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Brouwer injured; Hawks stymied by Habs' Price

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Brouwer injured; Hawks stymied by Habs' Price

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted: 9:06 p.m. Updated: 10:52 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Blackhawks and Canadiens had just completed a late regular-season game with plenty of playoff feel. Great goaltending, great chances, great drama.

And then it ended on a call the Blackhawks didnt think was so great.
P.K. Subban scored the game-winning power-play goal in overtime after Jonathan Toews was whistled for a trip on him in the Blackhawks 2-1 loss at Bell Centre on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks got a point out of what was a classic game played by both teams, but they were frustrated that the questionable-at-best penalty led to the conclusion.

Watch: Toews frustrated with late penalty call

I dont really know what to say right now. We worked our butts off and you dont want to blame it on one little thing and say it comes down to a call but thats obviously what happened, Toews said. You can argue the call, especially when you feel there are a lot of stick penalties that dont get called against you out there. And then the games decided on something like that, its pretty damn frustrating.

Coach Joel Quenneville said I 100 percent disagreed with the call. He wasnt calling it (at first) and Jonny didnt touch his feet. Both goalies were great tonight. It was a tough way to end it.
Watch: Quenneville disagrees with overtime call

As angry as the Blackhawks were with the conclusion, they certainly did have their opportunities to win. They had 42 other shots, all of which Carey Price stopped in a fabulous performance. The Blackhawks also went 0 for 5 on their power play.

The Blackhawks gained a point and remain in eighth place in the West. Patrick Kane scored, giving him his 300th career point and changing game momentum. But the Blackhawks also lost Troy Brouwer who suffered an apparent right-shoulder injury with 13:07 remaining in regulation. Corey Crawford was stellar in his return home, stopping 33 of 35 shots.

Watch: Crawford thought calls didn't go Hawks way

We played well and we had some chances and I thought we couldve gotten some calls that we didnt. We get that one in overtime and thats a tough one to swallow, Crawford said. At least we got a point out of it. Its just tough because others are chasing us now and theyre playing well and we need every point we can get. Thats a tough point to lose.

The Blackhawks wont have much time to be angry, as they play St. Louis Wednesday night at the United Center. The Blackhawks, with 93 points, hold a two-point edge over ninth-place Dallas (91); both teams have three games remaining. Points are at a premium right now and they need all they can get.

Watch: Kane thinks Hawks have some work to do

Its tough to take because the call came so late, Kane said. But we got a point tonight. We have to look to tomorrow and try to win and move forward.
Brouwer hurt

Read: Brower leaves with shoulder injury

Brouwer suffered an apparent right shoulder injury with about 13 minutes left in regulation and did not return. Brouwer landed shoulder first around the boards and did not get up for several moments. When he did, he skated off under his own power.

Quenneville said hed have a better assessment of Brouwers status on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks are already missing two forwards in Patrick Sharp (left knee) and Dave Bolland (concussion). Sharp continues to improve and could be skating in the next day or two, Quenneville said. Meanwhile, Bolland is showing a little progress.

Briefly

Patrick Kane played just over 21 minutes and had five shots on goal. Marian Hossa logged 23 and a half minutes.

Bryan Bickell had a team-high seven shots on goal.

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

Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks’ 3-0-2 start.

They also discuss Brandon Saad’s demotion and whether it could serve as a wake-up call, Corey Crawford’s potential return on Thursday vs. Arizona and what could happen with Anton Forsberg because of it, and address the power play concerns.

The guys wrap up the podcast by making a few bold predictions going forward.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!

10 years with 'Coach Q' anything but ordinary

10 years with 'Coach Q' anything but ordinary

Over the last 10 years, the words “ordinary” and "OK" have taken on a new meaning to Blackhawks players and fans alike. 

That’s “Coach Q” speak. 

A language where “ordinary” means awful and “just OK” means you were a non-factor. The good news is the last 10 seasons under Joel Quenneville have been anything but ordinary at the United Center. 

On Oct. 16th, 2008, the Blackhawks let go of fan-favorite Denis Savard after a 1-2-1 start to the season and named Quenneville as head coach in his place. Quenneville coached the Colorado Avalanche the previous season, but after another disappointing exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the two mutually parted ways. He had originally planned to stay away from the bench for at least a season, but the Blackhawks triumvirate of Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and then-GM Dale Tallon brought Quenneville on as a scout and then handed him the keys to the car shortly after.

“Dale’s obligation is to put together a winning team,” said McDonough at Quenneville’s introductory press conference. “At this point, Joel is the coach of that team.”

It was an emotional day at the Blackhawks offices. Savard – a Blackhawks legend on the ice and a coach the players held in high regard – was let go just as things started to turn upwards for the organization. The end of the 2007-2008 season saw the Blackhawks once again miss out on the playoffs, but the fans began to flock to the United Center once more, and the hype train around the young team built around Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane was gaining steam.

“Moving forward, if we want to be a championship-caliber organization, we have to make tough decisions,” said Tallon. “This was the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make.” 

Savard was 65-66-16 in parts of three seasons as head coach of the Blackhawks. Meanwhile, Quenneville had compiled eight 95+ point seasons behind the bench for the Blues and Avalanche in his 11 years as a head coach.

“We felt the experience and the track record of Joel would be a balance that we needed with a young, inexperienced team,” said Tallon. "Joel brings us a wealth of experience and a winning track record that will have an immediate and lasting impact."

The gamble paid off for the Blackhawks in a major way. Once Quenneville took over, the team got to the sought-after next level. 

They finished the 08-09 season with 104 points, third-most in the NHL’s Western Conference, had a franchise-record setting 9-game win streak in the month of December and returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-2002 season. The “young and inexperienced” Blackhawks took the league by storm, dropping the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs in six games before taking down the rival Canucks in the next round.

They ultimately lost out to the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals, but the bar was now set for the organization. From then on, the Blackhawks were Stanley Cup contenders. 

Quenneville currently ranks 2nd in franchise history with 449 wins, trailing only Billy Reay’s 516. 

But most importantly, Quenneville’s 76 playoff wins rank at the top in the organization’s long and storied history, and those three Stanley Cups that he’s raised over his head were anything but “ordinary.”