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Somehow, someway, the Chicago Blackhawks head to Game 7

The best way to sum up the current thoughts on the Chicago Blackhawks is through two contradictory statements that are equally true. I cannot believe that this series with the St. Louis Blues is about to head to its seventh game. But on the other hand, I absolutely can believe that the Hawks have forced a Game 7 in this series. I didn’t think things could seem much bleaker after Game 4, with the Hawks on th ...

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A litany of Blackhawks mistakes in Game 4

If you came here to read an obituary on the Hawks 2015-16 season, you’re in the wrong place. I’m not going to declare this season over or declare this team dead or declare this obstacle too steep to climb. I’ve seen this team overcome too many mountainous hurdles over the last eight years to say that a comeback is not possible. But what I am going to do is to tell you how that road back into this series wil ...

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Blues doomed to repeat same mistakes against Blackhawks

I couldn't believe it when I saw the tweet come across my timeline. How many times are teams going to make the same mistake? https://twitter.com/MarkLazerus/status/720476348905582593 Now, before I get into why Hitchcock's theory here is misguided, let's go back to the 2015 Western Conference Final and an infamous quote from longtime Hawk pest Ryan Kesler. https://twitter.com/Sportsnet/status/602928557950693 ...

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Chicago Blackhawks entering their annual March Malaise

Should we begin to panic about the Chicago Blackhawks? To worry about a team that’s won three Stanley Cups in the last six hockey seasons seems and still has most of its core group intact seems like a lesson in futility, doesn’t it? I mean, every time that I’ve started to worry about the Hawks in this decade, they’ve quickly relieved my fears with a sound beating of a good team almost immediately after. htt ...

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Chicago Blackhawks ink Joel Quenneville to 3-year extension

Rejoice Chicago Blackhawks fans, Coach Q will be here until at least 2020. The Blackhawks announced on Tuesday that they have extended the contract of head coach Joel Quenneville through the 2019-20 season. Quenneville is in his eighth season with the Blackhawks after being named the head coach in October 2008. https://twitter.com/NHLBlackhawks/status/686949582861910017 The decision to extend Quenneville is ...

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Storylines to follow in the 2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks season

In a little less than 24 hours, we’ll get to witness the final act in yet another Stanley Cup victory for the Blackhawks, as the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions banner will be raised to the United Center rafters. Then that'll be a memory and it'll be time for a new season. So let's get right to it: here are some storylines to keep an eye on this winter: I've got Teuvo Teravainen scoring at least 52 points this s ...

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Who’s in goal? It shouldn’t matter for the Blackhawks

Crawford or Darling? Darling or Crawford? It shouldn’t matter. Chicago Blackhawks Joel Quenneville has already named Scott Darling the goalie in Saturday night’s Game 6 matchup between his Hawks and the Nashville Predators. But in all reality, it shouldn’t matter if Darling is the goalie, if Corey Crawford is the goalie, or if goalie coach Jimmy Waite stood between the pipes for the Hawks. This series shoul ...

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Corey Crawford to start game 2 for the Chicago Blackhawks

Well that didn't take long. Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has announced that Corey Crawford will be in net for game two Friday night in Nashville. Quenneville made the announcement when he met the press on Thursday, giving Crawford the nod despite backup Scott Darling's incredible game. Crawford was pulled after the first period Wednesday night, giving up three goals on 12 shots. Quennevill ...

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Predicting the Blackhawks playoff chances a lesson in futility

How are you supposed to make any type of predictions about the Chicago Blackhawks postseason run this year? How are you supposed to know anything about the state of this team as it enters the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh season in a row? The final month of the regular season has been a series of skyscraping highs and plunging lows. It started with Patrick Kane’s injury during a game against the Flor ...

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Embrace Teuvo Time, Blackhawks fans

Listen closely. They’re out there. “THIS KID IS TOO SOFT TO PLAY IN THE NHL!” they’ll say when they call into The Score in the afternoon. “HE DOESN’T HIT ANYBODY!” they’ll yell from the tear-filled shrine to Brandon Bollig they’ve constructed in their basement. “HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY OF THAT GRIT AND TOUGHNESS LIKE THOSE GUYS ON THE ’85 BEARS DID!” they’ll scream from the darkest corners of a dimly-lit bar. T ...

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