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Hawks gain momentum, confidence from lopsided win

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Hawks gain momentum, confidence from lopsided win

The Blackhawks went into the night with a chance to fatten up the stats. Five minutes into the second, we were wondering if that would indeed be the case.

But this Sabres team that had such high hopes coming into the season is too much of a mess and goals by Marian Hossa and Jimmy Hayes to finish the middle frame, then Dave Bolland and Jonathan Toews early in the third put this one away as the Hawks improved to 4-0-1 since losing Patrick Sharp.

Bolland stayed hot with his sixth goal in as many games, and the kids -- Hayes and Andrew Shaw -- are playing beyond their experience. Shaw made it five goals in eight games and picked up his first assist, while Hayes upped his total to four goals in 10 games. Shaw was named the No. 3 star, Hayes No. 1.

Corey Crawford had some tough saves to make after giving up an early goal despite a clean look, and bounced back - just as he did Sunday against San Jose - with a 25-stop performance.

Now the Hawks look to keep momentum Friday (on Comcast SportsNet) versus Florida and three ex-Cup-winning mates coming back for the first time since their respective departures - Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell and Tomas Kopecky.

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.

Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

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Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.