Toews puts on a clinic in tonight's re-airing of a Hawks classic

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Toews puts on a clinic in tonight's re-airing of a Hawks classic

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 2010 Game 4 matchup against the Canucks when Jonathan Toews recorded three goals and two assists to put his team within one win of the Western Conference Finals.

The Blackhawks were entering Game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals against the Canucks with all the momentum after Dustin Byfuglien stunned the audience by recording a hat trick in Game 3. Luckily for Chicago, the three-goal trend didn't end there.

Jonathan Toews followed in Big Buff's footsteps, recording three goals and two assists in Game 4, leading his team to their 7-4 victory over Vancouver. His five-point night tied a team record for points in a playoff game, originally accomplished by Stan Mikita in 1973 and Steve Larmer in 1990.

Toews spoke with NHL.com after the game:

"It was one of those nights where you get some chances and you throw it on net and it happens to go in. It's nice to get those breaks. You work hard and don't always expect to get lucky like that."

But the 22-year old captain's luck continued as his 18 playoff points led the league above both Johan Franzen and Sidney Crosby, who each recorded 17 points in the postseason.

Need more reasons to watch? Here are some additional memorable moments from the 2009-10 campaign:
The Blackhawks set a team record with 23 road wins that season.Chicago won all three games played in Vancouver during the 2010 semifinals.The Blackhawks beat the Canucks in the conference semifinals in 2009 and 2010.Teows led his team in assists and points in the series against Vancouver.Patrick Sharp had a playoff career-high four points in Game 4.Duncan Keith set a career-high in goals, assists and points that season.Kris Versteeg had two game-winning goals in the series against the Canucks.So throw on your jersey, invite your friends over and relive this exciting game tonight since this is the most NHL action we may see for a while. Besides, you're not going to want to go out in tonight's windy, snowy mess anyways.
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Tomas Jurco ready for 'fresh start' with Blackhawks

Tomas Jurco ready for 'fresh start' with Blackhawks

Tomas Jurco lingered near the end of the Blackhawks' practice on Saturday, watching as fellow Slovak/now-teammate Marian Hossa drew a few things up on the dry-erase board.

Having a few familiar countrymen's faces (Hossa and Richard Panik) in the room helps. But for Jurco, just getting a fresh start is a welcome sight.

Jurco skated on the third line with Marcus Kruger and Hossa, and it looks like he'll make his Blackhawks debut there when the team hosts St. Louis on Sunday night. Jurco spent the last few seasons with the Detroit Red Wings but couldn't find a steady place in the lineup. Now here, he's hoping to change his fortunes.

"I mean, it's been tough couple of years for me in Detroit, so I was talking to [general manager] Ken Holland and we were discussing some options. I wasn't progressing in the last year or so, so I think this is a great time to push my game to another level," Jurco said on Saturday. "Like I said, this is another fresh start for me and I'm very excited for it."

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Jurco joins a Blackhawks team that is surging (winning eight of nine) these last few weeks of the season. He and Hossa played together in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, so there's some familiarity as well as friendship there.

General manager Stan Bowman said Friday night that, based on Jurco's skills and the Blackhawks' style of play, Jurco should fit in well.

"I think he's going to get better here," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's going to get a little bit more comfortable with how we have to play, knowing that you want to go right through the puck and you want to pressure. Offensively I think he's got a chance to recapture some confidence. I think he moves well. I like his size. [It's] just getting a little more comfortable with our game and trusting his own instincts right off the bat."

It was time for a change for Jurco. Whether he blossoms like Panik, who came here from the Toronto Maple Leafs last season and is now putting up career numbers as part of the Blackhawks' top line, remains to be seen. It's an opportunity nonetheless, and Jurco is ready to take advantage of it. 

"It was a number of different reasons in Detroit it didn't work out for me. I wasn't playing much, so that's obviously tough. And when you don't play for a few weeks and you play a couple of games, it's very tough," Jurco said. "I'm very happy that I'm here and excited for tomorrow."

Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson out Sunday vs. Blues

Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson out Sunday vs. Blues

Niklas Hjalmarsson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury but he will not play on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues, coach Joel Quenneville said.

Hjalmarsson left with a little over eight minutes remaining in Thursday night's 6-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. He missed morning skate that day and, prior to the game, was seen wearing a wrap around his back. Whether or not that is the injury, however, is unknown. Quenneville said the Blackhawks will give Hjalmarsson time to regain full health, especially at this point of the season.

"I think he knows his body and he knows when he can fight through certain things. Giving him enough time to get back to where he's basically 100 percent is what we want," Quenneville said. "That's why he left the game last game. We want to make sure that when he comes back – you know, there's certain things you can fight through, and with him he can go through anything. Let's make sure at this time of the year that he recovers from this."

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Quenneville said the Blackhawks will go with the six defensemen they currently have. The last time Hjalmarsson missed a game due to injury was late February/early March of 2012 (six games with an upper-body injury).

"He's a warrior, he gives you everything you want in a big game like tomorrow's. Certainly missed him in the last game," Quenneville said. "We haven't exposed too much not having Hammer out there in important shifts, but it's a good chance for other guys to get critical and important shifts, and hopefully that helps them in their games as well."

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- Jordin Tootoo also missed practice (illness).

- Corey Crawford will start vs. the Blues.