Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
By Tracey Myers
The Chicago Blackhawks have been through their ups and downs this season. Right now they wouldnt mind an extended up.
The Blackhawks have had three-game and four-game winning streaks this season, but theyve usually been followed by a losing streak of the same ilk. They got points against Ottawa on Friday night, holding on after blowing another third-period lead. But its imperative that the Blackhawks start collecting chunks of victories, especially in tight games like that.
Tied going into the third period, weve got to get something out of these type of games, coach Joel Quenneville said. Thats where we have to be stronger going forward. We have to put something together now.
The Blackhawks will try to make it two in a row on Sunday against the New York Islanders, a team thats dwelling near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The schedule wont be easy this second half, but the Blackhawks, eighth in the West entering Saturdays games, have to get things rolling soon.
Every year youve got one or two runs. This part of the season were going to need it, Quenneville said. You dont want to wait too long to put something together.
As much as Patrick Kane was focused on the Blackhawks two points on Friday night, theres no doubt that he wants to get his own point production going again. Kane is still working back from the left ankle injury that kept him out about three weeks last month, but said it is getting better every day.
As far as re-injuring it, were past that, said Kane, who admits he may have been tentative when he first came back. I think everyone is when youre coming off an injury that keeps you out a bit. As far as being hurt for that period of time, maybe at first its about feeling things out and getting timing back. But its nice to get into the groove.
Corey Crawford was hoping to talk with former Blackhawks goaltending great Glenn Hall at some point this weekend; Hall and a few other players from that 1961 Cup-winning team will be honored at Sunday nights game. But as far as playing netminder in Halls day, without masks, thats a different matter.
Ill tell you what, I wouldnt be a goalie if I grew up back then. Not a chance. Thats just crazy, Crawford said. To stand in front of a shot with nothing on your face, thats different.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.