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Hawks don't lose power despite Kane's quick exit

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Hawks don't lose power despite Kane's quick exit

Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
Updated 10:39 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks were barely into their game Sunday night when star forward Patrick Kane lay injured near the boards. As Kane was helped off, putting very little to no weight on his left leg, the Blackhawks had to regroup and respond.

They did.

Kane will be out probably a little bit after sustaining a lower-body injury that coach Joel Quenneville said is not real serious, and the Blackhawks held off the Calgary Flames 4-2 at the United Center on Sunday night.

Dave Bolland scored twice, Brent Seabrook had three assists and Corey Crawford won his sixth consecutive start for the Blackhawks.

Kane was hurt 46 seconds into Sundays contest, falling awkwardly when he was checked along the boards by Flames defenseman Cory Sarich. The Blackhawks were already without Marian Hossa (lower body) and Fernando Pisani (upper body).

Guys who are getting injured are key parts to this team. When they go down, its tough. Its a lot of offensive firepower out of your lineup, Duncan Keith said. Every team deals with that at one point or the other, but it seems like weve had a tough go of it. But weve got guys who can step up. Its just a collective team effort where everybody and get a little bit better and pick up the slack.

The Blackhawks did some of that on Sunday, when they scored all four goals on their power play. Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews scored on the advantage, and Bolland tapped in his first on a 5-on-3 edge.

Finally, Bolland said of his goals. Its nice to get rewarded.

The Blackhawks were giving as much as they were taking early, however, as the Flames scored on their first two power plays. Jarome Iginla and Anton Babchuk evened the game at the time, 2-2.

Toews power-play goal put the Blackhawks back up at the end of the first period. But they got in penalty trouble in the third, taking three in a row. The penalty kill, and Crawford, came up big in that sequence.

I played with him back in Norfolk (Va.), four or five years ago and hes the same. It just took time to come up and show what he can do, Bolland said. Hes been real good for us.

As for Kane's injury, just how long a little bit ends up being will be determined soon. Until then, the Blackhawks will have to depend on others to get them through this.

You dont want your star guy getting hurt, Crawford said. Hopefully hes ready to go fairly soon but the other guys, theyre able to just keep playing and step up even when we miss a guy like that.

Starting next

The Dallas Stars, with whom Marty Turco spent 10 seasons, are at the United Center on Wednesday. So does Quenneville go with Turco against his former team or Crawford, whos on a winning streak?

Well see, he said. I know I went against (going with the hot hand) the last time. Craws on a nice little roll right now but well have to give that some consideration.

Briefly

Bollands goals were his first since Oct. 16 against the Buffalo Sabres.

Quenneville said Hossa andor Pisani could be skating at some point this week.

Jordan Hendry was a healthy scratch on Sunday.

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

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane found his postseason game, but is it too late?

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane found his postseason game, but is it too late?

Six games into the Blackhawks' 2020 postseason Patrick Kane finally produced near the level we're accustomed to.

Through his first five postseason games at Edmonton, Kane only had four points (one goal, three assists), with zero points and a +/- rating of -2 against Vegas in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs first round series.

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Game 2 against the Golden Knights on Thursday featured a bounce-back performance from Kane, as well as Corey Crawford, and a much better effort from the Hawks across the board, but it wasn't enough to even up the series. Instead, they lost 4-3 in overtime to trail in the series 2-0.

The good news is that Kane is looking like himself, picking up three assists in the second period of Game 2 and helping the Hawks exit the second frame tied 3-3.

First, Kane assisted on Blackhawks rookie forward Kirby Dach's first NHL playoff goal, passing the puck to Calvin de Haan, who fed Dach to cut the Golden Knights' lead to 2-1 at 3:17 of the second period.

Then, Showtime picked up the primary helper on Dominik Kubalik's power-play goal that tied it 2-2, for the rookie's fourth goal in six postseason contests.

Late in the second, trailing 3-2, Alex DeBrincat passed it to Kane, who fed Dylan Strome in front of the crease to tie it 3-3 with 14 seconds remaining in the period for Strome's second postseason goal.

