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Hockey Fights Cancer hits home for Blackhawks

Chicago doing its part to help raise awareness

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- There was a different hue at United Center on Monday.

Along with the Chicago Blackhawks' traditional red and black, accents of lavender were everywhere for a game against the Calgary Flames. 

The lettering on the boards was lavender. The Blackhawks' jerseys in warm-ups were lavender. The ties worn by the coaching staff, front office and broadcasters were lavender. Rolls of lavender athletic tape were stacked inside the locker room and lavender Blackhawks apparel was sold in the gift shop.

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3 Stars of the Week: John Dahlstrom notches hat trick

by Emerald Gao /

On Mondays, will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: LW John Dahlstrom, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 3A

Dahlstrom helped the Medicine Hat Tigers log a comprehensive 10-3 victory over the Kootenay Ice last Wednesday with his first Western Hockey League hat trick and an assist. The 2015 seventh-round pick added a goal and a helper two nights later in a 4-1 win at Kootenay, before posting his eighth assist of the season the next night in an 8-5 loss to Regina. Dahlstrom has 13 points in 11 games in his first season of North American hockey.

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Allstate Good Hands Play of the Week: Oct. 17-23

by Chicago Blackhawks /

Make your pick for the Allstate "Good Hands" Play of the Week each week during the regular season, based on nominees chosen by the editorial staff of At the end of the season, some of the top winning plays will be finalists for the 2016-17 Fan Choice Awards' "Play of the Year."

One voter each week will also win a puck signed by the "Play of the Week" winner.

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Anisimov named NHL's Second Star of the Week

by NHL Public Relations /

NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2016) - Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot, Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 23.


Talbot went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout to pace all goaltenders in wins and guide the Oilers (5-1-0, 10 points) to the top of the NHL's standings, highlighted by their best six-game start since 1985-86 (also 5-1-0). He recorded 31 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 18 and 34 stops in a 3-1 triumph over the St. Louis Blues Oct. 20, one day after becoming the father of twins. Talbot capped the week with a flawless performance in a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets in the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic Oct. 23, becoming the third goaltender in League history to post a shutout in a regular-season outdoor game (31 SV). The 29-year-old Caledonia, Ont., native owns a 59-43-10 record in 119 career NHL appearances (2.29 GAA, .924 SV%, 12 SO), including a 5-1-0 clip this season (2.75 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SO).


Anisimov led the NHL with 4-3-7, including a pair of multi-goal performances, to power the Blackhawks (3-3-0, 6 points) to two victories in three contests. He opened the week with 2-2-4 in 7-4 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 18, his third career four-point outing and first since Feb. 6. Anisimov added one assist in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 21 before scoring twice, his seventh career multi-goal game, in a 5-4 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 22. The 28-year-old Yaroslavl, Russia, native has 110-132-242 in 495 career NHL appearances, including 4-4-8 in six outings this season.


Green registered 3-2-5 to lead the Red Wings (4-2-0, 8 points) to a perfect 4-0-0 week. He notched his first career hat trick - and the first by a Detroit defenseman since Dec. 15, 2010 (Nicklas Lidstrom) - in the final home opener at Joe Louis Arena, a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Oct. 17. Green then collected one assist in both a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers Oct. 19 and a 5-3 triumph over the Nashville Predators Oct. 21 before being held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks Oct. 22. The 31-year-old Calgary native has 123-279-402 in 655 career NHL outings, including 3-4-7 in six appearances this season.

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Flames visit Chicago on Hockey Fights Cancer Night

by Emerald Gao /

After a thrilling comeback victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, the Blackhawks return to action against Calgary on Monday. Trailing 4-2 late in the game, Chicago tallied twice in the span of 60 seconds to tie the score and force overtime, eventually prevailing 5-4 in a shootout. The Flames also played on Saturday, losing 6-4 to St. Louis at home after their own late comeback attempt fell short.

With the loss, Calgary dropped to 1-4-1 through six games, an inauspicious start under new head coach Glen Gulutzan. The team has made the playoffs just once in the last seven seasons-in 2015, when then-rookie Johnny Gaudreau and team captain Mark Giordano led the team to a third-place finish in the Pacific before losing to Anaheim in the second round. But with Gaudreau leading a pack of young forwards and a new starting goaltender in Brian Elliott, the Flames hope to put together a strong campaign to challenge for a playoff spot.

Monday's tilt also marks the Blackhawks' annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Click here for more info, including video spots and game-night activities.

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Blackhawks face Toronto with penalty kill a concern

by Emerald Gao /

After losing 3-2 on Friday to a rebuilding Columbus Blue Jackets squad, the youngest team in the NHL this season, the Blackhawks return to the United Center to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs-the second-youngest team in the league. Chicago's goals came from rookie Tyler Motte, netting his first NHL goal off a rebound opportunity, and Richard Panik, who now shares the league lead with five tallies.

Toronto began the season with a 1-1-2 record, most recently dropping a 3-2 result on Thursday in Minnesota. They've taken 33.8 shots per game, fourth in the league entering Friday's games, a trend that has endured from last season, when Head Coach Mike Babcock arrived after a long tenure in Detroit and installed a structured, uptempo game that produced 30.7 shots per game (6th in the NHL). That the Leafs finished in a lottery spot was largely due to a season-long rash of injuries and a league-low PDO, which measures team shooting percentages and save percentages at even strength. With better luck on the injury front and improved team shooting, there's no reason Toronto shouldn't be one of the more exciting offensive teams in the league in 2016-17 and beyond.

Scoring hasn't been an issue for either team this year, with the Leafs averaging 3.5 goals per game and the Blackhawks netting 3.6, but both teams have given up goals in bunches. Chicago recovered after allowing a 4-0 lead slip to Philadelphia on Tuesday, but Toronto did the same in Winnipeg a day later and eventually lost in overtime. Some of that can be attributed to early-season kinks that will be smoothed out naturally; lack of experience could also play a part, as young players learn how to help their teams preserve a lead in the NHL. Overall, Toronto has six rookies on their roster, while the Blackhawks have five. That means up to 27.5 percent of the players in Saturday's tilt are eligible for the Calder Trophy.

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Defensive changes likely for Blackhawks on Friday

by Emerald Gao /

The Blackhawks begin their second back-to-back of the season on Friday with a tilt in Columbus. The two teams last met on the final day of the 2015-16 regular season, when the Blue Jackets recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime. Although the team finished 27th in the league, there's reason to be optimistic, due to the infusion of youth and talent on the team-four members of their Calder Cup-winning AHL team from last season are with Columbus to start the year. There's also reason to believe goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, a former Vezina Trophy winner, can return to form after starring for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey in September.

The Blue Jackets began the current campaign with losses against Boston and San Jose at home, but have not been in action since last Saturday. Chicago emerged with a wild 7-4 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday, squandering a 4-0 lead before surging in the third period, and are now 2-2-0 this season. The penalty kill is still a concern, having allowed nine goals on 17 shorthanded stints through the first four games, but the Blackhawks were able to prevent one in a crucial situation after retaking the lead against the Flyers, and Head Coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged the "baby steps" his team has taken from game to game in this young season.

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Blackhawks host Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Monday

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Chicago Blackhawks will host "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" at the United Center on Monday, Oct. 24, when the team faces off against the Calgary Flames. In support of cancer awareness, Blackhawks players will wear one-of-a-kind warm-up jerseys, while coaches and broadcasters will wear lavender ties. Each warm-up jersey will be auctioned off online, in addition to the ties worn by coaches, broadcasters and players, which will be accompanied by an autographed photo.

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Blackhawks seek line chemistry against Philadelphia

by Emerald Gao /

The Blackhawks kick off a three-game stretch against Eastern Conference competition on Tuesday, when the Philadelphia Flyers arrive in Chicago. Philly is finishing up a three-game road trip to begin their season; they won 4-2 in Los Angeles last Friday and dropped a 4-3 overtime decision in Arizona on Saturday. The Blackhawks logged their first win of the season with a 5-3 decision against Nashville.

Philadelphia swept the two-game series against Chicago in 2015-16, blanking the Blackhawks 3-0 at home before winning 3-2 at the United Center. The Flyers were somewhat of a surprise playoff team, finishing as the second wild-card team in the East before losing in a six-game first-round series to Washington. While they're still known to play a certain Philly brand of rough-and-tumble hockey, the amount of skill on the team certainly won't catch any opponents off-guard. Tuesday's tilt is their only action in a span of five days, so their focus will be solely on building off their first win of the season and gaining two more points.

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3 Stars of the Week: Junior standouts and NCAA action

by Emerald Gao /

On Mondays, will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: RW Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL)
The Line: 3GP, 4G, 3A, 16 SOG

DeBrincat posted a second consecutive strong week for the Erie Otters, with four goals and three assists in three outings. The 2016 second-round pick notched three points (2G, 1A) in a 7-2 win over Sarnia last Wednesday, then ended his week with four points (2G, 2A) in a 7-1 win over London; DeBrincat was named First Star for both games. He ranks second on the team with 15 points in six games this season and sits in fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with eight goals despite missing the first three games of the season while attending Blackhawks training camp.

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