Emery impresses Quenneville, Kane shoots out

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Emery impresses Quenneville, Kane shoots out

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011Posted: 5:14 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
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Ray Emerys been through plenty this past year, including a career resurrection in Anaheim that he hopes to continue as he tries out for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The goaltender played in a full scrimmage on Saturday, giving up three goals. He said hed give himself a B-minus for his first day.

I did a lot of things well, but it wasnt season-game ready, he said. But thats what training camp is for to work out the small kinks. It was OK.

Still, it wasnt a bad outing for a guy who thought he probably wouldnt be playing at all after that hip surgery.

I think Im the only pro athlete missing a fibula right now, Emery said. I was fortunate to have access to the doctors that I did and could nip it in the bud before (the hip) collapsed. Im fortunate I got a second chance.

Coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw.

He looked big in the net. He looked very composed, confident as well, he said. I like his approach. Well definitely keep an eye on him. We like what were seeing.

Kanes shot

If anyone wondered how quickly Patrick Kanes shot would return off his left wrist surgery, he answered on Saturday: not long at all. Kane didnt play in the scrimmages, but came out for a surprise shootout attempt in Team Cs outing. He scored, and then celebrated.

It wouldve been nice if (the shootout goal) was for the win but it was pretty cool nonetheless, said Kane, who practiced with a splint on his wrist. One of the biggest things you miss about summer is celebrating. So I tried to get my celebration in.

Briefly
Patrick Sharp appeared for the early part of the training camp festival, telling the crowd that hell be pushing to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 7. Sharp is recovering from the emergency appendectomy he had on Monday.

Jeremy Morin did not practice on Saturday, as hes still recovering from a concussion he suffered at the end of last season. Quenneville said hes day to day.

They said it

Kane on having two Toews at training camp: I thought one was enough. Now youve got two. Its going to be a rough ride for me. Hopefully Im not on a line with both of them. That would be even worse.

Daniel Carcillo on his reputation: I have a reputation?

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Marian Hossa keeps producing as Blackhawks find chemistry

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Marian Hossa keeps producing as Blackhawks find chemistry

In the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle is joined by Steve Konroyd and Tracey Myers following the Blackhawks 4-0 shutout win over the Coyotes.

The crew breaks down how the Blackhawks keep finding ways to win, how Marian Hossa has remained a top-six forward and how the team seems to have finally found some chemistry without Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford.

Listen to the latest episode below:

Five Things from Blackhawks-Coyotes: Is Brent Seabrook OK?

Five Things from Blackhawks-Coyotes: Is Brent Seabrook OK?

The Blackhawks weren’t exactly reeling — they had only lost two straight games, matching their longest losing streak of the season. Still, they didn’t like the direction in which they were going, especially offensively.

Tuesday was a test in terms of playing another game without Jonathan Toews, another game without Corey Crawford and finding a way against a team that’s struggled this season. The Blackhawks passed the test, finding their offense and denying the Arizona Coyotes in a 4-0 victory.

This week doesn’t get any easier for the Blackhawks, who might be without another top player. We’ll find out more about that in a few days. So before we call it a night, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ victory over the Coyotes.

1. Slow start, but another first-period lead. Seriously, I’m just going to type this paragraph up for every game and just switch out the name of the opponent. On Tuesday the Coyotes, who played Monday night in Columbus, outshot the Blackhawks early. But thanks to Artem Anisimov’s power-play goal, the Blackhawks led 1-0 after one. It wasn’t a shocker that the Coyotes came out strong early. But again, off the back-to-back, they looked like they were losing steam as the game continued.

2. Brent Seabrook does not return. Seabrook got tangled up with Jordan Martinook late in the second period and, after being down a few moments while holding his head, went to the locker room. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see how Seabrook is on Wednesday — the Blackhawks don’t practice again until Thursday. The Blackhawks have good depth at defense, as we’ve seen throughout this season. Still, missing Seabrook is always a loss.

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3. Marian Hossa scores his 13th and 14th of the season. In some previous seasons that might not mean anything tremendous, other than the Blackhawks would take every one of them. But on Tuesday night, in his 27th game of the season, Hossa surpassed his goal total of last season (13 in 64 games). His second, a breakaway off a pass from Niklas Hjalmarsson, put an exclamation point on this one. So, is it time to just admit Hossa is a cyborg? “I’d believe it. I wouldn’t put it past him,” Scott Darling said. “I still can’t believe how fast he is. He’s one of the fastest players I’ve ever been with. He’s an impressive human being.”

4. Scott Darling with the shutout. Maybe it didn’t seem like that overwhelming of a shutout (22 stops), but it was a good outcome for the backup goaltender, who was tremendous on Sunday but nevertheless took the loss to Winnipeg. Darling was still facing a tough situation in the third period — seeing zip. The Coyotes didn’t get their first third-period shot on goal until there was less than six minutes remaining in it. “It’s not ideal. But I guess it’s better than seeing 30 shots in a period,” Darling said. “Beggars can’t be choosers. You just have to stay with it mentally.”

5. Quick strikes in the second period. We’re all familiar with 17 seconds. On Tuesday the Blackhawks had 19 seconds. They scored twice in that time frame (Hossa and Dennis Rasmussen). From that point on, the Blackhawks looked comfortable and confident. Said Quenneville, “We had the puck a lot more. That’s been what we’re trying to get to where we want to go. Tonight was a good step.”