Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Word on the Street: Fukudome's family is OK

Friday, March 11, 2011
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Fukudome's family doing well after quake

Kosuke Fukudome and his teammates spent part of Friday morning watching news updates of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Fukudome said he was able to contact his brother and that his family was OK. Though he has not yet been able to talk to his parents, he said he believed they were fine as well.

Also, media assistant Hiro Aoyama and trainer Yoshi Nakazawa both said their families were okay. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Shani Davis wins gold
Chicago native Shani Davis won the gold medal in the men's 1,000-meter race at the speedskating single-distance world championships. Davis, who had lost in the 1,5000-meter on Thursday, nabbed his sixth world title by besting two Dutch skaters, Kjeld Nuis and Stefan Groothuis. (USA Today)

Fire sign Barouch, Videira

The Chicago Fire announced on Thursday that they signed forward Orr Barouch and midfielder Mike Videira. Barouch, a 19-year-old Israel native, previously played with Mexico. Videira, 25, spent the last two seasons with the New England Revolution. (Hot Time in Old Town Chicago Now)

Former-Bear Jim Keane does at 87

Former-Bears wider receiver Jim Keane died on Tuesday at the age of 87. Keane, who still holds the Bears' team record for catches in a game at 14, spent seven seasons with the bears before finishing his career with the Packers. In addition to holding the Bears single-game catch record, he is also still the only receiver in Bears history to lead the team in catches four seasons in a row. (ChicagoBears.com)

Canadiens' Pacioretty released from hospital

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, whose violent injury on the ice against the Boston Bruins earlier this week sent chills down the back of hockey fans across the country, has been released from the hospital. He will be allowed to continue his recovery from a severe concussion and fractured vertebra at home. (Montreal Gazette)

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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