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Inside Look with Stan Mikita

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Inside Look with Stan Mikita

In the latest edition of Comcast SportsNet's Inside Look, Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita discusses everything from his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia, memories of his first NHL goal with the Blackhawks, the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team, his reaction to teammate Bobby Hull leaving to join the WHA, his bout with oral cancer and much more.

Here are a few of Mikita's quotes from the exclusive one-on-one interview with Chris Boden:

On his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia: Well, I didnt have much of a life there. I was only eight-years-old when I left. So eight years and probably half of that understanding what I was all about. First of all, I didnt know the English languagethats number one against you. But the big thing was that it was going to be a change (moving to Canada) and I didnt think that they were going to go through with this adoption the more I thought about it after the fact. The first thought was what are they talking about adoption to Canada and so on, I thought well jeez, this could be fun.
On the 1961 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks: The thing that stood out to me was Glenn Hall. I've never seen a man play goal that fast and that quick; he might've developed the flap. Stop and flap and he's ready to go again, so he was never out of position. When a guy like him can pitch a shutout against a team, especially that team, the Montreal Canadiens (in the first round), and he did it twice in a row, which was the fifth and sixth games, and then we went on against Detroit. But that series thereever since then, I've never seen a goalie play better.

On being loved by generations of Hawks fans: I don't know how a life can be better when you sit backyou have your moments, as we all doI have my moments, as you all do. The point iswe're here. She's (his wife Jill) still herethe kids are happy, or at least they look happyand.it's a good life.

Watch the first part of Inside Look with Stan Mikita below and check out the full episode by clicking here.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Could Blackhawks become sellers at trade deadline?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Could Blackhawks become sellers at trade deadline?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the Blackhawks’ poor effort vs. Detroit, Corey Crawford’s health and what kind of run they will need to go on to make the Staney Cup playoffs.

Konroyd also weighs in on his roster concerns and whether or not the Blackhawks will be buyers or sellers at the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Joel Quenneville sends message to Blackhawks going into bye week

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Joel Quenneville sends message to Blackhawks going into bye week

The Blackhawks are in a position they've never been in under Joel Quenneville. It's mid-January and they find themselves below the playoff line.

To make things even more difficult, they'll be sitting at home or on vacation for the next five days while they watch other Western Conference teams accumulate points during their league-mandated bye week. That means when they return to action on Saturday they'll have lots of ground to make up and minimal margin for error.

So while the Blackhawks should certainly use their down time to recharge both mentally and physically, Quenneville's message to his team is very clear.

"Mentally, get away," he said following a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. "Relax, I guess. Have a little fun. But hockey still has to be in the back of your mind. It’s still going to be on when you’re out there. Certainly knowing it’s going to take a lot more than what we showed in the first half of the season. We’re going to need everyone going all out every single night to have a chance."

And it's alarmingly true.

Here's what the wild card picture looks like going into Monday:

While just three points separate the Blackhawks from the Wild, the Blackhawks are in the worst position among the six teams in the picture. The Stars, who are already ahead by a point, have one game in hand on the Blackhawks, the Sharks have four and the streaking Avalanche have three. Heck, even the Ducks have a game in hand, which means an extra win would put them above the Blackhawks.

Every point is critical for the Blackhawks, not only because it obviously keeps them in the hunt, but because on game's they fail to collect points, they're scoreboard watching five other teams hoping they're coming away with nothing as well.

The Blackhawks will come out of the bye week with three straight home games, and if they don't play with their backs against the wall from here on out, their nine-year playoff streak could be in serious jeopardy.