Welcome to Friday’s edition of Hawks Headlines. Today, we will take a look at the explosive play as of late by the Chicago Blackhawks’ fourth line, Joel Quenneville’s thoughts on moving into third place on the all-time wins list among coaches, and a couple of fundraisers that the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs are undertaking.
-We start out with that fourth line, who has been getting a lot of publicity lately for their solid play on both ends of the ice. The group has been getting some serious minutes in recent games, and Quenneville elaborated more on what the team has seen from Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger, and Ben Smith. [CSN Chicago]
-What did Scott Powers see from the Blackhawks in their 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night? We won’t spoil it for you, but we’ll say that Brandon Saad played a prominent role. [ESPN Chicago]
-Could the Blackhawks’ four goal second period be a sign of things to come for the team as they try to get through an offensive slump that had been hampering them recently? Seth Gruen reports on what the team thought of the outburst. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Amidst the four game losing streak that the team just snapped, the players give a lot of credit to Quenneville for keeping them focused. [Chicago Tribune]
-Speaking of Quenneville, he moved out of a fourth place tie into third on the all-time wins list with Wednesday’s victory. Now, with Q in pursuit of Al Arbour and Scotty Bowman, Bob Verdi has more on what motivates the Hawks’ coach. [Blackhawks.com]
-Finally, we have a couple of fundraisers to let you know about. For starters, there is the outdoor game that the Blackhawks’ alumni will be putting on in Rosemont on February 7th. [Daily Herald]
-The IceHogs will also be engaging in a fundraiser, this one for youth hockey programs. They will be selling tickets before their game on February 4th against the Hamilton Bulldogs. [IceHogs.com]