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BLOG: IceHogs pull series to within one with Game 5 victory

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

In Game 5 of their Calder Cup Playoffs series against the Texas Stars, an early lead helped the Rockford IceHogs capture a critical 3-1 victory. The win now cuts the Stars series lead to 3-2.

First period goals from Cody Franson and Luke Johnson gave the Chicago Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate a running start and a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.

Franson, a veteran with more than 500 games worth of NHL experience, has been a huge presence for the IceHogs. The 30-year-old defenseman scored his sixth goal of the postseason on Friday night, extending his point streak to four games. He also dropped the gloves against Curtis McKenzie.

Johnson now has goals in three straight contests. With the primary assist on Johnson's goal, rookie forward Victor Ejdsell continued his own hot streak. Ejdsell now has four points in his last two games, and 12 points overall.

Adam Clendening's assist on Johnson's goal was his 12th helper of the postseason - the most in the league.

Roope Hintz gave the Stars their first goal of the game at 9:17 of the second period, cutting the IceHogs lead to 2-1.

In the third, David Kampf fired a shot, which bounced past Mike McKenna, to give the IceHogs a 3-1 lead with less than half a period to go. That proved to be enough, as Jeff Glass finished the game with 40 saves and his second straight win.

Game 6 of the AHL Western Conference Final takes place in Texas on Monday at 7 p.m. CT.

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BLOG: Ejdsell helps IceHogs stay alive with overtime winner

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks American Hockey League affiliate is still alive in the Calder Cup Playoffs following a 3-2 overtime win over the Texas Stars in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. Blackhawks prospect Victor Ejdsell had a big night for the Rockford IceHogs, scoring two goals - including the game-winner - and adding an assist.

Ejdsell opened scoring at 6:24 of the first period, and then goals from AHL veterans Travis Morin and Matt Mangene gave the Stars a 2-1 edge heading into the third.

Tweet from @TheAHL: Victor Ejdsell gets the @goicehogs on the board! #TEXvsRFD pic.twitter.com/nbyB3i0uKA

Luke Johnson tied the game for Rockford with less than half a period to play, while Cody Franson and Ejdsell recorded the assists.

For the third straight game, the IceHogs and Stars headed to overtime. That's where Ejdsell went to work, scoring at 2:32, which secured the critical victory.

Tweet from @goicehogs: VICTOR-Y EJDSELL!!!!!! ICEHOGS WIN IT IN OVERTIME!STILL. ALIVE. pic.twitter.com/Uw69ls5WsD

His three-point night now gives Ejdsell 11 points (7G, 4A) in 11 games these playoffs.

The IceHogs now trail in the series 3-1.

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BLOG: Oesterle to attend Blackhawks Convention

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Jordan Oesterle announced this morning that he will be attending the Blackhawks Convention this summer.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: You can count on Oz!@joesty15 is confirmed for the #Blackhawks Convention! Pick up your passes here: https://t.co/2vOq1Vlh5O pic.twitter.com/HGoSxviQMB

Oesterle joins a host of Blackhawks who have already confirmed their attendance including Duncan Keith, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy, Nick Schmaltz and Artem Anisimov.

The three-day-event takes place from July 27-29 and will include numerous autograph and photo sessions, Q&A panels, exhibits, interactive games and much more. Find out all the necessary information here.

Oesterle appeared in 55 games this past season for Chicago and registered 15 points (5G, 10A).

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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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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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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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BLOG: Kane named Most Valuable Player at Worlds

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was named the most valuable player at the IIHF World Championship following the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday. He is the first ever U.S. player to be named MVP in tournament history.

Tweet from @usahockey: #TeamUSA captain @88PKane earned Most Valuable Player and Media All-Star Team honors at the #2018MWC after leading all skaters with 20 points (8G, 12A) in 10 games. ������ https://t.co/3jhf05pOOy pic.twitter.com/rN7oj2Esb3

Kane, who was named captain for Team USA prior to play beginning on May 4, led all skaters in points (20) and shared the lead for assists (12). Both his point and assist totals set single tournament records for the United States.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Scoring leader and MVP - Patrick @88PKane of @USAHockey & @NHLBlackhawks had a great #IIHFWorlds! Watch his highlights here. All award winners: https://t.co/5usRigVYNA pic.twitter.com/PNvp9E1Y1g

He also was named to the Media All-Star Team after leading Team USA to an 8-2-0 record and a bronze medal after a 4-1 win over Canada on Sunday morning.

Kane, who was also joined on the United States roster by Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy and Jordan Oesterle, was part of a U.S. team that tied the record for single tournament wins.

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BLOG: Rockford falls in overtime

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Rockford IceHogs are now down 2-0 in the Western Conference Final of the Calder Cup Playoffs following a 3-2 loss in overtime to the Texas Stars on Sunday evening.

John Hayden opened the game's scoring in the first period to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead.

After the Stars went ahead with back-to-back goals, Chris DiDomenico scored on the power play in the second frame to tie the game at two and eventually send it to overtime.

Collin Delia made 34 saves in the loss.

The best-of-seven series will resume in Rockford on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.

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