Raanta: 'Nice to be a goalie on this team'

December, 10, 2013
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Wills By Todd Wills
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DALLAS -- Chicago Blackhawks netminder Antti Raanta found a clever way to state the obvious after Tuesday night's 6-2 thrashing of the Dallas Stars.

"If the forwards want to score points, that's fine for me," Raanta said. "I have to just keep on doing my own job. It's pretty nice to be a goalie on this team."

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Jerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsThe Blackhawks have scored six goals for the second straight game, making netminder Antti Raanta's job very enjoyable.
Being a goaltender for the Blackhawks, with their four lines that keep coming after opponents in waves, looks to be quite fun.

Raanta could get used to Chicago's goal-scoring barrages while starting goalie Corey Crawford spends at least three weeks recovering from a groin injury.

The Blackhawks scored six goals for the second straight game. They also won 6-2 on Sunday in Florida when Raanta replaced the injured Crawford during the game. It's now up to 13 times in 33 games Chicago has scored at least five goals.

Raanta had a 1-0 lead handed to him 123 seconds into the game, when defenseman Michael Kostka, playing for the first time after missing 22 games with a right foot injury, scored a goal on his first shift.

Then came five more goals from the Blackhawks' top three scoring lines.

First came Patrick Kane, who scored on a breakaway for a 2-0 lead at the 12:05 mark of the first period.

Then it was Brandon Saad at even strength at the 2:46 mark of the second period for a 3-0 lead after the Stars appeared to be creating momentum following a listless first period.

Patrick Sharp -- quickly becoming a Stars killer as this new division rivalry blossoms -- added two consecutive goals in the second period, one on a power play and another on a brilliant pass by defenseman Duncan Keith.

Sharp tried to cut through two Stars defensemen on his forehand, circled around at the blue line toward the Blackhawks' bench and received a gorgeous pass from Keith, who was to the right of the Chicago goal and Raanta. Sharp did the rest from there, beating Dallas backup goalie Dan Ellis for a 5-0 lead with 8:52 still left in the second period.

"Great pass," Sharp said. "Great pass. There's not a lot of players in the league that can make that pass. It was hard and accurate and right on the tape. I had the easy job of just kind of doing my best to get a shot on net."

Don't forget the job the Blackhawks did in keeping the Stars from creating scoring chances. Chicago did an exceptional job with their backchecking on Tuesday night.

The Stars, who rely on their speed and quickness, appeared to have chances going at Raanta, but the Blackhawks' forward were able to make it back and deflect pass after pass away.

At one point midway through the second period, the Stars had all of five shots on goal.

I know we've gotten a lot of attention for some guys that score goals and put up big numbers.

"But the key is our defensive play and the way our forwards come back and play well defensively. We weren't aware of the shots or the stats of the game, but I knew we had a good team going."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
16 7 9 -2
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 7
AssistsP. Kane 9
+/-K. Versteeg 6
GAAC. Crawford 1.97