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The skill-set has been in plain sight for awhile. Patrick Kane’s such a great stickhandler with the hockey equivalent of point-guard moves that a classic playmaking center might not be the best fit on his line.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks are going with chemistry, camaraderie and core talent rather than a big splash in the trade market as their down-the-stretch strategy.
The gala Soldier Field game Saturday night left behind one important Blackhawks casualty: Marian Hossa.
CHICAGO | The snow swirling around Soldier Field in poetic circles amid 17-degree temperatures Saturday night gave off a classic Currier and Ives veneer.
CHICAGO | To Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins players, the ice on the Soldier Field outdoor rink felt as good as Friday night it appeared, almost glistening to a white sheen under the stadium arc lights.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks will have enough energy-draining tasks ahead, starting with Saturday's outdoor game against the Penguins at Soldier Field, and leading into a busy stretch run through the playoffs.
SKOKIE | This was postseason-quality entertainment in a preview package: big vs. small in a one-on-one duel in the fourth quarter.
CHICAGO | Outdoor rinks have come lights years in the more than half-century since Tony Esposito stopped pucks in sub-zero weather in his native Sault Sainte Marie, Ont.
White Sox players old and new like the partial lineup makeover general manager Rick Hahn has crafted for its first on-field display in spring training starting Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.
The Cubs won’t conduct a classic spring training, beginning today when pitchers and catchers report to spanking-new 15,000-seat Cubs Park in Mesa, Ariz.
Mark Kelley and his Blackhawks scouts who scour amateur hockey talent across North America may be the most unsung talent judges in all of Chicago pro sports.
CHICAGO | Usually a manager’s job security is shaky, at best, after a 99-defeat season.
CHICAGO | Getting out of their frigid, snow-swarmed home Tuesday night did not provide a climatic upgrade for the Blackhawks.
CHICAGO | While discussing Jonathan Toews being named an alternate captain with Shea Weber on Team Canada, Joel Quenneville was asked about the Hawks’ captain’s seeming ultimate destiny in about 15 years: NHL head coach.
CHICAGO | Winning a shootout Sunday for the first time since Nov. 29 was nice for both the Blackhawks’ momentum and the extra point.
CHICAGO | Joel Quenneville will not go there.
For an all-inclusive $60, you’ll be able to meet Clark, the new furry Cubs mascot whom all the fuss is about.
CHICAGO | Like he was on the Academy Awards’ stage, John Wiedeman praised every one of his broadcast co-workers and the Blackhawks organization in his receipt of the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year Award late last week.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks finally got some relief and smiles Sunday night — at their own expense — in a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
While baseball is typically a game of inches, Mark Mulder has discovered it’s more like two feet, or the distance between his mid-section and his face.
CHICAGO | The Hall of Fame got a welcome respite Wednesday from years of controversy over candidates tainted by performance-enhancing drugs.
CHICAGO | NHL teams usually don’t pay $16 million over four seasons for an enforcer, throwing his weight around, who doesn’t have a nose for the net.
CHICAGO | Who’s a better rookie goalie, the Blackhawks’ Antti Raanta or the Los Angeles Kings’ Martin Jones?
CHICAGO | The snow-job the San Jose Sharks lowered on the Blackhawks Sunday night held up equally as long as the storm outside the United Center.
CHICAGO | Antti Raanta’s consistent play filling in for the injured Corey Crawford may get the rookie goalie more starts even after Crawford returns, possibly as early as Thursday.
CHICAGO | Just named “First Star of the Game,” Antti Raanta did a victory lap on the United Center Ice on Monday night.
CHICAGO |The quicksilver Blackhawks forward with point-guard moves and stereoscopic vision keeps much of his motivation all in the family.
LISLE | Today, Jim Thome isn’t exactly regarded as a Santa Claus for the determined, but still-tornado-battered, city of Washington, Ill.
CHICAGO | The clock is ticking for Blackhawks backup goalie Jason LaBarbera to hop on the Rockford Shuttle and go back down to the American Hockey League.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks have to look hard for problems.
CHICAGO | When the Blackhawks successfully kill all three penalties in a game, as they did Sunday night against the Los Angeles Kings, it’s a moral victory these days.
CHICAGO | Antti Raanta had to possess a short memory, nerves of steel and maturity beyond his years Sunday night.
Now if only Adam Eaton could walk the walk like Kenny Lofton, after talking the talk Wednesday, the White Sox might have something.
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.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks’ slump-busting 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night was marred by the first-period departure of starting goalie Corey Crawford due to an apparent leg injury.
Paul Konerko firmly declined Wednesday to use the word “coach” in any of the upcoming job descriptions of his 16th and final season with the White Sox at age 38 in 2014.
CHICAGO | If Antti Raanta said he’s not nervous before his third NHL start in goal, possibly as soon as Friday, of course he’d be lying.
CHICAGO | Duncan Keith’s numbers speak for themselves.
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.
Even the greatest auteur often does not land the most desired “get” for his production.
CHICAGO | It doesn’t get easier from here on for Angel Figueroa of Bishop Noll and Kevin Jones of Portage.
CHICAGO | Letting his Blackhawks sleep on their worst performance of the season in Nashville on Saturday, coach Joel Quenneville delayed a locker-room review of the debacle until shortly before Sunday’s game.
CHICAGO | Curtis Granderson was still as verbally diplomatic with his free-agent plans, including the White Sox, as he was snaring corporate or community contributor to his far-flung philanthropic efforts.
Ryan McGuffey has almost lost track of all the production hats he’s worn the past 15 years behind the camera at Comcast Sports Net Chicago and predecessor Fox Sports Chicago.
CHICAGO | One of these days, sooner rather than later, the Blackhawks expect to have to win a game 1-0 or 2-1.
CHICAGO |Why wasn’t Nikolai Khabibulin in goal Sunday night on the tail end of the Blackhawks’ back to-back schedule Sunday, against the NHL bottom-feeding Edmonton Oilers?
CHICAGO | There’s still plenty of life in Marian Hossa’s old carcass.
CHICAGO | At 6-foot-3, Jose Abreu cut an impressive figure in his shiny gray suit Tuesday. He looked like the quintessential power hitter even out of uniform.
CHICAGO | Blackhawks farmhands have two related goals: impress coach Joel Quenneville when called up, and thus get off the “Rockford Express.”
CHICAGO | With 21st century sports medicine and workout routines, a 40-year-old apparently can still properly condition himself to perform like an armored-up gymnast while possessing stereoscopic vision behind a mask fit for a horror film.
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