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?
Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.
Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”
Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.
The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.
With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.
A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.
A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.
Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.
Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.