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Blackhawks need to push back in Game 2

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Blackhawks need to push back in Game 2

Friday, April 15, 2011
Posted: 10:54 a.m. Updated: 3:08 p.m.By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.comVANCOUVER, British Columbia The Chicago Blackhawks got pushed around to start Game 1 against the Vancouver Canucks. Now they need to push back.

Tomas Kopecky is out and Fernando Pisani is in as the Blackhawks try to even up their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Canucks tonight at Rogers Arena. Its not unusual for the Blackhawks to be down 1-0 in a series they were in this same spot against this same team last postseason. But if the Blackhawks have another gritless start like they did on Wednesday night, they could be looking at the unusual 0-2 hole.

We all have to take responsibility. Everyone has to be engaged, coach Joel Quenneville said. Everybody has to bring that part of the (physical) game.

Ryan Johnson said a lot was made of physical play being dominated by them and it was because we didnt do a good job of putting ourselves in position to play physical. There were a lot of east-west plays. Its very important for third and fourth lines to establish ourselves.

The Blackhawks were saying all the right things on Friday morning: they need to be more physical, get traffic around Roberto Luongo and earn the split. Theyve done it before. They know what itll take to do it again.

If we had it our way wouldve won game 1 in all those series, Patrick Sharp said. You cant spot a good team games but we cant worry about whats happened. We have to focus on tonights game.

Johnson, who didnt finish Game 1 after taking a knee-to-knee hit with Vancouver left wing Tanner glass, will play tonight. He said his knee is fine and that it doesnt hamper his speed.

Im just thankful it isnt any worse than it is, Johnson said. The first few seconds afterward I wasnt feeling too good, I was a little worried. But I feel good and ready to go.Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

2019 NHL Draft Profile: LW Matthew Boldy

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2019 NHL Draft Profile: LW Matthew Boldy

From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.

Matthew Boldy

Position: Left wing
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 192 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report from Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley:

"Big winger, great shot, highly skilled. I think what he brings is size, the shot, and he has a deceptively good two-way game."

NHL player comparable: David Pastrnak

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks are likely leaning toward drafting a center or defenseman with the No. 3 overall pick, but Boldy is an intriguing prospect because he’s drawn comparisons to Marian Hossa. And that’s a player the team has missed over the last two seasons.

Boldy is one of the most complete players in this draft class, and already has the size to play in the NHL. He’s a great skater, responsible in his own end, can play in any situation and can really play any style. Boldy might be a year away from making the jump to the pros, but he's going to be a player the you never have to worry about on the left side.

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Yu Darvish and Cubs pull off dramatic comeback win over Dodgers

Yu Darvish and Cubs pull off dramatic comeback win over Dodgers

There were some added stakes to Saturday night’s Cubs-Dodgers matchup. Darvish made his first start at Dodger Stadium since his infamous Game 7 loss in the 2017 World Series, looking for a great effort in front of a fan base that had their up-and-downs in terms of their relationship with him. He (maybe) took a small jab at the Dodgers before the game had even started, telling the Los Angeles Times that he wasn't worried about being booed because “the Dodgers don't have many fans here in the first three innings, so maybe it will be on the quieter side.”

Well Dodgers faithful certainly got the message and made sure to let Darvish hear it.

However, Darvish got the last laugh on Saturday night. He pitched a stellar seven innings. Over those seven innings, Darvish gave up 1 ER on 2 hits and also notched 10 strikeouts.

Darvish has been hitting his stride as of late, maintaining a 2.96 ERA over his last four starts.

All of that being said, it would be remiss of me not to mention the contributions of Darvish’s teammates. His great outing helped keep the Cubs in the game, but the gutsy performances of Anthony Rizzo and Pedro Strop are what won the contest.

Dodgers All-Star relief pitcher Kenley Jansen had a 10-game scoreless streak coming into Saturday night, but one swing of Rizzo’s bat was all that was needed to restore balance to the everlasting battle of pitcher versus hitter. After Jansen hit Kris Bryant with a pitch to put him on base, Rizzo activated “clutch mode”, mashing a 400-foot bomb out to right field.

Though small, Saturday night’s homer gives Rizzo a three-game hitting streak, perhaps forecasting that things are trending  upwards for the first baseman as the Cubs look to close out the series against the Dodgers with a win on Sunday night. And not to be left out of the fun, Pedro Strop came in to face the Justin Turner, MVP hopeful Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Matt Beaty to nail down the save.

Never afraid of high-pressure moments, Stop came through big time.

Strop got a ground out from Turner, struck out Bellinger and Beaty in his 15-pitch save effort. This was a much-needed win for the Cubs, who have well-documented struggles on the road. As they look to split the four-game set with the Dodgers on Sunday night, the Cubs can be pleased with their fight this week.

Saturday’s win over the Dodgers was the Cubs first win of the season after trailing through six innings, as they were 0-23 in such situations prior to the victory. Amid a season that has been fraught with injury and general roster construction concerns, it was wonderful to see the Cubs pull out a tough win lead by the much-maligned Darvish and the never-quit attitude of his teammates.