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POSTED ON Monday, 04.08.2013 / 3:23 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Greg Hamil/Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: LW Rostislav Olesz, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 4GP, 4G, 2A, +6 plus/minus

Olesz, who was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, spent most of the season rehabbing from an injury, but has sparked Rockford’s offense since rejoining the team in late March. Olesz registered a three-game point streak last week and logged two consecutive outings with two goals and an assist (April 5 at Milwaukee; April 6 at Peoria), including the game-winner in those two contests. Olesz also collected a helper on April 7, bringing his season total to 13 points (6G, 7A) in nine appearances.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.05.2013 / 5:43 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. Captain Jonathan Toews recorded his 200th career assist on Thursday against St. Louis.

Toews earned a helper on rookie Brandon Saad’s eighth goal of the season in the second period. With the Blackhawks down 1-0, Toews evened things up with his 18th goal of the season. The center has seven goals in his last nine games and has points in three straight games (2G, 4A).

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.04.2013 / 2:30 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, 04.01.2013 / 4:45 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Terry Wilson/OHL)

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

Broadhurst’s star keeps rising, as the first-year player paced the top-seeded London Knights through the first round, tallying nine points (4G, 5A) in his first four OHL playoff games. Last week Broadhurst logged five points (3G, 2A) in two games, including his first playoff hat trick on March 26 in a 7-1 drubbing. London faces the Kitchener Rangers in the second round of the Western Conference bracket.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.29.2013 / 5:57 PM

The Madhouse on Madison is known for its energy and, well, madness. The Blackhawks continue to give the standing room-only crowds at the United Center plenty of action and suspense, and lots of "Chelsea Dagger," especially on Friday nights. In the three Friday games they've played at home this season, the Blackhawks have outscored their opponents 10-5!

With tonight's matchup in mind, here's a list of the top five moments that have taken place under the Friday Night Lights at the United Center.


1. Marcus Kruger's follow-up wrister against San Jose on Feb. 15

Kruger won the team's Championship Belt after finishing the night with 2 points (1G, 1A) and a +2 plus/minus rating. The 22-year-old also earned First Star of the Game honors.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 3:10 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 Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 5:44 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

It's nice to know the President has your back.

The Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) visited the White House Tuesday, where President Barack Obama honored both teams for their respective championship runs in 2012. The Kings, in fact, had arrived fresh from a 5-4 win in Chicago the previous night, handing the Blackhawks just their fourth regulation loss of the season.

President Obama, who welcomed the victorious Blackhawks at the White House during his first term in 2011, was quick to defend his hometown team:

"These guys pointed out that they beat my Blackhawks last night. I will also say that, given this season how rare it is to beat the Blackhawks, I want to congratulate them for that as well."

The President also pointed out that Darryl Sutter, who took over as Kings head coach midseason before guiding the franchise to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, "got good training from the Chicago Blackhawks." Sutter played his entire eight-year career with Chicago, where he amassed 279 points (161G, 118A) in 406 appearances.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 2:57 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Martin Laroche/Victoriaville Tigres)

1st Star: G Brandon Whitney, Victoraville (QMJHL)
The Line: 2 GP, 1-0-1, .968 SV%, 1 SO

Whitney anchored the Tigres in their first two playoff games at Moncton, earning his first shutout of the postseason after stopping all 37 shots in Game 1 on March 22. The next night, Whitney made an astounding 55 saves on 58 shots, but allowed an overtime game-winner from former teammate and fellow Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault. The 2012 seventh-round pick ended the weekend with 92 saves on 95 shots for a .968 save percentage and a 1.31 goals-against average, as the series heads to Victoriaville for the next three games.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.22.2013 / 6:05 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. Nick Leddy is the first Blackhawk to tally a goal on his birthday since Patrick Kane on Nov. 19, 2009.

The new 22-year-old netted a power-play goal for his fourth tally of the season and second in his last three games on March 20 in Anaheim. The Minnesota native now has 13 points (4G, 9A) this year, including six (2G, 4A) with the man advantage.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 12:52 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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