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blackhawks' jordin tootoo savors first goal of season against former team


the blackhawks often talk about the need for secondary scoring to support jonathan toews and patrick kane on a nightly basis.while toews and kane combined to score three goals in the hawks' 5-3 victory over the predators on saturday night, the hawks got some secondary scoring from an unlikely source — winger jordin tootoo.tootoo played one of his best games of the season saturday. he scored his first goal in the second period after picking up a loose puck in the slot.tootoo relished the fact his goal came against the predators, his team for eight seasons."you want to give it all you've got," tootoo said. "when you're working hard, you get rewarded and good things happen. so on a daily basis, i bury my head, come in and prepare myself to do the best i can."the goal wasn't tootoo's only cont






blackhawks' jordin tootoo savors first goal of season against former team


the blackhawks often talk about the need for secondary scoring to support jonathan toews and patrick kane on a nightly basis.while toews and kane combined to score three goals in the hawks' 5-3 victory over the predators on saturday night, the hawks got some secondary scoring from an unlikely source — winger jordin tootoo.tootoo played one of his best games of the season saturday. he scored his first goal in the second period after picking up a loose puck in the slot.tootoo relished the fact his goal came against the predators, his team for eight seasons."you want to give it all you've got," tootoo said. "when you're working hard, you get rewarded and good things happen. so on a daily basis, i bury my head, come in and prepare myself to do the best i can."the goal wasn't tootoo's only cont






blackhawks' jordin tootoo savors first goal of season against his former team


the blackhawks often talk about the need to have secondary scoring to help support the likes of jonathan toews and patrick kane on a nightly basis.toews and kane combined to score three goals in the hawks’ 5-3 victory over the predators on saturday night. but the hawks got some secondary scoring from an unlikely source – winger jordin tootoo.tootoo played one of his best games of the season saturday. he scored his first goal of the season in the second period after picking up a loose puck in the slot. tootoo relished the fact that his goal came against the predators, the team he was a part of for eight seasons.“you want to give it all you got,” tootoo said. “that being said, when you’re working hard, you get rewarded and good things happen. so on a daily basis, i bury my head, come in and






blackhawks sign michal rozsival, jordin tootoo to contract extensions


the blackhawks agreed to extensions with a pair of veterans on tuesday.defenseman michal rozsival and winger jordin tootoo agreed to new one-year contracts. both would have been unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.the move benefits the hawks for the upcoming expansion draft in june because they have to have a certain number of forwards and defensemen under contract for next season that would be available for the vegas golden knights to pluck from the roster. rozsival and tootoo would help the hawks reach those quotas. [email protected] @christopherhine






blackhawks sign michal rozsival, jordin tootoo to contract extensions


the blackhawks made a pair of moves tuesday with an eye toward the future — specifically june — by signing veterans michal rozsival and jordin tootoo to one-year extensions.the moves benefit the hawks for the vegas golden knights' expansion draft in june because each team has to make available at least one defenseman and two forwards under contract for next season who have played in at least 70 games over the last two seasons.rozsival, a defenseman, and tootoo, a winger, would help the hawks reach those quotas while allowing them to protect other players under contract. tootoo has played in 102 games over the last two seasons, while rozsival needs three more to hit that mark.the moves also benefit rozsival, 38, and tootoo, 34, in that they have the security of a contract for next season at






blackhawks sign michal rozsival, jordin tootoo to contract extensions


the blackhawks made a pair of moves tuesday with an eye toward the future — specifically june — by signing veterans michal rozsival and jordin tootoo to one-year extensions.the moves benefit the hawks for the vegas golden knights' expansion draft in june because each team has to make available at least one defenseman and two forwards under contract for next season who have played in at least 70 games over the last two seasons.rozsival, a defenseman, and tootoo, a winger, would help the hawks reach those quotas while allowing them to protect other players under contract. tootoo has played in 102 games over the last two seasons, while rozsival needs three more to hit that mark.the moves also benefit rozsival, 38, and tootoo, 34, in that they have the security of a contract for next season at






blackhawks sign michal rozsival, jordin tootoo to contract extensions


michal rozsival and jordin tootoochicago tribune photosthe blackhawks on monday signed defenseman michal rozsival, left, and forward jordin tootoo to one-year contract extensionsthe blackhawks on monday signed defenseman michal rozsival, left, and forward jordin tootoo to one-year contract extensions (chicago tribune photos)






