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Western Conference final team capsules: Chicago Blackhawks

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Here’s a rundown of the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Blackhawks, who captured the playoffs’ first overall seed thanks to a 36-7-5 regular-season record.

58th appearance 4 Stanley Cup titles (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010)

Studs:

  • Patrick Sharp: 7 goals (T-lead in NHL)
  • Bryan Bickell: 5 goals on 18 shots, 35 hits (T-lead on team)
  • Brent Seabrook: GWG in Game 7 vs. DET, 35 hits (T-lead on team)
  • Duncan Keith: 1 goal, 8 assists
  • Johnny Oduya: 23 blocked shots (leads team)
  • Corey Crawford: 8-4, 1.70 GAA (2nd in NHL), .938 save% (3rd in NHL), 1 shutout
  • Team: 6-1 at United Center
  • Team: 97.6% on penalty kill, 40-for-41 (leads NHL)
  • Team: 98 takeaways (leads NHL)

Duds:

  • Jonathan Toews: 1 goal, 5 assists, -2 … but has won 56.0% of faceoffs (2nd in NHL)
  • Brandon Saad: 0 goals on 27 shots
  • Dave Bolland: 1 assist, -2
  • Marcus Kruger: 35.3% on faceoffs (3rd-worst in NHL)
  • Team: 47.6% on faceoffs (13th in NHL)

Stanley Cup winners with 2010 Blackhawks (8 players, 2 coaches):

  • Dave Bolland, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews (captain, Conn Smythe winner), Joel Quenneville (head coach), Stephane Waite (asst)

Cup winners with other franchises (1 coach):

  • Jamie Kompon (asst, 2012 Kings)

Seeking first Cup, have played or coached one+ playoff game this postseason (14 players, 1 coach):

  • Bryan Bickell (name not etched), Brandon Bollig, Daniel Carcillo, Corey Crawford, Ray Emery (back-up goalie), Michael Frolík, Michal Handzuš, Marcus Krüger, Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsíval, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Viktor Stålberg, Mike Kitchen (asst)

Seeking 2013 postseason debut:

  • Sheldon Brookbank (26 regular-season games), Adam Clendening (0), Klas Dahlbeck (0), Jimmy Hayes (10), Carter Hutton (1), Henrik Karlsson (0), Shawn Lalonde (1), Jamal Mayers (19), Steve Montador (0), Jeremy Morin (3), Dylan Olsen (0), Brandon Pirri (1), Ben Smith (1), Ryan Stanton (1)

Most career playoff …

  • Games: Marian Hossa, 142
  • Goals: Marian Hossa, 41
  • Points: Marian Hossa, 108

Last playoff …

  • Hat trick: Jonathan Toews, May 7, 2010 (vs. Canucks, Game 4, WCQF)
  • 4-point game: Duncan Keith, April 21, 2011 (at Canucks, Game 5, WCQF)
  • Short-handed goal: Michael Frolik, May 3, 2013 (vs. Wild, Game 2, WCQF)
  • Fight: Brandon Bollig, April 19, 2012 (Paul Bissonnette, vs. Coyotes, Game 4, WCQF)
  • Shutout: Corey Crawford, May 7, 2013 (at Wild, Game 4, WCQF)

Milestones:

  • With six points, Patrick Kane (61) will tie Dennis Hull for 7th on the all-time points list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With one point, Jonathan Toews (56) will move into 10th on the all-time points list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With six goals, Patrick Sharp (29) will tie Jeremy Roenick for 5th on the all-time goals list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With two goals, Patrick Kane (22) will tie Kings head coach Darryl Sutter for 10th on the all-time goals list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With one power-play goal, Jonathan Toews (11) will move past Jeremy Roenick for 3rd on the all-time PPG list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • With four wins, Corey Crawford (13) will move past Antti Niemi for 5th on the all-time goaltending wins list in Blackhawks postseason history
  • Joel Quenneville moved into 8th in all-time coaching wins (80) … needs two wins to tie Toe Blake (82) for 7th

Awards:

