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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks are not making changes behind the bench after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.Team President John McDonough told reporters Thursday that he plans to bring back both coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman after a dismal season for a team that has won three Stanley Cup championships since 2010 but stumbled to a last-place finish in the Central Division this season.”I believe in continuity Ryan Getzlaf Jersey , they’ve had an incredible body of success,” McDonough told reporters. ”We’re not tethered to the past. This has been a very disappointing year and our expectations are incredibly high. We’re not going to deviate from those expectations. But I believe both Stan and Joel are the guys that are going to bring this back.”Chicago had reached the playoffs every year since Quenneville took over four games into the 2008-09 season, winning it all in 2010, 2013 and 2015. But the Blackhawks lost in the first round each of the past two years and this year was a nightmare.Corey Crawford’s upper-body injury in December eventually sidelined the two-time All-Star goaltender for the season, and there was inconsistent play from some of the team’s aging stars and young defensemen.Still, Chicago has a highly regarded support system and the team has plenty of talent, including star forward Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks have started a youth movement as veterans like Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook have shown some signs of wear and tear. The team’s leading goal scorer, Alex DeBrincat, is 20.”Joel’s done a very good job with the young players Womens Ryan Kesler Jersey ,” McDonough told reporters. ”And I think it’s inspiring to see that there are a lot of good young players on the way. I know at one point, that was kind of a knock on Joel, that he wasn’t proficient at coaching young players. Nothing could be further from the truth.”The 59-year-old Quenneville, a former NHL defenseman and the NHL’s second-winningest coach in history, received a three-year contract extension in January 2016 that runs through the 2019-20 season. He and Bowman will now get a chance to turn things around.”There were a lot of circumstances that happened this year that were out of our control,” McDonough said. ”And I’m not assessing blame, but I believe in both of them. I want both of them to succeed and I think we’re going to be headed in the right direction, after a lot of reflection and assessment.”— ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fresh off last season’s loss in the Stanley Cup final, the Vegas Golden Knights reloaded for another run by remaking their second line.A newcomer and a holdover showed Saturday how explosive the second unit can be for Vegas.Erik Haula scored in the shootout and the Golden Knights rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.Max Pacioretty Ryan Miller Jersey , who was acquired from Montreal in an offseason trade, scored his first goal for Vegas, which has used Pacioretty and Haula on opposite sides of new center Paul Stastny in the season’s first two games.“He’s a great player and he played a real good game tonight,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said of Pacioretty. “That line was excellent and that’s a big goal for us at a key time.”Pacioretty snapped home a one-timer in the slot from Jonathan Marchessault with 1:31 left in regulation to tie the game as Gallant pulled goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury.“I really thought in the third period when we played our best, that we were blocking shots and doing what we had to do,” Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. “But they were pressing. They come at you all the time, that’s why they won the West.”Fleury made 29 saves for Vegas, bouncing back after being pulled in the opening 5-2 loss at home to the Philadelphia Flyers. Fleury was pulled after 30:11 against Philadelphia after allowing five goals on 16 shots.Matt Dumba scored for the Wild, who was the only team in the Western Conference to sweep Vegas last season. Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 41 of the 42 shots he faced.“He was fantastic,” Wild forward Jason Zucker said of Dubnyk. “He’s the only reason that we didn’t lose that game 10-nothing.”Haula scored the only goal in the shootout against his former team as his shot between Dubnyk’s legs ended up trickling in after Dubnyk appeared to make the stop.“We just stuck with it http://www.coyotesproshop.com/authentic-...ski-jersey , made a great play there on Max’s goal and we had a lot of chances,” Haula said. “Duby played well over there and made it hard on us, but overall I’m just happy with our game. It’s a good indicator to jump back in a tough building, tough environment and just play like that, it’s a good job by the guys.”Dumba, signed to five-year, $30 million contract in the offseason, scored on a slap shot from the blue line midway through the first period. Dubnyk held up against a Vegas’ attack that outshot Minnesota 42-30 through overtime.“It’s nice to feel good out of the gate,” Dubnyk said. “It’d be nice to have two wins, obviously. It’s tough to feel too good about it. But we just try to work on those things that make you feel good and I’m feeling pretty good in there now Christian Dvorak Jersey, so we’ll have a good week.”The Wild lost for the first time in the first home game of the season at the Xcel Energy Center after starting 14-0-3 in such games.NOTES: Minnesota went 27-6-8 at home last season, finishing second in the NHL in home points. … The New York Islanders were the only other team to sweep Vegas last season, winning a pair of games. … Wild F Luke Kunin has been cleared for contact in his return from knee surgery. Kunin has been skating with the team. … Golden Knights rookie D Jake Bischoff made the NHL team for the first time in his career, but the Minnesota native was scratched for the second straight game along with D Brad Hunt. … The Wild scratched F J.T. Brown and D Nate Prosser for the second time in two games.UP NEXTGolden Knights: Season-long, five-game road trip continues Monday at Buffalo.Wild: Host Chicago on Thursday.
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