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Game Notes: Feb. 24 at Columbus Blue Jackets

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Sharks 3-1 on Friday night at the United Center. It was Chicago's second consecutive victory and third in their last four games. The team recorded just one minor penalty for the second straight game. Jan Rutta, Nick Schmaltz and Artem Anisimov were the goal scoreres for the Chicago. J-F Berube picked up his first-career victory in a Blackhawks sweater by stopping 42 shots against the Sharks. It was the second time in his career that he made 40 or more saves in a game. The other instance came as a member of the New York Islanders on Feb. 2, 2016 against Minnesota. Berube is now 7-4-3 in his NHL career.

VS. BLUE JACKETS

Chicago holds a 48-25-2-7 mark all-time against Columbus, including a 22-13-1-5 record on the road. The Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets 5-1 in the first contest of the season on Oct. 7. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each tallied one goal and one assist in the victory. Patrick Sharp holds the team lead with 48 points (27G, 21A) in 49 career games against Columbus. Anton Forsberg has not faced the Blue Jackets in his career.

FEELIN' 22

Schmaltz recorded a goal and an assist on Friday night. He now has a goal and an assist in both of his career games on his birthday. The Madison, Wis., native ranks second in multi-point games (11) and points (17G, 25A) for Chicago this season.

RUTTA CANAL

Rutta netted a goal and added an assist in his first appearance since missing eight games due to injury. It was his third multi-point effort of the year. The 27-year-old leads Chicago defensemen with six goals in the 2017-18 campaign and has registered 13 assists.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Anisimov recorded an empty-net goal vs. San Jose. He has three goals over his last four games.
  • Anthony Duclair notched two assists against the Sharks. It was his second multi-point performance since joining the Blackhawks. He has two goals and five helpers in 16 games with Chicago.
  • Tomas Jurco notched an assist in 16:53 of ice time. It was his second assist in 11 games with Chicago this season.
  • Jordan Oesterle led the team with 23:10 of TOI.
  • Alex DeBrincat went three-for-four (75 percent) at the faceoff dot. It was his fifth-career game with at least three faceoff wins.
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Blackhawks activate Rutta from injured reserve

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have activated defenseman Jan Rutta from injured reserve.

Rutta has recorded 17 points (5G, 12A) in 41 games with Chicago this season. His five goals lead Blackhawks defensemen.

Chicago hosts the San Jose Sharks tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a game that can be seen locally on WGN-TV and heard on WGN radio.

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Game Notes: Feb. 23 vs. San Jose Sharks

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 3-2 in the seventh round of the shootout on Wednesday night at the United Center. Chicago is now 1-1 in the shootout and 19-10-5 when scoring first this season. Joel Quenneville coached in his 1,600th career NHL game. He is the third coach (Al Arbour and Scotty Bowman) in league history to accomplish that feat. He is seven games away from reaching Arbour on the list for second all-time. Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov tallied goals in regulation, while Nick Schmaltz netted the shootout winner. Anton Forsberg made 32 saves in the victory. It was his first shootout win since his first career NHL victory on Jan. 2, 2016 (5-4 vs. WSH) with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

VS. SHARKS

Chicago holds a 41-40-5-8 mark all-time against San Jose, including a 25-17-2-3 record at home. The Blackhawks went 1-2-0 in three meetings against the Sharks last season. Ryan Hartman and Vinnie Hinostroza both registered one goal and one assist in those three matchups. Jonathan Toews (13G, 14A) leads the team with 27 career points in 32 games played against San Jose. Forsberg has not faced the Sharks in his career.

THE GUSTY CITY

Erik Gustafsson recorded an assist and matched a season high with four shots on goal in the win against Ottawa. He has two helpers over his last three games and four points (1G, 3A) in 14 games this year.

DEPENDABLE DEBRINCAT

Alex DeBrincat is one of eight NHL rookies to appear in every game for their team this season. He shares second in goals (22) and is tied for sixth in points (39) among rookies during the 2017-18 campaign. The last rookie forward to play in all 82 games in a season for Chicago was Kane (2007-08).

