Blackhawks Big 2 (Kane, Toews) Control Game 2

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It was the Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane show during the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 game 2 victory at San Jose. The Hawks’ two most iconic players zipped around the ice in Silicon Valley like an Intel core i7 processor. And pretty soon, they could make the San Jose Sharks as outdated and useless as a 286 CPU. (Apologies for the tech nerd metaphors, hey, when in San Jose). Two is indeed a magic number, as Chicago has two down, and two to go to reach their first Stanley Cup Final since ’92. The big two, and their coach, the Q Stache had a lot to say about last nights game 2 victory

–Paul M. Banks

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Q Stache breaks down Blackhawks Game 1 Victory

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By Paul M. Banks

The Chicago Blackhawks‘ 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks in game one of the Western Conference Finals was huge. Actually it was HUGE!!!! The second city needs to savor this Hawks playoff run as long as possible, because it appears that both the White Sox and Cubs are going absolutely nowhere this season. On the same weekend the Hawks took a 1-0 in their NHL final four series, the Sox and Cubs lost a series to the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates respectively. Those franchises are MLB’s defacto AAA teams. So that’s a bit demoralizing.

But enough negativity- let’s talk about how good the Hawks looked in Silicon Valley on Sunday. And Hawks Coach Joel Quenneville, a.k.a. the Q Stache, is here to articulate the how and why

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Chicago Ruling Czar Daley makes cliched bet with San Jose

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Mayor (well, actually ruling Emperor) Richard M. Daley wagered a package of local food, drink and other products with the Mayor of San Jose on the success of the Chicago Blackhawks in the upcoming Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.

“The excitement over the Blackhawks has been great for the city of Chicago,” Daley said in a City Hall news conference at which he was joined by Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and other team officials.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks pits Badger vs. Badger

Pavelski and Burish as teammates

by Peter Christian

The last time both Adam Burish and Joe Pavelski stepped on the same ice with this much on the line was April 8th, 2006. It was as teammates and linemates for the Wisconsin Badgers in the National Championship Game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. I was there, but this story isn’t about me.

Now, a little more than 4 years later, both players are ready to battle for the Campbell Cup and the right to move on to play for the game’s ultimate prize, Lord Stanley’s Cup, aka The Greatest Trophy in all of sports. Of course, this time Burish and Pavelski won’t be looking to help each other on the ice. No, this time they’re on different lines, Blackhawks and Sharks, wearing different uniforms and in much different roles than they were for the Badgers when they both played their part in winning the national crown.

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Scandalous, Hilarious and Outrageous Chicago Blackhawks Stories

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By Paul M. Banks

The 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks have been very good at playing hockey so far. They’ve also done a great job generating colorful headlines off the ice. Hawks players have spent the past year engaging in various behaviors that have made for AWESOME copy; from a sports blog perspective.

Tomorrow, they’ll commence their Western Conference Finals series against the San Jose Sharks. It’s the perfect time to look back on all the fun and interesting material the team has provided so far in ’09-’10.

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Familiarity breeds contempt in Hawks-Sharks Series

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By Paul M. Banks

In two days, the Chicago Blackhawks will start their battle with the San Jose Sharks for Western Conference supremacy. And when the gauntlet is thrown down, there will be lots of commonalities and bonds between the two warring factions. Here are a few ties that bind:


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NHL Western Conference Finals: by the numbers

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By Paul M. Banks

In two days, the Chicago Blackhawks will start their battle with the San Jose Sharks for Western Conference supremacy. And when the gauntlet is thrown down, there will be lots of trends and numbers to monitor. Here’s a look at how these guys got here, and what streaks to keep your eye on during the series:

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Blackhawks vs. Sharks: grab your bag- it’s on!

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By Paul M. Banks

One year to the exact date, the Chicago Blackhawks have eliminated the Vancouver Canucks from the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Again, it’s in the Western Conference semis, once again it’s 4 games to 2. They beat VAN at GM place by a 5-1 margin, matching their record on the road this postseason.

In both series so far, the Hawks were more about getting the shorties than T-Pain and Nelly combined. The Hawks led the NHL in short-handed goals or “shorties,” (not to be confused with the hip-hop slang term for women…or maybe it is to be confused with that terminology, it’s ok) during the regular season. And during the first two rounds of the postseason, Chicago’s short-handed goals have come in crucial situations.

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