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Marian+Hossa+Nashville+Predators+v+Chicago+jbts9i-CBjNlMarian Hossa returned to the lineup when the Blackhawks took on the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night. Hossa missed the last two games before the Christmas break with an upper-body injury. Joel Quenneville said last week that it was more about precaution than anything to hold Hossa until after the break. Hossa wouldn’t make known what the injury was, he said it happened in a game prior to the break and got worse against the Buffalo Sabres. Hossa did return against Carolina, but the Blackhawks lost that game 2-1.

The Blackhawks’ offense exploded on Tuesday night when they beat the Arizona Coyotes 7-5 at Gila River Arena. Andrew Desjardins scored two goals in the game, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith each registered a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks turned around their recent struggles on offense. The Blackhawks scored late on an early power play. Kane dished a back-pass to Keith at the point and he shot the puck past Anders Lindback to give them a 1-0 lead. A short time later, the Blackhawks got another power play and they scored yet again. Brent Seabrook ct-blackhawks-observations-coyotes-20151230-001tipped a shot past Lindback to make it 2-0. Later in the period, the Coyotes got on the board. Corey Crawford couldn’t keep the puck in front of him as it skipped into the net to make it 2-1. The Coyotes didn’t stop there, they scored again to tie the game. The Blackhawks took the lead back when Artemi Panarin slid into a gap and ripped a wrist shot over Lindback to give them a 3-2 lead as the first period ended. The Coyotes switched goaltenders to start the second, bringing in Louis Domingue, but that didn’t matter because the Blackhawks scored again. Andrew Desjardins did the honors, making it 4-2. Later in the period, Andrew Shaw made a fast pass across the zone and Patrick Kane fluttered a shot pass Domingue to make it a 5-2 game. In the third period, the Blackhawks added another goal with about 15 mintues to go, but Arizona stormed back and usa-today-9024655.0cut into the Hawks’ four-goal edge. They scored two goals to make it 6-4. The Blackhawks were able to hold their own and goals from Jonathan Toews and Arizona’s Shane Doan ended up cancelling each other out in the late stages to give Chicago the win. The Blackhawks will skate for the final time in 2015 on Thursday night when they head to Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche.

The Blackhawks assigned veteran defenseman DavidDavid+Rundblad+Dallas+Stars+v+Chicago+Blackhawks+oTB2UaAQ-MIl Rundblad to Rockford of the AHL on Wednesday. Rundblad cleared waivers Tuesday and did not travel with the team on their two-game road trip that will continue against the Avalanche. The 25-year-old, who signed a two-year contract with the Hawks this summer that carries a salary cap hit of $1,050,000, has two assists in nine games this season. Quenneville has scratched Rundblad multiple times in favor of other players, with the latest being rookie Erik Gustafsson. The Blackhawks gain $950,000 in cap space by sending Rundblad to Rockford.

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