Crawford returns home as Hawks face Habs

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Crawford returns home as Hawks face Habs

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted: 12:05 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Corey Crawford was soaking up the media attention following the ChicagoBlackhawks morning skate. The Montreal native, who used to be a kid inthe Bell Centre stands, was experiencing the expected emotions when hewas on its ice.

Its a little weird, said Crawford, who will play in front of about20 family members and friends when the Blackhawks play the MontrealCanadiens tonight. Im excited and nervous, obviously. Ill probablybe nervous for the first five minutes (tonight). Its special to comeback here.

Its a special game for Crawford but also a critical one for him andthe Blackhawks. With just four games remaining, the Blackhawks stillsit in eighth place in the Western Conference, with Calgary and Dallastrailing by one and three points, respectively.

The Blackhawks lack of scoring has been a bigger problem thangoaltending lately. When they were winning, the Blackhawks were gettingcontributions throughout the lineup. Theyve been missing that.

We talked about getting ugly goals and playing our game and havingmore bodies and pucks at the net and scoring that way, coach JoelQuenneville said. Whether we get too cute or fancy or one line was theproduction, we need other guys to ignite our offense.

Briefly

Patrick Sharp is still progressing well off his left-knee injury andcould start skating in the next day or so, Quenneville said. DaveBolland, meanwhile, has shown a little progress from his concussion.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.

That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services. 

Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child. 

With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve. 

"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said. 

Watch the couple's entire story in the video above. 

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Stranger than fiction: Dodgers sweep Cubs as Lester vs. Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations

Miguel Gonzalez throws six perfect innings as White Sox take series against Tigers

Joe Maddon has no choice but to ignore the noise and put his faith in young Cubs lineup: ‘If you want to freak out, freak out’

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Fire midfielder Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster

Jose Abreu relishing opportunity to help mentor Luis Robert, White Sox newest Cuban addition

How patient will Cubs be with Ian Happ and the rookie learning curve?

Takuma Sato holds off Helio Castroneves to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw