Hawks have become national story
Sports Illustrated, ESPN and TSN all had reporters at the Blackhawks’ morning skate on Tuesday.
The Hawks and their NHL record 22-game point streak to start the season has become a national story.
“It’s gaining some momentum here,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We don’t like to focus too much on that, but you’ve got to commend the guys and how diligent they’ve been in focusing on our next game and not getting distracted or getting excited about things they can’t control.
“Something like this can help you in the playoffs, knowing that the games and the attention picks up as you go along.”
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were surrounded by a media mob after they came off the ice.
“It’s huge,” Kane said. “For me personally, I’m a guy that has watched ESPN since I’ve been growing up and now you turn it on and it’s one of the first stories, the Blackhawks and hockey, which you don’t really see on that station. It’s cool to see. Anything to get the game out there and see how we view it; we view it as the best game in the world, and hopefully other people will start seeing it that way too.”
Dave Bolland admits that as much as the Hawks have tried to downplay the streak, it has become too big to ignore.
“You can’t ignore it,” Bolland said. “It’s something that’s always going to be with us as long as we keep winning. It is a streak that’s done wonderful things and to keep it going is the main thing.
“I think it’s great that it has become a national story. It’s always great when hockey is getting in the national spotlight or is big news. The game of hockey has really grown and for this to help it in any way, it’s always great for it.”
Bolland returns tonight against Minnesota at the United Center after missing five games with an upper body injury he claimed wasn’t a concussion.
Meanwhile, Michael Frolik is doubtful, according to Quenneville, because he is sick.
Corey Crawford starts in goal for the Hawks.