In this Monday edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ wildly successful weekend, players that made it happen like Ben Smith and Patrick Kane, and we examine the composition of Team USA’s Olympic roster.
-We’ll start out with Smith, who despite his lack of a real presence on the scoresheet has really been turning it on lately on the Hawks’ fourth line. That group is drawing some really tough assignments from Joel Quenneville, and they’re thriving anyway. [CSN Chicago]
-If Patrick Kane is going to start naming players he models his game after, one could expect him to name Jonathan Toews. Instead though, Kane says he strives to make his game more like Sidney Crosby’s. [Daily Herald]
-Speaking of Kane, he hadn’t scored a shootout goal this season until Sunday, when he netted the game winner against Tuukka Rask. [ESPN Chicago]
-Overall, the Blackhawks had themselves quite a weekend. Greg Boysen has a recap of all the action. [Second City Hockey]
-And Rick Morrissey asks fans to just relax now that the Hawks seem to be back on the right track. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-While nations like Canada have a seemingly inexhaustible pipeline of talent, Team USA is reliant upon a group of five guys that comprise their leadership core. [Chicago Tribune]