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One Minute Remaining: Name That Line

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
"The MPH Line"—Pit Martin, Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull.

Through the years, the Blackhawks have had some great line combinations that have gotten some interesting nicknames, and this season's hottest NHL combination has certainly got to be Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov. Because of the Russian influence, it was rumored that it could be KGB, but I have some different thoughts, like "KAP" or "PAK"!

Even though Kane is on his way to achieving a personal best, he would have to hit 131 points to top Denis Savard's franchise single-season mark. Still, he should reach Steve Larmer's

right wing record of 46 goals, 59 assists and 101 points. Panarin has a shot at beating Kane's rookie mark of 51 assists in a season, while Anisimov is on a path to set career highs as well.

Despite their success, it will be hard to surpass the Blackhawks' record point total for a line, set in 1982-83 by "The Party Line" combination of Savard, Larmer and Al Secord—297 points, 132 goals. Savard had 121 points that year, Larmer had 90 en route to winning the Calder Trophy, and Secord had 90 points with 54 goals.

The first famous Blackhawks line nickname includes three Hall of Famers: Doug and Max Bentley plus Bill Mosienko formed the "The Pony Line," which played together from 1945-48. The 1961 Stanley Cup champions had the "Million Dollar Line" of Bobby Hull, Bill Hay and Murray Balfour.

Stan Mikita's famous "Scooter Line" included wingers Ken Wharram and Doug Mohns from 1964-69. This terrific trio saw Mikita become the only NHL player to capture three NHL awards in two straight seasons. Stan's accomplishments won the Hart, Ross and Lady Byng Trophies for being the scoring leader, most valuable player and sportsmanship awards in both 1967 and 1968.

The "MPH Line" had one of the longest and most succesful runs from 1968-75, which included Pit Martin, Jim Pappin and Dennis Hull. Martin became the first Blackhawk to capture the Bill Masterton award for perservance and dedication to hockey in 1970.

Named more for their "weight" but enjoying a high degree of success was "The Clydesdale Line," which was comprised of Troy Murray, Ed Olczyk and Curt Fraser from 1984-87. They all weighed over 200 pounds each, but all mostly scored 20-plus goals each season. Murray became the first

Blackhawk to win the Frank Selke Trophy in 1986 as the top NHL defensive forward, when he had 45 goals and 99 points.

Kane, Panarin and Anisimov may currently pace the NHL as the top scoring trio, but they might need your help to name their line!

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