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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.07.2012 / 9:45 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


With the Coyotes’ Pacific Division-clinching win against Minnesota Saturday night, the Blackhawks will officially face off with Phoenix in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinal. The series, which will begin either Wednesday or Thursday, will start in Glendale, Ariz., for the first two games, then return to the United Center for the following two.

The Blackhawks were 1-2-1 against Phoenix in the 2011-12 season, as Jonathan Toews (3G, A) and Patrick Sharp (G, 3A) led all Chicago scorers.

Andrew Brunette leads all Blackhawks with 14 goals and 42 points in 46 career games against Phoenix. Toews has tallied 17 points (9G, 8A) in 16 games and Patrick Kane has notched 16 points (3G, 13A) in 18 contests. Goaltender Corey Crawford is 3-1-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average in six career appearances against the Coyotes.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 2:03 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


While not entirely positive, the injury report from Blackhawks practice Thursday was encouraging, as both defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and captain Jonathan Toews inch closer toward returning to the lineup.

Hjalmarsson participated in the team practice Thursday morning, and said he is hopeful that he will play in Friday’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 11:29 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Al Secord (Photo from Chicago Blackhawks Archives)

Wednesday will mark the 639th meeting all-time between the Original Six franchises from Chicago and Toronto, and 85 years of games includes lots of history. Throughout that time, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs have set numerous records and had dozens of memorable moments in their contests. Below are six notable matchups between the Hawks and Leafs:

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.27.2012 / 5:13 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


When the newest Blackhawk Johnny Oduya found out he was bound for Chicago, one emotion topped all others upon hearing the news.

“Excitement,” recalls Oduya, who spoke with reporters Monday, hours after the trade that sent him from Winnipeg to Chicago was completed. “You don’t want to leave your friends and your teammates behind after battling beside them all year, but my first thought was excitement.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 3:52 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


With just 25 games of NHL experience combined, it would be easy for both Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen to take some time to acclimate to the challenge of playing at the NHL level. No one would have faulted the rookies if they needed an adjustment period for the faster pace or if they struggled to keep up with the league's experienced and exceptionally-talented players.

Instead, both recent call-ups are playing important minutes for the Blackhawks and making big contributions during the team’s four-game winning streak.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 1:30 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Toews
Battling an upper body injury, Jonathan Toews will miss his second straight game Thursday night when the Blackhawks host Dallas, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Wednesday. Quenneville said that Toews is considered questionable for the team's matchups against Los Angeles and Anaheim this weekend, as well.

"Tazer is progressing; he's day-to-day," Quenneville said.

Toews currently leads the Blackhawks in goals (29) and ranks second on the team with 57 points in 59 games this year.
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.20.2012 / 10:22 AM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


The Hockey News got personal with Jonathan Toews for their March 5 issue, and the Blackhawks' captain graces the cover of the magazine's latest issue, which is on newsstands now.

Below is an excerpt from the feature story, written by Adam Proteau, courtesy of The Hockey News.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.13.2012 / 5:20 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


In the middle of a grueling road trip, the Blackhawks got a rare practice on home ice Monday. In the middle of an eight-game winless streak, both players and coaches underscored the need to play a total team game on Tuesday night, when the Hawks visit their division rivals in Nashville.

“Top guys have to play like top guys, checkers have to check,” winger Patrick Sharp said. “Everybody has to play their own role. You don’t win games because of a small number of players; you win because the entire team was on the same page from top to bottom. We’ve seen that in the past and this season, and we want to get back to it tomorrow.”

“We certainly need our top guys to be special players here; I think they complement our special teams as well,” said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. “I think everybody has got to have some responsibility here, from the coaches, to the players and how we play in all zones. We’ll get that one win we need so desperately right now and build off of it.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.27.2012 / 8:32 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


4 p.m. ET, NHL All-Star Media Day: With no on-ice obligations on Friday, the 2012 All-Stars were in a different arena on Friday, sitting down with the gathered media for All-Star Media Day. Blackhawks representatives Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa were in the middle of it all, appearing on TSN, NHL Network and WGN Radio, as well as speaking with dozen of other outlets.

"It actually wasn't too bad," Kane remarked after the event. "I was probably only up there for an hour. You get the same questions for sure, but it's something that you do. It's cool appearing on TSN, NHL Network, XM Radio and media like that. It's a good way to get people excited about the game."

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.26.2012 / 3:37 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
This weekend, the Blackhawks Blog will be on the ground in Ottawa taking in all of the sights and sounds of NHL All-Star Weekend 2012.


2:30 p.m. ET, NHL Trophy Processional: As hockey is the national sport of Canada, it only makes sense for its capital of Ottawa to welcome the NHL All-Star Game in grand fashion. And the city found a way to celebrate the game and its unique traditions in a way that may never be replicated: by skating the NHL's trophies down the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway on their way to the Ottawa Convention Center for the All-Star Fan Fest.

Accompanied by hundreds of Timbits Minor Hockey players, as well as their parents, coaches and hundreds of NHL fans, the trophies skated their way down down the canal one by one. If there was large security presence or a velvet rope on site, it was not easy to spot; hockey fans from all over North America were free to get within inches of some of the most important hardware in professional sports, and snap a few pictures as they moved past.

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