Chicago Blackhawks: Marcus Kruger

Hawks player reviews: Marcus Kruger

June, 12, 2014
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Marcus Kruger, Ilya Bryzgalov Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesMarcus Kruger played a key role for the Hawks as their fourth-line center and he was on their top penalty-kill unit.

Marcus Kruger, Forward


2013-14 cap hit: $1,325,000| Age: 24 | Season stats: 8 goals, 20 assists, plus-6

Season recap: Kruger continued to play a key role for the Blackhawks as their fourth-line center and on the top penalty-kill unit. He was a big reason why the fourth line and penalty kill were effective again this season despite some personnel changes. He also improved on his faceoffs.

Season highlight: Kruger scored the game-winning goal in the third period to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Nov. 23.

Season lowlight: They weren't necessarily his fault, but Kruger was on the ice for five goals by the Los Angeles Kings over the final three games of the Western Conference finals.

Final grade: B

Inside the numbers: Kruger was second on the team and first among the forwards with an average of 2:33 of shorthanded ice time a game.

Notes: Kruger was sixth in the NHL with a 56.7 faceoff winning percentage. He had a 46.2 percentage last season.

Quotes: "If you can play, you can play, right?" Kruger on playing through an injury in the second round of the playoffs.

What's next: The Blackhawks likely will look to Kruger to assume the same role next season. He has one more season remaining on his contract before becoming a restricted free agent again.

Blackhawks not finding offensive balance

May, 25, 2014
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Jonathan Quick, Marian HossaJeff Gross/Getty ImagesMarian Hossa and Jonathan Toews, right, haven't gotten much help after their line departs.

LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks have often leaned on their offensive depth to get them past opponents, particularly in the playoffs.

The Blackhawks have relied upon everyone from their stars to their role players, and from their first to their fourth lines to give them production in the past.

The Blackhawks aren’t getting that across-the-board help through three games against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, and that is part of the reason why they’re facing a 2-1 series deficit.

“We have four lines that can score and we’ve got to show it,” Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus said after Saturday’s 4-3 loss in Game 3.

Chicago's top line has done its job: Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa have been solid offensively and defensively. They have kept Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown in check, and they’ve been creating offensive chances for themselves.

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AP Photo/Chris CarlsonMarcus Kruger and his mates on the fourth line took a beating in the Hawks' Game 3 loss.
The possession numbers indicate that the Blackhawks’ top line has had the puck much more than the Kings' in the series. Bickell has a 64.1 Corsi percentage; the Blackhawks have had 41 shots for and 23 shots against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations in the series, according to extraskater.com. Hossa has had a 61.6 Corsi percentage (45 shots for, 28 against) and Toews has had a 60 Corsi percentage (48 shots for, 32 against.)

Chicago has scored eight goals in the series. Two have come on the power play, one short-handed, one with the goalie pulled and four at even strength. Chicago's top line has accounted for two of the four even-strength goals.

The Blackhawks’ other lines haven’t been keeping up. Ben Smith on the fourth line scored a goal in Game 2, and defenseman Duncan Keith scored with the second line on the ice in Game 1. The three other lines’ possession numbers have fluctuated as well.

Chicago's second line of Patrick Sharp, Handzus and Patrick Kane struggled the most in Game 3. Handzus had a team-worst 27.7 Corsi percentage (five shots for, 12 against), followed by Sharp at 30.4 percent (7 for, 16 against) and Kane at 30.8 percent (8 for, 18 against). For the series, Handzus has a 36 Corsi percentage (18 for, 32 against), Sharp a 30.9 (21 shots for, 47 against) and Kane has a 43.5 (30 shots for, 39 against).

The Blackhawks’ third line did fare better with Andrew Shaw in the lineup Saturday; it had been among the team's worst possession lines during the first two games. When together, the fourth line of Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Smith turned in a Corsi below 50 percent in Game 3.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he would reexamine his lines after Saturday’s loss, but he wasn’t sure whether they needed much fine-tuning.

“We'll look at our lines,” Quenneville said. “We look at basically nine periods there, seven of them pretty good, pretty effective as far as what we've been doing, as far as chances, generating what we're looking to do. They've had two big third periods on us. That's the difference in being down 2-1.

