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Hawks need strong effort from Turco for fourth win

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Hawks need strong effort from Turco for fourth win

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Updated 1:14 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasnt happy with what he called the Blackhawks rubbing it in in their last matchup in Vancouver, and he wasnt backing down from that prior to tonights game at the United Center.

The Blackhawks were up 6-0 when they went on a 5-on-3 power play midway through their 7-1 victory on Nov. 20. Their on-ice personnel for that power play were Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Viktor Stalberg, Nick Boynton and Duncan Keith. Vigneault took exception to the Blackhawks putting on what he called their No. 1 power-play unit

I think its every teams right to do what they want, he said outside Vancouvers locker room this morning. We obviously werent very good, 5 on 3 you send Kane and Toews on the ice. They have every right to do that, they did it, and thats it.

The Canucks had a late power play in their 7-2 rout over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Vigneault said the Canucks fourth line was on that advantage, on which they did score.

The Blackhawks fourth line had just come off the ice prior to that sequence. Told that Boynton and Stalberg are not part of the teams top power-play unit, Vigneault said, come on. Be serious. Toews and Kane, its 6-0 going into the third, what do you think? Lets be serious.

The rivalry between these two has built over recent years, especially with the Blackhawks eliminating Vancouver in two consecutive playoffs. As far as that last game, the Blackhawks are downplaying the situation.

I dont think theres anything to it, to be honest, Troy Brouwer said. Some games teams just dont have it and that might have been their game. For us, Q was rolling four lines. Youre not just going to bench Toews line for the rest of the game. You roll four lines and they just happened to be out there.

Turcos turn

Marty Turco is ready to get back in net tonight against the Canucks, whom he took a 3-2 shootout decision over here earlier this season. For Turco, its all about being ready for that next start.

Its about positives. The best one is were winning and on a streak and thats all I want; and to get in there and play and make a difference, he said. Those are things that make my world to round. All I think about is what I can do every day to get better.
Briefly

Fernando Pisani did not skate again this morning and is out for tonights game.

Roberto Luongo will start for the Canucks tonight.

Jordan Hendry is looking like the healthy scratch again tonight.

Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Marlins pitcher puts White Sox on Perfecto Watch on anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Rick Renteria called it "eerie."

Ten years to the day after Mark Buehrle delivered one of the most memorable moments in White Sox history with a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, there was another Perfecto Watch on the South Side.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith didn't reach "call your neighbors" territory, but he retired the first 17 batters he faced in order, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning Tuesday night against the White Sox.

"I'll be honest, it was a little eerie for us," Renteria said after the 5-1 loss. "I kept thinking, I wasn't here 10 years ago for that. And he was working that, and I was like, 'Hey, (pitching coach Don Cooper), I don't like what I'm seeing here.'"

Smith was excellent, striking out nine of those first 17 hitters he put down in order. On a night when White Sox fans were celebrating the anniversary of Buehrle's feat, this was not the type of celebration they had in mind.

"You start to see," White Sox shortstop Ryan Goins said. "Anybody says they don’t feel it, he can say he doesn’t feel it but everybody knows the perfect game is going on. ... But he did a god job keeping us off-balance today."

The White Sox broke up the Perfecto Watch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Adam Engel putting an end to Smith's stretch of five consecutive strikeouts with a walk. Leury Garcia followed that with a walk of his own, and Jon Jay put an end to the no-hit bid and the shutout with an RBI single.

Smith gave up a base hit to AJ Reed the following inning, but he finished his effort with one run and just four base runners allowed over seven innings. Smith's had himself a nice season for the last-place Marlins, his ERA down to 3.30 after Tuesday night's game.

The four base runners the White Sox got against Smith were the only ones they had on a silent night for the bats. A pair of Marlins relievers followed up Smith's work with two 1-2-3 innings. The White Sox struck out 10 times.

A decade later, Renteria might have been one of the few in the White Sox dugout putting the history together with what was happening on the field Tuesday night, but that didn't make Smith any less dominant on the anniversary of Buehrle's dominance.

"I don’t think we are thinking that far back," Goins said. "We are just trying to go up there and have good at-bats, honestly. He did a great job of not really leaving anything in the middle of the plate to hit, mixing his pitches up and throwing everything for a strike. And then throwing chase pitches when he needed to."

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Cubs Talk Podcast: A Whole Roster of Issues

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Cubs Talk Podcast: A Whole Roster of Issues

Tony Andracki, David Kaplan, and Kelly Crull dive into everything going on with the Cubs at the moment, including Addison Russell's struggles and the team's other personnel issues (1:10), whether some trade targets are realistic for the Cubs to acquire (7:30), the ultimate role for Robel Garcia (11:15), how the Cubs will structure the bullpen with Pedro Strop's struggles (14:30), and what the roster could look like after the trade deadline (18:30).

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: