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#CupTracker: Follow where the Blackhawks have Stanley Cup

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#CupTracker: Follow where the Blackhawks have Stanley Cup

It wasn't the prettiest of starts for the Blackhawks and Lord Stanley.

The Cup was late to arrive at Game 6 after the Blackhawks took down the Lightning, 2-0, at the United Center. 

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But once it got there, it was welcomed with a warm ovation from Blackhawks fans, the first since 1938. 

After Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoisted the Stanley Cup, he immediately rushed it over to 40-year old Kimmo Timonen, who lifted up Lord Stanley for the first time in his career, before passing it on to the rest of his teammates.

Keep track of where the Stanley Cup has gone:

Thursday, August 20: Marian Hossa celebrates his third go with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Slovakia.

Wednesday, August 19: The Stanley Cup stays in Sweden to spend the day with Joakim Nordstrom.

Tuesday, August 18: Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger brought gifts, and the Stanley Cup to a children's hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sunday, August 16: Brent Seabrook gives Lord Stanley a tour of British Columbia in a helicopter, and shows off his hockey collection.

Saturday, August 15: Executive vice president Jay Blunk gets his turn with the Stanley Cup.

Friday, August 14: Lord Stanley visited the state's capital with Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and governor Bruce Rauner, who helped open the Illinois State Fair.

Thursday, August 13: The Stanley Cup made its way back to Chicago with head athletic trainer Mike Gapski, who brought the silver chalice to Marist High School.

Wednesday, August 12: Assistant general manager Norm Maciver having a great time celebrating his day with the Stanley Cup with family and friends on a boat in Minnesota.

Tuesday, August 11: It's video coach Matt Meacham's day with the Cup, and he's not quite sure where to go with it. Eventually, he figured it out, kindly taking a picture with some members on a ship.

Monday, August 10: Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen showing his father Bill, a two-time champion, where his name on the Stanley Cup is.

Sunday, August 9: Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz enjoys his third time with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Winnetka.

Friday, August 7: 14 championships = 14 days with the Stanley Cup. Check out how Scotty Bowman spent day No. 14 with the Stanley Cup in Buffalo:

Thursday, August 6: Joel Quenneville took the Stanley Cup to a children's hospital for his day with the Cup:

Tuesday, August 4: Kyle Cumiskey enjoys his first summer with Stanley in his hometown of Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Monday, August 3: Kris Versteeg enjoys his second go with the Cup.

Friday, July 31: Duncan Keith enjoys his day with the Stanley Cup by riding an old school Corvette, and teaching his son how it's done.

Thursday, July 30: Trevor van Riemsdyk brings the Stanley Cup to his hometown New Jersey, which gave him a nice reward.

Wednesday, July 29: Brandon Saad visits the 911th Air Wing in Pittsburgh with the Stanley Cup.

Monday, July 27: Brad Richards had an action packed day with the Cup.

Sunday, July 26: Former Blackhawks wing Patrick Sharp made his day with the Cup a family affair, bringing his two daughters to Niantic, CT, to enjoy their special day. Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars earlier this month.

Saturday, July 25: Antoine Vermette visits a hospital in his hometown of Quebec City during his day with the Stanley Cup.

Friday, July 24: After spending the week in Finland, the Stanley Cup is headed back to North America.

Thursday, July 23: Antti Raanta celebrates his day with the Stanley Cup with friends, family, and a gorgeous view.

Tuesday, July 21: 40-year-old Kimmo Timonen finally got his moment in the sun with the Cup:

Monday, July 20: The Cup has made it to Finland, where 20-year-old rookie Teuvo Teravainen celebrated in his native land.

Sunday, July 19: The Stanley Cup is en route to Finland, where Teravainen will spend his day with Lord Stanley on Monday.

Friday, July 17: The Stanley Cup returns to Chicago for the Blackhawks Convention.

Sunday, July 12: Corey Crawford enjoys his day with the Cup by taking it to his old high school in Quebec.

Friday, July 10: Jonathan Toews' day with the Stanley Cup is off and running with a visit to the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation in Winnipeg. But first, some road hockey with the kids. 

Wednesday, July 8: Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen goes on a helicopter ride during his day with the Cup.

Tuesday, July 7: Andrew Desjardins finishes his 24 hours with the Cup by enjoying a big ol' bowl of Lucky Charms. We can only hope Philip Pritchard gave it a good cleaning after Desi's baby was in it yesterday.

Monday, July 6: Andrew Desjardins and his family are welcomed with a town parade, and also spent part of his day with the Stanley Cup surprising fans.

Saturday, July 4: Andrew Shaw's spending the day with Lord Stanley today in his hometown of Belleville, Ontario. Oh, he also crashed a wedding and took it to a church.

