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CSN to air 'Chicago Bulls Classics' telecasts featuring 15 of the greatest games in franchise history

CSN to air 'Chicago Bulls Classics' telecasts featuring 15 of the greatest games in franchise history

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR CHICAGO BULLS CLASSICS TELECASTS FEATURING FIFTEEN OF THE GREATEST GAMES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY Chicago Bulls Classics, featuring BullsNBA Legend Michael Jordan in all 15 games, to debut Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM; Comcast SportsNets Bulls announcers Neil Funk & Stacy King to host each telecast

Chicago, IL (October 19, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, will provide viewers with a special trip down memory lane beginning in November as the network has announced it will replay 15 Chicago Bulls Classics telecasts, which will include EVERY championship-clinching game from each of the teams six NBA titles.

Beginning Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM, this extraordinary, 15-week telecast schedule (hosted in-studio by Comcast SportsNets always-entertaining Bulls announcing tandem of Neil Funk & Stacy King) will look back at some of the greatest games in Bulls history, with every game featuring numerous highlight reel moments from Bulls legendPro Basketball Hall of Famer MICHAEL JORDAN.

Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its 15 Chicago Bulls Classics on Wednesday night, November 2 at 7:30 PM with a game from February of 1987 that featured a young Jordan setting a new team regular season scoring record with 58 points. Additional games on Comcast SportsNets Chicago Bulls Classics schedule include Jordans The Shot over Craig Ehlo in 89, his shrug 3-point barrage from Game 1 of the 92 Finals, The Shot II against Cleveland from 93, his double-nickel performance from MSG just days after his return to the NBA in 95 plus, the championship-clinching telecasts from each of the Bulls six NBA titles (91 vs. LA Lakers, 92 vs. Portland, 93 vs. Phoenix, 96 vs. Seattle, 97 vs. Utah & 98 vs. Utah). NOTE: These games will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicagos regular viewing territory.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced Bulls section on CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.comBulls), for the latest NBA news 247 from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with the latest video and expert blog entries on the sites new Bulls Talk section (CSNChicago.comBullsTalk).

CHICAGO BULLS CLASSICS on Comcast SportsNet

Wednesday, November 2

7:30 PM February 26, 1987: New Jersey Nets at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 128-113)

Michael Jordan sets a new all-time Bulls scoring record with 58 points; also sets new Bulls record of 2627 from the free throw line, including 19 straight; terrific post-game interview with the late Johnny Red Kerr asking MJ Whats next?the youthful Jordans response: an NBA Championship.

Wednesday, November 9

7:30 PM February 16, 1989: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 117-116)

Jordan scores 27 of his 50 points in 4th quarter, including a 20-footer with one second remaining on the clock.

Tuesday, November 15
7:30 PM May 7, 1989: Rd. 1, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (Bulls win 101-100)
The Shot: MJ hits game-winning shot at buzzer over Craig Ehlo giving the Bulls a huge first round upset against the Cavs.

Tuesday, November 22

7:30 PM June 12, 1991: NBA Finals, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at LA Lakers (Bulls win 108-101)

Bulls celebrate first NBA Championship; Jordan scores 30 points, to go along with ten assists and five steals; coverage includes post-game locker room coverage of MJ clutching the Larry OBrien NBA Championship Trophy with his father James Jordan at his side.

Wednesday, November 30
7:30 PM June 3, 1992: NBA Finals, Gm. 1 - Portland Trailblazers at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 122-89)

Jordans infamous shrug told the story as he was six of ten from three-point range w35 points in the first half.

Tuesday, December 6

7:30 PM June 14, 1992: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Portland Trailblazer at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 97-93)

Bulls win back-to-back NBA titles and celebrate their first home court championship at Chicago Stadium.

Tuesday, December 13

7:30 PM May 17, 1993: Rd. 2, Gm. 4 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (Bulls win 103-101)

Jordan hits game-ending, series-clinching Shot IIreminiscent of his playoff series-clincher at CLE four years earlier.

Tuesday, December 20

7:30 PM May 31, 1993: E. Conf. Finals, Gm. 4 - New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 105-95)

On this Memorial Day telecast, MJ shines once again with a stellar 54-point performance that tied the series at 2-2.

Tuesday, December 27

7:30 PM June 16, 1993: NBA Finals, Gm. 4 - Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 111-105)

The Bulls go up 3-1 in the Finals against Sir Charles & the Suns as Jordan dominates with 55 points.

Tuesday, January 3

7:30 PM June 20, 1993: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns (Bulls win 128-113)

John Paxson hits 3-point championship-winning shot with 3.9 seconds left, giving the Bulls their first three-peat.

Monday, January 9

7:30 PM March 28, 1995: Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (Bulls win 113-111)

In just his fifth game back from retirement, 45 Jordan scores 55 points and sets up Bill Wennington for a game-winning slam dunk at the famed Madison Square Garden.

