Hockey is a booming business right now. After an attention-grabbing Olympic trip and an exciting postseason for the scandal-free NHL, revenue and television ratings have risen to record levels across a largely healthy, happy league.
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.
Viktor Stalberg believes the Nashville Predators have many of the elements in place to start winning again.
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 | Johnny Oduya and the Blackhawks took full advantage of a handful of late chances — and New York mistakes.
ST. LOUIS | The penalty kill unit has been the quiet standout in the St. Louis Blues' rise this season.
DETROIT | The Blackhawks are on one of their good streaks.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. | After a rough night of winter travel, the Blackhawks had an equally tough time on the Nashville ice.
NEW YORK | Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk has a shot at winning a fourth straight Frank Selke Trophy, being nominated Wednesday along with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews for the award given to the NHL's best defensive forward.
CHICAGO | Even when the Blackhawks trailed Vancouver 3-0 in their opening-round playoff series, captain Jonathan Toews was convinced the Canucks were a beatable team. And he wasn't afraid to say it.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia | Defenseman Duncan Keith had two goals and two assists and the Blackhawks stayed alive in their Stanley Cup title defense, routing Vancouver 5-0 on Thursday night to cut the Canucks' lead to 3-2 in the first-round series.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia | The Blackhawks got back into their first-round series against the Vancouver Canucks with a blowout victory in Game 4.
CHICAGO | Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook says he's OK after a hard hit from Vancouver's Raffi Torres. After watching replays, he said the initial blow was to his head, and that's why he thinks Torres should have been suspended.
CHICAGO | Jonathan Toews scored two goals and the Chicago Blackhawks held off the Calgary Flames 6-4 on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high six games.
ST. PAUL, Minn. | Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each scored in the second period, and the Blackhawks stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
CHICAGO | Jonathan Toews scored twice in regulation and had the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Blackhawks over the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 on Sunday night for their fourth straight victory.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Joel Quenneville talked softly with his voice raspy in his return behind the bench for the Chicago Blackhawks. The coach is feeling fine, it's just the price of missing a few games and coming back for a game in a soldout building.
CHICAGO | Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Fernando Pisani scored, rookie Corey Crawford made 26 saves and the disciplined Chicago Blackhawks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday night.
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