Blackhawks are ready to outshine last season's performance

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Blackhawks are ready to outshine last season's performance

From coaches to players, one theme was common throughout the first day of the Blackhawks Convention: anger.

Anger that the season ended in the first round of the playoffs. Anger that players were dealt devastating injuries. Anger that they couldn't give their fans another championship season. Needless to say, the Blackhawks are ready to change all of that as they approach they start of the 2012-13 season.

But although the term 'anger' was thrown around throughout the evening, those emotions were nothing but motivation to outperform what they accomplished last season, and a desire to give their fans the overwhelming excitement they felt when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2010.

"You're happy for teams who win, but it's hard to see them lift up something you think is yours," Patrick Kane said as he addressed the media at the start of the day. "It's more motivation for us to work harder in the future."

And after seeing fans pack the Hilton for the Convention, it's no wonder the Blackhawks want to work so hard. Hundreds of people poured in wearing their favorite jerseys, shaking with excitement at the thought of getting to meet their favorite players. The screaming voices and wide eyes gleaming at the players as they were being introduced once again reiterated how big of an impact the team has on the personal lives of all their fans.

As the evening concluded, it was no secret that the fans look up to the players to make lifelong memories. And the players are more than ready to work hard and do all they can to make that positive impact on as many lives as possible.

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?

That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.

The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.

The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.

Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?

Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.