The Blackhawks were excited to land five of six players in the All-Star Game, courtesy of a fan vote. They thank you for your support and have only one quibble.
“It would have been nice to get the whole six,’’ goalie Corey Crawford said with a commendable deadpan delivery.
But even without the joy of six, it’s a great honor. Especially for first-timers Crawford and defenseman Brent Seabrook, who were elected along with the highly decorated trio of center Jonathan Toews, winger Patrick Kane and defenseman Duncan Keith.
“It’s pretty cool,’’ Crawford said. “It shows the depth of our team.’’
The Hawks showed the determination of their team against the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. Five All-Stars or not, they fell behind four times, but kept rallying back and pulled out a 5-4 overtime victory.
“You can point the finger at ourselves for allowing those deficits in the first place,’’ said Patrick Sharp, who scored the game-winner on a good feed from Keith with 3:43 left in overtime. “It was probably not our best team game in a while. But to come back and win against a division rival definitely feels good.’’
A hustling Brad Richards tied the game at 4 with 3:57 left in regulation on a low-angled prayer from the left corner that somehow found a piece of the net.
“That was an innocent play off the rush,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. “Just shoot it. Things happen. A bad angle, just throwing it at the net. Sometimes they go in. We got a break.’’
Having lost on a late goal in the outdoor game at Washington, the Hawks had a very fresh lesson in the importance of always believing it’s not too late to snatch a point or two.
“We always have that feeling on the bench and in the locker room,’’ Sharp said. “A good goal to tie it up and [we] stole the two points. Our main focus was overtime. Obviously, score if you can, but get that guaranteed point.’’
The Hawks, who have had their share of slow starts lately, played catch-up most of the night.
“We’d like not to give up the first goal,’’ Richards said. “You can sit here and have an hour meeting on it. But hockey’s hockey. It’s so fast, you never know what can happen. We’ll have some focus on it. Just playing the right way and getting our team in order will take care of a lot of things.’’
Quenneville downplayed the season debut of highly regarded prospect Teuvo Teravainen. But 15 shifts and 10:50 of ice time spoke volumes.
“I don’t mind him,’’ Quenneville said. “I don’t mind his game. I think he thinks the right way. Defensively, he likes to be above the puck. He wants the puck and he’s around it. He’ll get better in those areas. He was pretty consistent in his game and how he played.’’
Crawford and Seabrook were especially appreciative of the All-Star recognition.
“It means a lot,’’ Crawford said. “It’s the first one for me. A couple of other guys could have made that list, too. Everyone’s happy in here with what we’ve done so far. But obviously we have a lot of work to do.’’
Seabrook, who tends to play in the shadow of his partner, Keith, who has won the Norris Trophy twice, also was humbled.
“It’s an honor to be voted by the fans,’’ Seabrook said. “It’s probably the only way I’d get in with the amount of talent and All-Stars on this team.’’