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Hawks coach Quenneville gets career win No. 600

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  • Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville on Sunday became the tenth coach in NHL history to win 600 games.

    Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville on Sunday became the tenth coach in NHL history to win 600 games.
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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville joined some select company Sunday night with his 600th career victory.

Quenneville became just the the 10th coach in NHL history to reach the milestone, with only the legendary Scotty Bowman getting there faster.

Quenneville got to 600 wins in 1,114 games. Bowman, now the Hawks' senior advisor, did it in 1,002.

"They all feel good," Quenneville said after the 4-2 win over Calgary at the United Center. "There's nothing better than winning.

"There have been some good teams in some great organizations and some great players and coaches to be around. I've been fortunate in a lot of ways and I'm in a great spot right here. I'm very contend and I have a nice team to work with. I've been very fortunate to be around top guys, good teams and good people."

Captain Jonathan Toews presented Quenneville the game puck in the dressing room following the game.

"I went in there and Johnny gave me the puck and I just told him what it means is I'm getting old," Quenneville said.

Towes said Quenneville's greatest trait is how he is always on an even keel."

"I don't think the referees will agree with that assessment," joked Quenneville.

"That's obviously a major accomplishment," defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. "We're glad to have him as a coach here in Chicago. He's a great coach and it's not for nothing he has 600 wins."

Morin gets the call:

For rookie Jeremy Morin, it was a long journey back to the Hawks.

The 20-year-old Morin, who was recalled from Rockford on Sunday and in the lineup, hadn't played a game for the Hawks since Nov. 6, 2010.

In between then and now, Morin missed the final 41 games of last season and the first two this year at Rockford and all of the preseason with the Hawks because of symptoms of a concussion suffered on Jan. 15.

During his time on the shelf, Morin was passed by Ben Smith on the organization's depth chart at forward, but it was Smith going back to the minors Saturday to make way for Morin.

"I was just excited to be back in the swing of things and playing every night and getting back into it," said Morin, the centerpiece for the Hawks in the 2010 Dustin Byfuglien trade with Atlanta. "I knew I had to prove I could play again before I got the chance."

Like those who have suffered concussions before him, Morin found it hard to work his way back into playing form.

"I've never gone through something like that before," Morin said. "You don't really know how much it takes coming back, the timing and everything, you don't know when it's going to come back. It was a little tougher than I thought to come back."

Morin played 10 minutes against the Flames, getting most of his shifts with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and was credited with 1 hit.

"I thought he was all right," Quenneville said. "It's a pretty big opportunity when you're playing with Kaner and Tazer."


Daniel Carcillo missed his second straight game with an upper body injury but was feeling better, according to Joel Quenneville. ... With a goal and assist, Marian Hossa moved into fourth place in the NHL in scoring with 36 points. ... Patrick Sharp had an assist to stretch his points scoring streak to nine games, longest in the league this season.