Hutchinson, Jets Shut Out Blackhawks 1-0 « Cbs Chicago

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They had that lead, and coming off that shutout (Saturday) night, got excited and checked pretty well. The Blackhawks entered leading the NHL with an average of 38.9 shots per game, but were only 21st at 2.46 goals. They had a hard time against Hutchinson and the scrappy Jets. Chicago was unable to generate much traffic in front of the net or pounce on rebounds. Again, we get good chances and a lot of pucks around the net, and its not going in, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. We need to find a way to break out of that funk as far as goal scoring goes. The Jets got all the offense they needed early as they moved straight into the Chicago zone off the opening faceoff. Michael Frolik, a former Blackhawks player, skated across the crease, closed in from the left side and lifted the puck past Crawfords glove as the goalie sprawled while trying to stop the shot. Chicagos Patrick Sharp broke in alone with 3:40 left in the first and faked Hutchinson to the ice, but his shot clanked off the right post. Toews fired a drive from the left circle off the left post midway through the second during a Chicago power play. Hutchinson stopped another prime chance by Sharp moments later. The Blackhawks shot wide on some of their best chances in the third period. source:

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(Warning: the following images contain a sizable amount of blood.) Niklas Hjalmarsson woozy and bloody after taking a puck to the face. #Blackhawks Sean Gentille (@seangentille) November 2, 2014 Whether the Chicago defenseman returns to the game remains to be seen. More from Forgot password? We’ll email you a reset link. If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead. Forgot username? We’ll email it to you. If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead. Forgot password? If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead. source:

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Backup Antti Raanta and Rockford (AHL) call-up Scott Darling have played the ensuing five games, and while the Blackhawks lost three of them, the goaltending has been strong. Raanta proved to be a fine No. 2 goaltender last year after he was called up from Rockford, and Darling has had two excellent efforts. He registered a 2-1 victory over Ottawa in his first start at the United Center and was in net during the Blackhawks’ 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night. Darling was locked in a goaltending duel with the Ducks’ John Gibson and neither man blinked until the latter half of the third period, when Chicago’s Brent Seabrook lost the puck at the blue line on a power play and Anaheim’s Devante Smith-Pelly took off and beat Darling with a backhand move to score the game’s only goal. In addition to Crawford, Raanta and Darling, veteran Michael Leighton is playing goal for Rockford and could provide competent goaltending if general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville find the team in a more complicated goaltending situation. Leighton has played 105 regular-season NHL games in his career and has a 2.97 goals-against average to go with an .897 save percentage. Crawford has practiced with the team and is clearly recovering from his injury. Once he is fully healthymeaning he plays a couple of games without any ill effectsQuenneville will have to decide whether Raanta remains as the No. 2 goalie or that job shifts to Darling. Bill Boyce/Associated Press Antti Raanta While it’s not a controversial decision in Quenneville’s mind because both goaltenders have been playing well, it will have an impact on the team going forward. source:

Corey Crawford back for Chicago Blackhawks after missing six games – ESPN Chicago

He’s gonna go back, he’s playing tonight. [It will] help keep him in a groove,” Quenneville said. “It was a healthy experience. … The organization got to find out what he can do and we want to keep him playing.” This isn’t to say that Darling didn’t turn some heads in his first three NHL contests. Quenneville said that “it was a healthy decision to make” whether to keep him with the big club as Crawford’s backup. “I think probably he did get some consideration. … We felt it was the right thing to do,” Quenneville said. It was only a season ago that Raanta was the AHL upstart getting a chance to impress when Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin were both nursing injuries. That solid showing earned him a two-year contract and the backup job in Chicago this season, though he had no hard feelings about losing some playing time to Darling. “Everybody wants to play, so it was tough, but he played good games so he deserved a chance,” Raanta said. source:


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