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from the Chicago Tribune,
“I’m just ticked off about a bunch of their players taking free shots at us,” an upset Savard said after the Hawks’ 4-3 victory over St. Louis. “After whistles, taking cross-checks behind their heads and behind their backs.”
Savard singled out the play of the Blues’ Barret Jackman and David Backes.
“Our game is a great game; let’s keep it that way,” Savard said. “We have two young kids ( Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews) who are playing their hearts out. If it’s [Pittsburgh’s Sidney] Crosby or [Evgeni] Malkin, I don’t see any difference. We have to protect them….”
Watch the post game press conference with Savard…
from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks’ Martin Havlat is scheduled to undergo surgery on his injured left shoulder in Cleveland on Thursday, according to coach Denis Savard.
It will be the third time the winger has had surgery on the shoulder, the second while with the Blackhawks. He injured it twice this season, missing 22 games after suffering a dislocation during the first game of the season and hasn’t played since re-injuring it Feb. 27.
Savard said Havlat’s rehabilitation should last, “at least four months. Part of it is he’ll have to be in a sling for three weeks doing nothing and then start rehab from there. They’re going to solve that problem that’s in there.”
Chicago Blackhawk defenceman James Wisniewski will get his day in court with the NHL.
Wisniewski received a match penalty for cross-checking Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson in the face on Tuesday night and the match penalty carries with it an indefinite suspension pending a review by the league.
The league has reviewed it and decided to proceed with a supplementary discipline hearing today.
from Mike Imrem of the Daily Herald,
The impression is that Savard doesn’t want to stress out his youngsters just yet. Better that they enjoy the journey for now.
To their credit, the players are responding. They won nine of their last 14 games and earned points in 12 of their last 16.
The Hawks clearly are playing like they want to qualify for the playoffs and just might if they keep playing hard over the season’s final 12 games.
But when you want to win, the pressure isn’t as intense as when you need to win.
So again, don’t tell the young Hawks that they can expect the heat to rise along with the expectations next season.
Two of the world’s most famous ballparks could be in the running to host hockey’s next outdoor extravaganza.
Yankee Stadium in New York is at the top of the list of possible sites if the NHL decides to hold a sequel to the wildly popular New Year’s Day Winter Classic in Buffalo, according to CBCSports.ca’s Scott Morrison.
Chicago’s Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, is also on the short list.
from Jay Mariotti of the Sun-Times,
There was Bobby Hull, back from the darkness. There was Stan Mikita, back from the cold. And there were the Hawks, the mighty Blackhawks, back where they belong in the bosom of Chicago sports on a memorable evening when an illustrious past was attached to a hopeful future.
‘‘I spent so many years proudly wearing the Indian head sweater,’’ said Mikita, who arrived with Hull for the center-ice ceremony in a custom ‘57 Chevy. ‘‘But tonight, I’m even more proud to be welcomed back and to be part of the great moments that lie ahead for this franchise.’‘
fro Van Oler via ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
Spend enough time at the United Center watching the Blackhawks and you’ll inevitably hear someone comment that this season’s game-night excitement and buzz reminds them of the days when “the Blackhawks owned this town, I tell ya! You couldn’t get a ticket unless it was left to you in somebody’s will!”
With Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull returning the UC tonight, it’s useful to look back at their time with the Blackhawks to see if there’s evidence that the team was, in fact, the best in town.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“Tomorrow night is going to be phenomenal,” Hawks GM Dale Tallon told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “The fans are excited again and they should be — these kids play an entertaining game. It’s fun to watch them.”
Some 22,000 fans are expected to cram into the cavernous United Center as the young-and-gun Hawks take on the mighty San Jose Sharks — winners of seven straight.
“Tomorrow night we’re sold out and supposedly we’re going to have the biggest crowd in a long time,” said Hawks head coach Denis Savard. “It’s a great feeling. The credit goes to the players, they’re the ones who changed this around here.”
from the OC Register,
Pronger wore a football-style faceguard — necessitated by the injury suffered Feb. 24 when the follow-through of a shot by Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks struck him in the face during a 6-3 Ducks triumph — and became a focal point early in the rematch.
“One of their players, to start the whole thing, somebody punched Chris Pronger in the head, with a facemask on,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That escalated other things that took place.”
from the Daily-Herald,
So, earlier this week, Savard pulled out the markers, pulled out the big sheets of paper and went to work—a la “A Beautiful Mind,” devouring every last detail.
“I wrote everything,” he said. “I put all the six teams—Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, St. Louis, Columbus and us. There’s two spots open. Not that we can’t get the sixth (spot) if Minnesota falls apart or somebody else does.
“Realistically, though, there’s two spots open for those six teams. You look at everybody’s schedule … Colorado has to play Vancouver four times, Nashville’s on a six-game road trip, St. Louis has to go on a nine-game road trip … our schedule favors us.
“We have to win our games, no question, but we hope that Colorado or Vancouver—that one of them—sweeps those games and, if we win our games, we’ve got a shot.
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