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Blackhawks-Lightning Stanley Cup Final: Key matchups

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks are two evenly matched teams, whether you compare them via the eye test or analytics. This is one reason why a lengthy Stanley Cup Final is expected, and as with any series, certain matchups will determine the outcome. Here are four matchups to keep an eye on during this year’s Cup Final. “Triplets” vs. Chicago’s No. 1 Defense...
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Dinosaur in Chicago won't wear Blackhawks jersey this year

A 75-foot-tall brachiosaurus skeleton replica outside of the Field Museum in Chi-Town has been the Chicago Blackhawks’ biggest supporter during recent runs to the Stanley Cup courtesy of a ginormous custom ‘Hawks jersey draped across its body. But this year, unfortunately, that won’t be the case. Sadly, the weather is to blame. “The sweater we...Read More The post Huge dinosaur...
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Lightning GM full of praise for Blackhawks' Toews

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was a highly accomplished hockey player before transitioning to the front office. Yzerman averaged over a point-per-game throughout his more than 1500-career games, and he was a 10-time All Star and a three-time Stanley Cup champion. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews looks to join Yzerman as a three-time Stanley Cup champion as Chicago enters...
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3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Before leading Hawks dynasty, Toews was North Dakota fixture

  View image | One of the faces of the NHL will take the ice on Wednesday night for Game 1 of his third Stanley Cup Final appearance with two wins under his belt already. For Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, this is nothing new. He's been there and he has conquered. In a frantic comeback effort to force overtime in Game 5 of the Western Conference...
Via Flyerdelphia
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Chicago Blackhawks & Tampa Bay Lightning: Conn Smythe frontrunners

Now that the Stanley Cup final matchup is set, I want to take a closer look at who are the leading candidates to take home the Conn Smythe trophy. This trophy is awarded to the playoff MVP, but lets be realistic, the best player in this series is more than likely going to win it. The winner of this award will also more than likely come from the winning team, as there have only been...
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How the Chicago Blackhawks are thriving in salary cap era

The Chicago Blackhawks will compete in their third Stanley Cup Final of the salary cap era (2005 to the present) Wednesday night in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The salary cap was supposed to bring more parity to the league, and for the most part, it has succeeded with seven different champions in nine seasons. However, since 2008, the Blackhawks have overcome the...
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Don’t Sleep On Marian Hossa

The Chicago Blackhawks are about to open up play against the Tampa Bay Lightening for their third Stanley Cup title in five years. While that fact is astounding, especially in the salary cap era, it doesn’t even come close to as impressive as one of the Hawks most elite players. He has built a Hall of Fame career and only gets better as the years pass by; furthermore he does not...
Via Sports Mockery
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Chicago Blackhawks: Keys to beating the Lightning

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning match up almost perfectly, as the Lightning are a less experienced version of the Blackhawks. In this years’ Stanley Cup Finals, the Blackhawks will be looking for their third Cup win in the last six years, while the Lightning are making a finals’ appearance just one year removed from being swept by the Montreal Canadiens in...
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Blackhawks Game 7 Goal Reactions

The Blackhawks are heading to the Stanley Cup Final thanks to smoking the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Myself, G-Hunt, and 8 others got down in the Bacon Skybox and filmed our reactions after each of the Blackhawks Game 7 goals.   #BecauseItsTheCup CHECK OUT MORE OF OUR ORIGINAL VIDEOS The post Blackhawks Game 7 Goal Reactions appeared first on Bacon Sports.
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2015 Stanley Cup Final preview: Blackhawks vs. Lightning

The 2015 Stanley Cup Final is a matchup that showcases what the NHL is quickly becoming: a fast-paced, skilled game where puck possession and good transition play are the keys to success. The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning advancing to this stage is no accident, and they should provide an exciting, lengthy series. There also are a few historical elements to this series...
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If you love speed, you'll love the 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Speed, youth and (in)experience highlight the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Either way, this will be fun. The post Blackhawks Vs. Lightning: If You Love Speed, You’ll Love The 2015 Stanley Cup Final appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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Blackhawks Robot, Duncan Keith, Deserves The Conn Smythe

The freak that is Duncan Keith has a lot of people questioning whether or not he is indeed a human being. He’s logged 537 minutes in the playoffs this season which is more than an hour longer than any other player. If you ask Keith, he’d tell you he’s not even tired, and there’s reason to believe him. Keith deserves serious consideration for becoming just the 10th defenseman...
Via Sports Mockery
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VIDEO: Blackhawks Add “Country Music Stars” to Resume

The Chicago Blackhawks are on their way back to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in five years. Up to this point it has been a crazy ride throughout the playoffs: the goalie carousel against Nashville; having to deal with the Predator’s “Keep out the Red” antics; sweeping the Minnesota Wild and knocking them out of the playoffs for the third year in a row; and...
Via Sports Mockery
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Game 7 between Blackhawks and Ducks set a ratings record for NBC

