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2018 IIHF Men's World Championship tracker: Keeping up with the Blackhawks

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2018 IIHF Men's World Championship tracker: Keeping up with the Blackhawks

The 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship is taking place in Denmark from May 4-20, and you can keep up with all the Blackhawks participating right here.

Here's a quick rundown of the players:

Germany: Dominik Kahun, who signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in April.

Russia: Artem Anisimov and prospect Max Shalunov.

Slovakia: Tomas Jurco.

Sweden: Erik Gustafsson.

USA: Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy, Jordan Oesterle and 2015 Stanley Cup champion and Lemont native Scott Darling.

MAY 20

— Kane registered an assist, a game-high six shots on goal and logged the second-most ice time of any skater (25:51) in USA's 4-1 win over Canada to win bronze. He finished with eight goals and 12 assists in 10 games, becoming just the second player in 37 years to reach the 20-point mark. Dany Heatley did so in 2008.

— DeBrincat had an assist and three shots on goal in 13:59 of ice time. He finished the tournament with one goal and eight assists in 10 games.

— Murphy had a plus-1 rating in 12:27 of ice time. He led USA with a plus-7 rating in 10 games, and recorded an assist.

MAY 19

— Kane had three shots on goal and was a minus-3 in 22:02 of ice time in USA's 6-0 loss to Sweden in the semifinals.

— DeBrincat was one of two U.S. players to be held shotless and was a minus-2 rating in 13:37 of ice time. Murphy had two shots on goal in 16:48 of ice time.

MAY 17

— Kane scored two goals, including the game winner, in USA's 3-2 win over Czech Republic to advance to the semifinals. He leads the tournament with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in eight games.

— DeBrincat recorded one shot on goal in a tournament-low 9:31 of ice time. Murphy had two shots on goal and was a plus-1 in 20:14 of ice time.

— Anisimov had a goal, assist, three shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and won 4 of 8 faceoffs (50 percent) in 16:32 of ice time, but it wasn't enough as Russia was eliminated with a 5-4 overtime loss to Canada.

— Shalunov logged only 1:24 of ice time.

MAY 15

— Kane had a goal, assists, a game-high six shots on goal and was a minus-3 in 17:40 of ice time as USA suffered their first defeat to Finland 6-2. Kane set a U.S. record for both points (17) and assists (11) in a single IIHF Men's World Championship.

— DeBrincat recorded two shots on goal in 12:46 of ice time. He wrapped up group play with eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven games.

— Murphy had a minus-2 rating in 17:58 of ice time. Oesterle was a healthy scratch for the third straight game.

— Jurco was named player of the game after having two goals, an assist, four shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in 16:45 of ice time as Slovakia defeated Belarus 7-4. He finished the preliminary round with four goals, an assist, a team-high plus-3 rating and 20 shots on goal, which ranked second on the team, in seven games.

— Kahun recorded two of the team's 12 shots on goal and was a minus-2 rating in Germany's 3-0 loss to Canada. He has one goal and two assists through seven games.

— Anisimov had three shots on goal and won 4 of 13 faceoffs (30.8 percent) in 16:45 of ice time in Russia's 3-1 loss to Sweden.

— Shalunov logged only 4:37 of ice time after committing two first-period penalties for Russia.

— Gustafsson did not play after breaking his thumb. He will miss the rest of the tournament.

MAY 14

— Shalunov had a goal and an assist, three shots on goal, a plus-3 rating and won 3 of 13 faceoffs (23.1 percent) in Russia's 4-0 win over Slovakia. He has three goals and three assists in six games, and leads the team with 19 shots on goal.

— Anisimov went pointless, had three shots on goal and won 3 of 9 faceoffs (33.3 percent) in 16:24 of ice time.

— Jurco had a shot on goal, a minus-2 rating and committed two penalties in 16:53 of ice time for Slovakia.

MAY 13

— Kane had two goals, an assist and five shots on goal in 15:45 of ice time as USA knocked off Norway 9-3 to win their sixth straight game. With 15 points in six games, Kane has moved into first for the tournament scoring lead.

Here's a look at Kane's first goal, set up by Charlie McAvoy on the power play:

And Kane's second, connecting with DeBrincat on the power play:

— DeBrincat recorded two assists, five shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 13:41 of ice time. He has eight points (one goal, seven assists) through six games.

DeBrincat made a terrific nifty play on USA's third goal of the game to set up McAvoy:

— Murphy registered an assist, three shots on goal and was a plus-3 rating in 17:00 of ice time. It was his first point of the tournament. Oesterle was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row.

