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Highlighting Blackhawks' milestones during 2015 postseason

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Highlighting Blackhawks' milestones during 2015 postseason

The season and championship parade/rally may be over, but the celebration will continue all summer in Chicago after the Blackhawks claimed their third Stanley Cup in the last six years.

So before we officially close the chapter on the 2015 season, let's highlight some of the milestones the Blackhawks set during their postseason run.

  • Blackhawks are the first team to capture three Stanley Cups over a span of six seasons since the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998, 2002).

  • Blackhawks have now won 10 consecutive Game 6s when leading a series 3-2; it's the second-longest streak of its kind in NHL history.

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  • Blackhawks became the first team in NHL history to win four multiple-overtime games, which included a pair of triple-overtime wins, in the same postseason.

  • Blackhawks broke a franchise record for longest game at 116:12, which ended in a 3-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. The previous record stood at 113:50 in 1931 against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Blackhawks finished the year with a perfect 33-0-0 record (8-0 in the playoffs) when leading after two periods, the only team unbeaten team in that scenario. 

 
Now, for some individual accomplishments:
 

  • Corey Crawford tied Tony Esposito (45) for most postseason wins as a goaltender in franchise history, surpassing Ed Belfour (37), who ranks second, along the way.
     
  • Crawford also became the first goalie in Blackhawks history to win two Stanley Cups.

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  • Joel Quenneville jumped to No. 3 all-time for most postseason wins in NHL history with 115; only Scotty Bowman (223) and Al Arbour (123) have more.

  • Quenneville (73) also surpassed Bill Reay (57) for most playoff wins as a Blackhawks coach.

  • Quenneville now stands alone for most Stanley Cup wins (three) out of any active head coach. Los Angeles Kings' Darryl Sutter is the only other current coach with at least two.

  • Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews became the fifth and sixth's players in franchise history to crack 100 points in the postseason. Kane ranks fourth with 114 while Toews sits at sixth with 102. The other four: Stan Mikita (150), Denis Savard (145), Bobby Hull (129), and Steve Larmer (111).

 
(Sticktap to ESPN's Elias Sports Bureau and NHL's Public Relations Department for the contributions).

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks scratch out a win and Kirby Dach recalled

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis welcome Nick Gismondi into the fold before discussing Friday's win over Columbus. Robin Lehner played stellar and is forming quite a tandem in net with Corey Crawford (4:10), while the DeBrincat/Kane connection is alive and well (6:10), and the Blackhawks' struggles at even strength continued (12:10). Then, the guys react to the breaking news of Kirby Dach's recall from Rockford and discuss where he might fit into this lineup (15:10).

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

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October 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

October 19, 2007: An important Blackhawks milestone

October 19, 2007 — The Blackhawks beat the Avalanche 5-3 at the United Center. Pulling up the webpage shows an ordinary early-season NHL game, but it’s quite significant for a few reasons — and not only because of Jonathan Toews’ incredible highlight-reel goal at 06:59 of the first period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead (please take a minute to find that highlight if you can. It’s a great goal).

Patrick Sharp added a goal at 08:29, and at 14:36, Patrick Kane scored a goal of his own. It was the first goal of Kane’s NHL career.

AND the first time that both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored a goal in the same game.

About five years ago, I started keeping track of when they both scored a goal in the same game. It became a thing. I’d post it on Twitter whenever it happened. And people started asking what their record was when it happened, so I’d have that too. It was, and still is, one of my favorite things to follow when the Blackhawks take the ice.

As of this writing, Toews and Kane have scored a goal in the same game 96 times (102 including postseason). And the Blackhawks are 84-7-5 when they do so (with an additional 6-0 in playoffs), which is to be expected when your best players combine to do good things.

I was curious, so I enlisted the help of the Elias Sports Bureau to take things a bit further.

Believe it or not, Toews & Kane do NOT have the lead among current teammates in instances with a goal in the same game. Here’s that list (regular season only):

101 — Nicklas Backstrom & Alex Ovechkin (Capitals)

96  Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)

94 — Sidney Crosby & Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)

64 — Patrick Marleau & Joe Thornton (Sharks)

63 — Dustin Brown & Anze Kopitar (Kings)

What is probably NOT as surprising is that they don’t have the Blackhawks record in instances with a goal in the same game. Because the Blackhawks have two all-time greats who played a long time together. Here’s that list (regular season only):

139 — Bobby Hull & Stan Mikita

96 — Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane

88 — Steve Larmer & Denis Savard

77 — Bobby Hull & Kenny Wharram

75 — Dennis Hull & Stan Mikita

Toews & Kane may not top the list of current teammates, but the duo from the Nation’s Capitol have but one Stanley Cup together whereas the Chicago tandem has three (though Crosby & Malkin are right there with them). As for trailing Hull & Mikita… well, there’s no shame in that. Plus there’s time to add to that total. There’s a good chance they break triple digits this season, and that will be fun to track. Where will they end up when they hang up the skates? That remains to be seen, as they both seemingly have plenty of good hockey left to be played.

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