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Blackhawks Notes For Game 6 vs. Phoenix

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* The Blackhawks beat the Coyotes, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday - the fifth consecutive overtime game in this matchup. Just one series all-time had featured five overtime games prior to this one - the 1951 Stanley Cup Final between Toronto and Montreal.

* Chicago has an all-time series record of 1-15 when being down 3-2 in a best-of-7 matchup. The only time the Blackhawks won such a series after dropping three of the first five tilts was in 1965 when they defeated the Red Wings.
* The Jets/Coyotes franchise has an all-time best-of-7 series record of just 1-4 when leading 3-2, with its only win coming in 1987 vs. Calgary (in 6 games). Including the postseason, Phoenix is 5-0-1 at United Center since the beginning of 2010-11.
* Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning goal for the Blackhawks in overtime on Saturday and now has six game-winning postseason markers in his career - most of any player in the league since the 2009 playoffs. The goal gave Toews 50 career postseason points overall (17g, 33a).
* Gilbert Brule lit the lamp on assists from Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Mike Smith in scoring his first career postseason point on Saturday. Smith is the fourth netminder to record an assist during the 2012 postseason (Brodeur - 2, Clemmensen - 1, Fleury - 1 are the others).
* The Blackhawks are the first team in NHL history to have seven straight postseason tilts decided in overtime, dating back to Game 6 of the 2011 Quarterfinals against Vancouver.

Blackhawks Notes For Game 5 vs. Coyotes

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* The Blackhawks are 2-8 all-time in Game 5's when trailing 3-1 in a best-of-seven series and have never come back to win a series (0-10 series record when trailing 3-1).
* Phoenix is 0-4 all-time in Game 5's when leading 3-1 in a best-of-seven series and has only won one of those four series. The lone series win came against the Flames in the 1987 Division Semifinals.
* This series is only the second series in NHL playoff history to go to overtime in each of its first four games.  The 1951 Stanley Cup Finals between Toronto and Montreal went to overtime in each of its five games (Toronto won the series 4-1).
* With all four games in this series and its last two playoff games of last year, Chicago has gone to overtime in each of its last six postseason games, the longest streak in NHL history.
* After scoring 14 goals in 39 games between the 2009 and 2010 postseasons, Jonathan Toews has scored only two goals in 11 games over the last two postseasons.
* Between the regular season and postseason, Mike Smith is now 7-1-0 with a 1.61 GAA and .952 save percentage in eight career starts against the Blackhawks

Blackhawks Notes For Game 4 vs. Coyotes

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* The Coyotes beat the Blackhawks, 3-2, in overtime on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in this matchup. Chicago is averaging 10 more shots on goal per game (44-34) than Phoenix in the first three tilts of this series.

* With his victory on Tuesday, Mike Smith is now 19-6-4 in games following a loss this season (21-13-6 in all other games). Smith is 4-0-0 with a 1.39 GAA in four career starts at United Center.
* Phoenix has led 2-1 in a best-of-7 series six times in franchise history and is just 1-5 in those matchups (only win came in 1987 vs. Calgary). Chicago has an all-time best-of-7 record of 9-16 when losing two of the first three games.
* Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with four points (all assists) in this series. Dating to the last five games of the regular season, Kane has 10 points (3g, 7a) in his last eight games overall.
* Ray Whitney had a game-high nine shots on goal on Tuesday and lit the lamp for the first time in the series as well. Whitney now has 20 markers in 90 career postseason skates.
* Phoenix has gotten 10 points from its blueliners in the 2012 playoffs - most of any team. Chicago's defensemen have accounted for eight points in the first three games of this series - fourth most of any club in the postseason.

Blackhawks React To Hit On Hossa

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Blackhawks Shaw Worried About Looming Suspension

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Blackhawks Notes For Game 3 vs. Coyotes

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* Patrick Sharp scored his first goal of the series with six seconds left in regulation on Saturday and Bryan Bickell netted the game-winner in overtime to give the Blackhawks a split of the first two games in this matchup. Chicago's Game 2 victory snapped its 4-game losing streak to the Coyotes (dating to November 29).