believe it: brian campbell's late goal fuels blackhawks' 12th win in 13 games


no matter how good or bad the blackhawks have played, one constant throughout the season has been their ability to score timely goals late in games.some might say it's luck, but when it happens as often as it does with the hawks, it becomes an identifiable trait in a veteran team.the hawks scored with an extra attacker friday night to pull even in their eventual shootout victory over the islanders. then on saturday, defenseman brian campbell broke a tie with 1 minute, 5 seconds left on a shot from the slot to propel the hawks to a 5-3 win over the predators at bridgestone arena.the victory was the hawks' eighth consecutive on the road — a franchise record — and 12th in 13 overall, pulling them ahead of the wild in the central division standings — though minnesota has three games in hand. s






blackhawks lead predators 1-0 after first period


the blackhawks lead the predators 1-0 after the first period.the hawks got on the board when patrick kane scored his 28th goal of the season on a power play at 16:23.the predators controlled the action from the first puck drop and had the ice tilted in their favor in the opening minutes. they registered the first 10 shots on goal and had the hawks on their heels.they led 10-1 in shots when the demarcation point of the period came at 6:23, when hawks winger jordin tootoo dropped gloves with predators winger cody mcleod, who moments earlier had put a hard hit on defenseman trevor van riemsdyk. from that point, the hawks regained their footing and controlled possession and quality chances the rest of the period.their strong play resulted in the first goal of the night from kane, who snapped a






blackhawks score 5 in 3rd period of furious comeback victory over avalanche


the blackhawks were trailing by two goals entering the third period sunday night and playing like a team that needed a break after their seventh game in 11 days.puck-handling was sloppy, coverage in front of goaltender scott darling was lacking and coach joel quenneville said it was "tough watching us turn good scoring chances into nothing" in the second period.but they remained upbeat. according to captain jonathan toews, veteran winger jordin tootoo was the first to speak up and tell the hawks they needed just one goal to "wake us up."they played the third period as if they drank a red bull mixed with coffee mixed in a bowl of sugar.they hawks used a barrage of goals, four in 3 minutes, 2 seconds — including three in 34 seconds — to overwhelm the avalanche in a 6-3 victory at the united






wild-chicago game recap


game recapstar tribune's three stars1. corey crawford, blackhawks: in a game in which the wild had the better of the chances, he made a season-high 42 saves.2. patrick kane, blackhawks: had a goal and an assist in the first 4:38 to chase devan dubnyk. also had five shots.3. mikael granlund, wild: scored his team-leading 23rd goal after a beautiful steal, move and shot.by the numbers4-4 the wild's record since the martin hanzal/ryan white trade1-2-1 the wild's record this season vs. chicago3 early exits in the past 7 starts by wild goaliesmichael russo






blackhawks' jordin tootoo relishes sober life after years of alcohol abuse


jordin tootoo sits at the dining room table cradling his daughter while she drinks from a bottle, laughing when the 8-month-old gives a contented "ahhh."that scene is a stark contrast to when, as a teenager, tootoo showed up to his future wife's sweet 16 birthday party carrying a six-pack of beer. or later when he would grab his best friend by the ankles to drag him out of bed so the two could go on drinking binges during a time when tootoo's out-of-control lifestyle nearly derailed his nhl career.the jordin tootoo of today, a winger for the blackhawks and devoted family man who says he hasn't touched a drop of alcohol in more than six years, has moved on from what he refers to as his "past life."it was a life that, beginning in his teen years, meant drinking to excess during the harsh day






at it again: five-point night for toews powers blackhawks over wild


before many wild players head to jamaica, mexico and other far-off lands wednesday for five days of unwinding and re-energizing for the season's stretch run, first things first.at xcel energy center on tuesday night hypothetically could have been a preview of round 2 if the wild and chicago blackhawks are fortunate enough to advance past the first round. the wild would like once and for all to get home-ice advantage against the blackhawks, who ended minnesota's season in 2013, 2014 and 2015.if the wild can't shut down chicago's captain clutch, it won't matter, however.not even two weeks after scoring two goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in st. paul, jonathan toews became the third player in history to have five points against the wild during chicago's 5-3 victory tuesday






