Chicago Blackhawks: Michal Rozsival

Hawks player reviews: Michal Rozsival

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Michal RozsivalMike DiNovo/USA TODAY SportsMichal Rozsival will likely rotate with another defenseman for the sixth spot again next season.

Michal Rozsival, defenseman

2013-14 cap hit: $2,200,000| Age: 35 | Season stats: 1 goal, 7 assists, plus-7

Season recap: Rozsival was given a similar role to the previous season in that he played about half of the regular-season games and was relied upon more in the playoffs. Unlike 2013, though, Rozsival wasn’t as consistent in the playoffs this season and was a minus-1 over 17 playoff games. He was a plus-9 in the playoffs last season.

Season highlight: Rozsival had an assist and was a plus-3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1.

Season lowlight: Rozsival struggled against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the second round and was scratched the next two games.

Final grade: C.

Inside the numbers: Rozsival started 43.6 percent of the time in the offensive zone during the regular season, according to extraskater.com. He led the team’s defensemen in that category.

Notes: Rozsival played in his 900th career NHL game on Dec. 3.

Quotes: “I think Rozy is one of those guys, experience-wise, you like him in your lineup,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “Defensively sound, offensively got real good patience and play recognition. So he gives you a real good intangible that you like to see.”

What’s next: Rozsival has another year left on his contract. He’ll likely rotate with another defenseman for the sixth spot again next season. If any of the Blackhawks’ prospects are ready next season, they could end up replacing Rozsival in the lineup at some point.

Hawks' defense part of reason for deficit

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CHICAGO -- Blackhawks defensemen Michal Rozsival and Nick Leddy were caught watching as the Los Angeles KingsTanner Pearson jumped on a loose puck and fed Tyler Toffoli in the slot for a crucial goal in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

Toffoli skated past Blackhawks defensemen Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson for a loose puck in Chicago's zone and scored to break a 2-2 tie in Game 3.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had the puck taken away from him by Kings forward Anze Kopitar, and defenseman Brent Seabrook was slow to get to the net to stop Marian Gaborik from scoring the second goal in Game 4.

While Chicago's penalty kill has been accountable for five goals in the past three games, that hasn’t been the Blackhawks’ only issue in their three consecutive losses, which have put them behind 3-1 in series. They also have had a few breakdowns they’re not accustomed to seeing from their defensemen.

“We’ve let in some uncharacteristic type of goals in this series that we probably haven’t seen all year or in the playoffs, for sure, that we think are preventable,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Tuesday. “We shore that up, and we’ll keep ourselves in the game and find a way.”

The Blackhawks allowed eight even-strength goals over the past three games. They had given up 21 even-strength goals over the first 13 playoff games. In the series, Oduya has been on the ice for six even-strength goals, Seabrook for four, Hjalmarsson for three, Rozsival for three, Leddy for two and Keith for one.

Not all of those goals were the defensemen's fault, but Seabrook said there’s definitely room for improvement on the back end.

“Absolutely, I think, like I said, I’ve got to be better,” Seabrook said Tuesday. “It doesn’t just start with the penalty kill. It’s in every facet of the game. I think we’ve all got to be out there doing things that are going to make us win a game, and I think some things happened last game that are uncharacteristic, but I’d say you’ve got to give L.A. credit. They’re forcing us into different situations, but we’ve got to be better and we will be better.”

Oduya and Hjalmarsson have had the best Corsi numbers (shot differential) among the defensemen despite starting in the defensive zone more than the others, according to extraskater.com. Oduya has a 57.0 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks have 61 shots for and 46 against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations in the series). He’s followed by Hjalmarsson (55.3 percent), Rozsival (50.5), Seabrook (50.0), Leddy (48.5) and Keith (47.8). Leddy and Rozsival start the most in the offensive zone.

Quenneville thought what it came down to was his defensemen needing to play better around their own net.

“I think where pucks going through us or not recognizing the coverage that’s around the net,” Quenneville said. “They got some guys that they make some blind plays. Around the net, they got quick sticks, and they got some good shooters as well. I think we got to make sure we’re going to be defending around our net better than they are at their net. It could be the difference.”

Hawks endure another tough loss

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ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Blackhawks left St. Louis with a serious case of the blues.

Twice in three days, the Blackhawks were on the verge late in the third period of defeating the St. Louis Blues by a goal and taking home-ice advantage away from them in the Western Conference first-round playoff series, and twice, the Blues delivered a punch to the Blackhawks’ gut by scoring a game-tying goal late in the third period and prevailing in overtime.

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Both losses possessed plenty of similarities for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks were first devastated by the Blues in Game 1 when St. Louis erased a 3-2 lead with 1:46 remaining in the third period and then won the game in triple overtime on Thursday.

