A year ago, depending on whom you asked, Joel Quenneville might have been lucky to still have a job. Two straight first-round playoff exits had the 2010 Stanley Cup feeling like a fading, sepia-toned memory. Now? Quenneville has the league’s top team in the second …Read More
The Blackhawks are ready for the Red Wings’ best shot. ‘‘We expect a harder game,’’ Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘I’m sure it’s going to be more physical than the first game as you progress, and we found in the Minnesota series it was like …Read More
Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg was still in a white jersey, still skating outside the top four lines at practice Friday, meaning he likely will be a healthy scratch again in Game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the United Center. “It’s frustrating, …Read More
Joel Quenneville had a good laugh when a reporter told him that Dave Bolland had referred to his coach as a “teddy bear.”
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Detroit coach Mike Babock was asked about the talented two-way center and all the thing he does — in the offensive zone, in the defensive zone, at the faceoff dot, on special teams. And Babcock, an eloquent but occasionally grouchy sort, suddenly began to gush …
The announcement that Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy elicited some expected snickers — and some pretty funny tweets — from the NHL’s peanut gallery. But let the record show that Kane, who is still years away from living …Read More
MARK LAZERUS: Joel Quenneville refuted multiple reports Wednesday that Viktor Stalberg was benched for Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings because he complained about his lack of a role on the power play during the first-round series against the Minnesota Wild.
The familiar anti-Detroit chants started hours before the game as the crowd gathered outside Gates 2 and 3 along Madison Street, continued through pregame warmups and spilled into the start of the first period — interrupted only by a sustained United Center-shaking roar through the national anthem.
Johnny Oduya was a humble, unsung hero Wednesday night. The Blackhawks never seem to run out of those. While the Hawks’ stars played like stars in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center, supporting cast members ultimately made the …Read More
Winger Viktor Stalberg wasn’t happy with his power-play time during the Blackhawks’ first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild. Now he’s not playing at all against the Detroit Red Wings. Coach Joel Quenneville declined to go into specifics about why he benched the speedy third-line …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: If you believe things happen for a reason, then the Blackhawks’ Western Conference semifinal against the Red Wings was meant to be. If you sit on the other side and believe life is a series of coincidences, then this series is simple chance.
Former Blackhawk Troy Murray remembers when the Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry was at its peak. That’s when Detroit really did suck — the players, the coach, the fans, the whole damn town. ‘‘It was vicious,’’ said Murray, who played 11 seasons with the Hawks from 1982 …Read More
MARK LAZERUS: Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg is not hurt. Nor is he being punished for violating any team rules. He’s also not in the lineup tonight for Game 1 against the Red Wings.
Winger Viktor Stalberg again found himself in a white jersey Tuesday, skating outside the top four lines for the third consecutive practice. And he wasn’t in much of a mood to discuss it. ‘‘I don’t really have anything to say about it,’’ he said. ‘‘Ask …Read More
Since slipping the puck past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in 2010 to clinch the Blackhawks’ first championship since 1961, winger Patrick Kane has played in 18 playoff games and has scored one goal. Of course, he …Read More