As host of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, Chicago is on the world's center stage this weekend.
Ahead of Sunday's exhibition at the United Center, TNT broadcasted a goosebump-inducing video to kick-off the action. The tribute featured numerous Chicago icons, who discussed growing up/living in the city and what it means to them personally.
Stand up, Chicago! 🙌— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 17, 2020
The 2020 #NBAAllStar Game is tipped off by Chicago legends @BarackObama, Michael Jordan, @KekePalmer, @common, @chancetherapper, @HEBRUBRANTLEY, @iJesseWilliams, @TheRealBuddyGuy, @DwyaneWade, @Candace_Parker & @IsiahThomas. pic.twitter.com/VyrI6Ajg2S
Those appearing in the video:
-Chance the Rapper
Jordan spoke for all Chicagoans when describing the impact the city has on its citizens:
"It's like a tattoo — it's not removable," the Bulls legend said
Best All-Star game intro ever? No doubt.
Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, but the Blackhawks lost 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday to close out their five-game road trip. Here are three takeaways:
After losing in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks finished their five-game road trip with a 1-4-0 record. They began the trip last Sunday in Winnipeg with a 5-2 loss.
Sunday's game against the Jets had flashes of good, but it was mostly strong plays from the go-to guys like Kane and Jonathan Toews. All three Jets' goals came from deflections off shots from the point. Overall, the effort and productivity paled in comparison to the lone victory of the trip, Saturday's 8-4 win over the Flames in Calgary on Saturday.
The Blackhawks, six points out of the second wild card spot, will return home and face the New York Rangers at the United Center on Wednesday. They have 23 regular season games remaining.
Kane keeps climbing
With a two-point outing in Winnipeg, Kane tied former Blackhawk Steve Larmer for 87th on the NHL all-time points list with 1,012.
"Showtime" set up Ryan Carpenter for the first goal of the game at 15:44 of the first period by backhanding a pass towards the front of the net for the crashing Carpenter to bury.
Kane scored with less than a minute remaining in the second period to tie it 2-2 off a three-way passing play with Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalik. Kane has 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in his past 18 games.
With the primary assist on Kane's goal, Toews earned his sixth point (two goals, four assists) of the road trip.
Sunday's Blackhawks-Jets game was the only NHL contest this season to have zero penalties. This was good news for Toews, who had five minor penalties over the prior four games.