Brookbank: San Jose is one of the toughest rinks to get a win in
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Some musings on this Monday evening…
-- Corey Crawford will be back in net when the Chicago Blackhawks play the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion. With Ray Emery’s fantastic 45-stop performance against the Calgary Flames the other night, there was some question whether coach Joel Quenneville would go back to him. But it is Crawford, indeed. As for Emery, will get his next start soon enough.
“We’re going to Phoenix next, so there’s a good chance he’ll get back in,” said Quenneville of Emery, whose work was the main reason the Blackhawks had any chance of winning that game. “It was an outstanding performance. It was fun to watch; but then again it wasn’t that much fun.”
The “who starts” question is a fair one, considering that outing. But at the same time, this is not last season. Emery’s start was not a backup bailing out a struggling No. 1 goaltender, and possibly taking over the net with a victory. It was the backup giving the No. 1 goaltender, who’s doing just fine this season, a night off.
And a few good things came out of Emery’s outing. First, it was as good a rebound game that Emery, who struggled in Game 2 against the Phoenix Coyotes, could have hoped to have. Second, the Blackhawks now have two goaltenders who are playing very well.
Just what Quenneville hoped the Blackhawks would have in net.
-- Brandon Bollig has had a few fights already this season. But it was in his bout with Tim Jackman that Bollig had the upper hand. Thanks to the upper cut. The two tussled for a few moments before Bollig inflicted most of the damage, landing an upper cut or two that cut Jackman’s mouth open.
“A lot of guys do train with those in the summer,” Bollig said of the upper cuts. “But you have to be pretty well rounded in the fighting area if you do it all the time. Maybe some guys aren’t expecting it, I don’t know. But you have to protect yourself as well as go on the offense.”
Bollig was hoping to get the Blackhawks going with his bout with Jackman, who he hadn’t fought before.
“He’s definitely a tough competitor. He’s had plenty of fights the last few years, and I knew that going in,” Bollig said. “I’m sure he knew who our willing combatants were. It’s just something you have to be ready for. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t play that type of role.”
-- There’s not much of an update on Daniel Carcillo, who suffered a lower-body injury against the Los Angles Kings on Jan. 19. Carcillo is working out back in Chicago; but when asked if the Blackhawks forward is skating yet, Joel Quenneville said “I haven’t heard that yet.”
Carcillo’s likely out at least another two weeks with his injury.