Joe Colborne’s first career Stanley Cup playoff goal was a beauty, but unfortunately for him, the Calgary Flames failed to generate any real momentum from it.
During a Ducks power play, Colborne picked up a loose puck at the Calgary blue line, went in alone, faked backhand and slid the puck by Frederik Andersen with a slick move to the forehand, tying the game at 2-2 in the second period.
Just 4:03 later, Matt Beleskey restored the Anaheim lead. Similar story in the first period. Brandon Bollig scored for Calgary just 2:07 into the game. However, what was a perfect start on home ice for the Flames evaporated almost as quickly, with Patrick Maroon and Corey Perry scoring to give the Ducks the lead.
The Chicago Blackhawks have the Minnesota Wild on the brink of elimination, and Corey Crawford did his part in Game 3 on Tuesday with a sensational shutout performance.
We have some video evidence, too.
Among his biggest saves of the night, this one comes against Mikael Granlund on a breakaway in the second period to preserve the 1-0 Chicago lead:
And then there is this desperation save in the third period, during a scramble in his goal crease. Crawford drops the stick and lays down the blocker while falling to the ice, keeping the rolling puck out:
The Chicago Blackhawks needed only the one goal, apparently. Their goalie Corey Crawford was the difference, putting forward arguably his best performance of these Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday.
Thanks to a 30-save shutout from Crawford and a goal from the red-hot Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks took Game 3 by a final score of 1-0, and now have the Wild on the brink of elimination and a surprising sweep in the second round.
Kane needed only the slightest space to sneak a wrist shot by Devan Dubnyk on a first-period power play, giving himself at least a goal in each of the first three games to begin this series.
Crawford, who endured his struggles early in the first round, was the story the rest of the way against the Wild. He recorded his fourth career post-season shutout.
He denied Mikael Granlund on a breakaway in the second period. He stuck out the left pad just in time to stop the puck on the goal line during a scramble in front of him in the second.
And again, in the third, with the Wild buzzing around his crease for the equalizer, Crawford was forced to abandon his stick, falling back to keep the puck out with his blocker.
For every challenge the Wild threw his way in Game 3, Crawford had the answer.
And now the Blackhawks are one win away from their third consecutive trip to the Western Conference final.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has goals in the first three games of this second-round series against the Minnesota Wild — a rare feat within the Blackhawks franchise over the last 25 years.
His power play goal late in the first period of Game 3 gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead, and they carried that advantage into the third period on the road in Minnesota. A win for the Blackhawks and they would put the Wild one loss away from elimination and a potential sweep. With his goal tonight, Kane has scored in each of his last four playoff games, dating back to the series clincher against Nashville.
Former Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher is plying his trade in Switzerland right now, but confirmed what was in a recent report that he has been contacted about coaching vacancies in the National Hockey League.
During the lockout-shortened season, The Lightning fired Boucher, who was in his third year in Tampa Bay. He has been behind the bench with SC Bern in the Swiss League since January of 2014.
“I’ve never hid the fact that I definitely do want to go back. I have another year on my contract here. Family’s happy, had a terrific year, saw a lot of good things, learned and grew. I’ve got no problem staying here. Last year I couldn’t accept it because I didn’t have an out-clause. This year I do have an out-clause,” said Boucher in a radio interview with TSN 1050 Toronto (toward the end of the audio clip).
“But it would certainly be in the right situation, with the right people. And if I fit, it would certainly interest me, but like I said, it has to be in the right situation because I have a very good situation right now. But I’ve been approached, so I mean it’s a possibility. We’ll see what happens.”
Naturally, he wasn’t about to divulge any more information beyond that.
“But you won’t get anything else out of me,” he continued, with a laugh.
There are a few teams across the league right now with vacant coaching positions, and that includes the Toronto Maple Leafs. Darren Dreger of TSN put this little nugget out on Twitter earlier Tuesday evening: