Blackhawks 'lucky' to escape Columbus with win


Blackhawks 'lucky' to escape Columbus with win

Saturday, April 2, 2011Posted: 3:40 PM

By Tracey Myers

Troy Brouwer could laugh about it on Saturday.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward was as relieved as his teammates for getting out of Columbus with a 4-3 shootout victory on Friday night. But he also recognized that, considering their play, they couldve come home empty-handed.

I don't even know if we deserved to win. We tried real hard to not win that game, he said. If we tighten up our game, stop taking penalties, we'll have no problem making the playoffs. But we need to do those things.

True and true. And the Blackhawks know that has to come Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center.

The Blackhawks got out of Columbus with a victory, despite sloppy play and taking too many penalties in the second period. The latter problem cost them one goal, a 5-on-3 Blue Jackets tally that tied the game.

As Quenneville said Friday night, the Blackhawks were lucky to get out of that second giving up just one power-play goal. Maybe it helped that Columbus, already missing Rick Nash, has a power play ranked 28th in the NHL.

But against the Lightnings sixth-ranked power play seventh on the road the Blackhawks need to be disciplined. They also need to avoid some of the turnovers that didnt prove costly on Friday.

We were fortunate to come out even (in the second). There are some games you have disappointing losses but you're happy when you get that win, Quenneville said. When we start making East-West (passes), there are certain times when our offense leads to their offense. We want to be more direct in those types of plays and not let teams feed off of what we do.
Bollands status

Dave Bollands progress from his concussion has been minor. On Saturday, Quenneville said Bollands recovery status is slow. Its probably been a frustrating time for Bolland and the Blackhawks will be reminded of what they lost when they face the Lightning on Sunday.

Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina elbowed Bolland in their March 9 game in Tampa Bay, and Sunday marks the rematch between the teams. But Blackhawks coaches and players said retaliation cannot be part of the game.

Its not really a focus, Brouwer said. At this time of the season, you cant be trying to take liberties on players and cost your team power plays and points that are so important. Its one of those things that youll always remember it. But right now, it's not the time to be thinking about those things.

Quenneville concurred.

We have to be smart, he said. At this stage of the (season), as far as getting even, the best we can do that is win hockey games.
Sharp improving

Patrick Sharp continues to make progress from his left knee injury. Quenneville is hoping Sharp is skating sometime this week and will have a better idea of when he could return after that.

Right now well get a better indication when we get him on the ice. And well see if he's close to getting on the ice the next couple of days, Quenneville said. Hopefully this week he will be (skating).

Hejda suspended
Columbus defenseman Jan Hejda was suspended two games by the NHL for elbowing Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger on Friday night. Hejda got a minor penalty during Fridays game; the suspension came down Saturday morning.

Tracey Myers is's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center


Sports Talk Live Podcast: Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center

David Haugh, Charlie Roumeliotis, and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center. The guys look back at his 3 Cups in Chicago and discuss his place among the greatest Chicago coaches of all-time.

9:00 - The Blackhawks have won 5 straight and are 3 points out of a wild card spot. Are the playoffs in their future?

12:00 - Patrick Kane has reached 1,000 points. Will he end up at the Blackhawks all-time leading scorer? Could he end up being the greatest Blackhawk ever?

18:00 - Jonathan Toews joins Kap to talk about Joel Quenneville's return, Kane's 1,000th point and the team's winning streak?

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

Sports Talk Live Podcast


3 Takeaways: Joel Quenneville returns to United Center, Patrick Kane honored for 1,000th point

3 Takeaways: Joel Quenneville returns to United Center, Patrick Kane honored for 1,000th point

The Blackhawks lost 4-3 to the Florida Panthers, but welcomed former head coach Joel Quenneville back to Chicago and honored Patrick Kane for capturing his 1,000th NHL point. Here are three takeaways:

Welcome back, "Q"

Quenneville returned to the United Center for the first time since being fired on Nov. 6, 2018. "Coach Q", now the head coach of the Panthers (third place in the Atlantic Division), received a thunderous ovation during a video tribute from the Hawks organization in the first period. 

He guided the Blackhawks through three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and helped end a 49-year cup drought in Chicago in 2010. Quenneville returned to face the red-hot Hawks, who had won five-straight games, with his red-hot Panthers, who had also won five straight prior to Tuesday.

"You got to give them a little credit," "Q" said of Jeremy Colliton's Blackhawks before the game. "They're playing fast, they've got some speed in their lineup. They're quick in all lines. They can score, they're dangerous. 

"I think we've got to be respectful for what their rush game can bring and I think that it was kind of reminiscent when I talk about our team a lot. I say we can always score goals. 

"It's 'try to keep it out of our net' is a priority and we've been scoring a lot of goals and we want to make sure we can get better without the puck, and I think that's been a work in progress for us but it's [a] comparable time in our team's development right now. But we're seeing progress and I think tonight that's going to be a good test of how well we defend."


The Blackhawks held a ceremony before the game to honor Kane for recording his 1,000th NHL point off an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The ceremony included a video of the superstar winger as a small child saying: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the greatest show on earth.”

Kane is the 90th player in NHL history to reach the milestone and the youngest US-born player (31 years, 61 days) to record 1,000 points in the show.

On Tuesday, Kane scored with 1:15 remaining in regulation to bring the Blackhawks within one of the Panthers, extending his point streak to 11 games (five goals, 11 assists). 

Streak snapped

The Hawks' five-game winning streak ended and they remain three points out of a wild card spot. Their next game won't be until Feb. 1 in Arizona with the All-Star break and bye week. 

A horrid second period is what did the Hawks in on Tuesday. Chicago gave up four second-period goals, including a hat trick from Frank Vatrano. 

The Blackhawks did see contributions from Kirby Dach, who scored off a backhand over Sergei Bobrovsky's shoulder. Dach, who turned 19 on Tuesday, ended a 13-game goal drought, making it 3-1 in the second period. Drake Caggiula scored off a redirect on a third-period power play to make it 4-2. Caggiula has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games after returning from a concussion on Jan. 9.

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