Tag: Corey Crawford

Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight


A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Canadiens at Lightning, 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Following a last-second victory in Game 3 on Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning will look to complete the series sweep tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs have scored just seven goals while losing five of six after starting the playoffs by scoring nine times in three straight wins against Ottawa. Only four teams in league history have battled back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

Blackhawks at Wild, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Like the Habs, the Minnesota Wild will look to stave off elimination tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have also had scoring issues scoring just once in two games. Corey Crawford has won four straight games while posting a .963 save percentage. A Blackhawks victory will send Chicago to the Western Conference finals for a third consecutive spring.

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

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild - Game Three

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.”