Teuvo Teravainen scores his first North American goal
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter April 12, 2014 9:20PM
Updated: May 14, 2014 6:56AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Teuvo Teravainen scored his first North American goal in the Rockford IceHogs’ 4-1 loss Friday against the Milwaukee Admirals, the 19-year-old Finnish rookie’s AHL debut.
The Blackhawks sent Teravainen to Rockford on Thursday — a day before their last two games were rendered largely meaningless. So while Teravainen could’ve played in those games, he’s instead trying to give the IceHogs a boost in their push for a playoff spot. They’ve lost four in a row and sit in 10th place.
“We want him playing,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “It gives him a chance to get in some games — very meaningful games, as well. It’ll be a good test and a good challenge for him.”
Quenneville said Teravainen, who was scoreless but not at all overwhelmed in his three NHL games, needed some size, strength and experience with North American-style hockey.
He still could rejoin the Hawks as a non-playing Black Ace for the playoff run should Rockford’s season end next weekend.
“We’ll see,” Quenneville said. “We haven’t talked about that yet, how that’s going to play out.”
Four Hawks played their 82nd game Saturday — Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bollig. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger played the first 81, but got Saturday night off. Fourteen Hawks played at least 71 games — a sign of how consistent and how healthy the Hawks have been as a whole, even with the recent injuries to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
“Is there some wood around here [to knock on]?” Quenneville joked when that was brought up.
Corey Crawford’s regular season ended a period early Friday in Washington when he was pulled in favor of Antti Raanta after giving up four goals in two periods.
Raanta played the finale against the Predators.
But Quenneville wasn’t concerned with his goalie’s mind-set.
“You’ve got to move on and look to make the next save and be excited about this time of year,” he said. “His next start’s going to be a fun one, for sure.”