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Blackhawks must get traffic in front of Luongo

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Blackhawks must get traffic in front of Luongo

Thursday, April 14, 2011Posted: 5:02 PM Updated: 7:00 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Roberto Luongo saw many of the Chicago Blackhawks' shots that came his way in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks talked of getting traffic in front of Luongo, a strategy that works in front of the Vancouver goaltender well, make that any goaltender. But it wasnt there in Game 1.

It has to be for Game 2.

The Blackhawks know they need to get bodies in front of Luongo, who recorded a 32-save shutout against them on Wednesday.

No goalie likes it, defenseman Chris Campoli said. Hanging around his crease just causes confusion. Its tough on them. Going forward, were going to try and make that part of the game plan. Its a part of the game we need to exploit.

Luongo was bumped, screened and generally messed with by the Blackhawks last season en route to their series victory over Vancouver. Yes, they had Dustin Byfugliens big body in his way last year. But any body, big or small, is better than no body.

Last year, they had Buff and guys like that. We dont have that this year but we have a few guys who can do that, said forward Michael Frolik. You do what you have to do.

Quenneville said everyone is responsible for net traffic.

Its by committee. We need to give ourselves chances, whether its on a power play or 5-on-5, he said. If (Luongo) he sees the puck he tends to stop it.

Bolland out

Dave Bolland is out of Game 2 as he continues to work back from his concussion. He skated with the Blackhawks scratches on Thursday. Quenneville said Bollands progress was encouraging. But right now hes just OK.

Bolland said on Monday that it was frustrating recovering from the concussion.

Its a drain to your body, a drain to your mind, he said. (The hazy feeling) is still there a little but thats the way they go. Youre going to have your ups and downs and roller coaster. Ill play when I feel great, whenever I feel ready.

Slow starts

The Blackhawks are certainly no strangers to being down 1-0 in a playoff series. Defenseman Brian Campbell doesnt know why it happens, but the Hawks have been resilient in coming back before.

For some reason, we tend to get off to a bumpy start. Obviously there are no excuses for that. Hopefully we can learn from mistakes going forward. Its the situation were in. We cant change it now.

Briefly

Quenneville said theres a good chance that Fernando Pisani is back in the lineup if Tomas Kopecky is unable to go for Game 2. Quenneville said they will also discuss the possibility of John Scott playing.

Except for Game 1 scratches and Rockford call-ups, the Blackhawks did not skate on Thursday. We decided to just have a morning skate (Friday) and be ready to go (for Game 2), Quenneville said.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: