Chicago Blackhawks overcome odds, make Joel Quenneville smile

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The wave of elation that overcame me after Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored the game winning goal in overtime of Game 7 against the hated Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night could not possibly be measured.

The NHL must shorten Stanley Cup playoffs

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There’s so much I love about the Stanley Cup playoffs–the quickened pace of what is already the “fastest sport in the world,” and the increased intensity are just a few things playoff hockey has to offer. But I can’t help thinking the postseason is too long.

On being a fan in Boston, Cleveland, and Oklahoma City on Monday night

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Sports are a beautiful creation. What else could make a rather mundane Monday in May as exciting as it turned out to be? From Boston to Cleveland to Oklahoma City, the excitement and heartbreak was rampant. Fans in three cities were delighted on Thursday, while others were left heartbroken.

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings preview and prediction

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Into the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs we go, and what a treat it is to see two rivals and original six teams battling it out for a spot in the Western Conference Finals. The Detroit Red Wings won four straight games at the end of the regular season to grab the […]

Chicago Blackhawks ticket prices are ruining fan experience

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Success in Chicago seems to have come with a price. For the fourth time in six years, the Chicago Blackhawks are raising season ticket and single-game ticket prices. As of writing this, no specific price details have been given on how much single-game tickets will rise, but you can find out the specific price details on […]

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Preview and Prediction

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The shortened, 48-game NHL regular season is over and the conference seeds and matchups are set. It’s time for some playoff hockey.

Putting to rest the myth that women’s teams don’t let male reporters into the locker room

A man (Ron Hoskins of Getty Images) took this photo in the Indiana Fever locker room after the Fever clinched the 2012 WNBA title.

On Saturday night, iconic CBC hockey commentator Don Cherry went on a rant about female reporters entering locker rooms. His comments were in response to a controversial locker room exchange between the Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith and reporter Karen Thomson of a Vancouver-area radio station. To be fair, Keith himself does not have a problem with […]

Chicago Blackhawks’ so-called “goalie controversy” is a luxury

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Experts always say defense wins games, but that’s especially true in hockey. If you have goaltending, especially in the playoffs where it matters most, you will win games. That’s exactly how the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings completely dominated last year’s playoffs and en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

Video of Boston Bruins Fans Singing the National Anthem Will Give You Goosebumps

Rene Rancourt, joined on the ice by the Boston Fire Department color guard (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Crooner Rene Rancourt has been singing the American and Canadian national anthems at Boston Bruins games for decades. Last night, before the first Bruins game at Boston’s TD Garden since Monday’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, Rancourt sang the first line of the “Star-Spangled Banner” then let the sell-out crowd do the rest.

NHL is Ending Its Most Historic Rivalry With the Realignment Plan

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As I watched last Friday’s Chicago Blackhawks game against the Detroit Red Wings, I realized I was watching the last time the two historic franchises will play each other on a regular basis. A wave of sadness came over me.

Recent Brawls Show That Slap Shot’s Portrayal of Minor League Hockey Remains True Today

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There’s a great scene in the classic 1977 movie Slap Shot that accurately sums up the state of minor league hockey over 30 years ago. And, apparently, today.

Are the Chicago Blackhawks the Stanley Cup Favorites? Current and Past Trends Suggest They Are

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Now that the Blackhawks’ point streak is over, Tyler focuses on what it all means for the Blackhawks and their chances at winning the Stanley Cup.

ESPN Shows Its Hockey Ignorance … Again

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I understand the NHL has far fewer fans than the NBA, the NFL, or MLB, but it’s still a major sport not only in this country but around the world. So there is absolutely no excuse for the ignorance Stephen A. Smith spewed on ESPN Monday.

Eliminate Offsides To Improve Hockey? Not So Fast…

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Yesterday I wrote an article describing how hockey would be better of doing away with offsides. My long-time friend Rhett the Jet, who is a hockey expert, lambasted me on Facebook with why that wouldn’t work.

Commentary: One Simple Rule Change Would Make Hockey More Exciting, Broaden NHL’s Appeal

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I love hockey. I enjoy the one-timers, amazing goaltending, hits, and fights. The problem is the NHL isn’t growing with new fans. A simple rule change could broaden the game’s appeal.