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Having a 2 AM-conversation with Franklin Steele on Twitter, I had to amend my take as to why the Chicago Blackhawks weren't able to defend their Stanley Cup championship. As a Red Wings fan, I would argue that a team needs Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov-sized motivation to repeat, and I would point out that the Blackhawks played until June 24th of 2013--and sometimes forget that 90% of the players who didn't make the Conference Final are already beginning their summertime workouts to prepare physically and mentally for the next season.
Chicago played so very late into the lockout-marred 2013 season that the mental and physical challenges the speedy Hawks faced had to feel insurmountable, and then Franklin reminded me that on top of having perhaps nine weeks to re-focus, TEN Blackhawks participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Even as a Wings fan, I have to applaud the hell out of the Hawks for getting to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final given the challenges they faced.
ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry as to what the Blackhawks need to do to "reload for 2014-2015," and while I'm sure that you'd argue point 1 of 3, inking Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions ahead of the pair qualifying for unrestricted free agency next summer, is job #1, I'd suggest that Custance's second point may matter more than the guaranteed first occurring:
I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...
But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.
Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.
Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.
This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:
Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.
I planned to stay away from this story, but with some additional information now added, I guess it is newsworthy...
from Blake Schuster of the Chicago Tribune,
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been accused of spraying a Los Angeles Kings fan with a water bottle during the final minutes of a Game 4 loss in the Western Conference finals Monday, according to a report from TMZ.com.
Clark Wong, a 27-year-old fan, claims Crawford sprayed him from the bench after being pulled for an extra attacker, causing an irritation to his eyes.
When contacted Wednesday by the Tribune, Wong declined to comment, saying he has received death threats and directing all questions to his lawyer.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman told CBSChicago.com that police are not investigating the matter.
It took a while for Don Cherry to get going on Coach's Corner on Monday night, but around the 2-minute mark, he suggested that Thomas Vanek's, "Mind is in Minnesota" (oh, and he may have sworn in the process). Then he went on to give Corey Crawford praise for "stealing" Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, to suggest that the NHL ought to get rid of the "Marsh Pegs" to restore players' fear of going into the goalposts, of course he decided to spend a chunk of time defending "Milan Loosick," pointing out that Andrei Markov may have incited Lucic's remarks.
Thanks to "Captain Canada," you'll hear Cherry's post-game remarks, too.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Corey Crawford could throw his body in front of a bullet, and somebody would question his glove hand.
That’s how it is for the guy, who might be the best most-abused goalie in the NHL. There is no Most Valuable Abused Goalie Award, but maybe there should be. Throughout his career, Crawford has had to fight off pucks from opponents and silly criticism from Blackhawks fans.
I bring this up for what feels
like the 100th time because Crawford was spectacular in the Hawks’ 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday in Game 6 against the Minnesota Wild.
Patrick Kane scored the game-winner to earn the Hawks a return trip to the Western Conference finals because that’s what Kane does. But Crawford was so good — and has been so good the last two seasons — that another defense is in order. By all rights, he shouldn’t need any defense at all. His 2013 Stanley Cup ring would seem to be a filibuster.
The Minnesota Wild have pulled two fast ones on the Chicago Blackhawks, utilizing home ice to their advantage (Minnesota's 5-and-0 at home). All of a sudden, the defending Stanley Cup champs have won two consecutive games, as the AP notes:
The Minnesota Wild have turned their home ice into a deafening, discouraging place for opponents to play in the playoffs. For the second straight game, they dominated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Jason Pominville scored in the second period off the back of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's skate, and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to even their Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece.
"It's been fun to play here. I don't know what it is, but we have to find a way to bring that on the road as well," said Jared Spurgeon, whose third-period goal gave the Wild a cushion for the final stretch while the fans cheered and chanted louder and louder.
"They play hard in their building, and they're good in their building, and they check well so it's tough to get momentum in here," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Matt Cooke returned from his seven-game kneeing suspension to give the Wild a jolt, assisting on Justin Fontaine's opening goal, and Nino Niederreiter also scored.
Without a stick, Crawford makes the leg pad save after giving up a rebound.
Missed how he was injured? Watch it here.
Looks like a groin strain to me...
In case you missed the news, Corey Crawford signed for $36M over 6 years.
With the talk of the salary cap hitting the $80M mark in 3-4 years, I think the contract is a little over-priced, but not a bad signing at all.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Corey Crawford is day-to-day with an upper body injury, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after his No. 1 goalie missed Friday’s morning skate.
Henrik Karlsson was recalled from Rockford to be Ray Emery’s backup on Friday against San Jose. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound Karlsson was acquired from Calgary on Jan. 21 for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.
Crawford is believed to have been hurt late in Tuesday’s shootout loss to Anaheim when he was run over by Bobby Ryan. It’s believed he suffered a concussion.
Kevin Klein from center ice…
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
A year ago at this time, Crawford was concentrating on securing the backup job to veteran Marty Turco. This time around, after winning the starting job midway through last season and earning a three-year, $8 million contract, Crawford is developing the mindset needed to be a No. 1.
“I’m just trying to prepare myself mentally for that,” Crawford said. “It almost seems like you have to work harder and be a little readier when you’re in that position. I still have to battle and I still have to work for my ice time.”
When the Hawks hit the ice Saturday for the first official practice of camp, Crawford will head to the crease after a summer spent working on improving his game.
“I feel strong (and) quicker,” said Crawford, who worked for a week on technique with Hawks goalie coach Stephane Waite during August. “I’m eager to go and I’m excited for the season.”
In my previous preview of the top goalies, I had mentioned Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, and Ryan Miller as my top five options. Upon reflection and much debate, I discovered many other names that could be considered top 5 (or at least top 10). Many goalies are drafted in the early rounds of fantasy drafts, since top-notch starting goalies can be impossible to find on the waiver wire once the season starts. To help you find the right goalie(s), I have provided ten more goaltending options that could legitimately fall into the category of the NHL’s better starting goalies. And I promise that there will be no commercials while you read this.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Corey Crawford on a three-year contract.
Crawford, 26, paced rookie goaltenders with 33 wins (33-18-6), tied for rookie lead with four shutouts and ranked eighth among National Hockey League netminders with a 2.30 goals-against-average during the 2010-11 regular-season. He also led all NHL rookies with a .927 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA in seven Stanley Cup Playoff contests.
from Chris Boden of CSNChicago,
While the Blackhawks continue proceeding down the stretch for now without Patrick Sharp, they’re already taking steps to make Corey part of their long-term core.
In a sitdown interview with Comcast SportsNet Thursday, Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman says the process has begun in hopes of locking up rookie goaltender Corey Crawford before he becomes a restricted free agent following this season.