Crawford's success of late comes down to patience


Crawford's success of late comes down to patience

Patience. Corey Crawfords was certainly tested during his tough slumps this season. But as it turns out, after watching some video, the Blackhawks goaltender recognized where he needed to truly show patience was on some of his saves.

Crawford said hes been more patient on some of his saves recently, and its paid off in more stops and more victories. Crawford has allowed just four goals in his last three starts, all victories. Crawford said he and goaltending coach Stephane Waite watched some film when the Blackhawks came home between the second and third legs of their road trip.

He made a few adjustments, and so far theyre working.

I had to play with a little more control, not running around as much or sliding, Crawford said this morning before his start tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. I was giving up way too many goals where teams were going around the net and getting open-net goals. I still have to make sure that Im aggressive and not too passive in certain situations.

Being too aggressive, Crawford said, was the problem recently. In some cases he would get out to make an initial stop but couldnt get back in time to save the rebound opportunity. As Crawford said, its reading the play and knowing when to be aggressive or let the play come to me.

Its been a learning experience for Crawford. Hes hoping this lesson learned sticks for a while.

Its helped me mentally, for sure, to go through something like that, Crawford said. Its just trying to correct it where I can avoid that rollercoaster there. I just have to focus and try to do the same thing tonight.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawfords finding his game again at a most opportune time.

This time last year he absorbed a lot of responsibility and we took off, he said. Goalies are under the microscope. You have to maintain confidence, poise and your approach, knowing youre comfortable in your habits. Find that next puck and make the next save; thats where he needs to be.

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

Kevin Dineen to stay on Blackhawks' staff as Avalanche hire Jared Bednar

The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.

Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.

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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.

Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.

Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews named Team Canada alternate captain for World Cup of Hockey

Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith won't play for Team Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.

Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."

Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.