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CSN sets new all-time Blackhawks TV ratings record

CSN sets new all-time Blackhawks TV ratings record

COMCAST SPORTSNET SETS NEW ALL-TIME CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
RATINGS RECORD FOR ITS LIVE COVERAGE OF GAME 6 LAST NIGHT

Last Nights Blackhawks First Round, Game 6 Victory Attracts Record 436,000 Households

New All-Time Records also set for Blackhawks Pre-Game Live & Blackhawks Post Game Live

1 Highest-Rated TV Station in Chicago Market from 6:00 11:30 PM for Households & Adults 25-54

1.7 Million Households have watched Comcast SportsNets Coverage of Six Playoff Telecasts

Chicago, IL (April 25, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive coverage of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, delivered its highest Blackhawks rating ever last evening (April 24) -- a 12.45 household rating for its live coverage of the Blackhawks Game 6 first round, home ice victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

For last nights pulse-pounding playoff OT win by the Blackhawks forcing a Game 7 on Tuesday night (NOTE: Game 7 coverage begins at 8:30 PM on CSN, game will air on both Comcast SportsNet & CSN immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game at approx. 9:45pm), Comcast SportsNet attracted approx. 436,074 households for the entire game and scored a massive 16.9 peak rating during the 9:45 PM quarter-hour (approx. 592,000 households). The 12.45 single game ratings record on Comcast SportsNet shatters the previous all-time record set last week on April 21 for the Blackhawks first round, Game 5 win at Vancouver (10.58). In addition, Comcast SportsNet also posted new all-time household ratings records last night for Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (3.43) and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live (5.32 for households, 5.81 for Adults 25-54). Source for all ratings information is provided by Nielsen Media Research.

Comcast SportsNet was also the 1-highest rated television network in the Chicago market last night for households and every key male & adult demographic for the entire length of the game (6:30-10:00 PM). In addition, for households and every key demographic (including Adults 25-54), Comcast SportsNet was the 1-highest rated network in the Chicago market from 6:00 11:30 PM, which included the networks airing of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, the Blackhawks vs. Vancouver game telecast, Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live and back-to-back airings of GMC SportsNet Central.

For its live coverage of six Stanley Cup Playoffs first round telecasts thus far, Comcast SportsNet has garnered approx. 1.71 MILLION Chicago TV households tuning in for the networks Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs game coverage. Plus Comcast SportsNet has attracted close to ONE MILLION households (965,000) tuning in to Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live so far this playoff season.

In comparison to Comcast SportsNets first round playoff series last season (NOTE: Blackhawks faced Nashville last year in the first round), Household ratings this year for the first round are up 35 (8.13 vs. 6.02) and Adults 25-54 ratings have increased 46 (7.04 vs. 4.84)

Please note the following key details for Comcast SportsNets coverage of Game 7 TOMORROW NIGHT (Tue, Apr. 26)

9:00 PM BLACKHAWKS at VANCOUVER in HD (Rd. 1, Gm. 7) - LIVE on Comcast SportsNet & CSN

IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning at 9:00pm, the Blackhawks game will start exclusively on CSNthe game will then air on BOTH Comcast SportsNet and CSN immediately following the conclusion of the Bulls game (approx. 9:45pm)
(NOTE: VISIT CSNCHICAGO.COM FOR EXACT CSN CHANNEL LOCATIONS IN YOUR AREA)

Featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the game call

Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live with hosts Chris Boden and Steve Konroyd will begin at 8:30 PM on CSN & CSNChicago.comJose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airs immediately following the game on Comcast SportsNet & CSN.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast Tracey Myers and Jamal Mayers join Pat Boyle to discuss the teams wins over the Rangers and Penguins.  Have they figured some things out and what is the identity of this team after 20 games?

Jammer weighs in on Artem Anisimov’s big week and are there enough Hawks committed to net front presence?  They also discuss the surging play of the blue liners and did the Hawks fail to send a message to Evgeni Malkin, after he kneed Corey Crawford in the head?

Blackhawks’ much-maligned power play is now clicking

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Blackhawks’ much-maligned power play is now clicking

It’s an annual rite of passage if you cover or are a fan of the Blackhawks: you question the power play, because there always seems to be an issue with the power play. You wonder why every season, given the talent on this team. And again this fall the power play has sputtered.

But a funny thing happened at the end of the weekend. The Blackhawks’ power play started to look good, started to generate chances and started to score. In 10 games prior to the Blackhawks’ Nov. 12 game against New Jersey they had just three power-play goals in 40 opportunities. In their last three games (vs. the Devils, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins), they’ve tallied five goals on 13 opportunities.

So what’s been working?

“I’ll probably give you the same answer as when it wasn’t working: pucks to the net, guys in front,” Patrick Sharp said. “We have the shot mentality more so than just moving it around and getting it set up. You look at the goals we’ve scored, it’s nothing overly complicated. It’s just getting the puck to the net. Just stay with it.”

Sounds simple enough, but the stay-with-it part has probably been the toughest segment of the equation. When the Blackhawks slumped they really slumped, and their lack of confidence on the power play was as evident as their lack of scoring on it. Yes, stressing over it can have its affect; and when the Blackhawks got those two power-play goals against the Devils it seemed to be a release.

“You get one, that weight gets lifted off your chest a little bit, you can play a little loser and maybe not grip your stick as tight as when things weren’t going well,” Cody Franson said. “When you’re confident out there you’re moving the puck cleanly, things happen a little quicker for you and give you those better looks at good chances. When you’re not that confident sometimes you’re not executing as well and things were moving slower and you’re not generating too much. Confidence definitely plays a big part in it.”

So back to what’s working. The Blackhawks started becoming more active on the power play, cutting down on the passes and increasing the shots. They’ve been there for rebounds. They started feeding off the success, be it with the power play as a unit or with individual performances. Artem Anisimov has returned to being a force at the net again; of his five goals in his last three games, two are power-play goals.

“A couple of broken plays and sometimes you get some breaks. You win a faceoff and make a quick little play after a couple of great opportunities on the prior whistle there that didn’t go in. I just think shots at the net and traffic and off that, sometimes they go in,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Our entries have always been alright this year, so we’re getting zone time and let’s get some simpler looks and sometimes they go in. I think gaining confidence there, it seems like we’re having the puck more and longer and sustaining some offense off it.”

The Blackhawks have struggled more than they’ve succeeded on the power play the last few seasons. But as their overall scoring has increased again, so has their power-play production. Good timing.

“People tend to say the power play can keep you in games and the penalty kill can win you games. Our penalty kill’s been great and has given us chances in a lot of games. [Corey Crawford’s] been playing pretty well,” Franson said. “And when our power play can give us success we find ourselves in better situations to try and win games.”