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5 Reasons Why You Should Become A Hockey Fan NOW

Of the four major professional sports leagues in the US, the NHL gets the least amount of coverage in the media, with fans and on television. With the Eastern and Western Conference Finals both going to Game 6, now is a perfect time to start watching hockey and here are 5 reasons why.

05/29/2014

Michal Handzus scores the winning goal in double overtime. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) overtime.

Blackhawks Beat Kings, 5-4, In Double-OT To Stay Alive

Chicago trails the series 3-2 heading back to Los Angeles for Game 6.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2014

Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli celebrate after Carter scores a second period goal against the Blackhawks.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Blackhawks Have Been Their Own Worst Enemies In West Final

With Monday’s Western Conference Final Game 4 hours away, I find myself looking back on this series and asking myself what has gone wrong? Why are the Blackhawks trailing two games to one?

CBS Chicago–05/26/2014

The Blackhawks celebrate a goal by Duncan Keith on Sunday. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Crawford Leads Blackhawks Past Kings 3-1 in Game 1

The Chicago BLackhawks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.

05/18/2014

Bryan Bickell. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Explaining How Bickell ‘Flips The Switch’ In Postseason

Bryan Bickell is tearing up the playoffs again after a regular season that lacked production.

CBS Chicago–05/05/2014

Chicago Blackhawks. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Primer, Prediction On Blackhawks-Wild Series

Minnesota has an elite first line of defense, but it’s weaker behind that.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2014

Patrick Kane, left, and Patrick Sharp. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kane Leads Blackhawks Past Blues, 4-3 In OT

Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

04/23/2014

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Zawaski: Why Didn’t I Live Tweet Blackhawks-Blues Game 3?

Jay Zawaski vows to never abandon his hockey fans again.

CBS Chicago–04/22/2014

Blackhawks fans line up outside the United Center. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Fans Optimistic Team Will Turn It Around

CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports there were cloudy skies outside the United Center, but the weather didn’t reflect the mood. Blackhawks fans are optimistic, even though they trail in the series 2-0.

04/21/2014

Referee Brad Kovachick restrains Brent Seabrook.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Baffoe: Let’s Mock Dumb Reactions To The Seabrook Hit

Brent Seabrook’s hit on David Backes was dirty, and Tim Baffoe will explain why for those who don’t get it.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2014

Referee Brad Kovachick restrains Brent Seabrook.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Bad Penalties, Dirty Play Sink Hawks In Game 2

The Blackhawks are in deep trouble, and have no one to blame but themselves.

670 The Score–04/19/2014

Alex Pietrangelo and T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues celebrate after the Blues scored the game-tying goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Fall To Blues 4-3 In OT

The Chicago Blackhawks lost 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues in overtime after blowing a late third period lead.

04/19/2014

Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks passes the puck against St. Louis Blues in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Despite Game One Loss, Blackhawks Far From Finished

For Blackhawk fans, Thursday night’s 4-3 triple overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues hurt like hell.

670 The Score–04/18/2014

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.

04/17/2014

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

Jonathan Toews. (Getty Images)

Zawaski: Blackhawks-Blues Mailbag

Jay Zawaski breaks down the critical individual matchups and St. Louis’ physicality.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2014

Duncan Keith, left, and Patrick Sharp. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Have 4th-Best Odds To Win Stanley Cup

The Bruins are the odds-on favorite to win the Cup.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2014

Jeremy Morin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks’ Playoff Tickets A Hotter Sell Than Bulls’

Tickets for both teams’ home playoff games are still available on Ticketmaster.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2014

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

Blackhawks Open Playoffs Against Blues On Thursday

The Chicago Blackhawks will face the St. Louis BLues in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

04/13/2014

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

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