Myers: Hawks need to settle rollercoaster play

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Myers: Hawks need to settle rollercoaster play

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
3:56 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

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.
Kane better

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.

No thanks

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.

Eric Semborski gets his own hockey card as Blackhawks' emergency goalie

Eric Semborski gets his own hockey card as Blackhawks' emergency goalie

Eric Semborski lived out his childhood dream by calling himself a National Hockey League goaltender for one day, and he will never forget it.

Now there's proof nobody will.

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Topps revealed Wednesday that it has produced a trading card for the 23-year-old after he signed a one-day contract on an amateur tryout basis to serve as the emergency backup goaltender for the Blackhawks in Saturday's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.

While he didn't see any action, Semborski said after the game that absorbing shots during warmups from some of the best players in the league was “the best 20 minutes of my life.”

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Jonathan Toews donates $1 million to community center in Winnipeg

Jonathan Toews donates $1 million to community center in Winnipeg

Jonathan Toews was the highest paid player in the NHL this past year, and he's giving back to the community that helped him become one of the best players in the league.

The Blackhawks captain donated $1 million to the Dakota Community Centre in Winnipeg, where he was born and raised, making it the largest ever private donation to a community centre in Manitoba.

“From my earliest days playing hockey, Dakota Community Centre has always played a pivotal role in my upbringing and my career," Toews said in a statement. “Today, I continue to be honoured to have my name associated with the Sportsplex on the Dakota campus. My parents have instilled in me the importance of giving back, and I believe that in supporting Dakota, we will see endless possibilities for the Community Centre’s future and transformation in the lives of our community members.”

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Toews will also serve as the honorary chairman for the Dakota Futures Capital Campaign, which will support the construction of a new 60,000-square-foot, $20-million fieldhouse and future development of the campus.

The fieldhouse will include a 30,000-square-foot gymnasium that will contain multiple court sports, such as basketball and volleyball, sport training and conditioning, all of which will be connected to the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex. It's expected to open in the fall of 2017.

The Sportsplex was named in Toews' honor in 2010, and includes two indoor ice rinks, a gymnasium, and strength training facilities, among others.

“We are so proud that Jonathan has chosen to give back to the community in this way," said Toews' parents Andrée Gilbert and Bryan Toews. "Our family has such fond memories of hockey practices and friendships made at the Dakota Community Centre. We look forward to the opening of the new Fieldhouse and the continued growth of the Dakota  campus. Through programs for all ages and acting as a gathering place in our community, the Dakota Community Centre transforms thousands of lives each year."