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Vince Vaughn likes Blackhawks' chances: 'Chicago has a big heart'

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Vince Vaughn likes Blackhawks' chances: 'Chicago has a big heart'

The Blackhawks trail the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.

But Vince Vaughn believes the good guys have a certain intangible that Tampa Bay can't match.

"This has been a great series," Vaughn told CSN prior to Game 4, "but there's a lot of hockey left, and Chicago has a big, big heart."

The Chicago native actor/comedian made headlines earlier in the day for picking up a dinner tab for Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and staff.

So, with Vaughn in town and certainly showing the love for his hometown Blackhawks, it was only fitting that he showed up for Wednesday's Game 4.

"It's great to be back here. This has been a great series. It was pretty important for me to get a chance and come. It's been a great team," Vaughn said. "It's been great to see them rally; that Anaheim series was unbelievable and now we're in a dogfight with Tampa Bay, so I'm here to support the local guys."

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What advice does Vaughn have for Blackhawks fans nervous about Game 4 and the rest of the series?

"I'm excited. Let's go have some fun. I think let's just go out there and play our game, have a good time. Nothing to think about. Just play like it's Opening Day. Be excited," he said. "I love Coach Q, he always does a good job, been a great group of guys so I'm just excited for the puck to drop."

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.