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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POSTED ON Friday, 04.26.2013 / 2:19 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. Jonathan Toews is one of three Blackhawks and one of only 20 player in NHL history to post a +10 or better plus/minus rating in his first six seasons (since 1967-68, the first season the league began tracking the plus/minus stat).

The 24-year-old paces Chicago and is second in the NHL with a +28 plus/minus rating. Blackhawks alumni Cliff Koroll and Keith Magnuson also completed the feat during their tenure in Chicago. Of the 20 players in NHL history to do so since 1967-68, the only active skaters are Toews and Philadelphia's Simon Gagne.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 10:19 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, 04.22.2013 / 2:22 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Greg Hamil/Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Brandon Pirri, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 1G, 4A, +3 plus/minus

The IceHogs fell short of a playoff spot despite a valiant push in April, winning eight of nine contests this month. Brandon Pirri, who led Rockford offensively down the stretch with 19 points (3G, 16A) over that span, captured the club’s first-ever John. B. Sollenberger Trophy as the AHL’s leading scorer with a career-high 75 points (22G, 53A) in 76 games. The Blackhawks’ second-round draft pick in 2009 logged a goal and two assists on Friday in a 9-4 win at San Antonio, then added a pair of helpers the next night in a 5-3 come-from-behind victory at Texas.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.19.2013 / 7:17 PM CT
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

It's Pat Foley night! In celebration of his special night, here are five things about the legendary Blackhawks broadcaster that you need to know.

1. The “BAANNER-MAAAN” call. Watch it. Know it.

It’s one of Pat Foley’s most famous calls. Make sure you’ve listened to this beauty.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 1:42 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 Monday, 04.15.2013 / 1:49 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Greg Hamil/Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: C Ben Smith, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 4G, 2A, +4 plus/minus

In an injury-plagued season, Ben Smith has nevertheless provided Rockford with an offensive boost whenever he’s in the lineup. Case in point: After missing seven games, Smith returned with a vengeance, netting his first career hat trick and adding an assist in the IceHogs’ 7-3 win over Chicago on April 12. The next night, in Milwaukee, Smith lit the lamp again, notching his second consecutive game-winner.

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