Turco to start vs. Canucks; rivalry heating up?


Turco to start vs. Canucks; rivalry heating up?

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
2:23 PM

By Tracey Myers

The Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks already have a contentious relationship, thanks in big part to their recent playoff history. But it may have gotten a little more heated after their latest game.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault felt that the Blackhawks were running up the score and putting what he called their No. 1 power play on the ice late on Nov. 20, when the Blackhawks beat them 7-1 in Vancouver.

We basically embarrassed ourselves in front of our fans and they did everything to rub it in our face, Vigneault told the media after that game.

The Canucks are 3-1-0 since that loss to the Blackhawks, and are coming off a 7-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

We had a number of different power plays up there, Patrick Sharp said on Thursday. Joel (Quennevilles) been here three years now and hes not known as that kind of a coach.

Ill stand by the fact that we werent trying to run up the score, he continued. We just about blew a 5-1 lead the other night (vs. St. Louis), so no leads really safe in this league. But as players and coaches, we werent trying to do that.

Sharp absence

Patrick Sharp was No. 3 among NHL goal-scorers entering Thursday nights games but you wont find his name on the NHL All-Star ballot. Sharp has been a consistent contributor for the Blackhawks this season and has a goal in five consecutive games heading into Friday nights tilt against the Vancouver Canucks.

Teammates say he should be on the ballot.

I dont understand that, Troy Brouwer said. He may get overlooked because of other players on the team. I know every team can only send so many players but hes a name that shouldnt be lost and should get some recognition.

Turco starting

Marty Turco will start Friday night against the Canucks, his first action since Nov. 24 against San Jose. Corey Crawford has started three consecutive games, winning all of them.

Hes excited about getting back in and he wants to play, Quenneville said. Crawford, I know he won, but you still think about keeping them both active and giving them both a chance to play.


There were no changes to either Marian Hossa (lower body) or Fernando Pisani (upper body). Quenneville said he hoped Pisani, whos still listed as day to day, could return to the ice soon.

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

PHOTOS: Blackhawks hit the road sporting Cubs attire

PHOTOS: Blackhawks hit the road sporting Cubs attire

The Blackhawks hit the road on Thursday, and they did so in style.

In support of the Cubs participating in the World Series for the first time since 1945, each member of the Blackhawks sported a Cubs jersey and World Series hat as they hopped onto the plane and traveled to New Jersey.

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It may not have been as whacky as Joe Maddon's themed road trips, but it's still a perfect excuse for breaking the dress code just this once.

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Together again: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane reunite on top line vs. Devils

Together again: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane reunite on top line vs. Devils

When coach Joel Quenneville has put Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane together it’s usually been during the postseason.

It’s rare when it happens in the regular season and when it does, it seems like an in-case-of-emergency move. But in this case, it may be more of a get-the-captain’s-production-going move.

The Blackhawks made a few more line changes on Thursday, including combining Toews and Kane, as they prepared for Friday night’s game at the New Jersey Devils. Marian Hossa moved to right wing on the second line with Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov. Marcus Kruger and Nick Schmaltz flip-flopped as third- and fourth-line centers. Tyler Motte and Ryan Hartman were the third-line wings while Dennis Rasmussen and Jordin Tootoo were on the fourth line.

Coach Joel Quenneville said the line changes, including Kane’s move to the first line, were because the Blackhawks continue to look for balance. To a point, that’s true; the Blackhawks still haven’t come close to getting that four-line rotation with which they’ve found so much success. But considering how successful the Toews and Kane combination has been for each, you’d have to think it’s to help bolster Toews’ point totals. Toews has just two assists through the first seven games.

“Right now I think Jonny, his production isn’t where you look at his play – we still always like the way he plays, he’s so useful in so any different ways,” Quenneville said. “I think maybe we get more balance on both lines. We’ve been trying a number of different looks in our top two groups there. over seven games we still need to be better in a lot of ways. hopefully we can find it.”

Still, if you can get your top players producing points, it’s worth a try. And Kane and Toews, regardless of how long they’ve been apart, usually click immediately upon reuniting.

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“Yeah, I guess change can be good in this sense. We can probably produce a little bit more offense and have the puck a little bit more throughout the game,” Kane said. “I’ve played with Jonny a bunch before. Obviously, not as much lately. But I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be a fun way to play hockey. Obviously he’s one of the best players in the game, and probably in my mind, the easiest player to play with. It’ll be fun to get back out there with him and try to create something, try to produce and have some fun with it.”

As for that usual second line of Panarin, Anisimov and Kane, remember: as we’ve seen before, it can be put together again fast.

“They get a lot of shifts and a lot of looks. It’s not like we’re too far away from going back to it at any time. It’s always close and available,” Quenneville said. “Maybe we get more balance and a little more scoring across the board.”


- Defenseman Gustav Forsling (upper body) did not skate on Thursday and will not travel to New Jersey. Quenneville is still hoping Forsling can play on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

- Forward Andrew Desjardins (lower body) continues to improve. Quenneville said Desjardins could be skating in the next day or so.

- Corey Crawford will start vs. the Devils.