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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Here's how the Blackhawks are looking at their improbable 12-0-3 record after 15 games: It's not how you start but how you finish — as in winning the Stanley Cup.
By defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Sunday at the United Center, the Hawks have gained at least 1 point in 15 straight games to begin the season, leaving them one game shy of Anaheim's NHL record of 16.
The Hawks can tie the record Tuesday against Vancouver at the UC.
"What's important to us is making the playoffs, and once we get there the real season starts," Jonathan Toews said. "That's a long ways away and there's a lot of work left to do. When you get to that point no one really cares or remembers these streaks at the start of the season.
"It's always fun when things are going your way and having fun to be able to match records or beat them or whatever it is. But the main thing is we're having fun, playing well as a team, and we keep improving."
I think Toews feels Thornton embellished the call a bit.
Both received 5 for fighting, Toews received 2 for boarding and 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, probably starting a fight with a visor on.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his No. 1 goalie missed Friday’s morning skate.
Henrik Karlsson was recalled from Rockford to be Ray Emery’s backup on Friday against San Jose. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson was acquired from Calgary on Jan. 21 for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.
Crawford is believed to have been hurt late in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Anaheim when he was run over by Bobby Ryan. It’s believed he suffered a concussion.
from Ben Strauss of the New York Times,
Blackhawks players seemed at a loss to explain their scorching start.
Right wing Patrick Kane, tied for second in the league through Wednesday with 20 points, said of his success, “Sometimes the puck finds you.”
Or as the captain Jonathan Toews put it, “I don’t know if there’s a method to the madness.”
What is clear is that Chicago, which plays the San Jose Sharks on Friday in only its fourth home game of the season, is the N.H.L.’s best team right now.
Entering Thursday’s games, the Blackhawks were second in the league in scoring (3.31 goals per game), fourth in goals-against average (1.92), and first in goal differential (1.38 per game) by nearly half a goal.
Kane, 24, is leading the charge. He spent the lockout playing in Europe, scoring 23 points in 20 games and living in a small city in Switzerland with his mother. “Maybe I had a little bit of a head start playing over in Switzerland,” he said, almost sheepishly.
By Dan Groob, TiqIQ
Nearly a month into the season and the Chicago Blackhawks have registered nary a loss. With 20 points in 11 games, the Blackhawks have actually done most of their damage on the road this season, throwing up a 7-0-2 mark away from the United Center.
Jamal Mayers greets him...
"I'm here to play just another game and we'll see what's going to happen. We'll try to play our game like how we've done so far this year. We've done so well so far so (and) we're not going to change anything."
-Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blachawks as they prepare to face the Phoenix Coyotes and Raffi Torres. More from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
The hit was delivered to Jamal Mayers and the penalties were as follows...
08:48 San Jose Andrew Desjardins: 5 minutes, fighting
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 2 minutes, instigator - face shield
08:48 San Jose Andrew Desjardins: 10 minutes, match penalty
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 2 minutes, instigator
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 5 minutes, fighting
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 10 minutes, misconduct
Jay Bouwmeester scores for the Flames with 35 ticks left on the clock in the 3rd period to put the Flames ahead 2-1.
But.... with 3 seconds left, Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks sends the game into OT. Chicago will eventually win in a shootout.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Ten months after the fact, the hit still looks every bit as calculated, every bit as cynical and every bit as dangerous as the night it was delivered.
Henrik Sedin sends an aerial pass in the vicinity of his brother near centre ice. Daniel pirouettes, and, when his back is turned, Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith takes one stride, leaves his feet and launches his right elbow at the point of Sedin’s chin. Sedin crumples, concussed. The puck is 20 feet away. Keith, incredibly, is given a minor on the play.
As for the aftermath, you’re likely aware Sedin didn’t return to the Canucks lineup until Game 4 of their playoff series with the L.A. Kings, when they were already down three games to none. Sedin’s absence wasn’t the only reason the Canucks lost to the Kings. But it was indisputably a reason and, tonight, the Blackhawks and the Canucks meet for the first time since Keith’s elbow on Sedin.
“It’s just another game,” the Canucks’ winger said with the practiced delivery of an actor reciting a line.
continued and if you need a refresher on the hit, watch it below...
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