Konerko's power outage not a product of wrist injury

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Konerko's power outage not a product of wrist injury

Paul Konerko reiterated again on Monday afternoon his wrist isnt the cause for his recent power shortage.
The White Sox first baseman is 8-for-20 in his last six games, but hasnt homered since June 29 in New York. Konerko had a procedure on his left wrist on June 6 to move a bone chip from a painful area into a less painful one. He could require surgery after the season to remove the chip altogether.
Asked if his wrist was a cause for his lack of power, Konerko replied no.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks the six-time All-Star is just in a rut.
Its part of you going through a period where you hit well, and then go through one thats not as good for you, so you got to find something to start with, Ventura said. Which is like basic and thats what hes gone back to, getting inside and go the other way and make adjustments.
Many of Konerkos recent hits went to the right side. He said his approach is merely his way to deal with how opposing pitchers have attacked him lately.
Konerko is only hitting .245 since May 27 but has had three two-hit games in the last six days.
I think you have to take what the pitcher gives you sometimes, Konerko said. That's really not a bad approach for anybody at any time. Sometimes the hits take you that way. I hit a couple balls in Boston to the left side. I don't really know. You just kind of play and some balls take you different ways at different times. That's how it is.

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The Blackhawks’ starts have been all over the map this season but their finishes have usually been strong. That was the case again on Sunday night as the Blackhawks took a lead, lost a lead and regained a lead for good in their 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

This one featured a little bit of everything. So let’s just get to the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ victory over Vancouver.

1. Jonathan Toews breaks through. If the Blackhawks captain’s confidence was a little shaken with his lack of scoring this season, it should’ve gotten a boost with his Sunday outing. Toews’ goal and three assists were as big for him as they were the Blackhawks, who needed every bit of it late against the Canucks. In his last 12 games Toews has three goals and eight assists. He’s getting there. Said coach Joel Quenneville, “it seems like he was around the puck way more and when he does that, usually good things happen.”

2. Great start. This hasn’t been written very often but it was more than evident on Sunday night. If this wasn’t the Blackhawks’ best opening period of the season it was pretty close, as they broke out to a 2-0 lead against the Canucks. The Blackhawks, outside of a 3 ½-minute sequence without a shot on goal, were tenacious and ready to shoot, taking an 18-9 shots-on-goal edge in that first.

3. Corey Crawford rebounds. Quenneville considered Scott Darling for this game, an understandable thought with Darling coming off a 30-stop shutout. But he wanted Crawford to get back to where he was prior to his appendectomy, and Crawford took a step in that direction on Sunday night. In stopping 26 of 28 shots Crawford got his 18th victory of the season and 200th of his career. Quenneville said Crawford “looked like he was in control.”

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4. Michal Kempny’s tough stretch. When Kempny has been good this season he’s been very good. When he’s been bad... The defenseman was in the penalty box when the Canucks scored their first goal and he was beaten by Bo Horvat on the Canucks’ second goal. Kempny didn’t play the final 14 minutes of the game. Quenneville, who liked what Kempny brought on the team’s road trip, said Kempny just has to work through some things. “Coverage with awareness and knowing sometimes it’s man coverage, sometimes it’s playing the puck and clearing the loose stuff,” Quenneville said. “Defenseman is a tough position as you’re growing and learning it, but the more you play the better you play and I still think he’s making progress.”

5. Brian Campbell gets to keep No. 500 this time. Campbell thought he had his 500th point against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night but it was taken away. Well he got it back on Sunday night, setting up Richard Panik’s 11th goal of the season in the first period.