POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.2.2015 / 10:36 AM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
(Photo courtesy Versteeg family)

The Blackhawks welcomed a new baby to the family just in time for the Stanley Cup Final! Kris and Brittany Versteeg’s baby boy, Jaxson James, was born this morning in Chicago. Jaxson weighs 7 pounds 9 ounces and is the Versteeg’s first baby. Little Jaxson will be watching a lot of hockey in the upcoming weeks as he cheers on his dad and the rest of the team to another Stanley Cup!

Congratulations, Kris and Brittany!

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POSTED ON Monday, 06.1.2015 / 11:30 AM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 2:18 PM CT
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog
(Getty Images)

While players from 26 other NHL teams look on with envy at the final four while swinging golf sticks instead of hockey sticks, the tense playoff battles continue. Every hockey coach knows their best players have to be at their best in order to win. In the playoffs, goalies have to raise their level even higher because the stakes mean a lot more. But the true key to success in the postseason could rest with the players who toil on the third and fourth lines and aren't always counted on for scoring.

With the Blackhawks, that role currently falls on the shoulders of Antoine Vermette, Patrick Sharp and rookie Teuvo Teravainen, along with Marcus Kruger, Andrew Desjardins and the feisty Andrew Shaw. Their task is to make sure they keep their opponents off the scoresheet, plus typically seeing a lot of penalty kill time. Let's hope these two lines keep showing they can make the difference in these playoffs.

The Blackhawks' record for longest playoff game is now 116 minutes, capped off by Kruger's overtime winner in Game 2 in Anaheim. That game, along with Vermette' double-overtime decider in Game 4, recalls past successful extra playoff sessions.

In this year's First Round against Nashville, Duncan Keith had a double-overtime winner in the come-from-behind opener, and Brent Seabrook tallied in the first minute of the third overtime in Game 4. Andrew Shaw had a triple-overtime winner at the UC in the opener of the Stanley Cup Final against Boston on the way to the Cup in 2013.

The first Chicago Stanley Cup was won in the second extra period on April 10, 1934, when Harold "Mush" March scored for a 1-0 victory behind the goaltending of Charlie Gardiner, who tragically died two months later from a brain tumor. Before this year's Chicago overtime playoff marks, the old record was set back in 1931 in Montreal, when Cy Wentworth lit the red light nearly 54 minutes into the third overtime period.

Finally, few can forget Patrick Kane's winner four minutes into overtime in Philadelphia on June 9, 2010, for Chicago's first Stanley Cup in 49 years!

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.15.2015 / 2:16 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The Blackhawks have fans of all shapes, sizes and, shall we say, breeds! Here are a few of our favorite photos sent in of some furry fans cheering on the Blackhawks during the playoffs.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.8.2015 / 2:06 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Artemi Panarin skates with team Russia at the 2015 World Championships. (Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin has had quite a successful year. From helping SKA St. Petersburg claim the Gagarin Cup to making his first World Championship appearance for Russia, he’s playing better hockey than ever before.

Panarin ranked fourth in the Kontinental Hockey League this season with a team-high 62 points, scoring 26 goals in 54 regular-season games with SKA.

The Chicago Blackhawks signed the 23-year-old winger on May 1 and are excited to add Panarin to their lineup. Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman called his offensive skills "electrifying" and thinks Panarin will make an easy transition to Chicago.

“I think when you have a skill set like he does with his ability to shoot the puck, make plays in traffic and have a great release in his shot, those things translate to whatever league you are in,” Bowman said.

“He loves to score goals, and he’s at that age where he’s played several years in the KHL and he’s looking for the next challenge.”

Panarin is currently playing a key role on Russia’s most productive line at the IIHF World Championship, scoring two goals and adding four assists in the tournament so far. Click here to read more about Panarin’s path to the KHL, his impressive season and hopes for his career in the NHL.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.27.2015 / 2:25 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Norah Nemeth dressed in her Blackhawks gear to cheer on her favorite team.  (Photo courtesy of the Nemeth family)

During the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, fans have been sending in photos of their children cheering on the Blackhawks. Here are a few of our favorites!

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.20.2015 / 2:35 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Brandon Anderson/Muskegon Lumberjacks)

1st Star: RW Matheson Iacopelli, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 1A

Iacopelli, Chicago’s third-round draft pick in 2014, got off to a great start in the USHL playoffs, tallying four goals and one assist in Muskegon’s first three games against Youngstown, including the Game 1 overtime winner last Wednesday. Last season’s leading goal-scorer paces the league in playoff scoring so far and shares third in points. Iacopelli finished his second USHL season notched 37 points (23G, 14A) in 56 regular-season games with the Lumberjacks, who lead 2-1 in their first-round series, with Game 4 to be played on Monday evening.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.13.2015 / 1:03 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Spencer Abbott, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP 4G 2A

Abbott’s hot streak continued last week to help Rockford push for home ice in the playoffs, compiling four goals and two assists in three appearances. The 26-year-old led the IceHogs to a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday with four points (2G, 2A) in the contest, then added goals in wins over Iowa and Charlotte last weekend. Abbott has 20 points in 16 games since joining Rockford in March and leads the team with 44 points (18G, 26A) overall this season.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.7.2015 / 10:59 AM CT
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

Dollard St. Laurent, one of the solid Blackhawks defensemen from the 1961 Stanley Cup championship-winning team, passed away on April 6, 2015, at the age of 85.

"Dolly," as he was called by his teamates, played on the 1961 championship after being a part of four Montreal Cup-winning squads. Wearing No. 19, Dolly played from 1958-62 in Chicago after General Manager Tommy Ivan got him in a trade with Montreal. He appeared in five All-Star Games, the last two in a Blackhawks uniform.

Considered a steady stay-at-home defender at the blue line, Dolly played alongside and in front of Hall of Famers Glenn Hall, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Pierre Pilote. His Blackhawks career included 269 regular-season games and 33 playoff contests.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.6.2015 / 1:58 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight prospects who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2014-15 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: RW Ryan Hartman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 3A

Hartman played a big part in helping the IceHogs secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2010, after picking up three goals and three assists in three outings last week. The 2013 first-round pick assisted on Rockford’s only goal in a 6-1 loss at Grand Rapids on Wednesday, then scored twice in a 6-2 win over the Griffins on Friday and posted three points (1G, 2A) in a 7-2 victory over Rochester on Saturday. Hartman extended his point streak to four games and now ranks sixth on the team with 32 points (13G, 19A) in 62 games this season.

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