CHICAGO | Almost to a man, the Blackhawks were at a loss for words Friday on how to raise their game above the defensively-stifling level of Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings.
CHICAGO | Nine o’clock lightning finally sparked the United Center late Wednesday to brighten up a scrum of an opener of the Western Conference semifinals.
CHICAGO | Practice was long over when Joel Quenneville was stopped by two young boys waiting to get on the ice. They asked if he would sign their sticks, and the former NHL defenseman happily obliged.
CHICAGO | Almost unstoppable with their speed and skills all season, the Blackhawks have a small Achilles heel at which playoff opponents might try to target.
CHICAGO | Increased confidence, team camaraderie and the pure joy of winning have sprouted out of the Blackhawks’ record-breaking 24-3-3 start.
CHICAGO | Cynics might have dived cackling toward the United Center ice like flesh-hungry crows in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” halfway through the first period Sunday.
CHICAGO | Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left in regulation and the Chicago Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night to extend the best start in NHL history.
CHICAGO | Speed traditionally kills in the NHL.
INDIANAPOLIS | Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah knew nothing about the NFL when he was growing up. Now, he could be a first-round pick in April's draft.
CHICAGO | Marian Hossa scored 1:44 into overtime and the Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Monday night to stretch their NHL-record opening points streak to 19 games.
CHICAGO | For 17 games, nobody has been able to beat the Blackhawks in regulation.
CHICAGO | Call them the Goldilocks Blackhawks.
CHICAGO | The Roar returned, way late compared to other years on an Arctic night, but it was there in midseason form.
Patrick Kane breaks in for a first period goal
Marian Hossa introduced before the start of Tuesday's Blackhawks game against St. Louis.
Patrick Kane, left, celebrates his first period goal with Patrick Sharp as the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in their home opener Tuesday.
CHICAGO | Even though their first post-lockout practice Sunday drew a packed house at Johnny’s Ice House, Blackhawks management is following Rocky Wirtz’s admonition to never underestimate paying customers.
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.
NEWARK, N.J. | Adam Henrique scored off a wild scramble in front at 1:03 into overtime and the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 to advance to their first Stanley Cup finals since 2003.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks punched in for overtime in all five of their Western Conference quarterfinals games — but couldn't start to collect comp time on their travel day/off day Sunday.
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