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CSN to deliver a rare three games in one night scenario on Wednesday, April 13

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CSN to deliver a rare three games in one night scenario on Wednesday, April 13

Stanley Cup Playoffs: BLACKHAWKS at St. Louis (Game 1) – 8:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet

MLB Baseball: CUBS vs. Cincinnati – 7:00 PM on CSN+

NBA Basketball: BULLS vs. Philadelphia – 7:00 PM on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra/CSN+2

(NOTE: CSN+2 can be found on NBC Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel, Cozi TV)  

Viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for channel locations in their area

Chicago, IL (April 12, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will be presenting viewers with a rare scenario TOMORROW NIGHT (Wed, Apr. 13), as the network will be airing three, LIVE professional events in one evening that will be airing simultaneously on three separate channels during primetime.  For this unique occurrence, Comcast SportsNet is urging viewers to visit the network’s website, CSNChicago.com, for an easy-to-find channel locations page (http://www.csnchicago.com/channel-finder ) where viewers can simply punch in their zip code to find the exact channel location of EVERY game airing on this special day of sports programming. 

“Wednesday night will most definitely be a unique experience for both our network and our viewers with three live games airing simultaneously on three separate channels,” said Phil Bedella, VP/GM of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “I’d like to thank our sister station NBC 5 and their President/General Manager David Doebler for their assistance in making their digital channel, ‘Cozi TV,’ available for our CSN+2 Bulls telecast.”

Note the following channel information and additional details for Comcast SportsNet’s three simultaneous live professional game telecasts on Wednesday, April 13:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – COMCAST SPORTSNET

8:30 PM CT – BLACKHAWKS at St. Louis (Rd. 1, Gm. 1) will air LIVE on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location (featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk on the game call)

  • A special one-hour edition of Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live with hosts Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd, and Jamal Mayers will begin at 7:30 PM…Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by HawkAuto.com airs immediately following the game.
  • NOTE: This game will also be joined in progress on CSN+ immediately following Cubs Postgame Live (viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

CHICAGO CUBS BASEBALL – CSN+

7:00 PM CT – CUBS vs. Cincinnati will air LIVE on CSN+ (featuring Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies on the game call)

  • Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group with hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth will begin at 6:30 PM LIVE from Wrigley Field…Cubs Postgame Livepresented by BlueCross BlueSheild of Illinois airs immediately following the game on CSN+, also taking place at Wrigley Field.
  • This CSN+ telecast is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among othersviewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV. 

CHICAGO BULLS BASKETBALL – CSN+2/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra

7:00 PM – BULLS vs. Philadelphia will air LIVE on CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra app and CSN+2(featuring Neil Funk and Stacey King on the game call)

  • LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE to authenticated Comcast SportsNet Chicago subscribers via CSNChicago.com or by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
  • This special “CSN+2” game can found on NBC 5 Chicago’s 5.2 digital channel Cozi TV on Comcast Cable systems throughout the Chicago area on ch. 341; Cozi TV is also available on RCN ch. 50, Mediacom ch. 105 and WOW ch. 130…in addition, this CSN+2 Bulls telecast can be found on AT&T U-verse ch. 695/1695 HD, DIRECTV ch. 665-2/665-2 HD and DISH Network ch. 459…viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for the exact CSN+2 channel location in their area.
  • Bulls Pregame Live presented by Coors Light with hosts Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue will begin at 6:30 PM LIVE from the United Center…Kia Bulls Postgame Live, also from the United Center, airs immediately following the game.

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

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Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?