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Five Things from Blackhawks-Bruins: Early errors costly

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Five Things from Blackhawks-Bruins: Early errors costly

BOSTON –The Blackhawks know all about starts and how important they are. And on Thursday, they just didn’t have it to start.

The Blackhawks didn’t have enough and the Bruins had plenty in Boston’s 4-2 victory. The Blackhawks don’t gain ground but they remain in first in the Central Division, two points ahead of Dallas and St. Louis.

So before we head home for one game – yeah, that’s it before hitting the road again – let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ loss to the Bruins.

1. Too messy early. The Blackhawks made some turnovers in this one and the Bruins were happy to take advantage. Scott Darling could have had a better outing, too. In all it made for a bad combination for the Blackhawks, who were hoping to take Wednesday’s momentum into this one but did not.

2. Tomas Fleischmann scores his first with the Blackhawks. Fleischmann has looked good in his brief time with the Blackhawks. He’s formed some good chemistry with Teuvo Teravainen – those two were with Fleischmann’s Montreal teammate Dale Weise when Fleischmann scored. Coach Joel Quenneville likes what he’s seen from Fleischmann, who’s carving his niche on that third line.

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3. Andrew Ladd fitting right in again. Was there ever any doubt? Well a little maybe. Sometimes when you try to recapture lightning in a bottle it doesn’t work but so far, Ladd hasn’t missed a beat. The intuitiveness between him and Jonathan Toews is obvious, and Ladd has apoint in his first three games back with the Blackhawks (goal, two assists).

4. Teravainen continues to shine. Last weekend general manager Stan Bowman reiterated that Teravainen is a part of this team going forward, the vote-of-confidence, as it were. Teravainen has been great since then. Perhaps being back at center and quick chemistry with line mates has helped. Whatever the case, Teravainen is looking surer of himself out there.

5. The good/bad of special teams. The Blackhawks power play once again came up with a goal and their penalty kill once again gave one up (in five seconds). Interesting how these two are going in different directions this season.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.