Corey Crawford returned to the net for the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, but a win eluded him.
The Blackhawks, the top team in the National Hockey League, dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the New York Islanders, who still sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. Crawford, who hasn’t played since Dec. 8 due to a lower-body injury, made 31 saves but allowed the overtime winner from Kyle Okposo.
“The positive was Corey’s play. He got us a point and made some real key stops. In the third period, it was Crawford who really saved us,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, as per the Chicago Tribune.
Crawford’s return comes less than a week before Hockey Canada will announce its roster for the men’s Olympic ice hockey competition. Crawford, with a 17-6-4 record this season, helped back stop the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup last spring.
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.