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Carcillo suspended indefinitely; Kruger has setback

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Carcillo suspended indefinitely; Kruger has setback

Daniel Carcillo is suspended indefinitely pending a hearing for his hit on Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert, and Marcus Kruger appears to have had a setback as the Chicago Blackhawks returned to practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Carcillo was assessed a five-minute boarding call and a game misconduct for the hit, on which both he and Gilbert were injured. Carcillo, who suffered what appeared to be a left-knee injury, did not practice on Tuesday. Coach Joel Quenneville said Carcillo was still being evaluated on Tuesday and did not have an update on Carcillo's health status.

As for the potential suspension, if there is one, it will be Carcillo's third this season. He was suspended the first two regular-season games for actions late last postseason and two more in late October for his hit on Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

Whether it's due to injury or suspension, it seems likely Carcillo will miss some time. Quenneville said the Blackhawks are currently considering calling up a player to fill that open spot.

Meanwhile, Quenneville said Kruger was "not so good today." The young center had been progressing, although he had yet to skate again after getting re-injured on Dec. 26 against Columbus.

Steve Montador did not practice on Tuesday but Quenneville said he's getting better and hopes the defenseman is back on the ice soon.

Robin Lehner got best of 'reverse psychology' with Blackhawks familiarity in Game 1

Robin Lehner got best of 'reverse psychology' with Blackhawks familiarity in Game 1

On Tuesday, former Blackhawks goalie Robin Lehner and the Vegas Golden Knights got the better of the Hawks in Game 1 of their Round One Stanley Cup Playoff series, winning 4-1.

Lehner saved 19 of 20 shots from Chicago, but his own equipment made him more uncomfortable in net than his former team.

The 29-year-old goalie had to have a skate blade repaired twice in the second period.

"I was pretty frustrated. It's the first time that's ever happened to me," Lehner said following the game. ... "You kind of get into it and I didn't really know what happened there at first, but you have to battle through it. The rule is when we have possession they can blow it. Kind of tough for a goalie with one skate."

The Blackhawks hit a post the first time Lehner had blade trouble, but otherwise didn't capitalize on his skate malfunction.

Chicago got away from what worked in the Oilers series against goalies Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen in creating traffic in front of the net to take away the goalie's eyes and trying for deflections. Vegas' D did a good job of pushing the Hawks to the outside and away from the crease.

According to Lehner, when the Blackahwks did have chances, knowing their tendencies from playing with them earlier in the year — before he was traded to Vegas ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline — played to his advantage in Game 1.

"I think I'm foremost a reading goalie. I know a lot of their tendencies, I know what they're trying to do on the power play and etc.," The 2019 Vezina Trophy finalist said. "But it becomes a little bit of reverse psychology. I knew that they know (that) and they were going to mix it up a little bit on me. On all the really in-tight chances today they tried to go five-hole, so I kind of anticipated that before the game and next game they're probably going to try something else."

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Podcast: Blackhawks drop Game 1 to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

Podcast: Blackhawks drop Game 1 to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1

The Blackhawks lose Game 1 to the favorite Vegas Golden Knights and former Hawk Robin Lehner gets credited with the win. Host Pat Boyle is joined by NBCS Blackhawks analyst and 2013 Stanley Cup champ with the Hawks Jamal Mayers to break down Game 1 and talk how the Hawks can come back for Game 2 to tie the series.

(1:00) - Corey Crawford let in a few soft goals

(6:20) - What went wrong and what went right for the Hawks?

(10:32) - How do the Hawks get more offense?

(14:30) - How should the Hawks prepare for Game 2?

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