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Hossa leaves practice after collision with Boynton

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Hossa leaves practice after collision with Boynton

Monday, Nov. 29, 2010
12:32 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Marian Hossa was helped off the ice and did not return after colliding with defenseman Nick Boynton at the Blackhawks practice on Monday morning.

Both Hossa and Boynton were lying on the ice for a few moments after the hit. Boynton, who said he just got the wind knocked out of him, finished practice. But Hossa was helped off and taken immediately to the locker room. It looked like Hossa was putting more weight on his left leg as he left.

There was no immediate update on Hossas status following practice. Coach Joel Quenneville was not at practice; he and assistant coach Mike Kitchen were attending Pat Burns funeral in Montreal.

Boynton said hes not sure what happened.

"I was facing backward and he ran into me, he said. Im not sure if he got the worst of it or what happened. We both didnt see each other.

Hossa missed several games earlier this season with an upper-body injury.

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

Duncan Keith reaching elite career milestones this season

Duncan Keith reaching elite career milestones this season

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith's body of work is reaching new heights. As if two Stanley Cups, two Norris trophies and two Olympic gold medals weren't already enough for the veteran blueliner, he added more to his list of achievements this week.

In Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers, Keith recorded his 500th NHL assist with the primary helper on Dominik Kubalik's second period goal that made it 1-1. 

On Friday, in a 2-1 overtime win over the Nashville Predators, Keith assisted on both of Alex DeBrincat's goals to help the Hawks grab a much-needed victory after going 1-5-2 in their previous seven games and get him to 601 career NHL points.

"It’s a great feeling," Keith said following Friday's game. "Obviously just to have that feeling, we were down most of the game. We stuck with it, we stayed patient, had some big penalty kills, I was in the box for a couple. 

"Huge win, nice to win like that at home, too. We’ve kind of had our struggles this year at home, it’s something we’ve talked about: having a better outcome, better atmosphere here. It was tough there for most of the game, we were down by one and found a way to get it done in overtime."

Keith became the seventh player in Hawks history to record 500+ assists and just the second defenseman to do so. Doug Wilson had 554. 

Keith is the 40th defenseman in NHL history to reach 600+ points. His 601 points are good for 39th on the all-time list among defensemen, two points behind San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson. 

The 36-year-old defenseman has 99 goals and 502 assists on his career. 

"It feels good," Keith said of the latest milestone, reaching 600 NHL points. "It’s been a fun ride, it’s been a privilege being a part of this team, this organization. We’re treated first class, played with a lot of great teammates over the years. Patrick Kane always seems to be included in those milestones, for me anyway. Like I said, lucky to play with great players, got to get in done in a win too."

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With NHL trade deadline looming, Blackhawks hold out Erik Gustafsson from lineup

With NHL trade deadline looming, Blackhawks hold out Erik Gustafsson from lineup

With three days left until the NHL trade deadline, the Blackhawks held out defenseman Erik Gustafsson from Friday's game against the Nashville Predators. TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported it's for precautionary reasons. 

Head coach Jeremy Colliton said after the game that the hockey operations department made the late call to scratch Gustafsson and the coaching staff "acted accordingly." Nick Seeler drew into the lineup for Gustafsson, and Slater Koekkoek was moved to the top pairing.

"Obviously, make a quick decision as far as what we’re going to do and you never know how it’s going to work out," Colliton said following a 2-1 overtime win for the Blackhawks' first home victory since Jan. 19. "But I thought Seeler did well. A lot of guys played extra minutes and hard minutes with all the penalties in particular. Thought we did a real good job of handling it. Our group did a good job of responding to that type of thing. Obviously Gus is a very popular guy in the room, but I thought we handled it well."

Gustafsson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and there have been no extension talks between the Blackhawks and Gustafsson's representatives, so it's not surprising the team is exploring the market for the 27-year-old blue liner with the Blackhawks six points out of the final wildcard spot in the Western Conference going into the weekend.

And even though the Blackhawks responded nicely with a win over the Predators, Gustafsson's absence was felt inside the locker room.

"It sucks, but it’s part of the business," said Alex DeBrincat, who scored two goals, including the overtime winner. "We have to go out there and do our job and they have to do theirs. For us, we just need to go out there and play our game and not really worry about it."

Gustafsson is coming off a season in which he recorded a career-high 17 goals and 60 points. He has 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 59 games this season, and has a plus-8 rating during 5-on-5 play. 

Gustafsson carries a $1.2 million cap hit, which makes him an attractive piece to teams who are up in a financial crunch. He's a perfect third-pairing defenseman on a good team and can be a difference-maker for a playoff contender that's looking for a power play quarterback.

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