Crawford to make preseason debut vs. Capitals


Crawford to make preseason debut vs. Capitals

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 12:46 p.m.

By Tracey Myers Blackhawks InsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
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Corey Crawford should play all of tonight's game in net, and several veterans will make their 2011 preseason debuts when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals at the United Center.

It's the Blackhawks first preseason home game, and veterans Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Dave Bolland and Andrew Brunette will be in the lineup. This will also be the first preseason start for Crawford.

Brandon Saad will play his third preseason game tonight. The second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has impressed in camp, and the Blackhawks want to see a little more.

"He's done a lot right," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Whether it's a reward or experience (with Saad getting his third game), we'll get a longer look."

Defenseman Dylan Olsen will also make his preseason game debut. Olsen, who had a solid rookie camp, is coming off a lower-body injury he suffered about a month ago. He missed the first few days of training camp but feels better and is ready for tonight's opportunity.

"I finally got back at it (a few days ago). I didn't think I'd get a chance to play, so obviously I'm excited," he said. "There are a lot of vets in the lineup so it'll be good to be out there. Hopefully I'll play to their speed and play my game as well."

Viktor Stalberg, Steve Montador, Rostislav Olesz, Marcus Kruger, Jamal Mayers, Ben Smith, Brandon Segal, Jimmy Hayes, Brian Fahey and Rob Flick will also play tonight.

Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, Mike Green and Joel Ward are among those in the Captals' lineup. Tomas Vokoun is expected to get the start in goal.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

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On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

Don't be fooled by Tarik Cohen's height. He has towering confidence and he's setting up to have a big role in coach Matt Nagy's offense in 2018.

“On a scale of 1-10, the dangerous level is probably 12,” Cohen said Thursday at Halas Hall about the impact he can have in the Bears' new system. “Because in backyard football, it’s really anything goes, and it’s really whoever gets tired first, that’s who’s going to lose. I’m running around pretty good out here, so I feel like I’m doing a good job.”

Cohen proved last season he can thrive in space. He made an impact as a runner, receiver and return man and will have a chance at an even bigger workload this fall, assuming he can handle it.

With Jordan Howard established as the starting running back, Cohen knows his touches will come in a variety of ways.

“It might not necessarily be rushes,” he said. “But it’s going to be all over the field, and that’s what I like to do. Any way I can get the ball or make a play for my team, that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”

Cohen averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry as a rookie and led all NFL running backs in the percentage of carries that went for at least 15 yards. He's a big play waiting to happen.

Howard can't get too comfortable in his first-team role. He's a few bad series from Cohen unseating him as the starter and becoming the most valuable weapon in Nagy's offense. The first-year coach is already having trouble hiding his excitement over Cohen, an emotion that will only grow once training camp gets underway.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.