“We can look at the lines. I don't know if we got to shake them up too much.”

W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 3)

May, 24, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at the Staples Center on Saturday. The series is tied 1-1. Here's what to watch for:

* The Kings stole home-ice advantage away from the Blackhawks by rallying from a 2-0 deficit and scoring six unanswered goals in Game 2 in Chicago on Wednesday. The Kings are 3-3 in their own building in the playoffs this season.

* Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is expected to play after missing the last seven games with a lower-body injury. He’ll likely replace Peter Regin as the third-line center.

* Kings forward Jeff Carter is coming off a hat trick and four points in Game 2. He has two career playoff hat tricks.

* The Blackhawks allowed a total of two power-play goals in each of their first two series. The Kings scored two power-play goals in Game 2. The Kings made the Blackhawks pay for consecutive penalties in the first six minutes of the third period Wednesday.

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Kruger has more than defensive game

May, 9, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- If there was a survey to determine the Chicago Blackhawks most likely to pull off a between-the-legs pass, Marcus Kruger wouldn't likely be near the top of the list.

But there Kruger was Tuesday retrieving a loose puck in the slot, putting it on his forehand for a moment, then quickly onto his backhand and sliding it through his legs to Patrick Sharp behind him. One Minnesota Wild defender was fooled by the move, but a second one just was able to get to Sharp before he put a shot on net.

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It's a high-end move most wouldn't expect from Kruger, but his teammates know he has that sneaky ability.

"I think he's got great skill offensively," Sharp said. "I think he's a perfect example of why our team's successful, because he's got the ability to make those plays, but for the most part he's asked to play a different role. You've seen some of the plays he's made, whether he's creating scoring chances, whether it's in the neutral zone, whether it's 200 feet from his net, he's got the ability and the vision to make great plays."

The main reason people don't know of Kruger's offensive game is because he rarely has a chance to show it. He's coach Joel Quenneville's defensive staple. Of Kruger's 937 zone starts in the regular season, he started 13.6 percent of the time in the offensive zone. He started 50.7 percent in the defensive zone. He's also the Blackhawks' top penalty-killing forward.

Kruger will be given a more offensive role come Game 4 of the Blackhawks' second-round series against the Wild on Friday. He's being bumped up to second-line center to play alongside Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane. Kruger also played on the second line for a short stint during the regular season.

Quenneville is confident Kruger can contribute on both ends on the second line.

"Kruges is one of those guys, you look at him, I don't think we give him much of an opportunity in that situation, that role or that realm, that all of a sudden he sees plays, he makes plays," Quenneville said. "We had him on the power play a few years back. He's one of those guys who is capable of doing that, and he has that ability of recognizing people around him offensively and has play selection.

"So, he's playing with a couple really skilled guys. I think at the same time there's reasons why he's on that line that gives that dependability defensively as well. But he is one of those guys in tight he sees and makes plays that he doesn't get credit for."

Kruger looks forward to being able to showcase his offensive game more, but he also understands his defense is still essential.

"You always want to score goals," said Kruger, who had eight goals in 81 regular-season games this season. "Winning and scoring goals is fun. At the same time, I'm not going to change my game too much. Even if I play with those guys it's still the same game, and I'm going to play both ways and keep it the same.

"I don't really think about [not having many offensive zone starts.] In the playoffs, it's not about that. It's about winning games. I feel comfortable starting in our own end, and I've been doing that a lot so it's something I'm familiar with."

As for that between-the-legs pass? Kruger didn't make a big deal about it. He did what he had to do.

"That's something that just happened, something I felt like I had to do that to make a play," he said.

Hawks alter reliable fourth line in playoffs

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Brandon Bollig Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesBrandon Bollig, part of a productive fourth line in the regular season, was scratched Sunday.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks possessed a unique and successful fourth line for much of the season.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville toyed with various fourth-line combinations throughout the first month of the season. He finally found something he liked when he threw together left wing Brandon Bollig, centerman Marcus Kruger and right wing Ben Smith against the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 2, in the 14th game of the season.

