When coach Joel Quenneville was asked who his goaltender would be following the Blackhawks’ Game 6 victory over Nashville on Saturday, he gave enough of a hint that you figured it would be Corey Crawford.
On Monday, he confirmed that.
Crawford will start when the Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild in their second-round series. Crawford was pulled at the end of the first period in Game 1 against the Nashville Predators, lost Game 2 and didn’t see the net again until the final 2 1/2 periods of Game 6 on Saturday night. He stopped 13 shots and got the victory in that relief appearance, when the Blackhawks eliminated the Predators.
“Great response in a very important game for us,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford. “All of a sudden, tight game, game was on the line and he did everything he could. Great win for him and for us. He exited the series on a positive note. I’m sure it wasn’t easy watching and doing everything to get the chance he got but he certainly put us in the position now where it’s is net, so let’s go.”
Crawford didn’t want to talk much about what he went through in the first round; as he said, he’s addressed it several times. He’s now just looking ahead to Round 2.
“Yeah, I feel like I can get back at it,” he said. “We’re going to have some tough practices here, so I feel fine right now.”
—The Blackhawks shuffled things with their lines on Monday. The biggest change: Teuvo Teravainen is in and Kris Versteeg is out. Teravainen skated on the third line with Patrick Sharp and Antoine Vermette and Bryan Bickell moved up to the second line with Brad Richards and Patrick Kane, with whom he had some success during Game 4. Quenneville said it was more about getting Teravainen into the lineup. “I think he gives us some options on both sides of the puck,” he said. “I like his awareness. I’m sure he should be excited.”
—Duncan Keith did not participate in practice on Monday but Quenneville said he was just resting.
—Joakim Nordstrom and Daniel Carcillo were also wearing white-and-red (aka fifth-line) sweaters on Monday.