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Chicago Blackhawks’ Hockey Is Back, In Multiple Forms

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with Patrick Kane (88) and Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) celebrates with Patrick Kane (88) and Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won the game 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 21, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Team Canada forward Jonathan Toews (16) and forward Sidney Crosby (87) and goaltender Corey Crawford (50) celebrate a win over Team Europe during preliminary round play in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Team Canada defeated Team Europe 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Canadians are in control

It appears that all anyone really cares about is the Team Canada.  Well, we will get to see them in full force for at least two more games.

Toews hasn’t really stood out too much; the line to watch is that of Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron.  The team is so stacked that Toews is actually relegated to the third line.  But if you think he’s not still an important piece of the puzzle, think again.

Here is an excellent article about how Toews is the perfect utilityman for the team.  He is integral in shutting down the opponent’s top lines, as well as still being a threat offensively.

In the meantime, Corey Crawford will serve as backup goaltender to Carey Price.  Now, Crawford has made no secret about the fact that he is very honored to be chosen for Team Canada.  It is well-deserved indeed.   He was even given the starting gig in the final tilt of the round robin games, against Team Europe.

But it would be a huge surprise if he usurps Price in the finals.  Instead, he will have a front-row seat on the bench.  I feel he would be better utilized in training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks.  But, it is what it is.  Enjoy the ride, Corey, and then be ready to get back to work when it’s all over.

On the other side of the ice, Hossa will play for Team Europe.  Man, is he fun to watch! There’s no doubt about it; when he has the puck, he has the puck!  He operates with such power and control.

And he’s only gotten better as the tournament has gone along.  Hossa is excited to play in the finals; he may even have an alternative reason to be happy.

Hopefully Hossa and his teammates can give Team Canada a run for their money.  Although it was announced yesterday that Team Europe’s Marian Gaborik has sustained a foot injury, and is projected to be out for the next eight weeks.  This is a huge blow for the team.  But I guarantee they won’t go down without a fight.   It should be an interesting series.

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