The Cubs' special message to cancer patient

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The Cubs' special message to cancer patient

Part of the reason Anthony Rizzo followed Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod around to three separate MLB teams is because the Cubs front office officials believe the kid has all the intangibles it takes to last in this game.

Rizzo was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in as a 19-year-old in April 2008, but beat the disease and is now considered a budding leader in the Cubs clubhouse and a franchise building block.

Part of being a big-leaguer is setting an example for young fans giving back to the community. Rizzo may be just a couple months into his rookie season, but it's clear he already gets that.

The Cubs sent Luke Strotman a personal message, led by Rizzo, fellow cancer survivor Tony Campana and chairman Tom Ricketts.

Luke is special to us here at CSNChicago.com as he is the younger brother of friend and co-worker Mark Strotman. Luke is in our thoughts and prayers as he fights his own battle with cancer. He has already beaten cancer twice in his childhood, at age four and 13.

Check out the moving video. What an incredible gesture by the Cubs and these three individuals to take time out of their busy schedule.

(Thanks to Mark for the video.)

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Antti Raanta stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and Nick Holden netted the winner as the New York Rangers beat the Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime on Friday night.

The Blackhawks, playing without Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford, are now 1-2-1 in their last four games. Nevertheless, they remain atop the Western Conference with 38 points.

Scott Darling stopped 36 of 37 shots in the loss.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Two seasons ago Darling and Raanta battled for the Blackhawks’ backup spot. Friday marked their first head-to-head matchup, and it was stellar.

The Blackhawks thought they broke the scoreless tie six minutes into the third period, when Marian Hossa got one past Raanta. But the Rangers challenged for offside and officials agreed, nullifying the goal.

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

The 2017 Winter Classic featuring the Blackhawks and Blues is right around the corner.

Players from both sides already squared off in a game of NHL 17 to generate some hype into the game, but nothing compares to behind-the-scenes footage of the two teams leading up to it.

Beginning Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., EPIX will air a one-hour episode each week that provides an all-access look inside the lives of the Blackhawks and Blues, on and off the ice.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

The game will be on Jan. 2 at 12 p.m. on NBC, with the final episode airing Friday, Jan. 6.

Here's a two-minute preview involving the Blackhawks, who are labeled "A Good Bunch of Guys."