sharks' patrick marleau scores career goal no. 499


san jose — patrick marleau moved to within one goal of joining one of the most exclusive clubs in hockey tuesday.marleau scored on the power play with 5:54 left in the second period for career goal no. 499 as the sharks took a 1-0 lead over the chicago blackhawks at sap center. chicago tied the game with 3:07 left in the second as a wrist s by dennis rasmussen from inside the sharks’ zone got past goalie martin jones.on marleau’s goal, brent burns put a s on goal that was saved by blackhawks goalie corey crawford. joe pavelski got enough of the rebound to direct it toward marleau, who fired it into an empty net for his 18th goal of the season.marleau now has seven goals over his last four games, and is one shy of becoming just the 45th player to reach 500 goals for his nhl career. his 499t






sharks' patrick marleau scores career goal no. 499


san jose — patrick marleau moved to within one goal of joining one of the most exclusive clubs in hockey tuesday.marleau scored on the power play with 5:54 left in the second period for career goal no. 499 as the sharks took a 1-0 lead over the chicago blackhawks at sap center. chicago tied the game with 3:07 left in the second as a wrist s by dennis rasmussen from inside the sharks’ zone got past goalie martin jones.on marleau’s goal, brent burns put a s on goal that was saved by blackhawks goalie corey crawford. joe pavelski got enough of the rebound to direct it toward marleau, who fired it past crawford for his 18th goal of the season.marleau now has six goals over his last four games, and is one shy of becoming just the 45th player to reach 500 goals for his nhl career. his 499th goal






friday's recap: blackhawks 5, jets 2


artemi panarin had a goal and two ists, patrick kane and artem anisimov each had a goal and an ist and duncan keith and marian hossa also scored to lead the chicago blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over the winnipeg jets on friday night at the mts centre. corey crawford earned the win in goal as the hawks ran their winning streak to four games and salvaged a win in the regular-season series after dropping the first four games between the teams.bryan little and adam lowry scored for the jets but it wasn’t enough as connor hellebuyck suffered the loss in goal.chris kuc’s three stars1. artem anisimov, hawks: veteran scored the game-winner with his 19th goal of the season and also added an ist.2. patrick kane, hawks: extended his points streak to four games with a goal and an ist.3. corey crawford,






devan dubnyk exits early as wild loses to blackhawks


chicago – devan dubnyk saw the bench so quickly during sunday’s nationally televised game against the chicago blackhawks, he probably didn’t need to shower before the wild’s flight to washington.for the first time this season, the no. 1 goalie got an early exit from a hockey game after allowing goals on chicago’s first two shots before an eventual 4-2 loss in the final regular-season meeting against the nemesis blackhawks at united center.“you follow a goalie for 68 games, you sort of know his traits and his trends,” coach bruce boudreau said. “he didn’t look like he was following the puck well. … i just thought he didn’t have it tonight.”darcy kuemper, whom dubnyk replaced for a win in the wild’s previous game at florida, entered 4:38 into the game after superstars patrick kane and artemi






sunday's recap: blackhawks 4, blues 2


artem anisimov's third-period goal lifted the chicago blackhawks to a 4-2 victory over the st. louis blues on sunday night at the united center. jonathan toews and patrick kane each had a goal and an assist and tanner kero also scored as the hawks won their fourth game in a row.scott darling earned the win in goal for the hawks, taking the net after no. 1 netminder corey crawford was sidelined with an illness.magnus paajarvi and alex pietrangelo scored for the blues. jake allen suffered the loss in goal.chris kuc's three stars1. jonathan toews: the captain netted his 16th goal of the season to start the scoring.2. scott darling. finished with 30 saves in the emergency start.3. patrick kane: winger continued his scorching scoring with two more points.the quoteswe had to start to limit the c






one line does all the damage as chicago powers past wild


before many wild players head to jamaica, mexico and other far-off lands wednesday for five days of unwinding and re-energizing for the season’s stretch run, first things first.at xcel energy center on tuesday night hypothetically could have been a preview of round 2 if the wild and chicago blackhawks are fortunate enough to advance past the first round. the wild would like once and for all to get home-ice advantage against the blackhawks, who ended minnesota’s season in 2013, 2014 and 2015.if the wild can’t shut down chicago’s captain clutch, it won’t matter, however.not even two weeks after scoring two goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in st. paul, jonathan toews became the third player in history to have five points against the wild during chicago’s 5-3 victory tuesday






