Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

FIRST REGULAR SEASON game telecast on Jan. 20 at Phoenix; HOME OPENER on Jan. 22 vs. St. Louis;
Plus Live PrePost-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central, Highlight 2013 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, the brand new Blackhawks Pulse Social Media Center, Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent, Live Chats, Live interactive Scoreboard and more!

Chicago, IL (January 16, 2013) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NHL excitement with 39 live regular season Blackhawks games (21 home, 18 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 247 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2013 Chicago Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway on Sunday, January 20 as NHL All-Stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, along with standouts Dave Bolland, Corey Crawford and the rest of the 13 season squad face-off against last seasons 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals opponent -- the Phoenix Coyotes -- live from the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.

Comcast SportsNets expanded season opener coverage on Jan. 20 gets underway at 7:30 PM with an encore edition of Inside Look presented by Cadillac featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, which will be followed by an encore edition of the Blackhawks Season Preview Special at 8:00 PM. Then, the season premiere of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live sets up the big night at 8:30 PM featuring hosts Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd. Face-off is set for 9:00 PM featuring the always-entertaining Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk calling the game action. Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Quennevilles post-game press conference, along with live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also be carrying the Blackhawks HOME OPENER on Tuesday, January 22 vs. St. Louis for a 7:30 PM face-off. Opening night coverage -- LIVE from the United Center -- gets underway at 5:30 PM with Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff (hosted by David Kaplan), which will be followed by Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, also live from the UC. Jose Cuervo Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Qs post-game press conference (to also be streamed on CSNChicago.com after this and every Blackhawks home game telecast this season).

Fans can also look forward to a thorough look ahead to the upcoming BlackhawksNHL season on the Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview Special airing Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 PM (to be replayed as noted earlier on Sun, Jan. 20 at 8:00 PM). Hosted by Boyle & Konroyd, the season preview special will feature numerous interviews with Blackhawks playerscoachesfront office execs, along with an extensive preview of the upcoming season with a focus on the NHLs Western Conference.

This seasons Blackhawks regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet features all 39 games against Western Conference foes, 14 of which are against Central Division opponents. Among the additional highlights to this years Blackhawks schedule on Comcast SportsNet include a pair of games against the division rival Detroit Red Wings (Jan. 27 & Apr. 12), three match-ups against the conference rival Vancouver Canucks (Feb. 1, Feb. 19 & Apr. 22), along with a home ice battle against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (Mar. 25). (See attached sheet for Comcast SportsNets complete 2013 regular season Blackhawks schedule).

For the fifth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks starUSA Hockey Hall of FamerChicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long. SportsNet Centrals Susannah Collins will be the primary on-site reporter for Blackhawks home game telecasts this season. Also, for the eighth-straight year, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live joining new Blackhawks studio host Pat Boyle (via Twitter @CSNBoyle).

As previously mentioned, surrounding game coverage this season includes Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:00 PM or later on weekdays and prior to every weekend game telecast. (NOTE: For weekday games beginning at 6:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive Blackhawks pre-game coverage in Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff). CTL will also be the place to hear from numerous BlackhawksNHL experts all season long.

Immediately following Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecasts, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM andor the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

Three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus this season (see attached schedule). Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can watch all CSN games on CLTV. Cable and satellite operators who do not carry CLTV will place CSN telecasts on a to-be-determined channel. Viewers can visit CSNChicago.com for the exact channel location of Comcast SportsNet, CSN, Comcast SportsNet HD and CSN HD telecasts in their area.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville's post-game press conferences following EVERY home game telecast.
Video highlights from every Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period. Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live team.
Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse, a brand new, one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Plus, Blackhawks Pulse aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag HawksTalk.
Blackhawks In-Game Live, a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combines state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicagos live game broadcasts.
Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers returns for her third season on the beat. Follow her on Twitter @TramyersCSN for the latest teamplayer news and inside access 247.
Nina Falcone joins CSN Chicago to serve as Blackhawks digital reporter and producer. Falcone will provide Blackhawks and NHL reportsfeatures on the beat with Myers. Follow @HawksTalkCSN on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center.
Susannah Collins, CSN Chicagos Blackhawks television reporter providing pre-game and post-game coverage from the arena, will also contribute digital content and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the season. Follow her on Twitter @SusannahCollins
CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the regular season to provide fans in-depth player interviews and features plus behind-the-scenes access to everything going on and off-the-ice within the Blackhawks organization.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2013 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