The combination had the qualities Quenneville sought in a fourth line. The three players embraced their roles. Bollig and Smith were willing to do whatever it took to stay on the ice. Kruger had developed a reputation for his defense. They also understood their responsibilities.

Quenneville came to trust them so much he began using them in the defensive zone more than any other coach was using a fourth line around the league. The line wasn’t only starting more than 50 percent of the time in the defensive zone, but it was also often facing opponents' top lines. The line held its own and allowed Quenneville to give his more offensive players more time in the offensive zone. The three players combined for a plus-8 rating in the regular season.

That strategy worked until the playoffs arrived. As Quenneville began tinkering with his lines to get more production against the St. Louis Blues in the first round, he took apart his reliable fourth. Smith was put on the second line. Kruger was moved to the third line. Bollig was introduced to new linemates on the fourth.

With the changes in the fourth line have come changes in its use and success rate. Quenneville began cutting the line’s minutes in the first round, and the Blackhawks were at times a three-line team. Aside from the diminished minutes, the line has also become less consistent. The fourth line has been on the ice for all three of the Minnesota Wild's goals in the second round.

Quenneville said Monday he doesn’t expect his current fourth line to duplicate what Bollig, Kruger and Smith did.

“They had a lot of responsibility,” Quenneville said of that group. “I don't think many lines or any lines in the league start 90 percent of their shifts in your own end, and you're confident that you can play them against the other team's top line on the road or anywhere.

“It was very effective for us, and I don't think we had that type of a line over the course of the last five years, so it was kind of a unique situation. As it's evolved, you know, [Kruger] gets a little more responsibility, [Smith] gets a little more responsibility, and it kind of evolved into a different line.”

The fourth line in Game 1 against the Wild became Bollig, Michal Handzus and Joakim Nordstrom. The combination received more ice time than the fourth line had been getting late in the Blues series -- playing close to eight minutes together.

The line was also given a variety of zone starts -- though the Wild often kept the line in the Blackhawks’ defensive zone. The three players averaged a 22.6 Corsi percentage (shot differential). The Blackhawks had an average of 4.3 shots for and 19 shots against when the three players on the ice in 5-on-5 situations, according to extraskater.com. The line was also on the ice for both of the Wild’s goals in Game 1.

Afterward, Quenneville said he was satisfied with his fourth line.

“I think it was fine,” Quenneville said Saturday. “I thought the one goal where we should have definitely gotten the puck out with the puck in at center ice. They had some point shot that went through and went in. So nobody wants to be on the ice for goals against. I think we look to be better in that area.”

Quenneville went with a different fourth line in Game 2. He made Bollig a healthy scratch for the first time this season and had Kris Versteeg, Handzus and Jeremy Morin as the fourth line. The line’s minutes fell again; Morin played 5 minutes, 42 seconds. The three players averaged a 39.0 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks averaged three shots for and 7.6 shots against when they were on the ice in 5-on-5 situations). They were also on the ice for the Wild’s lone goal.

Quenneville didn’t say which combination of players he would use for the line in Game 3 on Tuesday, but he hoped it would give him more going forward.

“But we'll see how it works out, that group,” Quenneville said Monday. “And we're looking to get a contribution from that line as we go along here.”

By the numbers: Hawks-Blues Game 3

April, 22, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Here's a look, by the numbers, at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of their first-round series:

• Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped all 34 shots he faced, including 26 at even strength. His even-strength save percentage rose to .920 and overall save percentage to .932.

• The Blackhawks went 0-for-4 on the power play. They're 1-for-14 for the series. They have 12 shots on goal from their power plays.

• The Blues were 0-for-3 on the power play. They're 1-for-16 in the series. They have 26 shots on net from their power plays.

• Blues forward Steve Ott and Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell tied for a game-high eight hits. Bickell is second in the NHL with 21 hits in the playoffs.

• The Blues had 14 players with a Corsi percentage (shot differential) higher than 50 percent, according to extraskater.com. The Blackhawks had four. Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko led all players with an 83.3 Corsi (the Blues had 20 shots for and four against when he was on the ice in 5-on-5 situations). Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg had a game-low 25 Corsi (the Blackhawks had six shots for and 18 against when he was on the ice).