— Darling entered in the third period and stopped 8 of 10 shots for an .800 save percentage. He's turned aside 20 of 23 shots (.869 save percentage) in two appearances.

— Gustafsson had four shots on goal in 11:37 of ice time in Sweden's 5-3 win over Switzerland.

— Kahun registered an assist, had a plus-1 rating and led all German forwards with 17:36 of ice time in a 3-2 overtime win over Finland. He has a goal and two assists during his three-game point streak.

Here's a look at Kahun's primary assist, which came on the overtime winner:

MAY 12

— Jurco scored his second goal of the tournament, recorded a game-high five shots on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 17:42 of ice time in Slovakia's 4-3 overtime loss to Sweden.

— Gustafsson registered an assist for his first point of the tournament, added two shots goal and had a plus-2  rating in 15:16 of ice time for Sweden.

— Kahun was named Germany's player of the game after netting his first goal of the tournament in a 3-1 loss to Latvia. He also went 1-for-5 in the faceoff circle (20 percent) and logged 17:57 of ice time.

— Anisimov picked up two assists, had a plus-2 rating and won 4 of 7 faceoffs (57.1 percent) in 17:06 of ice time as Russia defeated Switzerland 4-3.

— Shalunov was held without a shot on goal and had a minus-1 rating in only 9:01 of ice time. 

MAY 11

— Kane had two goals, three assists, a game-high five shots on goal in only 12:25 of ice time in USA's 13-1 win over Korea. He's tied for first in the tournament with 12 points through five games.

Here's a look at Kane's goal that made it 7-1:

— DeBrincat recorded two assists, three shots on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 14:43 of ice time. 

— Murphy led all skaters with a plus-4 rating and registered four shots on goal in 14:13 of ice time. Oesterle was a healthy scratch with Charlie McAvoy being added to the roster.

— Darling made his first start of the tournament and stopped 12 of 13 shots for a .923 save percentage.

MAY 10

— DeBrincat was named player of the game after recording two assists in USA's 3-2 overtime win over Latvia. He also had two shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 12:05 of ice time.

— Kane had two assists, a game-high six shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 23:03 of ice time, which led all U.S. forwards. He assisted on the game-winner in overtime, which came during a 4-on-3 power play:

— Murphy led all defensemen with four shots on goal and logged 16:49 of ice time while Oesterle logged 11:17 of ice time.

— Jurco tied a team-high with three shots on goal and led all forwards with 21:06 of ice time in Slovakia's 3-1 win over France.

— Anisimov had an assist, tied a team-high with three shots on goal and won 2 of 7 faceoffs (28.6 percent) in 16:38 of ice time in Russia's 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic.

— Shalunov registered an assist, a shot on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 13:25 of ice time.

MAY 9

— Kahun registered a primary assist, three shots on goal, was a plus-1 rating and won 4 of 7 faceoffs (57.1 percent) in 16:54 of ice time as Germany defeated Korea 6-1.

— Gustafsson led all defensemen with four shots on goal in 18:34 of ice time in Sweden's 7-0 win over Austria.

MAY 8

— Jurco scored a goal, had three shots on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 17:59 of ice time in Slovakia's 4-2 win over Austria.

MAY 7

— Kane was voted player of the game in USA's 3-0 win over Germany after scoring a power-play goal and adding two primary assists. He also tied a team-high with four shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 18:36 of ice time.

— DeBrincat had a goal and an assist, tied a team-high with four shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 15:06 of ice time. His goal was set up by Kane that made it 3-0:

— Murphy recorded two shots on goal and logged a tournament-high 20:52 of ice time. Oesterle had three shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 11:01 of ice time.

— Kahun had one shot on goal and won 5 of 9 faceoffs (55.6 percent) in 17:49 of ice time for Germany.

— Anisimov had one shot on goal and lost both faceoffs he took in 15:54 of ice time in Russia's 6-0 win over Belarus. He was held pointless for the first time this tournament.

— Shalunov scored a goal, added an assist and had two shots on goal in 15:27 of ice time for Russia. It was his first multi-point game of the tournament.

— Gustafsson registered four shots on goal and logged 19:09 of ice time, which was the third-most on the team, in Sweden's 4-0 win over France.

MAY 6

— Anisimov had a goal, an assist and won 9 of 11 faceoffs (81.8 percent) in Russia's 7-0 win over Austria. He also registered two shots on goal and was a plus-3 rating in 13:31 of ice time. 

— Shalunov recorded a game-high seven shots on goal and won his only faceoff in 15:33 of ice time. He leads the team with 13 shots on goal through two games.