  • With the NHL’s best record (36-7-5), the Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time (1990-91) … that season, they were eliminated in the Norris Division semis (Minnesota North Stars)
  • Corey Crawford & Ray Emery combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltending tandem (97 goals allowed, 2.02 per game)

Biggest storylines of 2012-13 season & postseason:

  • “The Streak”: the Blackhawks set a new NHL record by going 24 games without a regulation loss (21-0-3) at the beginning of the season, from a win on Stanley Cup banner-raising night at Los Angeles on January 19, to a loss at Colorado on March 8 … the Blackhawks went 15-7-2 in the second half
  • Corey Crawford (19-5-5) & Ray Emery (17-1-0) each won 17+ games, and won the Jennings Trophy as the best goaltending tandem in the NHL … Emery set an NHL record by winning his first 12 decisions … only one other team had two 15-game winners: Anaheim (Jonas Hiller & Viktor Fasth)
  • Marian Hossa made an immediate impact after season-ending hit by Raffi Torres in 2012 playoffs
  • Brent Seabrook became the fourth defenseman to score an overtime winner in a Game 7 in Stanley Cup playoffs history (Leo Reise, 1950 Red Wings; Brad Park, 1983 Bruins; Darius Kasparaitis, 2001 Penguins), helping the Blackhawks come back from a three-games-to-one deficit for the first time in franchise history, vs. DET

Award finalists:

  • Presidents’ Trophy (won)
  • With the NHL’s best record (36-7-5), the Blackhawks won the Presidents’ Trophy for the second time (1990-91)
  • William M. Jennings Trophy: Corey Crawford & Ray Emery (won)
  • Crawford & Emery combined to win the William M. Jennings Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltending tandem (97 goals allowed, 2.02 per game)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (Top rookie): Brandon Saad
  • Saad had 27 points (T-4th among rookies) and was a +17 (best among rookies)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy (Top defensive forward): Jonathan Toews
  • Toews had 48 points (13th in NHL), was a +28 (3rd in NHL), won 59.9% of faceoffs (2nd in NHL)
  • Jack Adams Trophy (Top head coach): Joel Quenneville
  • Quenneville led the Blackhawks to their second-ever Presidents’ Trophy (36-7-5 record)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Best sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and ability): Patrick Kane
  • Kane had 55 points (5th in NHL), 23 goals (T-5th in NHL) and only 8 penalty minutes
  • Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award (most influential team captain): Jonathan Toews

Allen’s mental reset continues, as Blues will start Hutton in Pittsburgh

St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen is slow to get up after giving up a goal to Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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St. Louis is giving Jake Allen more time to sort out his struggles.

Today, the club announced backup Carter Hutton will start tomorrow in Pittsburgh, while Pheonix Copley — the AHL call-up that allowed five goals in Saturdays’ loss in Winnipeg — will serve as the No. 2.

Allen, who didn’t even travel to Winnipeg so he could ‘reset’ mentally, will start on Thursday in Minnesota, which will be St. Louis’ last game prior to the All-Star break. Copley will again serve as the backup.

The decision to go back to Allen comes after a horrific stretch in which he was yanked from three straight games, and four of his past six.

It is noteworthy, though, that Allen isn’t getting the Pittsburgh game. Part of that could be the opponent — the Pens are a force offensively, and lead the NHL in goals per game — but it could also be that Allen needs additional time to sort out his issues.

Whatever the case, the plan may have changed. In explaining why he left Allen behind while the team went to Winnipeg, Blues GM Doug Armstrong suggested Allen could get right back in.

“I think taking a day way, getting a total reset — he could reset traveling with the team, but I wanted a complete reset — and then we come back on Sunday, he’s back in the net and he’s ready to go,” Armstrong said, per the Post-Dispatch. “To me, it’s not a huge story; he’s going to take a day to get a reset with his family — he just had a young baby — but the play needs to improve and I want to give him a fresh start.”

Allen’s struggles this year are well-documented (see here, here, here and here). Per the Post-Dispatch, his .897 save percentage ranks 43rd among 47 goalies who have appeared in 14 or more games this season.

