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BLOG: Crawford closer to practicing with team

by Chris Wescott /

Corey Crawford's progress in his return from a concussion has been encouraging enough for the Blackhawks to think he may practice with the team soon.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Joel Quenneville said Corey Crawford has picked up his workload and "getting closer to getting hopefully in a practice." Coach Q added Crawford practicing next week "could happen." #Blackhawks

"Progressing well," said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. "He had a real good day again today and he's getting closer."

Quenneville went on to say the goaltender is getting closer to "hopefully getting into practice."

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RECAP: Blackhawks 5, Senators 2

Rapid reaction, thoughts, notes, quotes and more from the game at the Canadian Tire Centre

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RAPID REACTION: Their goalie kept the Blackhawks in it long enough for them to tie the game and eventually they'd capture the lead, then build on it, resulting in a 5-2 victory - their first of the preseason.

Alex Formenton slipped behind the Blackhawks defense and went one-on-one with goaltender Collin Delia, scoring on the breakaway at 6:04 of the opening frame. Shots at that point were 6-1 in favor of the Sens.

Video: Joel Quenneville on first preseason win

Matt Duchene made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 11:34 of the first. Delia made the initial pad save but Duchene knocked the rebound past the goaltender. Shots at the time were 11-1.

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BLOG: Sikura brothers start together, three wear the As

by Chris Wescott /

Brothers Dylan and Tyler Sikura did not only play together tonight, they got to come out in the starting lineup together for the anthems.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Frame it.Brothers Dylan and Tyler Sikura will take the ice for the #Blackhawks in the same game for the first time since Jonathan and David Toews accomplished the feat on Sept. 20, 2011!

As for the captain situation, Marcus Kruger, Andreas Martinsen and PTO camp invite Brandon Davidson are wearing the As at the Canadian Tire Centre.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Senators 9/21

The Chicago Blackhawks continue their 2018 preseason against the Senators in Ottawa

by Chris Wescott /

TIME: 6:30 p.m. CT


The Blackhawks are 0-2-0 through two games this preseason, following a 4-1 loss in Columbus on Tuesday night and a 4-2 loss in Detroit last night.

In Detroit, Patrick Kane and MacKenzie Entwistle were the goal-scorers for the Blackhawks.

The Senators are also 0-2-0 following back-to-back 4-1 losses to the Maple Leafs in Toronto and in Ottawa.

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RECAP: Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 2

Rapid reaction, thoughts, notes, quotes and more from the game in Detroit

by Chris Wescott /

RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks fell to 0-2-0 in preseason play with a 4-2 loss in Detroit, despite having a 2-1 lead at one point. One very young player has done enough through two games to earn more time with the club.

The Red Wings scored first at 13:07 of the opening period, courtesy of a Thomas Vanek power-play redirection from the slot.

Patrick Kane got the Blackhawks on the board at 3:30 of the middle frame, finishing off a pass from Brandon Saad.

Video: CHI@DET: Kane one-times Saad's pass to tie game

At 5:08, MacKenzie Entwistle buried a goal to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.

Kevin Lankinen came into the game midway through the second period, replacing Anton Forsberg between the pipes.

Lankinen got beat on a nice drive to the net by Andreas Athanasiou at 10:50 of the second, making it a 2-2 game heading into the third.

With 5:45 left in the game, Evgeny Svechnikov buried a shot from right out in front to give Detroit the 3-2 edge.

The empty-net insurance goal came late in the third to make it 4-2.

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BLOG: Boqvist extends stay in Chicago

Adam Boqvist to remain with the Blackhawks after two solid preseason games

by Chris Wescott /

The eighth-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft is here to stay for at least the immediate future. Adam Boqvist's play through camp and two preseason games has the Blackhawks wanting to see more.

"I think he's going to be alright for a while here," Head Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game. "When I say 'a while' I mean we'll see how he does next week. But he's not going back (to juniors) tomorrow."

"I think as we've gone through camp and we see him play through the games, we're watching him. We've been pleased with him. It's almost like, when you come to camp, we want to watch these guys. They make those decisions for us with how they play and it's been a positive one."

Quenneville wouldn't rule out that Boqvist could even make the roster when the team breaks camp for the regular season.

"I'm not throwing that out of the realm of possibilities."

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Red Wings 9/20

The Chicago Blackhawks continue their 2018 preseason against the Red Wings in Detroit

by Chris Wescott /

TIME: 6:30 p.m. CT


The Blackhawks are expected to ice a few more NHL-experienced players tonight than they did in their first preseason game on Tuesday.

Chicago is 0-1-0 in preseason action following that trip to Columbus in which Alexandre Fortin was their lone goal scorer in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. 2017 first-round pick Henri Jokiharju led the team in ice time with more than 23 minutes and was "excellent" according to his head coach. Cam Ward stopped 13 of 15 shots he faced in his debut.

The Red Wings won their first preseason game by a score of 3-2 in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.

Trevor Hamilton and Jussi Jokinen were the goal-scorers for Detroit in regulation, while Michael Rasmussen buried the winner in OT.

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RECAP: Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 1

Rapid reaction, thoughts, notes, quotes and more from the game in Columbus

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RAPID REACTION: The Blackhawks struck first just 53 seconds into the game when Alexandre Fortin took a pass from Dominik Kahun and fired a wrister through the five-hole of JF Berube. From there, the Blue Jackets took over.

Video: CHI@CBJ: Fortin, Kahun combine for opening tally

Columbus scored the next two goals of the opening period with Zac Dalpe redirecting a Ryan Murray slap shot at 12:13 for the equalizer. Cam Ward was screened by Boone Jenner on a power play later in the period and Alexander Wennberg's shot fired through traffic and past the goalie's blocker for the 2-1 lead.

The fast-paced game stayed relatively even through a scoreless middle frame, but in the third, the Blue Jackets built on their lead. Cam Atkinson pulled the puck away from Philipp Kurashev in the high slot and rifled a shot past Collin Delia just 36 seconds into the third.

The Blue Jackets made it 4-1 late in the third with some good work down low followed by a shot from the left-wing circle by Liam Foudy.

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    PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Blue Jackets 9/18

    The Chicago Blackhawks open their 2018 preseason against the Blue Jackets in Columbus

    by Chris Wescott /

    TIME: 6 p.m. CT


    The Blackhawks look to learn more about some of their young players when they play the Blue Jackets in Columbus tonight, opening their preseason schedule. The game will be played at 6 p.m. CT at Nationwide Arena.

    The Blue Jackets are 0-1-0 in preseason play after a 4-1 loss to Buffalo last night. David Savard was the lone goal scorer for Columbus. Brad Thiessen and Matiss Kivlenieks split time in goal with the former making nine saves on 13 shots and the latter stopping all seven shots he faced.

    Columbus outshot the Sabres 37-20, but went 0-for-5 on the power play.

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