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Video: Blackhawks’ goalie Raanta makes two short-handed breakaway saves

Dec 12, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks got a little sloppy on a third-period power play Wednesday night. Antti Raanta was there to bail them out.

The 24-year-old Finnish goalie was forced to make saves on two separate Philadelphia Flyers’ short-handed breakaways – during the same Blackhawks power play.

Raanta first denied Brayden Schenn with the glove, after the Flyers’ forward forced a turnover at center ice, broke in alone and deked to the backhand.

Just a few seconds after that, Raanta was called upon again, this time throwing out the right pad to stop Michael Raffl on another short-handed breakaway. Now, both saves occurred when Chicago had a four-goal cushion, so debate all you want about whether they were game-savers. But a confidence booster nonetheless when a goalie makes those kinds of stops.

Raanta made 28 saves total, as the Blackhawks defeated the Flyers 7-2. He now has a record of 5-0-1 in seven games with Chicago.

  1. bobhpine - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Flyers had a great showing tonight, such heart on this squad. The five goal second period showed me a lot…great willingness to quit.

    But listen, there’s only one thing that matters: the Flyers made the playoffs and almost won the Cup against the Blackhawks and that is as good as winning.

    I mean, they make the playoffs every year! Except last year…and likely not this year. Whatever, 1975! Wahoo!

    • flyerspsu - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM


  2. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:24 AM


    I remain convinced that it will be the ‘Blackhawks’ standing in our way in the WC Final this coming spring, up there on the ‘high’ ground … and as God is my witness, we Kings will ‘engage’ these people and we will ‘destroy’ them in detail ! … what they did to us last year will be reconciled with a ‘total and ruthless’ redemption and they will be laid to waste in the process …

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Eric Broz - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Garcon … I’ll have what Blomfeld is smoking.

  3. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Emery was channeling his inner Fleury tonight. He was putting on his best post season Flower impersonation. Back to the wine and poodles yinzer.

  4. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Raanta played a great game tonight. Kept the Hawks on top. He’s got a great future in the NHL.

    • 19to77 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      Yeah, you can throw your goalie under the bus and blow Raanta all you want but the ‘Hawks still dominated the Flyers in every other aspect of the game too.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:02 AM

        Seems like you didn’t watch the game. Take your dick head glasses off for a second.

      • toiletclown - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        7-2 is an embarassment, typical flyers though.

  5. jpat2424 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    “Raanta makes two shorthanded saves and the Flyers goon it up as usual.” Not much has changed since 2010. Hawks whip ass and philly plays dirty.

  6. tfilarski - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    the more comfortable Raanta gets with the NHL skill level the better he will become and Hawks will be just fine until Crow comes back

  7. bluelinemh - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    No offense to Crawford, but Raanta could be the new Niemi for the Hawks

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      He’s even got the number and the first name!

    • 19to77 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      If so, the Crawford contract may look like a pretty bad decision in retrospect. Signing him way before they actually had to and at peak value coming fresh off the Cup win leaves them with a potential logjam in net, especially when you consider Crawford’s deal has a full no-movement clause and the fact that Raanta’s an RFA at the end of the year.

  8. hammerhead5573 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Anyone who has said he has a bright future is correct. The kid a crazy good. With that said look at the 5 hole on the first save. Wide open. Opposing coaches are not dumb and they will pick up on it. Hopefully he gets that fixed. Either way he is solid and 100 times better than Habbi.

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