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Jeff Glass stands tall in Blackhawks' win over Jets

Jeff Glass stands tall in Blackhawks' win over Jets

Now that's what you call a goalie win.

Jeff Glass earned every bit of the Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, recording 31 saves at the United Center.

Glass came up large a numerous amount of times, stopping Jets' Kyle Connor on a breakaway, Mathieu Perreault point-blank, and had a huge save in the final minutes of the game.

"He was great today," said coach Joel Quenneville. "Some key saves, key breakaways, several big stops there at the end, several big stops at the end, open side play, one timer, had a couple of breaks at the end, as well. But you like how he battles, how he competes, and found a way to get us two points."

The only goal Glass allowed was an absolute snipe by Patrik Laine, which came with 3:41 left in the third.

"Honestly it was a great shot," Glass said. "He's got one of the best releases in the league and he proved it on that shot. I tip my hat to him – he put it right in the corner. Move on and get ready for the next shot."

On the season, Glass is 3-1-1 in five starts with a .918 save percentage. Those numbers are much-needed with Corey Crawford out with an upper-body injury.

"It was a great team effort," Glass said. "I know that cliché gets used but it really was. We checked hard all game. We really did make my life easy. It was a lot of outside shots, a lot of blocked shots. Total team effort."

Though he didn't get the shutout — which would've been the first of his career — Glass was pumped when the final buzzer sounded.

It was a great night for Glass, and another Blackhawks rookie.

David Kampf registered his first career goal after redirecting a Connor Murphy shot in the first period. It was also his first multi-point game, assisting on a goal scored by Jan Rutta in the second period.

The best part? It came on his 23rd birthday.

Toronto cancels city-wide events until June 30: here's what it means for the NHL

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Toronto cancels city-wide events until June 30: here's what it means for the NHL

Tuesday afternoon Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the city would cancel all major city-wide events until June 30. For baseball fans hoping to start their season and basketball and hockey fans hoping to get back into the swing of theirs, the news makes it hard to envision live sports returning before July. 

What does this mean for the NHL? Well, technically the ban is for city-wide events such as parades, events, festivals, and other cultural programs, excluding the NHL. 

However, professional sports will have to contend with the province of Ontario, which banned gatherings of more than five earlier this month. 

The NHL recently reached out to arenas asking for their availability in July and August. 

The idea of finishing out the 2020 season in summer is becoming more and more likely as governments continue to grapple with the severity of COVID-19. There have been speculations about what this new schedule will look like for the NHL, including a shortened 2020-21 preseason and eliminating by-weeks and All-Star weekend. This will present its own unique challenges, including arenas in warmer climates struggling to maintain ice quality for summer games. But if more major cities follow Toronto’s lead, all we know for certain is that a return to normalcy may be longer than anticipated. 

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Which teammate would Jonathan Toews most and least want to quarantine with?

Which teammate would Jonathan Toews most and least want to quarantine with?

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews spoke with the media on Tuesday for the first time since the NHL was paused on march 12.

Toews, along with defensemen Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) and Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues) represented the Central Division on a video conference call held by the NHL.

The trio answered a variety of questions, including which teammates you'd most and least want to be quarantined with.

"I guess I'll start with the most. I'd probably say Corey Crawford," Toews answered. "He's just kind of an easy going guy. Whatever you want to do, he's down for whatever."

And for who he'd least like to be quarantined with? You could probably guess.

"And I'd say least, since I roomed with him for so long, I'd have to say Kaner (Patrick Kane). There's some ups and downs through that relationship there."

The three players were also asked what they missed the least about playing one another. Pietrangelo and Josi had interesting responses on Toews.

"Jonny's just a pain in the a** to play against. Oops, pardon my language," Pietrangelo responded. "I battled a lot with these two guys (Toews and Josi). More so Jonny because he's a forward, but we've had a lot of battles. 

"But, you know what, God, I’d welcome those battles. I think right now we miss those battles. I don’t know about you guys, but we could use a few of those battles."

"Like [Pietrangelo] said, I obviously see a lot more of Jonny, as a forward, but I mean just chasing him around in our zone, for I don't know how long, and can't take the puck away from him, trying to cross-check him," Josi answered. "Just him around the net it's not fun as a defenseman, you can't really get the puck off him. We had some really good battles against Chicago, some really good playoff series. We all miss it."

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