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Carter Hutton honors Cardinals, receives a special gift

Carter Hutton honors Cardinals, receives a special gift

ST. LOUIS – Carter Hutton just wanted to do something special for the Winter Classic, especially considering it’s his first season with the St. Louis Blues.

So the former Blackhawks goaltender had his custom Winter Classic mask adorned with St. Louis Cardinals legends. Hutton’s mask got plenty of great reaction. Hutton himself got an unexpected gift, a Stan Musial-autographed baseball from the late Hall of Famer’s family on Sunday.

“The family gave me a little gift bag and a card just thanking me for honoring their dad and just saying, if he was still around, he’d be at the game. It’s an amazing feeling, them reaching out like that,” Hutton said. “It’s a pretty cool keepsake for myself, a cool baseball to have from an absolute legend. They were just thanking me for remembering them.”

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Hutton was in the Blackhawks’ organization for two seasons, mostly with the Rockford IceHogs. Hutton catches up with some of the Blackhawks during the various games, although, as he said, “a lot of the guys I was with in Chicago have spread out through the league due to the cap.” He was never teammates with current Blackhawks backup Scott Darling, he and Darling trained together in Nashville a few summers ago.

“I got to know Scott really well and kept a close eye on his development. What a great story he’s been,” Hutton said. “He’s amazing and he keeps getting better and better, it seems.”

3 Takeaways: Blackhawks have hole to climb out of after road trip

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3 Takeaways: Blackhawks have hole to climb out of after road trip

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, but the Blackhawks lost 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday to close out their five-game road trip. Here are three takeaways:

Bad trip

After losing in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks finished their five-game road trip with a 1-4-0 record. They began the trip last Sunday in Winnipeg with a 5-2 loss. 

Sunday's game against the Jets had flashes of good, but it was mostly strong plays from the go-to guys like Kane and Jonathan Toews. All three Jets' goals came from deflections off shots from the point. Overall, the effort and productivity paled in comparison to the lone victory of the trip, Saturday's 8-4 win over the Flames in Calgary on Saturday. 

The Blackhawks, six points out of the second wild card spot, will return home and face the New York Rangers at the United Center on Wednesday. They have 23 regular season games remaining. 

Kane keeps climbing 

With a two-point outing in Winnipeg, Kane tied former Blackhawk Steve Larmer for 87th on the NHL all-time points list with 1,012. 

"Showtime" set up Ryan Carpenter for the first goal of the game at 15:44 of the first period by backhanding a pass towards the front of the net for the crashing Carpenter to bury.

Kane scored with less than a minute remaining in the second period to tie it 2-2 off a three-way passing play with Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalik. Kane has 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in his past 18 games. 

With the primary assist on Kane's goal, Toews earned his sixth point (two goals, four assists) of the road trip. 

0.0

Sunday's Blackhawks-Jets game was the only NHL contest this season to have zero penalties. This was good news for Toews, who had five minor penalties over the prior four games. 

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All-female crew to broadcast and produce Blackhawks-Blues coverage on March 8

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All-female crew to broadcast and produce Blackhawks-Blues coverage on March 8

On Sunday, NBC Sports announced an all-female crew will broadcast and produce coverage for March 8's Blackhawks vs. Blues contest at the United Center.

The broadcast will coincide with International Women’s Day and mark the first NHL game broadcast and produced solely by women in the U.S.

Kate Scott will handle play-by-play duties, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne-Schofield will serve as the "inside the glass" analyst and AJ Mleczko - also a gold medalist with the U.S. - will work as an analyst from the game in Chicago. 

Back in the studio, Kathryn Tappen will anchor with three-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jen Botterill on hand. Producer Rene Hatlelid and director Lisa Seltzer will lead game production.

From NBC Sports' release:

"The first-of-its-kind broadcast will be in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, which dates back over 100 years. Throughout the broadcast there will be nods to those who have made their mark on women’s hockey, and sports in general, with the hopes to inspire future generations of women to excel on the ice and behind the scenes."

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