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CSN to replay all 16 Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff victories along with the Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

CSN to replay all 16 Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff victories along with the Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

Relive the “Journey” beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT

Chicago, IL (July 2, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, will provide its viewers with a special programming gift this summer entitled Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers. 

Beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT, this extraordinary, five-day (July 12-16) summertime journey will give viewers the opportunity to relive (and DVR) all of the excitement and glory of the Blackhawks amazing Stanley Cup championship run with complete game replays of every Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoff victory in the Western Conference Round 1 series vs. Nashville, Round 2 vs. Minnesota, the Western Conference Final vs. Anaheim – plus, the heart-pounding 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which earned the Blackhawks their third Stanley Cup Championship in just six years. 

Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its 16 Stanley Cup Playoff game replays on Sunday evening, July 12 at 7:00 PM beginning with Game 1 of the Blackhawks opening round series at Nashville, which featured the Blackhawks storming back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 4-3 in double-OT.  The remaining three wins from this series will air on the following dates/times: (Round 1/Game 3 vs. Nashville – Sun, July 12 at 11:00 PM), (Round 1/Game 4 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 2:00 PM), and (Round 1/Game 6 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 7:00 PM).  NOTE: All games from this series were original Comcast SportsNet Chicago telecasts.

Over the course of the following four days/nights (featuring the original “NHL on NBC” telecasts), Comcast SportsNet will air all four wins from their Western Conference/Round 2 sweep against Minnesota (starting Tuesday, July 14 at 1:30 PM) and all four wins from their thrilling, seven-game Western Conference Final series against Anaheim (starting Wednesday, July 15 at 12:30 PM).  Then -- on Thursday, July 16 beginning at 12 NOON -- Comcast SportsNet will carry all four Stanley Cup Final victories against the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, including the Stanley Cup championship-clinching Game 6 home ice victory at 6:45 PM, which will feature the post-game, on-ice presentation of the Stanley Cup and Duncan Keith’s reception of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.  Additional coverage from Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Ford will also be included, which features expanded championship celebration coverage from the United Center.  Also on Thursday, July 16, CSN will replay its acclaimed, exclusive-access coverage of the 2015 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally at 9:00 PM.  (NOTE: The entire schedule for Comcast SportsNet’s Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey is included in this announcement.  Game replays will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s regular NHL viewing territory.)

From a digital standpoint, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “BlackhawksTalk” section (csnchicago.com/blackhawks), which includes numerous Stanley Cup game highlights and exclusive interviews, along with a look back at the team’s amazing playoff journey, round-by-round, with game recaps provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers. Fans can also get interactive during all games of Comcast SportsNet’s special marathon presentation of Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #HawksTalk.

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: A CHAMPIONSHIP JOURNEY

presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers

Sunday, July 12

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 1: Blackhawks at Nashville (4-3 double-OT win -- Blackhawks erase three-goal first period deficit; eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner Keith scores game-winner)

11:00 PM – Round 1/Game 3: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-2 win -- Darling starts in net for first time in career; Toews w/goal & assist in victory)

Monday, July 13

2:00 PM – Round 1/Game 4: Nashville at Blackhawks (3-2 triple-OT win -- Darling w/50 saves; Seabrook scores thrilling game-winner)

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 6: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-3 series-clinching win -- Keith scores game-winner late in third period)

Tuesday, July 14

1:30 PM – Round 2/Game 1: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-3 win -- Wild erase three goal deficit, but Teravainen scores game-winner late in second period to cap win)

3:30 PM – Round 2/Game 2: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-1 win -- Kane w/two goals; Crawford 30 saves)

7:00 PM – Round 2/Game 3: Blackhawks at Minnesota (1-0 win -- Crawford w/30 saves in shutout win; Kane scores)

11:00 PM – Round 2/Game 4: Blackhawks at Minnesota (4-3 series-clinching win -- Seabrook, Shaw, Kane, Hossa score; Blackhawks hold off late third period flurry by Wild)

Wednesday, July 15

12:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 2: Blackhawks at Anaheim (3-2 triple-OT win -- longest game in Blackhawks franchise history; Crawford w/60 saves; Kruger scores game-winner)

4:00 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 4: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-4 double-OT win -- six total third period goals, three each by Blackhawks & Ducks; Vermette scores game-winner)

9:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 6: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-2 win -- Blackhawks force a Game 7 thanks to three, key assists from Keith; Kane w/goal & assist in second period)

11:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 7: Blackhawks at Anaheim (5-2 series-clinching win -- Blackhawks head back to Stanley Cup Final thanks to two first period goals from Toews; Kane w/three assists)

Thursday, July 16

12 NOON – Stanley Cup Final/Game 1: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win -- Teravainen w/game-tying goal in third period and notches assist on Vermette’s game-winner)

2:15 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 4: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-1 win -- Crawford w/24 key saves; Saad scores game-winner in third period)

4:30 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 5: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win -- pivotal Game 5 victory featured Vermette’s game-winner early in third period; stellar defensive showcase for Hjalmarsson; Crawford w/31 big saves)

6:45 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 6: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-0 Stanley Cup Championship-clinching shutout win!…first time Blackhawks win title at home since 1938!...Keith wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP!  Highlighted by goals via Keith and Kane, along with 25 saves for Crawford, Blackhawks earn their third Stanley Cup title in just six years!)

9:00 PM – Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally (replay of Comcast SportsNet’s acclaimed, behind-the-scenes coverage of the historic downtown parade celebration on the streets of downtown Chicago and rally at Soldier Field)

All times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

Injuries affecting Fire's preseason with season three weeks away

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Injuries affecting Fire's preseason with season three weeks away

It may be a good thing that the Fire’s originally scheduled season opener March 3 at Colorado got moved back.

