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In a back and forth competition with the Wild on Sunday at the United Center, the Blackhawks broke their losing streak with a 5-3 victory.

Chicago regained traction on the power-play, which had scored in five straight games before Saturday’s game against the Blues, and Patrick Kane added a hat trick.

Robin Lehner made 23 saves on 26 shots and Brandon Saad and David Kampf added the other two goals.
How it happened

The Blackhawks began the scoring a little less than eight minutes into the game, as Kane got the puck over the goal line, although it took a replay to prove it. His first chance was denied, but he was able to collect the rebound and put it over the line.

Kane’s first tally was the first goal the Blackhawks have scored this season through replay.

Less than four minutes later, Kane would score on the power play to put the Blackhawks up two.

A nice give-and-go play with Jonathan Toews and a great keep-in move from Dylan Strome helped to give the Blackhawks some padding on their lead, but Kane’s shot seals it.

Kirby Dach would almost immediately take a hooking penalty after Kane’s second goal, however, putting Minnesota on their power play, which had been on a 0-for-18 streak prior to this game. Eric Staal scored, point number 1000 on his career, to make it a 2-1 game.

Both Mats Zuccarello and Jason Zucker would leave the game over the course of the first period, Zucker after blocking a slapshot from Brent Seabrook. Both would be back in the game by the end of the period, however.

In the second period, Kevin Fiala scored less than two minutes in, as Kane had a shot blocked by Ryan Suter, and Olli Maatta could not catch Fiala on the breakaway at 4-on-4 (Toews and Jordan Greenway were sitting for coinciding penalties).

David Kampf would get the lead back for the Blackhawks, however, scoring on a deflection off of a Connor Murphy shot during a delayed penalty.

The goal is Kampf’s fifth of the season, a new career high for the third-year pro. Kampf missed 55 games combined between the 2017-18 and 18-19 seasons.

Fiala would even the game back up before the second period was out, as what was meant to be a pass deflected off of Maatta’s skate and into the net. Not a good period from him. Ryan Suter had assists on all three of the Wild’s goals.

In the third period, the two sides would trade shots and opportunities, but it would take Brandon Saad deflecting another Murphy shot into the net for the Blackhawks to break the tie.

That’s the first third-period go-ahead goal for the Blackhawks this season, as well as Saad’s third in two days, and it sparked a much-needed victory.

Kane would score the empty-net goal to get his eighth career hat trick, providing the 5-3 score.

The Blackhawks played a much better game against the Wild than they did against the Blues, with a 48.98 percent shot share and 58.82 percent high-danger share. The Blackhawks played two periods where they had shot advantages in the first and third as well.

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Born in Toronto on January 11th, 1917, Robert “Red” Hamill was about as tough as they come. He was sort of an early day Wendel Clark-type of hockey player.

The 5’11″ 180lb left winger broke into professional hockey with the Boston Bruins organization in the late 1930s. Although he had a splendid reputation in the minor leagues, he just could not seem to make the permanent jump to the NHL. He played sporadically for the Bruins, impressing them with his willingness to play physically but disappointing them in his continued inability to score with any consistency. He did help the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 1939, although he went scoreless in 12 post-season games.

In 1942 the Bruins sold him to Chicago (although Montreal was said to be seriously interested as well) where he flourished into a solid NHL regular. He finished the year strong, with 18 goals in 34 games with the Hawks. Only Lynn Patrick of the New York Rangers would score more goals than Hamill in the NHL that season.

Hamill went on to record a career high 28 goals that first full season with the Hawks in 1942-43, although his reputation was clearly being made for his hard hitting style. Still, it was impressive that only teammate Doug Bentley (33 goals)and Montreal’s Joe Benoit (30 goals) scored more than Hamill.

Hamill missed the next two NHL seasons as he left the team for two years of service in World War II. He later returned five more seasons as the Hawks spirited spark plug.

