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BOSTON -- So who was it? All the usual suspects are long gone. Adam Burish, Ben Eager, Dustin Byfuglien, Colin Fraser and Kris Versteeg are all chirping for other teams now.

But someone said something from the Blackhawks bench that clearly upset Boston Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton when he was leaving the ice Tuesday after cutting his face open on Fernando Pisani's skate early in the second period.

And Thornton -- who needed around 40 stitches to repair the gash on his forehead -- definitely wants to know who it was.

DETROIT -- The last thing the Blackhawks want to see is another one of their players out with a concussion after getting elbowed in the head.

But there was center Ryan Johnson getting whacked in the head by the Red Wings' Todd Bertuzzi Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

DETROIT -- The lack of traffic around Anaheim Ducks goalie Ray Emery was alarming in the Blackhawks' 2-1 loss Saturday. So, as he did last year at times, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville issued an order for more of it.

Paging Troy Brouwer, Bryan Bickell, Tomas Kopecky ....

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Rookie goalie Corey Crawford has emerged as a viable Calder Trophy candidate for his role in helping the Blackhawks recover and become a playoff-contending team again.

And his numbers will only look better to the writers who vote on the rookie-of-the-year award with another victory.

Defenseman Jordan Hendry knew something was wrong immediately. He had torn his knee before in college seven years ago.

Defenseman Brian Campbell looked and felt much better after Wednesday's morning skate. His injured left foot held up just fine.

So will he play Wednesday against the Florida Panthers?

Forward Patrick Sharp had a slight limp Tuesday when he came to the United Center for the Blackhawks' team picture.

News broke out of Sweden Tuesday morning that center Marcus Kruger will be joining the injury-plagued Blackhawks.

DALLAS -- For the first time all season, the Blackhawks took the ice a player short when Bryan Bickell was ruled out with an illness just before the game against the Stars Thursday.

Defenseman Jordan Hendry underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

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WASHINGTON -- Here are President Obama's comments from Friday's ceremony honoring the Hawks for winning the Stanley Cup:

WASHINGTON -- Patrick Kane, despite being one of the few Americans on the Hawks, has never been to the White House.

So Kane was all smiles in anticipation of his meeting with President Obama at the White House today.

After all it was Kane who secured the Hawks' date with Obama by scoring the game-winner in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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WASHINGTON -- Hawks center Dave Bolland is "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Washington Capitals after suffering a concussion when Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina elbowed him in the back of the head.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina was suspended three games by the NHL Thursday for elbowing Hawks center Dave Bolland in the back of head on Wednesday.

Bolland left the game after the first period of the eventual Hawks' loss in a shootout. He was scheduled to get examined Thursday for a concussion.

There will be no official update from the team until Friday, when the Hawks return to practice, a team spokesman said.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Here's the video of Martin St. Louis' shootout game-winner on Hawks goalie Corey Crawford Wednesday at St. Pete Times Forum.

Did he or didn't he stop? It's debatable. I believe "continuation" is the word used when officials decide whether certain scores are good during spin-o-rama moves.

From Rule 25.2: The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.

There's no denying that it was a spectacular move by St. Louis. But the question is whether that "continuous motion" came to an end. It's close -- very close.

Here's a video of it and some comments from the Hawks on it:

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Right now, it looks like the Blackhawks won the Jack Skille-for-Michael Frolik trade with the Florida Panthers.

Skille is out with a high-ankle sprain and was a minus-8 in six games before leaving his seventh game in a Panthers uniform because of his injury. He has only one assist for Florida and is expected to miss two to four more weeks.

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is good to go.

For some reason or another, the Blackhawks' toughness often comes into question. Whether that's a warranted question is debatable.

The Hawks have shown some tenacity and abrasiveness lately. The willingness is there. Here are three examples:

Jake Dowell drills Carolina Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner, a Calder Trophy candidate.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools. Follow him on Twitter:@adamjahns

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