Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks watches the final seconds of the regular season-ending game against the Detroit Red Wings from the bench between teammates Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brian Campbell at the United Center on April 10, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville Post Playoff Clinching Quotes

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had a conference call after the Hawks qualified for the playoffs after the Wild defeated the Stars; here are some highlights:

On Minnesota’s win over the Dallas Stars:

“With the fingers crossed and the wishful thinking, you have to look at it knowing that things can happen in your favor if you just believe. But certainly we got lucky. Now let’s take advantage of being lucky.”

On Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings:

“We did some good things today. We out-chanced them but playing catch-up most of the game was certainly part of it. They had motivation on their side trying to eliminate the Cup champs. That’s basically how it was all year long. We played 82 games with everyone battling against us. At the end we got a break, a huge break. We’re very fortunate to be in the position we’re in today.”

On the status of forward Dave Bolland:

“[Dave Bolland] is a special player. He means a lot to our team, gives us a lot of options as far as checking match-ups and special teams. So we’ll see how he is. He made major progress this week. We’ll continue to monitor. It’s been positive recently. It was a tough road over the last month or so, but things changed quickly. I don’t have anything more to report or prognosticate, but we hope that he’s able to be a part of the first round.”

On meeting the Vancouver Canucks for the third consecutive postseason:

“We know you’ve got to play your best. The games against them were very competitive and very intense. The history of having a series against familiar foes creates a whole different level of intensity. The rivalry becomes part of the culture. Let’s make sure we respect that part but know what’s at stake. Being smart, being intense, being competitive is what we’ll need to be. They’ll be excited to knock us off after the last two years.”


NHL Playoff Schedule 2011: Blackhawks/Canucks Schedule Announced

The Blackhawks and Canucks will face off for their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series beginning Wednesday night in Vancouver. The Canucks have home-ice advantage, so the first game in Chicago will be next Sunday, April 17.

Times listed are Central and subject to change. All games are expected to be televised on CSN Chicago, and also nationally on Versus. Games marked with * are “if necessary” games in this best-of-seven series.

Wednesday, April 13, at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Friday, April 15, at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19, at Chicago, 7 p.m.
*Thursday, April 21, at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
*Sunday, April 24, at Chicago, 7 p.m.
*Tuesday, April 26, at Vancouver, TBD

The Blackhawks and Canucks will be one of four series that begin on Wednesday; the others are Coyotes at Red Wings (6 p.m. CDT), Rangers at Capitals (6:30 p.m. CDT) and Lightning at Penguins (6 p.m. CDT). The remaining four series begin on Thursday.


Blackhawks And Canucks Playoff Series Begins Wednesday In Vancouver

The NHL Network is to announce playoff matchups starting at 9 p.m. CDT Sunday, but the CBC, the NHL’s Canadian broadcast partner, has jumped the gun, according to the mothership at

It’s no secret that NHL playoff schedules are run by the television networks, and in the case of CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada, they perhaps have the most pull in that department. CBC has announced prior to the NHL’s official announcement of playoff schedules that they’ll broadcast four different first round series.

Here’s the relevant information directly from the CBC’s website:

The Vancouver Canucks will try to carry over their Presidents’ Trophy regular-season campaign success into the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks, with the games airing live on CBC Television and streaming at starting Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).

That, of course, will be at 9 p.m. CDT, and the game should be airing on CSN Chicago. We’ll post the full Blackhawks/Canucks series schedule in this StoryStream when it’s released by the NHL Network.


Blackhawks In Playoffs For Third Straight Year After Wild Defeats Stars

The Blackhawks had to win this afternoon’s game against the Red Wings at the United Center to assure themselves of a playoff spot.

They failed, but they’re in anyway, thanks to one of the only scenarios that could have gotten them back to the postseason — a Minnesota Wild win over the Dallas Stars in Minnesota this evening.

And so, with 97 points, the Blackhawks are the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and will face the Vancouver Canucks in a series that will begin later this week. It’s the first time in 14 years that the Blackhawks have made three consecutive playoff appearances and it will be the second straight year they’ll have faced the Canucks in the postseason.

Vancouver should be out for revenge after the Hawks beat them four games to two in the Western Conference semifinals last spring. The Blackhawks were 2-2 against the Canucks during the regular season, and as the No. 8 seed will not have home ice advantage in any of their playoff series against Western teams.

We’ll update this StoryStream when the playoff dates and times are announced later this evening.


Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Detroit Red Wings: One Goal

Here's how the Blackhawks' playoff chances and positioning break down today:

If the Blackhawks either get today's game to overtime or win it (i.e., get at least one point), they're in the playoffs regardless of what the Dallas Stars do in their game against the Wild later today.

One point only would leave the Blackhawks at 98 points; they hold the tiebreaker over the Kings, so in that case they'd be the No. 7 seed and play the Sharks in the first round.

A win for the Blackhawks would give them 99 points, leap them over three teams and make them the No. 5 seed, in which case they'd play the No. 4 seeded Ducks in the first round.

If the Blackhawks lose, they're still in at the No. 8 seed (playing the Canucks in round one) unless the Stars beat the Wild in regulation or overtime (if the Stars and Wild get to a shootout, the Blackhawks are in no matter what they do today). In that event, the Stars win the tiebreaker and the Blackhawks are out.

That's... reasonably clear, right? Today's Blackhawks/Red Wings game, originally scheduled for midafternoon, has been moved to 11:30 a.m. CDT at NBC's request for national TV. The Stars/Wild game is the last regular season NHL game; it will begin at 5 p.m. CDT.

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