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What about a shutout against the St. Louis Blues could have Blackhawks fans and brass alike crying themselves to sleep and pinching themselves in the morning–hoping it was just a dream?

It was Coach Joel Quenneville’s 700th win, player Michal Handzus’ 1,000th game, and the big win brought the Hawks solely into second place in the Central Division while also stopping the Blues from clenching a playoff berth.

However, about midway through the second period in the 4-0 Chicago victory, Sheldon Brookbank checked the Blues’ Brendan Morrow, who fell backwards onto Patrick Kane’s leg, twisting it awkwardly. Kane stayed down for a moment that surely seemed like a lifetime for teammates, the Blackhawks organization, his parents in the stands, and the Patrick Kane Fan Club, before a wobbly skate off the ice.

He winced and swore (assumed from lip-reading) on the bench for a few minutes before heading back to the locker room. Eventually news spread to the NBC crew through Kane’s agent (quite the unique event from the usually tight-lipped Chicago organization) that Kane’s lower body injury would mean at least two weeks without play.

Without Kane, the rest of the team stepped up, continued to play hard, and fought out the win. Duncan Keith, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, and Ben Smith all scored in the game. The latter three goals came after Kane’s injury. Several players periodically fell to small pains, but managed to bounce back and battle it out. This is something they’ll need to do for a while if they want to continue into the playoff race.

Quenneville reported after the game that it’s more likely he’ll be out for three, which would take them to the post-season.

“He’s a special player and we’ll have to work our way through it knowing what he brings to our team,” Quenneville said. “It’s definitely a huge loss for us. We’ve been fortunate as far as not getting hit too hard (with injuries), but you’re going to get tested at some point.”

In late 2010, when Kane was out with an ankle injury, the Blackhawks went 5-2-1.

The Sporting News reported that Teuvo Teravainen has been released from the Finnish Federation and is on his way to Chicago. The Blackhawks have not said when he’ll be joining the team.

Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.

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