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POSTED ON Monday, 03.11.2013 / 2:52 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

1st Star: C/RW Jimmy Hayes, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 2A, +2 plus/minus, first career hat trick

The IceHogs swept a quick two-game stint in Oklahoma City over the weekend, coming from behind in both tilts, including a 7-4 stomping on Saturday, courtesy of a four-goal burst in the third period. Jimmy Hayes was the undisputed star of that game, notching his first professional hat trick and adding two assists for a career-high five-point night. Hayes opened the scoring on the power play in the second period, added a second tally later that period and capped off his night with an empty-netter.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.08.2013 / 2:27 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. After Wednesday night’s win over the Colorado Avalanche, Ray Emery became the first goalie in NHL history to begin a season with 10 straight wins.

In his 10 starts for the Blackhawks this season, Emery has earned a perfect 10-0-0 record. His 10-game win streak also marks a career high for the second-year Blackhawk.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 5:41 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

On this date in 1992, Jeremy Roenick became the first American-born Blackhawk, and the third in team history, to score 50 goals in one season. He reached the milestone in his hometown of Boston, as Chicago edged the Bruins 2-1.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 12:29 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, 03.06.2013 / 4:57 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

As the Blackhawks embarked on historic point and win streaks to start the season, fans across the league started to take notice and show their colors. While Chicago dominated the standings on the ice, the team's rising popularity off it was reflected most starkly in the NHL's jersey sales numbers last month.

Captain Jonathan Toews led all players in the league, taking over the top spot from Philadelphia's Claude Giroux, while Patrick Kane's blistering start helped him jump 17 spots from No. 21 to No. 5. Marian Hossa, who recently passed the 1,000-game mark, rose 14 spots from No. 25 to No. 11.

The full top 20 list is below:

1. Jonathan Toews (CHI)
2. Ryan Callahan (NYR)
3. Sidney Crosby (PIT)
4. Claude Giroux (PHI)
5. Patrick Kane (CHI)
6. Evgeni Malkin (PIT)
7. James Neal (PIT)
8. Pavel Datsyuk (DET)
9. Joe Thornton (SJS)
10. Zdeno Chara (BOS)
11. Marian Hossa (CHI)
12. Henrik Zetterberg (DET)
13. Tyler Seguin (BOS)
14. Milan Lucic (BOS)
15. Kris Letang (PIT)
16. Alex Ovechkin (WSH)
17. Patrick Marleau (SJS)
18. Steven Stamkos (TBL)
19. Matt Duchene (COL)
20. Brad Marchand (BOS)

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.04.2013 / 2:17 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Daniel St. Louis/Moncton Wildcats)

1st Star: C Phillip Danault, Moncton (QMJHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 3A, +1 plus/minus

Phillip Danault extended his point streak to seven games as Moncton went 3-0 last week. The Blackhawks’ first-round draft pick in 2011 assisted on three of the Wildcats’ dozen goals on Feb. 26 against Cape Breton, then scored twice at Rimouski and once at Quebec over the weekend. Danault has racked up 33 points (9G, 24A) in 20 games since joining Moncton at the trade deadline, and has been held off the scoresheet just four times in that span.

(Terry Wilson/OHL)

2nd Star: C Alex Broadhurst, London (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 2A, +3

Broadhurst continued his stellar first season in the OHL with a five-point week for the league-leading London Knights. The 19-year-old native of Orland Park, Ill., scored the game-winner in a 5-2 win at Windsor, logged a helper on March 1 against Sarnia and contributed three points (2G, 1A) in a 6-1 romp over Kitchener the next night. Broadhurst’s 60 points (23G, 37A) and +31 rating this season rank third on the team.

3rd Star: C/RW Mark McNeill, Prince Albert (WHL)
The Line: 3GP, 5A, +3

The Raiders won two of three outings last week, and Prince Albert captain Mark McNeill played a big part in those victories, logging three primary assists in a 4-1 victory at Moose Jaw on Feb. 26 and adding two more helpers in a 7-0 win over Regina the next night. McNeill leads the team with 60 points (21G, 39A) in 58 games this season.

Honorable Mentions: C Brandon Pirri, Rockford (AHL); G Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville (QMJHL)

Pirri overtook Martin St. Pierre as the IceHogs’ points leader with a four-assist weekend. He contributed to three of Rockford’s goals in their 4-1 win over Peoria on March 1 and added one more the next night against Milwaukee.

Whitney capped off an excellent February with a 30-save win on Feb. 28 at Acadie-Bathurst, boosting his record to 7-1-0-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts, good enough to earn the QMJHL’s third star of the month honors.

Around the system:

  • University of Vermont defenseman Michael Paliotta scored his first goal of the season—his first career game-winner—on March 2 in a 5-2 win at Boston University. The 2011 draft pick also logged a career-high +4 in the game.

  • Defenseman Joe Gleason logged points in both of North Dakota’s games against Bemidji State this weekend, tallying his fifth goal of the season in a 4-2 win on Friday and adding a helper in a 2-2 tie on Saturday.

  • Blueliner Braden Birch netted his first goal for Cornell this season in a 4-1 win at Brown.

  • Rockford forward Jeremy Morin extended his point streak to seven games with a pair of goals on March 1 against Peoria, but was held off the scoresheet the next night. Ben Smith scored the IceHogs’ other two goals in the 4-1 win over the Rivermen.

  • IceHogs defensemen Shawn Lalonde and Adam Clendening both chipped in over the weekend with two assists each. Both of Lalonde’s helpers came against Peoria, while Clendening logged one in each contest.
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POSTED ON Friday, 03.01.2013 / 1:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Marian Hossa has enjoyed a successful NHL career, playing in parts of sixteen seasons at the professional level. In celebration of his upcoming 1,000th NHL game, here are some of Hossa’s most impressive career stats.

1. On Sunday, Marian Hossa will become the 12th player to hit his 1,000th NHL game in a Blackhawks sweater.

Hossa joins a list of "Who's Who" among Blackhawks greats, including Chris Chelios, Stan Mikita, Eric Nesterenko, Bobby Hull, Doug Mohns, Sylvain Cote, Brent Sutter, Michel Goulet, Eddie Olczyk, John Tonelli and Bob Murray.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 10:38 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 Thursday, 02.28.2013 / 1:00 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Bill Smith / Chicago Blackhawks

One of hockey's best players over the past 15 years, Marian Hossa will likely skate in his 1,000th NHL game this Sunday when the Blackhawks take on the Red Wings in Detroit. From the moment Hossa first donned the Blackhawks sweater on Nov. 26, 2009, he has been creating memorable moments for Chicago hockey fans (he did score two goals in that debut effort against the San Jose Sharks). In his three-plus seasons with the Blackhawks, the veteran winger has made highlight reel goals, recorded career milestones and - most importantly - hoisted the Stanley Cup.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.25.2013 / 4:09 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Daniel St. Louis/Moncton Wildcats)

1st Star: C Phillip Danault, Moncton (QMJHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 5A, +5 plus/minus

Danault week-to-week performance just keeps reinforcing why Moncton gave up the farm to get him at the midseason trade deadline. The Wildcats swept their slate last week, going 3-0 and outscoring opponents 16-6 in the process. Danault logged an assist on Feb. 19 vs. Acadie-Bathurst and enjoyed a three-point night in a 7-2 win over Drummondville on Friday, then exploded for two goals and two assists in a tightly-contested 4-3 overtime win over P.E.I., contributing to all four Moncton goals, including the game-winner in the extra frame.

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