Notre Dame's Golson close, but not cleared yet

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Notre Dame's Golson close, but not cleared yet

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson has not yet been cleared to play, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday -- although the Notre Dame coach didn't sound too concerned about his status for this weekend. The first-year starter suffered a concussion late in Notre Dame's win over Stanford on Saturday.

Golson didn't pass his cognitive test on Monday and will re-take it today. Once Golson clears his cognitive test, he'll begin light exercise, and if there's no re-occurrence of headaches he'll return to practice. The earliest he could return to practice is Wednesday.

Golson has passed a balance test and an exam and has no symptoms such as light sensitivity or agitation. All he has to do is pass the cognitive test, which is done on a computer.

"If Everett Golson was a guy that you knew, you would know when he's ready," Kelly explained Tuesday. "When he's smiling and bouncing around, we're seeing that yesterday and today. We're seeing great progress."

Kelly said Sunday he expected Golson to be cleared by Tuesday, but if not, he could still start if he were cleared Wednesday. If Golson isn't cleared to practice Wednesday but does Thursday, he could still play against BYU, although the playbook may shrink as a result.

"We would probably limit of the things that we do," Kelly said. "There's very little we can't do in the running game. We would probably limit some of the things we would do in the passing game and some of the things that we have put on him. But he could practice on Thursday and be ready to help us on Saturday."

Golson completed 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against Stanford, but fumbled three times -- with those turnovers leaving Kelly "very concerned."

"It's something that obviously we cannot continue to have," Kelly said Sunday. "He's got to take better care of the football, and he's got to do it in practice, and he's got to be smarter."

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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 25 of 27 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.