Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, Stars’ Adam Burish would glove to meet again
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org March 16, 2012 11:40PM
Hawks winger Marian Hossa (left)knocks down the puck as the Stars’ Eric Nystrom looks on in the second period Friday night in Dallas. | Tony Gutierrez~AP
Updated: April 19, 2012 8:38AM
DALLAS — While Blackhawks and Stars players said they weren’t thinking about their potential No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup in the postseason, the possibility of the teams meeting in a few weeks did make Friday’s game at American Airlines Center more interesting for former teammates Patrick Kane and Adam Burish. If the Western Conference playoffs started today, it would be a first-round matchup.
‘‘You look at standings, especially me, with the history I have in Chicago, I’ve seen it and kind of smiled about it,’’ said Burish, a Stars pest who was a fan favorite when he was with the Hawks. ‘‘But we’re trying to first win our [Pacific] division.’’
Kane and Burish, who remain close friends, might relish the hoopla that would accompany such a matchup, which on paper would be favorable for the Hawks in several aspects.
‘‘Both teams are pretty young teams,’’ Kane said. ‘‘Obviously with Burish being on the side, we know what he brought to us in the playoffs in past years, so he’d probably do the same thing over there. It would be fun to play against him.’’
Kane laughed when asked about Burish’s decision to throw tough guy Tanner Glass’ glove into the stands Wednesday during the Stars’ loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
‘‘That’s Burish to a T right there,’’ Kane said. ‘‘He’s always looking to entertain and do something like that. It’s pretty funny. Some guys around the league would kind of be like, ‘Why would he do that?’ But you play with Burish for a couple years, you just laugh at it.’’
Kane said he wouldn’t fret too much if Burish heaved one of his gloves into the stands.
‘‘I’ve got a lot of gloves, so I don’t have to worry about that,’’ Kane said.
With Ray Emery remaining in Chicago with an illness, goalie Carter Hutton was called up from the Rockford IceHogs and backed up Corey Crawford. Hutton, 26, signed a one-year contract with the Hawks on Feb. 24. He has a 17-9-3 record with two shutouts and a .915 save percentage in 32 games for the IceHogs.
Hutton has known forward Patrick Sharp for years and trained with him last summer. Both are from Thunder Bay, Ontario.
‘‘I’m more of an athletic goalie, but at the same time I try to be big in certain situations,’’ said Hutton, who was in Houston with the IceHogs when he got the call. ‘‘I’m a guy who relies on my feetwork and my hands.’’
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson played against the Stars after missing practice Thursday. He confirmed that the upper-body injury that knocked him out of the game Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues was different than the concussion that kept him out of 13 of 14 games recently.