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The Season Ends For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

After the Blackhawks’ 4-3 season-ending loss late Tuesday night, after the handshake line with the Golden Knights, after the rest of the Hawks left the ice for good, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane exchanged a quick fist bump.

Toews put his arm around Kane for a brief moment. Then the Hawks’ two leaders went down the tunnel for the final time in the 2019-20 season.

The Hawks were thoroughly outplayed over the past week by the top-seeded Golden Knights, who won the series 4-1 and eliminated the Hawks with Tuesday’s Game 5 victory....

But a sense of positivity and growth nonetheless permeated through Toews, Kane, Duncan Keith and coach Jeremy Colliton’s postgame press conference, the team’s last in this strange yet strangely effective Edmonton, Alberta, bubble setting.

“If things had gone the way they were supposed to, before this entire situation, we wouldn’t have had a chance to play in the playoffs,” Toews said. “So it was a great opportunity for us to come in and play some meaningful hockey, and a lot of guys stepped up the plate and showed what they can do.”

“I just like that we never gave up. That’s been kind of our motto all year,” Kane added. “Just feels weird to be done, you know? Tough to be done with the season.”

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The Edmonton Oilers Are A Loss Away From Elimination

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The Chicago Blackhawks dressed in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room then proceeded to eat their lunch, pushing the Oilers to the edge of the abyss in the NHL playoffs with a stunning 4-3 comeback win Wednesday night.

With a victory Friday the Hawks, the bottom-seeded Western Conference team, can knock out the fifth-seeded Oilers and send home the NHL’s two top scorers, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-five qualifying series 2-1, but late in the game Wednesday it looked like they would be the ones facing elimination.

The Hawks were down 3-2 in the penalty-filled affair at Rogers Place, when they blitzed the Oilers for two goals with less than six minutes left in the game.

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Video- Drake Caggiula Suspended One Game

Illegal check to the head.

 

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The Edmonton Oilers Were Not Ready To Play

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“We just weren’t ready.”

On a three-point night, that point was Connor McDavid‘s most salient.

It started with their head coach, Dave Tippett, who started the wrong netminder, filtered down to McDavid, who was schooled at five-on-five by the great Jonathan Toews, and went right to the vaunted penalty kill, which got stung for three Chicago Blackhawks goals.

The grand total was a 6-4 shellacking, two of the Edmonton Oilers‘ goals coming in garbage time to disguise what a lopsided Qualifying Round opener this truly was.

“Not good enough all around. Pretty easy,” said McDavid, who would not hear of the fifth seed Oilers perhaps thinking the 12th seed Blackhawks would be easy pickings. “We definitely didn’t take them lightly. They’re battle tested. They came out and did exactly what we thought they would do. We just weren’t ready.”

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Video- A Hearing For Drake Caggiula

 

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A Note To The Fans Of The Chicago Blackhawks

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

A Note to Our Blackhawks Community,

On July 7, the organization made a commitment to expand our efforts, serve as stewards of our name and identity and raise the bar even higher for our ongoing dialogue with local and national Native American groups. We thank these Native American partners for their consistent insight throughout the years, as well as the other Native American organizations and community members who reached out over the last few weeks to share their feedback on how we can best utilize our platform to better educate the public and serve the Native American community.

As we prepare to return to play and represent you in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Edmonton, we want our fans to be very clear on what it means to be part of the Blackhawks family, regardless of whether we can be together in the arena. We have always maintained an expectation that our fans uphold an atmosphere of respect, and after extensive and meaningful conversations with our Native American partners, we have decided to formalize those expectations. Moving forward, headdresses will be prohibited for fans entering Blackhawks-sanctioned events or the United Center when Blackhawks home games resume. These symbols are sacred, traditionally reserved for leaders who have earned a place of great respect in their Tribe, and should not be generalized or used as a costume or for everyday wear.

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Jonathan Toews On COVID-19

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

“Does anybody really know how and when people catch this thing?” he asked rhetorically. “The best you can do is get good rest, eat healthy, take care of your body, do the little things that lower your chances. What else can you do?

“Sitting around and worrying about it is just going to drive you crazy. The NHL’s gone to great lengths to create a safe environment. It’s far from perfect, but everyone has their own beliefs in seeing where they stand with all this.”

Toews’ comments caused a stir on Twitter, with many fans pointing out studies indicating scientists actually have determined how COVID-19 is transmitted, and that social-distancing has proved effective in slowing that transmission.

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Statement From The Chicago Blackhawks On Their Name And Logo

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A Familiar Last Name In The Picture For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In a league in which coaches, general managers and executives are recycled from team to team faster than an aluminum can in a green bin, Blackhawks interim president Danny Wirtz — the son of team chairman Rocky Wirtz — is a wild card.

He has an immediately recognizable surname, but in terms of hockey experience, his résumé is limited — the Hawks’ website describes him as “active advisor . . . for the past decade,” but if so, he has advised in a very behind-the-scenes way.

And in regard to the “old hockey man” description that alarmingly fits so many who hold similar positions around the NHL, Wirtz doesn’t match at all. He’s a mere 43-year-old whose career to date was largely spent in the Wirtz family’s liquor business, not with its hockey franchise.

Yet the Danny Wirtz era of the Hawks has clearly arrived, just as clearly as the John McDonough era has passed.

That much was evident in the comments from general manager Stan Bowman and coach Jeremy Colliton — two who are quite familiar with what has gone down during the Hawks’ highly shrouded spring restructuring — during a Zoom call Thursday.

“I look at this, for me, as an opportunity to learn from Danny — very bright guy, very energetic, he’s got a lot of ideas,” Bowman said. “He’s included me on a lot of things over the last few weeks, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with him.”

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Morning Line- John Dietz On The Chicago Blackhawks

The Hawks are a complicated mess behind the scenes. Big egos are involved and those people don't always work that well together. Losing amplifies all of that, which in the end may have led to McDonough's ousting.

-John Dietz of the Chicago Daily-Herald where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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