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Duncan Keith is 'not even tired' as he plays 1,000th game

Duncan Keith is 'not even tired' as he plays 1,000th game

“Not even tired.”

That’s the text Duncan Keith sent to his buddy CM Punk after a triple overtime game during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Keith’s time on ice was north of 46 minutes.

Playing in 1,000 NHL regular season games is impressive, but it takes on a different meaning when you examine the actual minutes Keith has played.

Since the 2005-06 season nobody in the NHL has played more minutes in the regular season or the playoffs than Duncan. He has logged over 25,000 regular season minutes and nearly 3,600 minutes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Former NHL players insist that playoff minutes are at least twice as taxing on the body as any regular season contest. Joel Quenneville believes that Keith has experienced more than his share of punishing ice time.

“The minutes that he's played in these games are high end," Quenneville said. "He had those playoff games in the series knowing that he could be targeted. It just seems like the as the season got deeper and more intense his ice time would increase and he'd handle it like nothing.”

Brent Seabrook welcomes his blue line brother to the 1K games club and knows that Keith battled through numerous injuries that were kept quiet.

“I don’t know if he gets enough recognition for how tough he actually is," Seabrook said. "He’s been through a lot of little things here and there, that a lot of people don’t know about and he continues to play through it. I think the 2015 series was really where you saw him take a stranglehold and put a stamp on it. Seeing what he went through before games and in between games at hotels, things like that and what he was able to do on the ice...he’s just an impressive player, someone I look up to.”

I asked Keith what his son, Colton, may learn someday from his dad’s hockey career. His response, “Everything starts with hard work. I know that’s a simple thing to say, but to me whatever you want to do in life... you have to want it and you have to be willing to do things that other people aren’t willing to do. A lot of that stems from out working and working harder than the person next to you. I think that will propel you through to whatever you want to become.”

25,190 regular season minutes, 3,552 playoff minutes and counting….“Not even tired.”

Four takeaways: Strong start wasted as Blackhawks winless streak extends to five games

Four takeaways: Strong start wasted as Blackhawks winless streak extends to five games

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday:

1. Strong start wasted

The Blackhawks came out of the gates flying. They recorded the first nine shot attempts (four on goal) and didn't allow the Rangers to get their first shot on net until the 6:35 mark.

The Blackhawks were rewarded when Brandon Saad scored at 5:41 to put his team up 1-0. But the Rangers responded with a pair of goals within 4:18 of each other towards the latter stages of the frame to go up 2-1.

It was a tough way for the Blackhawks to go into the first intermission, happy with the start but not the result.

2. High-quality scoring chances

The Blackhawks gave up three goals at 5-on-5 and one empty-netter. And they'll quickly realize when reviewing the tape that they didn't do Collin Delia any favors.

Each of New York's first three goals came from the lower slot area, and they were seemingly all preventable. That's the positive, but also the negative because the Blackhawks are making it tough on themselves.

The Rangers finished with 14 high-danger chances at even strength compared to the Blackhawks' three. Below is a heat map of the shot chart at 5-on-5, courtesy of naturalstattrick.com:

3. Power play stays hot

The Rangers aren't a great team in the penalty kill department. They went into Thursday's game ranked 26th with a 77.1 percent success rate. But they were coming in hot, having killed off 14 in a row in the last three games.

That wasn't enough to stop the Blackhawks' scorching power play, which potted two more on three opportunities (goals by Saad and Alex DeBrincat). It's the seventh straight game the Blackhawks have scored at least one power-play goal, upping their percentage to 37.2 (16-for-43) since Dec. 18 — a span of 14 games, which ranks first over that stretch.

The power play continues to be a bright spot, and the Blackhawks have to be pleased with the consistency of it over the last month now.

4. Strome vs. Strome

For the third time in his NHL career, Dylan Strome went head-to-head with older brother Ryan, the latter of whom had gotten the best of his younger brother in the first two meetings — once when Ryan was with the Islanders and the other when he was with the Oilers, both against Dylan's Coyotes.

But Ryan stayed 3-for-3 against Dylan even though they were both on different teams this time.

Dylan was on the ice against Ryan for 8:46 of 5-on-5 time, which is the most he faced against any other Rangers skater. Ryan's line generated nine scoring chances and allowed only one during that time.

Dylan did get the better of his older brother in the faceoff department (58.3 percent vs. 53.3 percent), but it was Ryan that came away with the result that matters to both of them and that's the two points in the standings.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox prospects trip to the Dominican Republic

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Inside the White Sox prospects trip to the Dominican Republic

Thirteen of the White Sox top American born prospects are in the Dominican Republic this week for a cultural exchange trip organized by the White Sox, giving players like Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal, Zack Collins and Dane Dunning a first-hand experience to learn about the country where many of their Latin teammates like Eloy Jimenez call home. Chuck Garfien speaks with Ryan McGuffey who is covering the trip for NBC Sports Chicago. They talk about the White Sox training academy in the Dominican Republic (3:50), what the players are learning and how they're bonding on the trip (6:30), the crazy atmosphere going to a Dominican Winter League game (11:10), going with Reynaldo Lopez to the home where he grew up (14:40), personal stories from the trip (23:15) and more.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: