<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Madhouse Enforcer | Chicago Blackhawks NHL Blog]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/madhouse-enforcer http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 22 May 2017 13:11:27 -0500Mon, 22 May 2017 13:11:27 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Blackhawks Share Touching Mother's Day Message]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 01:16:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477495632.jpg
Hockey players are renowned for being tough guys on the ice, but off the ice they have a soft side, and the Chicago Blackhawks showed that with an awesome video dedicated to the players' moms on Mother's Day.

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<![CDATA[Kane Makes Awesome Gesture to Soldier on Plane]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 10:45:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668280360.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks didn't do a lot of winning on the ice in the playoffs, but one of their biggest stars certainly did something awesome off the ice.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Re-Sign Richard Panik]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 09:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657074696.jpg
Heading into yet another offseason loaded with salary cap concerns, the Chicago Blackhawks have made at least one decision official as they’ve agreed to a contract extension with winger Richard Panik.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Prospect Alex DeBrincat Makes History]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 12:54:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543014928.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat was named the winner of the OHL's Red Tilson Trophy on Friday, and in winning the award, the forward made some incredible history.

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<![CDATA[Prices Slashed on Blackhawks Jerseys]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 17:48:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6562886741.jpg
Are you a Chicago Blackhawks fan that's been looking to score a sweet jersey? Thanks to the team's store and various retailers, you'll get your chance this week, but there's a bit of a catch.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks Trade Darling]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:54:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/darling0429.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Friday a third-round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for goaltender Scott Darling.

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<![CDATA[Trevor van Riemsdyk to Skate for Team USA This Spring]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:55:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-655506960.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks got swept out of the postseason by the Nashville Predators, but at least one of their players will hope for a different result on the world stage.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Relieve Dent of Coaching Duties]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:37:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1259.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have made another shake-up in their organization, relieving Rockford IceHogs head coach Ted Dent of his duties.

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<![CDATA[Quenneville Miffed Over Kitchen's Firing: Report]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:30:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631112184.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks made the first move of their offseason on Monday when they cut ties with assistant coach Mike Kitchen, but according to a report, not everyone in the organization was on board with...

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<![CDATA[Hawks' Assistant Coach 'Relieved of His Coaching Duties']]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:09:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-3011756.jpg
Blackhawks' Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen has been "relieved of his coaching duties," the team announced Monday.

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<![CDATA[Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second Round Picks]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:24:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-670921452.jpg
The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs won't get started until Wednesday, but we're checking in with our picks for the four teams that will reach the Conference Finals.

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<![CDATA[What Do Chicago Athletes Make? See the Full List]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:26:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/highest+paid+athletes+chicago.png
Chicago sports fans can argue all day about which players are underpaid or overpaid in the city, but which player stands atop the list as the highest paid athlete in the Windy City?

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Fan's Guide to Choosing a Bandwagon Team]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:25:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4772843001.jpg
With the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated from the postseason, there is one question on the minds of many fans: who should they root for as the NHL playoffs continue? Fortunately for those fans, NBC Chicago is here...

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<![CDATA[Predators Sweep Blackhawks Thanks to Game 4 Win]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:58:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-670896156.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have been swept out of the playoffs after a Game 4 loss to the Nashville Predators.
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<![CDATA[History Unkind to Blackhawks When Facing 3-0 Deficit]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:11:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669632864.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks are facing a steep mountain to climb as they look to get back into their series against the Nashville Predators, and the team’s history paints a picture of just how difficult the...

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<![CDATA[Kane Shows Off Skills in New Advertisement]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:16:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654959294.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is known for his lightning-quick hands and nose for the goal, and both of those talents are on display in a new video released this week.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Aim to Regain Ground in Nashville]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:51:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668294586.jpg
A day after they stayed away from the ice, the Blackhawks returned to it Wednesday afternoon as they prepared for a crucial Game 4 against the Predators.

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<![CDATA[4 Reasons Why Blackhawks Fans Shouldn't Lose Hope Yet]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:37:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+game+2+getty.jpg
Blackhawks fans panicking over Monday night's painful Game 3 playoff loss to the Predators have reason to stay optimistic. Four reasons actually.

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<![CDATA[Underwood Surprises Husband Before Hawks vs. Predators Game]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:44:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17108098692662-Carrie-Underwood-Playoff-Game-Anthem.jpg


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<![CDATA[Kane Joins Exclusive Club With Game 3 Goal]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:44:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669615038.jpg
There wasn’t a lot to celebrate in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of the teams’ first round series, but a goal by one of the Blackhawks’ biggest stars is certainly...
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<![CDATA[Predators Fans Give New Meaning to 'Smashville' Nickname]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:45:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668294932.jpg
Nashville Predators fans have a lot of angry feelings toward the Chicago Blackhawks, and now they're being invited to channel that frustration in a very unique way.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Lose to Predators, Trail 3-0 in Series]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:24:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669609484.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in a 3-0 series hole after losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in overtime.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks' Youngest Fans Show Their Playoff Pride]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:51:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hawks+babies+thumbnail.png
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<![CDATA[Kane, Blackhawks Look to Start Comeback vs. Predators]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:49:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668280360.jpg
Over the last two days, Chicago Blackhawks fans have wallowed in misery over the team’s sluggish start to the postseason, but a new video could help cheer you up as the team prepares for Game 3.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks' History Paints Bleak Picture for Team's Chances]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:29:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668970608.jpg
Needless to say, the mood of Chicago Blackhawks fans is much darker after two straight shutout losses on home ice, and if the team’s history is any indication, the argument for pessimism is well founded.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Panic Meter: How Worried Should Fans Be?]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:29:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668294932.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks are down 2-0 in their series with the Nashville Predators and are heading into hostile territory for Game 3, but just how worried should fans be about an early playoff exit?

