Notebook: Stars find shootout touch
By Ben Meyer-Abbott firstname.lastname@example.org October 25, 2011 6:36PM
Hawks center Jonathan Toews knocks down Anaheim winger Bobby Ryan in front of the Hawks net in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks vs.the Anaheim Ducks game Tuesday October 25, 2011 at the United Center. Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: January 23, 2012 4:02AM
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane found an effective way of killing off all the negative talk about the goose-egg the Blackhawks laid in their six shootout attempts this season.
Both the Hawks captain and winger-turned-center converted their shootout attempts against Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller in a 3-2 victory Tuesday after both started the season 0-for-2 on the breakaway attempts in losses to the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche.
“Nothing’s changed,” Toews said before the game. “Everyone wants to talk about it since Kane and I are 0-and-2, but we’ve had a pretty good history at [shootouts].”
Toews (20-for-40, 50 percent) and Kane (18-for-46, 39.1 percent) reverted back to their proven career track record.
“We studied the shootout, we studied the goalie today and obviously it paid off,” Kane said. “Johnny’s goal was beautiful — waited him out and put it upstairs.
“I tried to do something a little bit different. I knew he was an opposite-hand goalie so his stick kind of wouldn’t be there when I came across and it worked out.”
Dave Bolland shot second for the Hawks before Kane’s shootout-winner and saw his wrist shot stopped by Hiller. Bolland is now 0-for-5 in shootout attempts for his career.
The only other Hawks with more than 10 attempts are Rostislav Olesz (3-for-18) and Michael Frolik (2-for-13).
The 40-40 club
Hawks defenseman Sean O’Donnell, who turned 40 earlier this month, and Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, 41, became the first players over 40 to play in the same game this season.
O’Donnell and Selanne, who are good friends and won the 2007 Stanley Cup together with the Ducks, got together for dinner the night before the game.
“We were joking about that how we could never imagine playing at this age when we were young,” Selanne said. “We both thought we would be done a couple times before now. But you get new opportunities and you keep bouncing back and here we are playing against each other. It’s awesome.”
Duncan Keith and his wife, Kelly-Rae, will host a red-carpet event Wednesday at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel to announce their new charity. ‘Keith Relief’ is dedicated to alleviating the financial and emotional burdens of those in the Chicago area suffering from a medical crisis.