Game 7 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks was a huge success in terms of ratings. The overnight rating for Game 7 of the Western Conference Final earned the highest overnight rating of any non-Stanley Cup Final game in NBC history. The broadcast brought in an overnight rating of 3.27 and saw some huge numbers in the cities of Chicago and Los Angeles. Despite the fact...
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Toews Shaping Up To Be One Of The Best Players In Blackhawks History

View image | A franchise with a storied history, an original six team, the Chicago Blackhawks are one of those teams with an abundance of Hall of Fame players that have walked through those doors. A team with five Stanley Cups, 15 division titles and dozens of Hall of Famers, it is extremely hard to get consideration for being one of the greatest. Though he is...
Via Beyond The Benches
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Game 7 between the Ducks and Blackhawks delivered big ratings

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 and the only group potentially happier by the result than Blackhawks fans are the folks over at NBC. Game 7s are usually a hit in terms of ratings, but Game 7 between the Ducks and Blackhawks delivered a rating which exceeded even optimistic expectations. As seen in the Chicago Tribune, Game 7 posted a 3.27 overnight rating...
Via Puck Drunk Love
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Collaborative A.I. Predicts The Chicago Blackhawks Will Win The Stanley Cup

Six weeks ago a group of UNUM software users formed their “Swarm Intelligence” regarding the Stanley Cup and predicted the Chicago Blackhawks would take home the NHL crown. The software made this prediction despite the Hawks having  7 to 1 odds to make it through the playoffs as the eventual winners of Lord Stanley’s cup. Chicago has merely [&hellip The post Collaborative...
Via No Coast Bias
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Thank you Blackhawks, signed NBC; Huge Chicago numbers loom for Stanley Cup Final

The Blackhawks not only delivered huge ratings Saturday night, they also bring the promise of even bigger numbers for NBC for the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks’ victory in Game 7 posted a 3.27 overnight rating of major markets on NBC, the highest ever for a non-Stanley Cup Final game on the network; 1 national ratings point is worth the equivalent of more than 1 million homes...
Via Sherman Report
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2015 Stanley Cup Final schedule

The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning will battle for the Stanley Cup beginning on Wednesday, June 3rd. The series will begin in Tampa Bay for Game 1 and Game 2 before shifting to Chicago for Game 3 and Game 4. Here’s the full schedule, including TV info: Wednesday June 3 – Blackhawks at Lightning (Amalie Arena) – 8:00 p.m. on NBC Saturday June 6 – Blackhawks at...
Via Puck Drunk Love
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The Rebirth – And Return – Of Brad Richards

On June 20, 2014, the New York Rangers rid themselves of an underachieving veteran who was, in the eyes of many New Yorkers, killing their chances of winning a Stanley Cup. Brad Richards received a compliance buyout from the Rangers with six years remaining on the nine-year, $60M million contract he originally signed in 2011. […] The post The Rebirth – And Return – Of Brad...
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Blackhawks advance to Stanley Cup Finals with Game 7 win

After a series filled with heart attack-inducing overtimes and comebacks, the Chicago Blackhawks handled their business in regulation in Game Seven of the Western Conference Final. As he has his entire career, Jonathan Toews stepped up in front of the brightest lights and played a stellar game to lead the Blackhawks to victory. Chicago’s captain […] The post Blackhawks Take...
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NBC will be pulling for Blackhawks in Game 7; Rangers, too

Once again, the biggest Blackhawks fans outside of Chicago will be NBC Sports executives for Game 7 Saturday. It’s all about ratings. The Blackhawks’ victory in Game 6 did a 16.6 local rating on NBCSN Thursday; 1 local ratings point is worth nearly 35,000 homes. That means an estimated 577,000 homes tuned into the game in Chicago, with a peak of 831,000 homes in the third period...
Via Sherman Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blackhawks have some trouble counting

The Chicago Blackhawks have had a lot of trouble counting in the playoffs. Numerous times (five, to be exact) the Blackhawks have had too many men on the ice. The noteworthy part here, aside from the fact they’ve been guilty so many times, is the fact that most of these aren’t even close. Take this example from Game 6 against the Ducks: why can't this team count pic.twitter...
Via Puck Drunk Love
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves up against the ropes in the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks. The shorthanded Blackhawks’ team trails 3-2 in the series and will have to play some of their best hockey of the season in order to come back and win the series. Despite technically only playing four and a half defensemen, the Hawks have, for the most part, played...
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Report: David Rundblad To Replace Kimmo Timonen

According to Chicago media on Wednesday morning, it appears Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will make a roster move for Game Six. David Rundblad, who lost his roster spot in favor of Kyle Cumiskey ahead of Game Two of the Western Conference Final, appears to be replacing Kimmo Timonen on Wednesday night. Rundblad stepped into the lineup […] The post Report: David Rundblad To...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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