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Inside Look with Stan Mikita

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Inside Look with Stan Mikita

In the latest edition of Comcast SportsNet's Inside Look, Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita discusses everything from his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia, memories of his first NHL goal with the Blackhawks, the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team, his reaction to teammate Bobby Hull leaving to join the WHA, his bout with oral cancer and much more.

Here are a few of Mikita's quotes from the exclusive one-on-one interview with Chris Boden:

On his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia: Well, I didnt have much of a life there. I was only eight-years-old when I left. So eight years and probably half of that understanding what I was all about. First of all, I didnt know the English languagethats number one against you. But the big thing was that it was going to be a change (moving to Canada) and I didnt think that they were going to go through with this adoption the more I thought about it after the fact. The first thought was what are they talking about adoption to Canada and so on, I thought well jeez, this could be fun.
On the 1961 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks: The thing that stood out to me was Glenn Hall. I've never seen a man play goal that fast and that quick; he might've developed the flap. Stop and flap and he's ready to go again, so he was never out of position. When a guy like him can pitch a shutout against a team, especially that team, the Montreal Canadiens (in the first round), and he did it twice in a row, which was the fifth and sixth games, and then we went on against Detroit. But that series thereever since then, I've never seen a goalie play better.

On being loved by generations of Hawks fans: I don't know how a life can be better when you sit backyou have your moments, as we all doI have my moments, as you all do. The point iswe're here. She's (his wife Jill) still herethe kids are happy, or at least they look happyand.it's a good life.

Watch the first part of Inside Look with Stan Mikita below and check out the full episode by clicking here.

After skating with Blackhawks, when could Corey Crawford return?

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After skating with Blackhawks, when could Corey Crawford return?

The Blackhawks are in the middle of a five-game losing streak, but there was a positive development at practice on Saturday.

Corey Crawford was on the ice 30 minutes beforehand working with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite, along with Collin Delia and Cam Ward. He has been in concussion protocol since Dec. 16 after smacking the back of his head on the post and leaving in the second period against San Jose.

"Positive that he was out there, but I'm not sure it means a ton," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "Hopefully he continues to feel better."

This wasn't the first time Crawford had been on the ice since the injury, according to a source, which is also great news because it indicates he's responding well to the workouts. But he didn't fully participate with the team in practice, so there are still hurdles that he needs to overcome before getting cleared to play.

The good news is, Crawford hasn't been sidelined very long. It's been only a month, so it shouldn't take him too long to get back into game shape compared to this summer when he was off the ice for more than six months and spent all of training camp getting his conditioning back. Crawford went straight into drills on Saturday, with several teammates getting in on the action to help simulate game-type scenarios.

The Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals on Sunday and then the New York Islanders on Tuesday before going on a nine-day break. The team isn't putting a timeline on his return, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Crawford between the pipes again shortly after they return.

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Four takeaways: Strong start wasted as Blackhawks winless streak extends to five games

Four takeaways: Strong start wasted as Blackhawks winless streak extends to five games

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday:

1. Strong start wasted

The Blackhawks came out of the gates flying. They recorded the first nine shot attempts (four on goal) and didn't allow the Rangers to get their first shot on net until the 6:35 mark.

The Blackhawks were rewarded when Brandon Saad scored at 5:41 to put his team up 1-0. But the Rangers responded with a pair of goals within 4:18 of each other towards the latter stages of the frame to go up 2-1.

It was a tough way for the Blackhawks to go into the first intermission, happy with the start but not the result.

2. High-quality scoring chances

The Blackhawks gave up three goals at 5-on-5 and one empty-netter. And they'll quickly realize when reviewing the tape that they didn't do Collin Delia any favors.

Each of New York's first three goals came from the lower slot area, and they were seemingly all preventable. That's the positive, but also the negative because the Blackhawks are making it tough on themselves.

The Rangers finished with 14 high-danger chances at even strength compared to the Blackhawks' three. Below is a heat map of the shot chart at 5-on-5, courtesy of naturalstattrick.com:

3. Power play stays hot

The Rangers aren't a great team in the penalty kill department. They went into Thursday's game ranked 26th with a 77.1 percent success rate. But they were coming in hot, having killed off 14 in a row in the last three games.

That wasn't enough to stop the Blackhawks' scorching power play, which potted two more on three opportunities (goals by Saad and Alex DeBrincat). It's the seventh straight game the Blackhawks have scored at least one power-play goal, upping their percentage to 37.2 (16-for-43) since Dec. 18 — a span of 14 games, which ranks first over that stretch.

The power play continues to be a bright spot, and the Blackhawks have to be pleased with the consistency of it over the last month now.

4. Strome vs. Strome

For the third time in his NHL career, Dylan Strome went head-to-head with older brother Ryan, the latter of whom had gotten the best of his younger brother in the first two meetings — once when Ryan was with the Islanders and the other when he was with the Oilers, both against Dylan's Coyotes.

But Ryan stayed 3-for-3 against Dylan even though they were both on different teams this time.

Dylan was on the ice against Ryan for 8:46 of 5-on-5 time, which is the most he faced against any other Rangers skater. Ryan's line generated nine scoring chances and allowed only one during that time.

Dylan did get the better of his older brother in the faceoff department (58.3 percent vs. 53.3 percent), but it was Ryan that came away with the result that matters to both of them and that's the two points in the standings.

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