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There's a strong possibility that the Chicago Blackhawks will turn to Corey Crawford in game one of their second round series.

Crawford was pulled in the first two games of Chicago's first round series against Nashville, and he officially lost his starting job in game three. The Hawks pulled Scott Darling in game six and Crawford came in and played extremely well to lead Chicago to a series clinching win. "Well, we’ll let you know but I think you know who’s going to start the next game," coach Joel Quenneville said with a grin. "[Crawford] did everything we wanted him to do. He had a couple looks there when he first came in and got comfortable as the game went along. That was a big test right there. Great response."
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 26 - 9:52 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks got a power play goal in their game six win over Nashville.

The Hawks came into game six with their power play going just 2-for-17 in the series. "We’re going to need our power play to have success," Quenneville said prior to game six. "We’re going to need it for a lot of ways — scoring timely goals can help the guys five-on-five with their confidence with the puck as well." Jonathan Toews scored on the man advantage in the first period. If the Hawks can find some consistency on their power play, they will be extremely difficult to stop going forward.
Apr 26 - 9:47 AM

Patrick Kane scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's elimination win over Nashville.

Kane did all of his damage in the first period. He helped set up Jonathan Toews' goal to cut the Predators lead to 3-2 and Kane tied the game at three with just six seconds remaining in the first frame. The 26-year-old missed a good chunk of the regular season because of a broken clavicle but he has remained productive in his return. Kane has two goals and seven points in six playoff games in 2015.
Apr 26 - 9:41 AM

Patrick Sharp scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over Nashville.

And with that, the Hawks have officially eliminated the Predators in six games. With his team trailing 2-0 in the first period, Sharp was able to beat Pekka Rinne to get the Hawks on the board. He also picked up the primary assist on Jonathan Toews' goal later on in the frame. Sharp now has three goals and five points in six playoff games in 2015.
Apr 26 - 9:37 AM

Duncan Keith admitted that his team needs to play better in front of their goaltenders going forward.

The Hawks eliminated the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, but they still believe there is room for improvement. "It’s not fair to the goalie, the way we played in front of him," Duncan Keith said, "Corey in the first [game], and then Darls tonight. We know we’ve got great goaltending. It’s not that. It’s more how we play in front of them. And I think we kind of pulled it together and realized, hey, that’s not acceptable." The Blackhawks have been forced to swap goaltenders a few times in the playoffs already.
Apr 26 - 9:33 AM

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


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