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All Rocky Wirtz

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

ESPN: Do you think there needs to be more than one network provider?

Wirtz: I don't know. That's certainly something for the league to decide and look at. But I think they'll certainly look at all options and what can be provided and what cannot. And like I said, technology is moving so quickly, we haven't even gotten to 4K [for NHL broadcasts], and we're already talking about the next iteration on top of that. I think we're going to get down, you're going to be like you're sitting right on the ice for these games. I'll tell you what: If you think you know today, by tomorrow it's going to be completely different.

ESPN: I think a lot of fans are concerned about the potential for a work stoppage in the NHL, especially as things seem to be pretty good right now from a growth and revenue front. Is there anything you can say to calm those fears, an owner?

Wirtz: No, I mean I think it's a fair system. The players get the same get as the owners get. You see the success of Las Vegas and certainly what might be going on in Seattle going forward -- certainly the fans out there are excited about it. Just like the fans, I hope there's not a work stoppage. I would hate to see that. So we'll just keep our fingers crossed not to see it because the game has grown so much, and the excitement -- it's gotten so fast and so young, I think it would be a shame for any kind of work stoppage that would happen.

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Videos- A Very Entertaining Game Between The Toronto Maple Leafs And Chicago Blackhawks

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Away from the fire, the relationship between Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane resembles a mutual admiration society.

Matthews scoured Kane’s highlights on YouTube as a kid and counts him as one of his favourite NHL players. They now spend a few days together doing skills work with Darryl Belfry each summer. And of those sessions with Matthews, Kane recently gushed: "Sometimes you skate with players that are so far ahead of the players skill-wise it makes you push yourself a little bit more, too, so I’m excited to be around him."

The dynamic shifts inside the cauldron of competition. These are transcendent players capable of elevating moments beyond their circumstances. They both want to be the absolute best, beyond question, and there can only be one skater with the crown.

So it was on this unlikeliest of shared stages – the third game of the NHL’s regular season, on sleepy Thanksgiving Sunday – that Kane and Matthews produced a flash of hockey happenstance so bright it left you wondering if you saw it correctly.

Once Kane scored to make it 5-5 between Toronto and Chicago with 1:24 to play in regulation, Matthews restored the lead 22 seconds later. The puck was on his stick for a nanosecond and he celebrated his fourth point of the night by cupping his left hand to his ear inside a deflated United Center.

Then Kane brought back the roar by tying it 33 seconds later, celebrating his skipping shot through traffic with a wry smile and the exact same "can you hear it?" meme he’d seen from Matthews.

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Below, watch the game highlight's of Toronto's 7-6 OT win over Chicago plus the Kane and Matthews goals...

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Video- The Chicago Blackhawks Pay Honor To Stan Mikita

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Videos- Skow Start To The Season For The St. Louis Blues

from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have now lost consecutive games to start a season for the first time since 2006-07. That team missed the postseason. I know, I know. It’s early. This is a postseason team. We think. Right?...

What followed from the post-game podium down the hall from a quiet dressing room was a direct challenge to the players who were trickling out.

The Blues, according to their coach, are not playing “real hockey” so far this season. They are not doing the little things it takes to win. They are too concerned with scoring and not concerned enough about taking care of the puck, playing sound defense and helping embattled goalie Jake Allen. They are surrendering their game plan to their opponents. Their breakdowns have breakdowns. Their minds are not in the right place.

Yeo even tiptoed right up to the edge of calling his own players soft. How else would you describe his scathing description of a lack of interest in blocking shots and corralling loose pucks. Who was he talking about, specifically? It might be a better exercise to eliminate the players he was not talking about.

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Joel Quenneville Under Pressure In Chicago

from Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In short, it’s playoffs or bust this season.

It’s a lofty goal for Quenneville, who enters training camp on Friday with a young group of players surrounded by an aging core and lingering uncertainty about Crawford.

“We’re in the winning business,” Quenneville, the longest tenured coach in the NHL, said at the Hawks fan convention in July. “That’s the most exciting thing. Having a team that plays the right way and playing together as a group, playing hard, playing for one another, I think you get excited about that as well.”

There’s no doubt that Quenneville, who helped the Hawks win three Stanley Cups in six seasons, is one of the most successful coaches in the history of both the Hawks franchise and NHL. He has a Hall of Fame resume.

But after last season, something must give. And it’s fair that Quenneville, who has two seasons left on his contract, could be feeling some pressure.

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Video- He Shoots And Dominik Hasek Makes The Save

Six minutes of saves by The Dominator.

 

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Saying Goodbye To Stan Mikita

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

Stan Mikita fans had the opportunity to say goodbye to the Chicago Blackhawks legend on Sunday and JoAnne Schmitt-Berg didn't want to miss one minute.

The 54-year-old from Chicago was first in a long line of fans that wrapped around the United Center for public visitation of Mikita, who died Tuesday at 78.

"I'd stand in line all day long to get to say goodbye," said Schmitt-Berg, who was there at 7:20 a.m. CT, almost four hours before the doors opened at 11 a.m. "We'll miss him."

Most of those who attended the service, many wearing No. 21 jerseys, signed a poster of Mikita when they entered the United Center atrium. Mikita's casket was flanked by two vases of roses in his favorite color, yellow.

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Video- Remembering Stan Mikita

via Sportsnet's YouTube Page,

 

 

added 7:07pm, below, watch Dave Stubbs of NHL.com on Stan Mikita.

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Stan Mikita Has Passed Away

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Statement on behalf of the Mikita family

"With great sorrow, the Mikita family announces that Stan passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018 at the age of 78. He was surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved. Details of planned services will be released when they become available. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time." 

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A Look At The Chicago Blackhawks

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping several offseason additions and the improved health of their No. 1 goaltender will help them get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Blackhawks added to their depth at each position, signing goaltender Cam Ward, 34, (one-year contract), forward Chris Kunitz, 38, (one-year contract) and defenseman Brandon Manning, 28, (two-year contract) on July 1 after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007-08.

Goaltender Corey Crawford missed the second half of last season with an upper-body injury and said July 27 that he still wasn't 100 percent but hopes to be ready for training camp in September.

"Treatments are going well and we're making small steps and I'm getting a little better, so it's a process," Crawford said at the annual Blackhawks Convention. "It's been a process since I left in December. It hasn't been easy, but I'll be back. ... Right now, we're looking good. We've done a lot to get where I'm at right now, and I'm feeling good and hopefully I can get to a point soon where I can jump back on the ice."

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