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The Slumping Patrick Kane

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

He hasn’t scored a goal in nine games, and he currently is tied for 10th in the league in scoring (with Panarin and Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds) with 29 points in 32 games. He has just eight goals this year — eight fewer than Marian Hossa, six fewer than Anisimov, five fewer than Panarin, and the same amount as Richard Panik.

Kane is on pace for just 20 goals, and, well, that’s just not good enough.

“Need a few more passes from those guys,” Kane joked of Anisimov and Panarin. “No, it’s a little frustrating. You always want to be trying to score goals, especially when that’s what you’re counted on to do.”

By any reasonable measure, Kane is having another very productive season. But he raised the bar so high last season — with career highs of 46 goals, 60 assists, and 106 points — that “very productive’ no longer feels sufficient. Through 32 games last season, Kane had a staggering 19 goals and 27 assists, and had just wrapped up a 26-game point streak, the longest ever for a Hawks player or an American-born player. He went on to win the scoring title and the Hart Trophy as the league MVP.

And now that he knows he can be a 40-goal scorer and a 100-point producer, Kane expects to do it every year.


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Video- It’s Not Often You See A Big Hit On Patrick Kane

Then a frustrated Kane delivered a high-stick...


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Jonathan Toews Has Been Out Longer Than Expected

from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,

At first the Blackhawks did not think Jonathan Toews' back injury was going to keep him out very long. Toews said he would be playing through it if this were the playoffs.

But there has been no improvement, and the Hawks are now going keep Toews off the ice for at least the next few days to see if it gets better.

Toews missed his sixth consecutive game Sunday against the Jets and although he skated in the morning, coach Joel Quenneville said Toews will not skate the next three days because Quenneville said the injury is not getting better.

"We'll keep him off for a few days and get a better assessment the middle of the week or so," Quenneville said.


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Corey Crawford Undergoing An Appendectomy Today

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery.

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Video- Jonathan Toews And Auston Matthews Have Some Fun

Call your shot...


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The Stars For The Chicago Blackhawks Need To Be Better

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

There are always natural ebbs and flows to a season, and even superstars are entitled to a bad week or two. But it’s jarring how nearly all of the Hawks’ biggest names have sputtered at the same time on this circus trip. Jonathan Toews hasn’t scored a goal in seven games, and hasn’t had a point in all four games on the trip. Patrick Kane hasn’t scored on the trip, and has one goal in his last seven games. After his blistering start, Artem Anisimov has no goals and one assist in his last six games.

Artemi Panarin — who is emerging as one of the Hawks’ most important players, given his line’s consistently great possession numbers, and given the way he has rejuvenated Marian Hossa the same way he elevated Kane’s play last season — has just one goal in his last six games.

Even Richard Panik, who actually led the NHL in goals through six games, hasn’t scored in 14 games, and is pointless in his last 10.

The only veteran the Hawks can lean on lately is Hossa, who has eight goals in his last 10 games, including the game-winners in Calgary and Vancouver — a pair of comeback victories that have helped mask the Hawks’ unusually poor circus-trip performance.


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A Bad Loss By The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

If Willie comes back from this and lasts the season, he has to be a shape-shifting android assassin with a body made of liquid metal.

After two periods, he instructed his team to “go out and go after it.”

They did anything but.

You’re up 3-0 and you’re the 2016-17 Canucks. They did what most people probably thought they’d do.

They pissed their pants.

“We couldn’t sit back, we had to go after it,” Willie explained.

“Basically keep playing the same way. We couldn’t sit back and let them come to us.”

If you look at the shot clock (17-3 in the third), or if you watched the game, you were probably left yelling at clouds because you think the Canucks sat back.


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Video- Marian Hossa’s Game-Winning Goal

from the CP at TSN,

Chad Johnson threw up his glove to stop a hard shot from Artemi Panarin but the puck went off the top of his glove and high in the air. It ended up landing behind him where Hossa got his stick on it for his 80th game-winning goal.

"I don't think the goalie knew exactly where the puck was and the defender tried to put his stick out. I tried to hook on his stick so he doesn't touch the puck and the puck just bounced pretty much close to the goal line and I just tried to put it underneath me in the net," said Hossa.

As the puck trickled over the line, Hossa was in the crease and in the process of falling on the Flames goaltender.

Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said he would have challenged for goaltender interference but he did not have a timeout left, having used it earlier in the period.

more on Chicago's 3-2 win over Calgary and watch the goal below...

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Video- Patrick Kane With A Beauty

With an assist to the netting too.


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The Chicago Blackhawks Give Up Two More Power Play Goals In Loss To Calgary

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Every penalty feels like a goal against before the puck even drops. The confidence is completely shot. Even penalty-killing stalwarts such as Kruger and Duncan Keith are getting burned game after game after game.

If ever the Hawks were going to get their confidence — and maybe even their mojo — back, it was going to be Monday night against the Calgary Flames, who have been as awful on the power play as the Hawks have been on the PK. Yet the Flames, 1-of-25 with the man-advantage entering the game, scored 39 seconds into each of their first two power plays and went on to win 3-2 when Kris Versteeg scored the lone goal of a seven-round shootout.

At the point of the Flames’ second power-play goal of the night, the Hawks had given up an unconscionable 14 goals on 23 opposing power plays. For some perspective, that 2013 team gave up just 18 power-play goals in 141 chances.

“Just seems no matter what, it finds a way, a different way, every time,” Joel Quenneville said.

“It just seems to find its way to the back of the net if we just make one little mistake,”Jonathan Toews said.


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