The Blackhawks were even closer to victory on Saturday. After fending off a 5-on-3 power play for 46 seconds and a 5-on-4 power play for 3:59 -- which also included the Blues removing their goalie and adding another attacker -- in the final five minutes of the third period, Chicago's 3-2 lead was decimated when the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko scored with 6.4 seconds remaining in the period. The Blues finished the job with a goal by Barret Jackman 5:50 into a first overtime.

The Blackhawks dealt with so much penalty-killing time because Bryan Bickell was called for kneeing at 13:55 and Brent Seabrook received five minutes for charging and a game misconduct at 15:09. Chicago killed off 17:47 of a possible 17:48 of the Blues’ power plays in the game.

"We did a great job killing," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "It was an outstanding job, and you’re right there, six seconds away. The other game was tough losing at a buck and change, but tonight was brutal."

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Six Blackhawks to watch in playoffs

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Bryan BickellCal Sport Media/AP ImagesBryan Bickell's emergence in the playoffs will be key to the Blackhawks' chances.
Here are six players aside from the Chicago Blackhawks' stars who will need to step up their production in the playoffs:

Bryan Bickell, forward


The Blackhawks don't likely win the Stanley Cup without Bickell's emergence in the playoffs last season. He had an ordinary regular season with nine goals and 14 assists in 48 games last season. In the playoffs, he was a different player. With nine playoffs goals, he accounted for 14 percent of the Blackhawks' scoring during their Cup run. He was also second on the team with 17 points and second with a plus-12 rating. More was expected of Bickell this regular season after his playoff performance and a new contract, but he was deterred by a slow start and a knee injury. He finished with 11 goals, four assists and a minus-6 rating in 59 games. His play has improved in the past month. He's had a Corsi percentage (shots for vs. shots against) of 56.5 percent or higher in nine of his past 10 games, according to extraskater.com. He's also had three or more shots on goal in four of the past seven games.

Nick Leddy, defenseman


Leddy had a rough go in the playoffs last season. He had zero goals, two assists and a minus-8 rating in 23 playoff games. He fell out of favor with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville late in the Stanley Cup finals and played just 2:37, 6:53 and 3:25 in the final three games of the series. He regained Quenneville's faith this season. He had seven goals, 24 assists, a plus-10 rating and averaged 16:22 of ice time in 82 games. He's also had a 57.1 Corsi percentage. He'll likely be paired with Michal Rozsival in the playoffs again.

Michal Rozsival, defenseman


Rozsival was in and out of the lineup throughout the regular season and was a permanent fixture in the playoffs last season. That likely will be the case again this season. The Blackhawks now hope he can be as consistent as he was in the playoffs last season. Among the players who played 20-plus playoff games last season, he was fifth on the team with a 57.4 Corsi percentage (Blackhawks had 382 shots for, 284 against when he was on the ice) in 5-on-5 situations. He averaged 19:16 of ice time during the playoffs. This season Rozsival has played in 42 games. Between an injury and additional rest, he's played in nine games since he returned from the Olympics. He hasn't played more than two consecutive games since prior to the Olympic break and has played in more than two consecutive games during just two spans this season. He has been solid when he's played this season. He has a 58.8 Corsi (620 shots for, 435 shots against), which is 2.7 percent higher than when he's not on the ice.

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Brandon Saad, forward


Not much was expected of Saad in the playoffs last season because he was still a rookie. From a possession standpoint, he held his own. When he was on the ice in 5-on-5 situations in the playoffs, the Blackhawks had 330 shots for and 207 against. But he didn't produce much, with one goal, five assists and a minus-1 rating in 23 playoff games. A season later, the Blackhawks need Saad to be better than that. He was often a key contributor to the Blackhawks throughout this season. He was sixth on the team with 40 points, which included 19 goals. To produce in the playoffs, he's going to need to find more consistency to his game than what he's provided lately. Since suffering an injury in mid-March, he hasn't scored in the past 10 games and had a minus-9 rating during that span. His possession numbers have also dropped. He's had a 60 Corsi percentage or higher in 30 games this season, and 28 of those occurred prior to his injury.

Ben Smith, forward


Smith was recalled at the end of last season and got into one playoff game -- Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals -- when Marian Hossa was scratched due to an injury. Smith will have a much larger role this season. Of the Blackhawks' fourth-line players, Smith is the one who provides the most consistent offense. He's seventh on the team with 14 goals and is riding a hot streak into the playoffs. He's scored goals in four of the past six games. He'll also continue to be relied upon defensively. His shifts have started 47.5 percent of the time in the defensive zone. Smith has excelled in the postseason before; he helped Boston College to two NCAA titles, and he had three goals in seven games for the Blackhawks in the 2011 playoffs.