one line does all the damage as chicago powers past the wild


before many wild players head to jamaica, mexico and other far-off lands wednesday for five days of unwinding and re-energizing for the season’s stretch run, first things first.at xcel energy center on tuesday night hypothetically could have been a preview of round 2 if the wild and chicago blackhawks are fortunate enough to advance past the first round. the wild would like once and for all to get home-ice advantage against the blackhawks, who ended minnesota’s season in 2013, 2014 and 2015.if the wild can’t shut down chicago’s captain clutch, it won’t matter, however.not even two weeks after scoring two goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in st. paul, jonathan toews became the third player in history to have five points against the wild during chicago’s 5-3 victory tuesday






five-point night for toews powers blackhawks to 5-3 win over wild


before many wild players head to jamaica, mexico and other far-off lands wednesday for five days of unwinding and re-energizing for the season's stretch run, first things first.at xcel energy center on tuesday night hypothetically could have been a preview of round 2 if the wild and chicago blackhawks are fortunate enough to advance past the first round. the wild would like once and for all to get home-ice advantage against the blackhawks, who ended minnesota's season in 2013, 2014 and 2015.if the wild can't shut down chicago's captain clutch, it won't matter, however.not even two weeks after scoring two goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in st. paul, jonathan toews became the third player in history to have five points against the wild during chicago's 5-3 victory tuesday






saturday's recap: blackhawks 5, oilers 1


the chicago blackhawks extended their winning streak to five games with a 5-1 victory over the edmonton oilers on saturday night at rogers place. richard panik led the way with two goals and an assist while patrick kane added a goal and two assists and trevor van riemsdyk and artem anisimov also scored.scott darling earned the win in goal for the hawks, who finished their six-game road trip with a 5-1 mark and now stand at 35-17-5 on the season.patrick maroon had the oilers’ goal.chris kuc’s three stars1. richard panik, hawks: winger notched his 13th and 14th goals of the season and added an assist.2. patrick kane: extended his points streak (four goals, five assists) to five games.3. trevor van riemsdyk: broke open a close game in the second period with his third goal of the season.up nex






wednesday recap: blackhawks 4, wild 3 (ot)


patrick kane called it the blackhawks "biggest" game of the season.and the hawks responded with a 4-3 overtime victory over the wild. jonathan toews scored the winning goal 3:09 into overtime after erik haula tied the game 16 minutes, 57 seconds into the third period. the second period featured an unusual review that took approximately six minutes to resolve. after zach parise scored off his own rebound, the hawks challenged, claiming parise was offside. but the nhl took its time to review the play, only to determine there was inconclusive evidence to overturn the call and the goal stood.the replay review took so long that at one point linesman ryan daisy used an iphone presumably to communicate with league officials. the nhl said in a statement that replays were inconclusive that parise w






panik scores twice and blackhawks roll over oilers 5-1


edmonton, alberta — richard panik scored twice and set up another goal and the chicago blackhawks beat the edmonton oilers 5-1 on saturday night for their fifth straight win.patrick kane had a goal and two assists and trevor van riemsdyk and artem anisimov also scored for the blackhawks, who had lost three in a row before their recent run.patrick maroon scored for the oilers, who have lost four of five.scott darling made 30 saves for chicago. cam talbot started in goal for edmonton and allowed four goals on 20 shots before being relieved by laurent brossoit.edmonton started the scoring 4:01 into the opening period when connor mcdavid deftly stole a puck from defender niklas hjalmarsson and sent a backhand pass in front to maroon, who beat darling for his 19th goal of the season.the blackha






blackhawks' richard panik gets chance to show his old team what it's missing


richard panik didn't take the bait.when asked if he felt any extra motivation heading into saturday's game against the maple leafs — the team that trapped him in the ahl before the hawks rescued him in a trade last season — panik gave the politically correct answer."it's just another game, you know?" panik said. "just going from one game to another." .there isn't much panik has to do now to make his former team regret the january 2016 trade that sent him to chicago for jeremy morin, who has bounced around multiple ahl teams in the past year.panik scored his 18th goal thursday, the go-ahead score in a 2-1 victory over the senators. he scored on a late power play from the lower left circle off a feed from patrick kane.when the season began, the hawks felt confident in panik, 26, but projecti






crawford, kane and panarin lead blackhawks over wild


chicago — patrick kane and artemi panarin scored on chicago's first two shots, corey crawford made 42 saves and the blackhawks defeated minnesota 4-2 on sunday to pull within a point of the central division-leading wild.trevor van riemsdyk and marian hossa also scored for the blackhawks, who ended a two-game slide and won for the 13th time in their last 16. kane's goal was his team-leading 30th and 10th in eight games.eric staal scored his 22nd goal and mikael granlund got his 23rd for minnesota, which has dropped three of four. minnesota outshot chicago 44-22 for a season high allowed by the blackhawks.minnesota goaltender devan dubnyk, looking for his career-high 37th win, was relieved by darcy kuemper less than five minutes into the game after allowing those early goals.dubnyk replaced