The Fire’s preseason has been riddled with injuries to key players and the extra week may end up being needed to get the team ready for the season. Four players (not counting the already known long-term injuries to Michael de Leeuw and Djordje Mihailovic) sat out Saturday’s game against Florida Gulf Coast University due to injury: Daniel Johnson (a right ankle injury suffered in a game against Philadelphia on Feb. 8), Grant Lillard (left knee), Matt Polster (left knee) and Luis Solignac (left hip).

Polster’s injury is especially notable because he has had recurring left knee problems since first suffering a sprain in the 2016 season finale at Toronto. Polster missed the first nine games of 2017 due to the injury and missed three more in August due to a related injury.

The 24-year-old, who is now the longest tenured player on the team and the only player remaining from before general manager Nelson Rodriguez’s tenure began at the end of the 2015 season, arrived with the Fire after playing with the U.S. national team in January. He played all 90 minutes on Jan. 28 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bastian Schweinsteiger still hasn’t played in the preseason and the team hasn’t listed him as injured.

All the absences, combined with rest for some of the team’s regulars, resulted in a starting lineup against Florida Gulf Coast that featured two players who have appeared in an official match with the Fire. Three trialists and four draft picks started.

Four of the Fire’s seven scheduled preseason matches are in the books. The Fire lost 2-1 to Montreal on Feb. 14. One of the bright spots was a rare set piece goal after the Fire trailed the Impact 2-0. Dax McCarty headed in a free kick from Diego Campos. Campos has been dangerous on set pieces, hitting the post with a free kick and assisting a goal from a corner kick in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Florida Gulf Coast.

Next up is a match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Feb. 21. Next Saturday the Fire play at Orlando to finish up play in Florida.

The Fire close out the preseason March 3 against the team’s USL affiliate, Tulsa, at Toyota Park before the season opener on March 10.

Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

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Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

MESA, Ariz. — “That’s last year, don’t want to talk about that.”

In other words, Addison Russell is so over 2017.

The Cubs shortstop went through a lot last year. He dealt with injuries that affected his foot and shoulder. He had a well-documented off-the-field issue involving an accusation of domestic abuse, which sparked an investigation by Major League Baseball. And then came the trade speculation.

The hot stove season rarely leaves any player completely out of online trade discussion. But after Theo Epstein admitted there was a possibility the Cubs could trade away one or more young position players to bolster the starting rotation, well, Russell’s name came up.

And he saw it.

“There was a lot of trade talk,” Russell said Saturday. “My initial thoughts were, I hope it doesn’t happen, but wherever I go, I’m going to try to bring what I bring to the table here. It’s a good thing that it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m happy being in a Cubs uniform, I want to be in a Cubs uniform, for sure. But there was some talk out there. If I got traded, then I got traded, but that’s not the case.”

No, it’s not, as the Cubs solved those pitching questions with free-agent spending, bringing in Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood to replace the departed Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. It means Russell, along with oft-discussed names like Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Javy Baez, are all still Cubs.

While the outside world might have expected one of those guys to be moved in some sort of blockbuster trade for Chris Archer or some other All-Star arm, the Cubs’ young core remains intact, another reason why they’re as much a favorite to win the World Series as any team out there.

“I’m really not surprised. The core is still here. Who would want to break that up? It’s a beautiful thing,” Russell said. “Javy and I in the middle. Schwarber, sometimes playing catcher but mainly outfield. And then (Kris Bryant) over there in the hot corner, and of course (Anthony) Rizzo at first. You’ve got a Gold Glover in right field (Jason Heyward). It’s really hard to break that up.

“When you do break that down on paper, we’ve got a lineup that could stack up with the best.”

This winter has been about moving on for Russell, who said he’s spent months working to strengthen his foot and shoulder after they limited him to 110 games last season, the fewest he played in his first three big league campaigns.

And so for Russell, the formula for returning to his 2016 levels of offensive aptitude isn’t a difficult one: stay on the field.

“Especially with the injuries, I definitely wanted to showcase some more of my talent last year than I displayed,” Russell said. “So going into this year, it’s mainly just keeping a good mental — just staying level headed. And also staying healthy and producing and being out there on the field.

“Next step for me, really just staying out there on the field. I really want to see what I can do as far as helping the team if I can stay healthy for a full season. I think if I just stay out there on the field, I’m going to produce.”

While the decrease in being on the field meant lower numbers from a “counting” standpoint — the drop from 21 homers in 2016 to 12 last year, the drop from 95 RBIs to 43 can in part be attributed to the lower number of games — certain rate stats looked different, too. His on-base percentage dropped from .321 in 2016 to .304 last year.

Russell also struggled during the postseason, picking up just six hits in 36 plate appearances in series against the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 13 times in 10 postseason games.

Of course, he wasn’t alone. That World Series hangover was team-wide throughout the first half of the season. And even though the Cubs scored 824 runs during the regular season, the second most in the National League and the fourth most in baseball, plenty of guys had their offensive struggles: Schwarber, Heyward and Ben Zobrist, to name a few.

“You can’t take anything for granted. So whenever you win a World Series or you do something good, you just have to live in the moment,” Russell said. “It was a tough season last year because we were coming off winning the World Series and the World Series hangover and all that. This year, we had a couple months off, a couple extra weeks off, and I think a lot of guys took advantage of that. I know I did. And now that we’re here in spring training, we’re going to get back at it.”