Five Things from Hawks-Bolts Game 1: Crawford stays stoic


Five Things from Hawks-Bolts Game 1: Crawford stays stoic

TAMPA, Fla. — The Blackhawks have had plenty of third-period magic in their postseason history. They conjured up a little more on Wednesday night.

After trailing for more than 2 1/2 periods the Blackhawks scored twice in just under two minutes to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. It was a thrilling finish to a game that had an energetic start from the Lightning then quieted down considerably before those two Blackhawks goals.

So before we embark on two days of quote gathering before Game 2, let’s look at Five Things to take away from the Blackhawks’ Game 1 victory over Tampa Bay.

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1. Teuvo Teravainen comes through again. OK, young Finnish forward, we get it: you tell us you’re comfortable, regardless of the stage, and then you go out and prove it. The forward who Marian Hossa described as, “Finnish cold,” Teravainen was cool as could be at a tense time. His third goal of the postseason tied the game and his pick off J.T. Brown set up Antoine Vermette’s game-winner. Added Hossa, “he’s talented, talented guy [with] lots of skills. He sees the ice really well. And he’s showing it in these big Finals games.”

2. Corey Crawford stays stoic. There have been times in the past when Crawford, after going a long stretch without seeing a shot, can be unprepared when he does see one again. Well, that didn’t happen on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay went several minutes without a shot in the third period, but Crawford was ready on Ryan Callahan’s breakaway. Not long after that, Teravainen scored the tying goal. Crawford finished with 22 stops on 23 shots.

3. Kris Versteeg all right? Versteeg, in for an injured Bryan Bickell, didn’t look too healthy in the second period when he went face-first into the goal post. The Blackhawks didn’t pull Versteeg aside immediately to check how he was; instead, he went straight to the penalty box for goaltender interference. Asked afterward if the Blackhawks followed protocol for these situations, coach Joel Quenneville said, “absolutely.” Versteeg said the post run-in “was a little ugly, but I had to collect my thoughts there and go on with the game.”

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4. Antoine Vermette improving this postseason, too. Vermette had a rough late regular season with the Blackhawks but he’s helped give them secondary scoring at critical times this postseason. Vermette, whose goal won Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, got the winner tonight, too.

5. Lesson learned for the Lightning. Tampa Bay didn’t push things in the third period. Perhaps it was just them getting into a defensive mode. Perhaps it was the Blackhawks dictating the pace more. It may have even been a combination. But Victor Hedman said the Lightning have to learn from that. “We're not happy sitting back the way we did late in the third, but you have to give them credit for the way they played, the way they pushed the pace,” he said. “We definitely have things to learn there from the third but for most of the night I thought we played a really good game. Our effort was there. We played hard, competed hard.”

Getting to know four newly-signed Blackhawks


Getting to know four newly-signed Blackhawks

The Blackhawks announced Monday that they have officially agreed to terms with forward Dominik Kahun, defensemen Lucas Carlsson and Darren Raddysh and goaltender Kevin Lankinen on entry-level contracts.

Kahun ($925,000 cap hit), Lankinen ($925,000) and Raddysh ($730,000) each signed two-year deals that run through the 2019-20 season while Carlsson's is a three-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries a cap hit of $792,500.

So who are these guys? Let's meet them:


Drafted in the fourth round (No. 110 overall) by the Blackhawks in 2016, Carlsson set a career-high with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 44 games this season with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League. He was tied for fourth among all blue liners with seven goals.

Carlsson, 20, doesn't have major upside, but he's a reliable, well-rounded defenseman and that's what drew the attention of Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley.

“When he’s on the ice, he makes things happen," Kelley told Scott Powers of The Athletic last summer. "I think what impressed the Sweden under-20 coach was Lucas’ ability to challenge in all three zones. He’s an active defensively. Offensively, he challenges. He keeps plays alive.”


The 22-year-old forward spent the last four seasons with EHC München of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany's top professional hockey league, where he established career highs in assists (29), points (41) and tied a personal best with 12 goals, leading Munchen to their third straight championship in 2018 after recording four goals and 10 assists in 17 playoff contests.

He raised eyebrows at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, where he compiled five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games and won 55.4 percent of his faceoffs (41 of 74), helping Germany capture a silver medal.

“He has made an enormous step this year, has become much more stable and mature," German national team coach Marco Sturm said after the Olympics. "I am sure that he would grab it in the NHL,” Sturm told the Hamburger Morgenpost.

Most recently, Kahun had a goal and two assists in seven games for Germany during the IIHF Men's World Championship. He's 5-foot-11, 176 pounds whose known to be a solid two-way player and can play center but may need some time to adjust to the smaller ice surface and NHL style of speed and physicality.


Lankinen is 23 years old and coming off a season in which he was in the discussion for the Urpo Ylönen trophy, annually awarded to the top goaltender of the Finnish Elite League, after registering a league-best 1.33 goals against average and .946 save percentage in 15 games with HIFK.

He missed a large portion of the season because of an injury, but it didn't stop him from turning in a strong postseason, guiding his team to a bronze medal after posting a 1.99 GAA and .936 save percentage in 13 playoff games. The year before that, he led the league with seven shutouts in 42 games, backstopping his team to a silver medal.

This is a low-risk, medium-sized reward signing for the Blackhawks, who could use some more young goaltending depth in the pipeline, especially given how this season unfolded with the big club.


The Blackhawks signed Raddysh to a one-year AHL contract last June, and he turned it into an NHL one after a strong season with the Rockford IceHogs.

Raddysh, 22, accumulated 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 66 regular-season games with the IceHogs, and has appeared in each of the team's playoff games en route to the Western Conference Final.

Last season Raddysh was named the OHL's top defenseman after scoring 16 goals and 65 assists for 81 points in 62 games for the Erie Otters, where he was teammates with current Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat. He's the Otters' all-time leader in assists (143) and points (184) among defensemen.

Raddysh might be nothing more than a depth defenseman, but his development is worth monitoring because the offensive production is there and that's something the Blackhawks lacked this past season from their back end.

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa: 'I will not play hockey anymore'


Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa: 'I will not play hockey anymore'

Days after putting his Gold Coast condo on the market, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa revealed to a Slovakian newspaper that he is moving back to his hometown country and doesn't plan on returning to the NHL.

"I will not play hockey anymore," said Hossa, who missed the entire 2017-18 campaign due to a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat it. "I have a valid contract with Chicago for the next three years, but I have only one health and it does not allow me to return."

Because he has three years left on a deal that carries a $5.275 million cap hit, Hossa is not expected to sign his retirement papers until the contract is completed or else it would result in salary cap consequences.

The news is not surprising, but it officially allows the Blackhawks to move on without him in the fold roster-wise and toy around with some options this summer.

The first is stashing his contract on long-term injured reserve, as they did last season when they utilized the in-season preference.

The second, which Hossa wondered could happen, is finding a trade partner that would absorb the remainder of his contract, usually done by lower payroll teams aiming to reach the cap floor.

And it wouldn't be difficult trying to find a buyer, considering Hossa's actual salary is $1 million per year over the next three seasons. Hossa, of course, has a no movement clause but it's likely he would waive it given his status at this point.

The good news for Chicago is, the three-time Stanley Cup winner didn't rule out joining the Blackhawks organization in some capacity after his contract expires in 2020-21, whether it's in a front office role or as a team ambassador.

In 19 NHL seasons, Hossa accumulated 525 goals and 609 assists for 1,134 points in 1,309 regular-season games, and added 149 points (52 goals, 97 assists) in 205 postseason contests. He's one of 45 players in league history to net at least 500 goals in his career.