Crawford, Hawks look to keep rolling vs. Sharks


Crawford, Hawks look to keep rolling vs. Sharks

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2011Posted: 3:31 p.m.

By Tracey Myers

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Corey Crawford will go for his eighth consecutive victory in goal and Jordan Hendry will be in the lineup as a forward when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the San Jose Sharks tonight.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi will get another start against his former team; he won the last matchup here on Nov. 24.

Hendry will be playing in his first game since Nov. 7. Coach Joel Quenneville said he likes getting the defensemen -- John Scott has been at forward for a while now -- up front.

"The one thing about defensemen up front is theyre responsible, Quenneville said. They have a defensive mindset, which is what we want.

Jack Skille will be on the right wing with Viktor Stalberg and Jonathan Toews. Jeremy Morin flew into San Jose late Friday night to play tonight.

Injury update
Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane (both lower body) and Fernando Pisani (upper body) still arent skating back in Chicago, but Quenneville said he expects them in the next day or so to get out there, and well have more updates on that then.

Quenneville would not say who may or may not be skating soon.

Tracey Myers is'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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