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Blackhawks' Desjardins hoping friends in Nepal found safe

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Blackhawks' Desjardins hoping friends in Nepal found safe

Much like his Blackhawks teammates, Andrew Desjardins is doing everything to prepare for the team’s second-round series against the Minnesota Wild, which begins at some point later this week.

But Desjardins also has some other things, and other people, on his mind. Two of his good friends, Sam Caldbick and Cody Walter, are missing in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend. Desjardins tweeted a photo of his friends early Monday in the hopes that word will spread and someone will have information.

It’s been a tough time, and Desjardins is trying to keep his focus on the Blackhawks as much as possible.

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“Obviously I’m trying to go about my day and get my work in,” he said following Monday’s practice. “As of now I’m presuming they’re safe. I’m trying to hope, trying to think of the best right now.”

Caldbick, of Ottawa, and Walter, of Lively, Ontario, were last seen in Langtang National Park. Faye Kennedy, another Ottawa resident who was in the park at the time the earthquake struck, was found safe on Monday according to CFRA.

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Desjardins said he didn’t talk to his friends before they headed off to their hike in Nepal. He doesn’t know a lot of details, other than where they were likely last seen and they were probably heading toward Katmandu, Nepal’s capital.

“I’m not sure if they were with a bunch of people or if it was just those two,” he said. “There are circumstances I’m not aware of.”

Desjardins feels pretty powerless right now; it’s tough to feel otherwise. He’s hoping that by tweeting information out, word spreads and that Caldbick and Walter will be found safe.

“I just going to hope for the best and just try to see what happens here, see what the outcome is,” he said. “I just wanted to do my part by trying to make people aware and try to get [Walter and Caldbick’s families] answers – as well as myself, I guess.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner calls out team defense plus Mike Gapski on his 2500 games with the Blackhawks

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner calls out team defense plus Mike Gapski on his 2500 games with the Blackhawks

Another night and another awful showing by the Blackhawks team defense, and this time, Robin Lehner let the team hear about it. Pat Boyle, Adam Burish and Scott King discuss the Blackhawks' ugly loss to the Coyotes and whether there should be some more line mixing happening soon. Plus, head athletic trainer Mike Gapski took part in his 2500th game with the Blackhawks and he sat down with Pat Foley 1-on-1 to re-live his 33 years with the organization.

1:13 - The odd-man rushes are piling up against this defense

5:54 - Is the power play getting going kinda maybe a little bit?

7:43 - Should Jeremy Colliton mix up the lines once again?

9:20 - The Kirby Dach playing-time dilemma

13:45 - Celebrating Mike Gapski's 2500 games with the Blackhawks

17:00 - Pat Foley's 1-on-1 interview with Mike Gapski

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4 Takeaways: Blackhawks lose 5-2 to Coyotes

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4 Takeaways: Blackhawks lose 5-2 to Coyotes

The Blackhawks fell 5-2 to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, giving them their third straight loss. Here are four takeaways:

Ex-Hawks Haunting

Former Blackhawks forward and Bartlett, Illinois native Vinnie Hinostroza helped dig the Hawks a three-goal hole to climb out of in the first period. Hinostroza picked up secondary assists on goals from Michael Grabner (2:56), Clayton Keller (5:03) and Brad Richardson (15:04) in the opening frame. 

Another former Hawk, Nick Schmaltz got past Patrick Kane and scored off a faceoff in Chicago's zone at 8:25 of the second period. 

D hurtin'

Calvin de Haan, one of the Hawks' more reliable defensemen this season, left the first period of Thursday's 5-1 loss against the Golden Knights in Vegas with a right shoulder injury. He could miss a decent amount of time as he had surgery on the same shoulder in the offseason, which sidelined him for several months. 

Chicago has given up 10 goals since de Haan left the lineup. His injury came with two-time Norris trophy-winning defenseman Duncan Keith (groin) not on the current three-game road trip which wraps up in St. Louis on Saturday. 

A positive for the Hawks' defense tonight was Dennis Gilbert getting his first NHL point by assisting on Jonathan Toews' second period goal, which came off a Dominik Kubalik rebound. 

Olli Maatta was back in the lineup on Thursday after missing the last four games with flu-like symptoms. Maatta had a +/- rating of 0 and recorded three shots. 

Top players on scoresheet

Another positive was The Captain, Kubalik, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat all finding the scoresheet. Strome scored at 12:58 of the third period on a power play, giving the Hawks their fifth straight game with a power-play goal. Kubalik got an assist on Toews' goal and DeBrincat has three goals and an assist in his past four games.

If the defense can find a way to tighten up a bit, the Blackhawks will be able to ride two very capable goalies and their top two lines, which are gaining some confidence. 

2,500 for 'Gapper

Blackhawks head athletic trainer Mike Gapski worked his 2,500th game with the Blackhawks Thursday. Gapski is the longest tenured trainer in the NHL. 

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