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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From This Weekend

By Gail Kauchak
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Nov 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2. Corey Crawford is doing his job. Crawford is making great saves and keeping his team in the game night in and night out.  He can hardly be blamed for the prime opportunities his teammates fed the Red Wings on Friday, and their other goal was an empty netter.  He stopped 33 of 36 shots.  Pretty busy night for Crow.  Sunday’s tilt saw a little less action for the goaltender as he stopped 22 of 24 shots, but he managed to deny some prime opportunities on Dallas breakaways.

Crawford currently ranks 5th in the league in goals allowed against, with a 1.88 average.  He is 8th in the league in save percentage, at .929.  He has put together a very solid start to his season.

1. Patrick Kane is headed for a hot streak.   On Friday, Patrick Kane had 6 shots on goal and he scored the lone Blackhawk tally.  He had a lot of energy and seemed to be pushing the pace.  On Sunday, Kaner had one goal and 2 assists.  He finally was centered by Brad Richards, and along with Kris Versteeg, this line had an incredible night.   Between the 3 of them, they had 2 goals and 6 assists!  Look for this line to continue to develop their chemistry, with Patrick Kane leading the way.

Kaner was named the first star of the game, and boy did he endear himself to the fans during his on ice interview.  First, he apologized for the teams’ mediocre play at home up until tonight.  Then he thanked them for all their cheering and encouragement during games.  Finally, he announced that the team would certainly miss the fans on their upcoming circus trip.  Good luck, Patrick Kane!  And go Chicago Blackhawks!

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