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<![CDATA[Should Hartman Be Suspended for Game 3?]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:37:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649659458.jpg
In the waning stages of Game 2, Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman was assessed a penalty for a cross-check against Nashville's Craig Smith. Should he be suspended for the hit?

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<![CDATA[Three Thoughts: Blackhawks' Offense Falters Again]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 01:20:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668950262.jpg
It was another brutal loss for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 against the Nashville Predators, and we're weighing in with our thoughts on the game.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Make History in Shutout Loss vs. Predators]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:46:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668957968.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks were shutout for the second game in a row as they fell to Nashville on Saturday, and the loss was a history-making one for the Original Six squad.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Lose to Predators, Trail 2-0 in Series]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:31:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668958182.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks were trying to tie up their series against the Nashville Predators, and they were unable to do as they lost in Game 2 of the teams' first round series.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Have Reason for Optimism Heading Into Game 2]]> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:42:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668294932.jpg
After suffering a 1-0 loss in Game 1 of their series against the Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks will be looking to bounce back when they host Game 2 at the United Center Saturday.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back: How Blackhawks Have Fared After Losing Game 1]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:01:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Game+1.png
The Chicago Blackhawks may have lost Game 1 to the Nashville Predators, but what does the team's history suggest will happen next?

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<![CDATA[Quest for the Cup: Blackhawks Playoff Performances]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 03:19:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477625552.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have made the postseason in nine straight seasons, and we have a look back at their series performances over that time.

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<![CDATA[What Went Wrong for Blackhawks in Game 1?]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 05:55:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+predators.png
What went wrong for the Blackhawks in Game 1? What do they need to change if they are going to tie things up in Game 2? For answers to those questions, here are our Three Thoughts from the Game 1 defeat.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Sports Teams Wish Blackhawks Luck]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:07:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477359306.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks get their push for a Stanley Cup championship underway on Thursday night, and several Chicago-area teams are wishing the team luck.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Lose Game 1 to Predators]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:02:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-668280088.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks hoped to get off to a good start in Game 1 of their series with the Nashville Predators, but it wasn't meant to be as they lost and fell behind 1-0 in the best-of-seven series.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Release Hype Video Ahead of Playoffs]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:41:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477625552.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks will get their playoff run underway on Thursday night against the Nashville Predators, and the team released a video to hype fans up for another run at a Stanley Cup championship.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Hope to Get Off to Good Start vs. Predators]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:39:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-614763416.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have played well in Game 1's and on home ice in their recent playoff history, and they're hoping they can repeat that success against the Nashville Predators beginning on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Where to Watch Blackhawks Playoff Games in Suburbs]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:42:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/United+Center.png
Blackhawks fans span near and far and the spirit really shows, whether it be in the city or the suburbs.

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<![CDATA[Where to Watch Blackhawks Playoff Games in Chicago]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:44:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/170*120/TLMDBlackhawks59.jpg
If attending a game is out of the picture, consider watching the game somewhere where you can still be surrounded by fellow fans.

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<![CDATA[2017 NHL Playoffs: Blackhawks vs. Predators Schedule]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:33:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hawks+predators.png
The Chicago Blackhawks will play the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but late Sunday night the team found out when they’ll be taking the ice for the first time in the...]]>
<![CDATA[Stanley Cup Playoffs: First Round Picks]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:27:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-654434162.jpg
Can the Washington Capitals tame a young and hungry Toronto Maple Leafs team? Can the Chicago Blackhawks beat a deep Nashville Predators squad? We have answers to those questions in our first round playoff...

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Invite Fans to Participate in "Beard-a-Thon"]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:06:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477284622.jpg
Playoff beards are a wonderful tradition, and with the Chicago Blackhawks getting set to begin their first round series against the Nashville Predators this week, fans are being invited to get in on the action.

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<![CDATA[NHL Releases Stanley Cup Hype Video Ahead of Playoffs]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:30:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491738918.jpg
With the Stanley Cup playoffs set to get underway Wednesday, the NHL is hyping up hockey fans with a killer new video about the cherished trophy, and it should Chicago Blackhawks fans pumped for the postseason.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Restaurant Trolls Predators Ahead of Playoffs]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:07:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/Predators+Floormat1.jpg
Much has been made of the way the Nashville Predators make efforts to keep Chicago Blackhawks fans out of Bridgestone Arena, but one Chicago establishment is firing back with a hilarious troll job.
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<![CDATA[Toews, Kane Among NHL's Top-Selling Jerseys in 2017]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:15:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-493068540.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks had one of their best seasons in franchise history, and as a result, the team’s stars saw their jersey sales continue their remarkable pace.

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<![CDATA[Hilarious Sign Captures Dilemma Facing Bulls Fans]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-632875910.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks fans are excited for the start of the postseason, but at least in the eyes of one restaurant, the Chicago Bulls' playoff hopes aren't generating the same optimism.

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<![CDATA[Rozsival Undergoes Surgery After Sucker Punch to Face]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:25:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630766550.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was knocked to the ice by a sucker punch in the team’s loss Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks, and on Tuesday the blue liner underwent surgery to repair the damage.

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<![CDATA[Patrick Kane Reveals Decision on Return of Playoff Mullet]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:23:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/GettyImages-475641774.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks will get the postseason started against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, but one of the biggest stars of recent playoff runs will not be there when the festivities get underway.

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