Adam Burish, Brian Campbell to join NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks coverage team


Adam Burish, Brian Campbell to join NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks coverage team

NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks coverage just got a bit more star-studded.

Two members of the 2010 Stanley Cup championship squad, Brian Campbell and Adam Burish, will be joining NBC Sports Chicago this season as Pregame and Postgame Live analysts.

Campbell and Burish join Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers on Blackhawks Pregame and Postgame Live, which will air before and after every Blackhawks game, even games that aren't televised right here on NBC Sports Chicago.

Boyle will be the show's primary host, with Mayers, Campbell and Burish rotating as studio analysts.

Campbell spent four seasons with the Blackhawks, from 2008 to 2011 and then last season, his second stint with the team. Burish spent the first four seasons of his NHL career in Chicago, playing for the Blackhawks from 2006 to 2010.

Mayers spent two seasons with the Blackhawks, the second as part of the group that won the 2013 Stanley Cup.

Also joining NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks coverage this season is new reporter Michelle McMahon. Formerly of NHL Network, McMahon will provide viewers with pregame and postgame reports and locker room interviews.

NBC Sports Chicago is set to air 50 Blackhawks games this season. Every game televised by NBC Sports Chicago will also be available to live stream right here on and via the NBC Sports app.

4 Takeaways: Blackhawks' offense explodes in Calgary

4 Takeaways: Blackhawks' offense explodes in Calgary

Jonathan Toews collected three points to help the Blackhawks win 8-4 against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Here are four takeaways:

Tazer sparks offense 

Toews collected two points in the first period of Saturday's game. First, he scored 30 seconds into the contest, keeping the puck on a 2-on-1 to give Chicago an early 1-0 lead. It was the fifth time this season a Hawks player has scored less than a minute into a game.

Toews' second point of the opening frame came when he fed Dominik Kubalik the puck from below the goal line as a Hawks' power play was expiring to make it 2-1 at 9:17 of the first. 

The captain later assisted on Patrick Kane's empty-net goal at 16:48 of the third period to collect his third point of the night.

Monster second

Other Hawks followed the captain's lead in the first, spawning a fruitful second period for Chicago. Brandon Saad and Alex Nylander scored the first pair of goals in the second, 1:04 apart. Flames goalie David Rittich was pulled following Nylander's goal when it was 4-2. 

Then, with Cam Talbot in net for Calgary, Alex DeBrincat got on the board and Nylander found the back of the net again, 27 seconds after DeBrincat's marker to have the Hawks exit the second up 6-3. 

The Blackhawks got four goals off of seven shots in the period. By the end of the second, a player from each line had scored for the Hawks.

The Hawks withstood a Flames resurgence in the third period, being outshot 9-20 and allowing a Calgary goal, but Kane scored into the empty net and Kirby Dach scored with 1:01 remaining in regulation to make it 8-4. Eight goals in a game is a new season-high for the Hawks. 

Can someone PLEASE turn on the power 

All eight Hawks goals came from 5-on-5 play. They failed to capitalize on any of their three power plays in Saturday's game. The Blackhawks are now 1-for-24 in the month of February and 0-for-14 in their last four games on the man advantage. 

As the Hawks attempt to finish their five-game road trip strong (1-3-0 so far) and make a push for the playoffs before time runs out, they won't always catch a defense having a brutal night like Saturday in Calgary. They have to start scoring on the power play by drawing up different plays or changing personnel around before it's too late. 

Stay out of the box, Johnny

Despite having a strong offensive performance on Saturday, Toews took his fifth minor penalty, slashing in the second period, in four games. He's been to the box in four straight. 

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Can anything be done to fix the power play?


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Can anything be done to fix the power play?

In the most crucial stretch of the season for the Blackhawks, they don't pick up a win in the first part of the road trip in large part due to the power play. Host Pat Boyle is joined by Blackhawks analyst Jamal Mayers to discuss the issues the Blackhawks have in the power play and what could be coming at the trade deadline if it isn't fixed soon.

Later on, Hawks reporter Nick Gismondi does a "skate-a-long" with Kirby Dach as they discuss what it's been like for him in his rookie season.

(1:00) - Hawks don't get a win in the first three games on the Canadian road trip

(5:19) - The Hawks are six points out of the last wild card spot

(10:51) - Kirby Dach skate-a-long interview**

(14:29) - Who inspired him (Dach) the most

(16:50) - Biggest hurdle he's come across in his first year in the league

(18:44) - Getting advice from great hockey players

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks Talk Podcast