Chicago Blackhawks: 2014 Winter Olympics

Hawks' Wirtz weighs in on NHL in Olympics

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said Friday he didn’t have an opinion to date on whether the NHL should continue to allow its players to participate in the Olympics.

“I really don’t,” Wirtz said at a restaurant in downtown Chicago. “I’m only one of 30 (owners), and at this point I don’t have a vote.

“At this point, it’s early. The nice thing is we get to go right now to the Stanley Cup, and let’s focus on that. It’s going to be an exciting time. We have 22 games left, and let’s see what we can do.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke just before Wirtz and had a similar response. Bettman said the NHL would address the topic in time. NHL players have been participating in the Olympics since 1998.

“Ultimately, we have to make a decision,” Bettman said. “It’s not something, despite all the speculation, it’s not something that has been discussed. It’s not something we’re ready to discuss. We’re more focused right now on the stretch run into the end of the regular season and into the playoffs and then we’ll deal with (whether) international events makes sense to us.

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Coaching Olympics interests Quenneville

February, 25, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday he would be interested in coaching in the Olympics if given the chance.

"Yeah, it'd be great," Quenneville said after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "I think the Canadians, they've done an outstanding job, that staff. I commend them on what they've accomplished over the last couple of Olympics. They've been perfect. I'm happy for them."

Canada has won the men's hockey gold medal in the past two Olympics. Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was Canada's head coach both times.

The Canadian-born Quenneville also holds citizenship in the U.S., but he isn't sure his allegiance to Canada would allow him to coach the U.S. in the Olympics if asked.

"I don't know," Quenneville said with a smile. "We'll see. I'm a Canadian. I don't know if that's ... We'll see."

The 55-year-old Quenneville ranks third all-time among NHL coaches with 695 wins. Only Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins) and Al Arbor (782 wins) have more victories than the Blackhawks coach, who has also won two Stanley Cups.

Rozsival readjusting after Olympics

February, 24, 2014
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Michal RozsivalBrian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty ImagesMichal Rozsival skated for the Czech Republic in his first Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


CHICAGO -- Michal Rozsival hasn’t been setting his alarm clock for 5 a.m., but that’s what time he has been waking up consistently since returning from Sochi, Russia last week.

Rozsival has found his body clock to be all messed up after spending nearly two weeks playing for the Czech Republic at the Olympics in Sochi, where it’s 10 hours ahead of Chicago.

Rozsival attempted to combat his sleeping pattern Monday by getting back on the ice with the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time since returning on Friday.

“I got back on Friday, had a couple of days that I didn’t do anything and I thought [practice is] going to help me sleep a little better tonight,” Rozsival said at Johnny’s IceHouse West. “I got a little tired because I’ve been waking up at 5 a.m. the last couple of days. I kind of decided I’d get on the ice, get some sweat and be a little more tired tonight and get better sleep tonight.”

Rozsival was hopeful his plan would work as Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville put him and the team’s 12 non-Olympians through a strenuous practice at Johnny’s IceHouse West on Monday.

Quenneville had given Rozsival the option to wait until Wednesday to return to the team. The team’s nine other Olympic players may not practice until the team’s morning skate on Thursday.

“It was his choice,” Quenneville said. “I said come back on Wednesday if you want, but he wanted to skate today. He was at the rink yesterday because his son was here at practice and (Michal Handzus') been here as well, but he didn’t skate today. He probably felt that, ‘Let’s get back out there.’ And at the end of practice he wished, ‘Maybe not.’”

Rozsival was still glad he practiced despite being fatigued afterward.

“It was a tough practice for sure,” Rozsival said. “I was here yesterday and I started skating yesterday. It was a tough practice yesterday as well, so I kind of knew what I was getting into. It was tough. I don’t regret it at all. Like I said, I just need to get out there, get my legs going again. Hopefully it’s going to help me have a better night’s sleep tonight.”

