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Duncan Keith  is pressured by Vladimir Sobotkaof the St. Louis Blues. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Blackhawks’ Keys To Winning Game 1 Vs Blues

The playoffs are finally upon us, and while many are writing off the St. Louis Blues, it’s important to remember that they were the best team in the NHL for about 90 percent of the season.

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Ben Smith #28, Bryan Bickell #29, Corey Crawford #50, Brandon Bollig #52 and Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Playoff Tickets 2nd-Most Expensive In NHL

Chicago Blackhawks playoff tickets at the United Center are the second most expensive of all playoff teams at $415.44, but that’s only an increase of 77 percent over the regular season price.

04/16/2014

Gary Bettman. (Getty Images)

NHL Commissioner Bettman Reiterates Support For World Cup-Style International Hockey Tournament

The NHL is weighing whether its players should continue to play in the Olympics.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2014

Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks carries the puck between Michael Del Zotto #5 and Colin Wilson #33 of the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Predators Rally To Beat Blackhawks 7-5

Patric Hornqvist scored the go-ahead goal with 58.2 seconds left and Shea Weber added an empty-netter as the Nashville Predators rallied with five goals in the third period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-5 Saturday night in their home finale.

04/12/2014

Chicago Blackhawks logo on jersey. (Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

Capitals Shut Out Blackhawks

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 51st goal to help lead the Washington Capitals to a low-intensity 4-0 rout of the coasting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in a game between teams whose postseason fates had already been decided.

04/11/2014

Jeremy Morin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Blackhawks’ Morin Has Earned A Playoff Spot

Morin’s speed would benefit the Blackhawks against the Avalanche in the playoffs.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2014

Teuvo Teravainen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zawaski: It’s OK If Teravainen’s Not In Blackhawks’ Playoff Plans

Teuvo Teravainen hasn’t wowed with his early play, but he’s only 19.

CBS Chicago–04/07/2014

Jeremy Morin #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period on April 4, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Goal With 3.7 Seconds Left Lifts Blackhawks Over Blue Jackets

Ben Smith tapped in a rebound with 3.7 seconds left on a wild scrum to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

04/04/2014

Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks moves past Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on April 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Stop 3-Game Slide With Win Over Wild

Marian Hossa scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the banged-up Chicago Blackhawks stopped a three-game slide with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

04/03/2014

Jonathan Toews skates off the ice after being checked into the corner by Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Retaliation For Hit On Toews Would Have Accomplished Nothing

Hockey’s a contact sport, so we shouldn’t have an uproar when a star gets a hard check.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2014

Joakim Nordstrom. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Recall Joakim Nordstrom

Nordstrom played in 10 games earlier this season for the Blackhawks.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2014

Jonathan Toews skates off the ice after being checked into the corner by Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Random Thoughts On Toews Injury, Crawford’s Play And Seabrook’s Struggles

The Blackhawks dodged a bullet when Jonathan Toews avoided serious injury on a nasty hit.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2014

Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the puck in front of Jarome Iginla #12 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Bruins Top Blackhawks 3-0

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, and the Bruins beat the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday night in the first meeting between the teams in Boston since the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals.

03/27/2014

Teuvo Teravainen. (Credit: Getty)

Zawaski: Hawks Down Stars In Teravainen’s Debut

While Teravainen’s debut was impressive in many aspects, his teammates were the stars.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2014

Teuvo Teravainen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Teuvo Time Is Nigh

It’s “TAY-voh tair-uh-VIGH-nehn.” Get to know the name.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2014

Chicago Blackhawks logo on jersey. (Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

Blackhawks Edge Hurricanes 3-2 Without Kane

Jonathan Toews’ short-handed breakaway goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night.

03/21/2014

Brandon Mashinter. (Getty Images)

Blackhawks, Mashinter Agree On 2-Year Deal

Mashinter has 23 points in 34 games for the Rockford Icehogs of the AHL.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2014

Teuvo Teravainen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zawaski: If Teuvo Teravainen Is Ready, He Should Play

What’s the point of saving a good player for later when the goal is to win the Stanley Cup now?

CBS Chicago–03/18/2014

Chicago Blackhawks logo on jersey. (Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

Surging Predators Beat Blackhawks 3-2

It was the second straight loss for the Blackhawks, who are struggling to keep up with the top contenders in the rugged Western Conference. The reigning Stanley Cup champions dropped to 10-8-7 in 2014.

03/14/2014

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