Hamill would turn to coaching in the junior leagues before tragedy struck him hard. Despite four operations to try to fix mysteriously poor circulation in his left leg, doctors were forced to amputate. Undeterred Hamill learned to skate well enough on an artificial leg so that he coach kids hockey. But doctors would have to take off his right leg for the same reasons some time later.

Red Hamill died in Sudbury, Ontario in January 1985.

Hamill scored 128 goals and 94 assists for 222 points in 419 NHL games. He picked up only 160 penalty minutes, which suggests even though he had a zest for the rugged part of the game, he was very clean. Still, this is a surprisngly low total when newspaper archive searches turn up repeated stories of him in wild battles.

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Derek, 4:02 PM

Art Ross discovered Hamill when Hamill was playing for the Copper Cliff Redmen. He signed Hamill, Shewchuck, and Pat McReavy all on the same day from that team. He failed to impress with Boston. Boston’s 3rd line was often as good as their opponents 3rd line – especially in Chicago, and with the Americans. Players like Art Chapman and Hamill thrived when they got more ice time. When you have the Krauts, Cowley and a Conacher that is 5 of the 9 spots taken already.

Another great article Joe – sad to hear of his fate.

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Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for Fischler, known as “The Hockey Maven,” will share his knowledge, humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

This week’s edition features a 1968 interview with Hockey Hall of Famer Cyclone Taylor, one of the game’s greatest stars from the pre-NHL era. Taylor, then in his mid-80s and living in Vancouver, was the oldest living member of the Hall when he sat down with Stan to share stories from his hockey life.

Here are some highlights of that conversation from more than a half-century ago.

What were your earliest hockey memories?

We played on outdoor rinks all over Listowel, Ontario, and I came into my own in 1902 when I was 19. We played against teams from nearby towns — Palmerston, Harrison, Mount Forest and Mitchell. People started to notice my style and my speed. In 1904 I was invited to Portage La Prairie to play in the Manitoba Senior Amateur League. That was a big thing for me at the time.

What were your biggest challenges at first?

The Manitoba league was one of the strongest on the continent. We played against the famous Rat Portage club and some tough teams from Winnipeg. At first, I played left wing, but I switched to a position they don’t have anymore called a “rover.” In those days, hockey was a seven-man game — a goalie, two defensemen, three forwards and the rover. You don’t hear about the seventh man anymore.

What was the role of the “rover”?

As the extra man, I was out there to either help the defense or move up and work with the forwards. I roved around the ice, going wherever I was needed most. For that reason alone, I had to be one of the best men on the ice. And I was so fast that after one game in Manitoba, a writer nicknamed me “Whirlwind.” It turned out to be the first of several nicknames I’d get because of my speed, but that one wasn’t the best nickname.

How did you get the nickname “Cyclone”?

When I turned pro in the International League (in 1905-06), a reporter decided to give me another nickname. This time it was “Whirlwind” and it stayed that way until I signed with Ottawa (in 1907), and in one particular game against the Montreal Wanderers my coach put me on defense; I never was sure why. Anyhow, we beat Montreal, 8-5, and I scored five goals on individual rushes. Malcolm Bryce, the sports editor of the Ottawa Free Press, was very impressed by my game. He wrote that, “Starting today, based on his performance last night, I’m rechristening him ‘Cyclone’ Taylor.”

What was it like being a hockey star in those days?

By 1910 I was receiving $5,260, the most ever paid to a hockey player up to that time. And if I’d been smart, I could just as easily have gotten $10,000 because I was in demand. I had built a reputation for myself and had the catchy nickname, “Cyclone,” which I liked best of all the nicknames. Funny thing; when we played an exhibition game in Manhattan at St. Nicholas Arena, somebody in the New York press called me “The Jim Jeffries of the Ice” after the famous boxer of that era. That made me feel great since I was young and very impressionable, but “Cyclone” sounded better than “Jim Jeffries of the Ice.”

What are some of the differences between hockey then and now (in 1968)?