Rozsival hadn’t participated in the Olympics prior to Sochi. He had hoped for a better result as the Czech Republic went 1-2 in pool play, defeating Slovakia in the qualification round and falling to the U.S in the quarterfinals. He finished the tournament with zero points, four shots on goal, a minus-five rating and an ice time average of 14:13 in five games.

Overall, Rozsival said he had a positive experience.

“I really enjoyed it,” Rozsival said. “Obviously us as a team we didn’t do as well as we would hope, but overall it was a good time, everything was well-organized in Russia. Everything was really good. Accommodations, transportation, the new arenas there, everything was really nice. Brand new. Just to be able to be part of something like that for the first time, I really enjoyed it.”

Rozsival was hopeful more NHL players would get to experience the Olympics in the future.

“I think (the NHL should remain in it,)” Rozsival said. “The Olympics is the biggest international tournament, and I think they deserve to have the best players playing in it.”

Rozsival wasn’t sure what effect having so many players in the Olympics would have on the Blackhawks.

“It’s a tough one,” Rozsival said. “I don’t think anybody has an answer for it. It could be either or. It could be a good and bad thing because we had six players that played in the gold-medal game and so they might be a little tired.

“It’s up to the rest of us to step up a little bit and carry the torch, give them a little rest. Somebody else has to do it if they can’t. I’m sure they will be on top of their game when they get back. They are professionals. I guess we’ll see how everything plays out when they come back.”

Quenneville patient with Olympians

February, 23, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is looking at the big picture when it comes to his 10 Olympians returning to the team this week.

Quenneville doesn't plan on pushing his returning players until he really needs them back on the ice. He said he wouldn't ask the six players who played in the gold-medal game Sunday to be back with the team until its morning skate against the New York Rangers on Thursday. The team's 12 other players had their first practice since the Olympic break at Johnny's IceHouse on Sunday afternoon.

Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp and defenseman Duncan Keith helped Canada to the men's hockey gold with a 3-0 win over Sweden and Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya and forward Marcus Kruger on Sunday.

The Blackhawks also had forwards Marian Hossa (Slovakia), Michal Handzus (Slovakia) and Patrick Kane (U.S.), and defenseman Michal Rozsival (Czech Republic) participate in the Olympics.

"The guys that will be getting back tomorrow, I don't expect those guys to be getting on the ice until the morning skate," Quenneville said. "We'll give the guys a couple of days to break -- very taxing and exciting as well. I think the guys that got back here the last couple of days maybe over the next day or so they'll return to practice. But six of them I don't expect those guys to ... if they want to get on the ice on Wednesday, that'll probably be it."

Quenneville wasn't positive even a few days rest would be enough for his returning Olympians.

"We'll see how they are when they get back and gauge it," Quenneville said. "I would expect that they'll need a couple of days to enjoy it and celebrate and when we get them back together, I'm sure the focus will go on the right place. But a break for them off the ice will probably be healthy as well.

"Some teams are playing Tuesday and we've got Thursday. I think the whole league will be playing by Thursday anyways. It's what it is and I think that the players, they know how to read it and as we get closer to the game in New York, we've got a big weekend as well right after that. It's an interesting week for us. We'll see how they feel and gauge it from there."

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Quenneville touts Kane's Olympic play

February, 23, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane may not have produced like he would have hoped for the U.S. in the Olympics, but Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville took plenty of positive from Kane's performances.

Kane finished the tournament with zero goals and four assists in six games. He failed on a breakaway attempt against Russia during pool play and missed two penalty shots against Finland in the bronze-medal game. The U.S. was shut out its last two games and didn't medal after taking the silver in the 2010 Olympics.

"I thought Kaner had several chances and had the puck a lot," Quenneville said Sunday. "He's very dangerous. He didn't have the finish or the show that could have been there. But when Kaner has the puck as much as he does, generally good things happen.

"But goalies and goal-scoring throughout that tournament, goaltending was great and goal-scoring was tough to come by. A couple of tough ones there in the shootout and penalty shots as well. I thought Kaner played well the last few games."

Quenneville wasn't worried about Kane failing to produce when he returned to the Blackhawks. He expected Kane to pick up where he left off. He is fifth in the NHL with 63 points, which includes 27 goals and 36 assists.

"He's having a great year," Quenneville said. "His consistency this year has been in the right place, game in, game out he's a threat. You watch him over there, has the puck a lot. Has the puck a lot here and does a lot of good things."

Blackhawks Olympic update: Gold game

February, 23, 2014
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 Jonathan Toews Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesCanada's Jonathan Toews celebrates after scoring in the first period of the gold medal game vs. Sweden Sunday.


Here’s a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Sunday:

Jonathan Toews, forward, Canada
Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 on Sunday to capture its second consecutive men’s hockey gold medal. Toews recorded the game-winning goal as he scored in front of the net off a pass from Jeff Carter at 12:55 of the first period. Toews had one goal, four shots on goal, a plus-one rating, won 9 of 20 faceoffs and played 19:13. He finished the tournament with one goal, two assists, 11 shots on goal, a plus-three rating and an average ice time of 17:18 in six games. He was also on Canada’s 2010 gold-medal team.

Duncan Keith, defenseman, Canada
Keith was one of the reasons why Canada allowed three goals in six tournament games and zero goals in the last two games. He had a plus-two rating and 20:32 of ice time against Sweden. He finished the tournament with one assist, 12 shots on goal, four penalty minutes, a plus-six rating and an average ice time of 21:06 in six games. He also played for Canada in the 2010 Olympics.

Patrick Sharp, forward, Canada
Sharp wasn’t given much ice time in the gold-medal game, playing just 3:40. He had zero shots on goal and a zero rating. He finished the tournament with one goal, seven shots on goal, four penalty minutes, a plus-two rating and an average ice time of 10:10 in five games.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, defenseman, Sweden
Hjalmarsson was on the ice for one of Canada’s goals. He had a minus-one rating and 18:03 of ice time. He finished the tournament with zero points, five shots on goal, a zero rating and an average ice time of 18:20 in six games.

Johnny Oduya, defenseman, Sweden
Oduya had his ice time cut in the gold-medal game and did not play in the third period. He had a zero rating and 12:21 of ice time in the loss. He finished the tournament with one assist, three shots on goal, a plus-one rating and an average ice time of 16:07 in six games.

Marcus Kruger, forward, Sweden
Kruger was given a larger role in the gold-medal game due to Nicklas Backstrom being unable to play. Kruger was utilized in all situations and played 17:46 against Canada. He had one shot on goal, a zero rating and won 11 of 22 faceoffs. He finished the tournament with zero points, three shots on goal, four penalty minutes, a plus-one rating and an average ice time of 12:40 in six games.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Bronze game

February, 22, 2014
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Here’s a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Saturday:

Patrick Kane, forward, U.S.
Kane was the lone Blackhawk in Saturday's bronze medal game, and it was a forgettable day for him. The U.S. was shut out for the second consecutive game, getting routed 5-0 by Finland. Kane missed two penalty shots and was called for two minor penalties. He had five shots on goal, a minus-one rating and 16:29 of ice time. He finished the tournament with zero goals, four assists, 19 shots on goal, six penalty minutes, a plus-two rating and an average of 17:42 of ice time in six games.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Semifinals

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Here's a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Friday:

Jonathan Toews, forward, Canada
Canada and its three Blackhawks defeated the U.S. 1-0 in the semifinals on Friday. Toews did his part in the victory, winning 10-of-16 faceoffs. He also had one shot on goal, a zero rating and 15:45 of ice time. Canada will play Sweden for the gold medal on Sunday.

Duncan Keith, defenseman, Canada
Keith had zero shots on goal and a zero rating in the win. He was third on Canada with 20:23 of ice time. He and Toews helped Canada to the gold in the 2010 Olympics.

