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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The good news just keeps on coming. Every day Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews inches closer to his return from a concussion.

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Ray Emery has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy -- which honors perseverance and dedication -- before.

It was just last season that he was recognized by the Anaheim chapter of Professional Hockey Writers Association for overcoming hip surgery to help lead the Ducks to the postseason.

The 29-year-old goalie has nominated by the Chicago chapter for that and going through his first tryout in years to make the Hawks and eventually playing an important and unexpected role in their success this season.

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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is one step closer to returning from his concussion. Toews is set to be cleared for contact as soon as Thursday afternoon.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith didn't want to talk about what went on during his disciplinary hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Nor did he want to detail any of the circumstances leading up to it.

What's done is done to Keith, and he'll his serve his time.

Defenseman Steve Montador hasn't play since Feb. 7 in Colorado because of a concussion. But he's finally starting to target some dates for his return.

He's just not saying what they are publicly.

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Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith sounded like he just wanted to get everything over with when the media engulfed his locker-room stall at the United Center after practice Friday.

Keith had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL at 1 p.m. Friday for his elbow to the head of Canucks forward Daniel Sedin on Wednesday night.

It never takes long for the Blackhawks' rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks to get going. On Wednesday, it was Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith elbowing Canucks forward Daniel Sedin in the head in the first period.

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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews skated for the second day in a row Wednesday as he continues to recover from a concussion. But it's how he feels Thursday that will tell how far he's come since suffering a setback last week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Forward Michael Frolik will play in consecutive games for the first time since late February when the Blackhawks meet the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.

The Blackhawks made a local kid part of the organization Monday when they signed forward Terry Broadhurst to a two-year deal.

DALLAS -- Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp both laughed when former teammate Adam Burish's latest antics were brought up.

To them, Burish's decision to toss Winnipeg Jets forward Tanner Glass' glove into the stands is just Burish being Burish. Nothing has changed since he's joined the Dallas Stars.

"I've got a lot of gloves, so I don't have to worry about that," Kane said before the Hawks faced the Stars at American Airlines Center on Friday. "That's Burish to a tee right there. 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."

DALLAS -- Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and winger Patrick Sharp both sat out practice prior to the Blackhawks leaving for Dallas for their game Friday against the Stars. But both of them will be in the lineup.

DALLAS -- The Blackhawks' plan was to have Corey Crawford, who was coming off a strong performance against the St. Louis Blues, start against the Stars in Dallas on Friday.

But if Ray Emery was still sick, who would back him up?

Center Jonathan Toews will miss his 12th game in a row with concussion symptoms when the Blackhawks face the Stars in Dallas on Friday.

Toews did not partake in practice Thursday at Johnny's IceHouse after briefly skating a day earlier. He will not travel with the team to Dallas. He last played on Feb. 19 against the St. Louis Blues.

"Whether it's a setback or it's part of the process, that's what we're dealing with," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think if we saw him out there, it would be fine. But that's all part of it.

Judging by the questions, you'd figure that the St. Louis Blues had handled the Blackhawks in every meeting this season. But it's just not true.

The Hawks only got manhandled once by the NHL-leading Blues -- a 5-1 pasting of the Hawks on March 6 in their last meeting in St. Louis. They've actually split their season series with two wins apiece with their fifth matchup Tuesday at the United Center.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't say that center Jonathan Toews suffered a setback as he recovers from a concussion. But Toews didn't skate for the second consecutive day Tuesday after taking the ice four days in a row and sounding very optimistic about his return.

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The Blackhawks signed forward Daniel Carcillo to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday morning. It's worth a reported $825,000 per season.

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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was winded. His lungs were burning and sweat poured from his face after he skated hard for the third day in a row as he recovers from a concussion.

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It was another good sign. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was able to crack a smile Friday when speaking for the first time and in detail about the concussion that has kept him out the lineup for weeks.

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Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews skated on his own prior to practice Thursday at Johnny's IceHouse West. But Toews, who is recovering from a concussion, will still miss his ninth game in a row Friday when the Hawks host the New York Rangers.

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ST. LOUIS -- Jonathan Toews will miss his eighth game in a row when the Blackhawks meet the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on Tuesday.

But coach Joel Quenneville sounded hopeful again when asked about his captain, who has been battling a concussion, after the Hawks practiced Monday in St. Louis.

"[Toews] had a good day off the ice today," Quenneville said. "He worked out and [was] fine."

DETROIT -- Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto had another "happy day." For a player who's been scratched as much as Lepisto has this season, any game he plays feels that way.

DETROIT -- It was unlikely in the first place. But center Jonathan Toews wasn't officially ruled out for the Blackhawks' three-game road trip -- or what's left of it -- until Saturday.

OTTAWA, Ontario -- As the Blackhawks prepared for the Ottawa Senators Friday morning at Scotiabank Place, center Jonathan Toews and Steve Montador took steps closer to returning to the lineup miles away in Chicago.

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