Friday, July 3: Mark Bernard, Blackhawks Director of Hockey Administration and General Manager of Minor League Affiliations, brings the Stanley Cup to Ontario.

Wednesday, July 1: Bryan Bickell spent part of his day with the Stanley Cup by visiting sick kids at a Toronto hospital, and allowing them to see and take pictures with the silver chalice.

Tuesday, June 30: The Stanley Cup gets a nice view of the Windy City:

Monday: The Stanley Cup is making its rounds. First up, Scott Darling.

Saturday night: The Cup made a surprise visit in Elmhurst.

Saturday afternoon: The Stanley Cup is at the NHL Draft, but it'll be back in Chicago on Sunday.

Wednesday evening: The Cup, the Captain, and the red carpet.

Wednesday afternoon: The Cup was catching some rays before the NHL awards.

Tuesday: Lord Stanley enjoying time in Vegas.

Monday evening: The Cup arrives at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards on Wednesday.

Sunday night: Lord Stanley gave Antoine Vermette's newborn baby a warm welcome into the world.

Sunday afternoon: Lord Stanley made a visit on the South Side today.

Saturday night: The Cup is well-rested, and ready to party all night in Chicago, making its first appearance at The Pony Inn.

Saturday afternoon: Anyone hungry? The Cup was. Brad Richards had a delightful snack in the afternoon.

Friday night: The Cup was feeling groovy and showed up at the Mumford & Sons concert with a few Blackhawks players.

Friday afternoon: The Cup took a scenic tour of its new home, Chicago, in a helicopter with Marian Hossa.

Thursday night: The Cup is grabbing a bite to eat.

Thursday morning: In advance of today's parade and rally, the Cup will start at Washington and Racine, and then head east on Washington to Desplaines. The parade will continue south on Desplaines to Monroe and conclude by going east to Michigan Avenue leading up to the rally at Soldier Field.

Late Wednesday evening: Seems like the Cup wants to make a stop at Paris Club tonight

Late Tuesday evening: The Cup stops for a drink at Rockit Bar and Grill in Chicago:

6:30 p.m.: The Stanley Cup has arrived at Wrigley Field:

4:45 p.m.: Lord Stanley is taking a visit to Patrick Sharp's house:

3:00 p.m.: It's official. The Stanley Cup will be at Wrigley Field tonight for the Cubs game:

11:45 a.m.: The Cup pays a visit to to 437 Rush, a steakhouse near the Mag Mile:

6:45 a.m.: The Cup is back at the UC:

Early Tuesday morning: The Cup finally left the UC to make a stop at the Mid:

2:50 a.m.: While we may still be waiting on the Stanley Cup to leave the United Center, coach Joel Quenneville is already out celebrating:

Welp. Looks like they might not be leaving soon. But there are coaches at CrossRoads:

1:55 a.m.: Sources tell CSN Chicago the Stanley Cup could be on the move to CrossRoads on Madison. Stay tuned....

1:50 a.m.: Cup has not moved yet

12:50 a.m.: Cup's first destination?

Rumors are swirling...is Rockit the first stop?

Four takeaways: Blackhawks blank Blues to end losing skid, give Jeremy Colliton first win

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Four takeaways: Blackhawks blank Blues to end losing skid, give Jeremy Colliton first win

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Thursday:

1. Jeremy Colliton's first NHL win

For the first time since Oct. 25, the Blackhawks are back in the win column. A weight has been lifted off their shoulders after going winless in their previous eight games (0-6-2).

But it was an extra special night for the Blackhawks, who helped Colliton earn his first victory as an NHL head coach and celebrated by giving him the game puck.

"I’m just here to help them," Colliton said. "So it's kind of awkward, actually. But I do appreciate the gesture and for me, it’s just, hopefully we can get some momentum going and build on it."

2. Corey Crawford puts up a goose egg

Going into the game, Crawford had a 3.07 goals against average and .901 save percentage, which are below average numbers. But he certainly hasn't played that way. He was often the Blackhawks' best player during their losing streak and has deserved better fate than he's gotten.

By stopping all 28 shots he faced, Crawford earned his first shutout since Nov. 4, 2017 when he made 24 saves in a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.

"It's nice," Crawford said. "That's the goal, not let any in. But I thought everyone contributed to that. ... We've been waiting a while, kind of forgot what it was like to win there for a bit."

3. Power play breaks through

Finally. After an 0-for-10 drought, the Blackhawks scored a power play goal on their first try of the night and didn't need much time to do it.

Just 35 seconds into a Vladimir Tarasenko hooking penalty, Brent Seabrook cashed in after his shot trickled past Jake Allen and went in off a Blues defenseman's skate to make it 1-0 at 4:05 of the second period. It was the only goal of the game, proving to be the game-winner. 

