In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at some tweaks that the Chicago Blackhawks still need to make to their lineup, how Corey Crawford stepped up his game in Game 3, and how both teams are relishing this opportunity to play against one another.
-We begin with Sam Fels’ thoughts on what the Hawks are doing. Despite winning in Game 3 to keep their hopes of winning the series alive, Fels feels that there are still changes that the Hawks should make in order to get themselves over the top. [Committed Indian]
-Corey Crawford said after Saturday’s Game 2 that he needed to be better, and that’s exactly what he did as he shut out the Blues in Game 3 of the series Monday. David Haugh has his thoughts on Crawford’s performance. [Chicago Tribune]
-The Blackhawks didn’t keep pressing the issue offensively on Monday, but unlike their Game 1 loss where they blew a late lead because of their cautious play, the Hawks were able to hold onto the lead in Monday’s affair. [CSN Chicago]
-Thanks to the NHL’s new divisional playoff format, the Blues and Blackhawks will likely be seeing a lot of each other in years to come, and the players on the two teams are savoring the challenge. [Daily Herald]
-Dean Bernardini, the bass player for the band Chevelle, weighs in with what the Stanley Cup means to him. Andrew Shaw plays a prominent role in his answer. [ESPN Chicago]
-Want an in-depth look at what the Blackhawks looked like from an advanced metrics perspective in Monday’s Game 3 win? Jen has you covered with her analysis. [Second City Hockey]
-Finally, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has said some interesting things in this series, and he added another one to the list on Tuesday, saying that it was the Hawks’ will, not their skill, that makes them such a dangerous team. [Chicago Sun-Times]