2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks season

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2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks
Stanley Cup Champions
Presidents' Trophy Winners
Western Conference Champions
Central Division Champions
Division 1st Central
Conference 1st Western
2012–13 record 36–7–5
Home record 18–3–3
Road record 18–4–2
Goals for 155
Goals against 102
Team information
General Manager Stan Bowman
Coach Joel Quenneville
Captain Jonathan Toews
Alternate captains Duncan Keith
Patrick Sharp
Arena United Center
Average attendance 21,775 (110.4%)
Total: 522,619[1]
Team leaders
Goals Patrick Kane
Jonathan Toews (23)
Assists Patrick Kane (32)
Points Patrick Kane (55)
Penalties in minutes Brandon Bollig (51)
Plus/minus (+) Jonathan Toews (+28)
(–) Dave Bolland (–7)
Wins Corey Crawford (19)
Goals against average Corey Crawford
Ray Emery (1.94)
<2011–12 2013–14>
The 2013 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks meet U.S. President Barack Obama.

The 2012–13 Chicago Blackhawks season is the 87th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on September 25, 1926.[2] The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout. The Hawks captured the Western Conference championship, and went on to defeat the Eastern Conference playoff champion Boston Bruins in six games to capture their fifth Stanley Cup in team history. The Blackhawks also became just the eighth team to win both the Cup and the Presidents' Trophy (as the team with the best regular season record) in the same season. Chicago's Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

The Blackhawks didn't make many (if any) changes to the organization during the off-season, though Head Coach Joel Quenneville seemed to be on the hot seat at the start of the lockout-shortened season.

Pre-season[edit]

Because of the lockout there were no pre-season games in the NHL during this season.

Regular Season[edit]

The 48 game shortened season was limited to conference and divisional games only. The Blackhawks did not play any teams from the Eastern Conference until they advanced to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final for the 2nd time in 4 seasons. The Blackhawks played 3 games each against non-divisional teams. Against their own division, the Blackhawks played 4 games against Columbus and Detroit and 5 games against Nashville and St. Louis.

On January 26 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Blackhawks tied a franchise record by starting the season 5–0–0 for the first time since the 1971–72 season. On the very next night, against the Detroit Red Wings, the Blackhawks set a new franchise record by starting the season 6–0–0. On February 19 against the Vancouver Canucks, the Blackhawks tied the NHL record set by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2006–07 season for earning points in the first 16 consecutive games of a season, and beat the Ducks' record (28 points) by 1 point. On February 22 against the San Jose Sharks, the Blackhawks set a new NHL record by earning points in the first 17 consecutive games of a season. On March 5 against the Minnesota Wild, the Blackhawks recorded a franchise record of 10 consecutive wins. The Blackhawks went on to extend both records for first consecutive games with a point to start a season and franchise record for most consecutive wins to 24 games (21–0–3) and 11 wins, respectively. On March 8 against the Colorado Avalanche, the Blackhawks' streak was snapped by a 6–2 loss.

On February 10 against the Nashville Predators, the Blackhawks recorded its first shutout since March 23, 2011, ending its shutout drought after 690 days. The Blackhawks proceeded to record 7 shutouts during the season, tied for first in the league with the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks. On March 6 against the Colorado Avalanche, Ray Emery became the first goaltender in NHL history to start a season with 10 straight wins, going 10–0–0. Emery was also the first goaltender in franchise history to record ten consecutive wins at any point in a season, overriding Glenn Hall's streak of nine straight wins from the 1966–67 season. Emery extended both NHL and franchise record to 12 wins (12–0–0) to start the season. The goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Emery went on to capture the William M. Jennings Trophy for allowing a league low 102 goals during the season. This was the franchise's fourth Jennings Trophy, with the previous three all captured by Ed Belfour.

