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Game notes: March 23 vs. Dallas Stars

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME
The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday night at the United Center, snapping Chicago's five-game winning streak. The overtime result gave Chicago 100 points in the standings this year, the fourth consecutive year the team has reached that mark. Ryan Hartman (2), Marian Hossa and Richard Panik each registered goals for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 10 shots before being replaced by Scott Darling in the third period. Darling made four saves and took the loss.

VS. STARS
Chicago holds a 136-102-31-3 all-time record against Dallas, including a 78- 41-15-0 mark at the United Center. Tonight's contest concludes the five-game regular-season series between the Central Division rivals. The Blackhawks own a 4-0-0 mark against the Stars this season, including victories on Nov. 5 (3-2), Nov. 6 (4-3 OT), Dec. 11 (3-1) and Feb. 4 (5-3). Crawford picked up his 202nd career NHL victory on Feb. 4 at Dallas, passing Ed Belfour for third in Blackhawks history.

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Prospect Profile: Luc Snuggerud

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

Defenseman Luc Snuggerud has seen his stock rise steadily ever since he was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Over three years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he's developed into an impactful two-way defender and a leader, and he made his professional debut last weekend with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs. Below is his profile, one of eight featured in the March/April issue of Blackhawks Magazine, on sale now.

If there's one type of player a hockey organization can never have enough of, it's the mobile defenseman who can be useful in all three zones. Snuggerud, who recently finished his junior campaign at the University of Nebraska-Omaha before signing a pro contract, certainly looks like a potential two-way standout after a couple of massive seasons.

"Luc was going to step into a leadership role and be the go-to guy on the back end, and he's really embraced that," said Director of Player Development Mark Eaton, a longtime NHL defenseman himself. "The pressure has been on him, but he has handled it extremely well and been able to take his game to another level."

One of the first guys over the boards in all situations this season, the 2014 fifth-round pick was a major contributor offensively, quarterbacking the top-ranked power play in the NCHC. At the end of his season, Snuggerud led all NCAA defensemen with 11 goals; seven of them came with the man advantage, also tops among collegiate blueliners.

"One of the things he does really well is get his shot through to the net," Eaton said. "His one-timer is good, and he gets some good pace on his shot. But he also knows when to jump into holes and, most importantly, he does it without risk or putting himself in a bad position. His game is really suited to be that complete two-way defenseman who defends well and can make a good first pass and use his speed to join the rush in an offensive capacity."

There's no doubt that Snuggerud has put in the work to improve his game over the last three years, and that dedication will serve him well after turning pro, Eaton says. "Of all our prospects, he has such a pro mindset. He takes care of himself as well as anyone -- the off-ice routine, the nutrition -- and it's paid dividends for him on the ice."

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Blackhawks Magazine Excerpt: Homegrown

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

The following is excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, featuring local product Ryan Hartman. Pick up a copy at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at 312-759-0079.

How important is it for a young guy like you to be on a team with so many other young guys? The other day at practice, you were sitting between Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz.

Right. That's another great thing about being part of this team. Most of the veterans, they have families and other lives. But us single guys, we like to hang out and do things. Vinnie (Hinostroza) and Schmaltzy, we do stuff together. Lunch, dinner, whatever. We're really close. Schmaltzy is walking my dog right now while we're doing this interview.

Dog?

Riley, a white German shepherd. Got it when I was in Rockford. My girlfriend and I were at the mall one day, just looking around. I always had a dog at home when I was a kid. Anyway, we just wandered into this store and saw this cute little pup. The lady there lifts it up and lets me hold it. "Go play with it in the back if you want." And that's it. It's part of the plan. They know it's all over when you hold it. You're taking that dog home with you. I called my mom, Kim, and told her I bought a dog. She says, "We have a family dog at home, take it for a week if you want a dog." I didn't want to call my dad, Craig. No way.

He's going to say, "You're trying to concentrate so you can make it to the National Hockey League, and you bought a dog?"

Exactly. About a week after I bought Riley, we're going on the road with Rockford. So now I had to call my dad and break the news. I bought a dog, Dad. I asked him if he would look after my dog. He said, "You did what? No you didn't." So I dropped the dog off with my parents, and they fell in love with Riley too.

Dogs are amazing.

They really are. Think it about. You are their entire life. You provide a dog shelter, food, water, attention. And in return, they give you unconditional love and loyalty and protection. If I take a shower, Riley will spread out and lie down right by the bathroom door to make sure I'm OK. An unbelievable watchdog. A real friend. No judgment, no grudges.

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Game notes: March 21 vs. Vancouver Canucks

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME
The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 6-3 on Sunday night after recording five unanswered goals in the third period, picking up their fifth consecutive win. It was Chicago's highest offensive output in a single period this season, topping the four goals they recorded in the third period on Nov. 1 vs. Calgary. Per Elias, Chicago's three markers in 34 seconds were the third-quickest trio of goals scored in franchise history, behind 21 seconds (March 23, 1952 at NYR) and 30 seconds (Oct. 15, 1983 at TOR). Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews (2), Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin each recorded goals for Chicago. Scott Darling turned aside 22 of 25 shots to improve to 18-5-2 this season. He shares the league lead with a .931 save percentage and ranks third with a 2.12 goals-against average. Darling has picked up victories in eight of his last nine appearances.

VS. CANUCKS
Chicago holds an 87-67-22-9 all-time record against Vancouver, including a 56-23-7-5 mark at the United Center. Tonight's contest concludes the three-game regular-season series between the clubs. The Blackhawks own a 2-0-0 record vs. the Canucks this season, collecting victories on Nov. 19 (4-3) and Jan. 22 (4-2). Corey Crawford became the fourth Blackhawks goaltender (Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall and Ed Belfour) to record 200 career wins on Jan. 22. Jonathan Toews paces Chicago with four points (1G, 3A) vs. VAN this season. Marian Hossa registered a goal on Jan. 22 against the Canucks, becoming the 27th player to record 400 points (178G, 22A) in a Blackhawks sweater.

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Blackhawks to honor Belfour with One More Shift

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks will honor former goaltender Ed Belfour when they host their fourth edition of "One More Shift" on Thursday, March 23, vs. the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m.

Belfour will join the 2016-17 team on the ice during the anthem after the starting lineup has been announced on Thursday. Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard and former forwards Steve Larmer and Jeremy Roenick have also been honored with "One More Shift" this season.

Belfour spent parts of eight National Hockey League seasons with the Blackhawks (1988-89, 1990-97), posting a 201-138-56 record in 415 regular-season games; he currently ranks third on the franchise leaderboard in games played and fourth with 201 wins and 30 shutouts, and is the only netminder in Blackhawks history to post a pair of 40-plus win seasons. The Carman, Manitoba, native posted a franchise-record 43 wins during the 1990-91 season en route to capturing the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender and the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed. He went on to be honored with the Vezina again in 1993 and won two more Jennings Trophies (1993, 1995) with Chicago. Belfour backstopped Chicago in the Stanley Cup Playoffs seven times, ranks third in franchise history with 35 postseason victories and shares fifth with three shutouts. He compiled a 12-4 record with one shutout and a 2.47 goals-against average while helping the Blackhawks reach the 1992 Stanley Cup Final.

After the Blackhawks, Belfour went on to play for the San Jose Sharks (1996-97), Dallas Stars (1997-2002), Toronto Maple Leafs (2002-04, 2005-06) and Florida Panthers (2006-07). Belfour appeared in 61 games with Dallas and posted a 1.88 GAA during the 1997-98 season as his team captured the Presidents' Trophy; the Stars won the Presidents' Trophy the following season as well, with Belfour registering a 1.99 GAA in 61 games. He helped Dallas capture the Stanley Cup in 1999 while also winning his fourth career Jennings Trophy. He holds a 484-320-125 record in 963 career games played and currently ranks third all-time in the league with 484 wins and shares ninth with 76 shutouts. He was also named to five NHL All-Star Games and won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Belfour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Prospect Roundup: DeBrincat's record, NCAA field set

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, 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: RW Alex DeBrincat
The Line: 3GP, 3G, 2A

With three goals and two assists over the last three games of the regular season, DeBrincat set an Erie Otters franchise single-season record for goals, finishing the campaign with 65 to his name. He also came within two points of tying the single-season record for points after accumulating 127 in 63 games this year. The 2016 second-round pick compiled a 27-game point streak to finish the season, dating back to Jan. 13, a stretch that included a 19-game goal run.

