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Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 33 shots in Chicago's 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis Wednesday night.

Crawford made some good saves in the game, especially in the first period. He now has a 2.21 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in the playoffs.
Apr 24 - 3:16 AM

Patrick Kane scored two goals and registered an assist to give Chicago a 4-3 overtime victory over St. Louis and even the Western Conference First Round series at 2-2.

Kane now has four points in four games in this year playoffs. Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Blackhawks, while Jonathan Toews added two helpers in the victory.
Apr 24 - 3:10 AM

Duncan Keith didn't participate in Chicago's morning skate on Wednesday.

Keith has been averaging 32:10 minutes per game in the postseason, so this was just an opportunity to give him a breather. Chicago is likely to lean heavily on Keith in the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 3:37 PM

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are expected to remain on the same line for Game 4 on Wednesday night.

They were reunited, along with Bryan Bickell, in Game 3 after seeing some time together earlier in the series. "There is just lots of confidence there. We know what to expect," Toews said. "We know that every shift we go out there that we can get that puck possession and create stuff. The more we create, eventually it’s going to go in." That trio helped the Blackhawks earn the Stanley Cup last year and they'll try to help Chicago even up their series with St. Louis on Wednesday.
Apr 23 - 9:39 AM

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are likely to stick together after being reunited on the top line on Monday.

Bryan Bickell rounded out Chicago's first line. Toews scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:10 of the first period. "As you go through a series you look for things that might possibly work," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought that line was effective (Monday night). There's a lot of ability there." Chicago will attempt to even its series against St. Louis in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 5:21 PM

Sheldon Brookbank made his playoff debut on Monday in Game 3 and he played well.

He notched an assist and two blocks in 14:32 of ice time. Brookbank got a chance to play because of Brent Seabrook's suspension, which will last for another two games.
Apr 22 - 8:41 AM

Bryan Bickell racked up eight hits in Game 3 versus St. Louis.

The 2013-14 campaign has been disappointing for Bickell after he signed a four-year, $16 million contract in the summer. He was excellent in the playoffs a year ago, which helped him earn that deal, but he doesn't have a point in three contests yet this series. If he can recapture some of that magic then he could erase some of the hardships he endured during the regular season.
Apr 22 - 8:37 AM

Michal Handzus saw just 12:18 of ice time in Game 3, but he made an impact.

He was credited with three blocked shots and he picked up an assist on Marcus Kruger's empty net goal in Chicago's 2-0 victory. "The doctor — he's a warrior," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You can't say enough to what he brings the team and the little things he does so well. He leaves it out there. He's a great pro." 3:45 of his ice time was spent on the penalty kill and his fearlessness inspired his teammates in the contest. Handzus is a good leader for the Blackhawks, but he doesn't have much in the way of fantasy relevance.
Apr 22 - 8:30 AM

Corey Crawford was superb in goal for the Blackhawks Monday as they defeated St. Louis by a score of 2-0 in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

Needing to avenge the 0-2 hole they found themselves in entering the night, the Blackhawks were in must-win territory and did just that with help from their netminder. Crawford turned aside all 34 shots he faced in the win for his first clean sheet of these playoffs.
Apr 21 - 11:49 PM

Jonathan Toews scored a goal for Chicago to help lift them to a 2-0 victory over the Blues in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series Monday.

The goal came just 4:10 into the contest and served to let the Blackhawks play with a lead nearly from the outset. Marcus Kruger chipped in with an empty-netter in the win.
Apr 21 - 11:38 PM

Sheldon Brookbank will probably be inserted into the lineup for Game 3 on Monday night.

The Blackhawks won't have Brent Seabrook available for the next three contests of the series due to a suspension. Brookbank appears to be the leading candidate to draw into the lineup in Seabrook's absence.
Apr 21 - 11:48 AM

The NHL decided to suspend Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook three games for his charging hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes from Game 2.

With Chicago down 2-0 in the series, Seabrook may not appear in another Blackhawks game this season if things go poorly for them. Seabrook has been fantastic lately, with four points in two games and also a great regular season (seven goals, 41 points, +23, 171 hits and 142 blocked shots).
Apr 20 - 2:41 PM

Michal Rozsival scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday.

It was Rozsival's fifth playoff goal in 77 career contests. He had a goal and eight points in 42 regular season games in 2013-14.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 20 - 9:49 AM

Corey Crawford put a lot of the blame for Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues on his shoulders.

Crawford surrendered the game-tying goal with just seven seconds left in the third period. "My pads were together but there was a little space there," Crawford said. "I have to find a way to make that save and our guys need me to make a save at the end. It's really frustrating being up and losing the lead two games in a row in the last couple of minutes. That's pretty much not acceptable. We're not going to win if I play like that. I have to be better." The Blackhawks are now down 2-0, but the silver lining is that the series will head back to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 20 - 9:47 AM

Brandon Saad had two assists in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday.

Saad is now on a three-game point streak, dating back to the regular season. He has three assists in Chicago's first two playoff contests.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 20 - 9:37 AM


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