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  • The takes were coming in hot Thursday night after the Blackhawks lost 1-0 to the Predators in their series opener. This was a home game for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, yet the Hawks found themselves in a hole after a poor first period, then couldn’t break through with Pekka Rinne in the zone. You pretty much know what followed next: A combination of people telling everyone not to freak out, and people totally freaking out. It’s not the playoffs until Blackhawks fans are totally overreacting to each ebb and flow in what we’ve all learned by now is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • On Wednesday morning, the Blackhawks rid themselves of the horrendous, miserable, albatross that was winger Bryan Bickell’s contract. That’s the good news. The bad news? They also had to move 21-year-old forward Teuvo Teravainen to get the deal done.
  • The Blackhawks have had to dump a ton of talent over the past year to stay under the salary cap
  • The Blackhawks look vulnerable and the Blues know change is coming if they lose another first round series.
  • Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien tied Art Ross for the most wins in franchise history with 387, and Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on Thursday.Julien is in his ninth season with Boston. His record with the Bruins is 387-215-85. Ross was 397-290 with 95 ties in 17 seasons with Boston, from 1924-45.
  • Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made history against the Nashville Predators last week. He and his players will try to make some more on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will try for a team-record 12th consecutive victory when they visit the Predators (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, SNO, CSN-CH). Chicago matched the team mark set in 2012-13 by winning its 11th in a row Sunday, defeating the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2.
  • en the Blackhawks were in Edmonton early last week, Andrew Shaw was plotting his next move. That is, his next prank on captain Jonathan Toews. "I'm probably going to get him the next few days," Shaw said. "Check back with me in Calgary." A few days later, the Hawks were in Calgary. So, did you get him? "No, I didn't. It was a busy day (Thursday)," Shaw said. "We've got time though." Shaw and Toews have a rivalry when it comes to pulling pranks on each other in their hotels.
  • Blackhawks star Patrick Kane will not face rape charges after a three-month investigation into a claim that prosecutors concluded was "rife with reasonable doubt." In a statement released Thursday morning, prosecutors in western New York said there were "significant material inconsistencies" between the accuser's claims and those of other witnesses. They also said the physical and forensic evidence "tend to contradict" her allegation that she was raped in Kane's bed.
  • e Blackhawks have made a number of roster moves early in the season in trying to find which players will fit with whom and which young players might be able to contribute to the roster. But Monday they made perhaps their most significant roster move involving one player who could be important to their future and one who has lost favor in the organization.
  • Patrick Kane will be in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks when they open their preseason schedule against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday.
  • Suspending Patrick Kane until the sex assault allegations against him are resolved may be the Blackhawks’ best option.
  • Electronic Arts announced on Wednesday that Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane would no longer appear on the cover of its upcoming NHL game.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have turned the Windy City into a hockey mecca once again, with three Stanley Cups in the last six years. They want to take that a step further in the near future by trying to bring a major international tournament to Chicago in 2018. Late last week, Blackhawks’ chairman Rocky Wirtz formally submitted a bid to the International Ice Hockey Federation for the Blackhawks, on behalf of the city of Chicago, to host the 2018 U-20 World Junior Hockey Championships.
  • Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford forgot to say earmuffs during the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup victory parade, dropping two f-bombs during his legendary speech. Fast forward two years to 2015 after the Blackhawks paraded through the streets following their latest championship, and the goaltender was back to his profanity-laden ways.
  • The Blackhawks staged a parade through the downtown Chicago area culminating with a rally in a sold-out (of free tickets) Soldier Field on Thursday. There's a good chance none of it happens without Corey Crawford. In a series as close as the 2015 Stanley Cup Final was between the Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, one in which the first multi-goal lead for either team did not come until the 354th minute of hockey, small differences decided the series. The best way to tip the scales when a bounce here or there could be the difference in the outcome of the game or the series is to have your goalie playing his best postseason hockey.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was a unanimous choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after a 2-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on Monday that gave the Blackhawks their third championship in six seasons.
  • Jun 15 2015
    Yeah, The Blackhawks Are A Dynasty
    The Chicago Blackhawks will take the ice tonight for the chance to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. For NHL fans whose memories stretch back to the 1970s and 1980s, such a feat might not seem all that impressive. The NHL was once extremely friendly to dynasties: The Montreal Canadiens won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979, the New York Islanders did so from 1980 to 1983 and then the Edmonton Oilers won five Stanley Cups in seven seasons from 1984 through 1990.
  • With no official guidelines for what a dynasty is, the debate about which teams belong in that category are often the topic of intense debate among fans. "It's one of those things that makes great conversation," Hockey Hall of Fame center Bryan Trottier told NHL.com. Trottier should know; he was a key player on one of the NHL teams universally called a dynasty. His New York Islanders won Stanley Cup four straight years, from 1980-83.
  • As the Chicago Blackhawks advanced through four playoff rounds, clawing their way past Nashville, routing Minnesota, then rallying to defeat the Ducks to win the Western Conference final, one player's constant excellence was their talisman through every twist and turn.
  • There simply is not a better organization in the NHL right now than the Chicago Blackhawks. Thanks to their 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night, the Blackhawks successfully climbed to the top of the NHL mountain for the third time in six years and cemented themselves as the gol