Robert Tychkowski

Robert Tychkowski is the Edmonton Oilers beat writer and a columnist for the Edmonton Sun - responsible for day-to-day coverage of the Edmonton Oilers and their National Hockey League opponents at home and on the road. He's been with the Sun since 1989 and has covered every sports beat in the city, attending six Grey Cups while covering the Edmonton Eskimos and the CFL. Born and raised in Alberta, he's been of the lead writers on all the major sporting events in Edmonton over the last two decades, including the Edmonton Indy, World Track and Field Championships, World Figure Skating Championships and The Brier. In the summer he's covered four majors golf championships, The Masters, US Open, PGA Championship and The Ryder Cup. He is a graduate of the MacEwan Journalism program in Edmonton.


Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) is congratulated for scoring during the second period in game two of the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Wild in Chicago, Sunday, May 3, 2015. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks down Wild to take 2-0 series lead

Asking the Minnesota Wild if they have any emotional baggage to deal with when they play at the United Center is getting to be like asking cows if they’re uncomfortable in a slaughterhouse.

Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise scores on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during the second period in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series Friday at United Center. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

Wild comeback falls short as Hawks take opener

The Minnesota Wild rolled into the United Center Friday night did exactly what they said they would do: Prove to Chicago they are a better team than the one the Blackhawks eliminated in 2013 and 2014.

Nashville Predators centre Colin Wilson celebrates with centre Craig Smith after a goal during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the first round of the 2015 NHL playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 23, 2015. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

Monster third period powers Predators over Hawks

The Nashville Predators might not survive the first round of the playoffs -- having to stave off elimination three straight times against the Chicago Blackhawks is nobody’s version of a safe place -- but there was no way in hell they were going to die at home.

Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks celebrates a goal by teammate Brandon Saad in Game 4 against the Predators on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks won it in triple overtime. (afp)

Fate not with Predators against Blackhawks

If the Nashville Predators don’t survive the first round of the playoffs, which will probably be the case given that their condition has been downgraded from “critical” to “call a priest” after Tuesday’s triple-overtime loss to Chicago, it’s going to haunt them for a long time.

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook is congratulated for scoring the winning goal during the third overtime period against the Nashville Predators in Game 4 of the first round of the 2015 NHL playoffs at the United Center on April 22, 2015. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports)

Hawks' Seabrook ends marathon vs. Predators in 3rd OT

It’s hard to imagine that the Chicago Blackhawks, or anybody else for that matter, thought the Nashville Predators would be this tough an out without Shea Weber and Mike Fisher in their lineup.

Predators’ Ryan Ellis crashes towards Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling during Game 1 in Nashville on Wednesday. Darling made 42 saves in relief of Corey Crawford, who starts on Friday. (AFP/PHOTO)

Blackhawks say thanks, Darling, now go back to bench

Scott Darling just turned in one of the best and most clutch goaltending performances in Chicago Blackhawks playoff history, but all his 67-minute, 42 save effort earned him is a pat on the back and a seat on the pine.