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BLOG: IceHogs lose third straight

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Rockford IceHogs fell to the Texas Stars in the Western Conference Final of the Calder Cup Playoffs 6-5 in overtime. The Texas win puts them up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Tyler Sikura opened the IceHogs scoring less than five minutes after puck drop. Following a Stars tally, John Hayden helped regain the lead for Rockford at 2-1.

After a duo of goals from Texas, Gustav Forsling registered his first goal of postseason play to even the score again at 3. Luke Johnson scored just minutes later to take a 4-3 advantage.

The Stars would answer with two goals of their own but with less than a minute left to play blueliner Cody Franson scored the game-tying goal to send the tilt into overtime.

As was the case in Game 2, Texas found the back of the net in overtime to secure the victory.

Collin Delia made 21 saves in the loss.

The series will continue in Rockford on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.

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BLOG: Anisimov attending Blackhawks Convention

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Artem Anisimov is the latest Blackhawk to announce he will be attending this summer's Blackhawks Convention.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Join the #ArtyParty!The #Blackhawks Convention is taking over the @HiltonChicago from July 27-29: https://t.co/EyMdXnK6yq pic.twitter.com/5VeVIw5K6w

The forward will join teammates Duncan Keith, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy, Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza for the three-day-event from July 27-29. A number of current players and alumni are yet to be announced for the gathering.

The convention will include numerous autograph and photo sessions, Q&A panels, exhibits, interactive games and much more. Find out all the necessary information here.

Anisimov's 11 power-play goals led Chicago during the 2017-18 season, and he finished with 31 points (20G, 11A) through 72 games.

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BLOG: Cornelison to sing at Indianapolis 500

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will sing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" at the Indianapolis 500 for a second-straight year.

Since 2007, Cornelison has been belting out an inspired performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Blackhawks home games. On Sunday, before the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, he will utilize his talents and become the first performer to sing "Indiana" in consecutive years since the retirement of Jim Nabors in 2014.

Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem prior to Cornelison's performance, which is scheduled for 11:11 a.m. CT on Sunday.

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DRAFT: Previewing the top wingers

As part of our on-going 2018 NHL Draft coverage, chicagoblackhawks.com breaks down the best of the available wingers

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

As each day goes by we inch closer and closer to the NHL Draft, with all of the franchises heading to Dallas June 22-23. Get to know the draft eligible prospects with our chicagoblackhawks.com positional previews. We continue our coverage with some of the top wingers available, using scout rankings, mock drafts and information gathered from draft prognosticators.

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BLOG: Hinostroza to attend Blackhawks Convention

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Today, forward Vinnie Hinostroza announced that he will be attending this summer's Blackhawks Convention.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Vinnie's in! Join @Hinostroza12 at this summer's #Blackhawks Convention on July 27-29: https://t.co/YWnOq1XTrj pic.twitter.com/pbEa3mchVL

Hinorstroza will join teammates Duncan Keith, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy and Nick Schmaltz, along with a number of players and alumni to be announced later, at the three-day event from July 27-29.

The convention will include numerous autograph and photo sessions, Q&A panels, exhibits, interactive games and much more. Find out all the necessary information here.

Hinostroza, a native of Chicago appeared in 50 games for the Blackhawks last year. He registered a +5 and tallied 25 points (7G, 18A) through the 2017-18 campaign

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DRAFT: Previewing the top defensemen

As part of our 2018 NHL Draft coverage, chicagoblackhawks.com breaks down the best of the available defensemen

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The NHL Draft is right around the corner as the 31 franchises will converge in Dallas June 22-23 to select the future of the sport. Get to know the top draft eligible prospects with our chicagoblackhawks.com positional previews. We begin with some of the top defensemen available, using scout rankings, mock drafts and information gathered from draft prognosticators.

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PROSPECTS: Playoffs week five report

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

The Rockford IceHogs snapped a seven-game win streak and four-game road win streak with back-to-back losses at the Texas Stars. The Hogs have yet to win in regulation at Texas this season, posting a shootout victory and three losses in four trips to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Rockford is now 7-2 this postseason and 3-6 all-time in the playoffs against the Texas Stars.

The IceHogs converted on the power play in both Game 1 and Game 2 against Texas. Rockford has now scored at least one power-play goal in each of its first eight playoff games, and enters the week ranked first in both power-play goals (17) and power-play efficiency (34.7 percent). Overall, the IceHogs have scored on the man-advantage in 10 straight games, and boast 30 power-play goals over the last 22 games since March 17.

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PROSPECTS: Rockford downed by Stars in Game 2

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

Curtis McKenzie scored at 10:46 of overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Rockford IceHogs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Sunday night. The Stars now take a 2-0 series lead on the road as the series shifts to Rockford for Tuesday's Game 3, where the IceHogs are 3-0 in the postseason.

McKenzie pounced on a loose puck in front of the Rockford net, knocking it out of midair and past Collin Delia to seal Texas' win on its seventh power-play opportunity. The goal was McKenzie's fourth overall of the playoffs, and third game-winner.

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RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to terms with four players

Included are former draft pick Lucas Carlsson and current Rockford IceHog Darren Raddysh

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Dominik Kahun (kuh-HOON), defensemen Lucas Carlsson and Darren Raddysh and goaltender Kevin Lankinen (LAHNK-ih-nehn). Kahun, Lankinen and Raddysh signed two-year contracts that run through the 2019-20 season and Carlsson agreed to a three-year contract that will expire after the 2020-21 campaign.

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THREE THINGS: Get to know Kevin Lankinen

Here are three things to know about the Blackhawks latest goalie signing

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Chicago has inked goaltender Kevin Lankinen to a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.

Here are three things to know about the 23-year-old Finnish netminder.

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