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

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Blackhawks send Morin to Blue Jackets for Erixon – Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports

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. Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves. He finished the game despite coming down with a stomach ailment after the first period, coach Mike Yeo said. What bothered Yeo most was the late one-handed hooking call on Erik Haula that led to Kanes power-play winner. The third period was great, Yeo said. 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

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

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. Weekly movement up or down has been noted. So without further ado, commence to stew! source: http://www.si.com/nhl/2014/12/16/power-rankings-blackhawks-hold-top-spot-as-sharks-maple-leafs-rise?xid=si_topstories

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

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, woke up ill Tuesday morning and he will not play Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild. His coach Joel Quenneville said he did not know whether Keith had the mumps or another medical issue. Teams are trying to be proactive in stopping the spread of mumps, using similar tactics they use when dealing with the flu every winter. Teams are offering mumps shots, and many are testing players to see if their antibody count is high. “Influenza is more complicated because the genetics can change from year to year,” Wallace said. “Certainly there are a lot more influenza cases every year than there are mumps cases. The genetics of the mumps is relatively stable. The vaccine effectiveness doesn’t change from year to year.” The vaccine for mumps is about 88% effective. “Part of the (concern) is to some degree because of the success of the vaccine,” Wallace said. “Because of the success you don’t hear about mumps so much. When you do hear about it, people say why is that happening? source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/nhl-teams-cancel-public-appearances-amid-mumps-concern/ar-BBgTlfM?srcref=rss

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)

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 wasn’t playing at all with the loaded Blackhawks. The 23-year-old Morin has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career regular-season games, all with Chicago. He also played in two postseason games in May. Erixon, 23, 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. The Blackhawks lost rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a broken left kneecap last month. They reassigned defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to Rockford on Sunday. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. source: http://www.hometownstations.com/story/27625733/blackhawks-send-morin-to-blue-jackets-for-erixon

NHL teams cancel public appearances amid mumps concern

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

Sutter’s debut vs. Blackhawks fitting | Star Tribune

Not only did Koivu come in slower, it appeared he dragged his trailing leg to give the appearance he might cut to his forehand. Asked how and why he altered the move, Koivu said, laughing, Im not going to tell you. Dont even try. Some fans accuse Koivu of having just one move (untrue), but regardless, goalies usually know whats coming and Koivu still manages to score with it. He is 2-for-3 this season. Players know the goalies a little bit, too, Koivu said. Im just trying to keep them guessing and theyre trying to do that to us. Its just a matter of doing [the move] the right way. Koivu is tied with teammate Zach Parise for first all-time with 38 shootout goals. He is tied for first with Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Frans Nielsen with 16 game-deciding goals. You want to be there when it matters. Thats the best feeling as a player, Koivu said. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/286040361.html


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