As a result of the streak, the Blackhawks hold the second longest NHL record for most consecutive games earning a point at 30 games (24–0–6), a streak spanning two seasons, starting from March 27, 2012 of the 2011–12 season. The record stands behind the 1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers who recorded a 35 consecutive games point streak of 25–0–10, all in a single season. The Blackhawks' streak also ranks third for most consecutive games point in a single season at 24 games (21–0–3), behind the 1977–78 Montreal Canadiens at 28 games (23–0–5).[3][4][5]

On March 26 against the Calgary Flames, coach Joel Quenneville received his 649th regular season coaching win, surpassing the previous record held by Ron Wilson. Quenneville finished the season with 660 regular season coaching wins, and is ranked sixth among coaches with the most regular season coaching wins, first among active coaches.

On April 7 with a 5–3 win against the Predators, the Blackhawks became the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, guaranteeing a seventh seed finish in the Western Conference.[6] On April 12 with a 3–2 shootout win against the Red Wings, the Blackhawks won the Central Division, and reserved a third seed finish in the Western Conference. On April 14, a 2–0 shutout win against the Blues guaranteed the Blackhawks a second seed finish in the Western Conference. On April 17, the Blackhawks clinched the number one seed of the Western Conference after the Anaheim Ducks lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime. On April 24, the Blackhawks clinched the franchise's second Presidents' Trophy in a 4–1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The win guaranteed the Blackhawks home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

The United Center also recorded its 200th consecutive combined regular season and playoff Blackhawks sell-out streak on March 1 against the Blue Jackets, which began during the 2007–08 season with the game on March 30, 2008 against the Blue Jackets.

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

2012–13 Season

Standings[edit]

Central Division[7]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks 48 36 7 5 30 155 102 77
2 St. Louis Blues 48 29 17 2 24 129 115 60
3 Detroit Red Wings 48 24 16 8 22 124 115 56
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 48 24 17 7 19 120 119 55
5 Nashville Predators 48 16 23 9 14 111 139 41


Western Conference[8]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Chicago Blackhawks CE 48 36 7 5 30 155 102 77
2 y – Anaheim Ducks PA 48 30 12 6 24 140 118 66
3 y – Vancouver Canucks NW 48 26 15 7 21 127 121 59
4 St. Louis Blues CE 48 29 17 2 24 129 115 60
5 Los Angeles Kings PA 48 27 16 5 25 133 118 59
6 San Jose Sharks PA 48 25 16 7 17 124 116 57
7 Detroit Red Wings CE 48 24 16 8 22 124 115 56
8 Minnesota Wild NW 48 26 19 3 22 122 127 55
9 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 48 24 17 7 19 120 119 55
10 Phoenix Coyotes PA 48 21 18 9 17 125 131 51
11 Dallas Stars PA 48 22 22 4 20 130 142 48
12 Edmonton Oilers NW 48 19 22 7 17 125 134 45
13 Calgary Flames NW 48 19 25 4 19 128 160 42
14 Nashville Predators CE 48 16 23 9 14 111 139 41
15 Colorado Avalanche NW 48 16 25 7 14 116 152 39

Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Detailed records[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Just before Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center.

The Blackhawks qualified for the playoff for the fifth consecutive season. As the Presidents' Trophy winner, the Blackhawks had home-ice advantage. The Blackhawks faced the eighth seed Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, beating the Wild 4–1 in the best of seven series matchup.

The Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals to meet the seventh seed Detroit Red Wings. This was the last time these two Original Six would face each other as Western Conference and Central Division opponents as the Red Wings would move to a different Division and Conference starting in the 2013–14 season. The Blackhawks won the series opener, but dropped three straight games. In Game 6, Blackhawks forward Michael Frolík was awarded a penalty shot by the officials. Frolik successfully converted against Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, becoming the first player in NHL playoff history to score twice on a penalty shot. Frolik's last successful attempt on penalty shot was against the Vancouver Canucks during the first round of the 2010–11 playoff.

The Blackhawks won Game 7 in overtime.

The Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, making their third appearance in five seasons, facing the fifth seed, defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. The Blackhawks won the first two games of the series on home ice at the United Center. The Kings won game 3, improving their playoff home win streak to 15–0 at the Staples Center. However, the Blackhawks rebounded in Game 4, snapping the Kings' playoff home win streak before returning to the United Center for Game 5.

The Blackhawks eliminated the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in Game 5 in double overtime. The game ended at 11:40 of the second overtime period with a goal by Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. The game-winning goal was Kane's third of the game, his second NHL career playoff hat trick.

The Blackhawks clinched their second Stanley Cup Finals berth in four seasons and faced the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins. This marked the first faceoff of the season between the two teams, due to the lockout induced shortened season and the resulting intra-Conference only match-ups. This also marked the first time since 1979 (Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers) that two Original Six teams met in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Blackhawks won Game 1 at 12:08 of the third overtime period, which nearly equated to two regulation NHL games. Game 1 went in the history books as the longest NHL game ever played at the United Center as well as the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history.

The Blackhawks lost the next two games, game 2 in overtime, giving the Bruins the lead in the series.

The Blackhawks rebounded in Game 4, winning 6–5 in overtime, equalizing the series. Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook scored the game-winning overtime goal in Game 4, his second in the playoff since Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Red Wings.

The Blackhawks returned to the Untied Center for Game 5, winning 3–1 in regulation providing the Blackhawks a 3–2 lead in the series.

The Blackhawks returned to TD Garden for Game 6. Down 0–1 after 7:19 of play, Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews equalized the game at 4:24 of the second period. Both teams were tied going into the third period, but a goal by Bruins forward Milan Lucic at 12:11 gave the Bruins the lead again. Desperate for the equalizing goal, the Blackhawks pulled their goaltender Corey Crawford to add an extra attacker. Forward Bryan Bickell equalized the game with 1:16 remaining. Overtime seemed inevitable, again, but Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland scored the game-winning goal 17 seconds later to help the Blackhawks earn a 3–2 win in regulation, eliminate the Bruins and capture the Stanley Cup.

The win gave the Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup in four years, a first for any team since the salary cap era, and made them the first team since the 2008 Red Wings to clinch both the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup in the same year.

Patrick Kane was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP becoming the first American-born forward and fourth American born player to receive this award. Kane also became the third consecutive American-born player to receive the Conn Smythe after Tim Thomas and Jonathan Quick both goaltenders, from the previous two years. The win also made Blackhawks headcoach Joel Quenneville the only active NHL coach with two Stanley Cups, while also adding a second consecutive Stanley Cup to assistant coach Jamie Kompon's resume, after clinching it the previous season with the Kings. This was also Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa's second Cup in four Stanley Cup Final appearances and Blackhawks Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman's 13th appearance on the Stanley Cup.

2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Updated as of June 25, 2013[9]

Skaters[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals 

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford 30 28 1760:31 19 5 5 57 1.94 769 .926 3 0 0 4
Emery, RayRay Emery 21 19 1116:00 17 1 0 36 1.94 460 .922 3 0 0 0
Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton 1 1 58:44 0 1 0 3 3.05 28 .893 0 0 0 0
Totals 48 2935:15 36 7 5 96 1.96 1257 .924 7 0 0 4
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Crawford, CoreyCorey Crawford 23 23 1503:42 16 7 2 46 1.84 674 .932 1 0 0 0
Totals 23 1503:42 16 7 2 46 1.84 674 .932 1 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blackhawks. Stats reflect time with the Blackhawks only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Reached
Corey Crawford[10] NHL 2nd Star of the Week January 27, 2013
Patrick Kane[11] NHL 1st Star of the Week February 11, 2013
Ray Emery[12] NHL 3rd Star of the Month March 2, 2013
Corey Crawford & Ray Emery William M. Jennings Trophy April 27, 2013
Jonathan Toews[13] Frank J. Selke Trophy June 14, 2013
Playoffs
Player Award Reached
Patrick Kane Conn Smythe Trophy June 24, 2013

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Blackhawks have been involved in the following transactions during the 2012–13 season.