SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here are some notes and tidbits from the Chicago Blackhawks training camp Saturday:
Forward Ryan Hartman celebrated his 20th birthday with a goal during a scrimmage. “It’s a good birthday gift, I guess,” he said. Hartman, a Chicago-area native, had a number of family members in town to celebrate with him.
Teuvo Teravainen had the highlight goal of the day after he deked to his right and finished to his left past goaltender Scott Darling. Teravainen wasn’t sure what he did. “I didn’t know I had a move there,” he said. “I just got the puck from [Mark] McNeill. I was pretty close to goal, so I just tried to move the goalie a little bit and shoot.”
Patrick Kane leads all scorers with three goals after two days of scrimmages. He scored a goal in each of the scrimmages Friday and added another Saturday. Teravainen, Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa each have two goals.
Stephen Johns, who played four years at Notre Dame, got a lot of love from the stands after setting up Jonathan Toews for a goal. The large crowd erupted in cheers when Johns’ name was announced with an assist on the play. Johns has also been giving daily interviews to local media members.
The Blackhawks are trying out Matt Carey at wing. He played center throughout college at St. Lawrence University. “Today is the first day we’ve put him on the wing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “I liked him a lot. He seemed like he was more noticeable today. But he’s got some speed; he’s got some quickness to his game. We got a lot of centers organizationally. They’re almost all in that same area. I think maybe we’ll get an opportunity to see him on the wing and see how he handles it. I think that versatility will be something he can add to his game as well.”
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford can be expected to play in at least two full preseason games. The rest of the work will likely be divided among Antti Raanta, Michael Leighton and Darling. Kent Simpson and Mac Carruth could also have a chance to play in net. “There will probably be four guys who get the games,” Quenneville said. “How much is still being determined. Corey, we probably want to get him a couple of full games. I imagine the first two games we’ll split those half-games between the goalies.”
Quote of the day came from Kris Versteeg, who got married during the summer. “Yeah, all married up and she’s got me on lockdown,” he said. “So there were a lot of veggie juices this summer. It’s a new look on life and hopefully start a family.”