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Myers: Bolland day-to-day, doubtful Sunday

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Myers: Bolland day-to-day, doubtful Sunday

Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted: 11:26 a.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland is still feeling the effects from that Pavel Kubina elbow to the head, and is doubtful to play Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

Bolland did not practice on Friday, two days after taking that elbow from the Tampa Bay defenseman, and hes officially listed as day to day. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is still not happy with that elbow, which got Kubina suspended for three games.

We get no benefit; we lose a player and we dont get a power play. It was a dangerous hit, Quenneville said. The league knows what the comparables are on that type of infraction. I wasnt happy with the hit at all. I would say thats one that when you look at it, its probably the hit (the league) talks about that they dont want in the game.

Meanwhile, defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell all missed practice on Friday. It was mostly a maintenance day, especially for Hjalmarsson and Keith, who are nursing hand injuries. Campbell (leg), who like Hjalmarsson got some stationary bike work in on Friday, was progressing well.

Hjalmarsson and Keith will play Sunday and Quenneville is hopeful Campbell will, too.

Soupy progressed today, Quenneville said. Were happy with the way he feels, well see how he is tomorrow. His progress the last couple of days has been good.
Walter Reed inspiration

The Blackhawks were awed by their visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Thursday. Players, who met with wounded soldiers and their families, were humbled by the experience.

It was amazing, Toews said. One kid I met was 22 years old, he joined (the army) five days after his high school graduation. I think hed just been injured a couple weeks before yesterday. Some days when you feel good about what youre doing on the ice, it doesnt mean much compared to what those guys are doing.

Many were struck by how young the soldiers were.

Guys were 20, 21, 22 and you cant imagine yourself in that situation. It makes you realize how fortunate you are that you can walk or write, Patrick Kane said. Its amazing to think all these guys who are injured have such a positive outlook on life. Theyre special people.
Twitter me this
Patrick Sharp has joined the Twitter world, or at least is an active participant at the moment. The Blackhawks forward already gained a couple of thousand followers after he tweeted about the teams trip to Walter Reed on Thursday.

But Sharp doesnt foresee being an uber-active member.

I dont know how far Ill take it, he said. I just felt going into Walter Reed was good reason to fire out a tweet. I didnt realize Id get so many followers right away. Ill tweet about the White House experience and see how it goes. My focus is on playing hockey and Im not taking anything away from that. Its nice to see different comments but dont be surprised if it doesnt last long.

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

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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

Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Four takeaways: Blackhawks suffer first regulation loss, but Corey Crawford looks sharp in season debut

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on Thursday:

1. Return of the Crow

The Blackhawks got their man back between the pipes after a 10-month layoff due to a concussion. And he looked like same old "Crow."

Crawford stopped 27 of 30 shots for a save percentage of .900. He faced 12 shots and eight scoring chances in the first period, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The biggest save he made was on a Michael Grabner breakaway in the third period, bailing out a turnover in the neutral zone.

"I think I felt better in the second and third," Crawford said. "But they really didn’t get that many opportunities early. It was nice. I think they flipped one in for the first one, so that was kind of good just to get in it and feel one early. We were close in that one all game and we created a lot. I thought [Antti] Raanta played really well.

"It was a tough, tough break at the end. Still felt I should have stopped that one. We were right there, we were creating a lot and gotta try to come up with that one. Just gotta forget about it and worry about the next game."

2. Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews extend point streaks

The hot start continues for the Blackhawks' two leading scorers, both of whom assisted on Erik Gustafsson's goal in the second period to stretch their point streaks to six games. DeBrincat and Toews each have 10 points this season.

3. Overtime streak ends

The Blackhawks made history by forcing five straight overtime games to start the season, something no team has ever done in the four major sports (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB). But they didn't have the comeback magic in them this time.

Entering Thursday, the Blackhawks were 1-0-1 when trailing after two periods. They were 5-28-2 last season for a win percentage of .143.

4. Familiar faces, new places

Five former Blackhawks took the ice for the Coyotes: Vinnie Hinostroza, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik and Antti Raanta.

It was Hjalmarsson's first trip back to Chicago since being traded in the 2017 offseason. He received a nice video tribute during the second TV timeout of the first period, which made him very emotional.

"I almost got emotional too seeing his reaction," Toews said. "He's one of those guys you'll never forget what he meant to this locker room. He was a quiet guy in the room but we all know how he played and put everyone else before himself. Pretty cool reaction from the fans too. I think we were all sad to see him leave this locker room, he did a lot of special things and was a massive part of our championship wins. Happy for him to get that reception. It's well-deserved and obviously we miss having him around."

As far as the game, Hjalmarsson logged a team-high 22:18 of ice time and blocked three shots. Oesterle registered a secondary assist on Arizona's first goal, which was its first 5-on-5 of the season.

Hinostroza, who was also part of the Marian Hossa trade over the summer, scored twice in his return to his hometown, beating Crawford with a wrist shot to make it 2-1 in the second period and an empty-netter in the third; his second goal turned out to be the game winner, the fourth of his career and first as a member of the Coyotes.

Panik recorded four shot attempts (three on goal). And Raanta improved to 16-0-3 in his career at the United Center, a remarkable record for any goaltender in any situation.