Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players and coaches pose with the Stanley Cup after game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Blackhawks won 3-2 to win the series four games to two. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports
2013 is coming to a close and for the Blackhawks it has been a good year. They won the cup, we saw Crawford solidify the starting role, and we got to witness the evolution of Patrick Kane. 2013 had some great moments and we are going to bring you the top 10 moments of 2013.
Runner Up: Crawford’s victory speech
It was terrible, and yet amazing at the same time. It wasn’t the Hawks proudest moment, but it still deserves a mention for it’s oddness.
10. The Resurgence Of The Power Play
While the PK has dropped off the face of the earth, the Blackhawks have found their groove on the Power Play. The biggest difference is player movement and players willing to take shots. Sharp and Kane have had a lot of success on the Power Play by simply moving and shooting. With all the talent the Blackhawks have its amazing it took this long for things to get sorted. Now we just need to look into that PK….
9. Raanta Comes Up Big As Crawford Falls To Injury
Antti Raanta comes up huge on this short handed breakaway attempt. GIF by Joe Kremel of BlackhawkUp.com feed from NBC and the NHL
Antti Raanta comes up huge to prevent a SHG. After Raanta bailed out the Hawks, the Hawks returned the favor by clearing the puck out of the crease. GIF by Joe Kremel of BlackhawkUp.com feed from the NHL & WGN
GIF by Joe Kremel of BlackhawkUp.com feed from comcast sportsnet and NHL.com
When both Blackhawks goaltenders went down Antti Raanta came up big for the Hawks. Before Raanta was signed, the Hawks didn’t have much down the pipeline in net. Salak left after losing the starting position, and Carter Hutton didn’t look like the answer. Raanta signed out of the blue and it couldn’t have worked out any better for the Hawks and Raanta. The Blackhawks first shutout of the season was posted by Raanta; the kid has a lot of raw talent. The other player that benefited from the call up is Mac Carruth. He is getting his shot in Rockford while the Hawks borrow Raanta.