|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.
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.Click here to read the full post >>
|The Blackhawks celebrate after clinching the Stanley Cup for the second time on April 12, 1938.|
On April 12, 1938, the Blackhawks captured their second Stanley Cup by defeating Toronto 4-1 at the Stadium.
Toews returns to the lineup after missing 22 games due to an upper-body injury. He scored 29 goals and finished with 57 points, as well as a +17 plus/minus rating in 59 regular-season games this season.
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Tonight, the Blackhawks face off against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal, the first postseason meeting between the two franchises. Before the puck drops, check out the Stanley Cup Playoff stats and trivia you need to know.
1. Patrick Kane leads all active Blackhawks with 48 career points (20G, 28A) in 45 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The 23-year-old’s 48 career postseason points are tied for 15th in Chicago franchise history (Chris Chelios and Cliff Koroll). The Buffalo native's 1.07 points per game in the postseason is tied with Philadelphia’s Jaromir Jagr for fifth among active NHL players.
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|Members of the 1934 championship team pose wit the Stanley Cup.|
Harold "Mush" March scored 11 minutes into overtime to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 decision over Detroit at the old Chicago Stadium and clinch the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.
|Mac Carruth and his Portland Winterhawks are undefeated in six games through the first two rounds of the WHL playoffs. (Photo courtesy of WHL/Bryan Heim)|
Two Blackhawks prospects are providing veteran experience as their teams continue battling in the second round of the CHL playoffs; Saginaw captain Brandon Saad is playing in his second postseason with the Spirit, and Portland goaltender Mac Carruth already has two playoff runs under his belt with the Winterhawks. Through the first two games of their respective second-round series, Saad and Carruth have made significant contributions to try and lead their teams further into the postseason.
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Is it officially a dynasty for Boston College? The Eagles have won three NCAA titles in the last five years: 2008, 2010 and now 2012. The top-ranked team in the nation steamrolled their way through this year’s edition, outscoring opponents 16-2 in four tournament games. BC finished their campaign with 19 consecutive victories dating back to Jan. 27.
Eagles center Kevin Hayes, Chicago’s first-round draft pick in 2010, now joins a growing list of title-winning BC alum in the organization, including his brother, Jimmy, who is about to try for postseason success with the Blackhawks, and Ben Smith, NCAA tournament hero in 2008 and 2010.Click here to read the full post >>
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.
|Kevin Hayes (No. 12) watches the action from the bench during Boston College's 6-1 NCAA semifinal victory over Minnesota on April 5. (Photo by Getty Images)
Kevin Hayes, as younger siblings tend to do, is trying his best to follow in his brother’s footsteps. Jimmy, now with the Blackhawks, won an NCAA title with Boston College in 2010. One of his frequent linemates that year was Chris Kreider; the other was Ben Smith. Smith, of course, currently plays for the IceHogs. Kreider, a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2009, is still at BC, playing wing for the younger Hayes.
Jimmy tallied three points—a goal and two assists—in the 2010 Frozen Four. Kevin, in trying to capture that same title two years later, has one point so far, but it was a big one for BC, who defeated Minnesota 6-1 last night in Tampa to make the title game for the fifth time in seven seasons.Click here to read the full post >>