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Playoff spot clinched after wins over Nashville; Blackhawks host "Hockey Fights Cancer Night"

by Mackenzie McCluer / Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks clinched their fifth consecutive playoff appearance with a 5-3 win over Nashville on April 7, 2013, the same day the team hosted "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" at the United Center.

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Ray Emery and Nick Spaling of the Nashville Predators reach for a loose puck during a game on April 6, 2013, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Emery posted 30 saves for his second shutout of the season during the 1-0 victory. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Viktor Stalberg, Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus celebrate Bickell's first-period goal — the only one scored by either team in the contest. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Duncan Keith gets rough on defense against Nashville's Matt Halischuk on April 6. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Jonathan Toews takes the ice before the game against Nashville in a special-made jersey with lavender lettering intended to support cancer awareness. Players sported the jerseys, which were later auctioned off for charity, during warmups as part of "Hockey Fights Cancer Night."

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Denis Savard chats with Pat Boyle of Comcast SportsNet Chicago before the start of their broadcast from the United Center concourse on April 7. For "Hockey Fights Cancer Night," all broadcasters wore purple ties, which were autographed and auctioned off alongside the special jerseys.

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Twelve-year-old Jack Klinge, who is battling leukemia, performs the ceremonial puck drop with Jonathan Toews and Predators captain Shea Weber on April 7. Click here to view Blackhawks TV's coverage of Jack's experience.

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Jack Klinge shakes hands with Jonathan Toews after Toews gave him his stick and the puck used in the ceremonial drop. "I was full of a lot of emotion," Klinge said afterward. "All the support through this ... it's just so amazing."

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Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson observe the national anthem alongside five children whose wishes to meet the Blackhawks were granted through a partnership between the team, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

CDW and the goalie
Taking full advantage of his on-ice position, a participant from a Blackhawks sponsorship program snaps photos of Pekka Rinne during the national anthem on April 7.

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Michal Rozsival stays tight on Taylor Beck of the Predators as Ray Emery prepares to stop a shot.

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Jack Klinge talks to broadcaster Pat Foley in the broadcast booth of the United Center press box during the April 7 game.

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Pat Foley and Steve Konroyd interview Jack Klinge on air in the broadcast booth on April 7.

Andrew Shaw celebrates after putting the Hawks on the board in the first period with a slap shot, his eighth goal of the season. Shaw added an assist on a goal by Jonathan Toews in the third period for his first multi-point outing of the season.

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Members of the Blackhawks Better Halves and the team's community relations department talk to a fan while selling autographed pucks during the game on April 7. Proceeds from the sale benefited the Chicago Blackhawks Charities and other cancer-related organizations.

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Jonathan Toews tries to push past Roman Josi and goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Predators in pursuit of the puck on April 7.

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Michael Frolik hits the boards after colliding with Nashville's David Legwand on April 7.

Jonathan Toews celebrates with Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane after scoring to break a 3-3 tie in the third period against the Predators on April 7. Patrick Kane added an empty net goal with less than a minute remaining to put the final score at 5-3.

Photos by Bill Smith, Chase Agnello-Dean and Mackenzie McCluer.

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