Stanley Cup Playoffs
CHICAGO | Patrick Kane reveled in being a Sports Illustrated cover boy this week.
CHICAGO | The last time the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and a frustrating title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.
The Blackhawks' Byron Froese (58) celebrates his first period goal with teammates Brad Mills and Ben Smith, right, during a preseason NHL hockey game against Detroit. Smith is one player who could have a larger role this season.
GRIFFITH | Blackhawks tickets for the Stanley Cup playoffs went for astronomical prices.
CHICAGO | You'd figure Blackhawks strongman Bryan Bickell would have found a way to handle 6-foot-9 Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara after both were pounding and screaming at each other during one on-ice tussle.
Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, left, keeps his eye on the puck while defenseman Sheldon Brookbank prepares to block him during practice Friday in Chicago.
Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, right, skates past defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to get the puck during practice Friday in Chicago.
Hockey fans who endured another lockout are in for a treat that'll cap a sprint of a season.
CHICAGO | Deep into a second overtime, Patrick Kane's go-ahead goal propelled the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup finals in four seasons Saturday night.
Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, right, celebrates his goal with Patrick Sharp during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings of Thursday's Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. The Hawks lead the series 3-1.
CHICAGO | When the Blackhawks were in deep trouble in the second round of the playoffs, they used desperation to their advantage and pulled off a big comeback in an already impressive season.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. | The Los Angeles Kings have been in all types of jams during the past two postseasons. Just a few weeks ago, they even escaped the same 0-2 deficit they're now facing in the Western Conference finals.
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.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks waited four playoff seasons and one severe concussion for Marian Hossa to be the load that opponents could not bear.
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.
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.
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