Corey Crawford comes up big for Blackhawks against Wild

Corey Crawford allowed three goals in the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the Wild on Wednesday night, but it was far from just an OK game for him.Ask Jonathan Toews, who didn't hold back when asked what he thought of Crawford's play "Pretty damn good,"...

 Corey Crawford comes up big for Blackhawks against Wild

Corey Crawford allowed three goals in the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the Wild on Wednesday night, but it was far from just an OK game for him.

Ask Jonathan Toews, who didn't hold back when asked what he thought of Crawford's play

"Pretty damn good," Toews said. "I don't think we get too far in that game if he doesn't make stops, a couple on the breakaway and a couple of huge ones in overtime."

Crawford finished the night with 35 saves but it was the degree of difficulty on some of them that made it such a noteworthy performance. The Wild had 18 high-danger scoring opportunities, according to naturalstattrick.com, meaning Crawford had to make saves on prime scoring chances for much of the game.

Crawford had been up and down since returning from an appendectomy in late December, but Wednesday was one of his better nights since the procedure.

"There were times when technically I was all over the place and other times where I felt really solid and on top of my game," Crawford said. "It was just a matter of bringing it together for a full 60. I felt good and it's going to come here."

Added coach Joel Quenneville: "He certainly was huge. He had to make some dangerous plays, couple of key ones there in overtime. It was nice to see him get a big win for us."

Photos from the game on Feb. 8, 2017, in Minneapolis. 

Hartman strikes again: Ryan Hartman got the Hawks on the board in the first period Wednesday and now has goals in three consecutive games. Hartman's goal, which came from the slot off a nice feed from Vinnie Hinostroza, was his 13th of the season. All of his goals have come during even strength play, good enough to be tied for third among all rookies in the NHL.

Hartman is tied with Mitch Marner of the Maple Leafs and Sebastian Aho of the Hurricanes and trails the Leafs' Auston Matthews (22) and the Jets' Patrik Laine (15).

"He's in the hard areas," Quenneville said. "He's willing to go there and pays that price. He has been rewarded. He made some great shots. You look at some of the goals he has scored, whether it's the one-timer or around the net, he finds the puck. Thirteen goals at this stage has been a nice year for him."

Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.

Yorum yapabilmek için üye girişi yapmanız gerekmektedir.

Üye değilseniz hemen üye olun veya giriş yapın.

NEXT NEWS