Chicago Blackhawks: Pierre LeBrun

Video: Stanley Cup finals Game 3 preview

June, 16, 2013
6/16/13
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Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and Craig Custance preview Game 3 between the Blackhawks and Bruins.

Finals confirm status of coaches

June, 14, 2013
6/14/13
9:18
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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CHICAGO -- It is uncanny, really, the symmetry that exists in the storylines for both head coaches in the Stanley Cup finals.

Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins and Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup winners, of course, and both have been the subject of firing rumors once or twice during their otherwise stellar runs with their current teams.

Oh, and they've got another thing in common: They're both excellent at their craft.

"One of those guys is going to win a second Cup,'' Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told ESPN.com Friday. "To me, that's unbelievable. No disrespect to Scotty Bowman, but this is a totally different world than when he was doing it. I'm jealous as hell one of them will win a second Cup.''

Indeed, either Julien or Quenneville will be the first two-Cup winner in the NHL's salary-cap era, a distinction that will set them apart from their current peers.

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Bruins' forecheck the key to the series

June, 12, 2013
6/12/13
11:54
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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CHICAGO -- The contrasting styles of the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks have a specific, intersecting point that will essentially decide the Stanley Cup finals.

The Bruins’ ability to impose their physical forecheck versus the Blackhawks’ lightning-speed transition game will be the deciding factor -- I believe, anyway -- in which club holds Lord Stanley’s mug within this fortnight.

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Sharp helps give Hawks their edge

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
6:32
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp had himself one heck of a media scrum going Tuesday afternoon … that is, until Patrick Kane showed up at the podium next to him a few minutes later and lured away a bunch of cameras within seconds.

It was a telling reminder that no matter what Sharp does, to the outside world he remains in the shadows of his more famous teammates.

Not sure the day will ever come that Sharp will play himself out of the shadows of Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith, but as the playoffs yet again show, he's an equally important part of the Chicago Blackhawks' equation, tied with Hossa and Kane for the team lead in scoring with 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 17 games.

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Hawks' speed, depth dooming Kings

June, 7, 2013
6/07/13
7:27
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings were a popular upset pick by many entering the Western Conference finals. And why not, after the defending Stanley Cup champions showed their resilience in series wins over St. Louis and San Jose?

Having spent time with the Kings over the past month, however, I felt entering this series that the Kings were a beat-up squad almost gasping for air after surviving seven games against the Sharks. I have once again been impressed with how they grind out wins, but I picked the Blackhawks in large part because of the fatigue Los Angeles was feeling.

That seems to be bearing out now, and is a good place to start as we examine why the Hawks have a 3-1 series lead over the Kings and the inside track to a berth in the Stanley Cup finals.

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Hawks take control on the road

June, 7, 2013
6/07/13
12:28
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LOS ANGELES -- His team was down 2-1 in the second period, and it needed a spark.

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville provided it, swapping Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane from their spots on the top two lines, a move that provided the kind of dividends a coach can only dream of; and perhaps providing the most critical moment in the series.

Kane scored his first goal in eight games to tie the contest 2-2 with 1:39 left in the second period; Hossa blasted a one-timer past Jonathan Quick 1:10 into the third period for Chicago's first lead of the game.

Game over.

Tip of the hat, coach.

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Goals, not confidence, evade Kane

June, 6, 2013
6/06/13
10:59
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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Patrick KaneHarry How/Getty ImagesPatrick Kane will try to find his scoring touch in Game 4 on Thursday in L.A.


LOS ANGELES -- Patrick Kane sat in his stall, patiently and politely answering essentially the same question dressed up about 24 different ways.

Why isn't he scoring? Why has he gone seven games without a goal, putting up just two assists in that span?

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Host Kings look a world better

June, 5, 2013
6/05/13
1:08
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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LOS ANGELES -- Sitting in their stalls looking like their equipment weighed about 400 pounds, the Los Angeles Kings absolutely played the part of a team that had just left it all on the ice with their season all but on the line.

