Blackhawks hoping Stars burn out on CSN

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Blackhawks hoping Stars burn out on CSN

After another impressive performance Tuesday night against the Blues, the Blackhawks will push to continue their success tonight against the Stars in Dallas tonight. Coverage begins at 7:00 with Blackhawks Pregame Live only on Comcast SportsNet.

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa continue to lead the undefeated Blackhawks' roster with 5 points each as the team heads to Dallas for their fourth game of the season.

After ending the Kings' Stanley Cup celebration with a 5-2 victory and defeating the Coyotes -- who ended Chicago's postseason run in 2012 -- in Glendale, the Blackhawks went into Tuesday's matchup against another 2-0 team in their home opener. As big as the BlackhawksBlues rivalry has become, St. Louis has struggled in the past in Chicago, winning only one of their last 10 regular season matchups at the United Center. Tuesday was no different.

"The Blackhawks came real hard in the first and got on top of our defensemen early," Blues forward Andy McDonald told CSNChicago.com after the game. "Even on our wingers coming out of the zone, they were right on top of us."

The Blackhawks have created momentum early in their first three games, and the strong balance between their four lines has already caused the team to see a close resemblance to the 2010 championship squad.

Now the Hawks begin a two-game road trip in Dallas, facing a team that's won two of its first three games this season. In his first season with the Stars, NHL veteran Jaromir Jagr leads his team in points with two goals and two assists while Ray Whitney -- who was acquired during the offseason from the Coyotes -- is close behind with one goal and two assists.

Tonight marks the first of three matchups between the Blackhawks and Stars during the course of the shortened 2013 campaign. Make sure to catch all the action tonight on Comcast SportsNet and join the Blackhawks conversation on Twitter by using HawksTalk.

Former Blackhawks D-man Trevor Daley reflects on bittersweet postseason with Penguins

Former Blackhawks D-man Trevor Daley reflects on bittersweet postseason with Penguins

Trevor Daley’s hearing the same chatter in the Pittsburgh Penguins this season as he did with the Blackhawks last fall.

“It feels a lot like when I started last year with Chicago, where a lot of guys were speaking the same thing: ‘We want to try to do it again,’” Daley said on Wednesday evening. “I felt I was in that situation with the same feeling with the guys around me, so it was an exciting time.”

Well, there is one difference this time around. When Daley was traded to the Blackhawks in the summer of 2015 he didn’t know that feeling of winning a Stanley Cup. Now, he does. After the Blackhawks traded Daley to Pittsburgh he became a key part of the Penguins’ run to their Cup triumph.

Daley fit in immediately with the Penguins because they all found common ground: he wasn’t the only one going through changes at the time. Daley was traded to Pittsburgh two days after the team named Mike Sullivan its new head coach.

“The way they were going with a new coach coming in, I think everyone was happy to have a fresh start, including myself. I felt I was in the same situation they were,” Daley said. “It all worked out obviously in the long run. But a lot for my success had to do with being on the same page as everyone else.”

Daley suffered a fractured ankle in late May, missing the rest of the postseason. But after the Penguins won the Cup in Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks, Daley, on the ice in full uniform and skates, was the first to get the Cup from captain Sidney Crosby.

“When you get to hoist that thing,” Daley said. “There’s nothing better than that.”

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The postseason was bittersweet for Daley, as his mother became ill with cancer as the playoffs began. She got to see Daley hoist the Cup on June 13. Sadly, she died on June 21.

“Pittsburgh was great to me. I got to go home in between series. When I had time off I got to see her and when I got hurt I got to spend more time with her. It did make it bittersweet,” Daley said. “Before she passed she would always say, ‘Why are you here? I want you to be playing.’ But under the circumstances, at least I got to say I got to spend a little more time with her.”

The Penguins are waiting for a few players, including Crosby, to return from the World Cup. Who knows how the season unfolds but much like last fall, Daley is part of the let’s-try-to-repeat talk.

“We’re excited for those guys to be able to have the opportunity they have [at World Cup]. We get to watch the best player in the world doing what he does, knowing he’s coming back to us,” Daley said of Crosby. “We’ve been enjoying it; we’ve been staying in touch with them while they’re gone. Most of them are back now. Those guys are going to be ready to go. They’ve already played some big games, so it’ll be good.”

Preview: Blackhawks open preseason against Penguins Wednesday on CSN+

Preview: Blackhawks open preseason against Penguins Wednesday on CSN+

Scott Darling and the Blackhawks open up preseason play against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, and you can catch all the action on CSN+ at 7:30 p.m. 

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