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Blackhawks working on powerless power-play

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Blackhawks working on powerless power-play

The Blackhawks special teams have had their ups and downs. Lately their penalty kill has been the former, the power play the latter. But on Thursday night the Blackhawks advantage really was just that.

The Blackhawks went 2 for 3 on the power play in their 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. It was the first time theyd scored more than one power-play goal in a game since Dec. 18, when they went 2 for 7 against the Calgary Flames.

Sure, it was just one game. But since the Blackhawks scored just two power-play goals in their previous eight games combined (out of 26 opportunities), it was a welcome sight.

Yeah, that hasnt been the best overall; that was key, said Steve Montador, who was on the ice for both of then. They changed up the lineups and it seemed to work tonight.

Yep, hide your surprise: of course there were tweaks. But just like in November when the Blackhawks power play got going again, the second unit was a big part of the success. On Thursday, the No. 2 group of Jimmy Hayes, Dave Bolland, Andrew Brunette, Montador and Nick Leddy got both goals.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks didnt need to be too pretty or fancy on the power play. They just needed to be efficient and get bodies in front of the net.

They did that on Thursday. Jimmy Hayes got his big body about three feet in front of Wild goaltender Josh Harding, the perfect place to get Dave Bollands feed from behind the net. Goal. Then it was Bolland cleaning up around the net, beating the Wild to a rebound and backhanding it past Harding. Goal again.

Jimmy scored a big one for our power play, which wasnt pretty up to that point, Quenneville said. When the power plays struggling, net presence and ugly goals are what were looking for. We got one of them that way (from Bolland).

Yes, its just one game. But the Blackhawks struggled with production and confidence on the power play, and Thursdays performance could help reverse those trends.

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson has called Chicago home ever since he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005. But now it's time for a new chapter.

After being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June, the former Blackhawks defenseman officially said goodbye to the city he spent a decade in and helped bring three Stanley Cups to with an emotional Instagram post that perfectly sums up his time here:

One marriage. Two kids. Three rings. 

Hjalmarsson will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, CSN's Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with Brandon Saad.

The two-time Stanley Cup Champion discusses the disappointment of getting traded just two weeks after winning the Cup in 2015, plus what’s the biggest difference between Joel Quenneville and his former Columbus coach, John Tortorella?

Saad also breaks down some of his favorite moments from his first stint with the Blackhawks, getting engaged, similarities between the Penguins and Blackhawks and of all his nicknames, which one is his favorite?

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below: