Golson concussed, but Kelly expects QB to be cleared for BYU

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Golson concussed, but Kelly expects QB to be cleared for BYU

Everett Golson sustained a concussion on Saturday, but coach Brian Kelly doesn't expect the quarterback to miss next week's game against BYU. Kelly said Golson was still experiencing symptoms today, but team doctor James Moriarty told him he would expect Golson to be cleared to play this week.

"We really can't do anything with him physically until all of his symptoms have been cleared, and then there's the cognitive testing that has to take place," Kelly explained. "So our general protocol is we expect him tomorrow to be able to pass his cog test. If he does that, then we begin light exercise. If there's no recurrence of any headaches then we clear him.

"If he doesn't get cleared on Tuesday, then we repeat the process and we continue with it. So the only thing that would be at risk here would be if he's not cleared for Tuesday then he loses a lot of rep work on Tuesday. It doesn't mean, though, that he couldn't still be a starter for us if he practices Wednesday and Thursday."

The initial report was Golson's vision was blurred after he took a helmet-to-helmet hit late in Notre Dame's 20-13 overtime win over Stanford. "He wanted to get back in, and our medical personnel would not clear him."

While Kelly said Saturday he was "proud" of how Golson responded to adversity, he still turned the ball over three times. One was a fumbled snap Kelly said was "totally unacceptable," another directly resulted in points for Stanford and the third stopped what appeared to be a promising drive in the third quarter.

"Very concerned," Kelly said of those turnovers. "It's something that obviously we cannot continue to have. He's got to take better care of the football, and he's got to do it in practice, and he's got to be smarter."

If Golson isn't cleared, though, Tommy Rees will re-take the starting role he held for all but one game in 2011 -- although Kelly added Andrew Hendrix could be in the mix as well.

"Both of them could play," Kelly said. "I wouldn't rule it out. But we're probably putting too much on this. I'm really confident Everett will be cleared. "

Rees has relieved Golson twice this year for non-injury reasons, entering the final drive of Notre Dame's win over Purdue Sept. 8 and during the second quarter in the Irish's Sept. 22 win over Michigan.

Kelly also revealed the source of Golson's turf toe injury -- which was first reported by NBC's Alex Flanagan yesterday -- as stemming from the second quarter of Notre Dame's 41-3 win over Miami.

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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.