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Blackhawks: Michal Rozsival lost for the season

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Blackhawks: Michal Rozsival lost for the season

The prognosis didn’t look good. Michal Rozsival’s injury, even on first sight, didn’t look good. On replays, it even looked worse.

It looked unlikely that Rozsival would play again this season. On Friday, that bad news was confirmed.

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Blackhawks physician Dr. Michael Terry announced in a statement that Rozsival suffered a fractured left ankle that will require surgery. The defenseman is done for the rest of this postseason.

Rozsival went down awkwardly early in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 4-3 victory over the Wild. He couldn’t put any weight on his left leg as teammates helped him off the ice.

It’s a tough blow for the Blackhawks, whose defensive depth was thin as it was. Now they’ll be without a veteran who played well through the second round.

Fellow defensemen are prepared to soak up minutes if need be.

“Whatever happens, happens,” said Duncan Keith, who has averaged more than 30 minutes a game this postseason. “I’ve played with different guys the whole year and over the last few years.  We’re all in good shape, obviously. We’ve just got to be smart.”

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Coach Joel Quenneville will have to figure some things out on defense but he’ll have time to do so; the Blackhawks, who completed their four-game sweep over the Wild on Thursday, may not start the Western Conference Finals for another week. David Rundblad, Kyle Cumiskey and Michael Paliotta are immediately available.

“We’ve got a number of players that can step up and fill that role depending on how Mike’s doing,” Patrick Sharp said. “We’ll figure that out down the road but depth has been a strength of this team at all positions so we’ll see what happens.”

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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