CSN to air three 'Chicago Blackhawks Classics' telecasts in November

CSN to air three 'Chicago Blackhawks Classics' telecasts in November

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR THREE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CLASSICS TELECASTS IN NOVEMBER

Classic games include a vintage bw telecast from 1971 featuring Hull, Mikita & Esposito, the 1991 NHL All-Star Game from Chicago Stadium & the 2009 NHL Winter Classic from Wrigley Field

Chicago, IL (November 13, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, will provide viewers with a special trip down memory lane this month as the network has announced it will replay three Chicago Blackhawks Classics telecasts beginning Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM CT.

Chicago Blackhawks Classics will be hosted by Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle, who will be joined in-studio on a rotating basis by Blackhawks game announcers Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk, along with Blackhawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard & Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi among other special guests.

Comcast SportsNet will televise its next Chicago Blackhawks Classic on Friday night, November 16 at 7:00 PM with a vintage 1971 re-air of a black and white Hockey Night in Canada telecast featuring Hockey Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and the Blackhawks taking on the rival Maple Leafs. In addition to former Blackhawks RW Cliff Koroll (who played in this game in 71) joining Boyle on set, this special telecast will also include an original interview with Mikita, who discusses that unique time period in our history, along with the strengths of that particular Blackhawks team. Additional games on Comcast SportsNets Chicago Blackhawks Classics schedule in November include the memorable 1991 NHL All-Star Game from the old Chicago Stadium and the 2009 NHL Winter Classic featuring the Blackhawks hosting the Red Wings in a game for the ages at historic Wrigley Field. NOTE: These games will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicagos viewing territory.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Comcast SportsNets Blackhawks section on CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.comBlackhawks) for the latest NHL news 247 from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers (via Twitter @TraMyersCSN), plus fans can interact during the games via Twitter by utilizing the HawksClassics hashtag.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CLASSICS on Comcast SportsNet

Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM

December 11, 1971: Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs

This vintage black and white Hockey Night in Canada telecast from Maple Leaf Gardens features the on-ice brilliance of Blackhawks Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito. This special re-broadcast will include an original interview with Mikita from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers.

Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM

January 19, 1991: 42nd NHL All-Star Game (from Chicago Stadium)

Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War had officially begun just two days prior to the 42nd NHL All-Star Game in Chicago, but this memorable game in league history will always be known for the patriotism shown by every single fan in attendance at Chicago Stadium via numerous American flags hanging from every bannister at the old barn to an emotional singing of our national anthem. The All-Stars representing the Blackhawks in this game included Chris Chelios, Steve Larmer and Jeremy Roenick. Among the Hall of Famers playing in this game included Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Guy LaFleur and Denis Savard (as a member of the Canadiens).

Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 PM

January 1, 2009: NHL Winter Classic - Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks (from Wrigley Field)

In what will go down as one of the greatest events in Chicago sports history, the Blackhawks hosted the rival Red Wings at arguably the most iconic sports venue in the nation Wrigley Field. The ecstatic sold out crowd endured freezing-level temperatures in a game that forever solidified the Winter Classic as an annual event for the league. This NHL on NBC re-broadcast was also the highest-rated hockey game shown in the U.S. in 33 years.

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Class 1A-2A IHSA girls basketball state championships today on CSN

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Class 1A-2A IHSA girls basketball state championships today on CSN

CSN Chicago will be carrying live coverage of the IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships beginning on Saturday with Class 1A and 2A. Each telecast will be streamed live on CSNChicago.com and IHSA.tv, and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones.

CSN will also air highlights packages throughout the weekend, and live stream every postgame press conference.

Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com's Channel finder or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for all games throughout the state. 

[LIVE STREAM: Watch the IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships on CSN]

For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN's live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  

Here's what the schedule looks like this weekend:

Friday, Feb. 24:

Class 1A Semifinal No. 1: Annawan 51, Harvest Christian Academy 42

Class 1A Semifinal No. 2: Mendon Unity 42, Calhoun 34

Class 2A Semifinal No. 1: Byron 53, Central [Coop] (Camp Point) 37

Class 2A Semifinal No. 2: Central Catholic (Bloomington) 45, St. Edward (Elgin) 42 

Saturday, Feb. 25:

11 a.m. – Class 1A: Harvest Christian Academy vs. Calhoun

12:45 p.m. – Class 1A: Annawan vs. Mendon Unity

5:30 p.m. – Class 2A: Central [Coop] (Camp Point) vs. St. Edward (Elgin)

7:15 p.m. – Class 2A: Byron vs. Central Catholic (Bloomington)

In first game of post-deadline era, Bulls come up with comeback overtime win over Suns

In first game of post-deadline era, Bulls come up with comeback overtime win over Suns

The post-deadline era has begun for the Bulls, with the directives clear on developing their young players and seeing what can be done in the last third of the season.

And while their youth sparked them early, it was the headliners who stepped up late in their 128-121 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night at the United Center, as the team was clearly adjusting to life without Taj Gibson, who was traded Thursday.

Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade each had sluggish starts, to say the least. Each looked like he was going through an island-like malaise through the better part of three quarters before waking up.

Butler finally ignored the snooze button at the most opportune time, nearly winning the game in regulation with a tying triple, then a fadeaway 15-footer over Eric Bledsoe to cap off a late comeback that saw the Bulls rebound from an eight-point deficit with a few minutes left in the fourth.

"That's what great players do," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "They step up when you need them the most. Jimmy obviously had a tough night shooting the ball (early). ... What he's been doing all year, taking over the game in the fourth, and tonight was no different."

Then Wade, in one of his few post-halftime mistakes, controversially fouled Suns sharpshooter Devin Booker on a triple with 1.5 seconds left, but Booker missed the last of the three free throws to send the game into overtime.

"I think it was good defense," said Butler before giving a nod to his controversial whistle that went his way a week ago. "We don't wanna go back too far, but a foul's a foul."

Wade and Butler continued the assault into the extra session, with Wade rising for a late flush over Suns center Alex Len and raising his arms in celebration — having put together a 23-point performance after a scoreless first half.

"That dunk he had was unbelievable," Hoiberg said. "I should give him another week off."

In the early stages, Butler wasn't as futile as Wade, but he wasn't much better, scoring just eight before the fourth but being more aggressive and assertive with his moments and jump shots, finishing with 22 to go along with nine assists and four steals.

"Just keep shooting the ball and eventually it'll go in," Butler said. "And they did. Coaches put the ball in my hands, I kept taking the same shots, making the same plays. Then they went in."

The Suns led most of the way, mostly due to their team-wide speed and athleticism, getting out on the break the way they did in the first meeting two weeks ago. Booker scored 27, while Bledsoe, TJ Warren and Marquese Chriss each scored 17. Bledsoe added 10 assists and seven rebounds in 40 minutes.

They dominated the fast-break department at a 27-16 clip, and the Bulls actually countered with 3-point shooting, hitting 12 triples and shooting 46 percent from 3.

Nikola Mirotic was 4-for-7 from deep on the way to a 20-point night, while Denzel Valentine put together his best showing as a pro with 15 points, all coming on five made 3s.

Three straight triples from Valentine pulled the Bulls to within one late in the third quarter. The shots were decisive and confident — perhaps as he knew he wouldn't be removed for anyone at the first mistake.

"I like it, take the shots when you're open. Sometimes when you're not open, still shoot it and we know to get back," Butler said.

There were plenty of mishaps and things to complain about as the Bulls hit a new wave, but at least it started with some positive vibes after a day of uncertainty and confusion.