Outstanding saves by Crawford, Elliott best plays from All-Star Game

Jared Clinton
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Who would have thought that the two best plays from the NHL’s All-Star Game would have come from the goaltenders?

In a game with that much talent, it’s usually the snipers who are putting on a clinic. Alas, it was stops by Chicago Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford and St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott – a late, injury replacement entry into the game –  that truly stand as the two best highlights from the exhibition. Read more

Major McLaughlin’s mad moves made for Black Hawks miracle 1938 Stanley Cup

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You couldn’t make this up. An American-born National League baseball umpire coaches the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1937-38 season. His club finishes dreadfully under .500, yet manages to make the playoffs. His goalie is injured the day of Game 1. A replacement is reputedly found in a Toronto tavern. He beats the heavily favored Maple Leafs and then is suspended by the league. Eventually, the Hawks win the championship, but Lord Stanley’s Cup isn’t even around for the players to haul around the rink.

Go figure. Read more

Sick of Chicago playing outdoor games? Too bad

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Chicago's Patrick Kane in Washington (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

One of several big announcements made by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Saturday afternoon was the slate of outdoor games for the 2015-16 season. Montreal will take on Boston at the New England Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, Detroit will travel to Coors Field to face the host Colorado Avalanche and Chicago will venture out to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium to take on the Wild.

As soon as the Blackhawks were announced as competitors, the Internet crowd got a bit jealous. After all, there are still nine NHL teams that have never played in an outdoor game and don’t have one scheduled right now: Arizona, Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Nashville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg. The Jets could have hosted a fourth outdoor game next year, but an agreement could not be reached with the CFL’s Blue Bombers over a stadium date (Bettman hoped that 2016-17 would work now).

The Hawks are already on outdoor game No. 4 now. So why Chicago again?

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Why it’s time to consider Patrick Kane one of the game’s elite

Jared Clinton
Patrick Kane featured

On Tuesday night, Patrick Kane scored his 200th goal in the NHL. That’s far and away the best total from the 2007 draft class, so maybe it’s about time to consider Kane not just a playmaker but also an elite goal scorer.

The Chicago Blackhawks superstar has been steady for the franchise since entering the league, consistently potting more than 20 goals in each season of his career while generally being good for about 70 points. Even in his one down season in 2011-12, Kane netted 23 goals and 66 points, the .8-point per game pace being the worst of his career. There’s never been a question that Kane has been one of the most creative and relied upon playmakers in the league over the past five seasons, but it’s never seemed like he himself was the main threat to score. In 2014-15, however, that’s changed. Read more

Report: Minnesota, Colorado to host NHL outdoor games next season

The crowd at Chicago's Soldier Field for the 2014 Stadium Series game between the Hawks and Pens. (Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild will each host outdoor games next season, according to a report Wednesday from TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The games will complement the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, which will take place in Boston’s Gillette Stadium and feature the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. Read more

Carcillo gets six-game ban for crosscheck on Jets’ Perreault

Jared Clinton
Dan Carcillo

Chicago Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo has been suspended for six games following his crosscheck to the arm of Jets’ center Mathieu Perreault in Friday night’s contest between Chicago and Winnipeg.

The crosscheck, which came in the dying seconds of the second period, forced Perreault out of the Friday night tilt and sidelined him for Winnipeg’s Sunday meeting with the Arizona Coyotes. The Department of Player Safety’s decision to suspend Carcillo for six games is due in large part to his suspension history. Read more

Shawn Horcoff flattened an unsuspecting Patrick Sharp last night

Jared Clinton
Patrick Sharp (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

There’s a good reason why players are taught to check over their shoulders before attempting to make a quick move one way or the other. Unfortunately for him, Patrick Sharp can be used as an example of what not to do.

On Sunday night, as the Blackhawks took on the Stars, Sharp skated into the Dallas zone after a loose puck. With Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak putting pressure on him from the right, he turned back quickly, only to be met by the hard-charging shoulder of Shawn Horcoff. The hit was a train wreck. Read more