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Blackhawks rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk playing like he belongs

Trevor van Riemsdyk can’t pinpoint the moment he first felt like an NHL player. He didn’t take a crushing hit along the boards and pop back up. He didn’t suddenly stop getting goose bumps during the national anthem, either. He insists there wasn’t a singular …Read More


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  • Andrew Shaw working more to get quicker on the draw

    Of all the things Andrew Shaw does to improve his skills at the ­faceoff dot, perhaps the most ­useful one is simply taking draws against Jonathan Toews as ­morning skates wind down. “He’s the best cheater in the NHL when it comes to faceoffs,” Shaw …Read More

  • Blackhawks cannot solve Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller, fall in OT

    As the shots kept piling up, and the power plays kept coming, and the ice kept tilting, but the puck kept staying out of the net, Marian Hossa’s mind briefly wandered back to an early February night in Calgary in 2013, when Ray Emery singlehandedly …Read More

  • Blackhawks glad Corey Crawford is odd man in

    Johnny Oduya came down the right side of the ice, Duncan Keith came down the left, and Corey Crawford had a nice, unobstructed view of both, seeing as how there were no defenders protecting him in this particular drill. Oduya fired off a shot from …Read More

  • Daniel Carcillo says there’s still place for enforcers in hockey

    ‘‘The decline of the hockey  enforcer’’ is a phrase almost as time-worn these days as ‘‘hockey fight’’ itself. And it puzzles Daniel Carcillo, who has returned to the Blackhawks as the player most likely to drop the gloves. ‘‘Everyone’s talking about it,’’ Carcillo said after …Read More

  • Michal Rozsival returns to practice, might play vs. Flames

    Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival practiced Monday for the first time since being sidelined by an upper-body injury and might return Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. ‘‘I felt great,’’ Rozsival said. ‘‘It was great to be back on the ice with the team. I just want …Read More

  • Brad Richards getting acclimated to new teammates, fatherhood


    Brad Richards slept on Friday night. It was the kind of sleep that only a first-time parent knows, the kind of sleep you get when your spouse lets you hole up in another room for one glorious night of actual and uninterrupted rest. And he …

    Blackhawks score four in third, beat Sabres in home opener


    A disclaimer to start: The Buffalo Sabres are not a very good hockey club. They finished dead last in the league last season — by 15 points, no less — and their dominant storyline for the 2014-15 campaign is whether they’ll be bad enough to …

  • Patrick Kane sees Sabres as a fun foe

    The Blackhawks’ home opener Saturday night was the ninth time that Patrick Kane faced his hometown Buffalo Sabres. But it never seems to get old for the Hawks winger. “That was pretty much my childhood growing up,” Kane said, “going to the Sabres games and …Read More

  • Kyle Cumiskey makes no waves over scratch situation

    The “e” in Kyle Cumiskey’s last name was missing from his jersey during the Blackhawks’ morning skate Saturday. He didn’t ­notice. Neither did anyone else on the ice. “Happens more than you think,” he said with a laugh. “I’m used to it.” So far in …Read More

  • Patrick Kane hopes shootout woes are in the past

    DALLAS — Few teams in the NHL are better suited than the Blackhawks to the open ice of four-on-four overtime play or the individual skills competition of the shootout. Yet bonus hockey befuddled the Hawks last season and ultimately cost them home-ice advantage in the …Read More

  • Joel Quenneville not worried about ice time with light schedule

    One of the numbers that stood out from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 shootout victory Thursday night over the Stars was the ice time logged by their top four defensemen. While Trevor van Riemsdyk (11:43) and David Rundblad (6:25) were bit players, each of the Hawks’ four …Read More

  • Patrick Kane gets shootout goal, but Crawford earns ‘goaltender win’ in Blackhawks’ opener

    DALLAS — Patrick Kane’s backhander in the shootout — a flick-of-the-wrist roof job from the doorstep, one of those things that only Kane seems to be able to do — was a thing of beauty, and technically won the season opener on Thursday night for …Read More