A skater like me would play an entire 60 minutes without a substitute, and it didn’t seem a bit tiring. One reason was our motivation. We were terrifically dedicated and there was a tendency to magnify the importance of every game. Another difference was the way we shot the puck, as we didn’t have anything like today’s slap shot. Ours was a wrist shot, which could be pretty damaging and 10 times more accurate than the slap shot. Also, we’d hold onto the puck until we could give it to a teammate or until the puck was taken away from us.

Why were you so famous for your skating?

A lot was written about my speed and how I once even scored a goal skating backwards — but that never happened. My speed gave me an advantage since 90 percent of the game then was skating and two percent stickhandling. The rest was courage and condition. It was a rough game and I played 18 years of it — 60 minutes a game — with the pros and I never lost a tooth or got a scar. It was all because of my skating. Once I passed an opponent, I didn’t have to worry about him anymore.

Did you get any endorsements?

Most players supplemented their hockey income with side jobs or endorsements. The first offer I ever had to endorse anything was from an underwear company. Unfortunately, my wife — she was a hockey fan — didn’t want me parading around half-naked so I dropped the idea. That was the only offer I ever got.

What were some of the secrets to your hockey longevity?

I played for Vancouver from the opening season in 1911 until 1922. Our arena held about 10,500 fans, and we’d draw the biggest crowds in Canada. But as I reached my thirties, I became conscious of the time when I’d have to quit. I played until I was 36; that was pretty old for those days since we were still playing 60 minutes a game. The trick was taking care of the body and remembering that diet was most important. I figured that proper dieting was half of training.

Who are some of your favorite players today (in 1968)?

The most appealing NHL player for me is Bobby Hull, who could have played 60 minutes a game if they let him. I also like Gordie Howe, who’s a great player, and “Rocket” Richard, who had a style all his own. In my day, the favorites were Ernie Johnson, Frank Nighbor and Hughie Lehman. They’d have been stars in the NHL. But, by the same token, today’s greats would have been stars when I was out there!

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It’s National Hat Day – no better time to celebrate hat tricks in Chicago Blackhawks history.

There have been a combined total of 283 of them (263 in regular season, 20 in playoffs) since the franchise started up in the 1926-27 season.

95 different players have had at least one – including Gary Suter whose only hat trick with the Blackhawks came April 24, 1994 – in a playoff game.

The first hat trick in Blackhawks history was by George Hay on Feb. 19, 1927 – the 32nd game in franchise history. It was his only hat trick with the Blackhawks.

The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull had the most with 30 (28 in regular season, two in playoffs). He also holds the franchise record with four hat tricks in a single season, which he pulled off twice – 1959-60 as well as 1965-66. Stan Mikita is next with 16 career hat tricks (all in regular season).

On January 31, 1963, both Bobby Hull AND Stan Mikita (the first of Stan’s career) recorded a Hat Trick… one of seven times (six regular season, one in playoffs) that multiple Blackhawks tallied a hat trick in the same game. A pair of Blackhawks brothers – Max and Doug Bentley – each had a hat trick on Feb. 26, 1947. The last time a pair of Blackhawks scored three goals each was March 9, 2003 – Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze.

Of the 276 games in Blackhawks history in which a Blackhawks player had a hat trick, the Blackhawks have won 233, lost 30 and tied 13, including 7-0 when multiple Blackhawks accomplish the feat.

The youngest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick is Jeremy Roenick (19 years, 340 days) on Dec. 23, 1989. The oldest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick was Kenny Wharram (35 years, 267 days) on March 26, 1969.

Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks player to collect a hat trick on his birthday (Dec. 27, 2013).

Two Blackhawks have had a hat trick in a season opener

Bobby Hull Oct. 23, 1965

Brandon Saad Oct. 5, 2017

Three times a Blackhawks player had a hat trick in consecutive games (including once in the playoffs)

Doug Bentley March 28-30, 1944 (playoffs)

Stan Mikita Dec. 4-5, 1965

Brian Noonan Dec. 27-29, 1991 (he scored four in the second game)

Two Blackhawks had a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final

Pit Martin May 10, 1973 vs. Canadiens

Dirk Graham June 1, 1992 vs. Penguins

Improbably, the Blackhawks lost both of these games.

