Crawford, Blackhawks look to outshine Stars

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Crawford, Blackhawks look to outshine Stars

Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011
12:44 p.m.
By Tracey MyersCSNChicago.com
Corey Crawford will get the start in net tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks, now healthy again, will try and stall a Stars team that is leading the Pacific Division and has won five straight on the road.

Their top two lines are as good as any top two lines, coach Joel Quenneville said of the Stars. Theyve got balance, their defense is steady. That type of team, they can beat anyone on any given night. They play a real patient, smart game. Its an important game for a lot of reasons for both teams.

Meanwhile, Jake Dowell, whos been a steady factor most of this season, will be scratched for the second consecutive game.

Obviously Im a pretty motivated person in the first place, so I dont think I need a whole lot of kick in the butt, he said. But they shook things up and the team won, so its good to change the lineup after a win.

Quenneville said I think hes pretty consistent in his game; hes victimized more by numbers. Sometimes you have to stick with (a lineup) and we dont want to change too many things for tonights game. Hes one of those players we expect back in there soon.

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

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger happy with Manchester United's Europa League win

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.

Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.

Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.

Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.

Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.

“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”

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