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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 Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 3:15 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog
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.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 2:02 PM
By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / The Blackhawks Blog


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.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 1:53 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Hjalmarsson

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.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.20.2012 / 2:37 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog
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.
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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 Sunday, 02.19.2012 / 2:56 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

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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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 10:52 AM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
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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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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