Denis Savard has a franchise record three playoff hat tricks.

Bill Kendall’s hat trick on Dec. 17, 1933, were the first three goals of his NHL career.

Many Blackhawks have recorded a Hat Trick plus one (a four-goal game) but only one has had five. Grant Mulvey on Feb. 3, 1982.

How many hats have been thrown on the ice as a result of Blackhawks hat tricks? That we’ll never know, but hats off to all of the Blackhawks who, by scoring three or more goals in a game, have made this hat trick celebration necessary.

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The days of old time hockey had a scant few American-born stars outside of Hall of Famers like Frank Goheen and Hobey Baker, but no player from the United States had been a superstar in the NHL before the arrival of Frank Brimsek with the Boston Bruins in 1938-39. Today’s collectors may not realize his significance within the game and the hobby itself, but now is as good a time as any to discuss his cards and memorabilia.

A native of Eleveth, Minnesota, Brimsek was born on September 26, 1915 and began his odyssey to hockey immortality with the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets at the age of 19 in 1934-35. After three seasons in the Steel City, he graduated to the AHL’s Providence Reds and led the team to a Calder Cup championship in 1937-38. He did attend training camp for the Detroit Red Wings as a teenager, but did not end up cracking the roster.
Arrival in Beantown

With Cecil “Tiny” Thompson in the twilight of his career, the Bruins signed Brimsek as a free agent on October 27, 1938. A week later, he debuted against the Toronto Maple Leafs and earned a victory. He won his next outing against Detroit on November 6, but was out of the lineup for a few weeks while Thompson took over the crease for five games.

With a serious dilemma on their hands, the Bruins decided to go with the younger goaltender and shipped Thompson off to Detroit for fellow goalie Normie Smith on November 25. Free to rule the net, Brimsek continued what proved to be one of the greatest rookie seasons in NHL history. After experiencing his first career loss to Montreal on December 1, he recorded six shutouts over the next seven games – surrendering just two to the Habs on December 13. By the end of the 1938-39 season, he had earned the nickname of Mr. Zero and had a remarkable 33-9-1 record to go along with a 1.56 goals-against average and 10 whitewashes. He was voted the NHL’s Rookie of the Year and earned a Vezina Trophy nod to go along with a spot on the league’s First All-Star Team.

If that was not enough, he was brilliant during playoff action. During the semi-finals, he prevailed in a seven-game thriller with the New York Rangers and then eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs in five to take home the Stanley Cup.

At this time, hockey cards were becoming less of a concern in Canada due to the country’s involvement in World War II, but the 1939-40 O-Pee-Chee set was sure to include him on the checklist. The 5″ x 7″ black and white lithographs were part of the second-last set made before the London, Ontario-based company went on hiatus from making cards and it was the only card made during his playing days. There were two types of Beehive photos featuring Brimsek that were issued during this era and later in his career as well.
Another Cup and Off to War

Brimsek did not experience much of a sophomore jinx and led the league with 31 victories in 1939-40. Things got even better in 1940-41 as he won the Vezina for the second, and final, time in addition to backstopping the Bruins to another Stanley Cup. He was still one of the NHL’s best in the two seasons that followed, but listened to the call from his country and stepped away from the game for two seasons to serve in the Coast Guard. He even tended goal for the Coast Guard Cutters hockey club in 1943-44 before serving in the South Pacific.

Back in Boston’s lineup for 1945-46, he had average numbers during the regular season and turned things up a notch on the way to the Stanley Cup Final. While he did not win, he was consoled by his sixth of what proved to be eight spots on the NHL’s postseason All-Star Team (First on two occasions, Second six times). In 1947-48, he finished second in voting for the Hart Trophy, but he only spent one more year in Boston as the club celebrated its 25th season in the NHL.

