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POSTED ON Friday, 04.27.2012 / 11:32 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Mac Carruth (bottom, second from right) made 39 saves on 40 shots in a 4-1 victory as the Winterhawks clinched the WHL's Western Conference championship on April 26. (Photo courtesy of WHL/Bryan Heim)

Mac Carruth and the Portland Winterhawks continued their dominant postseason run by claiming their second consecutive Western Conference Championship on Thursday evening with a 4-1 victory over Tri-City and advancing to the WHL’s final round against either the Edmonton Oil Kings or Moose Jaw Warriors.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.27.2012 / 11:03 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

On April 29, one of the Blackhawks' brightest stars adds one more candle to his birthday cake. That's right, Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews turns 24 on Sunday. As a celebration of the captain's special day, we bring you The Friday Five: Jonathan Toews Edition.

1. Toews scored his first NHL goal on his first shot in his first game on Oct. 10, 2007 against the San Jose Sharks.

At just 19 years old, Toews beat Evgeni Nabokov with a snap shot on his sixth shift.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.26.2012 / 2:54 PM
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, 04.26.2012 / 10:55 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Only one shorthanded hat trick has ever been scored in NHL history—Theo Fleury achieved this singular feat on March 9, 1991, in a 8-4 Calgary win over the St. Louis Blues. The achievement is improbable at the college level—it has happened only six times in NCAA Division I history, according to the Hockey Hall of Fame—though it is probably not so rare at the rec-league level. But one place it had never happened before was the United States Hockey League, the top junior level in the United States.

At least, until April 24, 2012. That's when Blackhawks prospect Alex Broadhurst (drafted 199th overall in 2011) made history by tallying this shorthanded trio for the Green Bay Gamblers against the Youngstown Phantoms in a 6-3 victory in the first round of the USHL playoffs:

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 12:13 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith will play for Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship beginning May 4. (Getty Images)

The season may have ended for Chicago, but hockey isn't over for a couple of Blackhawks. Defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Patrick Sharp have accepted invitations to join Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, held in Finland and Sweden from May 4-20.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 2:23 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

Gary Suter became the first Chicago defenseman to register a hat trick in a playoff game on April 24, 1994, but it took Jeremy Roenick's overtime goal to nip Toronto 4-3 in Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 1:27 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
In a city like Chicago, it's no surprise that a big ticket like a Blackhawks playoff game would attract big-name fans. In Game 3 on April 17, fans caught a glimpse of Bears cornerback Charles Tillman participating in Shoot the Puck. Last night, the United Center hosted a smorgasboard of famous fans, both Chicago-born and Chicago-adopted. Take a look at who showed up to cheer on the Blackhawks:


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POSTED ON Monday, 04.23.2012 / 2:28 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

On April 23, 1994, Tony Amonte became the second Blackhawk to score four goals in a playoff game (after Denis Savard in 1986) as Chicago edged Toronto 5-4 in Game 3 of the conference quarterfinals.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.23.2012 / 1:50 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
The Portland Winterhawks celebrate with goaltender Mac Carruth after winning 5-4 in overtime in Game 2 against the Tri-City Americans. (Photo courtesy WHL/John Allen)

After a wild finish to their seven-game second-round series, Portland remained on a rollercoaster ride this past weekend, recording a pair of overtime victories to take a 2-0 lead over the Tri-City Americans in the Western Conference Final of the Western Hockey League.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.20.2012 / 2:48 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


1. Defenseman Brent Seabrook's four points (1G, 3A) over the past four games have all come in the third period.

Seabrook scored the equalizer with 15 seconds left in regulation of Game 1 and notched an assist with 6 seconds left in the third period in Game 2. The blueliner recorded the primary assist on Chicago's third period goal in Game 3.

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