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DETROIT | The young Detroit Red Wings have made the mighty Blackhawks look vulnerable, beating them two straight times to gain an advantage in their last playoff matchup as Western Conference rivals.
DETROIT | The Detroit Red Wings got much younger this year, rebuilding with rookies and prospects pushed onto the ice.
CHICAGO | Execute the game plan or start digging your own grave.
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.
Emotion vies with skill as Chicago Blackhawks duel archrival Detroit Red Wings in Stanley Cup Playoffs
CHICAGO | It hasn’t been as much a rivalry as a drum pounding.
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 | The Blackhawks waited four playoff seasons and one severe concussion for Marian Hossa to be the load that opponents could not bear.
CHICAGO | As they rubbed sleep out of their eyes Wednesday, 11 hours after their 2 a.m. arrival from the Twin Cities, the Blackhawks acknowledged the necessity of a much better performance against the Minnesota Wild.
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.
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.
When the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the result was as much about chemistry off the ice as it was cohesion on the ice.
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 B…
CHICAGO | Playoff surprise No. 1 for the Blackhawks: backup Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding suddenly playing Tuesday night to trade save for save with counterpart Corey Crawford for almost four periods.
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 | Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had three pressing tasks in his NHL-leading team’s final two-regular season games this weekend.
CHICAGO | Tuning up for the postseason means turning on the power play’s switch for the Blackhawks.
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.
CHICAGO | After a three-game absence, Corey Crawford took his turn Friday night as grist in the Blackhawks’ only burning issue left: which goalie starts in the playoffs.
MUNSTER | This was a case where mother knows best.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks officially clinched a playoff spot Sunday night on, appropriately, captain Jonathan Toews’ third-period goal in a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.
CHICAGO | There was a time when goaltender Corey Crawford tried to be one of the boys in the Blackhawks locker room.
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.
CHICAGO | Sheldon Souray scored with 2:08 left in regulation to break a tie, Jonas Hiller made 25 saves and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 on Friday to end a four-game losing streak.
CHICAGO | Increased confidence, team camaraderie and the pure joy of winning have sprouted out of the Blackhawks’ record-breaking 24-3-3 start.
PITTSBURGH | The fear is gone. The doubt too for that matter. Ditto the hesitation.
DYER | The local teenager who single-handedly maintains a Blackhawks fan page with more subscribers than most printed newspapers has been to exactly one of his favorite team’s games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio | The crowd was roaring on every play, each side kept piling up scoring chances and goaltenders Corey Crawford and Sergei Bobrovsky were trading breath-taking stops.
CHICAGO | They don’t use “domino effect” much in hockey with its unique sport-specific terminology often originated north of the border.
DENVER | The Blackhawks aren't about to mourn the end of their record points streak.
DENVER | The best start in NHL history is over. The Blackhawks finally left the ice without a point — but with their heads held high.
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 | With each point, the pressure grows. The wins are piling up, increasing the expectations. And the Blackhawks just keep going and going.
CHICAGO | Speed traditionally kills in the NHL.
The Blackhawks started the season with questions about their goaltending situation.
GRIFFITH | Meet Ivan Boldirev.
DETROIT | Patrick Kane had a couple shots that simply could not be stopped.
CHICAGO | Brent Seabrook scored on a 2-on-1 break at 3:23 of overtime and the Blackhawks extended their NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 21 games with a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
CHICAGO | Andrew Shaw doesn’t quite possess a choirboy-innocent face.
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 | Corey Crawford made 28 saves, and Andrew Shaw scored the only goal as the Blackhawks stretched their NHL-record, season-opening point streak to 18 games with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
CHICAGO | For 17 games, nobody has been able to beat the Blackhawks in regulation.
CHICAGO | Ray Emery held the puck in his outstretched glove for one sweet moment, then let it fall to the ice.
CHICAGO | Call them the Goldilocks Blackhawks.
CALGARY, Alberta | Marian Hossa scored the tying goal with 2.3 seconds left in the third, Patrick Kane added a goal in regulation then had the shootout winner and the Blackhawks earned a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
CHICAGO | The Blackhawks are off to the best start in their 85-year history, despite not being in charge for much of their game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
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