With Jack Gelineau nipping at his heels, Brimsek was suddenly expendable to Boston and he was sold to the Chicago Blackhawks on September 8, 1949. The 1949-50 season proved to be his last in the NHL and he went 22-38-10, missing the playoffs. He wound up with 252 career wins and 40 shutouts – numbers that took decades to be surpassed by an American goalies.
Post-Retirement Collectibles

Brimsek did not appear on a card again until the 1983 Hockey Hall of Fame set produced by Montreal-based card store Cartophilium. In the 1993-94 Parkhurst Missing Link collection which served as a “what if” for the missing 1956-57 Parkhurst set, he was depicted on an insert set which was made in the pop-up style of 1936-37 O-Pee-Chee and inserted into cases sold in the United States.

Around this time as well, Parkhurst, which was owned by Dr. Brian Price, was toying with the idea of releasing a Pre-Parkie product which paid tribute to the players who skated before the 1951-52 season. Several living players from this era signed autographs, including Brimsek, but the set was never officially released.

In later years, these cards would surface in the 2004-05 Ultimate Memorabilia 5th Edition product from In The Game as they were embedded into full-sized cards. Today, they occasionally pop up for sale and served as the only certified autograph cards for Brimsek that were not extremely limited such as one-of-one cut signatures. Brimsek was also regularly part of numerous Between The Pipes releases from In The Game and regularly had game-used memorabilia cards which tended to include pieces from his Blackhawks and All-Star Game jerseys. You can see Frank Brimsek cards on eBay here.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have had many great men lead their teams into battle, but only a very select few have been Captains of the Chicago Blackhawks and won a Stanley Cup. Ed Litzenberger was one of those select few.

Ed Litzenberger came up through the Montreal Canadiens, but was traded midway through his rookie season to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1955 when the Blackhawks were truly at their worst.

Litzenberger scored 40 points in his final 44 games as a rookie to take home the Calder trophy as the leagues rookie of the year.

Litzenberger was a huge man at 6 foot 3 inches which was really tall in the 1950’s. He wasn’t a big time hitter but described by many as a gentle giant.

His game really came into shape when he was placed on a line with the very young Bobby Hull, and with the Golden Jet Litzenberger started filling out the stat sheet as the Chicago Blackhawks started their slow climb from worst to first in the Original 6 NHL.
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While the franchise was rebuilding, Litzenberger’s leadership skills were evident to the team as they made him Captain.

The team completed it’s transformation from loser to Stanley Cup Champions in 1961 with the Chicago Blackhawks first Stanley Cup Championship since 1938. Litzenberger scored once and added 3 assists in the Hawks march to the Cup.

The real odd thing about the story is that during the summer of 1961 with the Cup in Chicago, the Blackhawks traded Litzenberger to the Detroit Red Wings, the team they just beat to win the Cup.

Imagine the Blackhawks back in 2010 after winning the Cup for the first time in 49 years trading Toews to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Litzenberger didn’t stay in Detroit long, and ended up going to Toronto and you know just winning three straight Stanley Cups for the Maple Leafs before leaving the NHL for good after the 1964 season.

Litzenberger was a great leader and Champion and that’s why he’s 55th on our list this year.
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In the third hour, Danny Parkins and Teddy Greenstein were joined by former Blackhawks goalie and Hall of Famer Ed Belfour to share some of his best stories from his playing days, reflect on the Blackhawks’ championship era and to discuss the current state of the team. Later, the guys were joined by Score football pregame and postgame host Hub Arkush to discuss the latest Bears and NFL storylines.

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Coming off a 30-39-13 record, 0-6-1 season-ending finish and the Chicago Blackhawks’ first season without a playoff berth in 29 years, team owner and president Bill Wirtz spent two months navigating the murky waters of a NHL coaching search.

Wirtz and general manager Bob Murray had flirted with the idea of Terry Murray or Barry Melrose taking over for Craig Hartsburg, who was fired at the end of the season. But something kept telling the pair to look inward at Dirk Graham.

The former Blackhawks captain, the first team captain of African descent in the NHL, was one of two men Murray consulted about how the team should proceed with its coaching search and how to get the perennial playoff team back to the postseason.

