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Crawford stopped Canucks in clutch

4/25/2011

CHICAGO -- A thrilling Chicago Blackahawks' 4-3 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 deserves further scrutiny:

Great in goal: Corey Crawford was simply amazing while under siege in the third period and overtime. He stopped 22 shots in the pressure-packed final two periods.

“It did seem like every time they had a chance to throw a puck on net they did it,” Crawford said. “I watched a couple of other games in overtime and a lot of goals are scored like that. Just, like a shot from the corner, so I was focused and looking for pucks coming from those areas. Just wanted to make sure I wouldn’t give one up like that.”

Surprise foe: The Hawks didn’t find out that Cory Schneider was starting in goal for Vancouver until warm-ups.

“It didn’t shock us,” Dave Bolland said. “It doesn’t matter who they put in net. We were ready for anything.”

Hossa ready: Marian Hossa only took five shifts in overtime before setting up the game-winning goal. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was rotating five players for a while, so Hossa had fresh legs on the final sequence.

“The puck was between my feet and I tried to get in the best position I could and I saw Hjalmarsson wide open and I passed him the puck,” Hossa said. “And then Ben [Smith] fought for the rebound and got the big goal.”

History on ice?: Jonathan Toews says motivation to make history now enters into the Hawks’ minds.

“We’ve worked this hard,” he said. “We’re not going to pass up this opportunity.”

Slappers

  • Michael Frolik's successful third-period penalty shot was the first in Blackhawks postseason history.

  • Tuesday will be the first Game 7 the Hawks have played under Quenneville.

  • With a goal and an assist on Sunday, Bolland has 17 points in 15 career playoff games against Vancouver.

  • The quote: “I thought we played harder, put good pressure on them. I think we threw something like 80 shots at their net tonight. Those are the Stanley Cup champions, and they’re a great hockey team.” – Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault