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Blackhawks featured on Sports Illustrated cover

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The Blackhawks are back on the cover of Sports Illustrated, this time being featured in one of two national covers of the magazine. Author Steve Rushin offers his perspective on why the Stanley Cup Playoffs are unlike any other postseason in professional sports:

"From the shaggy beards to the thrilling Game 7s to the enduring institution that is the handshake line," he writes, "the NHL playoffs bring traditions with which other sports simply cannot compete."

Check out the cover featuring Marcus Kruger finishing a check against the L.A. Kings' Tyler Toffoli in the Western Conference Final:

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