Rozsival, Crawford steal back win in shootout for Blackhawks
BY MARK LAZERUS email@example.com April 1, 2013 10:21PM
Updated: April 1, 2013 11:26PM
Michal Rozsival won’t slow down and deke a dozen times. Won’t rip a wristshot from the slot. Certainly won’t try a spin-o-rama. No, all the veteran defenseman does when the Blackhawks work on shootouts in practice is pull the puck to his backhand and try to roof it over the goaltender.
“That’s all I do,” he said. “That’s the one move I have.”
It seems to be the only one he needs. Rozsival — a surprise selection considering he hasn’t scored a goal this season — scored in the fifth round of the shootout Monday night as the Hawks escaped with a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators after squandering a 2-0 third-period lead.
“We’ve seen it a few times in practice,” Patrick Kane said. “He does the same move every time. Seems to score every time, too.”
Rozsival’s goal — and Corey Crawford’s subsequent game-sealing stop on Taylor Beck — made another poor third period easier to stomach for the Hawks. After taking a 2-0 lead into the second intermission on goals by Brandon Saad and Kane — and after dominating the Predators to the tune of a 27-11 shots advantage — the ice tilted the other way in the third. The Hawks spent the first half of the period trapped in their own zone, on their heels, unable to clear the puck against the suddenly aggressive Predators.
David Legwand poked the puck out from underneath Crawford at 3:56 to make it 2-1, and after more than three minutes of incessant Nashville pressure, Beck scored on a doorstep two-on-one — Crawford inadvertently sweeping the puck into his own net after initially making the stop.
Kane said the Hawks “relaxed a little bit in the third.” With three more games against the Predators this week — and three this month — Jonathan Toews said they’ll know better next time.
“We carried the pace and controlled the game for 40 minutes,” Toews said. “Then once you take a few shifts off, where maybe you’re not sharp like you’ve been all game, they’ll take advantage of it.”
The Hawks lost second-line center Dave Bolland to a lower-body injury when he took a shot off the foot. He tried to skate two more shifts, but left the game after that. Joel Quenneville said he’s “day to day.”