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Blackhawks’ goalie Crawford: Wild ‘shut things down and put you to sleep’

May 7, 2014, 12:24 AM EDT

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It’s a series now.

The Minnesota Wild ensured this Western Conference second-round best-of-seven series will go a minimum of five games, courtesy a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 on Tuesday. Just like that, the Wild is back in it, and have a chance to even this up on home ice on Friday.

The Blackhawks, after the two teams battled through a scoreless tie for 40 minutes in Game 3, failed to capitalize on this opportunity to put the Wild down even further. They can’t let another chance get away from them.

“I don’t think we’re happy with the way we played today. I think tonight we realized we have to bring it on Friday,” said Jonathan Toews, as per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago’s top players were held in check throughout most of the night. Toews finished with just two shots on Ilya Bryzgalov, who posted his first Stanley Cup playoffs shutout since May of 2006. Patrick Kane had just one shot on goal.

The Wild checked the Blackhawks hard through two periods. It paid off in the third, as Minnesota came alive with four goals, including a pair from Mikael Granlund.

“They tend to play that game once in a while, where they like to shut things down and put you to sleep,” said Chicago’s goalie Corey Crawford.

  1. comeonnowguys - May 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    If only the Hawks had a fast – skating defenseman. Or a sparkplug rookie.

    Instead, Hawks fans get Bollig opting not to pass it to Kaner on a two on one, and Versteeg working on his spinning tumble.

    Say what you will about the Wild playstyle, the Hawks were the ones who had the pieces to get around and didn’t play them.

    • r8rbhawk - May 7, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Not only a mobile, puck moving defensemen, but one from the state of Minnesota, one who may step up his game to play in front of his home town. Oh well, we can only dream, right?

      • guitarisgood4u - May 7, 2014 at 3:08 AM

        Where would the Blackhawks ever find one of those!?

      • lbeezyse - May 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        You want Barker back? As an Hawks ignorant..Wild fan, why is Leddy on the bench? Is he a top 4 d-man during the season?

      • hawksnation91 - May 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Ibeezyse, no one really knows why Leddy was a healthy scratch yesterday. He is obviously a threat from the blue line, has a pretty good shot, and is an amazing skater. He isn’t a top 4 d-man because of how good our top 4 defensemen are. Granted he probably is better than Oduya, but Hammer and Oduya have great chemistry together in the shut down role.

      • soro17 - May 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Keith Ballard?

    • tfilarski - May 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM


    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Well Coach Stache needed to pick on his favorite whipping boy, again. If the criteria for getting benched as a defensemen is shying away from contact and turnovers, when does Jonny O get his turn for splinters? I cringe when I see him with the puck in the restricted area.

      • comeonnowguys - May 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        You’re so right. For all his obvious success, it really feels like once you’re in Q’s dog house, you’re never, ever more than a chain links out of it.

      • gret9 - May 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Bick’s is Q’s regular season whipping boy and Leddy is apparently his playoff whipping boy.

  2. blomfeld - May 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM


    Wild 4, Oprah 0

    You just gotta love it man ! The good folk of Minnesota get the win and the joy they are so deserving of by virtue of a good ol’ ass-kicking of the Hawks ! … absolutely beautiful man ! And check this out. I just got off the phone with the ‘man’ upstairs and he confirmed that the same thing is going happen again on Friday !

    GO WILD !!! … CRUSH THE HAWKS !!! … HAVE SOME FUN !!! :)

    • comeonnowguys - May 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      You were nowhere to be found when the Kings were down 0-3.

    • r8rbhawk - May 7, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      Didn’t you ask the Wild to throw in the towel a few days back so your ‘beloved’ kings could have a rematch?

    • slysipops - May 7, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      never took you for such a frontrunner BLOMS! very discouraging ! hope you enjoyed the hiding place !

    • slysipops - May 7, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      the man upstairs ? must be your landlord is a psychic wannabee or something ?

    • getadealdonealready - May 7, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Man upstairs…….you mean your dad? My question is why call him, can’t you just walk upstairs and talk to him?

      • hawksnation91 - May 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        They don’t let him out of the basement when guests are over. He tends to creep them out.

  3. lordfletcher - May 7, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Lost my voice in the third period tonight… Anyone hear “Crawford….. Crawford….,” yeah that was me…..

    Go Wild. !!!!

