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NEW YORK (April 10th, 2015) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Shaw was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 228 against Tampa Bay on Nov. 11. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 1138 against Los Angeles on March 30. Shaw drew a delayed penalty to Los Angeles forward Mike Richards on the play, at 5:24 of the first period. The penalty to Richards was nullified when Chicago scored seven seconds later.
from Scott Powers of ESPN,
Blackhawks forward Brad Richards will miss the final three regular-season games due to an upper-body injury but is expected to return for the playoffs, coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.
Quenneville didn't reveal when or how Richards suffered the injury. Richards played 15:21 of ice time in the Blackhawks' last game against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. He has 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games this season.
Chicago's Kyle Baun will make his NHL debut in place of Richards against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Baun signed with the Blackhawks on March 26 after completing his junior season at Colgate.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The margin for error with regard to the location of contact was very miniscule when Andrew Shaw launched into the air and delivered a high hit on Barret Jackman just as the Blues defender released a pass from behind the net. We can only assume that Jackman's chest and right shoulder was the intended target of Shaw's hit based on the result. So many things can go wrong when a player leaves his feet to become airborne. It was most fortunate for both players that Jackman's head did not become the main point of contact of Shaw's upward launch. If that had been the case, I would hope that the penalty assessment would be different and that a suspension would be imposed.
The absence of significant contact or Jackman's head being the main point of contact eliminates a violation of Rule 48 (illegal check to the head) and which could most likely result in a suspension for an illegal check of this magnitude. Instead, since Shaw left his feet to deliver a check where the main point of contact was to the upper body and off the head of Jackman, a violation of Rule 42 (charging) occurred.
Andrew Shaw got all of his two minutes worth for this charging penalty.
read on and watch the hit below...
For now, Hawks lovers can quietly rejoice over the guaranteed seventh year of playoff hockey in our town. They can dream about the old core of Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Johnny Oduya and Andrew Shaw together yet. They can toast coach Joel Quenneville and his ’stache. They can celebrate the addition of center Brad Richards and the return of Kris Versteeg. And they can salute — as always — the rock that is Toews.
But the little wounded ice dancer is the key. Come back, Kaner.
-Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the Blackhawks.
via Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Since their game-breaker went down, they’ve gone 10-4-1, relying, in no particular order, on their captain, their goalie and their system. They’re clearly a more dangerous team with Kane in the lineup, but they might be more efficient without him.
They’ll also need that same template for the foreseeable future because, while Kane has started skating with the Hawks, he’s not expected back until early May, when his teammates will either be playing golf or in the second round of the playoffs. Unless things go haywire over the final week of the season, they’ll be meeting St. Louis, a team they seem to beat on memory.
As mentioned, there are no clearcut favourites this season, and any of the 16 teams — and yes, that includes the Canucks — who make the post-season can reasonably entertain thoughts of a deep playoff run. But the Hawks’ aspirations might be the most reasonable of the lot.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
For the first time in a long time, I’m a bit worried about the Chicago Blackhawks.
Worry is, of course, a relative term. The Chicago Blackhawks are a team with Stanley Cup aspirations year after year. Making the playoffs is a real accomplishment in most cities. For Joel Quenneville’s club, it’s the equivalent of satisfying an expected quota.
It’s hard to really pin down what’s went wrong this season, especially so since the Blackhawks are cruising to another postseason berth. Depending on how things shake out, they’re likely going to finish 2nd or 3rd in the Central division, though falling behind Minnesota isn’t out of the picture just yet.
But, again, success for this team is really defined by how they push through the postseason. Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, the road isn’t nearly as maneuverable as it once was. Part of that is the improvement of the division altogether, and part of that is the reality that this Blackhawks team isn’t the one we’ve grown accustomed to in recent years.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Looks like that Chicago Blackhawks-St. Louis Blues playoff rematch is on.
When the Blues took over top spot in the Central Division while the Nashville Predators were going sideways for much of March it, looked like the Blues were going to be the team to beat in the ultra-competitive Central Divison, masters of their own destiny. Not so much now.
The Blues were dumped by Vancouver at home on Monday night by a 4-1 count, and St. Louis has now managed just one win in its last six games. Coupled with the Blackhawks' impressive win over the Los Angeles Kings, the loss puts the Blues just one point ahead of Chicago. So, not only could the two teams face each other in the first round for the second straight year, but the Blues are in danger of giving up home ice advantage as they bumble down the stretch.
Both teams have six games remaining, but the Blues' closing schedule is murderous with five of the six against teams currently in playoff positions. Best of all? The Blues and the Blackhawks play twice before the end of the regular season. Not sure that's good news for the slumping boys from St. Louis.
read on for more hockey tak including LeBrun on the Canadiens, Custance on the Blues and Strang on the Kings...
via Hometown Hockey,
On October 25, Kris Versteeg scored a goal. It wasn’t a game winner or a highlight reel play or a career milestone… just another NHL goal like dozens scored that night throughout the league. But to Rochelle and Sara Knapp of Missoula, Montana, it wasn’t just another goal: it was the fulfilment of a promise Kris made to them only hours earlier in memory of Rochelle’s late mother, who died of cancer.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks have lost three of four games, all to teams outside of the playoff picture, to fall to fourth place in the Central. They have two games in hand on the Wild (and on first-place Nashville, which is eight points ahead), but those two games come back-to-back against the Jets (who’ve won three of four against the Hawks this season) and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings.
Oddly enough, that might be the best thing for the Hawks, who have long had a penchant for playing to the level of their competition.
“I feel we’ve taken some teams lightly as of late, and they’ve taken it to us,” Andrew Shaw said. “Tonight’s a big game. We need the two points, they need the two points. When you’re playing a great team, everyone always steps up even more.”
“When the motivation is right in front of our faces, I think we’ve always been good at stepping up and being prepared for those types of games,” he said, adding that the urgency hasn’t been high enough lately. “We played some teams that have nothing to lose, and aren’t sitting in playoff positions, and they’ve been the ones playing the more desperate style of hockey. Tonight, there’s no excuse.”
Chicago plays tonight in Winnipeg.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen was in the midst of his first press gathering in Philadelphia since the Philadelphia Flyers traded him Feb. 27.
After eight years as a member of the Flyers, Timonen was asked how the crowd would react for his return to Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.
Timonen, the stoic 40-year-old Finn, took several beats to gather himself as the memories of the past washed over him.
"I only have good memories here," he finally said. "I'm sure it's going to be good. All the things that happened here. ... I'm happy to be here."
"That guy is such a great human being off the ice, on the ice," Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. "It's a really good example for me. I was 21, 22 when I got here. He showed me the way, how to be a better person and how to be a better hockey player. That guy's a pro every single way. ... I'm very happy for him that he's got a chance to battle for a Stanley Cup because he really deserves it."
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