Cubs will be there for Ozzies return

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Cubs will be there for Ozzies return

It has been remarkably quiet around the Cubs, a distraction-free zone where the focus is on baseball.

That will change in one week, when Ozzie Guillen returns from a five-game suspension to manage the Miami Marlins at their new ballpark in Little Havana.

The Cubs will be in the other dugout on April 17, beginning a three-game series that already had plenty of Chicago storylines between Guillen, Carlos Zambrano and Mark Buehrle. Its now a political flashpoint.

Guillen apologized on Tuesday for comments in TIME magazine that were sympathetic to Fidel Castro and offensive to the citys Cuban community.

At a Miami press conference that was carried live on national television and drew protestors outside the stadium Guillen said his words were essentially lost in translation.

The magazine quotes Guillen as saying he respects the Cuban dictator because a lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.

Chicago reporters are used to Guillens entertaining stream of consciousness, how the former White Sox manager would wander into areas outside of baseball and have everyone laughing.

Today, managers are the faces of the narrative, meeting with the media before and after almost every game. Guillen and first-year Cubs manager Dale Sveum are from the same generation as players. The White Sox even acquired Sveum when Guillen was injured in 1992. Their personalities are polar opposites.

You just hope youre never in that seat, Sveum said. Hes in a difficult situation right now. Its unfortunate for him and the city of Miami. Its just one of those incidents you wish you could have back. But its not going to go away.

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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.