    • hawksfan30 - May 7, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      The opposing goalie thing is the dumbest chant in all of sports. Very unoriginal, sad, and pathetic. If someone started that dumb chant near me at a game, I’d pay a drunk to vomit on him.

      • bethgoesglobal - May 7, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        I’m not really a big fan of it either, but I kinda think that it has become a tradition during the Playoffs. I remember chanting “Hextall” about 25 years ago when the Caps faced the Flyers, and the memory of that still makes me smile a little. I guess when I hear people doing it now it reminds me of that which makes it better.
        I also think it’s funny when the goalies last name really doesn’t work with the 2 syllable chant (for example Bryzgalov or Quick).

      • mp1131211 - May 7, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        Gee… Can’t figure out where the Hawks fans get their reputation from. Seriosuly? You’re so stuck up that you wouldnt even tolerate a chant that you don’t like?!

      • guitarisgood4u - May 7, 2014 at 3:02 AM

        I’m not really against it like you arem but I guess I’d rather hear the home town cheering Il-ya! Il-ya! Il-ya! in a positive sense.

      • comeonnowguys - May 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        I think you’re confusing cynicism with arrogance. And I’d start concerning myself with what kind of reputation you are giving Wild fans.

        Nothing like hearing fans who are/were freaking out about their goalie taunting a goalie who’s already won a Cup after they gained their first lead in nine periods.

      • comeonnowguys - May 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Yes, I did think Hawk fans chanting “Miller” was stupid as well.

      • purpleguy - May 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        I did enjoy the mug shots Wild fans brought to taunt the Avs goalie in the earlier series though — should’ve chanted “woman beater” at those games.

      • reginacamille - May 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        comeonnowguys: “Nothing like hearing fans who are/were freaking out about their goalie taunting a goalie who’s already won a Cup after they gained their first lead in nine periods.”

        …you do realize both goalies in that game have already won cups, right? Let the wild fans yell Crawford, I think Bryz has already showed he can take the Il-ya taunts just fine.

      • slysipops - May 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        LOL!!! love that comment !

      • slysipops - May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        hawksfan30, another thing that annoys me is the brave souls who beat on the glass ! i am pretty sure that started in BUFFALO. they would probably poop in their drawers if confronted by the player they’re trying to aggrivate ! if i was playing and somone was doing that in a certain corner i would try to plant a big hocker on the glass for them to enjoy watch dribbling down ! might even refresh it now and then ! i remember when the green men in NUCKLAND used to try to tick off the opposing players in the penalty box…TY DOMI used to jump up with the water botlle and wash them down ….priceless ! now the politically correct NHL wouldn’t let players get any kind of revenge !

  4. muckleflugga - May 7, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    taunting the other team’s goalie is a old as junior hockey

    i was at a prince albert raiders home game way back when, and the crowd rose as one screaming sieve sieve sieve in perfect and deafening unison after the opposition goalie let in a softy

    every time he went near the puck the crowd picked it up, and the momentum rolled and so did the raiders

    the guy eventually bugged-out and went after the glass with his stick trying to get at some fans … he tore off his helmet, gloves, jersey and body armour, and had to be restrained by his own players before being dragged to the dressing room … the crowd was delirious

    if that wasn’t bad enough, all the teeny boppers were creaming their jeans whenever mike modano stepped on the ice, the place was bedlam

    it smelled like teen spirit, and a good time was had by all

    except the goalie

  5. LampyB - May 7, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Blomfeld you never cease to amaze me. Go Wild for sure!!!

  6. purpleguy - May 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Wait a second on this Wild shutting things down and putting folks to sleep thing, the Hawks were the ones playing the trap game the first 40 minutes. This is the third game in the series that the score is not indicative of the close nature of the game — seems like whatever team scores first forces the other team to open it’s game up a bit and thus increase scoring opportunities.

  7. bhwksfn - May 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    It was obvious Minne was tired of getting lit up 9-3 in Chicago. They did a great job of clogging up the middle and forcing long shots from the outside and waiting for a mistake. Other than the 2 goalposts I don’t think the Hawks had any good scoring chances. Reminds me of how Nashville countered the Hawks skill in 2010 and should have beaten the Hawks in that series. Hopefully we get Shaw back Friday!

  8. jpat2424 - May 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    That’s your 1. Enjoy it

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