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Blackhawks clinch ninth consecutive postseason berth

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

With a 6-3 win tonight over the Colorado Avalanche and a Los Angeles Kings loss, the Chicago Blackhawks have clinched a spot in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, marking the franchise's ninth consecutive postseason berth.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs will mark the first time since 1989-97 that the Blackhawks will make nine consecutive postseason appearances.

Chicago will host the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. The game can be seen on CSN, streamed live online at CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.com/BlackhawksStream) and the NBC Sports App, and heard on WGN Radio.

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Game notes: March 19 vs. Colorado Avalanche

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME
The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night at Air Canada Centre to extend their winning streak to four games. The Blackhawks won their league-best 23rd one-goal game. Out of 18 Blackhawks skaters, 17 registered a shot on goal, totaling 39 shots. John Hayden and Ryan Hartman each recorded goals for Chicago. Corey Crawford earned his third straight win by making 25 saves, improving his record to 29-15-3 this season. He also picked up an assist on Hartman's game-winning tally in overtime.

VS. AVALANCHE
Chicago owns a 57-54-9-8 mark all-time against Colorado, including a 33-23-3-6 mark at the United Center. Tonight's contest marks the fourth of five matchups between the clubs this season. The teams will meet again on April 4 in Denver. The Blackhawks hold a 2-0-1 record vs. the Avalanche this season. Marian Hossa picked up three assists on Jan. 17 at COL, becoming the 32nd player in NHL history to record 500 goals and 600 assists. He paces Chicago with five points (2G, 3A) against the Avalanche this year.

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Game notes: March 18 at Toronto Maple Leafs

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME
The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 2-1 on Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre. They have now won 10 of their last 11 games, and their 22 road victories this season rank second in the league. For the fourth consecutive contest, the Blackhawks recorded the first goal of the game and now own a 33-8-2 mark when scoring first. Duncan Keith and Richard Panik netted goals for Chicago. Scott Darling made 33 saves and improved to 17-5-2 on the season. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last six appearances and has stopped at least 30 shots in each of his last four starts.

VS. MAPLE LEAFS
Chicago holds a 264-286-96-0 all-time record against Toronto, including a 101-166-54-0 mark on the road. Tonight's contest marks the second and final regular-season matchup between the Original Six franchises. The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in a shootout on Oct. 22; they have won 12 of their previous 14 tilts with Toronto dating back to the 2003-04 season. Marian Hossa paces Chicago with 41 career points (17G, 24A) vs. TOR.

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Prospect Profile: Anthony Louis

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

As one of the smallest prospects in the Blackhawks system, Anthony Louis has always had to prove himself a bit more than his peers. But the local kid (hailing from Winfield, Ill.) has parlayed a successful four-year career at Miami of Ohio into a contract, and he'll now try to prove himself at the pro level. Louis was one of eight prospects profiled in the upcoming March/April issue of Blackhawks Magazine, on sale Sunday, March 19. Here's what the Blackhawks development staff had to say about Louis' potential.

"Small" is a designation that would doom a lot of hockey hopefuls, but size has never been a deterrent for Louis, who joins a handful of Blackhawks prospects who don't move the scales much, but their stats tell a different story. For the 2013 sixth-round pick, a strong senior season at Miami of Ohio was crucial to his hopes of turning pro, and he responded by leading the team in all offensive categories while serving as an alternate captain, recording 39 points points (14G, 25A) in 36 games, third-most in the NCHC.

"His game last year wasn't really where he wanted it to be for some reason, but he had a tremendous summer and right from day one he has been as good as he can be, the way he needs to play," Development Coach Derek Plante said. "I don't know if he's really had any bad games this year. Going back for a fourth year has really helped his consistency and his maturity level, making sure he's ready to go all the time."

At 5 feet, 7 inches and 150 pounds, Louis needs to make up for his lack of size with other qualities: elusiveness, positional awareness and strength on his skates, to go along with the high-end playmaking potential that has always been his calling card, and next year he'll try to become the latest Illinois product to play professionally close to home.

"His awareness is very good, as is his ability to find space and use that to make people chase him," Plante said. "There's always the question of how that's going to translate to the [pro] level, and that's for him to prove, but he does have some special skills. He's a pretty small guy, but so be it. So what? He's got a lot of talent."

As for how he'll fit into the Blackhawks system, Plante says his strengths could work well alongside another recent signing, John Hayden: "Hayden can create some space, and Louis can kind of dipsy-doodle around, use the space available."

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