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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?

How Blackhawks plan to handle Corey Crawford's workload

How Blackhawks plan to handle Corey Crawford's workload

Corey Crawford is back and it didn't look like he skipped much of a beat. The Blackhawks were handed their first regulation loss of the season to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, but the 33-year-old netminder stopped 27 of 30 shots (.900 save percentage) in his season debut and made several timely saves to keep his team in it.

In the larger picture, it was a win based on how well Crawford looked between the pipes.

"Yeah, I think it is," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice on Friday. "It's one of things we were wondering, how he would handle post-game and how he came in today. Very encouraging signs. He felt good in all aspects of what he went through and dealt with, and practiced well today too, so that was good."

The first one is in the books.

But what's the plan going forward? Will Crawford be on a "pitch count" or will they treat him like they have in past seasons when he was healthy?

In the past, Crawford has generally started somewhere in between 55-58 games per season. Part of that has been because of injuries. Another part is the Blackhawks have had reliable backups, which allowed them to give Crawford an extra night off here and there to keep him fresh.

It's not unreasonable, though, to think Crawford could flirt with 50 starts, considering he missed only five games to start the season. And they can still accomplish that by playing it safe.

The Blackhawks have 13 more back-to-backs this season, which gives them the opportunity to start Cam Ward at some point in each of them. That leaves room for another 15 or so starts to sprinkle in for Ward that could serve as rest days for Crawford and still being on track to start around 50.

Obviously, the Blackhawks want to be careful with how much they ask of Crawford because concussions are tricky to deal with and every player responds differently to it.

His return comes at a time where the Blackhawks are slated to play seven games in 11 days after playing just two in the previous 10. Thursday marked the start of that stretch.

"He’ll tell us how he feels and we’ll go from there and make those decisions," Quenneville said.

The Blackhawks have been on record saying they prefer not to carry three goaltenders. But in this case it makes sense. At least in the short term.

Quenneville said Friday that the Blackhawks will reevaluate the situation at the end of the weekend following the beginning of a busy stretch where they'll play three games in four days.

"Yeah, that’s the mindset," he said. "Let’s see how we handle these three in four and then we’ll address it."

Crawford is expected to start on Saturday in Columbus, making it his second start in three days. That's when they'll get a better sense of how he's handling things.

If it were up to him, Crawford said he feels he's prepared for it.

"Yeah, sure," Crawford said. "Why not? I've been working hard with [strength and conditioning coach Paul Goodman]. He's got me where I need to be, so I'm in shape right now. Why not?"

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!