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Artem Anisimov still out as Blackhawks face Senators

Artem Anisimov still out as Blackhawks face Senators

Artem Anisimov is still out and Scott Darling will start his 10th consecutive game when the Blackhawks host the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at the United Center.

Anisimov is still day-to-day with the upper-body injury he sustained in the first period against St. Louis on Saturday night. The Blackhawks will go with the same lines they had in their 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

Coach Joel Quenneville did not want to rule out Anisimov possibly returning on Friday, when the Blackhawks host the Colorado Avalanche.

Meanwhile, Corey Crawford practiced with the Blackhawks for the first time since suffering appendicitis on Dec. 3. Crawford is hopeful to play on Friday.

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“I gotta get some practice in first and the timing back, but we’ll try to shoot for Friday,” said Crawford, who was complimentary on how Darling has played in his absence.

“Unbelievable,” Crawford said of Darling. “He’s been great for us ever since he came here. He’s just looking for a chance. He’s been great. He stole a few games there, some great performances. Made some big saves in the other games, too, at key points in the game. You can’t ask for more than that.”

The Blackhawks enter Tuesday’s game on a six-game winning streak. They’ve also collected points in eight consecutive games (7-0-1). 

Broadcast information

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: CSN

Live Stream: CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks lines

Artemi Panarin-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Richard Panik

Tyler Motte-Andrew Desjardins-Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Brian Campbell-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Scott Darling

Injuries

Corey Crawford (appendix)

Senators lines (via Ottawa Sun)

Zack Smith-Derick Brassard-Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel-Kyle Turris-Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Tom Pyatt

Chris Kelly-Curtis Lazar-Chris Neil

Defensive Pairs

Marc Methot-Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf-Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki-Chris Wideman

Goaltender

Mike Condon

Injuries

Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Fredrik Claesson (lower body), Craig Anderson (personal)

Four takeaways: Blackhawks spiral after Corey Crawford injury

Four takeaways: Blackhawks spiral after Corey Crawford injury

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 7-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on Sunday:

1. A whacky first period

The Sharks came into the game with the second-most goals in the first period this season with 41. The Blackhawks have given up the most (49). So in a way, a five-goal first period wasn't all that surprising. But the way it happened certainly was.

The Blackhawks scored two goals within 47 seconds of each other, and had three goals on four shots before Sharks goaltender Martin Jones was pulled for Aaron Dell. Meanwhile, the Sharks had two goals within a 42 second span on only four shots up to that point. 

In total, there were five goals on 14 shots between the two teams for a shooting percentage of 35.7. It made for an entertaining first 20 minutes.

"Good start," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "Pucks went in for us. We seemed to get a little looser there as the period went on, and they had a little push. We didn’t respond. Hard to say too much more than that.”

2. Concern for Corey Crawford

The Blackhawks had an unfortunate injury situation late in the first period when Crawford left the game with 1:30 remaining following a collision in the crease where he hit the back of his head on the post. Colliton confirmed after the game that Crawford sustained a concussion and is in protocol.

It was Evander Kane who shoved Dylan Strome into Crawford, who left the game immediately and did not return. Cam Ward made 30 saves on 35 shots (.857 save percentage) in relief.

There's obviously concern for Crawford, who missed 47 games with a concussion last season and also the first five games this year trying to get back into game shape.

"He's probably the guy that's worked the hardest and held us in the most over the season," Connor Murphy said. "So that's never a good sign. Crow's such a big part of our team and to lose him, it's not good. You just feel for him."

3. Five unanswered goals

After Crawford's injury, the life appeared to be sucked out of the United Center and the Sharks took advantage by scoring five unanswered goals — three of which came in the second period.

The Blackhawks wouldn't use Crawford's injury as an excuse, but it's hard not to when they were outscored 5-0 and outshot 29-13 in the final two periods.

"I don't think it was just that," Murphy said. "The second period was terrible. Our 5-on-5 play, we didn't have any passion, we didn't play simple enough, we turned it over and our special teams we didn't have enough urgency either. So it was not good."

4. More special teams problems

The Blackhawks had eight minutes of power play time and generated only four total shots on goal, none of which found the back of the net. The Sharks had 3:09 minutes of power play time and converted on both of their opportunities.

Special teams is a crucial part of the game, and the Blackhawks came up on the losing end of that battle again.

"Special teams are a big part of the game," Strome said. "It's obviously a big swing right there. We had a tough time getting into the zone a couple times, but we had some good looks there at the beginning of the second and for whatever reason we didn't convert. They have a good power play over there. Tonight they won the special teams and it showed in the game."

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Blackhawks confirm Corey Crawford has another concussion

Blackhawks confirm Corey Crawford has another concussion

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford exited in the first period on Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks after a collision in the crease, and did not return. 

Coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after the game that Crawford has a concussion and is currently in protocol.

"He has a concussion, so he'll be under the protocol and go from there," Colliton said. "Didn't talk to him, but of course we're concerned."

The play happened with 1:30 left in the opening frame when Evander Kane shoved Dylan Strome into the Blackhawks netminder, who appeared to hit the back of his head on the post.

 

Kane was assessed a goaltender interference penalty and Crawford immediately left the game. He allowed two goals on eight shots before getting replaced by Cam Ward.

Crawford missed 47 games last season because of a concussion, so expect the Blackhawks to take a cautious approach with this situation going forward, given his injury history.

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