Quenneville liked what he saw from Carcillo

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Quenneville liked what he saw from Carcillo

Daniel Carcillo didnt get a full season to show the Chicago Blackhawks what he can do. But coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw in that brief time.

Carcillo underwent successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee today, ending his 2011-12 season. Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement that the surgery went well and that Carcillo will being rehabilitation today, adding that we anticipate a full recovery with him returning to competitive hockey in six months.

It was a tough end for Carcillo, who signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks last summer and played in just 28 games this season. He had two goals and nine assists in those games. The Blackhawks wanted some aggressiveness, some sandpaper back in their game, and Quenneville said Carcillo supplied that.

In his limited time, I thought he did a great job, Quenneville said this past weekend. He fulfilled the job description very well. He provided toughness were looking for, did exactly what were looking for.

As for Carcillo returning next season, Quenneville said, well talk about a lot of things, but Danny didnt hurt himself.

There were times when he was very good, playing a strong role on the Blackhawks second line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa to start the season. He also struggled at some points, and was a healthy scratch toward the end of the Blackhawks circus trip.

Carcillo missed other games due to his own actions. He was suspended a total of 11 games this season: two to start the season, two for a hit on Joni Pitakanen in Carolina and seven for the hit on Edmontons Tom Gilbert at the start of January. That final hit is what also caused Carcillos injury.

Will the Blackhawks re-sign Carcillo this offseason? Time will tell, but his coach didnt mind his game.

Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Stars: Another slow start but better finish

Quick Hits from Blackhawks-Stars: Another slow start but better finish

It wasn't pretty, but the Blackhawks found a way to pick up another two points and improved to 6-0-1 over their last seven games, and 18-3-1 over their last 22.

With Minnesota's loss to Philadelphia, the Blackhawks have taken an eight-point lead for first in the Central Division and are only two points away from the Washington Capitals for home-ice advantage throughout the entire Stanley Cup playoffs.

Let's take a look at Quick Hits from the 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night:

What Worked: The finish and shootout. While the Blackhawks scored the game's first goal, it was another slow start by a team that has had a few of those over the last several outings and has preached working on turning in more of a complete effort. They recorded only 14 shots on goal in the first two periods, and it took more than six minutes after Patrick Kane's goal to record their next one.

But they finished on a positive note yet again, and went 2-for-3 in the shootout thanks to Kane and Artemi Panarin, who potted the game winner. Kane said after the game that he tried his move on Scott Darling during morning skate and it worked. So he went with it tonight in an effort to snap a mini shootout drought and he did.

What Didn't Work: Controlling the puck. The Blackhawks seemingly have the puck more than their opponent does almost every game, but it doesn't reflect in the shot department because they often look for the perfect pass or shot and fail to record one at all. They had 50 shot attempts with 26 of them on goal compared to the Stars' 64 attempts with 44 on goal. They know they must get better at that.

Star of the game: Corey Crawford. After allowing four goals on only 10 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to Vancouver, the Blackhawks netminder bounced back in a huge way. He matched a season-high with 42 saves, and recorded his 30th win of the season.

He Said It: "He played amazing tonight. Reason we won the game. Hats off to him, he's done that a lot this year. For a goalie it's probably tough to show up every night, even the goals he let in last game you can't put all the blame on him, but he was outstanding tonight." — Kane on Crawford's performance

By the Numbers:

167 — Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked one shot in the win, and it was enough to set a new career high in that department, previously established during the 2010-11 campaign (166).

15 — Trevor van Riemsyk assisted on Marian Hossa's goal in the third period, giving him a career-high 15 points on the season in 50 games. He had 14 points in 82 games last year. He also extended his point streak to three games.

6 — With the victory, Crawford has earned at least 30 wins in six of his seven NHL seasons as a full-time starter. The only time he didn't reach that mark was during the lockout-shortened year in 2012-13 when he went 19-5-5.

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