CSN airing Stanley Cup clincher


CSN airing Stanley Cup clincher

Comcast SportsNet will be re-airing Blackhawks Classics until the NHL lockout comes to an end. Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. to catch the 2010 Stanley Cup clincher when Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in overtime and the Blackhawks took the Cup back home to Chicago.

On June 9, 2010, the Blackhawks were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the series and in Game 6 against the Flyers as the Stanley Cup Finals looked to be coming to an end late in regulation.

But the Flyers' Scott Hartnell delivered a clutch goal with 3:59 left to play, setting the stage for Kane's heroics in overtime.

Just over four minutes into the extra period, Kane sent a wrister past goalie Michael Leighton. Those in attendance at the game and watching on TV were stunned for a brief moment, as nobody could tell for sure if Kane's shot had gone in.

But Kane knew, and he immediately started rejoicing with teammates on the ice as the Flyers skated off in awe.

Kane's game-winner snapped a 47-year Stanley Cup drought for the Blackhawks and ensured his name would live on forever in NHL lore.

Need more reasons to watch? Here are some additional memorable moments from the miraculous season:
--The Blackhawks won all three games played at the United Center in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
--Four of the six games in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final were decided by one goal.
--Kane led the Hawks with 8 points in the series vs. Philadelphia.
--Toews led the NHL with 22 assists in the 2010 playoffs.
--Patrick Sharp led the Blackhawks with four goals in the series.
--Dustin Byfuglien led the NHL with five game-winning goals in the 2010 playoffs.
--Duncan Keith led Chicago with six assists in the series vs. Philadelphia.
--Marian Hossa won the Cup in 2010 after being on the losing team the previous two years.
--Andrew Ladd was on the Stanley Cup-winning team in both 2006 and 2010.
--John Madden was on the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2000, 2003 and 2010.
--Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2010 for playoff MVP.
--It was the fourth Stanley Cup in Blackhawks team history.
So throw on your jersey, invite your friends over and relive this exciting game tonight since this is the most NHL action we may see for a while. Besides, you're not going to want to go out in tonight's windy, snowy mess anyways.
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Lance Bouma's second chance has meant steady work with Blackhawks


Lance Bouma's second chance has meant steady work with Blackhawks

Lance Bouma took his place at fourth-line left wing as the Blackhawks rolled their forward rushes on Tuesday morning. As the Blackhawks have tinkered with their trios, Bouma, whose final two seasons with the Calgary Flames were filled with uncertainty, has found a consistent role in this lineup.

“Obviously I was brought here for a reason,” Bouma said. “Things didn’t go the way I wanted them to in Calgary. To come here to Chicago and have that role, it’s been a lot of fun so far.”

The Blackhawks knew what they wanted from Bouma and his fellow fourth liners: some physical play, some energy and if there are any scoring opportunities, bonus. It’s a second chance for Bouma, whose contract was terminated by the Flames on June 30.

“I think it’s definitely a motivator knowing that you get in that situation where all of a sudden, ‘OK, I have to almost start over again and I have to prove to a new team that I belong in this league and I can play,’” coach Joel Quenneville said on Tuesday. “There are always circumstances where teams make decisions like that. We’ve been a part of it. And moving forward as a player, you’ve gotta look at it as a fresh opportunity. It’s an opportunity to get back to playing your game.”

After recording 16 goals and 18 assists in the 2014-15 season, Bouma signed a three-year, $6.6 million deal with the Flames. The next two seasons didn’t go as planned as Bouma dealt with injuries, inconsistent play and healthy scratches. So getting that call from the Blackhawks was a huge lift.

“I was just looking forward to a fresh start and something new,” he said. “I just was ready to come into camp and have a great season and it’s been great so far.”

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Tommy Wingels, who has centered the Blackhawks’ fourth line the last several games – and will again vs. St. Louis on Wednesday – said Bouma looks “refreshed” this season.

“Obviously whether it’s a team doesn’t want to bring you back or it’s a trade or buyout, there’s certainly something that deep down gets you going,” Wingels said. “I think it was a good summer for him mentally to come to a new organization, come to a new group of guys and re-establish his game. It’s tough when you’re with the same coaches, same team for so long; maybe what you do gets taken for granted. He looks good and he’s skating really well and I think he moves really well for a big man. He’s strong on the pucks and he’s a good asset for us.

Bouma isn’t here to be a top-six player. He’s not here to fulfill a contract that he no longer has. The Blackhawks needed depth, energy and a physical presence and in brining that, Bouma has earned steady work.  

“We knew the player coming in that we wanted him to play that style and he’s done a good job of it, too,” Quenneville said of Bouma. “So it’s something we were looking for in our needs and it fit perfectly."

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: