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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 1:44 PM


Patrick Kane had a night to remember Tuesday night; and, in the process, brought back memories of Chicago Blackhawks star Denis Savard.

During regulation, Kane had magical assists on both Chicago goals and then scored the winning goal in the shootout as Chicago defeated Anaheim, 3-2, Tuesday night at the United Center.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 4:40 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


The Blackhawks will receive a boost Friday in Dallas, as the team will have forward Patrick Sharp in the lineup, according to Head Coach Joel Quenneville.

“He looks good, he’s ready to go, and he’ll be playing Friday,” Quenneville said.

Sharp did not appear in any preseason games for the Blackhawks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Sept. 12. He has been skating with the team for the majority of the past week.

The Blackhawks’ leading goal scorer in 2010-11, Sharp tallied 71 points (34G, 37) in 74 games with Chicago last season.

Smith skates:
Another familiar face in practice Tuesday was forward Ben Smith, who had not been in practice since leaving the game on Sept. 28 with an upper body injury. Though he did not participate in contact drills, Quenneville seemed optimistic that Smith could return to full practice soon.

“He looked good, skated well… and really progressed the last few days,” Quenneville said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow, and there’s a chance he gets some [contract drills] as well.”

“I feel pretty good,” Smith said. “I’m just taking it day by day.”


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POSTED ON Monday, 10.03.2011 / 3:24 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Despite the Blackhawks’ 4-1 loss in Washington during the team’s preseason finale, there were some good signs to emerge from the Verizon Center Sunday night.

Among the encouraging news was the announcement by Head Coach Joel Quenneville that forwards Dave Bolland and Ben Smith, both sidelined with upper body injuries, are “progressing very well” and could resume practicing this week. “We’re hopeful,” added Quenneville.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.29.2011 / 2:32 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

As the preseason schedule winds down, the Blackhawks could be missing at least two of their forwards for the near future, as Head Coach Joel Quenneville said that both Viktor Stalberg and Ben Smith will miss time after sustaining injuries in Wednesday’s win over Detroit.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 4:06 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Two of the Blackhawks’ biggest weapons will return to the lineup Wednesday, as Head Coach Joel Quenneville announced that both Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will make their preseason debuts tomorrow against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 3:51 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

When the Blackhawks hit the ice for the first time this preseason in Saskatoon, there will be twice the Toews of the average Hawks affair, as Jonathan and younger brother David will both be in the lineup for Chicago.

Jonathan, who certainly casts a big shadow for his little brother as far as Blackhawks fans are concerned, says that it will be the first time since he and David were 6 and 4 years old, respectively, that the two have shared a team.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 5:06 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Among the legions of Blackhawks fans, there are few things that are revered more than the Blackhawks’ logo. And if The Hockey News’ recent poll is any indication, much of the hockey world feels the same way.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 4:00 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

When the Blackhawks face off Oct. 7 in Dallas to begin the 2011-12 campaign, is the final score a barometer for the entire season?

The schedule marks Chicago's 85th season in the NHL, and the Hawks are 35-30-17-2 overall in opening games.

The Hawks have made the playoffs 55 times, which includes 28 straight times from 1970 to 1997, second only to Boston's 29 appearances.

Breaking down the difference between home and road openers over 84 seasons, the Blackhawks are
33-30-19-2 on home ice, which includes the 2009 opener on neutral ice in Finland against Florida. Chicago's road tally is 29-42-12-1.

The Hawks have been in 11 opening game shutouts with a 5-6 record. Glenn Hall registered three whitewashes in season-openers, including his first start in a Hawks uniform in 1957 when he blanked Toronto 1-0 at the Stadium. The eventual Hall of Famer did it again to begin the 1965 and 1966 seasons.

In 2006 at Nashville, the Hawks ran up their highest goal output to start the season with
an 8-6 decision over the Predators. Chicago's widest margin was back in 1938 with a 6-1 romp over the New York Americans.

On other side, in 1944, with many young players serving in the armed forces in World War II,
Toronto beat the Hawks at the Chicago Stadium 11-5.

Comparing the seasons when the Hawks won the Stanley Cup, their record is 0-1-2-1. Other Stanley Cup Final appearances saw the Hawks go 3-1-3 in their season openers.

After being admitted to the NHL on Sept. 25, 1926, the Hawks played their first game on Nov.17, 1926, at the Chicago Coliseum with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto St. Pats. The inaugural game at the Chicago Stadium came on Dec. 15, 1929, when the Hawks whipped the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1.

The Hawks opened the United Center in grand fashion on Jan. 25, 1995, with a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

At least statistically speaking, starting off the schedule with a victory usually leads to better results. But there will be 81 more opponents to battle in the regular campaign. 

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POSTED ON Thursday, 09.01.2011 / 2:52 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog


Coming off the 2010 Stanley Cup championship and the most successful season ever in terms of points by a Chicago team, the Blackhawks had a target on their sweaters during the 2010-11 season. Opponents wanted to use each game as a measuring stick against the champs, and this was especially true in the first two months when the Hawks lost seven games – five by one goal – on United Center ice. Considering the Blackhawks lost only eight home games the year before, there's no doubt that parity of the league and the salary cap has leveled the ice among the teams.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 08.24.2011 / 3:14 PM
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

Grant Mulvey (Photo from Chicago Blackhawks Archives).


In addition to chicagoblackhawks.com's "10 Impressive Performances" list, here a few more of the most impressive games that can be added to the discussion.

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