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Corey Crawford is confident Chicago can come back

May 23, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks re-wrote some NHL records with a points streak during the regular season. Now they need to defy the odds by winning three straight games against the Detroit Red Wings in their second-round series.

While frustrations are running high, starting goalie Corey Crawford provided some confident words about the team’s chances of coming back to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.

“Definitely,” Crawford said. “We’ve had streaks before.”

The 28-year-old netminder knows from experience.

He rode that hot streak with Ray Emery during the season and was often brilliant when the Blackhawks nearly stormed back from a 3-0 series deficit against the Vancouver Canucks in a first-round series from the 2011 playoffs.

On the other hand, some will note that the Blackhawks haven’t advanced to the conference finals since they won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and that the franchise hasn’t beaten the Red Wings in a playoff series since 1992, so history isn’t totally on their side.

Still, it might be uplifting to hear the No. 1 goalie’s optimism with their captain seething in a big way.

  1. JoeAvg - May 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I don’t know, they seem pretty rattled. My hopes for a Pens vs Hawks finals have faded. One thing for sure you have to admire the Wings. What an organization.

    • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      We’ll see how Game 5 starts… but the Wings composure and patience has won them the last two games. Very solid and mentally tough team.

      Again… the early unforced turnovers by the D are a concern… gotta stop that and tighten it up.

      Yes, what an amazing year and job by Babcock and the Wings Leaders, on and off ice.
      They’re jelling and playing their best hockey of the year, by far.

      I keep looking for those posts by guys who all season were talking about how old… long in the tooth… washed up… finished… game passed them bye… and my favorite – can’t compete with the style of hockey played by teams like the Hawks and Ducks and Pens. The Wings youth have followed the leaders and showing that they ‘belong’ in a Winged Wheel sweater.

      All respect to the Hawks… it ain’t over til the last feather is plucked from both birds…

      Go RED WINGS!

  2. michiganhockey11 - May 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I’m pulling for a Wings/Penguins III…….

    But the Original Six in me would rather have Wings/Rangers or Wings/Bruins.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      I’d love a Wings/Bruins final. Wouldn’t have to worry about the refs wearing yellow, like every team who faces Pittsburgh does.

  3. blackhawkslove - May 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    The blackhawks will win this series. They’ve proven before that they can come from behind and I expect a huge game from the Hawks stars tomorrow night.

    • mizbinboston - May 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      If anyone can do it, it would be the Hawks. But your captain is a complete mental case at the moment with a personal shadow named Henrick Zetterberg living in his head rent free. You can’t tell me the rest of the team isn’t a unsettled knowing they might have to babysit the guy who’s supposed to be leading them. I respect the h ell out of Toews and would love to have him on my team, but god, I’d be freaking the f out if the Wings were down 3-1, Z lost his head–costing us the game–and Kronwall or Datsyuk had to go calm him down in the penalty box. He’d be run out of Detroit for that type of behavior while wearing the C.
      I fully admit to picking the Hawks in 6. I’m seriously believing the Wings might do it in 5.

      • blackhawkslove - May 25, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        As much as I am afraid that Toews has lost his cool, I think the indomitable spirit of the Blackhawks is one that will not go out quietly. Toews’ shorthanded goal against Vancouver is more than enough to show he can kick it into gear when needed. They need to get pucks and bodies on net, rattle Howard and shake his confidence. If you can get 3-5 goals on him tomorrow, I bet the outcome of game six in Detroit will be a lot different.

        Momentum is key. Detroit has it, Chicago will get it. It can switch on a moments notice. Two of the next three games are in Chicago. Expect to see an extremely loud Madhouse.

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