Patrick Sharp, forward, Canada
Sharp was especially active for Canada in the first period on Friday and had three shots on goal against the U.S. He finished with a team-high five shots on goal, a zero rating and 10:26 of ice time.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, defenseman, Sweden
Sweden and its three Blackhawks defeated Finland 2-1 in the semifinals on Friday. Hjalmarsson was used more than any other Swedish player in the third period and played 8:02 during the final period. He finished with zero points, a zero rating and 22:00 of ice time. Sweden will play Canada for the gold on Sunday.

Johnny Oduya, defenseman, Sweden
Oduya was right behind Hjalmarsson in third-period ice time, playing 7:54 during the final period. Oduya had zero points, a zero rating and 21:25 of ice time in the win.

Marcus Kruger, forward, Sweden
Kruger won 11-of-16 faceoffs, had zero shots on goal, a minus-one rating and played 12:41 in Sweden's victory.

Patrick Kane, forward, U.S.
Kane possessed the puck often and had his share of chances, but he and the U.S. weren't able to score against Canada. He had three shots on goal, a zero rating and 20:25 of ice time. The U.S. will play Finland for the bronze medal on Saturday.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Quarterfinals

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Here's a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Wednesday:

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Patrick Sharp, forward, Canada
Canada defeated Latvia 2-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Sharp put Canada ahead 1-0 with a goal in the first period. He finished with one goal, two penalty minutes, two shots on goal, a plus-one rating and 12:37 of ice time. Canada plays the U.S. in the semifinals on Friday.

Jonathan Toews, forward, Canada
Toews had a secondary assist on Canada's winning goal against Latvia. He finished with one assist, two shots on goal, a zero rating and 18:15 of ice time. He also won 8-of-12 faceoffs.

Duncan Keith, defenseman, Canada
Keith had two penalty minutes, five shots on goal, a zero rating and 22:41 of ice time in Canada's victory.

Patrick Kane, forward, U.S.
The U.S. defeated the Czech Republic 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Kane had a secondary assist on the game's first goal. He finished with one assist, two shots on goal, a plus-one rating and 17:28 of ice time.

Michal Rozsival, defenseman, Czech Republic
Rozsival had one shot on goal, a minus-two rating and 18:54 of ice time in his team's loss to the U.S. He finished the tournament with zero points, four shots on goal, a minus-five rating and an ice time average of 14:13 in five games.

Johnny Oduya, defenseman, Sweden
Sweden defeated Slovenia 5-0 in the quarterfinals. Oduya had a secondary assist on Sweden's third goal. He finished with one assist, one shot on goal, a plus-one rating and 17:04 of ice time. Sweden will play Finland on Friday.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, defenseman, Sweden
Hjalmarsson had two shots on goal, a plus-one rating and 18:32 of ice time in Sweden's win over Slovenia.

Marcus Kruger, forward, Sweden
Kruger won 11-of-16 faceoffs against Slovenia. He also had one shot on goal, a plus-two rating and 11:54 of ice time.

Hawks Olympic update: Qualification round

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Here’s a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Tuesday:

Michal Rozsival, defenseman, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-3 win over Slovakia on Tuesday. Rozsival had one shot on goal, a minus-one rating and played 19 shifts and 13:23 of ice time. The Czech Republic plays Team USA in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Marian Hossa, forward, Slovakia
Slovakia was eliminated with a 5-3 loss to the Czech Republic on Tuesday. Hossa scored two of Slovakia’s three goals. He trimmed Slovakia’s deficit to 4-1 with a second-period goal and to 4-2 with a third-period goal. He had two goals, five shots on goal, a plus-two rating and 18:41 of ice time. He finished the tournament with two goals, one assist, four penalty minutes, 13 shots on goal and an average of 19:26 in ice time in four games.

Michal Handzus, forward, Slovakia
Handzus had the secondary assist on both of Hossa’s goals Tuesday. Handzus had two assists and a plus-two rating in the loss. He won 16-of-28 faceoffs and led the team’s forwards with 21:19 of ice time. He finished the tournament with two assists, four shots on goal, a plus-one rating and averaged 20 minutes of ice time in four games.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Day 5

February, 16, 2014
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Here’s a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Sunday:

Patrick Kane, forward, USA
Team USA defeated Slovenia 5-1 on Sunday and finished atop its pool with eight points. Kane had a quiet game. He finished with zero points, two shots on goal and a zero rating. He played 16 shifts and 16:07. Team USA has a bye into the quarterfinals and will await the winner of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Marian Hossa, forward, Slovakia
Slovakia lost to Russia 1-0 in a shootout and finished pool play with one point. Hossa had three shots on goal, two penalty minutes and played 19:41. Slovakia will play the Czech Republic in the qualification round on Tuesday.

Michal Handzus, forward, Slovakia
Handzus couldn’t convert on his shootout opportunity on Sunday. He finished with zero points, one shot on goal and 20:09 of ice time. He won 8 of 24 faceoffs.

Jonathan Toews, forward, Canada
Canada defeated Finland 2-1 in overtime and finished first in its pool with eight points. Toews had zero points, one shot on goal and a minus-one rating. He also won 8 of 17 faceoffs and played 18:24. Canada has a bye into the quarterfinal round and will play the winner of Switzerland and Latvia.

Patrick Sharp, forward, Canada
Sharp returned to Canada’s lineup after being a healthy scratch its last game. He had zero points, a zero rating and played 9:47.

Duncan Keith, defenseman, Canada
Keith had zero points, a zero rating and played 22:29 in Canada’s win over Finland.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Day 4

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Here’s a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Saturday:

Patrick Kane, forward, USA
Team USA defeated Russia 3-2 in an epic game and has five points through two games. Kane delivered a cross-ice pass to Joe Pavelski for a goal in the third period to put the USA ahead 2-1. Kane finished with one assist, five shots on goal, a penalty and a zero rating. He led the team’s forwards with 20:09 of ice time. The USA will play Slovenia on Sunday.

Michal Rozsival, defenseman, Czech Republic
Rozsival did not play in the Czech Republic’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Saturday. The Czech Republic finished 1-2 in pool play and will play in the qualification round Tuesday.

Michal Handzus, forward, Slovakia
Slovakia was upset 3-1 by Slovenia on Saturday and fell to 0-2 in pool play. Handzus had zero points, a minus-one rating and played 20:54. He won 10-of-21 faceoffs. Slovakia plays Russia on Sunday.

Marian Hossa, forward, Slovakia
Hossa had zero points, four shots on goal, a minus-one rating and 20:26 of ice time in Slovakia’s loss to Slovenia.

Marcus Kruger, forward, Sweden
Sweden defeated Latvia 5-3 on Saturday and improved to 3-0 in pool play. Kruger had zero points, two penalty minutes, a zero-rating and 13:34 of ice time. He won 8-of-15 faceoffs. Sweden will have a bye into the quarterfinal round.

Johnny Oduya, defenseman, Sweden
Oduya had one shot on goal, a zero rating and played 13:38 of ice time in Sweden’s win.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, defenseman, Sweden
Hjalmarsson had a zero rating and played 15:29 in Sweden’s win. Sweden has scored 10 goals and allowed five goals in the tournament.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Day 3

February, 14, 2014
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Here's a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Friday:

Jonathan Toews, forward, Canada
Canada rolled to 6-0 win over Austria on Friday and improved to 2-0 in pool play. Toews had the lone assist on the game's first goal and finished with one assist and a plus-three rating. He also won 10-of-18 faceoffs, had three shots on goal and led the team's forwards with 15:59 of ice time. Canada plays Finland on Sunday.

Duncan Keith, defenseman, Canada
Keith was on the ice four-plus minutes more than anyone else on his team against Austria. He played 29 shifts and 23:52. He had zero points, three shots on goal and a plus-three rating in the win.

Patrick Sharp, forward, Canada
Sharp was a healthy scratch for Canada's game on Friday. He was replaced by the Colorado Avalanche's Matt Duchene in the team's lineup.

Marcus Kruger, forward, Sweden
Sweden pulled out a 1-0 win over Switzerland on Friday and improve to 2-0 in pool play. Kruger had zero points and a zero rating in the win. He won 2-of-7 faceoffs and played 18 shifts and 9:55. Sweden plays Latvia on Sunday.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, defensemen, Sweden
Hjalarmarsson helped keep Switzerland off the scoreboard. He had two shots on goal, a zero rating and played 23 shifts and 17:40.

Johnny Oduya, defenseman, Sweden
Oduya was also key in holding the shutout. He played 22 shifts and 14:47 of ice time. He had zero points and a zero rating.

Michal Rozsival, defenseman, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic defeated Latvia 4-2 on Friday and improved to 1-1. Rozsival finished with a zero rating and played 25 shifts and 19:34. The Czech Republic face Switzerland on Sunday.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Day 2

February, 13, 2014
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Here’s a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Thursday:

Patrick Kane, forward, USA
Team USA was impressive in a 7-1 win over Slovakia, and Kane had something to do with that. Kane contributed two assists, including a primary one to break a 1-1 tie in the second period. He had two shots on goal, a plus-two rating and played 17 shifts in 15:38 of ice time. He has three goals and four assists in seven career Olympic games. The USA will play Russia on Saturday.

Marian Hossa, forward, Slovakia
Hossa provided the assist on Slovakia’s lone goal. He had one shot on goal, one minor penalty and a minus-one rating. He led Slovakia’s forwards with 18:59 of ice time. He has 12 goals and 14 assists in 16 career Olympic games. Slovakia will play Slovenia on Saturday.

Michal Handzus, forward, Slovakia
Handzus played more for Slovakia than he has in any game for the Blackhawks this season. He played 17:41 of ice time against the USA. He was 6-of-13 on faceoffs. He had one shot on goal and a zero rating for the game.

Jonathan Toews, forward, Canada
Toews came up big at the dot for Canada in a 3-1 win over Norway as he won 10 of 14 faceoffs. He also led Canada’s forwards with 16:15 of ice time. He finished with zero shots on goal and a zero rating. Canada will play Austria on Friday.

Duncan Keith, defenseman, Canada
Keith provided the primary assist on Shea Weber's goal to put Canada ahead 1-0 against Norway. Keith finished with one assist, one penalty, a plus-one rating and 16:39 of ice time.

Patrick Sharp, forward, Canada
Sharp was held without a shot on goal in Canada’s win. He had one penalty, won his lone faceoff and had a plus-one rating. He also played 14:21 of ice time.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Day 1

February, 12, 2014
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A number of Chicago Blackhawks were in action as Olympic men's hockey play began on Wednesday.

We'll keep you updated on how the Blackhawks are faring in Sochi throughout the Olympics. Here's an update from Wednesday's games:

Michal Rozsival, defenseman, Czech Republic
Rozsival and his Czech Republic teammates had a rough going in their first game of pool play. Sweden built a 4-0 lead on the Czech Republic, and Rozsival was on the ice for two of the first three goals. Sweden won 4-2. Rozisval finished with two shots on goal, a minus-two rating and played 24 shifts and 19:16 of ice time, which was third most among the team's defensemen. The Czech Republic plays next against Latavia on Friday.

Marcus Kruger, forward, Sweden
Kruger had his usual type of consistent game, playing on Sweden's fourth line with 17 shifts and 10:14 of ice time. He had one shot on goal, won 3-of-5 faceoffs and had a zero plus/minus rating. He also had one penalty, a hooking call in the third period. Sweden will play again against Switzerland on Friday.

Johnny Oduya, defenseman, Sweden
Oduya and Blackhawks teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson were kept together and were a defensive pairing on Wednesday. Oduya had one shot on goal, a zero rating and played 26 shifts and 17:28 of ice time. He was on the ice for a Sweden goal and a Czech Republic goal.

Niklas Hjalmarsson, defenseman, Sweden
Hjalmarsson had a similar game to Oduya. Hjalmarsson also had one shot on goal and a zero rating. He played 26 shifts and had 18:16 of ice time. He was fourth among the team's defensemen in ice time.

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