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Patrick Kane gave a touching tribute to a soldier on a recent flight

Patrick Kane gave a touching tribute to a soldier on a recent flight

Patrick Kane is all in on the Blackhawks' organization-wide effort to express gratitude to the troops.

The star forward recently gave up his first-class seat on an American Airlines flight to a soldier, according to flight attendant Teri Truss' Twitter account:

The Blackhawks honor a different member of the military on the ice each night during the singing of the national anthem at the United Center and Kane has suited up for Team USA in several international competitions, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when the United States won the silver medal.

United Center to host 2022 NCAA tournament regional


United Center to host 2022 NCAA tournament regional

The NCAA tournament will return to the United Center in 2022.

The home of the Bulls and Blackhawks will play host to the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional during the 2022 edition of the event, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

The United Center did the same just a year ago, playing host to the 2016 Midwest Regional, won by Syracuse.

Each NCAA tournament site is hosted by a school or conference. Northwestern will be the host school for that 2022 regional.

The United Center will be the hardwood home for several big-time college hoops events in the coming seasons. In addition to the 2022 NCAA tournament, the UC will again be the home of the Big Ten Tournament in 2019 and 2021. The Champions Classic — which annually features Michigan State, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky — will again be played at the United Center on Nov. 14.

The NCAA announced locations for the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 events Tuesday. Other host sites in Big Ten Country include Columbus, Des Moines and Washington (2019); Omaha, Cleveland, Indianapolis and New York (2020); Detroit and Minneapolis (2021); Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cincinnati (2022). It was previously announced that Minneapolis will host the Final Four in 2019 and that Indianapolis will host the Final Four in 2021.

Blackhawks look to keep rolling vs. Coyotes

Blackhawks look to keep rolling vs. Coyotes

The last time the Blackhawks faced the Arizona Coyotes was the first game the current top line of Nick Schmaltz, Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik were thrown together.

Yeah, the combination's worked out well. So has the Blackhawks' game in general, as they've won seven of eight including that Feb. 2 game. Now the Blackhawks will try to keep the momentum rolling with their lines and their game when they host the Coyotes Thursday night at the United Center.

The Blackhawks' current run of success started in the desert and part of that has been finding more consistent lines. Everything else has gradually improved off of that, from goal scoring to puck possession.

"I think it's puck possession, puck control, pace to the game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we were very inconsistent in that early and we were defending way more than we were accustomed to. You're vulnerable for penalties, you're vulnerable for quality scoring chances against and not generating enough. I think that's the progression in our game now, it seems like all four lines are having the puck and having some zone time and having some rush chances, zone chances and it seems like every line's contributing there, and that's the big difference."

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The Blackhawks' top line didn't have immediate chemistry but Quenneville kept them together and let them work on it. But as Toews said, it was about the group keeping the all-around game going, points or no points.

"Sometimes you just gotta work until things start clicking," Toews said. "Everyone seems to start paying attention when you start scoring goals, regardless of [the fact you're] doing things right. It's nice that we're scoring but we have to stick with what's making us a successful line at both ends of the rink right now."

Corey Crawford will start vs. the Coyotes. Niklas Hjalmarsson did not skate this morning but is expected to play. Quenneville said Michal Rozsival could draw into the lineup.

Broadcast information

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Live stream: CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks lines

Nick Schmaltz -Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
Ryan Hartman-Tanner Kero-Vinnie Hinostroza

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Rozsival-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk


Corey Crawford



Coyotes lines (via Arizona Republic)

Tobias Rieder-Martin Hanzal-Radim Vrbata
Brendan Perlini-Christian Dvorak-Shane Doan
Max Domi -Alex Burmistrov-Ryan White
Jamie McGinn-Jordan Martinook-Josh Jooris

Defensive pairs

Oliver Ekman-Larsson-Luke Schenn
Alex Goligoski-Anthony DeAngelo
Jakob Chychrun-Connor Murphy


Mike Smith


Lawson Crouse (lower body), Brad Richardson (tibia)