Hawks need strong effort from Turco for fourth win

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Hawks need strong effort from Turco for fourth win

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Updated 1:14 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasnt happy with what he called the Blackhawks rubbing it in in their last matchup in Vancouver, and he wasnt backing down from that prior to tonights game at the United Center.

The Blackhawks were up 6-0 when they went on a 5-on-3 power play midway through their 7-1 victory on Nov. 20. Their on-ice personnel for that power play were Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Viktor Stalberg, Nick Boynton and Duncan Keith. Vigneault took exception to the Blackhawks putting on what he called their No. 1 power-play unit

I think its every teams right to do what they want, he said outside Vancouvers locker room this morning. We obviously werent very good, 5 on 3 you send Kane and Toews on the ice. They have every right to do that, they did it, and thats it.

The Canucks had a late power play in their 7-2 rout over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Vigneault said the Canucks fourth line was on that advantage, on which they did score.

The Blackhawks fourth line had just come off the ice prior to that sequence. Told that Boynton and Stalberg are not part of the teams top power-play unit, Vigneault said, come on. Be serious. Toews and Kane, its 6-0 going into the third, what do you think? Lets be serious.

The rivalry between these two has built over recent years, especially with the Blackhawks eliminating Vancouver in two consecutive playoffs. As far as that last game, the Blackhawks are downplaying the situation.

I dont think theres anything to it, to be honest, Troy Brouwer said. Some games teams just dont have it and that might have been their game. For us, Q was rolling four lines. Youre not just going to bench Toews line for the rest of the game. You roll four lines and they just happened to be out there.

Turcos turn

Marty Turco is ready to get back in net tonight against the Canucks, whom he took a 3-2 shootout decision over here earlier this season. For Turco, its all about being ready for that next start.

Its about positives. The best one is were winning and on a streak and thats all I want; and to get in there and play and make a difference, he said. Those are things that make my world to round. All I think about is what I can do every day to get better.
Briefly

Fernando Pisani did not skate again this morning and is out for tonights game.

Roberto Luongo will start for the Canucks tonight.

Jordan Hendry is looking like the healthy scratch again tonight.

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

With first big contract in hand, Tim Anderson planning a run to the Pepsi machine

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Anderson plans to buy one very expensive Pepsi.

When it comes time to make his first big purchase, the White Sox shortstop already has a good idea what he's going to do.

As he quickly rose through the minors, Anderson — who signed a six-year deal Tuesday that could pay him $50.5 million through 2024 — talked to his mother about her retiring if he ever reached the big leagues. But all Lucille Brown joked that she has wanted from Anderson is a Pepsi, just one Pepsi. Anderson said on Thursday morning that he intends to make good on his promise and then some.

"She always told me, 'I don't want anything from you, I just wish you the best. The only thing I want from you is for you to buy me a Pepsi,'" Anderson said. "Pepsi is her favorite soda. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to buy her a Mercedes and I'm going to buy a Pepsi and put it in the cup holder for her."

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An outpatient healthcare worker, Brown and her husband Roger — who are Anderson's aunt and uncle — raised Anderson along with their three children. Anderson said he and Brown have discussed her retirement over the past few years and will broach the topic again in the future.

If Lucille decides to retire, Anderson thinks she might take up decorating houses, which she did for the second-year player after he recently purchased a home in North Carolina. But for now, Anderson wants to take care of his family for helping him attain his goal of playing in the big leagues, which led to the "life-changing" contract.

"I think she's going to retire," Anderson said. "We haven't picked up on that conversation yet, but we'll talk about it.

"I feel like nothing but good people have been in my circle from the time that I got drafted."

Alshon Jeffery spurned ESPN's Adam Schefter after getting free agent contract advice

Alshon Jeffery spurned ESPN's Adam Schefter after getting free agent contract advice

This is an enlightening glimpse into the craziness that is the world of NFL free agency.

The MMQB published a longform recap of 24 hours in the life of ESPN's Adam Schefter at the start of NFL free agency and apparently it also included a moment where he advised Alshon Jeffery on the receiver's contract situation.

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Before Jeffery signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, the former Bears wideout called Schefter to see what the market was like for receivers:

But here's the kicker:

The MMQB circled back on the news later and Jeffery never called Schefter back, instead giving the news to Schefter's ESPN colleague Josina Anderson to break about the Eagles deal.

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