|Bobby Hull in action for the Blackhawks.|
Bobby Hull scored the 500th goal of his Blackhawks career on February 21, 1970, as his squad whipped the Rangers 4-2 at the Stadium.
CHICAGO -- Just like that, two of the biggest stars and top-line centers for Tuesday night's matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks are not playing.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is out with an undisclosed upper-body injury that’s being termed "day-to-day" and is different from the one that caused him to miss a game prior to the All Star-break plus the All-Star Game itself.Click here to read ther full post >>
Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since Feb. 10, practiced with the Blackhawks during the team’s morning skate on Tuesday, but the defenseman said he will not play until he feels 100 percent.
Hjalmarsson felt sick and was sent home before the team’s early-February game against the San Jose Sharks. Tuesday was the first time he has skated with the team since then, but he will not play tonight when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings.Click here to read the full post >>
|Goalie Mike Karakas was in net for the Blackhawks during the only recorded "perfect game"—no goals, no penalties—in NHL history.|
In what may have been the only "perfect" game in NHL history, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs battled to a scoreless tie at the Stadium on February 20, 1944, with no penalties called in the match.
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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|Jonathan Toews is adding to a rock-solid 2011-12 season by garnering high praise from his peers in the NHL.|
For the second year running, the National Hockey League Players' Association and CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" conducted a poll of 257 NHL players to gauge their reactions to topics ranging from skill-related categories to general leaguewide issues. Several Blackhawks ranked high individually and the organization itself garnered praise in a few areas.
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|Photo courtesy of Terry Rankin/Saginaw Spirit|
Blackhawks prospect Brandon Saad has been burning up the Ontario Hockey League as of late. In 16 games through January and part of February, Saad has put up 32 points (11G, 21A), contributing to his lofty total of 54 (21G, 33A) in 30 appearances. He is currently working on a 12-game point streak, the last 11 after he was named Saginaw captain on Jan. 17, and is averaging a team-best 1.8 points per game, good for the second highest scoring rate in the OHL behind Sarnia's Nail Yakupov, who is likely to be taken first overall in this summer's NHL Entry Draft.
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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.”Click here to read the full post >>
Coach Quenneville also said that defenseman Steve Montador, who suffered an upper body injury in the 5-2 loss to Colorado Tuesday night, was doing better and would be re-evaluated Thursday in San Jose.
Ever wonder how the Blackhawks stack up against NHL competition beyond just wins and losses? The Hockey News released their “Best of Everything in Hockey” issue last week and the Blackhawks, along with three individual players, placed among the top three in thirteen categories, including four first-place honors.Click here to read the full post >>