Oshie’s contract status underscores urgency in Washington

Washington Capitals' Matt Niskanen (2) and T.J. Oshie (77) celebrate with Alex Ovechkin (8) after Ovechkin scored against the Dallas Stars during the third period an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Dallas. Stars' Jamie Benn (14) skates back to the bench. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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The way he keeps scoring, T.J. Oshie‘s next contract isn’t getting any smaller.

The 30-year-old winger was today named the NHL’s third star of the week, after racking up six points (3G, 3A) in three games for the red-hot Washington Capitals.

Oshie now has 31 points (17G, 14A) in 38 games. A pending unrestricted free agent, he’ll no doubt be looking for a raise beyond his current cap hit of $4.175 million.

One comparable contract is Andrew Ladd‘s seven-year, $38.5 million deal with the Islanders.

Loui Eriksson‘s six-year, $36 million deal with the Canucks is another.

And one more for good measure: David Backes‘ five-year, $30 million deal with the Bruins.

All three of those contracts have a cap hit of around, or exactly, $6 million. Ladd and Eriksson are a year older than Oshie, while Backes is two years older. They’re all reliable veteran wingers, just like Oshie.

Now, the Caps could always try and convince Oshie to take a home-town discount. They may even be able to keep him without a discount.

That being said, their No. 1 priority has to be getting Evgeny Kuznetsov, a pending restricted free agent, locked up. And they also need to keep in mind John Carlson, their No. 1 defenseman who can become unrestricted in the summer of 2018.

“We’re going to have some decisions to make as far as veteran players, and our young guys are going to be due for some pay raises,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said last season.

When he said it, MacLellan saw his team in a “two-year window.”

Alas, only one year of that window remains. Hence, the urgency to finally win the Stanley Cup this spring.

Like Oshie, Justin Williams and Karl Alzner are pending UFAs.

And like Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Brett ConnollyDmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, and Philipp Grubauer are pending RFAs.

The Caps host Carolina tonight.

Related: Kuznetsov sets table for Jakub Vrana’s first NHL goal

Galchenyuk re-injures knee, but not believed to be serious

MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 08:  Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on during the warmup prior to the NHL game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 8, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Given that Montreal center Alex Galchenyuk‘s already missed 18 games this season to a knee injury, there was some consternation on Monday as head coach Michel Therrien said Galchenyuk had aggravated the ailment, and would miss Tuesday’s game against Calgary.

Thankfully for the Habs, it doesn’t sound like a serious issue.

Therrien said Galchenyuk “slightly injured” his knee, and is listed as day-to-day. This falls in line with what occurred during Saturday’s OT loss to Buffalo — even though Galchenyuk suffered the ailment during the game, he was able to play through it and finish with 16:36 TOI.

It’s unfortunate this knee issue has lingered, as the fifth-year pro is having a great season. Galchenyuk has 11 goals and 27 points through 30 games and, had he been healthy, probably would’ve eclipsed last year’s production, when he scored 30 goals and 56 points.

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see when the Habs opt to get Galchenyuk back in the lineup. After tomorrow’s game against Calgary, they have just one game left until the All-Star break, on Thursday in Brooklyn.

After that, they don’t play again until Jan. 31.

Rangers’ Hayes out 2-3 weeks with lower-body injury

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Kevin Hayes, who sits third on the Rangers with 35 points, will miss the next couple of weeks with a lower-body ailment, the club announced on Monday.

The news comes one day after Hayes exited New York’s 1-0 OT win over Detroit after playing just 8:41. Per Newsday, it’s a left leg ailment.

It’s a tough blow for a guy that had been playing well lately. Hayes had been a point-per-game producer in January, with two goals and five assists through seven games, developing chemistry on a line with Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller.

If there’s a silver lining here, it’s the schedule. Hayes’ absence will coincide with the All-Star break, so he won’t miss as many games as he would’ve under usual circumstances.

Still, if he’s shelved for the full three weeks, that puts his return around Feb. 13 — meaning he could miss up to eight contests.

In related news, the Blueshirts activated Matt Puempel off IR today. He’d been out since December with a concussion.