Crawford Slips-Bowman Could be Done Dealing

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -On Monday night it appeared the Chicago Blackhawks had a comfortable two goal cushion as the Nashville Predators couldn’t sustain any pressure. Nashville was completely dominated in the second period as the Hawks were in complete control.The outcome appeared certain and the Blackhawk players must have thought the same. The Predators best player is their goalie Pekka Rinne, and he was the reason why they had any chance to come back.

In the third frame, suddenly Corey Crawford appeared to revert to his 2012 version, the one that suddenly allows super soft goals. At about the same time the rest of the Hawks seemed to mentally checkout. That’s all it took, a bad 3:30 and a sure win was in jeopardy.

The Predators then controlled the momentum and managed to even the score at two. The Blackhawks won in a shootout 3-2 but Nashville captured an important point in their playoff quest.

Crawford hung tough enough to get the game to a shootout. It was then an unlikely hero Michal Rozsival put the game winner past Pekka Rinne with a slick move.

In the third period it was easier for the more desperate team to stay focused and this is starting to become a trend.

The Hawks will have to be weary of the same thing happening over the final 13 games of the regular season. This last stretch of games can be a useful learning experience as they will be a different kind of challenge.

My guess is the President’s Trophy wasn’t on Joel Quenneville’s wish list before this abbreviated campaign began.

Coming away with the best regular season record is an accomplishment but it hasn’t led to a Stanley Cup victory in most cases. Since being established in 1986, only sevens Cup winners out of 26 have gone on to win the Cup after claiming the President’s Trophy.

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  1. Dave Morris says:

    Al, thanks as always for your perspectives.

    As we are seeing, the few quality players available, are commanding a premium price.

    Jagr, Roy, Regehr, Bouwmeester, Iginla have all been snapped up. Ryane Clowe has no goals, yet he’s apparently highly sought after. Even role players (like Handzus) command fairly high draft picks.

    Is there really anybody left out there who would be a fit with/good trade for CHI?

    At this late stage, every game the Hawks play against desperate teams like NSH, etc could be challenging in terms of maintaining a 60-minute effort.

    The Preds are often a handful for Chicago, and not having Hossa/Sharp/Bolland last night didn’t help.

    Whether or not the Blackhawks win the President’s Trophy is IMHO less relevant than the fact that they have a 20 point playoff cushion with about a dozen games left. That’s a major improvement over last year.

    All they really need to do for the next few weeks, is ensure they have a healthy group and prepare for what will probably be a very tough – and hopefully long – postseason.

  2. Eric says:

    Ott in Buffalo wouldn’t be a bad fit.