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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- 16

By Keith Schultz
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! It’s finally here, the second most awaited date on the NHL calendar which closely follows opening night.  The Stanley Cup playoffs have arrived and with it heartache, worry, excitement, and just about any other emotion you can possibly show.

The number of course is 16.  The number of wins needed this spring to be able to hoist the Stanley Cup in early June.  After 49 years of wondering if it would ever happen again, the Chicago Blackhawks have won 3 Cups in 6 seasons and now are on the most difficult quest of winning back to back Stanley Cups which hasn’t happened since the late 1990’s by the Detroit Red Wings.

The journey is long if you look at it from the beginning which is why it’s better to think of it in very small portions.  The one thing this team has shown in the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane era is that they are one tough out in a 7 game series.  The Chicago Blackhawks may not have been the most consistent team all year, but the core knows what needs to be done this time of year to get to where they want to be which is all you can ask from your favorite team.

The Hawks journey begins in St. Louis tonight and I can’t wait, but while we do here are some morning links to kick off your first playoff gameday of 2016.

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