Tag: Corey Crawford

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild - Game Three

Yeo: ‘I hate the word — I’ve never been swept’


The day after a hugely disappointing loss to Chicago — one that put his team down 3-0 in the series and on the brink of a sweep — Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo was blunt in explaining what motivates him.

“I hate the word — I’ve never been swept.” he explained. “That’s pretty motivating in itself.”

For Yeo and the Wild, their third crack at the ‘Hawks has been anything but charmed. After bowing out of the ’13 playoffs in five games and six games last year, they were poised to give Chicago all it could handle this postseason, especially coming off an Round 1 victory in which the dispatched of a quality Blues team.

But little’s gone right for Minnesota.

Much of that is due to Corey Crawford, who’s been razor sharp for most of the series and, even when he hasn’t, the Wild failed to capitalize; in Game 1, when they put three past Crawford in a furious second-period rally, Teuvo Teravainen’s long-range shot eluded Devan Dubnyk for what proved to be the decisive tally.

“I didn’t pick it up until it was about 5-6 feet in front of me and just kind of a flash and that’s why I kind of just waved at it and missed it,” Dubnyk said of the goal. “The way it came up the wall, I didn’t see it come off the guy’s stick and I didn’t pick it up at all, but that’s my job.”

That’s a microcosm of Minnesota’s fate throughout the series — play a tight game, have it decided by one or two plays. It’s tough not to think Minnesota deserves a better fate or, at the very least, a 2-1 series deficit; in Game 3, the Wild were largely the better team — outshooting Chicago 30-22 — but the decisive moment came from Patrick Kane, who scored the game’s lone goal with a tricky shot in the first period.

This is probably why Yeo used the words he when discussing a sweep. The Wild feel they probably should’ve won at least one game this series… and are adamant they still can.

“The motivation’s not part of it. We wouldn’t even be here if we didn’t have that kind of pride,” Yeo explained. “How we approach it right now is what matters most.

“For me, I’m just doing everything I can to make sure our guys are ready. I’m ready to coach the best game I can tomorrow.”


Wild’s Parise: ‘There’s got to be something more we can do’


One goal in the last two games. That’s all the Minnesota Wild has been able to produce against the Chicago Blackhawks and goalie Corey Crawford following the series opener.

On Tuesday, Crawford was sensational in a shutout over the Wild. The Blackhawks once again pushed their Central Division foes to the brink of elimination and a possible sweep thanks to a 1-0 victory in Game 3.

So far in this series, Crawford has stopped 90 of 94 shots faced.

“Crawford’s a star against us,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said, as per the Pioneer Press. “He’s Brodeur. He’s Roy. He’s everybody against us. We’ve got to find a way to solve that.”

From basically start to finish on Tuesday, the Wild controlled puck possession, with 65 shot attempts by the end of the night, according to hockeystats.ca. No goals to show for it all, however. And now Minnesota faces a quick exit in this series.

“Frustration that we couldn’t score. That’s about it,” said Zach Parise, as per NHL.com. “We didn’t score one, so I don’t think we did enough. There’s got to be something more we can do.”

Added Nino Niederreiter: “As of right now, it’s definitely frustrating.

“We had plenty of chances to win this hockey game, I feel that we played a really good game. We played solid and we had enough chances. Now we have to find a way to regroup and we got to win [the] next game.”

Video: Crawford the difference in Blackhawks Game 3 win over Wild


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:

Video: Crawford, Kane help Blackhawks push Wild to brink of elimination


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.

Video: Crawford needs to change mask after absorbing slapshot to head


Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 27 saves in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 victory over Minnesota tonight, but one in particular gave fans a scare.

With the game drawing to a close, Wild defenseman Marco Scandella fired a hard and high shot that nailed Crawford in the front of his mask. Crawford appeared to be dazed as a result of the blow and perhaps had some difficulty keeping his balance. He did end up staying in the game, but went to the bench to get a new mask.

After the contest, Crawford said he was fine, per the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc. He changed his mask because Scandella’s shot dented it.

He had a rocky start to the playoffs, but has led Chicago to a 2-0 series lead in the second round.