Monday, January 16
7:30 PM June 16, 1996: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Seattle Supersonics at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 87-75)

Bulls cap off record-breaking 72-10 regular season by downing the Sonics at the United Center for their 4th NBA title.

Monday, January 23

7:30 PM June 11, 1997: NBA Finals, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz (Bulls win 90-88)

A flu-stricken, yet determined Michael Jordan scores a game-high 38 points, giving the Bulls a 3-2 Finals series edge.

Monday, January 30
7:30 PM June 13, 1997: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 90-86)

Steve Kerr scores a 17-footer with five seconds left in the 4th quarter, followed by Toni Kukoc cementing the deal with a slam dunk with 0.6 seconds left, as the Bulls send the UC crowd into delirium winning their 5th NBA title.

Monday, February 6

7:30 PM June 14, 1998: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz (Bulls win 87-86)

Jordan hits historic game-winning shot as the Bulls clinch their sixth NBA Championship; MJ finishes with 45 points in his final appearance in a Bulls uniform; named NBA Finals MVP for the sixth time.
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Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime loss to Lightning: Missed opportunities and one too many penalties

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime loss to Lightning: Missed opportunities and one too many penalties

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night:
 
1. One too many penalties.

The Blackhawks flirted with danger in the first period when they handed the Lightning three straight continuous power plays, a four-minute double minor high-sticking penalty from John Hayden and a Jonathan Toews hooking call that resulted in a 5-on-3 opportunity for Tampa Bay for 43 seconds. 

The penalty kill unit that ranked fourth in the league entering the matchup, however, killed off all three of those penalties against the NHL's top-ranked power play, and did so in commanding fashion.

The Blackhawks went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in regulation, but couldn't stop the sixth one — a questionable slashing call on Nick Schmaltz —  in overtime when Brayden Point buried the winner on a 4-on-3 opportunity.

It was also interesting that Jon Cooper elected to go with four forwards (Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Point and Steven Stamkos) and zero defensemen during that man advantage, putting all of his offensive weapons out on the ice. It's something more teams should do in that situation.

2. Patrick Kane gets going.

After scoring just one goal in his previous 10 games, Kane found the back of the net twice in the opening frame against Tampa Bay and stayed hot against a team he historically plays well against. And he nearly netted a hat trick in overtime but couldn't cash in on a breakaway opportunity.

Kane has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 14 career regular-season games against the Lightning, and extended his point streak to five games. He has three goals and four assists over that stretch.

We wrote about how important it is for the Blackhawks' superstars to get going again with the offensive contributions mainly coming from role players as of late, and Kane getting into a groove is a perfect step in that direction.

3. How about that goaltending battle?

Corey Crawford and Andrei Vasilevskiy showed us exactly why they belong in the Vezina Trophy discussion, and as of this moment, it's hard not to include both of them as finalists. They put on a goaltending clinic, seemingly topping the other as the game went on.

The two teams combined for 71 scoring chances, and Crawford and Vasilevskiy came up big when their teams need them the most.

Crawford finished with 35 saves on 38 shots (.921 save percentage) in the loss while Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 31 (.935 save percentage), and improved to 15-2-1 on the season. 

4. Missed opportunities.

You couldn't have asked for a better start for the Blackhawks. They scored the first goal 3:49 into the game and the second on the power play at 15:54, killed off three penalties, including a 5-on-3, had 24 shot attempts (13 on goal) compared to the Lightning's 16 attempts (11 on goal) and led in even-strength scoring chances 9-6.

It was a different story the rest of the way.

The Blackhawks took their foot off the gas pedal a bit and let the Lightning back in the game by getting away from what they do best, and that's control the puck. Obviously, you expected the league's best offense to push back and it's certainly not an easy task to keep them off the scoresheet all together. 

But the Blackhawks had their chances to stay in front or retake the lead and just couldn't bury them. Tampa Bay had 50 shot attempts from the second period on while the Blackhawks had only 32, and finished with 44 scoring chances compared to Chicago's 27.

5. Richard Panik in the doghouse?

Joel Quenneville didn't go to his line blender in this one, but he did shorten some leashes. Panik, most notably, had a season-low 12:28 of ice time in the loss and had 15 shifts, which was second-fewest only to Ryan Hartman (13) on the team.

Panik had a prime chance to break a 2-2 tie in the third period but was denied by Vasilevskiy, who made a remarkable left-pad save. Instead, Panik extended his goal drought to 12 games and didn't get a shift in overtime.

He's certainly better and will get his scoring chances when playing on the top line with Toews and Brandon Saad, but the missed opportunities are magnified in tight losses. It doesn't look like a move down in the lineup is coming given the success of Alex DeBrincat, who gives the Blackhawks an offensive weapon on the third line, but perhaps it should be considered.

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.