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Corey Crawford blocked 25 of 27 shots in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, but it was not enough as Anaheim hung on for a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.

Crawford has allowed seven goals in the series so far, and gave the Hawks a pretty good chance to win on Thursday night if not for Frederik Andersen's fine performance. Crawford falls to 6-3 in the playoffs with a 2.29 goals against average and a .925 save percentage, right on par with his regular season stats.
May 21 - 11:21 PM

Patrick Kane scored the Hawks' lone goal in their Game 3 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night.

Kane's eighth of the post-season was assisted by Brad Richards and Niklas Hjalmarsson and came late in the first period to tie the score. The Ducks were stingy on defense though through the rest of the night, as Anaheim grilled out a 2-1 victory to take the lead in the series.
May 21 - 11:13 PM

Joakim Nordstrom will be dressed for Game 3 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday night.

The Blackhawks have made a couple of lineup changes ahead of this game. Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg are in, while Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen will both sit. The 23-year-old has played in just two postseason games in 2015, and he hasn't seen game action since April 17th.
May 21 - 8:16 PM

Kris Versteeg will play in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim.

The 29-year-old hasn't played a playoff game since the first round against Nashville. The Hawks are making some interesting changes ahead of Game 3, as both Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen will be healthy scratches. Versteeg has one goal in six postseason games in 2015.
May 21 - 8:06 PM

Antoine Vermette will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Joining Vermette in the press box will be Teuvo Teravainen, David Rundblad, Daniel Carcillo, Michael Paliotta and Antti Raanta. Vermette was acquired from the Coyotes right around the trade deadline but he hasn't produced as much as Chicago would have hoped. It's still surprising to see him be a scratch at this point in the playoffs. The 32-year-old has one goal and one assist in 10 postseason games in 2015.
May 21 - 8:02 PM

Andrew Shaw has been making the most of his power-play time.

He has two goals and one assist in his last four games, with all of those points coming on the power play. During five-on-five situations, he skates on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Marcus Kruger. Shaw had a goal and seven shots in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night.
May 21 - 6:19 PM

Corey Crawford will be between the pipes for Thursday's Game 3 tilt against the Anaheim Ducks.

Crawford is coming off a 60 save performance in a triple overtime win over the Ducks in Game 2. The 30-year-old has a 6-2 record in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs and he has allowed just five goals on 88 shots in the first two games of the series. Crawford has a 2.32 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason.
May 21 - 6:17 PM

Kyle Cumiskey is expected to play again against Anaheim in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

He admitted to being a bit nervous in his first appearance during Game 2, but coach Joel Quennville liked what he saw from the 28-year-old blueliner. "I expect him to even improve because he's got another layer with the puck," Quenneville said. "I think offensively he has speed and quickness, he can get involved a little bit more with moving up ice, off the point as well. I think defensively he's fine." Cumiskey logged 18:34 of ice time in the triple overtime marathon Tuesday night.
May 21 - 2:38 PM

Kris Versteeg has been told by coach Joel Quenneville that he will get into the lineup at some point against Anaheim.

Versteeg skated in all six games against Nashville during the opening round of the playoffs, but he hasn't played since. Some of that was because of a lower-body issue, but he has also been made a healthy scratch.
May 21 - 12:17 PM

Duncan Keith played nearly 50 minutes during Chicago's 3-2 triple-overtime win on Tuesday.

To be exact, Keith played 49:51 minutes. That's an incredible amount of work, but it's not even the first time he breached the 45-minute mark in 2015. He also logged 46:19 minutes in Chicago's triple-overtime win against Nashville on April 21. He's leading the league with an average of 32:02 minutes played per game in the postseason.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 20 - 10:42 AM

Andrew Shaw had a goal disallowed in double-overtime of Tuesday's eventual 3-2 victory over Anaheim.

Shaw got the goal in with a head-butt and it was disallowed on those grounds. "I understood," Shaw said after the game. "But I still think if anyone can pull that off, it should still be a goal." Patrick Sharp agreed that the rules should allow for that kind of goal, although he acknowledged that they don't. Either way, Chicago was still able to win, although they had to go to triple-overtime to do it.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 20 - 10:32 AM

Corey Crawford made 60 of a possible 62 saves in Chicago's series tying Game Two triple overtime win.

It was the longest game in franchise history thanks in large part to the play of Crawford the last three periods of this game. Some were doubting his play after Game One but won't be after this signature performance. Chicago went scoreless for over 100 minutes of this game and still turned out the win. This one has to feel extra special for Chicago's number one goalie as he sat out the marathon win over Nashville in Round One. Crawford is now 6-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .925 save percentage in this year's playoffs.
May 20 - 2:43 AM

Marcus Kruger scored the triple overtime goal for the Blackhawks in their series tying 3-2 Game Two win against Anaheim.

Kruger ended the game at the 16:12 in the third overtime period as he poked in a rebound off a Brent Seabrook point shot. The goal was Kruger's second goal of the playoffs. Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw scored the first two goals of the game on power play time but they came over 100 minutes before the Kruger winner in the first and second periods respectively. The series now shifts to the United Center.
May 20 - 2:39 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks will be running just one lineup change on Tuesday night for Game Two, Kyle Cumiskey will step in for David Rundblad on the blue line.

Hopefully for the Blackhawks Cumiskey can come in and take a bit of extra pressure of their top-four defenders in Duncan Keith, Keith Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Johnny Oduya. Cumiskey has not dressed for the Hawks since Feb. 27th, but does have six career playoff games to his credit as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in 2009-10. He's of little threat to score however, with just 37 points in 145 total games. Daniel Carcillo, Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom, and Antti Raanta will each watch from the press box.

Jonathan Toews expects the Chicago Blackhawks to do significantly better than they did in Game 1.

"It's night and day between wins and losses, especially in the playoffs, but I think we know we can bring a lot more than we did yesterday," Jonathan Toews said. "We started well, created chances, did a lot of good things, a lot of little things well in the early parts of the game yesterday and kind of trailed off and let them keep control as they got the lead. Maybe to a certain degree, we got that one out of the way. But I think we definitely have to bounce back." Many analysts have picked Chicago to beat Anaheim in the Western Conference Final, but the Ducks showed in their Game 1 win that they can't be dismissed. This will likely be a tough, back-and-forth series.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 19 - 9:45 AM

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