With Kane's third assist in the game, he passed Bobby Hull (129) for third in most playoff points in Hawks history with 130. Denis Savard is in second with 145 and Stan Mikita is No. 1 with 150.

"Well, I've been fortunate to play on some amazing teams. And I guess when you have some deep runs in the playoffs, you're going to have the chance to put up numbers and points when you're an offensive guy," Kane said following Thursday's loss. "So I appreciate those teams I've been on, trying to do the same thing here with this team."

The bad news for this Blackhawks team is that they're trailing seemingly one of, if not the best, teams in the playoffs 2-0. The good news is Kane has begun to find his game again and that three assists still doesn't cut it for his potential.

He almost had a goal in the first period on a Hawks' power play but hit the post after beating Robin Lehner five-hole.

If Chicago is able to put together a better effort and play their game closer to the full 60 minutes (pending overtime), Kane may be able to ride some momentum and put them over the top to make the series interesting in Game 3. He's been known to deliver on big stages in key moments.

"I think we got a good group," Kane said. "I think we proved it all year when we played in tough situations, faced some adversity that we were able to come back, we're able to work our way out of it. This isn't a team that's going to give up and I think we're in a situation here where we're coming into a day off then a back-to-back situation and we feel we got a young team with some fresh legs, so hopefully that can be used to our advantage."

Blackhawks must 'regroup fast' after falling behind 2-0 against Golden Knights

Blackhawks must 'regroup fast' after falling behind 2-0 against Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for a reason. They are one of the best offensive and defensive teams in the league, and the Blackhawks are seeing it first-hand in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In a 4-1 loss in Game 1 on Tuesday, the Blackhawks were reminded that the Golden Knights can tighten up defensively as good as anyone. In Game 2 on Thursday, the Golden Knights reminded the Blackhawks why they were the NHL’s best puck possession team during the regular season and showed how dangerous they can be when they dictate the pace of play.

The Blackhawks went toe-to-toe with the Golden Knights for two periods, but the Golden Knights imposed their will in the third period and overtime and eventually cashed in at the 7:13 mark to take a 2-0 series lead.

"I thought we were playing really well the first two periods," said Patrick Kane, who had three assists in Thursday's 4-3 loss. "And for whatever reason it just seemed that they came out better than us in the third. I don’t know if we thought it was going to be a little bit easier than it was, especially after we tied it up. But they’re a good team, they’re going to fight back, and they carried the play for most of the third."

The Blackhawks made significant lineup changes going into Game 2, looking for a spark after struggling to break through Vegas’ tight-checking style in Game 1. Adam Boqvist, most notably, was a healthy scratch in favor of Lucas Carlsson, who logged only 10:33 of ice time and had a plus-2 rating.

The Blackhawks also changed up the look of three of their four lines and, for the most part, it worked. But the Golden Knights were too much to handle, even without their leading scorer Max Pacioretty, who was ruled "unfit to play."

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From the third period on, the Golden Knights led in shot attempts (36-16), shots on goal (23-7), scoring chances (21-8) and high-danger chances (7-3), according to Natural Stat Trick. It was a dominant effort, and only a matter of time before they broke through.

"They're a really good third-period team and they had a hard push," head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I would've liked to see us handle it a little better. ... Disappointing, because I thought the guys played hard. But at the same time, we need to keep getting better, keep improving. We're not out of it. We're going to regroup and come back raring to go for Game 3."

Credit the Blackhawks for rallying from a two-goal deficit to even the score at 3-3 by the end of the second period. They showed, yet again, that they won't go down without a fight and are never out of a game.

But they've given up the first goal in five of six postseason games now and have yet to play with a lead in 127:13 minutes against the Golden Knights. That needs to change if the Blackhawks want to get back into this series, which is going to be difficult considering teams that go up 2-0 in a series go on to win 87.2 percent of the time.

It's a crucial weekend for the Blackhawks, who have a day off on Friday before playing back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.

"Once we find our groove, we’ll be alright as a group," Kirby Dach said. "It’s tough to swallow this one right now. We had chances in overtime to put the game away. That’s not the way it went, so we’ve got to regroup fast here because these next two games are coming up quick."