All Thunder, No Lightning: Chicago, Niemi Shut Out Tampa Bay

December 13th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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Apparently all I had to do was tease the marketing department to get the Hawks offense to wake up. That, or another incredible start from Antti Niemi.

After a stretch of games in which the Hawks struggled to get their offense moving, they dominated every inch of the ice in a strong 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. The game wasn’t without some concern, though.

Patrick Kane got the Blackhawks on the board just under eight minutes into the game with a pretty goal, but was sent head-first into the boards by Matt Smaby five minutes later.  Kane was not able to brace himself before sliding into the wall on his chest, and the trainers were tending to his face on the ice before escorting him to the dressing room.

The team formally announced at the beginning of the third period that Kane had sustained an “upper body injury” and would not return to the game. In his post game comments, however, Coach Joel Quenneville said Kane had a “pretty good” cut above his eye that needed to be addressed; Quenneville believes the injury will on ...

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