Chicago Blackhawks: What We Can Take From The Road Trip

By Gail Kauchak
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Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) try to clear the puck away from Tampa Bay Lightning right wing J.T. Brown (23) in the second period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Crawford needs to focus.  I think Corey Crawford’s evil twin locked his brother in the closet and came to play in Game 2 instead.  Crow did not look like the same goalie that had such a strong showing and gave the Hawks the opportunity to win in Game 1.

The first goal Tampa goal scored was more on defenseman Kyle Cumiskey; he failed to clear the zone, and then didn’t block the shot of Cedric Paquette.  Side note:  Will Trevor van Riemsdyk make an appearance in Game 3 instead?

The second goal was a redirect, but one that it can be argued Crawford should have tracked and stopped.  The third goal squeezed behind Corey’s back when he should have cut it off before that.  And the fourth goal was another defection off Desjardin’s stick that Crawford again should have tracked.

Crawford looked flustered and uncomfortable most of the night.  He didn’t seem to be tracking the puck well at all.  But Corey doesn’t often have 2 bad games in a row, so let’s look to see the real Corey Crawford in Game 3.

Bishop. In or out?  Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop left the game late in the third period, presumably for some equipment work.  Sure enough, he came back in shortly thereafter.  Then he was suddenly out again.  Andrei Vasilevskiy finished the game for him.  No one has said yet whether Bishop is injured, and whether he will play in Game 3.  This could make things interesting…

The good news is that in this postseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning have won every other Game 2 by a margin of 4 goals.  Well they only won this one by 1 goal.   We have them right where we want them, right?

Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks have lost only 1 game at home this postseason, against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3.  Let’s hope they can continue this trend of winning at home and come out strong for wins in Games 3 and 4 against Tampa Bay.


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