CSN to air 1991 NHL All-Star game tonight

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CSN to air 1991 NHL All-Star game tonight

Comcast SportsNet will be re-airing Blackhawks Classics until the NHL lockout comes to an end. Tune in tonight at 7:00 p.m. to catch the 1991 NHL All-Star game that took place in the Chicago Stadium.

The 1991 All-Star game attracted the largest audience in its history as the Campbell Conference went on to defeat the Wales Conference, 11-5. Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick and Steve Larmer were voted onto the roster to represent the Blackhawks with Stan Mikita elected to be the Campbell Conferences' Honorary Captain.

What to watch for

The Campbell Conference's eighth goal of the night came from the Blackhawks trio as Roenick and Larmer assisted to Chelios who scored just over five minutes into the third period.

The Wales Conference won its first Super Skills competition in the history of the All-Star game, despite the fact most individual awards went to members of the Campbell Conference. Mark Messier recorded the best accuracy shooting (four hits, six shots), Al MacInnis recorded the hardest shot (94.0 mph) and Patrick Roy took home the honors in the goaltending competition.

Other NHL greats who played in the 1991 game include Wayne Gretzky, Luc Robitaille, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, Paul Coffey, Rick Tocchet and Denis Savard, who played for the Montreal Canadiens at the time. And of course, the performance of the national anthem is one that will never be forgotten, performed just days after the United States entered Iraq during the beginning of the Gulf War.

In addition to being broadcasted in the United States and Canada, this game was also shown overseas to the troops to show the support they had from their country.

10 facts about these Blackhawks greats
The 1991 NHL All-Star game was the fourth played at the Chicago Stadium.Roenick was chosen to play in nine NHL All-Star games over his career.Roenick had 41 goals and 53 assists during the 1990-91 regular season.Roenick was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.Chelios was chosen to play in 11 NHL All-Star games.Chelios had 12 goals and 52 assists during the 1990-91 campaign.Chelios was elected into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.Larmer led the Blackhawks in goals, assists and points in 1990-91.Larmer was chosen to play in two NHL All-Star games.Larmer had a career-high 101 points that season.

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Morning Update: Cubs pick up win No. 101, Sale leads White Sox past Rays

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Morning Update: Cubs pick up win No. 101, Sale leads White Sox past Rays

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PITTSBURGH — The Cubs have so much going for them, all this blue-chip talent, a clubhouse mix of young players and grizzled veterans, arguably the best manager in the game, an impactful coaching staff and a front office that blends scouting and analytics as well as anyone.

So, no, John Lackey is not at all surprised by the way this clicked into place, 101 wins and counting for the machine built with October in mind.

“Not really,” Lackey said after Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “I had some pretty good offers from other people, and I chose this one for a reason. It’s all here.”

But to win the World Series — and get the jewelry Lackey talks about — you still need some luck, good health and the guts to perform in those Big Boy Games. That reality of randomness and matchups made a pregame announcement some 250 miles away from PNC Park so telling.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee, ending his MVP-caliber season. The National League East champions will lose a .307 hitter with 22-homer power from the middle of their lineup and a veteran presence for a playoff rotation that will likely be without injured ace Stephen Strasburg (right elbow) in the first round.

“That’s a tough one when you lose your catcher, a guy who’s that significant for the pitching staff,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Think about the pitching staff — it’s so different when you know the guy back there is your guy and he knows what’s going on. The communication’s different. The trust factor, all that stuff is different.”

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Within that big-picture context, the Cubs survived as Lackey limited the checked-out Pirates (77-80) to one run across five innings in his fifth start since recovering from a strained right shoulder and coming off the disabled list. Maddon then used six different relievers — staying away from Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman — during a three-hour, 49-minute game that felt more like the Cactus League.

After defecting from the 100-win St. Louis Cardinals team the Cubs bounced out of last year’s playoffs, Lackey finished the regular season at 11-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 188 1/3 innings.

“I’m going to get to 200,” Lackey said.

Beyond wins and losses, Lackey called this season his career best in terms of “those numbers that they’ve made up in the last few years” like WHIP (1.04) and opponents’ OPS (.646) and whatever. And, no, he doesn’t know his WAR, either: “Not even close.”

Yes, the Cubs got the old-school attitude they wanted when they signed Lackey to a two-year, $32 million deal before the winter meetings. For all the talk about the pitching deficit and the New York Mets after their young guns swept the Cubs out of last year’s NL Championship Series, the Cubs are getting their money’s worth with a guy who will turn 38 in October.

The amazing Mets have lost three of those frontline starters — Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet syndrome), Jacob deGrom (nerve damage in his right elbow) and Steven Matz (bone spur in his left elbow) — and are still holding onto the first wild-card spot, which says something about this playoff field.

This doesn’t guarantee anything in October, but the Cubs are just about as close to full strength as they could reasonably hope now. Instead of the silence that would have come with losing an irreplaceable player like Ramos, the sound system in the postgame clubhouse blasted Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Notorious B.I.G. after their 101st win.

“Yeah, we lost Dexter (Fowler) for a bit,” Maddon said. “We lost (Kyle) Schwarber all year. Otherwise, when a couple pitchers got banged up, whether you’re talking about Rondon or Strop, I don’t think that our injuries have been as magnified because we’ve covered them pretty well.

“We still had our moments, like everybody else has. But when you get to right now, we’re getting well, and hopefully that trend continues. But to lose somebody of that magnitude for them, that’s got to be difficult.”