Ranking The Top Moments Of 2014 For The Chicago Blackhawks | Bleacher Report

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They had dropped both games at Staples Center and were trailing in the series 3-1 as they prepared to play the fifth game at the United Center. The Blackhawks took a 3-1 first-period lead, but the Kings had plenty of drive and rebounded to take a 4-3 advantage into the third period. Feisty forward Ben Smith tied the game for the Blackhawks early in the third period before defensive guru Michal Handzus scored the game-winner in double overtime that earned the Blackhawks a trip back to Los Angeles. The Kings were determined to end the series on home ice, and it appeared they would after Alec Martinez scored the go-ahead goal on the power play at the 7:38 mark of the third period. While many teams would have wilted, the Blackhawks got the tying goal from Keith and the winning goal from Kane in the third period. The Blackhawks certainly had momentum as they returned to Chicago for the seventh game, but their hopes to repeat as Stanley Cup champions were dashed when Martinez scored in overtime (46-second mark) to give the Kings the 5-4 win. 1. Toews and Kane Sign Contract Extensions Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press Much as Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita were the faces of the Chicago Blackhawks franchise during the 1960s and early ’70s, Toews and Kane have taken on the same role with the current Blackhawks. They have already led the team to two Stanley Cupsone more than the Blackhawks won with Hull and Mikitaand the future looks bright. The Blackhawks took steps to ensure that the pair would remain with the team for the foreseeable future when they signed them to extensions in July. Each player signed an eight-year, $84 million contract that should keep them in Chicago through the 2022-23 season. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2314425-ranking-the-top-moments-of-2014-for-the-chicago-blackhawks

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He’s 52nd in goals, ahead of LaFontaine, Doug Gilmour and Pavel Bure, and third among active players. His career numbers are similar to former Senators teammate Daniel Alfredsson, who retired earlier this month after putting up 426 goals and 682 assists in 1,178 games. But Hossa may be one of the most underrated players in the NHL. ”Maybe I would have more numbers but maybe some other teams wouldn’t want me,” Hossa said. ”There’s an advantage and disadvantage with that. Obviously, I’m happy how the outcome played out.” Hossa has two Stanley Cup rings and appeared in the final two other times. A five-time all-star, the Slovak winger with four Olympic appearances has a case for the Hall of Fame, even if it’s not easy to quantify. ”I know (from) being around him and still dominating like he does, I think it’s his 17th year, he’s always been a great player,” Saad said. ”There’s so many little things the guy does, it’s incredible.” Hossa still has six seasons left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.2 million, so he likely has plenty of time before the Hall of Fame question even comes up. Hossa has been fortunate to avoid injuries throughout most of his career. The fewest games he played in a full season was 57 in 2009-10. Hossa gets some practices off because of his age and experience, but that doesn’t seem to detract from his play. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-hossa-may-hall-fame-resume-161531731–nhl.html

View photo Members of the Chicago Blackhawks skate on the ice during practice for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park on December 31, 2014 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Rob Carr) Washington (AFP) – As the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals play in Thursday’s NHL outdoor Winter Classic, both will pay tribute to Clint Reif, the Blackhawks assistant equipment manager who died last week. Reif, who was 34, will be remembered with “CR” decals on the helmets of players on both teams in the annual New Year’s Day stadium showcase event, played this year at the ballpark of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. “To have their guys wearing the CR shows what a great guy he was and how his memory will live on,” Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane said. “It shows a lot of respect. It’s a great thing. He was a great man. He was a great friend of ours.” The Blackhawks have a locker at the stadium for Reif, his name above a lone Blackhawks jersey hanging in his memory. The Capitals joined in the tribute after coach Barry Trotz called Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville to ask for their blessing before such a move. “This hockey community, it’s a lot smaller than people think,” Trotz said. “Trainers are very close. source: http://news.yahoo.com/outdoor-foes-pay-tribute-chicago-manager-232035629–nhl.html

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“They’re right on our heels, so we needed a big push. The guys dug deep and got those two points.” Chicago’s Patrick Sharp had an assist for his 500th NHL point, earned in his 700th game. There were surprising scoring bursts and swings, considering the game matched the teams with the league’s best defensive records. Chicago entered with an NHL-leading 2.03 goals-against average. Nashville’s was 2.06. The Predators were a step quicker in the first period and built a 2-0 lead as they put 18 shots on Crawford. Josi opened the scoring at 11:50, five seconds after the Predators killed Wilson’s hooking penalty. Josi raced down right wing and fired a rising shot over Crawford’s stick. Smith made it 2-0 with 2:48 left in the period and seven seconds after a Nashville power play ended. Crawford stopped Wilson’s first close-in attempt, but Smith popped in the rebound. Neal was credited with his first goal at 7:28 of the second period to make it 3-0. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-toews-so-goal-lifts-blackhawks-over-predators/article_d92d933c-9049-11e4-9fdb-b7a8807ea3f5.html

Observer-Reporter | Blackhawks’ Hossa may have Hall of Fame in future

Hes so strong on the stick and its always in the right position. He can steal pucks with the best in the league, for sure. That, Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad said, is how Hossa turns defense into offense. In 1,127 games, Hossa has 472 goals and 547 assists. Hossa is 76th on the all-time points list, ahead of Hockey Hall of Famers Pat LaFontaine, Lanny McDonald and Maurice Richard. Hes 52nd in goals, ahead of LaFontaine, Doug Gilmour and Pavel Bure, and third among active players. His career numbers are similar to former Senators teammate Daniel Alfredsson, who retired earlier this month after putting up 426 goals and 682 assists in 1,178 games. But Hossa may be one of the most underrated players in the NHL. Maybe I would have more numbers but maybe some other teams wouldnt want me, Hossa said. Theres an advantage and disadvantage with that. Obviously, Im happy how the outcome played out. Hossa has two Stanley Cup rings and appeared in the final two other times. A five-time all-star, the Slovak winger with four Olympic appearances has a case for the Hall of Fame, even if its not easy to quantify. I know (from) being around him and still dominating like he does, I think its his 17th year, hes always been a great player, Saad said. source: http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20141230/SPORTS04/141239968

 

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