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Report: Bryan Bickell to retire as member of Blackhawks

Report: Bryan Bickell to retire as member of Blackhawks

Bryan Bickell announced last season that he is hanging up the skates after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the body's immune systems attacks the central nervous system.

After missing more than five months, he made a remarkable comeback to play in the final four games of the regular season for the Carolina Hurricanes, and scored a shootout goal in his last game ever before retiring.

But he never made it official ... perhaps until now.

According to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, Bickell is expected to sign a one-day contract with Chicago on Wednesday to retire as a member of the Blackhawks, where he spent his first nine NHL seasons. 

Bickell was drafted by the Blackhawks, won three Stanley Cups with the club and will forever be known in franchise history as the player who scored the game-tying goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston, 17 seconds before the game-winner was scored.

It's only fitting that his NHL career starts in a Blackhawks sweater, and also ends in one.

Once a Blackhawk, always a Blackhawk.

Showtime: Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scores overtime winner against Panthers

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Showtime: Blackhawks' Patrick Kane scores overtime winner against Panthers

Did anyone order a game-winning goal in overtime?

Patrick Kane sent Blackhawks fans home happy after potting the game-winner to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in extra time on Tuesday night at the United Center.

Slump officially broken? Might be safe to say.

On Sunday night, Kane snapped out of a four-game pointless streak — his longest streak since the 2009-10 season — and entered the top 5 in scoring in Blackhawks history with 781 points. On Tuesday, he added to that. 

More importantly, the Blackhawks picked up a much-needed six out of six points after losing five in a row prior to that. It's the first time this season the Blackhawks — who are now 15-11-5 — have won three straight.

Things won't be getting easier, though, as five of their next six games will come on the road — beginning Thursday night in Winnipeg, which you can watch on NBC Sports Chicago.

But picking up three straight wins will certainly give them momentum.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks

Sports Talk Live is on location at the United Center to preview the Blackhawks and Panthers.  Sam Panayotovich (WGN Radio), Chris Hine (Chicago Tribune) join Kap on the panel.  Plus Steve Konroyd and Brian Campbell talk all things Hawks.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Confidence level in the Blackhawks