Blackhawks Vs. Kings: Hawks Win Fifth Straight Home Game

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Marian Hossa Will Miss 'A Couple Of Weeks'

Via Chicago Breaking Sports, the upper body injury suffered by Marian Hossa during last night’s Blackhawks/Kings game will force him to miss some time:

“We found out a little bit more (and) it’s not of a serious nature,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Thursday’s practice. “Hopefully he can get on the ice soon and he can be back before we know it.”

If it can be limited to “a couple of weeks”, Hossa will miss six or seven games.


Marian Hossa Injured In Blackhawks Victory

Via Chicago Breaking Sports, Marian Hossa left last night’s game with an “upper-body injury”:

When asked if Hossa’s injury is possibly serious, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said: “I don’t know, we’ll see. Right now it’s too early to tell.”

We’ll have more information here as it’s available. The Blackhawks’ next game is Friday at home vs. the Edmonton Oilers.


Patrick Sharp's League-Leading Ninth Goal Ices 3-1 Win For Blackhawks

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marty Turco stopped 33 shots to help the Chicago Blackhawks take a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at United Center.

Patrick Sharp, Viktor Stalberg and Jake Dowell each had a goal for the Blackhawks, who snapped a two-game skid.

Justin Williams scored the lone goal for the Kings, who had won five of six coming into the contest. Jonathan Bernier was charged with three goals on 28 shots in the loss.

With the score tied late in the second, Chicago went ahead when Duncan Keith fired a shot from the left point that was stopped, but Stalberg was on the doorstep to bang in the rebound.

Los Angeles dominated the third and had 15 shots on net, but Turco stood tall and Sharp's goal on a power move from the left wing to the front with 2:05 to play sealed the win.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring at the 5:16 mark of the first when Dowell notched his first goal of the season, while Williams countered near the midway mark to tie the game.

Game Notes

Chicago hosts Edmonton on Friday...Los Angeles wraps up its five-game road trip in Dallas on Thursday...Chicago took three of four from Los Angeles last season...Neither team scored on the power play with Los Angeles having two chances and Chicago three.


Blackhawks Vs. Kings: Will Coach Q's Line Shakeups Produce A Win?

(Sports Network) - While the Los Angeles Kings have caught fire over the last two weeks, the Chicago Blackhawks are in danger of losing three straight for the first time this young season.

The Blackhawks aim to get on track tonight with a fifth straight home victory over the Kings at United Center.

The defending Stanley Cup champions stumbled out of the box to begin this season, going 1-2-1 over their first four games. They then rebounded with four straight victories, but have since dropped two straight.

Chicago's latest setback came on Saturday at home versus Columbus, which rallied from an early two-goal deficit to deal the Blackhawks a 3-2 defeat.

Patrick Sharp, tied for the NHL lead with eight goals, scored for the seventh time in six games, while Jonathan Toews also lit the lamp. Backup goaltender Corey Crawford made 37 saves.

"It's not the way we wanted to finish the second period, giving up a two-goal lead," Toews said. "We kind of distanced ourselves a little bit, but that's when we started letting off the gas pedal."

Marty Turco will get the start in net tonight for the 'Hawks and is 1-2-3 with a 2.58 goals-against average in his last six starts versus the Kings.

Chicago won three of four over Los Angeles last year and has won six of the last nine meetings overall. That includes a victory in four straight and five of the last six meetings at the United Center.

Sharp has nine goals and 14 points in his last nine games versus the Kings, who have won five of their last six and improved to 2-1 on a five-game road trip with Monday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Wild.

Michal Handzus had the game-winner in the fifth round and Jonathan Quick sealed the victory with a save on Minnesota's ensuing chance by Antti Miettinen.

"It's a tough building to come into, the crowd's always into it and it's a good atmosphere," said Quick, who made 20 saves before the shootout. "They're a solid defensive team that never gives up too many opportunities and their power play's been solid thus far. It's a great two points on the road."

After going his first four games without a goal, Anze Kopitar scored for the third time in four games and had an assist. He has five goals and 10 points in 14 career games when facing the 'Hawks.

Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty is expected to miss his fourth straight game after being placed on injured reserve Monday due to a concussion.

With the Kings set to visit the Stars on Thursday, the Kings will go with backup Jonathan Bernier in goal for this contest. Bernier has never faced the Blackhawks and is 1-1-0 with a 2.51 GAA in two starts this year.

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