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  • Blackhawks game dayMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Duncan Keith, left, celebrates his second-period goal with teammates Patrick Sharp, middle, and Andrew Shaw during Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Stars.

    Shooting-star Keith on his way to second NorrisMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you’ve been watching Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith’s shooting this season, you’ve noticed a couple of things: the puck is simply booming off the guy’s stick and his accuracy seems much, much better than in years past. Just an illusion? No it is not.

  • Blackhawks writer Tim Sassone chats last summer with team President John F. McDonough when the Stanley Cup stopped by the Daily Herald.

    Longtime Blackhawks writer Tim Sassone diesMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    It is with deep regret and sadness that we share the news that one of our longtime colleagues, Tim Sassone, passed away this morning after an extended illness. Tim was a fighter to the very end. He battled back from a stroke in 2012 to resume his full-time duties later that year after a remarkable recovery before being hospitalized on Monday. Tim leaves behind his wife, Christine, and their two children, Ali and Andy. Tim was 58.

  • Teuvo Teravainen, the Blackhawks’ prospect everybody has been waiting to see, skates past the Stars’ Shawn Horcoff on Tuesday night. It was Teravainen’s NHL debut.

    Blackhawks fans finally get a look at TeravainenMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ewseveryone who was at the United Center Tuesday night knew that only two things mattered: that the Blackhawks won and that Teuvo Teravainen finally made his debut. Check and check.

  • Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) falls to the ice between Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) and Marian Hossa (81) during Tuesday night’s game at the United Center.

    Blackhawks top Stars, move closer to playoff berthMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago, which needs just one more point to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. Patrick Sharp added two assists to help Chicago finish 4-1 against Dallas in the Central Division rivals’ regular-season series.

  • In honor of his 25 years of covering the team, Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald was presented with a Blackhawks jersey in 2013 by broadcaster Eddie Olczyk, left, and hockey legend Denis Savard.

    Blackhawks pay tribute to Tim SassoneMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    News of of longtime Daily Herald hockey writer Tim Sassone's passing Tuesday shook Patrick Sharp and the Blackhawks family as well. “It's a sad day,” Sharp said. “We like to consider Tim a friend of everybody's. He's been on the beat for a long time and we know how much he cares about the Blackhawks.

  • Near the end of the regular season in 2013, in honor of his 25 years of covering the team, Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald was presented with a Blackhawks jersey by veteran broadcaster Pat Foley, left, and hockey legend Denis Savard. Sassone died Tuesday at the age of 58.

    A respected journalist, Sassone always made the right callMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the death of Tim Sassone, both the Daily Herald and hockey lost a member of their respective families. He was a truly professional journalist that always did the right thing on the job.

  • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has hinted that 19-year-old prospect Teuvo Teravainen will make his NHL debut Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars at the United Center.

    Teravainen's debut should wake up Hawks fansMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Please get Teuvo Teravainen in the lineup sooner than later. Something has to wake up the Blackhawks' 82-game waiting game for the playoffs to start. Hard-core Hawks fans continue to fill the United Center and sustain TV ratings, but casual observers are biding their time for next month to arrive.

  • The Blackhawks’ Sheldon Brookbank squares off with the Predators’ Rich Clune during Sunday’s game at the United Center.

    Carey wants to soak up all he can from BlackhawksMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    With all the chatter about Teuvo Teravainen’s impending debut with the Blackhawks, another new arrival has gone under the radar a bit. That would be free agent center Matt Carey, whom the Hawks signed last week following a freshman season at St. Lawrence where he recorded 37 points in 38 games.

  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Sheldon Brookbank (17), Johnny Oduya (27), Nick Leddy (8), goalie Corey Crawford (50), and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) react as they watch teammates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Chicago, Sunday, March 23, 2014. The Predators won 2-0.

    Predators frustrate Blackhawks againMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A little over a week after falling to Nashville at home, once again it was an upset Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville who stepped to the podium at the United Center, but this time there was more disappointment than anger emanating from the coach after the Predators had struck again, blanking the Hawks 2-0 and all but dashing any hopes they had of catching Central Division-leading St. Louis.

  • Hawks’ Teravainen may debut TuesdayMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Though he wouldn’t come out and say it, coach Joel Quenneville pretty much said it nonetheless when he uttered these words Sunday concerning newly-arrived center Teuvo Teravainen: ”There’s a chance he could play Tuesday.” So go ahead and book it, Teravainen will make his Blackhawks debut Tuesday night against Dallas.

  • Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), left, blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Sunday, March 23, 2014.

    Blackhawks blanked by PredatorsMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Hawks.Sassone. Mar 22, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Blackhawks’ Crawford riding hot streakMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Courtesy of three straight victories, including his tenth career shutout Wednesday against St. Louis — Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is now seventh in the league with a 2.21 GAA and seventh in wins with 28 despite missing a stretch of 10 straight games with an injury.

  • Blackhawks making Teravainen feel at homeMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Being the new guy on the team is never an easy thing, but being the new guy coming in with such high expectations and joining a team jockeying for playoff position is even more daunting. “He’s so young that you hope he feels comfortable,” Ben Smith said of 19-year-old Teuvo Teravainen. “That’s the biggest thing for a guy so young."

  • Andrew Shaw celebrates with Patrick Sharp after Sharp’s goal in Friday’s 3-2 victory over Carolina at the United Center.

    Hawks confident Kane will be readyMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Patrick Kane is rumored in NHL circles to have an MCL sprain of his left knee, and the team sees it as a three-week injury. With the Hawks’ first playoff game about four weeks to the day from when Kane was injured, the Hawks are optimistic Kane will be ready to go.

  • Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) gets the puck past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) for a goal as Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (4) trails the play during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, March 21, 2014. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

    Even without Kane, Hawks still find way to winMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jonathan Toews' short-handed breakaway goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and the Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night. Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 30th goal and Kris Versteeg ended an eight-game drought to help the Blackhawks win without leading scorer Patrick Kane. "That's one of those things, we have to learn how to play without our best players," Toews said.

  • The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Predators’ Gabriel Bourque battle for the puck March 14 during a game at the United Center.

    Hawks expect Kane back for start of playoffsMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s official: Patrick Kane will miss the remainder of the regular season, but is expected to be back for the start of the postseason.

  • Teuvo Teravainen, a winger from Finland, pulls on a Blackhawks cap after being chosen 18th overall in the 2012 NHL draft. Teravainen, 19, will see his first action with the Hawks soon because of Patrick Kane’s knee injury.

    Hawks not expecting miracles from TeravainenMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    You call him Tee-vo, you call him Tay-vo, or you can even call him Tayowka, his nickname in Finland, it’s alright, Teuvo Teravainen has heard em’ all. But whatever you call him, just don’t call the 19-year-old Finnish center a savior.

  • Undercover horse-racing video tough to watch — but absolutely necessary Mar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    People in the horse racing industry often say they wish they would get more coverage, more publicity. Well, ready or not, here it comes, and it’s most definitely not the type of pub they were hoping for.

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