Joel Quenneville hospitalized

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville missed
Chicago's 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night
with an undisclosed illness that sent him to the hospital.

Quenneville was admitted early Wednesday morning after he
started feeling discomfort at home late Tuesday. Team physician Dr.
Michael Terry said Wednesday morning Quenneville was in stable
condition, and there was no update before or after the Blackhawks'

"He is currently in stable condition and is being treated for
an undisclosed health concern today, not of cardiac nature," Terry
said in a statement. "Further testing is ongoing and we will
provide an update when possible."

Assistant Mike Haviland was the acting coach with Quenneville away and received a game puck from the team after the slumping Blackhawks opened an important three-game homestand with a sorely
needed win.

"I'm sure it was in their heads," Haviland said. "That's a gutsy effort right there. You know our head coach not being here, you can put a lot of things into it, the trip and certainly you're battling for every inch and every point now. I thought the guys played outstanding and that was right from the cage out."

The 52-year-old Quenneville, who led the Blackhawks to the
Stanley Cup title last year, is one of only two men to coach at
least 1,000 games and play 800 in the NHL.

Haviland said he hadn't spoken with Quenneville and didn't know
if he watched Wednesday night's victory.

"We just knew what we had to do and what Q wanted us to do,
compete and work hard and not change everything," captain Jonathan
Toews said. "Havi was great behind the bench. He had full control
of everything and showed his experience as a head coach and a
leader, and did a great job."

Chicago had dropped six of eight, including its previous two in
shootouts. The Blackhawks' next game is Friday against Columbus.