| Feb 14, 2012
| 7:18 AM
The question of Joel Quenneville’s job security had to be asked.
His Blackhawks are 0-for-the-longest-road-trip of the season, they didn’t win away from the United Center even before that, and they have fallen from the top of the league to...
| May 22, 2013
| 8:09 PM
Anze Kopitar suspected something might be up. In two games at San Jose the Kings had scored two goals and lost twice to the Sharks, dropping into a 2-2 tie in the teams' Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The Kings perfected the art of playing...
| May 23, 2013
| 11:25 PM
Sometime after the Kings' season ends — and that might not be for a while — it wouldn't be surprising to hear that center Anze Kopitar had been hampered by an injury from mid-March onward.
A sore shoulder, maybe. An abdominal pull. Or some...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 6:05 PM
In a United Center hallway moments after Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Bruins brought the Blackhawks within 60 minutes of a second Stanley Cup title in four years, general manager Stan Bowman opened a window just a crack to his ambivalent soul.
| May 24, 2013
| 9:02 PM
Matt Greene's return has increased the Kings' physicality and lifted their collective mood, and there's no saying which is more vital to a team that has clawed its way into position to clinch its second straight tense, punishing playoff series on Sunday....
| Mar 17, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Most NHL coaches divide the season into quarters or 10-game segments and set goals for wins or points. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau takes a shorter-term view, preferring to break things down into digestible, one-week chunks.
"That just comes from when I...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 9:54 PM
When the United Center public-address announcer introduced the No. 1 star after Tuesday night's historic 4-3 Blackhawks' shootout victory over the Canucks, Marian Hossa was nowhere on the ice to be found.
He had left the game during the third period...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 6:43 PM
When Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya committed a costly penalty by jumping Kings forward Justin Williams after a collision with goalie Ray Emery with 1 minute, 4 seconds left in Sunday's 3-2 victory, he reacted instinctively.
So did most of us in the...
| May 16, 2013
| 11:20 PM
The 18,000-plus fans who crammed into Staples Center didn't want to leave, lingering to digest what they had seen and savor an improbable moment. Who could blame them for trying to prolong a moment so stunning that it was at least the equal of the many...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 6:33 PM
If the Blackhawks earn a point against San Jose on Friday night, setting an NHL standard for best start to a season, expect the United Center ice to be littered with a variety of items from admiring patrons.
Hats are always appropriate for hockey...
| Feb 3, 2013
| 10:21 PM
The briefest consideration of the San Jose Sharks' talent makes it tempting to pick them to win the Pacific Division and Western Conference titles every season. But every spring they seem to run into a roadblock, whether on the ice or in their own heads,...