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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.21.2013 / 11:18 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Alex Broadhurst logged two points in London's 6-3 loss to Portland on Monday night. (Terry Wilson/OHL)

After four games at the Memorial Cup, no clear frontrunners have emerged yet, as all four teams have won one and lost one. The London Knights opened the tournament with a 3-2 victory over the host team Saskatoon Blades, while the Portland Winterhawks lost their opener to Halifax in a wild 7-4 game. The two teams then met on Monday evening, pitting two Blackhawks prospects against one another. Portland emerged with a 6-3 victory, though London forward Alex Broadhurst and Winterhawks goaltender Mac Carruth both made the highlight reel for their individual efforts.

Broadhurst assisted on London’s first goal of the game and later tallied his first goal of the Memorial Cup early in the third period, which tied the contest at 3-3. Last night’s points were the first of the tournament for the 2011 draft pick, who shares third on the team with two points and a +1 plus/minus rating through two games.

Carruth, the Blackhawks' seventh-round selection in 2010, made 25 stops on 28 shots for Portland last night, including a toe save at the post while his back was turned to the play. Through two games, Carruth has allowed 10 goals on 63 shots faced.

London’s next game will take place tonight against the Halifax Mooseheads, champions of the QMJHL, while Portland will face Saskatoon tomorrow evening to finish the round robin phase of the tournament.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.17.2013 / 4:24 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.

1. Patrick Sharp shares the league lead in postseason goals (P. Dupuis, PIT).

His empty-net goal was his ninth point in five consecutive games. Sharp leads the team with nine playoff points, six of which are goals.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 4:37 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Many questions prefaced the start of the 2013 Western Conference Semifinal series between the Blackhawks and the Red Wings. Which team's possession game would win out? Would it be the superstars or the depth players who provided the points? Chicago answered Detroit's push late in the first period by sending puck after puck toward Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, outshooting their Original Six rivals 36-14 in the final two frames. In the third period, goals by Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger—the second of the playoffs for both Swedes—in the span of 3:21 gave the Blackhawks a commanding lead, and the final score of 4-1 seemed justified after a dominating team performance. Here's what the numbers tell us about Game 1:


Click on the image for full-size version (PDF)
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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 3:18 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next Tweet Sheet.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 2:34 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Lacing up the right skate before the left. Ten minutes of meditation. Donning the lucky socks.

Pregame routines are important to the Blackhawks.

Yesterday @NHLBlackhawks took to Twitter to hear about some other important gameday rituals: yours! Here are some of our favorite responses.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.14.2013 / 5:09 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next Tweet Sheet.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.13.2013 / 2:59 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The Blackhawks surged past the Minnesota Wild in the opening round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, outscoring their quarterfinal opponents 17-7 in five games. The series featured two dramatic overtime victories, one for each team, stellar goaltending from Corey Crawford and a shutdown penalty kill that did not allow a single goal.

In the infograph below, the Blackhawks Blog breaks down the numbers behind Chicago's 4-1 series victory over Minnesota.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.10.2013 / 3:52 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.

1. The Blackhawks killed off all 17 of Minnesota’s power plays in the Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

The penalty kill was a perfect 2-for-2 in Game 5. Chicago remains the only team in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs that hasn't allowed a power-play goal.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 4:00 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Andy Devlin/WHL)

Mac Carruth has backstopped the Portland Winterhawks to the brink of the WHL title and a trip to the Memorial Cup—held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, later this month—after allowing just two goals in his last two games. Carruth made 38 saves on 39 shots in a 3-1 Game 3 victory on May 7 and followed that that performance with 29 saves on 30 shots the next night, as Portland won 2-1. The Winterhawks now lead the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-1 in the WHL final and can clinch their first Chynoweth Cup since 1998 with a win in front of their home fans on Friday night.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 5:34 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

We asked fans on Twitter to share why they believe Patrick Sharp should be the next coverboy of EA Sports' NHL 14 using the hashtag #10ReasonsFor10. Here are the Blog's top ten favorites.

Vote for Sharpie NOW at NHL.com/CoverVote! You can also vote on Twitter (only on Thursdays) by using the hashtag #NHL14Sharp! (Each Twitter vote counts twice.)

The cover athlete for NHL 14 will be unveiled during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in June!

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