— Gustafsson had two shots on goal in 14:42 of ice time as Sweden defeated Czech Republic 3-2.

— Kahun was a minus-2 rating and won only 4 of 15 faceoffs (26.7 percent) in 18:28 of ice time, which ranked fourth among forwards on his team, in Germany's 5-4 shootout loss to Norway. He was also held without a shot on goal.

— Jurco was a minus-1 rating and was held without a shot on goal in 17:50 of ice time in Slovakia's 2-0 loss to Switzerland.

MAY 5

— Jurco had a team-high four shots on goal and was a minus-1 rating in 18:06 of ice time in Slovakia's 3-2 overtime loss to the Czech Republic.

— Kane registered an assist, had four shots on goal and was a plus-1 in 19:15 of ice time in USA's 4-0 win over Denmark. 

— DeBrincat was promoted to the top line with Kane, and peppered three shots on goal, had a plus-1 rating and won his only faceoff he took in 15:45 of ice time.

— Murphy was bumped to the first pairing alongside Alec Martinez and finished with 19:37 of ice time, which ranked second on the team. He was one of four members from USA that was held without a shot on goal.

— Oesterle had two shots on goal in 12:42 of ice time, playing in a third-pairing role.

MAY 4

— Anisimov scored a power-play goal, had four shots on goal and went 6-for-11 (54.5 percent) at the faceoff dot in 13:55 of ice time as Russia defeated France 7-0 in its opener.

— Shalunov also scored on the power play and registered a game-high six shots on goal in 16:01 of ice time for Russia.

— DeBrincat, Kane and Oesterle each recorded an assist in USA's 5-4 shootout victory over Canada. Murphy logged 20:45 of ice time, which ranked third on the team and second among defensemen.

Here's a look at Kane's pass that set up linemate Johnny Gaudreau for the goal:

— Gustafsson led all Swedish blue liners with four shots on goal and had a plus-1 rating in 13:47 to help his country shut out Belarus 5-0.

— Kahun won a team-high 11 faceoffs on 18 draws (61.1 percent), had two shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 16:56 of ice time as Germany fell to Denmark 3-2 in a shootout. Kahun shot third in the shootout but was denied by Frederik Andersen.

Glass half full? There was something to be excited about in Blackhawks loss to Bruins

Glass half full? There was something to be excited about in Blackhawks loss to Bruins

There hasn't been much to cheer for this season if you're a Blackhawks fan.

It was another painful unraveling on Saturday after they allowed four power-play goals and suffered their second regulation loss (17-2-3) when leading after two periods in a 7-4 loss to the Boston Bruins.

But, taking a glass half-full approach, there was something to be excited about.

Matthew Highmore scored his first career NHL goal, added two blocked shots and two hits in a season-high 15:48 of ice time.

John Hayden, who was recalled from the AHL's Rockford IceHogs on an emergency basis, showed some fight — literally — by dropping the gloves in his second shift then scoring a goal the next period. He basically picked up where he left off in Rockford, where he had five goals and nine assists for 14 points in 22 games.

Erik Gustafsson had a career-high three points, and has two goals in three games since signing a two-year contract extension. He had only one goal in his previous 60 games, dating back to last year's rookie campaign.

Alex DeBrincat and Nick Schmaltz each registered an assist to maintain their position among the Top 4 scorers on the Blackhawks, while David Kampf also recorded an assist for the second straight game, had a team-high four takeaways and won at least half of his faceoffs for the seventh straight game — he's 52-for-86 (60.5 percent) over that span.

Notice a common theme?

Every single one of those players are aged 25 or younger and made an impact on the scoresheet. Even more encouraging, they did it against a team that is arguably the best in the NHL.

They're taking it upon themselves to stand out in this final month, which is essentially an open audition for next season and beyond.

Sure, the youth movement comes with bumps and bruises, and it's hard to look at this game and feel good about it, but it would be even more alarming if there weren't signs of development in those younger players. That sets franchise's back years.

That's not the case going on in Chicago.

It's about how quickly they can put it all together and make it work as a group, and moving past the developmental stages of the retooling process by 2018-19.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Wide receiver roulette for the Bears

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Wide receiver roulette for the Bears

SportsTalk Live comes at you live from Blackhawks Authentic Fan night at the United Center! Luke Stuckmeyer hosts and is joined by David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Mark Lazerus (Chicago Sun-Times) and Charlie Roumeliotis (NBC Sports Chicago/NHL.com). The guys start things off going over the contract extensions for Jan Rutta and Erik Gustafsson. Next, who should the Bears aim to sign at wide receiver? Finally, will the Astros or Cubs have a better 2018 season?