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BLOG: Monday updates 10/15

Updates, news, notes and video from Monday's practice at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Following an off-day on Sunday, the Blackhawks were back on the ice Monday morning for practice at MB Ice Arena.

The Blackhawks opened the practice session with a unique drill in which every single player was on the ice pursuing the puck and trying to score.

The lines were as follows:

DeBrincat-Toews-Kahun

Fortin-Schmaltz-Kane

Kunitz-Anisimov-Hayden

Kruger-Johnson-Kampf

Video: Joel Quenneville on Saad, Crawford

Martinsen and Saad were the only two wearing white jerseys today at practice.

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BLOG: Fortin continues pursuit of first NHL goal

Two games into his NHL career, Alexandre Fortin is believes his first goal will come soon if he continues playing as he has

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Alexandre Fortin checked one career first off his list on October 11 when he skated in his first NHL game. He hopes another comes soon in the form of his first goal.

While pointless through two games, Fortin has flashed enough speed and reliability that the Blackhawks bumped him up the lineup after the first game. They now have him on the second line with Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane, a combination that continued in practice on Monday. It shows trust and opportunity from the coaching staff. 

"It means a lot to have the chance to play with those two guys," Fortin said. "It gives me some momentum to my game and I think I just have to play my game. Those two can manage the puck a lot. I have to just keep things simple, use my speed, go to the net and things will happen when I play with two good players like that. It's a lot of fun to be able to play with guys like them."

Fortin had four shots in Sunday night's win over St. Louis and was in the dirty areas in front of the net on several occasions. The lack of a goal was not a disappointment for him as he knows it will come with more performances like that.

"I think if you keep doing it night after night, it will just happen," he said. "I'm going to keep doing it. I think with a little more chances it will go in the net at one point. I think as long as I do my work and do what I'm doing right now, and use my speed, I think good things will happen and it will be a lot of fun."

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BLOG: Jokiharju is comfortable with big minutes

Henri Jokiharju is handling an impressive amount of minutes for a rookie defenseman

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

You can't help but be impressed with Henri Jokiharju five games into his NHL career. At just 19 years of age, the 19-year-old defenseman looks incredibly poised when facing tough minutes and tough opponents.

"Obviously, I'm getting more comfortable," he said.

Jokiharju is third on the team in average ice time with 21:09 per game, behind only Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane.

That number is good for second among rookie defensemen and forwards in the entire league. He's first overall in total ice time (105:44) among rookies.

Playing that much as a young skater in the NHL is more impressive than you might think. It's 21-plus minutes per night against some of the top players on the other team. It's hard work to play against grown men as a young defenseman, but Jokiharju prepared his body for this kind of workload.

"I prepared really well this offseason," he said. "I did a lot of max heartrate, max conditioning and max cardio training. That's helped me a lot."

Jokiharju is hoping with more experience, playing these minutes will just get easier and easier.

"I think that's the one key area where I want to be better," he said. "You want to be better game after game. It's still a new league for me, so there's still an adjustment for me. You have to practice hard and play hard, so you get better all the time and you get more comfortable. Hopefully, someday, the game slows down a little bit and I can do a little bit more."

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MONDAY MAILBAG: Bets with Sharp

Adam Burish answers fan submitted questions as part of chicagoblackhawks.com's Mailbag series

by Adam Burish / chicagoblackhawks.com

Each and every week throughout the 2018-19 season, chicagoblackhawks.com will have answers to some fan-submitted questions. This week Adam Burish responds to a few, including his thoughts on the Blackhawks organization and his relationship with Patrick Sharp.

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RECAP: Blackhawks 4, Blues 3 OT

Rapid reaction, highlights, quotes and more from Chicago's thrilling overtime win over St. Louis

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: On a night in which the franchise, and a packed United Center, honored Duncan Keith for his 1,000th NHL game, the Blackhawks tied the game in the third to send it to overtime. With just nine seconds left in OT, Alex Debrincat - who tied the game - won it for Chicago.

Artem Anisimov recorded his first goal of 2018-19 when he buried a Brandon Saad rebound at 11:51 of the first. 

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    THE VERDICT: Heart and drive propel Keith to career milestone

    Team Historian Bob Verdi writes about Duncan Keith, his career and the celebration of his 1,000th NHL game

    by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

    Duncan Keith played his 1,000th game for the Blackhawks Saturday night. That's a lot of action for a man who, as a child, often heard warnings about how his average frame might not quite belong in the National Hockey League.

    Video: Believe in Legacy, Believe in One Goal

    Denis Savard also quashed that notion and went to the Hall of Fame. So has Patrick Kane, and he's going to the Hall of Fame. What the size police keep missing is the unmistakable truism that heart and drive are essentials, moreso than height and weight. A scale that measures devotion to duty has yet to be invented.

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    SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: Keith's 1,000th game

    Check out the social media highlights and videos from the Blackhawks honoring Duncan Keith

    by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

    If you couldn't make it to the #DK1K festivities on Saturday night, check out our recap below for social media posts and videos from the United Center.

    Video: Patrick Sharp does his best Patrick Kane impression

    Also, be sure to check out our DK1K tribute page by clicking HERE.

    THE ANTICIPATION

    The Blackhawks got the locker room ready to honor a man who ranks among the best in their blueline's history. The empty arena was calm before the storm.

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    LISTEN LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks Radio

    Listen live to the Chicago Blackhawks game

    by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

    Listen live to the Chicago Blackhawks game and visit chicagoblackhawks.com/gameday for in-game highlights and coverage.

    A game recap, postgame video and more will be available on chicagoblackhawks.com and on the Blackhawks app shortly after the game ends.

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    PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs Blues 10/13

    Duncan Keith will play his 1,000th NHL game as the Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m. CT

    by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

    TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT

    TV: NBCSCH RADIO: WGN 720

    FIND TICKETS

    The Blackhawks and Blues will battle in a rematch of Chicago's 5-4 overtime win in St. Louis on October 6. Jonathan Toews recorded a hat trick in that game, while Cam Ward made 26 saves between the pipes.

    Video: Joel Quenneville on matchup with STL

    Chicago is 2-0-2 this season with all four of their games going beyond regulation. The Blackhawks most recent game was a 4-3 OT loss in Minnesota on Thursday night.

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    BLOG: Friday updates 10/12

    Updates, videos and more from Friday's practice at MB Ice Arena

    by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

    The Blackhawks were back practicing at MB Ice Arena on Friday morning with a different look to their lines.

    Alex DeBrincat, Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kahun remained the top trio. Alexandre Fortin, who made his NHL debut on Thursday night in Minnesota, was bumped up to the second line with Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane.

    Tweet from @BHTVeric: #Blackhawks lines at today's practice @MBIceArena:DeBrincat-Toews-KahunFortin-Schmaltz-KaneKunitz-Anisimov-HaydenSaad-Kruger-Kampf

    Chris Kunitz, Artem Anisimov and John Hayden made up the third line, while Brandon Saad, Marcus Kruger and David Kampf were on the fourth line. 

    Andreas Martinsen (back) was on the ice for practice.

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