Blackhawks wary of protecting their own net

Blackhawks goalie coach Stephane Waite gives some pointers to Corey Crawford and backup Ray Emery.
Blackhawks goalie coach Stephane Waite gives some pointers to Corey Crawford and backup Ray Emery.

CHICAGO — How are players looking back on Wednesday night’s 6-5 shootout in Game 4?

“It was a really fun game not just because of the goals but there were some big hits and trash-talking with some competitive plays out there,” Chicago forward Patrick Sharp said. “Those are the games that are the most fun to be in, but we have had fun with 2-1 games as well.”

But Sharp is cognizant the style of play shown Wednesday can be very dangerous and the Blackhawks have subsequently talked about their defense.


“When we play that speed and attack game we have to remember that protecting our own net is the most important thing,” Sharp said.

Hossa to play

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Forward Marian Hossa was not on the ice Friday, but Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he was fine and would play Saturday.

Hossa, who was a late scratch for Game 3 with an upper-body injury, returned for Game 4 and had an assist on Sharp’s goal in the third period.

No changing now

Much has been made about Corey Crawford’s struggles Wednesday night, specifically the five goals scored on his glove side, but the Chicago goalie said Friday he can’t start doing things differently at this point.

“Obviously they are shooting on that side a lot more but for me, nothing changes,” he said. “I can’t physically or mentally be cheating to that side because that is just going to get me in trouble. They are shooting a lot more there but I am just going to keep playing my game.”

Rozsival helping out


One of Chicago’s unsung heroes is veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival, who had two assists Wednesday and four for the series.

In Game 1, Andrew Shaw deflected Rozsival’s shot from the point in triple overtime for the game winner. Rozsival was credited with assists on similar scores by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in Game 4.

“Any time you are able to contribute offensively, for me personally since I am not a high-scoring guy, it gives you a little extra energy and you feel better about yourself,” Rozsival said.

On the edge

Chicago reclaimed home-ice advantage with the Game 4 victory and the United Center is going to be roaring Saturday night. “We’re happy to be home for sure,” coach Quenneville said. “I know we had a big start here in Game 2, didn’t sustain it. We’re looking forward to taking advantage right from the outset of the noise and excitement in the building and use it in our favor. But sustaining it, that’s what we’ll be looking for.” . . . Kane said watching LeBron James and the Miami Heat win the NBA championship Thursday night gave he and his teammates extra motivation. “It makes you appreciate what you are a part of and what you are going through right now,” Kane said.