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For the third time this season, the Blackhawks have recalled winger Bryan Bickell from the AHL Rockford IceHogs. Bickell has two assists in 23 games with the team. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 6-2 on Tuesday without wingers Marian Hossa (left leg injury) and Andrew Shaw (upper body). In the second period, center Artem Anisimov exited after being crushed into the boards. Coach Joel Quenneville said Anisimov suffered an upper-body injury and is day to day. With the team possibly down three forwards for their game Thursday against the Blues, they made the call to promote Bickell.

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The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with forward Tyler Motte on a three-year contract, which begins at the start of the 2016-17 season. Motte, 21, registered a collegiate career-high 56 points (32 goals, 24 assists) in 38 games this season with the University of Michigan. During his junior year, he ranked second in the Big Ten in goals, ranked third on the team in points, and paced the club with 165 shots on goal and 70 blocked shots. Motte recorded a 12-game goal streak (17 goals, 11 assists) from December 30th-Feburary 19th and a 16-game point streak (18 goals, 14 assists) from December 30th-March 6th. He was selected by Chicago in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2013 National Hockey League Draft and was named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Motte was also named a 2015-16 All-Big Ten First Team selection and honored as the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month in January after posting 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) in six games. He has collected 105 points (50 goals, 55 assists) in 107 career games with the Wolverines. Motte posted seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) en route to a silver medal with Team USA at the 2013 U18 World Championship and tallied one assist in five games with Team USA at the 2015 U20 World Championship.

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Corey Crawford is on the comeback trail. Coach Quenneville was certain of Crawford’s availability for the Blackhawks’ playoff opener. “Absolutely,” Quenneville said after Tuesday’s morning skate. But Crawford took a more careful approach. “I’d love to [start Game 1 of the first round series], but there’s no rush. It’s literally day by day,” Crawford said. He has not played since March 14th. “Right now I feel pretty good,” he said Tuesday. “I was seeing pucks well. I was moving well. Moving pretty quick and everything and that perspective has been fine so far. So I’m just going to keep progressing every day. This has been good the last few days. The workouts have been really good. The ice has been really good. Practice felt good — that was a long one, too, so [I’m a] little tired from that. I’m itchin’ to get back in there.”

If Crawford doesn’t return until Game 1 of the first-round series in the playoffs, he will have been off for 30 days. The team is hoping Crawford can get a tune-up in the regular season finale Saturday against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. “Yeah, there’s a chance [of playing Saturday],” Crawford said. “If I’m there or if I feel like I’m at that game timing and pace, why not?” Numbers prove that the team needs Crawford for the long haul. The Blackhawks most recent impressive victories against playoff-caliber teams all have come with Crawford in goal — the Red Wings (4-1 and 5-2), the Capitals (3-2), Rangers (5-3), Stars (5-1), Blues (2-0) and Predators (4-1). In Crawford’s 57 starts, the Blackhawks have won 16 games while scoring three goals or fewer (28.1 percent). In Scott Darling’s 22 starts, they have won two (9.1 percent).

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