ONE-TIMERS

  • Kane opened the scoring for the Blackhawks with his team-leading 23rd marker of the year. He also added an assist against the Senators. He finished with seven points (2G, 5A) in two games vs. Ottawa this year.
  • Anisimov recorded his second goal in his last three games with a marker in the second period. He also went eight-for-12 (67 percent) at the faceoff dot in the win. He has won at least 63 percent of his draws in five out of his last six games.
  • Hinostroza picked up a helper and now has four assists over his last four games. His 11 assists since Jan. 1 are second most on the Blackhawks during that stretch. He has 19 points (6G, 13A) in 30 games this season.
  • David Kampf added an assist against the Senators. He has two goals and five assists this year.
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Prospect Roundup: Sikura brings Beanpot Championship to Northeastern

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Every week, chicagoblackhawks.com 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 Dylan Sikura, Northeastern (NCAA)
The Line: 3 GP, 1G, 5A
Sikura was on a mission in a trio of Northeastern wins last week. The Hobey Baker award hopeful started off by tallying a pair of helpers in a 5-2 win over Boston University to help secure his team's first Beanpot Championship since 1988. The winger then went on to add multi-point performances in back-to-back victories against Vermont. He is now riding a six-game point streak dating back to Feb. 2. Sikura has registered 45 points (15G, 30A) thus far and paces the Huskies at +18.

2nd Star: D Jake Ryczek, Halifax (QMJHL)
The Line: 1 GP, 1G, 2A
The Halifax defenseman had a strong showing in a 12-5 route of Moncton. Ryczek recorded his fourth multi-point performance of the season with a goal and two assists in the tilt. The performance pushed him to 20 points (5G, 15A) through 22 games in the QMJHL.

3rd Star: C Matthew Highmore, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3 GP, 3A
The center kept up his impressive offensive numbers with a helper in each of his team's three games. Highmore, who needs just one more goal to set the rookie scoring record in for Rockford, paces the team with 34 points (20G, 14A).

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Photos: Blackhawks Winterfest 2018

by Chase Agnello-Dean / Photography Manager

The Chicago Blackhawks hosted Blackhawks Winterfest on Friday night at Theater on the Lake. The evening included a silent auction, craft cocktails and chef tastings from Paul Kahan, Matt Ayala, Adam Grandt and more! Blackhawks players put their serving skills to the test alongside guest chefs. All proceeds benefitted the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation.

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Game Notes: Feb. 21 vs. Ottawa Senators

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 3-1 on Monday night at the United Center. Patrick Sharp scored the lone goal for Chicago and Anton Forsberg stopped 29 shots in the loss.

VS. SENATORS

Chicago holds a 21-9-2-1 mark all-time against Ottawa, including a 10-3-2-0 record at home. The Blackhawks beat the Senators 8-2 in their first matchup of the season on Jan. 9 in Ottawa. Patrick Kane recorded a career-high five points (1G, 4A) to pace Chicago. Kane (4G, 11A) and Jonathan Toews (9G, 6A) share the team lead with 15 points each in 13 career games against the Senators. Forsberg has a 1-0-0 record against Ottawa in his career.

SWEDE HEART

Carl Dahlstrom picked up an assist for the second straight game on Monday night. He also shared the team lead with two takeaways against Los Angeles. Against the Capitals on Saturday night, the Stockholm native tallied his first career NHL point and logged 20:26 of ice time, the most in his six appearances.

POWER-PLAY PRODUCTION

In Chicago's last game against the Senators, Kane (1G, 3A) and Nick Schmaltz (2G, 1A) both tallied at least three points on the power play. It was the first time since Feb. 15, 2016, (Kane; 1G, 3A and Duncan Keith; 3A) that two Blackhawks tallied at least three power-play points in the same game.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Sharp recorded a goal in the third period against the Kings. He has a point (1G, 1A) in back-to-back games and three points (1G, 2A) over his last four skates. The marker was his 22nd career goal vs. Los Angeles, the most against Western Conference opponents. He has also added 20 helpers in 36 career games against the Kings.
  • Lance Bouma set a season high with seven hits vs. LA. His previous season best of six came on Oct. 19 vs. Edmonton. The last instance in which he was credited with seven or more hits in a game came on Jan. 2, 2015 with the Calgary Flames. He is second on the club with 131 hits during the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Tommy Wingels logged six hits. It was the 11th time this season he has registered at least five in a game. He paces the Blackhawks with 147 this season.
  • Schmaltz went seven-for-nine (78 percent) at the faceoff dot. It was his third straight game winning at least 50 percent of his draws. He also shared the team lead with two takeaways against the Kings. He shares second in the NHL with 68 takeaways this season.
  • Kane skated in his 800th career NHL game. He notched his 500th career assist on Feb. 17 vs. WSH. He has 807 career points.
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Blackhawks to honor Murray with One More Shift

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward and current Radio Color Analyst Troy Murray will be honored with "One More Shift" as he takes the United Center ice on Wednesday, Feb. 21, prior to the Blackhawks game against the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 p.m. The Blackhawks are once again honoring past alumni with "One More Shift" this season, an ode to former players that allows fans to recognize them one more time as they skate on the ice.

