In all, Crawford saved 27 of the 30 shots he faced. On a subpar night for many of his teammates, he was one of the bright spots.
Saad has zero goals and two assists on a team that has scored 23 times in six games.
Will Crawford be brought back full-bore? The Hawks still have backup Cam Ward and a third goalie, Anton Forsberg, on the roster.
Raanta called Crawford “underrated” and predicted his toughest tasks after a nearly 10-month layoff would be timing and tracking the puck.
After missing most of last season, the Wolves’ Reid Duke is applying lessons he learned during his injury recovery.
A 3-0-2 start this season is a tiny sample size, but Crawford’s long track record in this town adds instant credibility to the Hawks’ early success.
Enter — make that re-enter — Crawford. Will his presence re-establish the Hawks as a playoff contender? Will he become a workhorse No. 1 again?
Will the struggling Saad be in or out of the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes? “We’ll see,” coach Joel Quenneville replied cryptically.
DeBrincat has six goals in the Hawks’ first five games, while Saad was dropped to the fourth line.
The Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead, fell behind 3-2, but came back to win on Alex DeBrincat’s OT goal.
Duncan Keith played in his 1,000th game, while Brent Seabrook set a Blackhawks record for games played by a defenseman.
His ability to play at a world-class level with high-end ice time is the gold standard of physical and mental toughness.
The Hawks found a way to lose 4-3 in overtime at Xcel Energy Center.
Quenneville’s advice to Fortin was simple. “Relax and play your game. Do what you do best,” he said.
Second-year winger Alex DeBrincat has two goals and four points in the Blackhawks’ first three games.