Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Last 3 Games

By Gail Kauchak
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Jan 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-1. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

2.  Corey Crawford. Crow appears to be back to his old self these days.  In the first Minnesota game, many touted Crawford as being the main reason the Hawks won the contest.  He made 42 of 44 saves, and a .955 save percentage.  In the second Minnesota game, Crawford made 36 of 37 saves, for a .973 save percentage.

During the broadcast last night they put up some very interesting numbers about Corey Crawford.  This season, he’s allowed 27 goals in the first period, for a .890 save percentage.  In the second period, he’s only given up 18 goals, good for a .930 save percentage.  And in the third period, he’s given up only 10 goals for a .955 save percentage.  If Crawford can stay healthy, work on his focus at the beginning of games, and continue with his consistency throughout, then the Hawks should be sitting pretty in the crease come play-off time.

1.  A Winning Mentality. I never stop failing to be impressed with the incredible attitude this Chicago Blackhawks team seems to have.  The Hawks have only lost 2 games in a row twice this entire season.  Usually when they lose big (as they did in Edmonton on Friday) they always come back with a dominant win right afterwards (versus Minnesota on Sunday).  They know how to take the positives from a bad game, learn from the negatives, forget the rest, and move on.

They’ve bought in, and they play as a team.  Last night, I saw Duncan Keith giving the struggling Johnny Oduya a love tap on his helmet after he scored his goal.  I saw Brandon Saad giving Teuvo Teravainen advice about the shift he just had.  I saw Patrick Kane and Brad Richards in deep conversation about how to play even better together.  These guys only have ONE GOAL in mind, and as a fan I’m excited to be along for the ride!

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