While Game 1 between the Blackhawks and Wild was a goal-scoring affair, the second game between these Western Conference foes has proven to be much more of a defensive battle so far.
But the Blackhawks' stars have come to play on Sunday as Jonathan Toews got the team's offense going with a short-handed goal in the second, after he knocked the puck off Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk's stick and watched the puck trickle over the goal line to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.
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Minutes later, Patrick Kane found some open space on the ice and fired one past Dubnyk with just 20 seconds remaining in the period to add to the Blackhawks' lead.
Check out Toews' goal in the video above and Kane's shot in the clip below.
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.
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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.