CHICAGO | Creating more traffic by Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and finally reviving their near-moribund power play were the goals Saturday night as the Blackhawks season teetered on the brink.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews crashes into Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the second period of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday in Detroit.
The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews battles for position in front of the goal with Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the second period of Game 2 of Western Conference semifinals Saturday.
DETROIT | The Detroit Red Wings got much younger this year, rebuilding with rookies and prospects pushed onto the ice.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | The Blackhawks were beaten the last game in the corners, along the boards and by an overtime goal for the Minnesota Wild.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | Beating the Blackhawks usually requires a certain kind of performance: bruising, aggressive and unflappable.
The Blackhawks' Michael Frolik shoots against Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu in the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Sunday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | NHL hockey was absent from Minnesota for seven years, and the upstart Wild stumbled through two rough seasons in their debut.
CHICAGO | Minnesota Wild backup goalie Josh Harding, gamely playing with multiple sclerosis, had to share the spotlight with the Blackhawks’ Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp by the end of Friday night's game.
CHICAGO | A year ago, Brandon Saad was just a footnote when he made his postseason debut for Chicago against the Phoenix Coyotes. He skated for just over 10 minutes in two games and picked up his first career NHL point on an assist, but the Blackhawks were eliminated in the first round.
Minnesota goalie Josh Harding defends the net against Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad in the third period of Game 1 of a Stanley Cup playoff series Tuesday in Chicago. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 2-1.
In so many ways, sports can bring out the worst in us.
BOSTON | The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games Friday while authorities searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings and officials warned nearly 1 million people to stay indoors.
CHICAGO | Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery has a lower body injury and will not play against Nashville on Friday.
ST. LOUIS | Corey Crawford came away with the shutout in this one, not Brian Elliott.
The Blackhawks' Dave Bolland gets the puck past St. Louis Blues' Roman Polak in the first period Sunday in St. Louis.
The Blackhawks' Dave Bolland returned to the lineup for the Red Wings sereis.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. | The Blackhawks have plenty of offense.
DETROIT | In less than two minutes, the Blackhawks did all the damage they needed to do. And then they just kept scoring.
Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, left, celebrates his first period goal with right wing Michael Frolik on Sunday in Detroit.
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