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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From Last Week’s Games

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88), celebrates with defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), defenseman Erik Gustafsson (52), and center Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88), celebrates with defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), defenseman Erik Gustafsson (52), and center Artem Anisimov (15) after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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4.  Corey CrawfordI’m not sure much more needs to be said, but I’ll go ahead and expand.  According to Christopher Kamka of Comcast Sportsnet, Crawford has had 15 starts this year with only 0 or 1 goals allowed.  This is apparently quite good.  Yes, the Arizona game was a bit of a glitch for Crow (4 goals allowed), but he certainly made up for it on Saturday by stopping 36 of 37 shots.  The Stars were pushing hard, but they could only get one past Crow.  He is simply a joy to watch right now.  My only concern is that he’s going to burn out with so much playing time.  Maybe the Hawks need to let Scott Darling test the waters a bit more to give Crow a break.

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3.  The Utility Man.  Teuvo Teravainen did a really good job of pinch-hitting on the first line when Jonathan Toews was out against the Avalanche.  In 18:15 minutes of ice time, he went 44% on the dot, had 2 shots on goal, one takeaway, and finished a plus-1.

Teravainen was back on the wing of the third line for the last two tilts, but his contributions were felt nonetheless.  It is his defensive prowess that is really getting everyone’s attention.  Especially in Dallas, TT was at the right place at the right time to thwart many offensive drives by the Stars.  And he has become an integral part of both the power play and the penalty kill.  His ability to fill in for all these roles is making him a very valuable member on the team.

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