The Blackhawks finished 1-for-2 in that department against a Blues team that came into the game with a 27.6 percent success rate, which ranked fifth in the NHL.

"It's a good feeling," Seabrook said. "It was nice to hear some music when they came in here after the game tonight. The boys are all fired up. The way we played going into the second period, being able to score a goal, hold onto the lead I think the way everybody played. Everybody stuck with it. Everybody stuck with the game plan. Everybody worked hard. It was a real team effort. ... It took all 20 guys out there tonight to get the job done."

4. Playing the right way leads to results

For six periods in a row, the Blackhawks have been either the better team or it was evenly matched. Giving up two power-play goals in 66 seconds to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday was basically the difference in that game and special teams played a major role in this one as well. 

Colliton felt like the Blackhawks were, overall, trending in the right direction despite not getting the end results over the previous three games. He got both against the Blues, which was fitting considering the losing streak started vs. St. Louis.

"That was the part of the package that was missing," Colliton said. "Happy for the guys to get rewarded. It’s not a lot of fun to see the results add up. Very happy for the group, they battled really hard, especially in the third when the game was on the line. We found a way to get some pucks out and win some 50-50s and got a couple saves and hopefully that relieves a little bit of the tension in the team and they can play a little more free. Because we’ve been talking about it, but it’s easier said than done."

How Blackhawks are staying positive and adapting to Jeremy Colliton’s system

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How Blackhawks are staying positive and adapting to Jeremy Colliton’s system

It's been a challenging week for Jeremy Colliton. He's winless in his first three games (0-2-1) as an NHL head coach, but has taken over behind the bench for a Blackhawks team that hasn't won since Oct. 25.

There hasn't been a winning feeling in the locker room in almost three weeks, which has certainly been difficult for a rookie coach as he tries to reestablish a winning culture while implementing details of his system on the fly. But they're seeing some progress.

"I had a really good feeling after the game," Colliton said on Tuesday regarding the 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. "I thought we played pretty well. Of course, disappointed we didn't get rewarded. This team needs some positive reinforcement with points. We can tell them, 'Hey, we're getting better guys,' and showing them the positive progression, but in the end, it's about results and we want to get them. That's going to be the final reminder that we're on the right track.

"When you're in a losing streak, it's hard to get out of it. You need to play really, really well. You need a couple breaks, but you often don't get them. You've got to make your own breaks. And we're close. Once we break through, that tide will turn and we can go on a run."

It's easy to squeeze the sticks a little harder when a losing streak is nearing the double digits, but the Blackhawks haven't shown any signs of that. There isn't any boiling frustration because they know they're close and can give more.

"I know we've got a couple losses, but just trying to get better every day," Brandon Saad said. "He's our new coach. We want to commit to his system and buy into his play. Once we get that going, we're going to have some success. Early on we had a few losses, but it's about keeping that confidence and staying positive. We've got good things going forward.

"It's fun coming to the rink learning every day, talking with him. He's got his knacks and every coach wants you to play a certain way and play within a certain system. For us it's just getting familiarized with that and buying into the system. It's always more fun winning. I think everyone has that hunger and compete level every day, trying to get back on the winning side of things."

A week into Colliton's tenure in Chicago, the Blackhawks are getting more and more comfortable with how he wants them to play the more reps they get. But it's still an adjustment.

"There's definitely some differences and some things we're trying to change and you're trying to do it on the fly," Patrick Kane said. "It's not the easiest thing when you're doing it in the NHL, but we played pretty well [on Monday] and probably could've had a better result, could've had some more goals, had some chances that we didn't really capitalize on. Hopefully it's all coming together here.

"I know we're in a little bit of a skid, but it's one of those things where we want to end it, we want to get some momentum on our side and then I think everyone will start feeling comfortable with where we're at. But he's implemented some things that I think are really going to help us."

It's difficult to make up ground in the Central Division and Western Conference as a whole, but there's still more than 75 percent of the season to go. That doesn't mean they can afford to take their time in snapping out of this eight-game losing streak (0-6-2), but there is time to get it right and go on a run to climb back into the playoff race.

They're not focused on the bigger picture right now though. It starts with winning one game, and as long as the Blackhawks continue to have the right mindset, it will get turned around sooner than later.

"We've got to keep the belief," Colliton said. "In my view, the only thing that gets in the way from us turning the ship around and having a lot of success is if there's doubt in what we're doing, if guys stop believing we're on the right track. So that's our job of the staff and leadership group to make sure we continue to believe we're on the right path. All we've got to do is show them the clips, show them the video. It's pretty clear. We will get it going here."