Toews’ Ot Goal Gives Blackhawks Win Over Red Wings – Stamfordadvocate

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Morning Bag Skate: One preseason game down, five to go – Yahoo Sports

Photo: Charles Cherney, AP Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews battles the Detroit Red Wings’… Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa (81) shoots in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson in an NHL exhibition hockey game in Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Photo: Charles Cherney, AP Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa (81) shoots in the first period… Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson makes a save during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL exhibition hockey game in Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Photo: Charles Cherney, AP Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson makes a save during the… Trinity Catholic beats Westhill in city clash Page 1 of 1 CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews deflected in defenseman Duncan Keith ‘s shot from the left point 3:01 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 preseason victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Toews moved to the slot after passing the puck to Keith, and redirected Keith’s slap shot between the legs of backup goaltender Pete Mrazek . Chicago’s Patrick Kane made it 1-1 with 2:37 left in the second period. He took a pass from Brad Richards and beat goalie Jonas Gustavsson with a sharp backhand. source: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/sports/article/Toews-OT-goal-gives-Blackhawks-win-over-Red-Wings-5776374.php

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson makes a save during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL exhibition hockey game in Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Photo: Charles Cherney, AP / FR170067 AP

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Blackhawks’ fourth line has the potential to be a lot of fun in 2014-15 – Yahoo Sports

This is a major blow for a team already full of question marks. (Hurricanes) **Details on the new EPIX production of a series running up to the 2015 Winter Classic. The main gist: if you have a good Internet connection, you’ll be able to access this. (Pro Hockey Talk) ** Brandon Mashinter says he wants to be than just a physical presence, and he’ll need to be if he wants to make the team (CSN Chicago) **The Capitals revealed their vintage-inspired jerseys for the Winter Classic. Reaction has been mixed, and I’d say they’re a bit too noisy. Not a fan of those shoulder stripes. ( Puck Daddy ) ** Robin Lehner isn’t getting discouraged by the Senators naming Craig Anderson the top goaltender entering the season. The 23-year-old still has a bright future if things come together. (Ottawa Sun) ** Pavel Datsyuk will miss around a week for the Red Wings after suffering a shoulder injury. Between this and the news below, not a great start to the year for them. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/morning-bag-skate-one-preseason-110003107.html

What Corey Crawford Has to Do to Get to the Level of the NHL’s Elite Goalkeepers | Bleacher Report

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers 0% Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings 0% 0% Total votes: 0 However, Crawford was not as consistent in 2013-14 as the league’s upper-echelon goalies. Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie, and his top competition included Jonathan Quick of the Kings, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens . Crawford, who had a 32-16-10 record along with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage, was a notch below that foursome. It seemed that Crawford’s consistency was the key issue that kept him from playing at his best. He regularly allowed goals that appeared to be stoppable. While he made many spectacular, eye-opening saves that left his teammates, coaches and fans with their mouths agape, he would also pull away from medium- and long-range shots or leave vulnerable rebounds that opponents cashed in with little trouble. The Blackhawks noticed Crawford’s issues, and they brought in a new goaltending coach. Stephane Waite had been Chicago’s goaltending coach through the 2013 campaign, but he left after the championship season to take a similar position with the Canadiens. The Blackhawks hired Steve Weeks as their goaltending coach last year, but head coach Joel Quenneville did not bring him back . Instead, the team hired former Hawks goaltender Jimmy Waite to serve as the goaltending coach and as Crawford’s new mentor. Waite hopes to have the same kind of rapport with Crawford that his brother enjoyed with the goaltender and that his performance improves enough to get the Blackhawks back to the Stanley Cup Final. Im very excited to come back to the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted me in 1987, said Waite in a statement. I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Antti (Raanta), and to help contribute to the success of this organization. The Blackhawks can almost certainly live with a similar regular-season performance from Crawford this year. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2210512-what-corey-crawford-has-to-do-to-get-to-the-level-of-the-nhls-elite-goalkeepers

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Last year, the combination of Bollig-Kruger-Smith was constantly used after the top line. They didn’t add much of anything to the stat sheet as far as offense is concerned, but they were an outstanding group a good deal of the time, even with Bollig in tow. They helped to shift momentum in the Hawks’ favor, generating a strong forecheck and playing a strong defensive game from that front line. Substituting Jeremy Morin in there for Bollig has the chance to add another level of excitement to that line. In Morin, you have a player who can play that physical game and bring a tenacious forecheck to the mix. Sure, his defense does leave a bit to be desired, but it’s an improving element of his game. He brings big offensive upside, and has the potential to help that group become more of a threat offensively than they were with Bollig and would be with Mashinter. He can play the physical game necessary for that type of role as well. When you add that to a line that already had as hardworking a center as there is, in Marcus Kruger, and a forward with a penchant for playing hard down in the corners and in front of the net in Ben Smith, there is potential for that type of group to provide a number of headaches for the opposition throughout the season. If Andrew Shaw is going to remain at center on that third line, the best possible alternative lies here with this group. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-fourth-line-potential-lot-190537323.html

5 Reasons Why Chicago Blackhawks Fans Should Be Worried in 2014-15 | Bleacher Report

Here’s a look at five of them. Will Corey Crawford Play Up to Expectations? USA TODAY Sports Corey Crawford’s consistency and overall play are not high on the list of concerns for general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville. However, the goalie’s performance is an issue for the fans. Crawford has a Stanley Cup to his credit and has respectable statistics. He had a 32-16-10 record in last year’s regular season along with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Those are good numbers but not spectacular. Crawford is not in the elite category with Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins . He also tends to give up stoppable goals on a regular basis, perhaps as many as one per night. That’s what upsets fans. They see Crawford make several spectacular saves, but then one unscreened shot will blow by him, or he’ll give up a controllable rebound, and that will lead to a goal. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2209294-5-reasons-why-chicago-blackhawks-fans-should-be-worried-in-2014-15

 

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