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Brent Seabrook scored a goal in Saturday's 5-4 double overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The two teams combined for five goals in what was a crazy third period. Seabrook scored at the 7:38 mark of the third frame to extend the Hawks' lead to 3-1, but Anaheim responded quickly by scoring three goals in 37 seconds to take a 4-3 lead. The Hawks eventually tied the game on a goal by Patrick Kane, and Antoine Vermette scored the game-winner in the second period of overtime. The 30-year-old has four goals and seven points in 14 games.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 24 - 10:25 AM

Brandon Saad scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-4 double-overtime win over Anaheim in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

Saad opened the scoring late in the first period when he beat Frederik Andersen with a shorthanded goal. The 22-year-old also picked up an assist on each of Chicago's first two third period goals, which were scored by Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in just over 24 minutes of ice time. Saad now has four goals and two assists this postseason.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 24 - 10:21 AM

Jonathan Toews said his team stayed calm after surrendering three goals in 37 seconds in the third period.

The Hawks were up 3-1 in the final frame when Anaheim opened up the machine and scored goals at the 8:42, 9:05 and 9:19 marks of the period. Chicago responded with a goal by Patrick Kane to tie the game at four and they eventually won in double overtime. "I guess when it rains, it pours in some moments, especially for us in that third," Toews said. "A lot of teams wouldn’t feel too good about themselves, but I think we did a good job of staying calm. … We had the character and the poise to relax and calm ourselves down and make a game of it and find a way to get into it." Toews scored a goal and an assist of his own in the game.
May 24 - 10:15 AM

Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville said he was very happy for Antoine Vermette after he scored the overtime winning goal on Saturday.

Quenneville made Vermette a healthy scratch in Game 3, but the coach said he was glad to see his player rebound from that. "I was very happy for him," Joel Quenneville said. "What a huge goal for him and for us. What makes our game so great is that players are so competitive, they want to play in the worst way and want more ice time, as well. You can understand where he was at, very disappointed. But he’s a great pro, stayed with it, and that line had a couple of looks in overtime and I’m glad he finished it because that was a huge, huge goal. Huge."
May 24 - 10:11 AM

Patrick Kane scored the game-tying goal in the third period of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim.

The Hawks had a 3-1 lead in the third period but they allowed three goals in just under one minute and quickly trailed 4-3. Kane ended up tying the game on the power play at the 12:39 mark of the third frame to eventually force overtime. The goal proved to be even more significant when Antoine Vermette gave the Hawks the win in the second period of overtime. The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2. Kane has nine goals and 15 points in 14 postseason games this year.
May 24 - 10:04 AM

Antoine Vermette admitted that it was difficult to be a healthy scratch in Game 3, but he's glad he was able to bounce back and help his team win in Game 4.

Vermette scored the double overtime winner in Game 4 on Saturday night after being scratched in Game 3. "Yeah, [but] at the same time, at this time of the year you don’t want to make [it about] the individual or a personal story," said Vermette, "That main focus is about the team’s success and that’s all that matters. I’m glad we won tonight."
May 24 - 9:57 AM

Antoine Vermette scored the game-winning goal in the Blackhawks’ 5-4 double-overtime triumph against the Ducks on Saturday night.

A healthy scratch in Game 3, Vermette is the reason the Western Conference final is shifting to Anaheim tied up at two. His gaffe, along with Kimmo Timonen’s, also led to a Ducks goal in the third period, but he atoned for that mistake big time. Brandon Saad (goal, two assists), Jonathan Toews (goal, assist), Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane notched the other goals for Chicago. At one point in the third period, Chicago had a 3-1 lead … however, that ended up being short-lived and it went down 4-3 after giving up three goals in 37 seconds, before tying the game on Kane's power-play goal.
May 24 - 12:26 AM

Corey Crawford made 47 saves in the Blackhawks’ 5-4 double-overtime win against the Ducks on Saturday night.

Let’s face it, even though the final stat line doesn’t look that bad, Crawford did not look comfortable in net all night. He struggled to read the puck cleanly off of shots and was lucky to come away with this win. The Blackhawks took a 3-1 lead in the third period, only to see that erased within 37 seconds. Chicago needed a goal at 12:39 of the period to force extra time. Crawford has a 7-3 record, 2.36 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in the playoffs.
May 24 - 12:25 AM

Corey Crawford will be in net in Saturday's Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Crawford has turned away just 107 of 114 shots the Ducks have sent his way through the first three games. While he's put together back-to-back Quality Starts after a Really Bad Start in Game 1, Crawford may have to help steal another game if the Hawks are to tie up the series at two tonight. For the postseason, Crawford is 6-3 in 10 games with a .925 save percentage and a 2.29 GAA with five Quality Starts.
May 23 - 5:42 PM

After playing in Game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks, forward Joakim Nordstrom will go back to being a healthy scratch for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4.

After missing more than a month of action, Nordstrom only received 7:06 TOI, so it was obvious that his "fresh legs" didn't really make a difference for the Blackhawks, who went down 2-1 in their series against the Ducks.
May 23 - 1:02 PM

With the Chicago Blackhawks returning to their Game 2 lineup for Game 4, Kris Versteeg goes back to his perch in the press box after skating against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3.

Versteeg, 29, managed one SOG in 19 shifts (13:31 TOI) in a Game 3 loss, his first appearance since April 25. It's been an up-and-down ride for him ever since he returned to Chicago (and in general, really).
May 23 - 1:00 PM

Marcus Kruger will be back in the faceoff dot Saturday night against the Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Kruger did not take any draws in Game 3 and the speculation was that he had some sort of an injury. Kruger has denied he was hurt and told reporters he will be back taking faceoffs Saturday night. Kruger has been one of the Hawks' unsung heros this round.
May 23 - 12:26 PM

Teuvo Teravainen will be draw back into the Chicago lineup for Game 4 against Anaheim Saturday night.

He was a healthy scratch for Game 3 but will skate on the wing opposite Patrick Sharp and beside Antoine Vermette on the Blackhawks' third unit.
May 23 - 12:18 PM

Antoine Vermette will be back in the Chicago lineup for Game 4 against the Ducks Saturday night.

He was a healthy scratch for Game 3 but will be back centering the Hawks' third line alongside Teuvo Teravainen and Patrick Sharp.
May 23 - 12:12 PM

Even though they have proven they can win Stanley Cups without significant power-play production, the Blackhawks would be wise to address their floundering play with the man advantage.

In the Game 3 loss, the Hawks had the man advantage five times but did not score a goal. What's worse, is that they took only one shot on goal in the 9:18 of power-play time allotted to them. Part of the problem is that Chicago had a tough time gaining the offensive zone and setting up the power play. That needs to change if the Hawks are to defeat a very tough Ducks' squad.
May 23 - 12:07 PM


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