Author: Cam Tucker

Video: ‘I got bumped the whole game,’ says Crawford


It appears the Anaheim Ducks have made it their mission to make life as unpleasant as possible for Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

On both Anaheim goals in a Game 3 win over Chicago on Thursday, Corey Perry was standing directly in front of Crawford, providing the perfect screen on shots from the point.

Patrick Maroon scored on a deflection, and Simon Despres got his shot past a helpless Crawford, who didn’t move over to his left in time and it can be argued that was because of Perry in front.

“Just came down to one play, I guess,” Crawford said, as per CSN Chicago. “I got bumped. I got bumped the whole game. It wasn’t enough to get called, but it was enough on that one (to be) a little distraction. I’ve got to find a way to not get caught up, I guess.”

Video: Ducks show ‘resiliency’ with Game 3 victory


The Anaheim Ducks now find themselves in a position to put the Chicago Blackhawks on the ropes. Thanks to a Game 3 victory in Chicago on Thursday, the Ducks now lead the Western Conference Final 2-1 after bouncing back from a triple overtime loss on Tuesday.

Anaheim successfully killed off five Chicago power plays, including a four-minute advantage in the first period. Frederik Andersen made 27 saves. And the Ducks got the winning goal from Simon Despres, who had never scored before in the post-season.

Afterward, defenseman Cam Fowler lauded the Ducks’ “resiliency” in the win.

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters during his post-game press conference that this was a “character win.”

Quenneville opted for ‘fresh legs’ by inserting Nordstrom, Versteeg into lineup


Two days removed from a triple overtime victory, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville decided changes were necessary to his lineup for Game 3.

Out of the lineup came Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen. In came Joakim Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg. Both players that entered the series on Thursday had been out of the lineup for a month.

In Nordstrom’s case, he played a mere 7:06 and had only one shot on goal in a Game 3 loss, which has Chicago now trailing 2-1 in the Western Conference Final. Versteeg also had just one shot in just under 14 minutes of ice time.

Quenneville told reporters afterward that Vermette and Teravainen were both “fine.”

“Well, we just wanted to get some fresh legs in there. We felt that (Versteeg) had never played over a long stretch in the last series, we wanted to get him back in there,” said Quenneville.

“You know, tough game the other day, travel. We wanted to bring some new guys in.”

Now, what will the Blackhawks do for Game 4? Do they stay with Nordstrom and Versteeg, or go back to Vermette and Teravainen?

Quenneville said the club will consider its options.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s power play was unsuccessful in five opportunities. In a one-goal game, that proved to be the difference in Game 3.

Quenneville admitted the power play, which consisted of a four-minute advantage in the first period, lost momentum for the Blackhawks.

“You got to get into it a little deeper there. We didn’t have zone time. We didn’t get them tired. We’re the ones getting tired because we had to keep breaking out,” said the coach.

“So, you know, I think that was a stretch there we didn’t get the momentum where we should have put a little bit more heat on them. We had them taking penalties and we didn’t make them pay.”