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Hull, Mikita statues are traffic stoppers

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Hull, Mikita statues are traffic stoppers

The black covers fell revealing Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull's statues, bronze figures sculpted and painted with the trademark red Chicago Blackhawks sweaters.

"Here we are, linemates again, forever in bronze, outside the great Madhouse," Hull said. "Saluting one of the greatest 1-2 punches in the history of the game."

Indeed, two of the most prolific Blackhawks of all time are now a part of the United Center landscape forever after their statues were unveiled prior to the Blackhawks' game against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. For the duo, who were welcomed back as organization ambassadors a few years ago, Saturday night's dedication was a thrill.

And they loved the sculpted results.

"I've never been called beautiful," Mikita said. "But I'm gonna call myself beautiful."

The gorgeous bronze statues, which were sculpted by the RotblattAmrany Fine Art Studio are located on the northeast corner of the arena.They are a fitting tribute to the two Hall of Famers who helped the Blackhawks to their 1961 Stanley Cup title.

Mikita was awed by the occasion.

"When Mr. (John) McDonough proposed the idea for the statues had to sit down, I was overwhelmed," said Mikita. "That this immigrant from Slovakia would be honored for his hard work with this incredible statue is something. I never thought it would happen."

Among those Mikita dedicated the evening to were his birth parents "who gave me life," and his adopted parents "who gave me freedom."

Hull and Mikita were a part of some of the Blackhawks' great vintage years. Now they'll always be part of the landscape.

"Those guys should be really proud that every time someone comes into the building they can visit Stan and Bobby and the memories," coach Joel Quenneville said. "They're great ambassadors for our team."

Robin Lehner got best of 'reverse psychology' with Blackhawks familiarity in Game 1

Robin Lehner got best of 'reverse psychology' with Blackhawks familiarity in Game 1

On Tuesday, former Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights got the better of the Hawks in Game 1 of their Round One Stanley Cup Playoff series, winning 4-1.

Lehner saved 19 of 20 shots from Chicago, but his own equipment made him more uncomfortable in net than his former team.

The 29-year-old goalie had to have a skate blade repaired twice in the second period.

"I was pretty frustrated. It's the first time that's ever happened to me," Lehner said following the game. ... "You kind of get into it and I didn't really know what happened there at first, but you have to battle through it. The rule is when we have possession they can blow it. Kind of tough for a goalie with one skate."

The Blackhawks hit a post the first time Lehner had blade trouble, but otherwise didn't capitalize on his skate malfunction.

Chicago got away from what worked in the Oilers series against goalies Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen in creating traffic in front of the net to take away the goalie's eyes and trying for deflections. Vegas' D did a good job of pushing the Hawks to the outside and away from the crease.

According to Lehner, when the Blackahwks did have chances, knowing their tendencies from playing with them earlier in the year — before he was traded to Vegas ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline — played to his advantage in Game 1.

"I think I'm foremost a reading goalie. I know a lot of their tendencies, I know what they're trying to do on the power play and etc.," The 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist said. "But it becomes a little bit of reverse psychology. I knew that they know (that) and they were going to mix it up a little bit on me. On all the really in-tight chances today they tried to go five-hole, so I kind of anticipated that before the game and next game they're probably going to try something else."

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Podcast: Blackhawks drop Game 1 to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

Podcast: Blackhawks drop Game 1 to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

The Blackhawks lose Game 1 to the favorite Vegas Golden Knights and former Hawk Robin Lehner gets credited with the win. Host Pat Boyle is joined by NBCS Blackhawks analyst and 2013 Stanley Cup champ with the Hawks Jamal Mayers to break down Game 1 and talk how the Hawks can come back for Game 2 to tie the series.

(1:00) - Corey Crawford let in a few soft goals

(6:20) - What went wrong and what went right for the Hawks?

(10:32) - How do the Hawks get more offense?

(14:30) - How should the Hawks prepare for Game 2?

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