Corey Crawford keeps Blackhawks in game, but to no avail
By Adam L. Jahns email@example.com January 14, 2012 5:46PM
Corey Crawford stopped 40 of 43 shots in the overtime loss. “He deserved to win,” Marian Hossa said. | Carlos Osorio~AP
Updated: February 16, 2012 8:27AM
DETROIT — If it wasn’t for goalie Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks couldn’t have stolen a point Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Every Hawk said as much.
Crawford turned away 40 of 43 shots to keep the Hawks in a game they slept thru for the first 20 minutes, but he couldn’t prevent Todd Bertuzzi from scoring the game-winner with 38.3 seconds left in overtime. Bertuzzi scored after Valtteri Filppula’s shot hit the crossbar.
“It went up in the air and I lost it for a second, and I think he one-timed it as soon as it hit the ice,” Crawford said. “It just squeaked through.”
Crawford made plenty of key stops, including one on Drew Miller on a breakaway right after the Hawks’ four-minute power play expired to keep it a one-goal game in the third period.
“He was huge,” forward Marian Hossa said. “He deserved to have a win because he stopped some key goals on them. It’s a tough one. It always seems he always plays so good and we can’t win the game for him.”
Hawks forward Michael Frolik thought he had his first goal in a month. Instead, he missed on a golden opportunity.
Late in the first period, defenseman Nick Leddy’s pass caromed off the boards and bounced right under the stick of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who was coming out of his net. Frolik got the puck in close but failed to convert as Howard stuck out his left leg for the save. It would have tied the game at 1. Minutes later, Bertuzzi scored on a breakaway for a 2-0 Red Wings lead.
“I just saw the wide-open net, and I thought for sure it was going to go in,” said Frolik, who hasn’t scored in 14 consecutive games. “He just slid there, and it hit his toe. You have to make sure it’s going to go in because it’s a big chance. I don’t even know how he saved it, but I have to make sure it goes in.”
Rookie center Marcus Kruger was back in the lineup for the first time after missing eight consecutive games with a concussion. He started on the fourth line but eventually saw time on the second with winger Marian Hossa. Dave Bolland moved down.
“Kruger was OK,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’ll get better.”
Quenneville still remains impressed with rookie forward Andrew Shaw, who scored the Hawks’ first goal in an open net when Howard made a mistake behind the net. Shaw has three goals in six games.
“He’s smart player,” Quenneville said. “He finds a way. You notice him.”
Sharks on Sunday
Rivalry weekend continues for the Hawks on Sunday, when they host the San Jose Sharks. In their last meeting Dec. 11, Hossa took some punches to the back of his head from Ryane Clowe at the end of the third period, prompting Hossa to call him a “coward.”
“It was awhile ago, but of course you remember the little things,” Hossa said. “But it’s just another game for me. I don’t try to pay attention to that.”