With Valentine’s Day this Friday, it’s important to tell the people in your life how much you care about them. If you’re having trouble coming up with the right words to say, then you’re in luck—the Blackhawks Blog has sweet messages for every special Blackhawks fan in your life. Check back later for Part 2!
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1st Star: C/RW Ryan Hartman, Plymouth (OHL)
The Line: 2GP, 3G
Hartman broke an eight-game scoreless streak last week, netting the opening goal for the Plymouth Whalers in a 3-2 loss to Kingston on Friday; the next night, Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick tallied twice in a 4-3 win over Belleville. Hartman ranks third on the club with 16 goals and 32 points in 35 games this season.
1st Star: C Teuvo Teravainen, Jokerit (SM-liiga)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A
Another big week from Teuvo Teravainen propelled Jokerit to two straight wins, as Chicago’s 2012 first-round pick posted five points (1G, 4A). Teravainen scored his fifth goal of the season and added an assist on Tuesday in a 5-1 win over KalPa, then collected three helpers in a 7-1 win over TPS Turku on Saturday. He continues to lead the team with 31 points (5G, 26A) in 35 games.
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1st Star: C/RW Kevin Hayes, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 3G, 4A, +2 plus/minus rating
Hayes, the nation’s second-highest scorer behind only linemate Johnny Gaudreau, added to his career-high numbers last week, compiling seven points (3G, 4A) in two games for Boston College last weekend. The 2010 first-round pick collected two assists on Friday as the Eagles beat crosstown rival BU 6-4; the next night, he netted his first collegiate hat trick plus a pair of helpers in a 7-2 win over Maine. With his weekend contributions, Hayes extended his career-long point streak to 10 games, tallying 10 goals and 14 assists over that span.
Ahead of the second annual Keith Relief Benefit Concert, featuring country singer Lee Brice, Duncan Keith reveals his Top 10 favorite country songs!
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1. Hard to Love, by Lee Brice
Click to see the full list of Keith's favorite country songs!
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1st Star: C/RW Kevin Hayes, Boston College (H-EAST)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 3A, +3 plus/minus rating
College hockey’s top line kept rolling last weekend, contributing points on seven of BC’s eight goals against Providence and Brown, with 2010 first-round pick Kevin Hayes picking up five points (2G, 3A). On Friday, Hayes assisted on both the Eagles’ opening goal and the game-winning power-play tally, before adding an empty-netter in the 5-2 win over Providence. The next night, he opened the scoring, then notched a helper on the game-tying goal in the third period. Hayes ranks second on the team and third in the NCAA with 35 points (13G, 22A) in 21 games this season.
While Finland continues to celebrate a surprise victory at the 2014 IIHF U20 World Championship last week, Blackhawks fans half a world away can also rejoice at the fantastic showing by the future of the club. The organization had four draft picks from 2012 and 2013 at the tournament representing three countries, two of whom won medals with their teams. Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider's NHL Draft Blog handed Chicago's group of prospects an overall grade of A- (subscription required), one of five teams in the upper eschelon along with Nashville, Washington, Buffalo and Montreal.
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1st Star: C Joakim Nordstrom, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 4GP, 3G, 4A, +3 plus/minus rating
Nordstrom erupted for seven points last week, contributing in three of Rockford's four contests as the IceHogs snapped a seven-game losing streak. The 2010 third-round pick scored his ninth goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Iowa Wild on Friday, contributed two goals and an assist the next night in a 4-2 win over Grand Rapids. On Sunday, in a 4-3 shootout loss at Chicago, Nordstrom added two helpers, including one on the game-tying goal late in regulation. He is currently tied for the team lead with 11 goals and shares second with 20 points, despite playing just 27 games this season.
|Glenn Hall, whose No. 1 jersey was retired by the Blackhawks in 1988, backstopped Chicago to the 1961 Stanley Cup, and just as impressively, played 503 consecutive games without wearing a mask.|
In hockey, few would argue that to be successful, everything starts from your goalie on out. In December, with the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning goalie Corey Crawford sidelined and backup Nikolai Khabibulin also injured, Chicago turned to rookie netminder Antti Raanta. The 24-year-old acquitted himself very well in the early going, and was named the NHL's Co-Rookie of the Month for his efforts.
|Finland captain Teuvo Teravainen led all skaters at the 2014 IIHF U20 World Championship with 11 assists and 13 points in seven games, including helpers on all three Finland goals in their 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the gold-medal game. (Getty Images)|
Teuvo Teravainen wasn’t the only player on the ice for Finland at World Juniors, but at times over the last two weeks, it seemed like it wouldn’t have mattered if he was. The captain of Team Finland, which won their first gold medal since 1998 with a 3-2 victory over host team Sweden, was unquestionably their best player over the seven-game schedule, and had a strong case for overall MVP after putting up 11 assists and 13 points to lead all skaters in the competition. Chicago’s 2012 first-round draft selection also won 100 of 200 faceoffs (averaging 28.6 per game), both tournament-high marks. He was also named to the Media All-Star Team.