marleau scores no. 499 as sharks top blackhawks 3-1


san jose — patrick marleau moved to the brink of joining one of the most exclusive clubs in hockey on tuesday night.tomas hertl and martin jones took care of the rest on a memorable night at sap center.marleau scored career goal no. 499 and tomas hertl scored the winner with 2:03 left in the third period as the sharks earned a 3-1 victory over the chicago blackhawks to move into sole possession of first place in the pacific division.jones finished with 24 saves and joe pavelski added an empty net goal with 46 seconds left in the third period as the sharks began their post all-star break on a positive note.marleau scored on the power play with 5:54 left in the second period for career goal no. 499 as the sharks took a 1-0 lead.on marleau’s goal, brent burns put a s on goal that was saved by






wild-chicago game preview


preview: the wild w ped a four-game road trip tuesday at winnipeg and won’t hit the road again until feb. 28. its next eight games are at home, including seven in a row before its first-ever five-day “bye.” the wild, which went 5-0 against the blackhawks last season, has beaten chicago eight consecutive regular-season games, tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nhl for a team vs. a single opponent. that’s one win short of tying the team record, done twice vs. arizona and chicago.players to watch: wild g darcy kuemper, who has beaten chicago in his only previous regular-season start, will get the nod after devan dubnyk started tuesday. kuemper tied a career high with 41 saves in a win at edmonton on jan. 31. d ryan suter leads the wild with 33 points in 63 games against chicago,






kane, crawford lift blackhawks over stars 3-2 in so


chicago — patrick kane scored his team-leading 33rd goal in regulation and connected again in the shootout as the chicago blackhawks beat the dallas stars 3-2 on thursday night to open an eight-point lead for first place in the central division.artemi panarin also scored in the shootout as chicago rode a 42-save effort by corey crawford through overtime to improve to 6-0-1 in its last seven. it was also the blackhawks' 18th win in their last 22 games. marian hossa scored his 24th goal of the season midway through the third period.crawford was beaten only by tyler seguin in the shootout and twice in regulation by ales hemsky as he rebounded from giving up four goals on 10 shots to vancouver on tuesday night.dallas' kari lehtonen made 24 saves through overtime, following up on a 30-save shut






wild-chicago game preview


wild gameday11:30 a.m. at chicago • united center • ch. 11, 100.3-fmwild gets another swing at blackhawkspreview: the detroit red wings-new york rangers game was booted off the national telecast for the final central division showdown of the regular season between the wild and blackhawks. the blackhawks won each of their two visits to st. paul in february after minnesota won its eighth consecutive regular-season game against chicago earlier this season. the wild, three points up on the blackhawks, has won four in a row in chicago.players to watch: wild g devan dubnyk will be looking for his career-high 37th victory, which would match the wild's team record. rw mikael granlund leads with 22 goals and is the eighth wild player in history to hit 40 assists. in friday's victory at florida, c e






blackhawks strike fast in third, rally past avs 6-3


chicago — after a sluggish start, jonathan toews and the chicago blackhawks stormed back late with a rapid-fire rally to strengthen their grip on first place in the central division — and the western conference.toews scored twice and richard panik and artemi panarin each had a goal in a span of 3:02 in the third period to erase colorado's two-goal lead and send the blackhawks past the avalanche 6-3 on sunday night for their fifth straight win.patrick kane scored his team-leading 32nd goal and marcus kruger added an empty-netter for chicago, which won for the 17th time in its last 20 games to pull seven points ahead of slumping second-place minnesota in the central division. the wild dropped their fifth straight, 5-4 to winnipeg on sunday.the victory also moved the blackhawks to the cusp of






tuesday's recap: blackhawks 5, wild 3


the blackhawks' top line of jonathan toews, richard panik and nick schmaltz continued their impressive play of late and led the hawks to a 5-3 victory over the wild. toews tallied his first hat trick of the season and a season high five points as panik and schmaltz each added a goal. in the process, the line helped pull the hawks to within five points of the central division-leading wild, who got two goals from mikael granlund, and kept making the case to general manager stan bowman that a major trade for a top-line winger may not be necessary as the march 1 trade deadline approaches. the blackhawks got on the board thanks to goals from toews and panik in the second period. toews scored his 13th goal of the season 58 seconds into the period when he put home a rebound off a shot from brian






