Crawford stopped Canucks in clutch
April, 25, 2011
By Jesse Rogers
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.”