Patrick Sharp posted three points and Corey Crawford was strong once again as the Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in their second round series against the Detroit Red Wings in Chicago on Wednesday night.
According to coach Joel Quenneville, forward Viktor Stalberg will be a healthy scratch for Game One against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Chris Kuc tweeted after this morning’s practice that “Stalberg questioned his role–or lack of it–in certain situations.”
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been named the finalists for the 2013 Frank J. Selke Trophy.
Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings are the other two finalists for the Selke, which is given annually “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”
Toews was a runner-up to Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, and he is the only one of this year’s three finalists to score at least 20 goals and maintain at least a plus-20 rating (23 goals, plus-28).
If Toews wins, he would become only the third Blackhawks forward to win the Selke, joining Dirk Graham (1991) and current radio color analyst Troy Murray (1986).
We made the case for Toews to win the Selke Trophy in April.
The NHL has released the schedule for the second round series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.
Game 1: Wednesday, May 15 – 7 pm
Game 2: Saturday, May 18 – noon
Game 3: Monday, May 20 – 6:30 pm
Game 4: Thursday, May 23 – 7 pm
Game 5: Saturday, May 25 – TBD
Game 6: Monday, May 27 – TBD
Game 7: Wednesday, May 29 – TBD
(all times CT)
With their 3-2 win in Sunday night’s Game Seven in Anaheim, the Detroit Red Wings will advance to meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs.
With Detroit moving to the Eastern Conference next season, this battle between two Original Six rivals will be emotional for fans. But what will the series look like on the ice?
After leaving the last two postseasons after the first round, the Blackhawks and Corey Crawford put that past, and the Minnesota Wild, behind them. Behind a dominant early performance from Crawford and an offensive explosion in the second period, the Hawks will continue into the second round.
After a less-than-stellar Game Three, the Chicago Blackhawks answered the bell in Game Four with one of the most dominant defensive performances of the last three years. With Corey Crawford making all the saves necessary to secure the victory and Patrick Sharp once again providing the offense, the Hawks bring a 3-1 series lead home.
With the final overall selection of the USHL Draft, the Chicago Steel selected Jack Jablonski. Class move.
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad was named one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy on Monday morning. Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher and Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau are the other two finalists.