Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

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Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Posted: 12:58 p.m. Updated: 3:10 p.m.

By TraceyMyers
CSNChicago.com BlackhawksInsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
Patrick Kane wanted to get a little more work in on Sunday, so he participated in his first preseason scrimmage with Team B. Diagnosis: the left wrist looks good and the shot looks even better.

Kane scored two goals and had an assist in Team Bs 4-2 decision over Team C at Johnnys Ice House. For Kane, it was a good test in more of a contact setting. And the wrist is doing just fine.

I thought I needed do to more to get into game shape. The doctor said, Go ahead, and if you feel any pain, stop, said Kane, who added he played with the splint on and felt no pain afterward.

Im still pretty cautious. You dont want to put yourself in a bad situation where get hit or something goes wrong, Kane said. Its competitive hockey, you still want to do some things, but it was a pretty good day.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Kanes outing was impressive.

He felt so good yesterday, plus hes kind of smart: you try to avoid what you need to avoid (contact-wise), Quenneville said. I thought he had a special day.

Carcillo vs. Shaw
Daniel Carcillo and Andrew Shaw tussled after Shaw hit Viktor Stalberg in their scrimmage on Sunday afternoon. Carcillo, who won the fight, said hes just been frustrated with his game early on in preseason.

I just havent been on the ice much this summer, he said. Theres a bit of a transition period from the weight room to the ice so Im just going through that.

The young Shaw, who is now signed with Rockford, said hes looked up to Carcillo and tries to mimic his style.

We both play with an edge, its our type of game, Shaw said. I was glad he said yes (to the fight) and we had some fun with it. When you hit star players someones going to step up. Thats his role, too. Im not mad or anything; its just part of the game.
Briefly

Marian Hossa is scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday. Quenneville said Hossa could practice on Wednesday.

Dylan Olsen has missed the last two days with a lower-body injury. Well get a better indication in the morning, Quenneville said of Olsens status. Hopefully hes not that far away.

Scotty Bowman celebrated his 78th birthday on Sunday.

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

By the bye: Blackhawks keep rolling following break

By the bye: Blackhawks keep rolling following break

When you're on a roll, you hate disrupting it for anything.

The Blackhawks probably felt that in some respect heading into the new NHL-mandated bye week on Feb. 12, but the need for rest usurped any worry on that front. Still, when the Blackhawks reconvened last Friday, the question remained if they could pick up where they left off on that pre-bye, five-game winning streak.

As coach Joel Quenneville said of the unusual break, "we talked about it going into it: you don't know how you're going to come out of it."

Apparently it hasn't been a problem.

The Blackhawks have won two of their first three out of the bye, including their 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Coming out of this break hasn't been easy for a lot of teams. The Blackhawks, like 11 other teams up to this point, lost their first game out of it. But in that loss to Edmonton, the Blackhawks played well. That continued on Sunday in Buffalo and on Tuesday in Minnesota. Now back in a rhythm schedule-wise, the Blackhawks are hitting their stride performance-wise.

"I thought we played a good game against Edmonton but we still felt there'd be some good will down the road. I thought we continued on with these next two on the road, probably played the same way going into it. So it's been a good stretch for us, and much better than we were at the beginning of the year," Quenneville said. "I like the improvement in our game."

A big part of the Blackhawks' success is finding their four-line rotation.

Jonathan Toews was joined by Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik early in the Ice Show trip, the three were given time to mesh and it's paying productive dividends. The second line is always a threat. Their third and fourth lines are a great combination of defense, skill and youth.

As the lines have started rolling, so have the Blackhawks. Each line had someone score against Buffalo. The top line thrived vs. the Wild. 

"I think all year we kind of expected the offense, coming from Arty's [Artem Anisimov's] line and maybe my line, but what's making us a really good team is our third and fourth line going out there and just battling every shift, just working, giving other teams no time, no chance to make plays with the puck," Toews said. "I think when you can rotate four lines like that, everyone starts to pick up their pace and their speed and then you just rotate in and it doesn't matter who scores on a given night. We're getting contributions from all over the place and it makes you a dangerous team and a tough team to beat."

Instead of taking steam out of the Blackhawks' sails, the bye appears to have re-energized them.

"Yeah it was good for our team," Ryan Hartman said. "We had a few guys who didn't get [rest during] the all-star break. They were still playing, and it was nice for those guys to get away from the rink and kind of get in the sun and take your mind of hockey for a bit, refresh the brain and body. I think we all needed those couple days of rest. As it's looked the last couple of games we've looked fresh and we've been bringing it almost a full 60. I wouldn't say we're quite playing a full 60 but we're really close and that was crucial for us."

Playing a full 60 was one of the Blackhawks' biggest problems earlier this season. Much like the four-line rotation, it's showing up at the right time. The Blackhawks have a great opportunity this week to get closer to the Wild, who started their break on Wednesday.

The issues that plagued the Blackhawks earlier this season are starting to dissipate. They weren't sure how they were going to come out of this break. So far, they've followed rest and relaxation with a rejuvenated game. 

"We're just rolling four lines now. Every line can score and every line's playing the best hockey," Panik said. "That's helped us."

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