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.

Big first period paces Blackhawks over Penguins

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Big first period paces Blackhawks over Penguins

PITTSBURGH – There are certain trends through which the Blackhawks tend to go sometimes. They can be so-so against teams on the bubble or out of the postseason. But face a playoff-bound team and the Blackhawks usually come with a top-notch game.

Exhibit A on that came on Wednesday.

Artemi Panarin and Patrick Kane each had two-point nights, and Marian Hossa scored his 25th of the season as the Blackhawks beat the Penguins 5-1 on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks snapped a three-game winless streak and now have a nine-point lead over the Minnesota Wild in the West.

Corey Crawford stopped 31 of 32 shots. Richard Panik scored his 22nd goal of the season. Bryan Rust had the Penguins' lone goal at 5:46 of the third.

The Penguins, much like the Blackhawks, entered this one with 103 points. The Penguins were without several injured players, including Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Trevor Daley. Still, it's the Penguins, and you can never take them lightly.

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The Blackhawks got the early lead, then really pounced in the final five-plus minutes of the first period. The Blackhawks got stellar set-up passes from Patrick Kane, Ryan Hartman and Nick Schmaltz and finishes to accompany them. Two of their goals (Marcus Kruger and Hossa) came in the final minute of the first period for that 4-0 lead.

The Penguins had the first six shots of the third but the Blackhawks would score on their first of the period when Tanner Kero, taking the turnover from Justin Schultz, finished on a breakaway.

Ryan Hartman returns for Blackhawks vs. Penguins

Ryan Hartman returns for Blackhawks vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Hartman has played on the right side of that line for most of this season. Now back in the lineup, he knows he has to stay on it.

Hartman will play after missing Monday's game as a healthy scratch when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Hartman took a few bad penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct, against the Florida Panthers last weekend, so he sat vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. The rookie knows he has to get back to the more disciplined hockey he's played most of the season. 

"I don't change my game. I think you take the message and deliver the message," Hartman said. "Obviously, no one likes to not play, everyone wants to play games and no one likes to sit out games. It's definitely something that I took to heart. I'm just going to go out there and just try to play like I've been playing and get on the scoresheet. Just stay off it for the wrong reasons."

Coach Joel Quenneville said Hartman has to stay on the right side of the line.

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"Know there are boundaries and sometimes you get watched a little bit more," Quenneville said. "The way they're calling the game, the way it's being officiated, be respectful. You still have to be hard to play against and find that limit, how far you can push it but you get a good feel on that early in games."

The Penguins are on a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) and are dealing with some injuries. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that, while Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) is close to returning, he won't play against the Blackhawks.

Broadcast information

Time: 7 p.m.
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports app
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks lines

Nick Schmaltz-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Tanner Kero-Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
John Hayden-Dennis Rasmussen-Tomas Jurco

Defensive pairs 

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Johnny Oduya-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries 

Artem Anisimov (left leg)

Penguins lines

Conor-Sheary-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Chris Kunitz-Nick Bonino-Patric Hornqvist
Scott Wilson-Carter Rowney-Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl-Oskar Sundqvist-Josh Archibald

Defensive pairs

Brian Dumoulin-Justin Schultz
Ian Cole-Chad Ruhwedel
Cameron Gaunce-Mark Streit

Goaltender

Marc-Andre Fleury

Injuries

Evgeni Malkin (shoulder), Trevor Daley (knee), Daniel Sprong (shoulder), Jake Guentzel (concussion), Olli Maatta (hand), Kris Letang (upper body), Carl Hagelin (foot), Ron Hainsey (upper body)