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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 9:31 AM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

Patrick Sharp scored his 100th career goal against the L.A. Kings on March 22, 2009.

Patrick Sharp tallied the 100th goal of his NHL career as the Blackhawks defeated Los Angeles 4-1 at the United Center on this date in 2009. Sharp finished the game with three points total (2G, 1A) and has proven to be Kryptonite for the Kings—he leads Chicago with 30 points (17G, 13A) in 24 career appearances against LAK.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.21.2012 / 11:18 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Marian Hossa had most of the net at his mercy when he scored his 900th NHL goal on March 20 at Columbus. (Photo courtesty of Getty Images)

Marian Hossa's 900th career point came in the form of a power-play goal scored from the middle of the slot at 4:09 of the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nothing fancy required, just good positioning, some help from a teammate—rookie Andrew Shaw, in this case, with an incisive pass from beside the net—and a sure-handed finish. Just an ordinary play for Hossa, but the milestone is anything but.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 1:39 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

As eight Blackhawks prospects see action in the first round of the NCAA tournament this weekend, seven more will begin postseason play in the Canadian major junior leagues—two each in the WHL and the QMJHL, and three in the OHL.


Western Hockey League

Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks and Kent Simpson of the Everett Silvertips, two of the Blackhawks' three goaltending prospects in the CHL playoffs this season, have started the bulk of their team’s games, with Carruth playing in 63 of 72 possible games and Simpson appearing in net 60 times.

Carruth was outstanding during the regular season for the third-seeded Winterhawks (49-19-3-1 in the Western Conference), going 42-17-2-0 with two shutouts, a 2.96 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Portland faces the Kelowna Rockets in the first round of the WHL playoffs and will host the first two games on March 23-24.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.19.2012 / 12:45 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


The NCAA first-round clash between Boston University and the University of Minnesota on March 24 will feature a clash of Blackhawks blueline prospects in 2011 draft pick Adam Clendening (left) and 2010 draft pick Justin Holl. (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

With conference play wrapping up last weekend, the bracket is now set for the 2012 NCAA men’s hockey 16-team tournament. Getting to this year's Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla., is considered to be college hockey’s Holy Grail—an unqualified measure of any season’s success—and eight Blackhawks prospects will try to reach that stage with their respective teams when postseason action commences this Friday.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.16.2012 / 9:47 AM
By Elise Butler - 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. Brent Seabrook ranks third among Western Conference defensemen with 175 hits this season.

Seabrook’s 175 hits puts him on pace for 203 this season. Seabrook has led Blackhawks defensemen in hits six out of his seven NHL seasons (every season except his rookie year in 2005-06). He also ranks fourth among Western Conference defenseman in blocks with 147.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.09.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Music is a central part of a hockey player’s routine, whether it’s the songs running through the locker room speakers after a game or through his headphones in preparation. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is no different, and he gave us his top five favorite country songs.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.09.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog



Blackhawks TV’s “Monuments to Excellence” premiered Wednesday night at Navy Pier IMAX, sharing the story of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita’s careers and culminating with the unveiling of their statues outside the United Center earlier this season. As a celebration of that event and the duo’s place in Blackhawks history, we bring you The Friday Five: Hull and Mikita Edition

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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 Friday, 03.02.2012 / 12:48 PM
By Elise Butler - 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. Duncan Keith is the second blueliner in Blackhawks history with six 30+ point seasons in his first seven NHL campaigns.

Keith has been an All-Star and won a Norris Trophy in 2010 and now he’s only the second Blackhawks blueliner to claim this feat (the first was fellow Norris winner Doug Wilson).

2. The Blackhawks have a 70-8-12 record all-time when Patrick Kane has recorded a multi-point game.

Not only does a Kane multi-point game give Chicago a good chance to win, but he’s only the third player in franchise history with 50+ points in each of his first five seasons, following Denis Savard and Jonathan Toews.

3. Center Dave Bolland leads the Blackhawks in shooting percentage at 17.7 percent.

While “The Rat” is seen as a grinder, he makes his shots count. He has 17 goals as of Feb. 24, which still leaves him 20 games to pot two more and tie his career-high of 19, set during the 2008-09 season. His shooting percentage that season was 17.1 percent, also a career-high.

4. Nick Leddy’s 30 points (3G, 27A) so far this season are the fourth-highest single-season total ever from a Blackhawks defenseman before the age of 21.

Leddy turns 21 on March 20, but he has already reached a milestone in his young career with 30 points. The 10th-youngest defenseman in the NHL this season, Leddy has played in all 65 Blackhawks games so far in 2011-12.

5. Chicago has a record of 21-1-0 in which forward Andrew Brunette records a point.

Brunette’s 22 points may not be the most among Blackhawks players, but they are valuable. The forward has recorded nine goals and 12 assists through 61 games this season, tallying them almost exclusively in wins.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 3:15 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Both sidelined by upper-body injuries, center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will not be on the ice Friday when Chicago faces the Senators in Ottawa, but both are making progress, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday.

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