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POSTED ON Friday, 02.08.2013 / 4:15 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. The Blackhawks are 7-0-0 this year when Patrick Kane records more than one point.

Chicago earned a 6-2 win over Phoenix on Thursday with the help of Kane’s three-point performance. The win marked the 11th straight game that Chicago has earned a point to begin the 2012-13 season. The Blackhawks have scored a total of 31 goals when Kane records a multi-point game. Speaking of Kane’s multi-point games…

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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 4:51 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, 02.06.2013 / 2:15 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Saad poses with the puck with which he scored his first NHL goal.

The wait is over. After earning praise from Head Coach Joel Quenneville and his teammates for his on-ice contributions, Brandon Saad notched his first goal—of what we can only assume will be many—at the NHL level. His tally got the Blackhawks on the board on Tuesday at San Jose in an eventual 5-3 victory.
 
"I had my chances throughout the season, and it finally happened tonight," Saad told the media after the game. "It's pretty exciting."
 
Teammate Patrick Kane had faith that the 20-year-old rookie would reach that milestone soon enough.
 
"It was a long time coming for him," Kane said. "He played great again tonight. He's fast and gets a lot of chances, especially playing with Johnny [Toews] and [Marian] Hossa. He's been a great addition and I’m sure we’ll see many more from him. Everyone in here’s happy for him.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.04.2013 / 3:35 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

1st Star:
G Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2-0-0, including his sixth shutout, setting a single-season franchise record

Carruth’s 26-save shutout on Feb. 2 vs. Spokane was his league-leading sixth of the season, breaking yet another Portland goaltending mark. The 2010 seventh-round draft pick currently boasts a 23-3-2 record, a 1.83 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage (tied for best in the WHL), and has yet to lose more than one game in regulation in each month of play this season.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.01.2013 / 8:02 AM
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 five road contests this season, Patrick Kane shares the league lead with nine points (1G, 8A) away from the United Center.

The 24-year-old forward has registered a team-best four power-play points. Kane began the season with points in five consecutive games (2G, 7A), setting a new career best for points in consecutive games to start a season.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 3:29 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 Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 11:13 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog



The more things change...

Fans of both the Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks are well-acquainted with their team's current rivalry, the seeds of which were sown in the 2008-09 season, and blossomed through their 2009, 2010 and 2011 playoff series. But take a step back: the bitterness between Chicago and Vancouver is not a new idea, and in fact stretches back almost as far as the Canucks' 40-year history.

Here are just a few facts and figures from the long, contentious rivalry between these two Western Conference foes.

1. Tony Esposito was the author of the Blackhawks' first six shutouts against their British Columbian rivals.

Tony O turned in the first shutout against the Canucks on Nov. 17, 1971, just Vancouver's second season in the NHL. The Blackhawks' seventh all-time shutout against the Canucks - and the first one without Esposito between the pipes - was completed by Murray Bannerman on Jan. 8, 1984.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.29.2013 / 12:14 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

On Monday, we celebrated Corey Crawford's "Star of the Week" honor with a Twitter contest. We asked the Twitterverse to submit new hashtag ideas for our netminder, as the #Crawsome hashtag was now two years old. Here were some of our favorite submissions!

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.28.2013 / 3:33 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


1st Star: C Phillip Danault, Moncton (QMJHL)
The Line: 4GP, 7A, +6

Four games in five days? No sweat for the Wildcats, as they blazed through their tough schedule to extend their win streak to eight games and counting. Danault continued on his recent tear, racking up seven helpers in those four games, three of them coming on Jan. 25 at Acadie-Bathurst. The 2011 draft pick has now amassed 15 points in his first eight games with Moncton, which now ranks second in the Maritime Division and fifth overall in the QMJHL.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.25.2013 / 4:25 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. Patrick Kane opened the season with a four-game point streak for the second consecutive year.

Kane’s team-leading seven points (2G, 5A) in four games ties his longest season-opening streak, a four-game run to kick off the 2011-12 campaign (2G, 4A). Kane sits tied for third in league point scoring.

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