Quenneville has no plans to replace Crawford
Most likely the phrase that pays from here on out when it comes to Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will be "glove hand, high."
That's because of the success Boston had shooting to that exact spot in the Hawks' 6-5 overtime victory Wednesday, as NBC's repeated replays clearly showed.
"Yeah, it's pretty obvious," Crawford said of all the Bruins' glove-side goals. "I can't start thinking about it; that's when I get myself in trouble if I start thinking about that."
Though a small chorus of "bring back Ray Emery" seems to have emerged, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was having none of that talk when asked if he would consider using Emery.
"No, no not at all," Quenneville said. "We're very comfortable with Corey.
"Corey has been rock solid all year for us, and when he's got the ball, he's been outstanding, and he's the biggest reason why we're here."
Now that Boston has seemingly exposed a weakness, will Crawford make any big adjustments?
"No, I'm just going to keep playing my game, prepare the way I have and play the way I play," Crawford said. "I can't start thinking they're going to go glove every time. If they end up switching it up then I'm in trouble."
"(Wednesdays') game was one of those games where pucks were going in," he said. "We'll visit with that, but all year long Corey has just moved on and he just moves from save to save and it doesn't faze him."
Odd man out?
After playing a couple of shifts early on, defenseman Nick Leddy was a virtual bench body the rest of Game 4, finishing with a total of just 2:37 of ice time.
"I think for Nick, just in talking with him and a few of the boys, just told him to keep his head up and keep going," Brent Seabrook said. "I think that's the biggest thing for Leddy."
Depending on how one deciphers Joel Quenneville's coach speak, it sounds like Leddy might be in for more of the same, at least in the near future.
"(On Wednesday) those five guys basically assumed those same kind of minutes across the board and we rotated those guys evenly — basically the first time we did that all year, and we'll see how that goes out," Quenneville said. "Nick has got some nice assets, and I think quickness, getting up in the attack and turning pucks from defense to offense right away is one of his strengths.
"And in the puck area make sure we're killing plays and defending quickly in the puck area and eliminating players with a puck possession game by them in their zone, is what we're looking for.
"We didn't play him a ton, but we still think that we'll be home Saturday, we look to get him back going."
Game 5s by the numbers:
Teams have split the first four games of the Final 22 times since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939. The team winning Game 5 has won the Cup 15 times (68.2 percent). However, the team losing Game 5 has rebounded to win the series on four of the past six occasions (all since 2001).
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith led all players in ice time (32:37) and posted an assist and plus-3 rating. Keith has logged at least 30 minutes in four of his past five games and his per-game average for his past five outings: 36:00.
He said it:
"I hope it was entertaining for you guys. Personally, I didn't really like that at all, as a defenseman. Five goals against is too much for me, personally. I was on the ice for three of them. As long as we win, I'll be minus-3 every single game. I'm just happy we won the game."
— Hawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson
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