Kane’s Late Goal Lifts Blackhawks Past Wild 5-3 – Washington Times

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Power Rankings: Blackhawks hold top spot as Sharks, Leafs rise from deep – NHL – SI.com

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who dominated in the second period and took a 3-1 lead. But Minnesotas Nino Niederreiter connected on a penalty shot, and Marco Scandella fired in a screened goal in the third period to tie it. The power play came up with a big timely goal, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. I didnt mind overall what transpired tonight. Tough game. Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook also scored, and Ben Smith added an empty net goal for the Blackhawks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games. And they did it without top defenseman Duncan Keith, who was sidelined by an undisclosed illness. Its a good little run were on here and we want to keep it going, Smith said. Even when were up two goals in the third and they storm back to tie, we found the way to get the job done. Minnesotas Thomas Vanek scored in the first period as the Central Division rivals met for the first time since the Blackhawks defeated the Wild in the second round of last seasons playoffs. Antti Raanta made 26 saves as Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sat out an eighth game because of a foot injury sustained when he left a concert two weeks ago. Crawford is expected to return this weekend. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/17/kanes-late-goal-lifts-blackhawks-past-wild-5-3/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Blackhawks send Morin to Blue Jackets for Erixon – Washington Times

Morin has no points in 15 NHL games this season. The winger was assigned to Rockford of the AHL for a conditioning assignment Tuesday because he wasnt playing at all with the loaded Blackhawks. Its a good chance for Mo to play and for Timmy to join our organization, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said before Sunday nights game against Calgary. The 23-year-old Erixon is looking to get established in that continued rotation and show he can play at our level, Quenneville continued. Well get to find out a little bit more about him tonight in joining our team, and complement our team game as well. Morin, 23, has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career regular-season games, all with Chicago. He also played in two postseason games in May. The Blue Jackets next game is Tuesday night in Detroit. Erixon had one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26 at Los Angeles. Its exciting for me, Erixon said. Its a classy team and theyve got a great history. The Blackhawks lost rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a broken left kneecap last month. source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/14/blackhawks-send-morin-to-blue-jackets-for-erixon/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

Duncan Keith out sick, Blackhawks coach ‘not sure’ if it’s mumps – CBSSports.com

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When asked if it could be the mumps, head coach Joel Quenneville said, Not sure about that. I don’t know what’s wrong. He’s sick. (via Chicago Sun-Times ) Keith is well known as one of the more fit players in the league and he has often logged major minutes for the Blackhawks over the years. A lot of players play through various illnesses and ailments, so either the Blackhawks are being extremely cautious, or Keith is feeling pretty terrible. Mumps has officially hit five NHL teams so far including the Wild, Anaheim Ducks , New Jersey Devils , New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins . The St. Louis Blues never had a confirmed case of the mumps, but they had players go down with illness as well earlier in the year. Sidney Crosby was recently felled by the disease while Penguins teammate Beau Bennett has a suspected, but unconfirmed case. Rangers center Derick Brassard was also sent home from his team’s recent road trip with a suspected case of the mumps as well. Paranoia reigns supreme as more and more players fall ill to the uncommon virus. If Keith does indeed have the mumps, the Blackhawks could expect others to get it as well. That said, Keith’s illness hasn’t been confirmed as anything yet, so like the rest of us, the Blackhawks will just have to wait and see. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24895258/duncan-keith-out-sick-blackhawks-coach-not-sure-if-its-mumps

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) trips Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter on a breakaway against goalie Antti Raanta, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Chicago. Niederreiter was awarded a penalty shot on the play which he made. The Blackhawks won 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Sharks looked dead in the water not long ago, but they’re showing signs of being able to challenge the Blackhawks. by SI Staff Posted: Tue Dec. 16, 2014 Updated: Wed Dec. 17, 2014 Welcome to the latest installment of our 201415 NHL Power Rankings. After four weeks of various teams jockeying at the top, we have a repeat No. 1 as the Blackhawks edged the Ducks in our polling.Ourthree scribesAllan Muir, Sarah Kwak and Sam Pagesubmitted their choices for the league’s Top 10. The rankings for the all 30 teams have beenweighted according to ancient Babylonianaccounting principles as well as how high each club came in on our writers’ ballots. In some cases a purely intuitive, wholly unscientific and no doubt deplorable methodwas used to break ties, rank teams that were chosen by only one or two writers, and antagonize the general public. We’ve presented the 30 teams in groups, with the Top 10 receiving the most trenchant commentary. Overview paragraphs precede the Middle 10 and Bottom 10. source: http://www.si.com/nhl/2014/12/16/power-rankings-blackhawks-hold-top-spot-as-sharks-maple-leafs-rise?xid=si_topstories

Chicago Blackhawks trade Jeremy Morin to Columbus Blue Jackets for Tim Erixon – ESPN Chicago

20 and had been a healthy scratch in eight consecutive games. He had zero points in 15 games for the Blackhawks this season. Morin, who was once considered one of the Blackhawks’ top offensive prospects, was expected to play a larger role this season, but never won over Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. Morin averaged 7:44 of ice time this season. He signed a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks in June. Erixon, 23, has one goal, five assists and is a minus-3 in 19 games for the Blue Jackets this season. He has averaged 16:58 of ice time. He has one goal, 12 assists and is a plus-1 in 70 career NHL games. He will report to the Blackhawks. Erixon will be a restricted free agent after this season. He is making $600,000 this season, according to capgeek.com. source: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/story/_/id/12027016/chicago-blackhawks-trade-jeremy-morin-columbus-blue-jackets-tim-erixon

 

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