• The Blackhawks and Blues combined for seven penalties, which was the lowest amount in the series. They combined for 10 in Game 1 and 17 in Game 2.

• Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews won 19-of-24 faceoffs. He's won 56-of-83 faceoffs for a 67.5 winning percentage in the series.

• Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith played a game-high 27:27, and Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo played a team-high 26:33. Pietrangelo is the first in the NHL with 98:21 of ice time in the playoffs, and Keith is second with 96:32.

• Blues forward Jaden Schwartz had two takeaways and leads the NHL with seven in the playoffs.

• Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked two shots. He's second in the NHL in 14 blocked shots in the playoffs. He also leads the league with 19:24 of short-handed ice time through three games. He played 4:01 on the penalty kill in Game 3.

• Blackhawks forwards Brandon Bollig and Marcus Kruger started every shift in the defensive zone. They combined for 18 shifts.

• Blues forward Alexander Steen attempted 12 shots, including six on net. He has taken 35 shots, including 24 on net, in the series.

• Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa attempted nine shots, including four on net. He has taken 28 shots, including 21 on net, in the series.

Hawks practice as full team, arrange lines

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks did something Tuesday they haven't been able to do for almost a month.

They practiced as a full team. All 15 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders were healthy and participated in the hour-long practice at Johnny's IceHouse West.

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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews joined his teammates on the ice Tuesday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on March 30. Patrick Kane also participated in his first full team practice since his injury on March 19. He had participated in a team morning skate last week.

"I thought, at least for me being out there the first time, the pace was pretty high -- seems like everyone's excited about what's going to happen here going forward here in the playoffs," Kane said. "It was nice to get out there, skate with the team in a real practice, and even nicer to have one [Wednesday]."

With everyone on the ice, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville unveiled his probable lines to begin the playoffs, and there were some changes.

Quenneville placed Kris Versteeg, Toews and Brandon Saad together on the top line. Patrick Sharp, Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa skated together on the second line. Bryan Bickell, Andrew Shaw and Kane comprised the third line. Quenneville stuck with his usual fourth line of Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith.

Sharp, Toews and Hossa played together on a line for a bulk of the season, and Kane was mostly on the second line. Versteeg and Saad have bounced everywhere from the first to third lines this season.

Quenneville said he is looking for balance in the four lines.

"I thought all the lines have comparable ingredients with the ability to score and play without the puck, as well," Quenneville said. "We also had that continuity of at least a couple of guys who are familiar with one another. Whether you revert back or you like the matchup, even in the course of the game, you can always move one or two guys around without really rearranging too much; having that flexibility, and some guys can play both sides and go in the middle, as well. Every game would be different, but right now you like the balance."

Kane has played with Shaw and Bickell before. Kane and Bickell shared a line for much of the playoffs last season and were both essential to the team's Stanley Cup run.

Kane believes that even though Bickell and Shaw are physical players and could give him protection against the St. Louis Blues, they also need to stick to their games.

"To be honest with you, I think playing with them two guys, you want to make sure you're matching their work ethic because they're always going to be working hard," Kane said. "At the same time, we want to play smart, play good defensively, make sure we're not giving anything up.

"Sometimes you go into a series and you think a little too much about the physical play or what's going to happen and it throws you off. I think for us, we've just got to go out there, play hockey the way we know how to play, and not worry about all that other stuff, whether it happens after the whistle or during the play. I think in the past we've maybe gotten caught up in that a little bit."

Quenneville is optimistic that the line of Versteeg, Toews and Saad can be productive for the Blackhawks.

"We feel [Saad is] capable of playing against top guys," Quenneville said. "He's played with Jonny a lot the last couple years. [Versteeg] as well has played in some big situations. We'll see how that all works out -- certainly has the capability of working well together. [Versteeg] did play a little bit with [Toews and Saad] there recently. That line looked pretty good together."

