Hawk Talk: From the Dressing Room

Hawk Talk: From the Dressing Room

Sunday, March 28, 2010
11:39 P.M.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

A glimpse inside the dressing rooms after the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Blackhawks center John Madden

What isnt working? Long pause We need to play with more desperation.

I cant critique other players but myself...

Weve got a ways to go. We find our game for a night, and then lose it. Weve got to stay consistentthats our biggest challenge right now.

Every time we let a game slip away, time is running out. Losing and failing can get contagious.
Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook

Why were you and Duncan Keith split up on defense? You have to ask the coaches. Were here to play hockey and to win hockey games.

What about the power play at home? It hasnt been very good. I dont know what else you want to talk about with the power play.

Absolutely were running out of time. Weve gotta get back to our style of hockey. Weve gotta get back to work.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

We havent had this type of stretch all year long, and everybody should be looking to improve and enhance their own game.
Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason

It was a great team effort tonight. Its very challenging to play a team like Chicago, especially in Chicago. My defensemen shut down most of their quality chances, Vermette had a couple of key plays late, and its nice to get out of here with two points.

Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek

Were playing way more confident these days. Were working together more like a team. I got three more points tonight and sometimes you dont know how you did itor superstitionally, you dont want to figure out how.

Blue Jackets center Antoine Vermette

Did you see me crash Marian Hossa across the back? I was like, Youre not scoring here, buddy.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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