Murray was originally selected by the Blackhawks in the third round (57th overall) of the 1980 NHL Draft. He played parts of 12 seasons with the Blackhawks (1981-91, 1992-94), compiling 197 goals and 291 assists in 688 games. He posted his best year in the NHL with Chicago during the 1985-86 campaign, becoming the first Blackhawk to win the Frank J. Selke Award as the NHL's top defensive forward that year, notching career highs in goals (45), assists (54) and points (99).

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Blackhawks respond to unacceptable fan comments

by Eric Lear / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks organization, Head Coach Joel Quenneville and forward Anthony Duclair responded to Saturday night's incident at the United Center involving a few attendees making hurtful comments to Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly.

The Blackhawks have contacted the offending individuals and notified them that they are no longer welcome at Blackhawks home games.

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Blackhawks acquire draft pick from Washington

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 National Hockey League Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Michal Kempny. Chicago now has seven picks in the 2018 draft.

Kempny had seven points (1G, 6A) in 31 games this year and recorded 15 points (3G, 12A) in 81 career games with Chicago.

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Game Notes: Feb. 19 vs. Los Angeles Kings

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks beat the Capitals 7-1 at the United Center on Saturday night. Chicago tallied a power-play goal for the seventh time in the last eight games. It was the first time since Oct. 5, 2017 that seven different Blackhawks scored in one game. Jonathan Toews led the team with three points (1G, 2A), while Anton Forsberg made 19 saves in the win.

VS. KINGS

Chicago holds a 93-76-17-7 mark all-time against Los Angeles, including a 50-37-9-2 record at home. The Blackhawks fell to the Kings 3-1 in their first matchup of the season on Dec. 3 in Los Angeles. Toews scored the lone goal for Chicago in the loss. Patrick Sharp leads the team with 36 points (20G, 16A) in 32 career games against the Kings. Anton Forsberg has an 0-1-0 record against Los Angeles in his career.

KANE I HELP YOU?

Patrick Kane registered his 500th career assist in the win against Washington. He is the fifth player in franchise history to reach 300 goals and 500 assists, and the 29th player in NHL history to accomplish the feat. Since his debut in 2007, he ranks fourth in the league with 807 points (307G, 500A). His 55 points (22G, 33A) lead all Chicago skaters this season.

IT'S CALLED ART, EVER HEARD OF IT?

Artem Anisimov tallied a goal with the man advantage against the Capitals. He holds the team lead with nine power-play goals this season, and his 10 points (9G, 1A) on the power play match a career high.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Toews matched a season high with three points (1G, 2A) on Saturday night. He now has nine points (2G, 7A) over his last 11 games. He shares second for Chicago with 40 points (16G, 24A) this year.
  • Brandon Saad had two points in the win (1G, 1A) and now has 27 points (15G, 12A) this season.
  • Nick Schmaltz picked up a goal for his 40th point (16G, 24A) on the year. He shares second in points for the Blackhawks this season.
  • Ryan Hartman netted a goal and an assist.
  • Alex DeBrincat notched a marker to extend his point streak (3G, 2A) to four games. He shares second among league rookies with 22 goals and now has 11 points (8G, 3A) over his last 11 performances. His 39 points (22G, 17A) rank fourth for the Blackhawks this year.
  • Vinnie Hinostroza picked up two helpers for his third multi-point game of the season. He has 18 points (6G, 12A) in 28 games this year.
  • Carl Dahlstrom registered his first-career NHL point with an assist.
  • Brent Seabrook picked up his 15th assist on the year.
  • Michal Kempny tallied his seventh point (1G, 6A) of the year with a helper.
  • Sharp recorded his 15th point (6G, 9A) on the season with an assist in the third period.
  • Duncan Keith paced the team with four blocked shots and logged a team-high 22:30 of time on ice.
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