When Wirtz and Murray considered that they wanted someone who exemplified Blackhawks hockey, it became apparent that Graham was their man. On June 29, 1998, he became Chicago’s 31st head coach and the first black coach in NHL history.

“This man personifies it more than anybody I know,” Wirtz told the Chicago Tribune. “To play in playoff games with a broken kneecap. … When Dirk Graham and Denis Savard left [the meeting at the end of the season], they didn’t know it, but that’s who we decided right then and there was going to be our next coaching staff.”

Graham said Blackhawks hockey meant “commitment to the team, commitment to your teammates. Playing with heart, playing with desire. Showing up every night.”

And that was something that gave Graham pause when Murray and Wirtz approached him about the idea. Graham, who spent six of his almost eight seasons in Chicago as a team captain, was the kind of person who was consumed by hockey when he played.

The Regina, Saskatchewan, native played 862 regular-season and playoff games over a dozen seasons in the NHL. “Magic,” as the right wing was named for what he could do on the ice, became the first black winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s best defensive forward. The following season, he helped lead Chicago to the Stanley Cup Final in 1992, where the Pittsburgh Penguins swept them.

“He was a great captain,” Blackhawks defenseman Eric Weinrich said. “As a leader, there aren’t many better. He was a quiet leader, but when he said something, it made sense. I don’t think more than 10 times a year he’d really snap, let everybody know how he felt, but everybody always responded.”

Center Jeff Shantz said: “If he’s the kind of coach he was as a player, he’s going to be good. He was so good on the ice, his intensity, the will to win at all cost.”

Graham took a week to decide if he was ready to do that again, especially with a family. It was no matter to him or the team that he’d spent only one season as an assistant coach and one season as a pro scout, but if he wasn’t 100 percent certain he could balance his family with the responsibilities of being an NHL head coach, then he’d forgo the opportunity.

His family backed him, and the next question became how would a coaching unit of Graham, Savard and Lorne Molleken, with a combined one year behind an NHL bench, fare?

“I don’t think this coaching staff is going to come in and create any special miracles,” said Graham. “Any changes in attitude have to come from the players. We can lead in that role, but eventually it comes down to the players.

“I believe in commitment to what you’re doing, and we’ll certainly demand that from our players as well. Do we have enough talent here to win the Stanley Cup next year? I don’t know. Do we have enough talent to compete for a playoff spot and make the playoffs? Definitely. It’s a matter of commitment on the players’ part, coaching staff and management. I expect us to play well early and succeed early.”

Graham’s tenure would last only briefly, however. After 59 games and a 16-35-8 record, which was good for dead last in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks fired Graham on Feb. 22, 1999.

Asked about the one thing he would change about his experience or something he’d taken away from it, Graham smiled and told the Tribune, “Our won-loss record.”

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn’t drop his second album.

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After a busy news day yesterday, it’s back to another slow summer day in the NHL. That means it is time for another Blackhawks history lesson featuring Dick Irvin. Irvin was one of the first superstars in professional hockey and he was the first ever team captain in Chicago Blackhawks history.

Irvin was known for his heavy handed slap shot and his tough style of play. He started his professional career with the Portland Rosebuds of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association after a successful junior and amateur career in Winnipeg. He scored 35 goals in his rookie campaign in Portland. I guess when you play for a team called the Rosebuds you need to have an element of toughness to your game. Irvin left Portland to serve in the Canadian Army but returned to the professional ranks in 1921 for the Regina Capitals of the Western Canadian Hockey League. He scored 21 goals in 20 games for the Capitals that season.

