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Canucks v Blackhawks - 2011 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals

Crawford took scenic route to starring role

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell still raises both of his eyebrows when he tells the story of how he truly learned what goalie Corey Crawford was all about.

"When you're one of the last few guys on the ice and he goes around to each individual guy on the ice and asks them if they need anything else from him, more shots, anything -- he did it to me this year and I was just like, 'Wow, that's awesome and that's a goaltender that wants to get better,' " Campbell told NHL.com over the weekend. "He did that not just once but a few times to me, asking if I need anything else or if there was anything else he can do. What a great team guy."

Campbell stressed that never before in his 11 years in the NHL has a goalie done such a thing at the end of practice.

Crawford, though, might just be different than a lot of young goalies -- both with his mental capacity to handle the increased workload in a series of huge games down the stretch and his physical ability to actually improve over the course of a two-month starting streak, despite having an NHL resume that included only eight starts prior to the season.

Hawks' Bolland close to returning

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – The Vancouver Canucks will get what many believed to be their wish when they face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals that start this week.
However, if that's the case they might want to be careful what they wish for. Chicago's "anti-Sedin" remedy, a.k.a. center Dave Bolland, appears to be getting closer to returning from a concussion that's kept him out a month.
"He made major progress this week," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll continue to monitor that progress. It's been positive recently. It was a tough road over the last month or so, but things changed quickly. I don't have anything more to report or prognosticate, but we hope that he's able to be a part of the first round – and be a part of it early in this series."

Hawks sigh their relief, get set for Canucks

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- A wave of storms were supposed to rumble through the Windy City on Sunday night, but the loud sound that emanated early Sunday evening was the unified sound of relief from the Chicago Blackhawks and their enormous fan base.
Or maybe it was just the primal screaming of Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, after the Dallas Stars lost 5-3 to the Minnesota Wild and punched the playoff ticket of his defending Stanley Cup champion team.
"I've never been more excited after a hockey game in my life, that I didn't particulate in," Quenneville said of his reaction after Minnesota potted an empty-net goal to seal Dallas' fate. "I was acting like a 2-year-old or maybe a 3- or 4- or 5-year-old celebrating his birthday. It was unbelievable."
Forward Patrick Sharp's reaction was a bit more muted, according to an interview he conducted on NHL Network Sunday night. Sharp told NHL Network's Brian Duff that he watched the game by himself while sulking about Chicago's gut-wrenching 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center earlier in the day.
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It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players