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Here's the full transcript of Patrick Sharp's press conference after winning the MVP of the All-Star Game.


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Patrick Sharp has the bragging rights among the Hawks' four All Stars -- and a new car.

Sharp was named the most valuable player of the All-Star Game, recording a goal, two assists, five shots on goal and a plus-2.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- One of the highlights of Saturday's SuperSkills competition, which Team Staal won, occurred when Blackhawks forwards Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews met in the accuracy challenge.

The last thing the Blackhawks want to see is Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, two of their best all-around players, sitting out practice.

And, there the Hawks were Tuesday morning without Toews and Hossa. Both players missed the team's morning skate before they host the Wild at the United Center.


Hawks enforcer John Scott had a feeling that he'd be back in the lineup against the Flyers on Sunday.

"Obviously, Philly is a pretty physical team," Scott said. "I knew I had a good chance of playing because of my physical presence."

The Flyers have a handful of tough players who agitate and fight like Dan Carcillo, who was back in the lineup with James van Riemsdyk out with a suspected groin injury.


After toughing out a lower-body injury Sunday against the Flyers, Hawks captain Jonathan Toews sat out practice Monday at Johnny's Ice House West.

But like Toews said after Sunday's loss, it's not serious. He will play Tuesday against the Wild at the United Center, the Hawks' last game before the All-Star break.

DETROIT -- With backup goalie Chris Osgood out after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia on Jan. 11, the Red Wings signed former Sharks standout Evgeni Nabokov, who was playing in Russia.

But Nabokov needed to clear waivers, and he didn't. The New York Islanders picked him up Saturday after he was put on waivers on Friday.

There were already reports Saturday that Nabokov, who backstopped the Sharks to the Western Conference finals against the Hawks last season, will not report to the Islanders.

The pressure is off. That's how Jonathan Toews feels after Hurricanes center Eric Staal and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom were named the two captains for the All-Star Game Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.


Dave Bolland's second goal Sunday against the Predators was something to behold. It was by far the Hawks' best goal this season.

Hawks defenseman Nick Leddy has been nothing but impressive since being recalled on Jan. 7 from the Rockford IceHogs.

But has the rookie done enough to stay with the defending champions?


Former Hawk Dustin Byfuglien, who is having a big season for the Atlanta Thrashers at defense, will also be making the trip down to Raleigh, N.C. for the All-Star game.

None of the Hawks was surprised, considering Byfuglien's 16 goals and 41 points. Both totals lead all NHL defensemen.

Jonathan Toews said it best.

"If they are smart, there is no way they should have an All-Star Game without a guy like Patrick Sharp," the Hawks captain said.


Every time Patrick Kane runs into Bobby Hull, the Blackhawks legend always has one message for the team's 22-year-old superstar.

"All [Hull] tells me to do is shoot the puck every time I see him," Kane said. "I don't think we're the same exact player, but there's some similarities."


Members of the Blackhawks' 1961 Stanley Cup-winning team received this ring (above) from Hawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and team president John McDonough Saturday night at a private dinner in Chicago.

It's an exact replica of the ring the 1961 team received when they won the Cup with the addition of "2011" on its side.

Defenseman Nick Leddy said he spent time in Rockford "working on plays in the corner and being better in front of the net."

Leddy did enough to warrant more time with the Hawks with Jassen Cullimore sent down, Nick Boynton struggling and John Scott a better fit at wing in the Hawks system.

As expected, defenseman Nick Leddy was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs by the Hawks for Friday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

With Jassen Cullimore sent down to the Rockford IceHogs Thursday and Nick Boynton struggling, there is a spot open on the Hawks defense.

And 19-year-old Nick Leddy should fill it.


Defenseman Jassen Cullimore's run with the Blackhawks has come to end. He was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Thursday.

Hawks center Jake Dowell was a healthy scratch for the first time all season Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

The scratch came a day after Dowell was benched in the third period of a loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Asked why Dowell didn't play in the final 20 minutes, coach Joel Quenneville said he wanted to double shift Marian Hossa.

But it was clearly more than that.

LOS ANGELES -- Hawks center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith were named to the NHL's All-Star team Tuesday.

Toews and Keith were two of six players voted in by fans. Toews was second among forwards with 407,676 votes and Keith was second among defensemen with 303,638.

The other four players voted in by fans were Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc Andre-Fleury.


LOS ANGELES -- Jonathan Toews couldn't stop smiling Monday at the Staples Center. Is he playing against the Kings?

"Yep," he said.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jonathan Toews and his injured right shoulder continue to improve at a rapid pace.

The Hawks captain returned to practice Saturday and skated again Sunday, and now there's a chance he could play Monday night against the Kings in Los Angeles.


Jonathan Toews practiced with the Blackhawks Saturday. It was the first time he took the ice since suffering a right shoulder injury last Tuesday against the Blues.


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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times for more than four years, covering the Hawks, Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


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