In 1926 the newly formed Chicago Blackhawks were ready for their first season in the NHL. They signed Irvin to a contract and named him team captain. He went on to score 18 goals and have 18 assists in 43 games during Chicago’s inaugural season. The Blackhawks were the highest scoring team in the NHL that season. Irvin suffered a fractured skull the following season and he never was the same player again. The injury forced him to retire of the the 1928-29 season. He was hired as the Blackhawks head coach in 1930 and lead the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 1931. After that season, Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe convinced Irvin to come coach his Leafs. The move paid off as he lead the Leafs to a Stanley Cup victory in 1932. That was the only title he won in Toronto but he took the Leafs to six more Stanley Cup Finals between 1933 and 1940. Irvin moved on to coach the Montreal Canadiens in 1940 where he great success. He took the Habs to eight Stanley Cup Finals where he won 3 Cups in 1944, 1946 and 1953. He returned to coach the Blackhawks for one final year in the 1955-56 season where they failed to qualify for the playoffs. Irvin was to coach the Blackhawks again in 1956–57, but he became so ill with bone cancer that he had to retire before the season began. He died a few months later at age 64. A year later, Irvin was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. His coaching career included four Stanley Cups with 692 regular season wins, results surpassed only by Al Arbour and Scotty Bowman. His son, Dick Irvin, Jr., is a noted Canadian television sports announcer.

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Three Stars

1. Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights

It’s felt like the Golden Knights haven’t had the greatest luck at times so far this season, and Marchessault fits into that argument, carrying what would be a career-high 5.3 shooting percentage into Wednesday’s game. It’s now at 7.7 percent after Tuesday.

That’s the least dramatic way of saying that Marchessault generated the third hat trick of his career. He turned that game on its head, spoiling the Devils’ first game after firing John Hynes with a natural hat trick.

Alex Tuck presents an alternate option, collecting three assists during this win. Marchessault now has five points in his past three games, while Tuck is at six.

2. John Carlson, Washington Capitals

While Marchessault crept into Tuesday a little cold, Carlson has been ghost pepper-hot for basically all of 2019-20. Carlson scored one goal and two assists during Washington’s win against San Jose, pushing the defenseman to a whopping 40 points in just 29 games. No other defenseman has reached 30 points yet (Dougie Hamilton is second with 28).

Carlson isn’t quite hanging with the absolute top scorers in the NHL any longer, but he’s still holding up pretty well, standing at sixth right now.

For more context on just how special Carlson’s start has been, check the factoids. To help his cause for a strong Tuesday, both of Carlson’s assists were primary assists, and his goal was the game-winner.

3. Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck has easily been the most important part of the Jets surviving (and thriving) despite massive talent losses on defense. Key forwards are coming through too, though.

Patrik Laine has been dicing up Dallas for some time, but Connor was a standout on Tuesday, collecting a goal and two assists as the Jets beat the Stars.

Connor now has 24 points in 28 games this season. He’s been heating up lately, in particular, with three goals and three assists for six points during his last four games.

Highlights of the Night

Two examples of serious burst stand out tonight. First, there’s Jason Zucker for the Wild:

Then, Miro Heiskanen finds another gear for the Stars:


NHL PR has some impressive John Carlson stats. Carlson is the first defenseman to reach 40 points in 29 games or less since Al MacInnis did so in 1990-91. Also, only three other defensemen beyond Carlson and MacInnis managed to generate at least 40 points in 29 games or less: Bobby Orr (who absurdly did so six times), Denis Potvin (twice), and Paul Coffey once. Yeah, pretty solid, Carlson.
The Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders on Tuesday, ending an eight-game winless streak. The Boston Bruins were the last team to beat the Habs, and after blanking the Hurricanes, the Bruins are now on an eight-game winning streak. The Flyers are on a smaller-but-still-impressive five-game winning streak, which is notable also because of how sore the Maple Leafs were about it.
Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen almost earned a three stars nod with 44 saves on Tuesday, the most saves in a game for any rookie goalie in the franchise’s history.
The Canucks inducted Alexandre Burrows into their Ring of Hono(u)r on Tuesday.

Burrows is now officially the seventh member of the #Canucks Ring of Honour! ?

— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) December 4, 2019


BOS 2 – CAR 0
MTL 4 – NYI 2
MIN 4 – FLA 2
VGK 4 – NJD 3
PHI 6 – TOR 1
ARI 4 – CBJ 2
TBL 3 – NSH 2 (OT)
WPG 5 – DAL 1
VAN 5 – OTT 2
WSH 5 – SJS 2

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.
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