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Joel Quenneville Fined $25K

NEW YORK (April 18, 2014) -- The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Apr. 17.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

if you missed the inappropriate conduct, you can watch it here...
 

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Blackhawks Lose, But

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks are the more talented team and the team that should win this series.

Will they? I don’t know. It’s very possible that the puck won’t bounce their way, as the cliché goes. But all things being equal, the Hawks should come out of this alive and well. Remember, the visiting team took the home team to three overtimes.

“Let this one sink in and maybe we can be ticked off about it for a few moments here, but then tonight and tomorrow, it’s time to move on and get ready for the next one,’’ Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said.

If the Hawks can keep buzzing around the puck the way they did Thursday night and if they can get this Crawford for the rest of the playoffs, they’ll be lifting the Stanley Cup over their heads again in June. It’s really that simple. And that difficult.

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Below, watch Joel Quenneville make a 'slight adjustment' in the 2nd OT period...

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Videos- Your OT Goals From Last Night

First, Alex Steen with a goal early in triple OT...

 

Then below, some magic from Paul Stastny...

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The Spotlight Will Be On Ryan Miller

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Now the Blues are beaten-up and have lost six straight games entering the first round, and they’re facing the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions and the second-best offensive team in the NHL in the regular season. St. Louis seems on edge. But Miller seems at ease. He joked with reporters about the 18 goals he allowed in his last five games, saying he didn’t think it was too bad and he wasn’t worried, and then he said something interesting.

“I’ve learned some things about playing with this group the last month-and-a-half, and I feel I’ve built my game to be in a good place this time of year,” Miller said. “Over the last year-and-a-half, two years, I think I’ve built a good attitude to play hockey the right way and be a good teammate. Right now it’s about coming together as a group, battling for your buddy and hunkering down and just going to work. That’s kind of what I’m putting my focus into. I’m just going to try and be there and do my job for the boys.”

A good attitude? To play the right way? To be a good teammate? What does Miller mean by that? Well, when you’re a perfectionist, imperfection can drive you nuts, and when you’re a goalie, being a good teammate can mean worrying about yourself. Miller had good times in Buffalo – two trips to the Eastern Conference final, a Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team, a Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie – but the Sabres slipped and so did he. The frustration affected him. He called out problems like a captain.

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Another Cup And The Chicago Blackhawks Are A Dynasty

from Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times,

You win three Cups in five seasons, including possible back-to-back Cups? You’re a dynasty. Maybe you’re not the Shangs or the Mings, but you’re more than a hiccup.

Do the Blackhawks want to play the nasty Blues in the opening round, starting in St. Louis on ­Thursday night?

It doesn’t really matter. To win the Cup, you beat whomever steps in front of you for the next two months. At some point, you’ve beaten everybody who’s beaten everybody else....

It’s all doable. Not easy. But possible. Likely even painful. There’s a bull’s-eye on the chest of every Blackhawks star. They are the defending champs, after all. As Kane said of being singled out for special treatment by the Blues, “I would expect that, even if I wasn’t coming back from injury.’’

No, it’ll be hard, very hard. And long.

But no dynasty was easy. And none was built in a day.

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Jonathan Toews And Patrick Kane Are Ready For Their Return To The Lineup

from Mike Spellman of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Toews and Kane have gotten used to the lonely life of injury rehab in the NHL the past few weeks, but all that is about to change when the full squad gathers for practice Tuesday. And for the dynamic duo, it can't happen soon enough.

"Tomorrow I'll be out there with the boys, back to the usual routine. It's kind of nice," said Toews, who missed the final six games of the regular season with the dreaded upper-body injury. "It's not fun to be on your own program for a couple of weeks. It's one of the downsides."

Kane (knee) missed twice as many games at the end of the season as Toews did, so imagine how eager he is to get back at it against the Blues beginning Thursday night.

"I'm excited to get things going," he said. "I've watched a lot of hockey lately, so it's going to be nice to play in some games."

"I'm looking forward to being back."

When his two stars were on the shelf, coach Joel Quenneville said repeatedly that he expected both to be back and "100 percent" heading into the playoffs, and it appears that's right about where they are.

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Audio/Video- On A Slow Monday Afternoon, How About Some Scottty Bowman?

via Sportsnet (Hockey Centreal at Noon),

Scotty Bowman, Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Blackhawks, went over the playoff picture and picked out a constant theme for all successful teams: a solid defence core.

 

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Blackhawks Down Toews, Kane But Not Out

The reining Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks may be down two of their biggest stars (and captain) but they are not out of the playoffs.  Having clinched a sport in the new Central Division and fresh off of a 4-2 win against the current central division leading St. Louis Blues things could be lining up for the Blackhawks.

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Oh No Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

With 3.9 seconds remaining, Chicago’s Ben Smith scored through a pile of humanity in front of Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, the winning goal in a 4-3 Chicago victory before 18,695 in Nationwide Arena.

The building erupted when Smith scored, because the building was at least half filled (60 percent? 70 percent?) by Blackhawks fans. The Blue Jackets are 1-11-1 the last 13 times Nationwide has been sold out, including 0-6 this season. They're 1-4-2 in their last seven home games overall.

But this one ...

“Sadly, we’ve had a few of these (kind of losses),” Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu said. “We’ll bounce back. This is going to sting for a couple hours, but we have to get ready for the (New York) Islanders (on Sunday). There’s a big picture at stake here, and this one loss isn’t going to derail it.”

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watch the winning goal below...

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Jonathan Toews Expected Back For The Playoffs

added 2:56pm, Coach Quenneville on the injury news and the hit on Toews, watch below...

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