regular season games during the 2013-2014 season.

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By K.C. Johnson

The snow fell hard, slowing passes and quickening heart rates of those charged with shoveling it off the ice during stoppages. The wind swirled off Lake Michigan. The Chicago skyline stood illuminated outside Soldier Field.

These outdoor hockey games are spectacles, recalling youthful memories of pond hockey and creating a party atmosphere for the sellout crowd of 62,921. And Chicago on the first day of March didn’t disappoint.

Neither did the Blackhawks, embracing the elements to snap a two-game losing streak with a rousing 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night in the last of the NHL’s four Stadium Series games.

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By Chris Hine

In the second period, Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger had to take some time away from the ice while he attended to his face, which had just absorbed a blistering shot off the stick of Rangers center Brad Richards.

Kruger, who returned to the ice after making sure everything was still in its right place, certainly received his wake-up call as the Hawks played their first game back after the Olympic break.

Metaphorically speaking, the rest of the Hawks could have used a puck to the face Thursday night in a sleepy 2-1 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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By Chris Hine

The Blackhawks didn’t quite know what to expect without Patrick Kane in the lineup Friday night against the Coyotes.

They knew they couldn’t replace his versatility on the ice but were hoping they could get by just this one game without one of their most dynamic players, who was attending his grandfather’s funeral in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Hawks couldn’t, falling 2-0 to the Coyotes to finish their six-game trip before the Olympic break with a 3-1-2 record and a bit of a sour taste in their mouths after being shut out for the first time this season.

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By Austin Knoblauch

The Blackhawks were expecting a hard-fought, low-scoring affair against the NHL’s top team Wednesday night, and that’s exactly what they got.

They also got a lot of help from Corey Crawford and Marian Hossa.

Crawford recorded his first shutout of the season and Hossa scored early in the second period to help lift the Blackhawks to a 2-0 victory at Honda Center. Jonathan Toews scored the Hawks’ second goal with 2 minutes, 31 seconds to go in the final period, his 19th of the season.

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By Austin Knoblauch

Patrick Kane had every reason not to play Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Hours before the start of the Blackhawks’ 5-3 win, Kane learned that his grandfather, Donald Kane, had died.

As difficult as it was for Kane to play, he put on an inspired performance against the Kings, scoring two goals and assisting on another to lead the Blackhawks to their third win this season over the Kings.

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By Colleen Kane

The Blackhawks knew they were facing a Sharks team that was going through a dry spell when the teams met at the SAP Center on Saturday night.

The drought continued through 46 minutes, but it affected both teams.

Neither team found the back of the net until both did in the third period, and neither could find it again in overtime. The problem was solved by a shootout, which the Sharks won for a 2-1 victory. The Hawks haven’t pulled off a win in 19 overtimes this season.

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By Colleen Kane

The Blackhawks needed a wake-up call from the four-game losing streak they brought into Wednesday night’s game against the Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Canucks forward Chris Higgins obliged just 16 seconds into the game.

He took a feed from Ryan Kesler and beat Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford for an early Canucks lead.

The Hawks didn’t craft the proper response right away, but when they did it was quick and lethal. Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored goals in a span of 7 minutes, 41 seconds in the second period to propel the Hawks to a 5-2 victory over the Canucks.

The triumph halted the Hawks’ longest losing streak of the season at four.

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By Colleen Kane

Antti Raanta’s return to the site of his first NHL victory didn’t produce the same fond memories Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks goaltender gave up four goals in the Flames’ first 15 shots at the Saddledome through the first and second periods before being pulled in favor of Corey Crawford.

The Hawks still were able to stay even with the Flames through three periods, but they fell short when T.J. Brodie scored a wraparound goal on Crawford with 2 minutes, 26 seconds to go in overtime for a 5-4 victory.

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By Chris Kuc

As his teammates dejectedly filtered out of a dead-silent dressing room, captain Jonathan Toews stood in front of his stall, hands on hips, ready to explain exactly how the Blackhawks had frittered away a victory after thoroughly outplaying the Jets.

Only he couldn’t, really.

“We just threw away another two points,” Toews said after the Hawks allowed the Jets to score three times in the third period to rally for a 3-1 win Sunday night at the United Center. “I don’t know. I don’t really have an explanation right now without saying anything negative. We played some good hockey in the first two periods. We know what we’re supposed to do in those situations, but we just haven’t done it lately.

Trailing 1-0 with just six shots on goal after two periods, the Jets came alive in the third with Blake Wheeler’s two goals and the game-winner from former Hawks winger Andrew Ladd to stun goaltender Corey Crawford. Chicago native Al Montoya was magnificent in goal for the Jets with 34 saves, stopping everything after allowing a goal by Brandon Bollig 1 minute, 21 seconds into the game.

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews loses control of the puck during 3rd period of 3-1 loss to Winnipeg Jets during NHL game at United Center in Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune)

By Chris Kuc

For a team that hasn’t exactly had opponents on lockdown this season, the news that top defenseman Duncan Keith wouldn’t be in uniform had to be disheartening.

Then the Blackhawks went out and played like it as they fell behind early and weren’t able to mount much offensively during a 2-1 loss to the Wild on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

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