Blackhawks

Two beloved former Hawks — Kane and Alex DeBrincat — led a late comeback for Detroit en route to a 3-2 overtime decision on an emotional day at the United Center.
Stories of Chelios’ equally legendary on-ice accomplishments, off-ice training and away-from-the-rink antics were shared with many generations of Hawks fans during his jersey retirement Sunday.
“Driving back downtown, seeing the skyline and everything like that, it hits home a little bit more,” the legendary Hawks-turned-Red Wings forward said Sunday.
Chelios’ No. 7 jersey will be retired in a pregame ceremony, then Kane will play his first game at the United Center as a member of the Red Wings shortly thereafter — all in front of an emotional, sold-out crowd.
The Hawks produced one of their biggest offensive performances of the season Friday, but they still couldn’t escape their pattern of losses as they fell 3-2 in overtime.
The Hawks won’t be busy leading up to this year’s March 8 trade deadline, but they could still make one or two moves. Tyler Johnson headlines their list of available players, and they could also weaponize their ample salary-cap space.
As the White Sox and Bulls owner seeks $1 billion in state funding for a new South Loop ballpark, he’s spending big to gobble up lots around the Bulls’ home, records show.
The veteran Hawks defenseman has endured three seasons of constant failure in Chicago, but he knows it’s crucial to ensure the team at least doesn’t get “comfortable” with losing.
After several months of immaculately cleaning up his teammates’ messes, Vlasic’s play has dipped a bit in February — in line with the Hawks, who lost 3-1 on Wednesday. But he believes he’s “getting better at erasing one mistake, one bad game,” and moving on.
Bedard has tried to play a more complete game since returning from injury, hustling back on defense and being feistier on the ice.
Foligno has played very well in February, notching points in six straight games. But since he devotes his brainpower so exclusively to helping the Hawks develop a winning culture, his individual successes are often overshadowed.
There are two storylines dominating this season: Bedard produces points, and the Hawks lose games. Both continued Monday, as the rookie star’s three points were nowhere near enough to save his team from a 6-3 defeat.
Before sending down the talented but frustrating young forward, the Hawks coach had a conversation with Reichel about the next steps he must take.
Also, Connor Bedard’s return to the Blackhawks and an ode to Mac McClung’s leaping ability.
Reichel has tallied only 10 points in 50 NHL games this season and looked nothing like his former self. The Hawks now hope a minor-league demotion could rejuvenate his confidence.
Korchinski didn’t play the final 11 minutes of the second period Saturday after an “ill-advised” pinch, but coach Luke Richardson thought the rookie defenseman responded with a better third period.
Connor Bedard, Jason Dickinson and Petr Mrazek are collectively responsible for most of the Hawks’ fleeting success this season, and they each contributed to a 3-2 victory Saturday that snapped an eight-game skid.
Before returning to the Hawks’ lineup Thursday, the rookie star used work ethic and impatience to push through his recovery as quickly as possible — after initially believing he could pull a Zdeno Chara and miss no time at all.
The rookie star slid back into the Hawks’ lineup Thursday — nearly a week before the team had said he might return — and found his mojo as the night progressed, although the Hawks lost 4-1 for their eighth straight defeat.
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After missing just under six weeks with a jaw injury, the Hawks’ star rookie will play Thursday at the United Center — an ahead-of-schedule return after coach Luke Richardson said Monday he expected Bedard to return next week.
Since Jan. 5, the Hawks have killed off 40 of 45 opposing power plays — an 88.9% kill rate that ranks No. 1 in the league during that time period. “It’s one area we’re proud we’re gaining strides in,” Luke Richardson said.
It wasn’t surprising the Hawks lost 4-2 on Tuesday against the NHL’s top-ranked team, but it was notable that Richardson saw ‘‘nothing to be proud of’’ in their game.
Alex Vlasic watched the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field from his friend’s basement in Glenview. Next year, he’ll get to play in the game itself, calling it “a dream come true.” And he’s not the only Hawk who feels that way.
Bedard, who has been out since Jan. 5 with a broken jaw, will most likely rejoin the Hawks’ lineup either Feb. 21 against the Flyers or Feb. 23 against the Jets.
With 12 of the 19 forwards currently in the NHL roster mix on contracts expiring this summer, general manager Kyle Davidson will have tons of flexibility to reshape how things look up front.