Chicago Blackhawks: 2012-13 Regular Season

Blackhawks share Cup day memories

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Patrick KaneJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesPatrick Kane took the Cup to play ball hockey with friends this summer.
The Chicago Blackhawks will move on from their 2013 Stanley Cup season after their championship banner is raised on Tuesday night.

Before they do that, a number of the Blackhawks shared their favorite memories from their day with the Stanley Cup this past summer.

Bryan Bickell
"For me, my passion in the offseason is fishing. So a friend of mine has his own TV show; it's called 'Facts of Fishing,' and his name is David Mercer. It's a big TV show in Canada. I had the opportunity to bring the Cup on the show and fish with the Cup, which was special because I know all the guys around the room would say if I wasn't playing hockey I'd be fishing. There were two parts. The first day we caught fish, but there weren't any with size. We had a Part 2 the next day, and we got big ones."

Brandon Bollig
"I think being from St. Louis and taking it back there and having the Blues being a big rival with the Blackhawks, people were on the fence as to whether to come out. I got a lot of tweets from people that they weren't going to come see it until the Blues won. Then again, you get a lot people saying that's awesome, and they're going to support someone from their hometown and come. I had a lot of people with Blues jerseys and shirts at my public event. It was cool. It was all in good fun. I understand. I'd probably do the same if I was in their position."

Corey Crawford
"I think just spending it with my family. It was special to me because I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. They pretty much gave up their lives not only for me, but for me and my brother both so we could play hockey and do that. My parents, they pretty much paid the way for me. Not just me, but my brother and sister have been really supportive throughout my career. It was pretty special."

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Hawks petition to include Mayers on Cup

September, 26, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks were granted permission to have Jamal Mayers' name engraved on the Stanley Cup as part of their 2012-13 championship team despite not meeting eligibility requirements after players and management filed a petition.

During a full 82-game season, players are required to play in half of the regular-season games or appear in one Stanley Cup finals game to be eligible to be on the Stanley Cup. Last season, due to the shortened 48-game season, the requirements were to either play in 23 regular-season game or one Stanley Cup finals game.

Mayers fell short of those requirements after playing in 19 regular-season games and no playoff games.

The Blackhawks unveiled the newly-engraved Stanley Cup on Thursday, and it included Mayers’ name.

“Good for Jammer; I’m happy for him,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Thursday. “He was a big part of our team. We loved what he brought. His experience, his leadership, his professionalism was in the right spot. I’m sure he had a great summer when he got to hoist the Cup and had it in St. Louis. It’s always a proud moment. I’m happy for him.”

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Stalberg prepared to look elsewhere

June, 27, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg said Thursday he would likely play next season wherever he could get the most consistent playing time.

Stalberg will become an unrestricted free agent next week after spending the last three seasons with the Blackhawks.

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Emery would 'love' to return to Hawks

June, 27, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery and general manager Stan Bowman left open the possibility Thursday of Emery returning to the team next season.

Emery will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5. He made $1.15 million in 2013. He has been with the Blackhawks since 2011.

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Game 4 is 'huge' for Blackhawks

May, 21, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks don't need to be reminded the importance of Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

If the Blackhawks win, they regain home-ice advantage and even the series at 2-2. If they lose, the series leans heavily in the Red Wings' favor. Of the 229 past best-of-seven series, only 20 times, an 8.7 percentage, has a team come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series.

"You throw around terms like must win and all that," Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said on Tuesday. "I think every game in the playoffs is a must-win. You can spin every game however you want. Every game is huge. You want to win every time you take the ice. Being down 2-1 in their building, obviously that game, Game 4, is really big."

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Blackhawks remain confident in offense

May, 21, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Scoring has rarely been an issue for the Chicago Blackhawks this season.

The Blackhawks ranked second in the league with 149 goals for (3.10 goals per game) and weren't shut out during the regular season. Their offensive ways continued in the first round of the playoffs as they averaged 3.4 goals in five games against the Minnesota Wild.

But after opening the Western Conference semifinal series with a four-goal output against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1, the Blackhawks' production has been slowed to a trickle in the past two games. They scored just once in Game 2 and again in Game 3 -- both resulting in losses -- and they were held to a total of two goals in a two-game span for the first time all season.

The Blackhawks acknowledged their slump on Tuesday, but they said they haven't lost faith in their ability to score.

