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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
There was a time when Patrick Kane dreamed of playing in his hometown of Buffalo for the Sabres.
That was before his life changed in 2007 when the Blackhawks made him the first pick in the draft.
Kane has won two Stanley Cups here and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this year, and he was rookie of the year in 2008.
Now Kane says even his buddies back in Buffalo would prefer it if he stayed in Chicago when his contract expires after next season.
"I think they like making the trip out to Chicago and coming to some games here, being in front of great crowds at the United Center," Kane said. "It's different for them. They're pretty much saying don't come back to Buffalo, stay in Chicago."
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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It was the manner in which the Hawks gave up the game-winner that had Joel Quenneville upset. As the clock wound down, the Hawks had the puck deep in the Blues’ zone. And instead of playing it safe, they went for the jugular. With three forwards already down low, defenseman Brent Seabrook pinched in, too. So when Toews’ soft shot toward the goalmouth was taken by St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo, it left only Duncan Keith back to defend against a sudden three-on-one. Crawford was kicking himself for not making a save he said he makes “a bunch of times,” but Quenneville blamed the over-aggressive play of his team.
“Brutal loss,” he said. “Look back at the last three points we left on the table. We’ve got to get that game to overtime. I don’t know what we were thinking about. We’ll take one [point] and then maybe two. Getting none is unacceptable.”
more on the game... watch the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period below...
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
Detroit's move to the Eastern Conference from the Western leaves Chicago as the Blues' natural top rival.
"It's already there, but it's just going to get more and more fierce," Backes said. "We play them five times during the regular season and then in order to get to the next level in the playoffs. you're going to have to beat two other teams in your division to get there."
The Blues have won the season series against Chicago only twice since 2005. Has the 2013-14 edition of the Blues managed to close the gap a bit?
"They've proven themselves twice now," Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said with a nod to Chicago's two recent championships. "We went through a little bit of growing pains the past couple years. They were able to get to the summit quicker and achieve that goal.
"I don't think we view them as any better than us because they've won it. We look at them as equals and (Wednesday) we have to best them and do it for the rest of the season."
Chicago star Patrick Kane said recently he felt Vancouver was a bigger rivalry for the Blackhawks than the Blues.
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
Is a cup hangover in store for the Chicago Blackhawks, or will there be a two-peat in the Windy City?
Things got off to a promising start Tuesday night for the Hawks as they bested the Washington Capitals by two goals. In that game, they displayed the same offensive firepower with which they overcame the Boston Bruins during last year's Stanley Cup finals, when the team from Boston simply had no response, at times, to Chicago's arsenal of offensive weapons.
The Blackhawks held a ceremony last night to hand out their Stanley Cup rings. You can also view a photo gallery of the rings here.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Jonathan Toews, the unquestioned leader of the two-time Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, the NHL’s consummate captain and the best two-way player in the world, made his preseason debut Friday night at the Verizon Center.
He was introduced as “Jonathan Toes.”
OK, so maybe there is a higher ceiling for Toews, another level of notoriety and respect to be achieved. For all he’s done, he’s not yet Sidney Crosby, the face of the NHL, who skated against the Hawks on Thursday. And he’s not yet Alex Ovechkin, a three-time Hart Trophy winner, who skated against them on Friday. Those guys have more trophies, more endorsements and more instant recognition. They’re far and away the two biggest stars in the NHL.
But as the captain of two Stanley Cup teams — the only trophy that matters in the end — perhaps no player in the NHL has the resume to match Toews. The question is, what’s next?
Gary Bettman discusses the Stadium Series game at Soldier Field in Chicago between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.
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