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3 Takeaways: Blackhawks bounce back with character win over Wild

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3 Takeaways: Blackhawks bounce back with character win over Wild

The Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Sunday. Here are three takeaways:

Showtime, Showtime, Showtime

No one thought much of Patrick Kane's wraparound attempt at 7:42 of the first period after the Minnesota Wild's Kaapo Kahkonen seemingly denied him with his left pad. However, the United Center crowd went crazy when they saw the replay of the attempt on the jumbotron. After a video review, officials determined the puck completely crossed the goal line and the Blackhawks were up 1-0 on Kane's second goal in two games. 

Kane scored his second goal of the game, putting the Hawks up 2-0 at 11:33 of the first, from the slot off a give-and-go with Jonathan Toews on Chicago's first power play of the game. 

Kane scored into the Wild's empty net to put the Hawks up 5-3 at 18:57 of the third period for the final score. It was his 18th goal of the season and sixth career regular-season hat trick.

"We needed it," Kane said of the win. "You know we had a good start; kind of gave up the lead again. But overall we didn't give up too many chances (and) we gave up less shots, which is good. I still think we can improve and get better. Overall probably a step in the right direction."

Better effort

After losing four straight games - including Saturday's 4-3 contest in St. Louis - and being outscored 14-6 in their past three, the Blackhawks played much better on Sunday vs. Wild. Brandon Saad deflected in the game-winning goal, his third in two games, at 13:43 of the third period to make it 4-3 Chicago. 

"Yeah, it’s a little puck luck," Saad said. "I think last night you get a lucky one and feel good and then tonight you just get a bounce off a deflection and that's what it takes sometimes, getting to the dirty areas."

The red-hot Wild had gone 10-1-4 in their past 15 games heading into Chicago and were two points shy of a wild card spot ahead of Sunday's game.

"Right from the start I thought we were engaged and doing a lot of little things right," Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "Our puck management was good, we were playing with speed and that allowed us to get off to a pretty good start. Obviously, a couple big goals. It was nice to see the puck in the net and we were able to play from ahead. We were under control." 

Blew more leads

The Blackhawks coughed up two leads in Sunday's game. The first came after Kevin Fiala scored to make it 2-2 at 1:59 of the second period for Minnesota after Chicago led 2-0 following Kane's second goal. It was the fourth time in seven games Chicago blew a multi-goal lead. Eric Staal scored the Wild's first goal at 12:37 of the first. 

The Blackhawks were also leading 3-2 in the second period (off a goal from David Kampf at 8:13), when Fiala scored again to tie it 3-3. 

Unlike on Saturday, when the Hawks allowed four third period goals from St. Louis, Chicago was able to regain the lead when it counted and finish the game victorious. 

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Top 6 Blackhawks pop culture salutes ever

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Top 6 Blackhawks pop culture salutes ever

The Original Six team with six Stanley Cups in franchise history known as the Chicago Blackhawks has gotten plenty of salutes from movies, TV shows and other avenues of entertainment over the years. Here are the top six pop culture nods according to us:


6. The Dilemma

The 2011 comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James features lengthy scenes shot at actual Blackhawks games at the United Center in 2010. Even Blackhawks arena announcer Gene Honda has lines in the picture. 


5. Sudden Death 

Jean-Claude Van Damme. There's nothing else needed to defend this selection. But, the 1995 action flick puts the Blackhawks against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, of course with the Vice President in attendance.

Actual storyline: The Pittsburgh Civic Arena is wired with explosives that could destroy the whole city. It's up to arson investigator Darren McCord to stop it before the game ends. 

The movie even spawned a delightful song in a Chris Pratt Parks and Rec deleted scene. 


4. NHL '94 Roenick in Swingers

Vaughn and co. play the 1994 installment of the EA Sports NHL video game in the 1996 film with the Blackhawks taking on the LA Kings and hilarity ensues. 


3. Queen's We Will Rock You music video

Off the 1977 album "News of the World", the music video for We Will Rock You features bassist John Deacon sporting a sweet Hawks letterman-type jacket. 


2. Christmas Vacation 

[*Strong language]

"The silent majesty of a winter's morn; the clean, cool chill of the holiday air...." 

This Blackhawks shoutout in the classic Christmas comedy is too great not to make the top 2. You'll still see "Griswold" white Blackhawks jerseys pop up at the United Center during the holiday season to saltue the 1989 film. Rusty also wears a red Hawks sweater when Clark is putting the infamous bright lights on the house. 


1. Wayne's World

It might be a predictable No.1 pick, but come on. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey worked the Hawks into this iconic 1992 comedy in an epic way. The duo also gave the Blackhawks a big shoutout on Feb. 15, 2015 when Mike Myers wore a Hawks sweater as Wayne in a Wayne's World sketch for SNL's 40th anniversary. 

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Patrick Kane’s love-hate relationship with St. Louis fans highlight of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

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Patrick Kane’s love-hate relationship with St. Louis fans highlight of 2020 NHL All-Star Game

ST. LOUIS — Patrick Kane has been booed all weekend in St. Louis and the nine-time Blackhawks All-Star poked a little bit of fun at Blues fans for their, shall we say, warm welcoming. But Saturday put the crowd in a weird spot.

On one hand, Kane is an arch rival in St. Louis. On the other, he represented the Central Division and was teammates with the four Blues All-Stars (Jordan Binnington, Ryan O'Reilly, David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo).

After falling into a 3-0 hole to the Pacific Division, the Central Division stormed back for three straight goals. Perron scored the second goal, which drew huge cheers. Fourteen seconds later, Kane scored the equalizer, which also drew loud cheers. 

But then the St. Louis fans realized who had scored and Kane had some fun with them by holding his glove up to his ear. 

"Tried to like put my hand up to my ear to hear the boos," Kane said. "But then I was showing them that hey, I’m playing with the Blues players, I’ve got the same jersey as them. Just had fun with it. "

The Blues found themselves conflicted for a second time when Kane evened the score at 5-5 after converting on a breakaway. The interaction between Kane and the crowd was the most memorable moment of the night.

"It’s all in good fun," Kane said following a 10-5 loss to the Pacific Division. "To be honest with you, sometimes you get booed, you kind of like it a little bit. It’s St. Louis and Chicago, it’s a huge rivalry. Not only in hockey, but pretty much every other sport they play against each other. I guess that’s only baseball, but, you know what? Had a lot of fun this weekend and I thought that was a pretty cool moment."

Even the Blues had fun with it.

"Those were boos," a smiling Pietrangelo said. "Not cheers."

But at least somebody had sympathy for Kane.

"I felt bad for Kaner," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "He comes out in his introductions and is getting booed and stuff and then he scores and they're cheering for him. Tough situation for him. Players all know. They all handle it very well. It's a fun event."

In the end, it provided entertainment and brought some life to the event. What Kane is really trying to figure out is why he's snake bitten at All-Stars Games. He hasn't won since 2012 in Ottawa when Team Zdeno Chara defeated Team Daniel Alfredsson 12-9 under the fantasy draft format.

"I know, right?" Kane said. "Central can’t get over the hump. We won one last year and lost in the final. I think every time you look at the roster, you always think you have a really good roster with some of the players that are on the team, and for whatever reason we can’t do it."

The Central Division slipped to 1-5 under the 3-on-3 format, but Kane may have a solution on how to fix their struggles.

"Maybe it would be better if the Central played an Eastern team next year or something," Kane said half-jokingly. "Maybe you could switch it up that way."

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