Facing a 3-0 series deficit in the Western Conference finals, the character and championship moxie earned a season ago was a full display Tuesday night as the reigning Stanley Cup champions made this a series with a must 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Matt Greene was crunching Blackhawks bodies. Drew Doughty seemed to always have the puck. Slava Voynov had more impact than he has in a while, his second-period goal standing up as the winner. Dustin Penner played his most effective game in some time. Justin Williams, of course, was clutch when his team needed him, opening the scoring just 3:21 into the game to set the tone. Jeff Carter was absolutely phenomenal in his most complete playoff game of the spring. Jonathan Quick not surprisingly bounced back from his Game 2 hook.

In other words, a number of individuals all raised their game, which collectively produced the kind of team effort the Kings needed to slow down the good ship Blackhawk, snapping a five-game win streak for Chicago.

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Bickell making presence felt for Blackhawks

June, 3, 2013
6/03/13
11:31
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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CHICAGO -- Parked in front of the net Sunday night like an immovable force, Bryan Bickell collected his sixth goal of the playoffs in a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, continuing one heck of a story developing this spring for the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Blackhawks firing on all cylinders

June, 2, 2013
6/02/13
11:41
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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CHICAGO -- Oh baby, these guys are rolling.

Was it really just more than a week ago that the Chicago Blackhawks found themselves on the brink of elimination, down 3-1 in a series with the Detroit Red Wings?

Five wins a row later, and now the only burning question is whether these guys can be stopped.

Not since that magical spring of 2010 have the Blackhawks rolled like they are right now, the United Center rocking deliriously Sunday night with each goal, the fourth chasing reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick from the game midway through the second period of what eventually would be a 4-2 victory.

"We expected them to be better than they were in Game 1 and they were. We raised our play, too," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said.

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Kings' Mike Richards out for Game 2

June, 2, 2013
6/02/13
9:27
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings were without one of their key players for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Sunday night, as center Mike Richards was out with what the team termed an upper-body injury.

It's the first game all year Richards has missed. He was rocked by a thunderous check late in Game 1 Saturday night by Chicago's Dave Bolland, a hit that seemed to leave Richards dazed.

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Sharks trade Handzus to Blackhawks

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
3:46
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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The San Jose Sharks traded center Michal Handzus to Chicago in return for a fourth-round draft pick, according to a source.

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The Chicago Blackhawks haven't won a playoff series since their Stanley Cup victory three years ago.

Early impressions indicate that could change this spring.

The club's first 3-0 start since the fall of 1972 has fans in Chicago a little giddy. And it's not just any kind of 3-0 start. We're talking about a win in Los Angeles on Cup-banner day, a win in Phoenix against the Western Conference finalists who eliminated the Blackhawks in the first round last spring and a thrilling victory -- for my money the game of the young season -- over the Central Division rival St. Louis Blues, a sexy pick by some to go the finals this season.

Nice tidy little start for the Blackhawks, I’d say. But yes, too early to start making comparisons to the 2009-10 Blackhawks.

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NHL targets starting Jan. 19

January, 8, 2013
1/08/13
6:21
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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NEW YORK -- The NHL is solely targeting Jan. 19 as a start date to a 48-game regular season, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.

The league had also looked at playing 50 games with a Jan. 15 start date but is no longer considering that option, the source said, given the time constraints posed by the ratification process.

NHL training camps are tentatively slated to open Sunday, but again that depends on ratification.

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Penguins' power play brings deal closer

December, 5, 2012
12/05/12
10:42
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LeBrun By Pierre LeBrun
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NEW YORK -- The players emerged from the room around midnight and scurried down the hotel escalator past reporters, unwilling to share much, if anything.

The smiles on some of their faces, however, suggested it wasn’t a bad day at all.

As one player would later share via text message to ESPN.com, "There was certainly traction. But I don’t want to say more."

That cautious optimism -- the key word being cautious -- was on full display when NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA outside counsel Steve Fehr stood shoulder to shoulder in a joint media availability after the marathon sessions, Fehr calling it possibly the best day in the entire process, while Daly nodded in agreement.

But other than that, both sides were tight-lipped. Like a pitcher working on a no-hitter through six innings, it’s too early to get too excited.

I’d be ready to say this, however: I’m willing to bet there’s a far greater chance of hockey this season than not after Tuesday’s developments.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26