Game 3 notes: Blackhawks-Canucks

Game 3 notes: Blackhawks-Canucks

Sunday, April 17, 2011Posted: 2 PM
Blackhawks (44-29-9) vs. Canucks (56-19-9)

Canucks lead series 2-0

Starting Goalies

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford took the hard-luck loss in Game 1, allowing two first-period goals but keeping Chicago in the game with 31 saves. Vancouver gave Crawford a harder time in the second game of the series, netting four goals on 27 shots. In his first season as an everyday netminder, Crawford had averaged 2.30 goals against, good for seventh in the NHL.

Canucks: Roberto Luongo posted a shutout in the series opener and made 23 saves in Game 2 to lead Vancouver to a 2-0 series lead. During the regular season, Luongo registered the second-lowest goals against average in the league (2.11) and boasted a save percentage just a shade under 93 percent.

Previous games
Thanks to a pair of goals by Daniel Sedin on Friday, the Canucks took a 2-0 series lead. Sedin, the NHLs leader in points during the regular season, also added an assist. Ben Smith scored two goals of his own for Chicago, but the third-period rally came too late as Vancouver notched a 4-3 victory on their home ice.

Head-to-head
The two teams split their regular-season series 2-2, but the Blackhawks outscored the Canucks 12-9 over the four head-to-head matchups. The Sedin brothers totaled nine points against Chicago during the regular season.

Whos hot?
Daniel Sedin has seven points in his last four games, while rookie Ben Smith is coming off the only two-goal performance of his career.
Storylines
The defending champs bring it back to Chicago, looking to avoid a slip into a 3-0 series deficit. Only three teams in NHL history have gone on to win a series after dropping the first three games.

Sound off
What can the Hawks do to stifle Vancouvers explosive offense?

Ryan Hartman returns for Blackhawks vs. Penguins

Ryan Hartman returns for Blackhawks vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Hartman has played on the right side of that line for most of this season. Now back in the lineup, he knows he has to stay on it.

Hartman will play after missing Monday's game as a healthy scratch when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. Hartman took a few bad penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct, against the Florida Panthers last weekend, so he sat vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. The rookie knows he has to get back to the more disciplined hockey he's played most of the season. 

"I don't change my game. I think you take the message and deliver the message," Hartman said. "Obviously, no one likes to not play, everyone wants to play games and no one likes to sit out games. It's definitely something that I took to heart. I'm just going to go out there and just try to play like I've been playing and get on the scoresheet. Just stay off it for the wrong reasons."

Coach Joel Quenneville said Hartman has to stay on the right side of the line.

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"Know there are boundaries and sometimes you get watched a little bit more," Quenneville said. "The way they're calling the game, the way it's being officiated, be respectful. You still have to be hard to play against and find that limit, how far you can push it but you get a good feel on that early in games."

The Penguins are on a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) and are dealing with some injuries. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that, while Evgeni Malkin (shoulder) is close to returning, he won't play against the Blackhawks.

Broadcast information

Time: 7 p.m.
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports app
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Blackhawks lines

Nick Schmaltz-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Tanner Kero-Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
John Hayden-Dennis Rasmussen-Tomas Jurco

Defensive pairs 

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Johnny Oduya-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

Injuries 

Artem Anisimov (left leg)

Penguins lines

Conor-Sheary-Sidney Crosby-Bryan Rust
Chris Kunitz-Nick Bonino-Patric Hornqvist
Scott Wilson-Carter Rowney-Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl-Oskar Sundqvist-Josh Archibald

Defensive pairs

Brian Dumoulin-Justin Schultz
Ian Cole-Chad Ruhwedel
Cameron Gaunce-Mark Streit

Goaltender

Marc-Andre Fleury

Injuries

Evgeni Malkin (shoulder), Trevor Daley (knee), Daniel Sprong (shoulder), Jake Guentzel (concussion), Olli Maatta (hand), Kris Letang (upper body), Carl Hagelin (foot), Ron Hainsey (upper body)

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.