CHICAGO | Waking up to the news Thursday the Blackhawks had drawn the Minnesota Wild as their Western Conference semifinals opponent, many pundits and Las Vegas oddsmakers set the defending Stanley Cup champs as prohibitive favorites.
CHICAGO | Gifted with a man advantage for six minutes in the second period Sunday and desperate to survive, the St. Louis Blues pounded, pounded and pounded the Blackhawks again.
CHICAGO | In Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s system, youth is served when productive.
CHICAGO | Winning a shootout Sunday for the first time since Nov. 29 was nice for both the Blackhawks’ momentum and the extra point.
On Sunday night, Andrew Shaw jumped into the fray by providing a screen on Patrick Sharp’s power-play goal that opened the scoring against the Florida Panthers.
It would be tempting for Kris Versteeg to say little has changed since he departed the Blackhawks amid the forced salary-cap purge that pushed him out after the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.
CHICAGO | St. Francis de Sales is looking to make a name for itself in the athletic arenas and went out and got two big names to join its athletic staff.
St. Francis de Sales will name former Bulls first-round draft pick Jeff Sanders as its director of boys basketball operations, a source close to the school told the Times.
The Boston Bruins collected their first victory of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night by checking the Blackhawks relentlessly and wearing them down.
CHICAGO | Increased confidence, team camaraderie and the pure joy of winning have sprouted out of the Blackhawks’ record-breaking 24-3-3 start.
CHICAGO | Call them the Goldilocks Blackhawks.
CHICAGO | Patrick Kane revels in October, almost as much as he did for the month of June two years ago, when his tough-angle overtime goal in Philadelphia snared an uncommon pro sports championship for his adapted city.
CHICAGO | Kirk Hinrich is back with the Chicago Bulls.
CHICAGO | Luol Deng's layup with 3.7 seconds to play lifted the Bulls to a 76-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO | The Bulls' challenging series with Atlanta has been like an airport security check, with Chicago players being scanned and scrutinized.
ATLANTA | Derrick Rose walked slowly out of the arena Saturday, large packs of ice wrapped around both knees.
ATLANTA | Larry Drew likes the look of these playoffs.
CHICAGO | Commissioner David Stern, the most powerful man in professional basketball, tried but couldn't get Derrick Rose to smile.
CHICAGO | All that's missing from Jamal Crawford is a power cord and a wall socket. Plug him in, move all the furniture and watch him take off.
CHICAGO | Attitude is a wonderful thing to have in the competitive arena and at the moment, the Atlanta Hawks are swimming in attitude.
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