POSTED ON Monday, 05.13.2013 / 1:59 PM CT
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 / 2:52 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. 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, 05.9.2013 / 3:00 PM CT
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, 05.8.2013 / 4:34 PM CT
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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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.8.2013 / 2:44 PM CT
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Bolland

The Blackhawks will most likely be without the services of Dave Bolland and Ray Emery when they host the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Thursday night in Chicago.

In Wednesday's media availability, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said both players were doubtful for Game 5, after making the trip to Minnesota while recovering from their respective lower-body injuries, though both continue to practice with the team.

The Blackhawks hold a 3-1 series lead over the Minnesota Wild and look to finish off the series on home ice.

"We want to have the same approach as last game," Coach Quenneville said Wednesday. "You want to be your best, and we still have to get better as we go along here."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.7.2013 / 10:58 AM 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 Monday, 05.6.2013 / 10:53 AM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Bryan Heim/Portland Winterhawks)

Mac Carruth has been here before—twice, in fact. The WHL Final, that old hurdle, is as difficult as promised, as the Winterhawks split their first two games against old foes, the Edmonton Oil Kings, over the weekend. Portland, with the league’s best regular-season record and thus home ice advantage throughout the playoffs, stand a better chance than ever before of clinching the Chynoweth Cup, but they are facing stiff competition in the defending league champions, who emerged from the East as worthy opponents after a seven-game series against the Calgary Hitmen.
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POSTED ON Friday, 05.3.2013 / 5:46 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. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Patrick Sharp, Michal Rozsival and Andrew Shaw each notched postseason career highs in hits.

Sharp (4), Rozsival (6) and Shaw (7) contributed to a team season-high total of 40 hits on Tuesday night at the United Center.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.1.2013 / 11:42 AM 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 Monday, 04.29.2013 / 3:15 PM CT
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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