Thursday, April 21, 2011
Posted: 2:00 p.m.
Blackhawks at Canucks, Game 5 -- 9 p.m. on CSN
Vancouver leads series 3-1
Corey Crawford stopped 21 of 23 shots in Chicago's 7-2 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday night. He has allowed 11 goals through the first four games of the series. Meanwhile, Roberto Luongo, who entered Game 4 with a 1.67 GAA in the series, allowed six goals on 28 shots before giving way to Cory Schneider. The last time Luongo gave up six goals in a game was Oct. 19 at Minnesota. He rebounded the next game - against Chicago, ironically - to allow just one goal on 32 shots.
The Blackhawks' offense exploded with their season on the line in Game 4. The defending champs received two goals from Patrick Sharp, a goal and three assists from Dave Bolland, and a goal and two assists from Michael Frolik. Frolik, Bolland, Brian Campbell and Niklas Hjalmarsson were all plus-4 in the game.
Sharp has three goals in his last two games. Patrick Kane has four assists in his last three games. Duncan Keith has scored in two straight games.
Kane and Jonathan Toews still haven't scored in the series. It's hard to imagine the Hawks winning four straight against the Canucks without a considerable contribution from those two. ... With the reigning MVP Henrik Sedin and the current MVP frontrunner Daniel Sedin a combined minus-7 in Game 4, you'd have to believe the twins will come out determined to play much better in Game 5. ... And what about Brent Seabrook? Will he play in Game 5?
Which player needs to step up the most for the Hawks if they are going to win the next three games?