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Preseason Game 1 / Kaner Progress

The Hawks took the ice last night for their first preseason game. They played the Edmonton Oilers in Saskatchewan, with a very limited regular season crew. The game was streamed live via the internet on chicagoblackhawks.com, sort of. I missed the first 5 minutes of the game while foolishly clicking on the the page that said “Watch it here live”. I thought I was an idiot, until I got several phone calls (at the same time) from my friends basically all asking the same thing, “Where the hell is this game?” Eventually I found it by going to Blackhawks TV, and in the lower right hand corner, clicking the half an inch square that in size 1 font said, watch live. Several times during the broadcast the video and or audio was overlapped by the Oiler feed and the Hawks telecast, but what the heck I got to see the game.

Both Emery and Salak split goal tending duties. (It was kind of funny seeing both teams change their goalies at the same time, but thus is preseason hockey) I thought both played very well. It’s gonna be a tough decision to see who gets the number 2 spot behind Corey Crawford.

It was also cool seeing the Toews brothers, Jon & Dave, on the ice together at the same time. David wears number 26 for those who watch future broadcasts. The last time they were on the same team together, Jon was 6 and Dave was 4, according to the Hawks captain..

I know that it was only the first preseason game, but I did get aggravated during the Hawks power plays. Nothing frustrates me more than to see them pass up a good shot, to set up a better shot, to set up an even better shot, to set up a slightly worse shot, to loose the puck and get no shot. The first couple of power plays yielded maybe one or two shots on goal at most. (You know the old Wayne Gretzky quote, ‘!00 % of the shots that you don’t take don’t go in.”) The Oilers did, however, do a pretty good job at shutting down lanes also, so it wasn’t all just the Hawks inability to pull the trigger.

Now, on to the progress of good ol’ number 88. Kane showed up in dramatic fashion at the Hawks opening training camp extravaganza last Saturday. at The United Center, by coming out for the shoot out at the end of Hawks A vs. Hawks B. He scored, much to the delight of the sold out crowd. Although he didn’t make the trip last night, he is making progress.

After scrimmaging on Sunday and Monday, Kane had this to say,

“When you watch the scrimmages, you just want to be out there—so I was kind of pushing for that, I called my doctor and told him what I wanted to do and he said to go for it, as long as there’s no pain. So, I showed (Hawks trainers) the text message and they kind of looked at me like,  “Whatever” so I went out for a scrimmage yesterday and today.”

When asked how his wrist felt, Kaner replied,

“Pretty much the same, The only thing that’s sore is when they work on my range of motion and they work that pretty hard, which is probably just making it stronger. It’s all good right now. (Scrimmaging) is way better than just practicing. I just wanted to do that, and I’m hoping when I get (the brace) off it’ll be back to normal or even better. Hopefully things keep improving.”.

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