POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.28.2013 / 10:12 AM CT
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
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With their stirring 4-3 win Monday night, the Blackhawks forced a Game 7 against the rival Detroit Red Wings, which will take place Wednesday at the United Center. Before that game gets underway, the Blackhawks Blog uncovered some facts and figures from Game 7s past.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.26.2013 / 11:49 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

With their backs against the wall against a tenacious Detroit team, the Blackhawks hit the ice with renewed purpose in Game 5, dominating the Red Wings from puck drop to the final horn. The 4-1 victory reaffirmed Chicago's goal-scoring depth, with Bryan Bickell picking up the first tally of the game and Andrew Shaw chipping in with the first two-goal playoff game of his career. An even better sign was the contribution of team captain Jonathan Toews and the reawakening of the power play, which broke an 0-for-13 drought with two consecutive conversions in the second period. The team's complete performance was reminiscent of Game 1, but featured new configurations on both the forward and defensive lines. Here's the Blackhawks Blog's take on the changes that sparked the Game 5 resurgence:


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POSTED ON Friday, 05.24.2013 / 3:01 PM CT
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. With back-to-back goals in Games 2 and 3, Patrick Kane now has 60 points (22G, 38A) in 60 career postseason appearances.

The 2013 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy finalist logged a postseason-high 23:24 of ice time in Game 3 on May 20 and ranks second on the team behind Patrick Sharp with eight points (2G, 6A) in nine playoff games in 2013.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.21.2013 / 3:45 PM CT
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 Tuesday, 05.21.2013 / 10:18 AM CT
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 / 3:24 PM CT
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 / 3:37 PM CT
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:


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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 2:18 PM CT
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 / 1:34 PM CT
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 / 4:09 PM CT
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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