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While the Blackhawks haven’t been able to find the back of the net with much consistency, coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t appear too concerned. Chicago has outshot opponents 342-243 for the NHL’s second-largest differential. “We’re getting shots, we’re getting chances,” Quenneville said. “Production has been down, but we’re playing the right way. So I don’t want to change too much. … We feel it’s just a matter of time.” The Blackhawks pulled out a 2-1 win over Ottawa on Sunday thanks in large part to Scott Darling, who made 32 saves in his NHL debut. The rookie also stopped 24 shots against the Ducks, but Corey Crawford could be back in net Thursday after missing five games with an upper-body injury. Crawford has gone 2-0-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average against a Senators team that’s dropped nine of 12 in the series. Ottawa (5-2-1) returns home following Tuesday’s 5-2 victory at Columbus, its first win in three games. Clarke MacArthur had two goals and an assist while Erik Karlsson added one of each. Robin Lehner made 36 saves, improving to 3-0-1 with a 2.18 GAA. source:–nhl.html

Gibson leads Ducks past Blackhawks 1-0 | Boston Herald

He had to fight off teammate Andrew Cogliano for the puck after Seabrook lost it. Then it was clear sailing, with Seabrook unable to get into the play. “I’ve got to do a better job of that,” Seabrook said. “It was just one of those plays.” Anaheim used Smith-Pelly’s goal and Gibson’s first shutout of the season to record its eighth win in nine games. It was the first regulation home loss for Chicago, which has dropped three of four overall. Gibson’s biggest save came on Chicago captain Jonathan Toews in the deep slot 90 seconds into the third period. “You just see him wide open and try to get something in front of it,” Gibson said. The Ducks outhit the Blackhawks 37-16, helping Gibson to his second shutout in six NHL games. “They can make something out of nothing so fast that if you don’t hit them and slow them down, they’re just going to skate,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. Gibson and Darling dominated the first two periods. The Blackhawks had better opportunities against Gibson, who made a pair of big saves midway through the second on Brandon Saad, who roared in on a breakaway, and a follow-up shot by Andrew Shaw seconds later. The 25-year-old Darling, who made his second start since being called up from the minors because of an injury to starter Corey Crawford, made a big body save on Jakob Silfverberg 5:16 into the third. source:

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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. Quenneville, Bowman and the Blackhawks’ coaching staff will have to sit down and discuss which goaltender will best serve the Blackhawks’ needs. Its something well talk about,” Quenneville told reporter Scott Powers. “I think its a good discussion, a lot of positives either way. Probably a lot of variables that will be weighed in on the decision, so well see. Raanta earned the No. 2 job in training camp with a strong showing, and he is 1-2-0 after his first three starts with a 2.03 GAA and .933 save percentage. Darling is 1-1-0 with a 1.03 GAA and .966 save percentage. Raanta is quick and active at 6’0″ and 187 pounds, while Darling is a bigger man at 6’5″ and 200 pounds. Since Crawford is also a bigger goalie6’2” and 208 poundsit’s logical to conclude that Quenneville likes a goaltender with the type of frame that can take away more of the net from an oncoming shooter. Quenneville was quite complimentary toward Darling and would not throw around positive statements if he was not seriously considering keeping the 25-year-old with the Blackhawks. Ive been very happy with him, Quenneville told Powers. He hasnt done anything wrong anytime hes been in the net. source:

Goaltending Depth Has Chicago Blackhawks in a Postion to Succeed | Bleacher Report

Dating to last March 23, Chicago has been shut out four times in its last 20 games (third most of any NHL team during span). * Ottawa beat Columbus, 5-2, on the road on Tuesday night, snapping its two-game losing streak in the process. The Senators have allowed three or fewer goals in each of their last 13 games dating to last season the longest active streak of its kind in the NHL. * Chicago defeated Ottawa, 2-1, in these two clubs first meeting of the season last Sunday at United Center. The Blackhawks and Sens have played four games at Canadian Tire Centre since the lockout, and each team has won two of those contests. * The Blackhawks are averaging a league-high 38.0 SOG per game in 2014-15. Coincidentally, Chicago had 38 shots on goal in Tuesdays whitewash its most SOG in a shutout loss since losing, 3-0, to the Coyotes on February 11, 2012 (also had 38 SOG in that contest). * Robin Lehner stopped 36 of 38 shots on goal, and also chipped in his first career NHL point (assist) in Tuesdays victory, garnering first-star accolades for his performance. Despite allowing just two goals, Lehner lost his only career game vs. the Blackhawks on March 2, 2012. source:

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Corey Crawford, Chicagos No. 1 goalie, missed his fourth game because of an upper-body injury. Antti Raanta played in Chicagos previous three games, including a 3-2 loss at St. Louis on Saturday night. The Blackhawks signed the 25-year-old Darling as a free agent on July 1. He was 2-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average with Rockford of the AHL before being called up last week. Toews opened the scoring 21 seconds into the second period with a wrap-around goal. Michalek tied it with a short-handed goal at 7:08 when he completed a nifty 2-on-1 rush with Alex Chiasson from the doorstep. Seabrooks screened power-play goal with 6:22 left in the second put Chicago back ahead. KINGS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2: In Los Angeles, Jeff Carter scored during a two-man advantage in Los Angeles three-goal second period, and the Kings completed a sweep of their six-game homestand. Columbus left wing Nick Foligno was seriously injured with 11:34 left in third period and taken off on a stretcher with a neck brace. Carter checked him along the boards in front of the Kings bench and Folignos head rammed into the elbow of linesman Shane Heyer, who had jumped on top of the dasher in an attempt to avoid both players. source:


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