* Including two losses at Joe Louis Arena during the 2011 playoffs, Phoenix is just 3-9 in its last 12 postseason road games. Chicago is 16-6 (.727) in its last 22 playoff games at United Center - the best home record of any team in the league since the 2009 postseason.
* Antoine Vermette leads all skaters in this series with three goals in the first two contests. Vermette lit the lamp just four times in his first 42 career postseason games (with Ottawa and Columbus).
* The Coyotes' leading scorer during the regular season, Ray Whitney has had just one shot on goal and has yet to record a point in this series. Whitney had a goal and two assists in last year's playoff series vs. the Red Wings (4 games).
* Bryan Bickell recorded the first 2-goal game of his career Saturday (regular or postseason) and now has four postseason markers since last year's playoffs - tied with Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith for most of any Blackhawk. Bickell has lit the lamp four times in nine career regular/postseason games vs. the Coyotes - tied for his most vs. any opponent.

* Phoenix has been tied 1-1 in a best-of-7 series six times in franchise history, but has lost each of those matchups. The Blackhawks have won each of the last three series after splitting the first two games: 2009 vs. Vancouver (won 4-2), 2010 vs. Nashville (won 4-2) and 2010 vs. Vancouver (won 4-2).

Blackhawks Game Notes For Game #1 @ Phoenix

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* The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, 3-2, in their last game and finished up their regular season by taking at least one point from six straight games overall (3-0-3 record). Chicago had a league-best 12-2-4 (.778) record in its last 18 skates (since February 29).
* Chicago recorded its ninth 100+ point season all-time in 2011-12, and has now made the playoffs four straight years overall. Since seeding began in 1993-94, the Blackhawks have been a No. 6 seed one time prior - in 1994, when they were bounced in the first round by Toronto (4-2).
* The Coyotes defeated the Wild, 4-1, in their season-finale and finished up the 2011-12 campaign by winning 5-straight games by a combined score of 16-2. Phoenix won its first division title in franchise history this year and has now made the playoffs three straight seasons.
* Phoenix took three of four tilts with Chicago during the regular season and is meeting the Blackhawks for the first time ever in the playoffs. The Coyotes/Jets franchise hasn't won a postseason series since beating Calgary (4-2) in the first round of the 1988 playoffs.
* Marian Hossa led Chicago in scoring this year with 77 points - the third different team he's finished the season as the scoring leader (Ottawa in 2002-03 and 2003-04, Atlanta in 2006-07). Hossa has 93 points (35g, 58a) in the postseason since 2002 - third most of any skater in the league.

* Including at least one point in each of the four games, Ray Whitney had a team-high six points (2g, 4a) vs. the Blackhawks in 2011-12. Whitney led the Coyotes in scoring this season (77) and at 39 years, 335 days old on the last day of the regular season, became the fifth-oldest player all-time to lead his club in scoring.
* Perhaps the hottest netminder in the league right now, Mike Smith led all NHL goalies with 20 wins and six shutouts after the All-Star break. Smith is 4-0-0 with a 0.98 GAA in four career starts vs. Chicago.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Saturday @ Detroit

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* Chicago is 6-0-1 in its last seven games against the Red Wings in Detroit, outscoring the Red Wings 21-12 during the seven-game stretch.

* Patrick Kane has registered 14 points (3g, 11a) in his last 14 games against the Red Wings.
* The Blackhawks have scored on only 9.3 percent of their power-play chances since the All-Star break, the lowest mark in the league.
* The Red Wings have lost six of their last 11 home games after starting the season 26-2-1 at home through its first 29 home games.
* Henrik Zetterberg has recorded 21 of his 46 assists in the third period this season. His 21 third-period assists are tied for the fifth most in the NHL.
* Jimmy Howard is 9-3-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .914 save percentage in 13 career regular-season starts in the month of April.

Blackhawks Game Notes For Thursday @ Minnesota

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* The Blackhawks have won eight of their last 11 meetings with the Wild, including two of the three matchups between the clubs this season.

* Minnesota has earned a point in four consecutive games for the first time since recording a season-high seven-game winning streak from November 28-December 10. 

* The Blackhawks have won five of their last seven road games. Chicago is 4-for-12 (33.3%) on the power-play in its last four road games after going 3-for-54 (5.6%) in its previous 19 away from home.

* Patrick Kane recorded his second consecutive multi-point game and his second multi-goal game of the season on Sunday against the Wild.

* Dany Heatley has lit the lamp in each of his last two games after scoring a total of two goals in his previous 22 contests. Heatley had a goal and an assist in the last meeting between these teams.

* Patrick Sharp has lit the lamp in each of his last three games and has scored 21 of his 33 goals on the road this season. Sharp has just nine points (5g, 4a) in 22 career games against the Wild.