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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 3:30 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Mac Carruth exchanges a handshake with his Kamloops counterpart after registering a Game 7 shutout. (Photo courtesy WHL/Richard Galaway)

After going up 3-0 in their second-round matchup against Kamloops in the Western Hockey League Playoffs, Portland hit a major speed bump, losing the next three contests and being pushed to the brink of elimination. In Game 4, the Winterhawks held a 4-1 lead after the first period, but allowed the next four goals to the Blazers and eventually lost 5-4. Game 5 was a 7-2 blowout loss on home ice. Kamloops engineered another comeback in Game 6, scoring five times in the third period to nip the Winterhawks 7-6.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 9:47 AM

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 Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 3:35 PM


On Monday, goaltender Carter Hutton of the Rockford IceHogs was recalled to provide support for the Chicago Blackhawks in their postseason campaign.

Hutton compiled a 22-13-4 record with a career-high three shutouts and a .917 save percentage in 43 regular-season tilts with Rockford, and was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player at year’s end. The 26-year-old was the first player in franchise history to be honored as the AHL’s Player of the Week twice in one season.

The Blackhawks Blog caught up with the IceHogs' goaltender to learn a little more about him, his favorite things and more.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.16.2012 / 12:31 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Brandon Saad was awarded the OHL's William Hanley Trophy for most sportsmanlike player of the 2011-12 season. (Photo courtesy Terry Wilson/OHL)

In the first three second-round games between Saginaw and London, Brandon Saad logged two goals and three assists as the Spirit sprung out to a surprise 2-1 series lead. But the top-ranked Knights managed to shut down Saginaw’s captain and leading postseason scorer in the next three games, holding Saad without a point as the Spirit fell out of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.16.2012 / 10:55 AM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

The 1961 Stanley Cup champions.

The Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup on April 16, 1961, with a 5-1 romp over the Red Wings in Detroit. Ab McDonald recorded the game winner at 18:49 of the second period.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.14.2012 / 10:52 AM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

It was a night for nostaglia on April 14, 1994, in the last regular season game at the Chicago Stadium, which was spoiled by a 6-4 loss to Toronto.
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POSTED ON Friday, 04.13.2012 / 2:59 PM

On Friday, the Blackhawks announced that they have signed forward Peter LeBlanc to a one-year deal. The Blackhawks Blog caught up with the IceHogs' center to learn a little more about him, his favorite things and more.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.13.2012 / 10:44 AM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

On April 13, 1967, winger Ken Wharram scored the fastest goal to start a playoff game in franchise history when he beat Maple Leaf goalie John Bower just 9 seconds into the game at Toronto.
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POSTED ON Friday, 04.13.2012 / 10:03 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. With two assists in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal, Patrick Kane has 16 points (4G, 12A) in his last 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games, beginning with Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the 2010-11 playoff campaign, Kane registered 6 points (1G, 5A) in 7 games. During the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kane tallied 10 goals and 18 assists in 22 games, racking up 28 points (just one point shy of teammate and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Toews' 29 postseason points).

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 4:09 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Blackhawks prospect Mac Carruth has won seven of eight WHL playoff games in Portland's playoff run. (Photo courtesy of WHL/Bryan Heim)

As the second round of the Western Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League playoffs passed their halfway points, the outlook for Mac Carruth and the Portland Winterhawks became clearer, while Brandon Saad and the Saginaw Spirit still face a tough test ahead.

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Brandon Saad and the fifth-ranked Saginaw Spirit have found themselves in a familiar position in their second-round series against the London Knights: tied 2-2 after the first four games of the series. Saginaw’s first-round matchup against Sarnia was similarly tied before the Spirit won the next two contests. Saginaw and London split a pair of 5-2 games earlier this week, with each team winning on the road. Spirit captain Saad recorded two assists in Game 3, but was held scoreless in Game 4.  

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