blackhawks acquire tomas jurco from red wings


a season ago, the blackhawks made a trade for richard panik, who had fallen out of favor with his former team, the maple leafs. it was a minor move that ended up working out well for the hawks and panik, who has been a good fit in chicago. in their first move before the march 1 trade deadline, the hawks are trying that approach again and acquired 24-year-old winger tomas jurco from the red wings in exchange for a third-round pick in this year’s draft. jurco has scored 15 goals in 159 nhl games but has played in just 16 this season as he has had trouble cracking the red wings’ rotation. he hasn't scored a goal or recorded an assist this season, often being a healthy scratch.  to make room for jurco on the roster, the hawks re-assigned vinnie hinostroza to rockford. jurco is a depth move for






souhan: old nemesis blackhawks return, but wild has new stature


the blackhawks visited xcel energy center on tuesday night and for once there was no angst in the air, at least not before the game. the wild did not need to win, did not need to reverse a midseason collapse, did not need to prove toughness, ambition or viability.this was an unusual atmosphere for a game against the scourge from the south. entering a “bye” week, the wild has earned the calm confidence that pervaded the arena before the game, even if chicago’s eventual prison-break scoring led to a 5-3 victory in front of a very large and loud crowd.for once, the blackhawks won a game against minnesota and could feel they proved something, because this is the best wild team in history.entering tuesday’s game, the wild was earning 72.4 percent of possible points, and had reached 84 points on






souhan: old nemesis blackhawks return, but wild has new stature


the blackhawks visited xcel energy center on tuesday night and for once there was no angst in the air, at least not before the game. the wild did not need to win, did not need to reverse a midseason collapse, did not need to prove toughness, ambition or viability.this was an unusual atmosphere for a game against the scourge from the south. entering a “bye” week, the wild has earned the calm confidence that pervaded the arena before the game, even if chicago’s eventual prison-break scoring led to a 5-3 victory in front of a very large and loud crowd.for once, the blackhawks won a game against minnesota and could feel they proved something, because this is the best wild team in history.entering tuesday’s game, the wild was earning 72.4 percent of possible points, and had reached 84 points on






souhan: old nemesis blackhawks return, but wild has new stature


the blackhawks visited xcel energy center on tuesday night and for once there was no angst in the air, at least not before the game. the wild did not need to win, did not need to reverse a midseason collapse, did not need to prove toughness, ambition or viability.this was an unusual atmosphere for a game against the scourge from the south. entering a "bye" week, the wild has earned the calm confidence that pervaded the arena before the game, even if chicago's eventual prison-break scoring led to a 5-3 victory in front of a very large and loud crowd.for once, the blackhawks won a game against minnesota and could feel they proved something, because this is the best wild team in history.entering tuesday's game, the wild was earning 72.4 percent of possible points, and had reached 84 points on






blackhawks look to reverse fortunes friday night vs. jets


the chicago blackhawks are at that point of the season where they are all but ured of spot in the playoffs but still have a couple of months to go in the regular season.so to raise motivation, they look for any storyline to generate interest during a mid-february game. on wednesday night, it was a tilt against a minnesota wild team that had defeated the hawks in eight consecutive regular-season games. on friday night in winnipeg, they used the fact the jets had won the previous four meetings of this season to find an edge."when you’re in the middle of the grind here in the middle of the season you always have to try to find a small motivation somehow to keep pushing yourself," defenseman niklas hjalmarsson said following the hawks' morning skate friday at the mts centre.the jets have out-s






devan dubnyk exits early as wild loses to blackhawks


chicago – devan dubnyk saw the bench so quickly during sunday’s nationally televised game against the chicago blackhawks, he probably didn’t need to shower before the wild’s flight to washington.for the first time this season, the no. 1 goalie got an early exit from a hockey game after allowing goals on chicago’s first two shots before an eventual 4-2 loss in the final regular-season meeting against the nemesis blackhawks at the united center.“you follow a goalie for 68 games, you sort of know his traits and his trends,” coach bruce boudreau said. “he didn’t look like he was following the puck well. … i just thought he didn’t have it tonight.”darcy kuemper, whom dubnyk replaced for a win in the wild’s previous game at florida, entered 4:38 into the game after superstars patrick kane and ar






blackhawks score three straight in third period for 5-3 victory over stars


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