Kris Versteeg, forward


The Blackhawks were hoping Versteeg could be the same player he was for them the last time around when they traded for him in November. That hasn't been the case. He's had positive spurts, but he's also been inconsistent. He admitted he came back from his knee injury too soon and will need another offseason to strengthen it to be closer to his old self. Since the Olympic break, he's had three goals and five assists. His possession numbers have also varied since the break. He's had 15 games with a Corsi percentage of above 50 percent and eight games below. Traditionally, he has played well in the postseason, with 14 goals, 23 assists and a plus-2 rating in 57 career playoff games.

Hawks' Brookbank putting team first

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Sheldon BrookbankAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarSheldon Brookbank has rotated in and out the Hawks' lineup as the team's sixth defenseman.
Sheldon Brookbank has been the ultimate utility player for the Chicago Blackhawks this season.

He’s rotated in and out the lineup as the team’s sixth defenseman. He’s played a top-4 defenseman role when needed. He’s played forward when Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has wanted to send a message to another forward or didn’t have enough healthy forwards on the roster. Brookbank has been on the ice for as little as 4:33 or as much as 25:27 depending on the game this season.

It’s not exactly what Brookbank imagined he’d being doing for the Blackhawks when he signed a two-year deal with them in July of 2012. It’s not always been easy, especially being a healthy scratch for much of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run last season, but the 33-year-old Brookbank prides himself on being a team player and that’s what he’s attempted to be.

“It has been a little tough,” Brookbank said recently. “I’ve always tried to think team first. That’s the way I kind of look at it. I obviously want to play top 6 and play every night. That’s what I strive for. We had close to a perfect season last year, so there’s no arguing the recipe didn’t work or whatever.

“I mean I didn’t really know 100 percent what to expect [when I signed with the Blackhawks.] Obviously I thought I’d be playing more. That’s for sure. But like I said, our team is that deep and we won the championship. If that’s what I am on a championship team, then I’ll take it.”

It’s that approach that has earned Brookbank the respect of his teammates.

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Bickell returning to Hawks lineup vs. Wild

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CHICAGO -- Not all news was bad Wednesday for the Chicago Blackhawks, who will add forward Bryan Bickell back to the lineup.

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Bickell is expected to play against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday after missing the past six games with an upper-body injury.

"[Bickell's] ready to go," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after practice on Wednesday. "He was flying there at practice. He's been skating really well. He's been skating going into that [recent road] trip. We thought maybe he could have played on that trip. But certainly you can use his size and his speed and his pace and some physicality to his game, which is noticeable. And I thought he was definitely playing his best hockey going into that injury."

Blackhawks forwards Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus and defensemen Johnny Oduya and Michal Rozsival did not practice on Wednesday. Rozsival said he would not play on Thursday, but he could return against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Quenneville said the other three players had maintenance days and are fine.

Bickell's play has fluctuated since returning from a knee injury in December, but Quenneville is happier with him as of late. Quenneville was giving Bickell an average of about 12 minutes of ice time in his past five games. He played 14:18 against the St. Louis Blues in the game he suffered his injury on March 19.

Bickell is excited to play again and get into form before the playoffs begin.

"It's hard for me getting ready before this stretch, these six games, going into playoffs and get back and playing the hockey I know," Bickell said. "It was frustrating sitting out. I know that little injury I had to get the rest. I think those last three days helped it for tomorrow."

Bickell has 10 goals, two assists and a minus-seven rating in 53 games this season. He was one of the Blackhawks' top players in the playoffs last season with nine goals and eight assists during the team's Stanley Cup run.

Bickell, Saad, Rozsival out vs. Hurricanes

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forwards Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell and defenseman Michal Rozsival will not play against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday due to injuries, coach Joel Quenneville said.

Bickell will miss his first game since suffering an upper-body injury against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. He has 10 goals, two assists and a minus-seven rating in 53 games this season

Saad will miss his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. He is second on the Blackhawks with a plus-29 rating and is sixth on the team with 44 points. He has 19 goals and 25 assists in 68 games this season.

Rozsival will miss his third consecutive games with a lower-body injury. He has one goal, six assists and a plus-four rating in 38 games this season.

"They're all progressing," Quenneville said after the team's morning skate on Friday. "They're all day to day. They're all out tonight."

Saad, Rozsival won't play vs. Blues

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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Michal Rozsival will not play against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and will miss their second consecutive games due to injuries, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Saad suffered an upper-body injury against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. He did not travel with the team to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

“We’ll see how he is [Thursday,]” Quenneville said prior to the game on Wednesday. “Good chance by the weekend. Fingers crossed for Friday.”

Saad is second on the Blackhawks with a plus-29 rating and is sixth on the team with 44 points. He has 19 goals and 25 assists in 68 games this season.

Rozsival has a lower-body injury and last played on Sunday. Quenneville said Rozsival was progressing, but he would still miss a couple more games.

He has one goal, six assists and a plus-four rating in 38 games this season.

Rozsival readjusting after Olympics

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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

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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: 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 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

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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 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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TEAM LEADERS

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Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26