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Toews a finalist for leadership award

May, 20, 2013
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DETROIT -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award on Monday.

Toews joined Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown and the Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson as finalists.

The award is given to the "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." Messier is responsible for selecting the award finalists and winner.

Toews has been the Blackhawks' captain since 2008. Messier selected Toews as a finalist for his leadership on the Blackhawks and his involvement in the community, which includes the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lurie Children's Hospital and Chicago's Misericordia.

Toews said Monday he was honored to be a finalist.

"It's something I almost feel guilty for being nominated for," Toews said. "It's definitely a huge honor. The criteria that is required for that award is definitely something special. I've said it before, if you're nominated for something, an individual award, much of it has to do with your team and your teammates and how they helped you get to that position. I owe it to those guys. When they need someone to recognize, obviously it feels good, but I pretty much owe everything to my teammates and the guys in this locker room."

Carcillo still fighting for lineup spot

May, 17, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo knows what it's like to be odd man out of the lineup.

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Dave Reginek/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks' Daniel Carcillo had an assist in their Game 1 victory over the Wings.
Carcillo was a healthy scratch during spurts of the regular season and was left out of the lineup during the team's first three playoff games. While he's since played in the last three playoff games and contributed an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their second-round series, he still isn't taking anything for granted.

"I think it's more of a mental game than anything," Carcillo said. "But it's a day-in and day-out experience where you need to be sharp in practice and especially during games. It puts the onus on yourself to kind of play a perfect game and help the team any way you can. When the team's clicking like the last game, it's great, but I think we still actually have a lot more to give."

Carcillo's entire season has been full of ups and downs. After suffering a season-ending knee injury last season, he returned this season and suffered another severe knee injury, this time to the other knee, in the season opener. He missed 15 games due to the injury.

Carcillo played from late February to the middle of March, but then Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville became dissatisfied with Carcillo's game and began playing him less regularly. Carcillo was scratched in 14 of the team's final 26 regular season games.

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Kane named Lady Byng finalist

May, 16, 2013
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Islanders forward Matt Moulson, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy, the league's sportsmanship award.

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A lot has changed since last Wings series

May, 15, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp can remember a time when playing the Detroit Red Wings was an unpleasant experience.

Sharp joined the Blackhawks in 2005 and endured loss after loss to the Red Wings. The Blackhawks fell to the Red Wings 11 times in Sharp's first two years with the team.

"For a lot of years, the Wings beat up on us," Sharp said leading into Wednesday's Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. "I was here in 2005, and it wasn't fun playing that team. I feel like we've grown over the years. We've had some good games against each other."

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Toews named Selke Trophy finalist

May, 15, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews was named a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given to the best defensive forward, on Wednesday.

"Its a good feeling for sure," Toews said. "It's definitely an honor and something special. You look at the other two players nominated and it's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as those two guys, so pretty cool feeling."

Toews joined the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron and Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk as finalists. The award is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Kane taking what's given to him offensively

May, 14, 2013
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Patrick KaneJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesPatrick Kane didn't score a goal in the Wild series but had a team-high five assists.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was bothered by his lack of playoff goals last season.

Kane scored zero goals in six playoff games, and the Blackhawks were eliminated by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round last season. He said recently his play last season should carry some of the blame for their demise.

A year later, Kane has gone another first-round playoff series without a goal, but this time around he nor anyone else is pointing any fingers at his production. Instead of scoring goals, Kane was setting them up. He had a team-high five assists to help the Blackhawks top the Minnesota Wild in five games in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.

"I know everyone wants to score in the playoffs," said Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp, who is Kane's line mate. "It's tough to do that. It's tough to get to the net. It's tough to beat the goaltender. Kaner brings so much more to the team than goal-scoring. To me, he's the best passer, if not the one of them, in the league. Seen his two-way play this year, he's had a great regular season, a great first round.

"People make a big deal out of goals. He set up five that wouldn't have gone in without him. People need to remember that, too."

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Past success vs. Wings not factor for Hawks

May, 13, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have owned the Detroit Red Wings over the past two seasons, but it's not something the Blackhawks find relevant as they enter a second-round playoff series with Detroit.

The Blackhawks swept all four games against the Red Wings this season and hold a seven-game winning streak over them dating back to last season.

