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Bowman: Hawks improving, enough for second Cup?

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Bowman: Hawks improving, enough for second Cup?

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
10:16 a.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

LOS ANGELES The Chicago Blackhawks didnt get the start that general manager Stan Bowman was hoping for, but Bowman said hes liked what hes seen from the team in recent weeks.

Speaking prior to the Blackhawks 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Bowman said the team is finding its identity.

Obviously we were hoping to be better at this time of the year. But Ive seen signs over the last couple of weeks, Bowman said. I think over the long haul, when we play the way we want to play -- control the game and limiting opponents chances -- the results are going to come. We are playing better.

The Blackhawks have gotten better results lately, including that victory over the Kings that gave them a 4-2-0 mark on their annual circus trip. Here are Bowmans thoughts on other subjects regarding the Blackhawks:

If theres a timetable on making a move if the Blackhawks remain near .500:
I dont know if you can put a timetable on it. I like the way that weve responded in terms of our style of play over the last few weeks. Obviously there are some very good players. Even the new players weve brought in are very good; some have probably exceeded expectations, truthfully. Its really just getting this team to create its own identity. Its starting to happen. I see the signs of that.

If this team has enough to win another Cup:
Thats a tough question to answer. I dont think personnel so much wins championships. Obviously you have to have players. But you have to come together as a team and play the right way. Look at standings. Its a very competitive league, especially in the West. Theres a very fine line between winning and losing games. The first 20 games we had a bunch of one-goal games. We lost some games we probably should have won and won some maybe we didnt deserve to. I certainly believe in our players and our experience and the fact that theyve gone through situations, adversity in the past. Now is the time when you have to rely on them to draw upon that.

On Corey Crawfords progress this season:
Coreys a guy that, I would say Im surprised but, with young players like that you give them the opportunity and they have to take it when theyre given it. His play will dictate how much he plays. He understands the situation hes in, he wants an opportunity to prove himself and hes very confident. Its a different look for him. Hes always been the guy whos played a majority (in Rockford). You dont want to load too much on a guy whos getting used to NHL. It is a long season. We dont want to burn either (Crawford or Marty Turco) out.
On whether or not the salary cap dictates who gets called up from Rockford:
Thats not an issue right now. We have cap space. Weve been fortunate recently that we havent had injuries. Were comfortable with the guys that have been playing. We can bring a guy up tomorrow if we want to; its not a salary cap issue.

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

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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