Hawk Talk: Rumblings from Vancouver

Hawk Talk: Rumblings from Vancouver

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
6:25 PM

By Tracey Myers

Day 4

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- First of all, I just about face-planted when I got off the plane here in Vancouver this morning. I was that excited to kiss the ground in a Canadian city that wasn't suffering sub-zero temperatures. So thank you, Vancouver, for having a climate more like the Pacific Northwest than the North Pole.

But I digress.

I've always loved coming to Vancouver ever since my first long excursion up here in the spring of 2007, when the Dallas Stars played the Canucks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The hockey atmosphere is always fabulous -- probably moreso tonight, considering the Canucks can't stand the Chicago Blackhawks. You wouldn't be too fond of a team that's eliminated you two straight postseasons, either. But even more than hockey, Vancouver does one thing tremendously well: sushi.

Finding a great sushi place in Vancouver is like finding a good Italian place in Chicago. Just pick one. Chances are you'll be happy. So I and a fellow scribe checked out Honjin in the Yaletown district of the city. There were about three pages worth of sushi rolls, platters and Japanese BBQ selections. I wish I would've had a bigger stomach and two more hours. But two rolls and three cups of green tea later, I left a happy girl.

There's just a certain level of peace you get in this city. At least I do. It's gorgeous, a perfect blend of water and mountains that you just have to enjoy on a beautiful day, which I got this afternoon.

The Blackhawks will be looking to find their little slice of peace -- well, actually they need points and a much better performance than they got in Calgary on Friday -- when they play the Canucks tonight. They, however, won't be going into a calm environment. Rogers Arena, the former General Motors Place, will be full of rabid Canucks fans who loathe the Blackhawks. But the team says they love playing in Canada, love playing in front of those passionate fans, even if they're unfriendly.

Hey, whatever makes them happy -- and whatever gets them back on track.

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

Preview: Blackhawks open preseason against Penguins Wednesday on CSN+

Preview: Blackhawks open preseason against Penguins Wednesday on CSN+

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After World Cup of Hockey, Patrick Kane joins Blackhawks at training camp

After World Cup of Hockey, Patrick Kane joins Blackhawks at training camp

Patrick Kane’s break from the ice lasted less than a week, his time in Toronto serving as a good preseason primer, of sorts.

And with the season about two weeks away, Kane said he’s about where he needs to be.

Kane and Michal Kempny joined the Blackhawks on Tuesday, two of several players beginning to trickle in from their World Cup of Hockey stints. For Kane, the World Cup didn’t go nearly as long as expected – Team USA was ousted in the preliminary round. But now, the focus is on honing things before the season begins.

“I feel pretty good,” Kane said following the second group’s practice on Tuesday. “I feel like everything’s starting to come around right now for sure. I guess, starting to feel kind of like myself again on the ice, so to speak. It’s good to be back in the locker room here with all the guys and back in a Blackhawks uniform, too. It’s always fun coming back. Feels like home, for sure.”

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Kane will not play Wednesday, when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins in their preseason opener. How many preseason games he does get is uncertain; but considering Kane’s time in World Cup of Hockey, the Blackhawks aren’t concerned with him getting rusty.

“He’s going to probably want to do it sooner than later, but I think we can be patient because he’s already been playing games,” assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. “Usually the veteran players when you come into a normal camp, they want to play maybe two or three games to just get their timing. For him, he’s already played quite a few games. There’s no reason to get him in right away, so we’ll just kind of bring him along, especially this early into camp.”

Team USA had a dismal showing at World Cup of Hockey, losing all three games in the preliminary round. But Kane said he’s put that behind him.

“It was a situation, looking back on it now, where we lost to a good team in Europe – they’re in the championship now – and I think at that point there’s a lot of noise from the outside that maybe crept in to our locker room a little bit. We needed to beat Canada. You could say they probably outplayed us but we had chances I that game to keep ourselves in it and ended up losing that one and we were out. But you’re playing in the World Cup of Hockey, you’re playing for your country, it’s always an honor to play for the United States. I’ll always remember playing for my country and always want to do it if you get the opportunity.”


  • Duncan Keith skated with the second group on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will continue to monitor him. “He’ll probably want to get maybe a couple of [preseason] games just for his timing, especially for a defenseman, too. Just so he’ll able to get his gap control and things like that. I imagine he’ll want to try and get some games, but we’ll just see how his knee’s come along and how he responds,” Kitchen said. “We don’t want to put him in a situation before we have to because it only is preseason. We’ll just have to monitor that.”
  • Scott Darling is scheduled to play the entire game vs. the Penguins tomorrow.