"No, [it does not matter] at all," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said after Monday's practice. "We said the same thing about playing the Minnesota Wild [in the first round.] It doesn't really matter what happens during the regular season. You saw that in that series. [The Red Wings] just came off a tough seven-game series where they beat a really good [Anaheim Ducks] team. They're obviously playing really well. We have to be ready for that."

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No Hart finalists disappointing for Hawks

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks said Saturday they would have liked for Patrick Kane and/or Jonathan Toews to be named a Hart Memorial Trophy finalist, but they weren’t going to make a big deal out of it.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares were named the three finalists on Friday.

“I don’t know if I feel disrespected,” Kane, who led the team with 55 regular-season points, said. "I think everyone who got named is very deserving of the award. Crosby had an unbelievable season. Ovechkin pretty much single-handedly led his team to the playoffs. And maybe you can say the same about Tavares, too.

“I don’t know. I think maybe a little bit more recognition for the team would have been nice if myself or Johnny maybe got nominated. Other than that, you’re not going to worry about it too much.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought a Western Conference player should have been included among the finalists.

“Someone wrote an article [Friday] that they should have had one from each side since we didn’t play the other side,” Quenneville said. “Three guys from the other side, we didn’t get to play [them] -- tough to comment. On our side, those two guys had outstanding seasons, were a big part of our success. Definitely should have gotten consideration. Maybe one takes away from the other. You could probably put that in [the] equation as well. Both guys were definitely worthy of that consideration in my eyes.”

Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said Kane’s and Toews’ exclusion from the Hart finalists doesn’t change how their teammates feel about them.

“We know in this locker room how valuable they are and the kind of individual seasons they had,” Sharp said. “A lot of people in here would like to see them there, me included, but having said that, I don’t think you can argue with the three guys who are nominated. They’re all great players. We definitely appreciate Jonathan and Patrick.”

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had similar feelings. He was also surprised Brandon Saad had been the only Chicago player named a finalist for any of the awards. Saad made the Calder Memorial Trophy final list.

“Our team was so good this year -- especially those two guys are, year-round, so consistent,” Crawford said. “We were definitely rooting for them. I’m sure a lot of guys voted for them for one of the awards. It’s definitely surprising when your team does so well during the year, and you get one guy that’s nominated for something. That’s definitely surprising. You know? Whatever. It’s not going to change what we do in the playoffs.”

Kane, Toews not among Hart finalists

May, 10, 2013
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Jonathan Toews and Patrick KaneVictor Decolongon/Getty ImagesSome would say Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews deserved to be Hart finalists.
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews touted each other as Hart Memorial Trophy candidates in recent weeks, but neither was included among the finalists announced Friday.

"He's had a great season," Kane said recently. "I think he's been the best player on our team and pretty much the best player every night I've played with him."

Toews countered by saying Kane was more worthy.

"I'm honored you guys would even say [I'm a candidate,] but I think there's another guy across the room there that deserves it just as much and probably more," Toews said. "To have two guys in the talks like that, it always shows that you have a great supporting cast."

But the finalists were Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders forward John Tavares.

The Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player most valuable to his team, is voted on by Professional Hockey Writers' Association, which includes five members in the Chicago chapter. According the PHWA, 178 members, the largest number in the association's history, cast votes this season.

The case for Toews as a Hart finalist had been his overall play. He ranked among the league leaders in nearly every category while helping the Blackhawks to an NHL-best 36-7-5 record during the regular season. He was tied for first with 56 takeaways, second with a 59.9 faceoff winning percentage, third with a plus-28 rating, tied for 13th with 48 points, tied for fifth with 23 goals, tied for 29th with 25 assists and tied for sixth with five game-winning goals.

The argument for Kane was built on his offensive consistency. He led the Blackhawks with 55 points (tied for fifth in the NHL), which included 23 goals (tied for fifth) and 32 assists (tied for 14th). He recorded points in 35 of 47 games this season and had two points streaks of eight games. Adding to Kane's regular-season performance was the fact he rarely played with the same players on the second line because Dave Bolland and Patrick Sharp missed a combined 33 games due to injury.

The Blackhawks' wait for another Hart winner has been going on since Stan Mikita won it in 1968. The Blackhawks won it four consecutive times from 1965-68. Bobby Hull was awarded it in 1965 and 1966, and Mikita won it in 1967 and 1968. Al Rollins (1954) and Max Bentley (1946) are the other Blackhawks to win it.

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