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POSTED ON Monday, 04.29.2013 / 4:15 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

1st Star: C Alex Broadhurst, London (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 3A, +2 plus/minus

Broadhurst recorded points in all three of London’s playoff contests last week, including two consecutive three-point outings (4G, 2A) on April 24 and April 26. The 2011 seventh-round draft selection picked up the primary assist on the game-winning goal in Game 3 on April 23, tallied a pair—including the game-winner—the next night in Game 4, and added two more goals in Game 5, helping the Knights wrap up the Western Conference Championship with a 4-1 series win over the Plymouth Whalers. Broadhurst ranks second on the team with 21 points (9G, 12A) in 14 playoff games so far. London will face either the Belleville Bulls or the Barrie Colts, who will play Game 7 to decide the Eastern Conference title tonight.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.26.2013 / 3:19 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. Jonathan Toews is one of three Blackhawks and one of only 20 player in NHL history to post a +10 or better plus/minus rating in his first six seasons (since 1967-68, the first season the league began tracking the plus/minus stat).

The 24-year-old paces Chicago and is second in the NHL with a +28 plus/minus rating. Blackhawks alumni Cliff Koroll and Keith Magnuson also completed the feat during their tenure in Chicago. Of the 20 players in NHL history to do so since 1967-68, the only active skaters are Toews and Philadelphia's Simon Gagne.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 11:19 AM
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, 04.22.2013 / 3:22 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Greg Hamil/Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Brandon Pirri, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A, +3 plus/minus

The IceHogs fell short of a playoff spot despite a valiant push in April, winning eight of nine contests this month. Brandon Pirri, who led Rockford offensively down the stretch with 19 points (3G, 16A) over that span, captured the club’s first-ever John. B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL’s leading scorer with a career-high 75 points (22G, 53A) in 76 games. The Blackhawks’ second-round draft pick in 2009 logged a goal and two assists on Friday in a 9-4 win at San Antonio, then added a pair of helpers the next night in a 5-3 come-from-behind victory at Texas.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.19.2013 / 8:17 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

It's Pat Foley night! In celebration of his special night, here are five things about the legendary Blackhawks broadcaster that you need to know.

1. The “BAANNER-MAAAN” call. Watch it. Know it.

It’s one of Pat Foley’s most famous calls. Make sure you’ve listened to this beauty.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 2:42 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, 04.15.2013 / 2:49 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Greg Hamil/Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Ben Smith, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 4G, 2A, +4 plus/minus

In an injury-plagued season, Ben Smith has nevertheless provided Rockford with an offensive boost whenever he’s in the lineup. Case in point: After missing seven games, Smith returned with a vengeance, netting his first career hat trick and adding an assist in the IceHogs’ 7-3 win over Chicago on April 12. The next night, in Milwaukee, Smith lit the lamp again, notching his second consecutive game-winner.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.12.2013 / 9:00 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Photo courtesy St. Cloud State)

1. Majored in math education (and minored in coaching), following in the footsteps of his father, who is also a math teacher. Part of the reason LeBlanc returned to St. Cloud State for a red-shirt fifth college season was so that he could finish his degree. He fulfilled his student-teaching requirement by taking charge of three algebra classes at nearby St. Cloud Apollo High School.

1b. LeBlanc's professional commitments kept him from growing out his hair to an untamed length as part of the Huskies' year-long Locks of Love campaign this past season.

2. The compound leg fracture that ended LeBlanc's 2011-12 season kept him off the ice, but it didn't keep him away from the team. He rolled himself to practice in a wheelchair after surgery, and later pulled an exercise bike next to the rink so that he could ride along while his teammates practiced.

3. Became the first St. Cloud State player to ever win the Hobey Baker Award after captaining the Huskies to the program's first-ever Frozen Four appearance. LeBlanc led the entire nation with 37 assists last season, and he was named WCHA Player of the Year. LeBlanc's excellence also extended to his academics, as he was named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete in four consecutive years, just the fifth player in school history to do so and the first to hold both college association honors at the same time.

4. LeBlanc was known for donning the No. 19 jersey for St. Cloud State (in honor of his hockey idol, Steve Yzerman); the number is obviously not available to him here in Chicago, and neither is the No. 29 jersey he wore during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. So he will wear No. 14, which has been inhabited by former Blackhawks Doug Bentley, Bill Gardner, Greg Gilbert and Ab McDonald.

5. The Hermantown, Minn., native is no stranger to Chicago. LeBlanc played for the USHL's Chicago Steel from 2006-08, recording 19 goals and 40 assists in 72 games before heading off to college.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.12.2013 / 6:12 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. Brandon Saad ranks third among league rookies in points (23) and shares second in assists (14).

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has 20 points (6G, 14A) in 14 of his last 20 contests and is tied for league-best among rookies with a plus-14 rating.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 2:55 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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