Regular Season:
1. Sun, Jan 20 @ Phoenix 9:00 pm
2. Tue, Jan 22 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
3. Thu, Jan 24 @ Dallas 7:30 pm
4. Sat, Jan 26 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
5. Sun, Jan 27 vs. Detroit 6:00 pm
6. Fri, Feb 1 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm CSN
7. Sat, Feb 2 @ Calgary 9:00 pm
8. Tue, Feb 5 @ San Jose 9:30 pm
9. Thu, Feb 7 @ Phoenix 8:00 pm
10. Sun, Feb 10 @ Nashville 7:00 pm
11. Tue, Feb 12 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
12. Fri, Feb 15 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
13. Tue, Feb 19 vs. Vancouver 7:30 pm
14. Fri, Feb 22 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
15. Sun, Feb 24 vs. Columbus 6:00 pm
16. Mon, Feb 25 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm
17. Thu, Feb 28 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm
18. Fri, Mar 1 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm
19. Tue, Mar 5 vs. Minnesota 7:30 pm
20. Fri, Mar 8 @ Colorado 8:00 pm CSN
21. Sun, Mar 10 vs. Edmonton 6:00 pm
22. Thu, Mar 14 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
23. Sat, Mar 16 @ Dallas 7:00 pm
24. Mon, Mar 18 @ Colorado 8:00 pm
25. Wed, Mar 20 @ Anaheim 9:00 pm
26. Mon, Mar 25 vs. Los Angeles 7:00 pm
27. Tue, Mar 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm
28. Fri, Mar 29 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
29. Mon, Apr 1 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
30. Thu, Apr 4 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
31. Sat, Apr 6 @ Nashville 2:00 pm
32. Sun, Apr 7 vs. Nashville 6:00 pm
33. Tue, Apr 9 @ Minnesota 7:00 pm CSN
34. Fri, Apr 12 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm
35. Mon, Apr 15 vs. Dallas 7:00 pm
36. Fri, Apr 19 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
37. Mon, Apr 22 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm
38. Wed, Apr 24 @ Edmonton 8:30 pm
39. Fri, Apr 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm

39 Regular Season Games (21 Home, 18 Road)
All Times Central Time Schedule Subject to Change

Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings

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Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings

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Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

It was a gift and the Bulls weren't going to look it in the mouth as Dwyane Wade was poised to finish off another one of his sterling defensive plays with a breakaway dunk with the game tied and Arron Afflalo and DeMarcus Cousins trailing.

Lightly touched by the small of his back by Cousins, Wade miscalculated his liftoff and missed the dunk but was bailed out by the refs for a foul with 14 seconds left.

Then, he bailed the Bulls out.

Wade had his fifth fourth-quarter defensive play, stripping Cousins on a steal on the ensuing possession with the Sacramento Kings having a chance to win, leading to a Michael Carter-Williams dunk and finishing a 102-99 win Saturday night at the United Center.

It was a clock-turning performance for Wade on both ends of the floor, even if his missed dunk is a reminder that he is 35 years old. 

"I took off too far as I look at the instant replay," Wade said. "I should've took maybe one more dribble. Can't say I felt 35, I just took off too far (laughs). But hey, sometimes you get calls, sometimes you don't. I'm a person who hasn't gotten a lot all year so I'm not gonna apologize for nothing."

Stripping Cousins on his spin move was the finale, but he swatted an Arron Afflalo corner triple in the fourth, smothered Ty Lawson at the rim twice for blocked shots to end the third and tortured Lawson again in the fourth for another steal that led to him following up a Jimmy Butler missed layup with a follow and foul.

"Just a read," said Wade on stripping Cousins. "We knew he was gonna go to DeMarcus at that point. Once we forced him left, I knew he had to come back to the right hand. And being in the right place at the right time, the ball was right there for me."

Wade played like a desperate and motivated man, putting up 30 with six rebounds and four assists on the second night of a back-to-back is proof positive he took Friday's loss to Atlanta personally and used his play to back up those feelings.

He took to twitter to apologize for the poor effort against the Hawks, producing his best all-around performance as a Bull.

"We've been good in desperate moments," Wade said. "We haven't been good in non-desperate moments, when we win three in a row or playing a team that we should beat. But (in) the desperate moments I like us."

He scored 13 in the fourth, along with the last of his four blocked shots and all three of his steals took place in the final 12.

"I thought he was terrific," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "He was aggressive all game long, taking the ball to the basket, getting to the line 15 times. He came up with two big plays."

Hoiberg threw out different lineups and rotations, playing Paul Zipser as a sixth man and having the second-round draft pick close the game. Zipser took advantage, hitting three triples and scoring 13 points.

"I thought it was night and day from last night," Hoiberg said. "Our energy was really good all night long. We got just enough stops to find a way to win."

Cousins dominated the game with 42 and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes, the only Kings player in double figures all night.

"He was pretty much unguardable for the majority of the game, Taj did a solid job on him," Hoiberg said. "When Robin was on him, they put him on the perimeter and let him shoot threes. He's a monster."

Back-to-back triples from Cousins gave him 40 and tied the game at 97, as a third one rimmed out with a little under two minutes left.

Cousins dominated the start of the third quarter, hitting midrange jumpers over Lopez and taunting the Bulls bench after hitting a jumper to put the Kings ahead, 70-63 midway through the third.

But the Bulls stayed close, with Hoiberg choosing to sit Rajon Rondo for the second half after playing him six minutes in the second quarter, using Wade as a point guard and going with Carter-Williams for defense, along with Zipser, who didn't look scared of the moment.

"I like the wrinkle coach put in there, putting him in early," Wade said. "He gave him an opportunity and he helped us big time."

Butler scored 23 with seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes, didn't have to play the hero for once and made fun of Wade's apology tweet.

"He was due for a big night," Butler said. "He can tweet again if he can come out again and give us 30 and some big steals and big dunks."

"I think that's what called of him, to score baskets and guard. It's kinda sneaky. You never really expect it until it happens."

It looked like the worst was over when the Bulls made a short run to end the third, surviving the onslaught from Cousins — and surviving their own experimenting with Zipser instead of going with Denzel Valentine, switching things up altogether.

But the tone was set by the leaders, who can only manufacture but so much urgency on a nightly basis.

"I like this team when we're desperate," Wade said. "A desperate team, we're not bad."