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Goalie Corey Crawford came off the bench and turned in a strong effort to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat the visiting Nashville Predators 4-3 Saturday night.

The win gave the Hawks the right to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as they eliminated the Preds in six games in the best-of-seven, Western Conference First Round playoff series. Crawford play a relatively key role in the game. Crawford, who hadn’t started since Game 2 in Nashville, redeemed himself for a shaky start to the series by stopping all 13 shots he faced, although the Predators could fire only two shots at him in the first and four in the third. Crawford relieved Scott Darling in the first. Darling was shaky, allowing three goals on 12 shots before being yanked. Crawford finished the series with a 1-0 record in three appearances, a goals-against average of a not-too-pretty 4.19 and a save percentage of .850. Despite his poor series, he finished off in fine fashion and don't be surprised if the veteran gets the bulk of the action between the pipes for the Hawks in the next round.
Apr 25 - 11:43 PM

Defenseman Duncan Keith notched three points -- including the game-winning goal in the third period -- to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 triumph over the visiting Nashville Predators Saturday night.

Keith had a goal and two assists as the Hawks eliminated the Preds 4-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference First Round Series. Star center Jonathan Toews also contributed a goal and two assists to Chicago's triumph. The Hawks overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, bouncing back to tie the score 3-3 before the end of the period. The Hawks' big guns took care of the goals, with Patrick Sharp, Toews and Patrick Kane all scoring in the first period. Sharp and Toews both scored their third goals of the playoffs, while Kane netted his second. Kane's tying goal came with six seconds left in the first period. After no scoring in the second period, the stage was set for Keith, who took a pass from Toews and fired a slap shot into the Nashville net for the game winner with 3:48 left in the third period. Keith also posted a game-high six shots on net. In the series, he produced two goals and five assists.
Apr 25 - 11:23 PM

There will not be any line up changes for Chicago as they head in Game Six against Nashville on Saturday night. Chicago leads the series 3-2.

Teuvo Teravainen will be joined by forward Joakim Nordstrom, as well as defenders Kyle Cumiskey, David Rundblad, and Michael Paliotta. Displaced netminder Antti Raanta will be in the press box with the gang, as well.

It sounds like Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is feeling closer and closer to 100 percent as the team's first-round series with the Nashville Predators moves along.

Perhaps a silver lining to not putting away the Predators in Game 5 is that Kane can continue to get his feet back under him? Whatever the case may be, the 26-year-old has been productive in this series, collecting five points in as many postseason contests.
Apr 25 - 1:00 PM

Updating an earlier item, Scott Darling will indeed start in goal against the Predators Saturday night in a crucial Game 6 contest.

Darling had been on a roll until Thursday's Game 5 during which he stopped only 24 shots in a 5-2 loss to Nashville. We expect the Hawks and Darling to rebound in front of the home town crowd in Game 6 Saturday.
Apr 25 - 12:28 PM

Kris Versteeg will now play on Chicago's second line.

He skated alongside Brad Richards and Patrick Kane during scrimmages Saturday morning while Patrick Sharp flanked Antoine Vermette on the third unit along with Bryan Bickell, who had previously skated on the Hawks' second unit. Chicago's first line features Jonathan Toews between Marian Hossa and Bradon Saad. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Apr 25 - 12:18 PM

Scott Darling will be Chicago's starter in Game 6 on Saturday.

Darling had a bit of a rough outing in Game 5, but he still has a 1.67 GAA and .950 save percentage in the first round against Nashville. With that in mind, it's not shocking to see Chicago stick with him.
Apr 24 - 3:20 PM

Patrick Kane picked up an assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.

The Predators were physical with Kane in Game 5, but he appeared to emerge unscathed from the hits. He has one goal and four assists since returning from a broken clavicle.
Apr 24 - 10:53 AM

Andrew Shaw matched his series total of 16 PIMs all in one period during Thursday's 5-2 loss to Nashville.

Shaw didn't contribute much to the loss with two hits, but did lead all shooters with six shots despite his 13:37 of ice time. Shaw also picked up all of his minutes after the game was put out of reach, including a pair of roughing penalties and a 10 minute misconduct penalty. Shaw is now three penalty minutes shy of his career playoff high of 35 set in 2013.
Apr 24 - 1:05 AM

Brad Richards opened the scoring in Game Five late in the first period on Thursday night.

It was definitely one goalie Pekke Rinne would want back, but it counts just the same as Richards beat Rinne through the five-hole on a soft angle. However, Nashville would storm back to win 5-2. It was Richards' first point of the postseason and he added an assist as well to give him 34 goals and 92 points for his playoff career over 123 games.
Apr 24 - 12:57 AM

Kris Versteeg was the beneficiary of Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama pass to make it 4-2 Nashville late in the third period on Thursday night.

However it wasn't enough as the Predators would take Game Five 5-2. Regardless, it was a gorgeous individual effort by Kane and you really should find a highlight. The goal was Versteeg's first point of the postseason, and the 16th goal and 41st point of his playoff career over 77 games.
Apr 24 - 12:54 AM

Scott Darling made just 24 saves in Thursday's Game Five 5-2 loss to Nashville. Chicago still leads the series 3-2, though.

Darling was humming along nicely through the first two periods, having stopped 19 of 20 shots before allowing three goals on three shots across a 2:37 span to open the third period. To be fair, Darling wasn't sufficiently helped defensively but that's a sure-fire way to lose any playoff game regardless. His status as Game Six's starter is tenuous at best.
Apr 24 - 12:50 AM

No lineup changes are expected for Chicago heading into Game Five against Nashville on Thursday night.

Forwards Teuvo Teravainen, Joakim Nordstrom, and Daniel Carcillo will continue to be joined by defenders David Rundblad, Kyle Cumiskey, Michael Paliotta, and goalie Antti Raanta in the press box to watch their teammates try to close out the series.

The trio of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad has been excellent against Nasvhille.

They have amassed 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in four games. Toews and Hossa are tied for the team lead with five points apiece. Chicago's top line will be a point of emphasis going into Game 5 on Thursday night.
Apr 23 - 12:21 PM

Jonathan Toews is one of the three nominees for the Selke Trophy.

The Selke Trophy goes to the NHL's best defensive forward. Toews won the award back in 2013. He's likely going to miss out on the honor this season to Patrice Bergeron, but Toews still had a great campaign. He had a plus-30 rating and won 56.5% of his faceoffs.
Apr 22 - 7:18 PM


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