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Four Blackhawks prospects injured in Traverse City finale, including Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach

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Four Blackhawks prospects injured in Traverse City finale, including Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Four Blackhawks prospects were injured in Tuesday's finale at the 2019 Traverse City Prospect Tournament vs. Minnesota, including their two top prospects, Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach.

Forwards Philipp Kurashev and Mikael Hakkarainen also left the game in the second period and did not return. 

Blackhawks VP of hockey operations/team affiliates Mark Bernard confirmed after the game that all four players sustained "minor" injuries and "it's pointing in that direction" that each of them will be ready when training camp starts on Friday, but the team will reassess things on Wednesday.

"It's more precautionary than ever," Bernard said. "They've had a long week here in Traverse City. They show up Wednesday night in Chicago, they practice once on Thursday, they travel here and then four games in five days isn't easy for these guys and they got training camp ahead of them so we want to make sure they're ready for that. It was more precautionary that we held those guys out."

Dach left in the first period with a shoulder injury while Boqvist suffered a bruised chest in the second period after falling awkwardly into the boards. Neither player returned to the game.

Kurashev's injury was a scary one. He went into the boards hard and stayed down for a while before leaving the ice with a trainer. Wild forward Damien Giroux was ejected for boarding on the play.

Hakkarainen left in the second after taking a stick up high and losing a few teeth. He also experienced some dizziness, but Bernard said: "He's fine, but wanted to be sure."

"It's scary to see anyone when they go down injured," Bernard said. "This is a tournament where you want the top prospects playing in and you don't want to see injuries happen to anybody, especially when it's your own prospect. We've got four guys that didn't finish the game and we're very glad that none of them are injuries that are going to keep them out long term."

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Former Blackhawk Daniel Carcillo has a question for Netflix's ‘Tiger King’ star

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Former Blackhawk Daniel Carcillo has a question for Netflix's ‘Tiger King’ star

Retired Blackhawks’ winger Daniel Carcillo has apparently spent his quarantine the same way the rest of us have, binging Netflix's iconic docuseries "Tiger King." One of the principal subjects of the series is Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist and nemesis of Joe Exotic, also known as Tiger King.

While Carole’s life mission to rescue large cats is admirable, the documentary doesn't paint her as innocently as she’d like. Episode Three, titled "The Secret," discusses the disappearance of Carole’s second husband, Don, in the 90s, leaving many viewers to believe that Carole murdered her husband and fed his body (which has never been found) to her tigers. 

Carole actively rebukes these accusations, but it hasn’t stopped people from speculating. Including Daniel Carcillo, who Tweeted at Carole’s rescue organization to ask where Don’s body is. 

I mean... we all want to know. 

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2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 4 win over Canucks

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2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 4 win over Canucks

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup team, NBC Sports Chicago is re-airing each of the Blackhawks' 16 postseason wins from the run that ended a 49-year championship drought. You can join the conversation using #HawksRewind on social media.

After regaining home-ice advantage with a 5-2 win in Game 3, the Blackhawks rolled past the Canucks 7-4 in Game 4 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Here are three things we noticed in the win:

1. A power play explosion

The Blackhawks' job going into Vancouver was to win at least one of the two games to take back home-ice advantage. They did that in Game 3. But Game 4 was the icing on the cake.

The final score was 7-4, but the reality is, the Blackhawks were outplayed in this game at even strength, where they generated only 27 shot attempts and 13 scoring chances while the Canucks had 55 shot attempts and 27 scoring chances, according to Natural Stat Trick.

It was special teams that made the difference. In their first nine postseason games, the Blackhawks went 7-for-37 on the power play for a success rate of 18.9. In Game 4 against Vancouver, they exploded for four goals on eight opportunities. 

2. A career night for Jonathan Toews

Fresh off a three-point effort in Game 3, Toews followed that up by recording a career-high five points, highlighted by his first career postseason hat trick. All three goals were scored on the power play, the third of which turned out to be the game winner. It was his fifth multi-point outing of the playoffs in his ninth game.

The Blackhawks' stars willed their team to a victory in Game 4, and they followed the lead of their captain.

3. Don't forget about Patrick Sharp

While Toews dominated the scoresheet, there's another Blackhawk who also had a big night: No. 10 in white. Sharp scored a power-play goal, had three assists and won five of six faceoffs in the win that helped him secure the No. 2 star of the game.

Here's a fun fact to wrap up: Sharp recorded at least one point in seven of his first 10 games of this postseason, and 15 of 22 total. He had 13 points (five goals, eight assists) through his first 10 games following a four-point effort in Game 4.

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