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Blues 0

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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on Wednesday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks put together one of their better overall efforts in a key division matchup. Duncan Keith gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead when he scored a power-play goal at 19:05 in the first period. Andrew Shaw added to the lead when he redirected a shot by Nick Leddy at the net past goaltender Ryan Miller at 15:35 of the second period. Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith extended the lead to 4-0 by each scoring third-period goals. Miller was pulled after the fourth goal. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 23 saves and recorded his second shutout of the season. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane left the game in the second period with an apparent leg injury and did not return.

What it means: The Blackhawks were 0-1-2 against the Blues this season prior to Wednesday’s win. The Blues hadn’t lost in regulation within the Central this season. The Blackhawks kept their division title hopes alive and also moved ahead of the Colorado Avalanche into second place in the Central. The Blackhawks improved to 40-15-15 with 95 points. The Blues fell to 47-15-7 with 101 points. The Avalanche lost to the Winnipeg Jets in overtime Wednesday and have 94 points with a 44-20-6 record. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville notched his 700th career victory with the win. Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus was honored prior to the game for playing in his 1,000th career regular-season game.

Player of the game: Keith was a factor on both sides of the ice. He scored what turned out to be the winning goal and was a large reason why the Blues were unable to score. He had four blocked shots.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks scored four times on 27 shots against Miller. He hadn’t allowed more than three goals since joining the Blues at the trade deadline.

What’s next: The Blackhawks host the Carolina Hurricanes Friday. The Blackhawks defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout on the road on Oct. 15.

Rapid Reaction: Hawks 6, Blue Jackets 1

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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center on Thursday.

How it happened: Searching for more offense heading into the game, the Blackhawks got plenty of it Thursday night. Chicago went off for six goals, including three in the second period, to win for the first time at the United Center since Jan. 19. Andrew Shaw broke out of a recent slump, scoring two goals. Jonathan Toews also scored twice and has five goals in the past three games. Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell scored the Blackhawks’ other goals. Marcus Kruger and Brent Seabrook each had two assists for the Blackhawks. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled in the second period after allowing his fourth goal.

What it means: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made some line changes leading into the game after the team had scored just three goals total in its previous three indoor games. The Blackhawks scored five at Soldier Field on Saturday, but the conditions made that an unusual game. Quenneville’s moves paid off in a big way against Columbus. The Blackhawks improved to 37-13-14 with 88 points and remained in second place in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues. The Blackhawks extended their winning streak over the Blue Jackets to 12 games. The Blackhawks last lost to them in 2011.

Player of the game: Shaw snapped an 11-game goalless streak with his two goals. He had zero points and a minus-2 rating over his previous five games.

Stat of the game: Thirteen Blackhawks registered a point in the victory.

What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to Patrick Kane's hometown of Buffalo to face the Sabres on Sunday.

Smith not worrying about future with Hawks

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith said Thursday he was happy linemate Brandon Bollig received a recent contract extension, but he hasn’t had any contract talks with the organization himself.

The 25-year-old Smith will be a restricted free agent after the season and is the team’s lone fourth-line player without a contract going forward. The Blackhawks announced a three-year extension for Bollig on Monday, and Marcus Kruger signed a two-year contract in the summer.

“I haven’t heard anything about [my future,]” Smith said on Thursday. “It’s great for Bollig. I’m happy to hear he’s going to be back for three years. He’s a great player and a great teammate. As for me, I guess that stuff will wait for whenever that stuff gets sorted out. I’m more focused on what’s going on here the last 19 games, hopefully a long playoff run.”

Smith said his future has been in the back of his mind, but he wasn't worrying about it now.

“I think it always is when it’s your contract year for any player,” Smith said. “For me, focusing on what’s going on now and letting the future take care of itself.”

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Quenneville patient with Olympians

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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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Blackhawks Olympic update: Gold game

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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: 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

February, 19, 2014
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Here's a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks fared in the Olympics on Wednesday:

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Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesPatrick Sharp celebrates his goal for Canada during its quarterfinal victory over Latvia on Wednesday.
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.

Blackhawks Olympic update: Day 4

February, 15, 2014
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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.

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