Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville Will Remain In Hospital For 'A Few Days'

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Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville 'Resting Comfortably'

The Blackhawks released a statement on coach Joel Quenneville’s condition this afternoon:

“Joel was originally admitted to the hospital early Wednesday morning due to gastrointestinal bleeding. He has been stabilized and today the cause of the bleeding was determined to be a small ulcer caused by aspirin. He is resting comfortably at the hospital and we anticipate him to make a full recovery and to be released in the next few days. At the appropriate time, we will update everyone regarding his release from the hospital and return to the Blackhawks bench.”

Good to know that nothing is seriously wrong with Coach Q, although one has to wonder if he was taking that aspiring because his team was giving him headaches. (Rimshot!) It doesn’t seem likely he’ll be able to coach tomorrow night’s game against Columbus, though, nor the Sunday afternoon date with the Penguins, if he’s going to remain hospitalized for “a few days”.

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Coach Joel Quenneville Still Hospitalized With Internal Bleeding

The Blackhawks practiced Thursday morning without their coach; Chicago Breaking Sports reports that coach Joel Quenneville is still in the hospital, with “internal bleeding”. That can be a pretty serious thing, and assistant coach Mike Haviland continues to run the team.

Several members of the Blackhawks exchanged texts with their coach:

“I sent him a text and a couple of other guys did as well,” veteran forward Patrick Sharp said. “I’ve been in that position before when you’re away from the team and … just to hear from guys in the organization is a good feeling. Hopefully it lifted his spirits. I know he was happy with the way we finished the game the last two periods.”

Winger Patrick Kane said he texted Quenneville following Wednesday’s game and saw the reply Thursday morning.

“I think he’s doing a lot better,” Kane said. “I’m not sure what’s going on with him health-wise. It’s good to hear he’s doing better and hopefully we’ll have him back soon.”

CBS 2 Chicago reports that Quenneville is in “great spirits” and hopes to be back behind the Blackhawks’ bench for Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Corey Crawford Has 33 Saves; Blackhawks Beat Wild 3-1

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Dave Bolland collected three assists and Corey Crawford turned away 33 shots in Chicago’s 3-1 victory over Minnesota at the United Center.

Brian Campbell and Troy Brouwer both scored power-play goals for the Blackhawks, who returned to the Windy City off a 2-2-2 road trip.

Matt Cullen netted a power-play goal and Jose Theodore made 34 saves for the Wild, who had their three-game win streak snapped Tuesday by Vancouver.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Minnesota Wild: Patrick Kane Back, Coach Quenneville Out

As reported this morning on The Deep Dish, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has been hospitalized for what's being termed a health problem "not of a cardiac nature".

He's supposedly OK, but will not be coaching tonight's game -- that will be left to assistant coach Mike Haviland, according to Chicago Breaking Sports. That same article says that Patrick Kane, who has missed a couple of practices with the flu, will be in uniform and playing tonight:

"There's probably five or six guys who have gotten the same, thing," Kane said following Wednesday's morning skate. "It's not very fun, that's for sure. I'm glad to use the last two days to rest and get ready for (Wednesday night).

"Right now it's pretty tough to eat but I need to get something in my body to get some energy. They put a couple of IV bags in me (Wednesday) morning to try and get some fluids in me. You still don't feel great but hopefully I'll have enough energy to do the same things I want to do out there."

Hopefully all the Blackhawks will have the energy to do what they need to do -- start piling up points, especially in home games. The Hawks are a pedestrian 4-4-2 in their last 10 games while Minnesota is 7-3-1 over that same period. The Hawks stand four points behind the Calgary Flames, who currently hold the eighth and last playoff spot, and the Hawks are 11th overall in the Western Conference. The good news is that so many teams are bunched up that the Hawks are only six points out of fourth place in the conference.

Got to start a winning streak now, though.

Tonight's game begins at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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