06/10/2015 2:50 PM
HOGS HELP HAWKS
Article By: Connor Rylatt
Rockford, Ill. – 12 former members of the Rockford IceHogs have helped the Chicago Blackhawks into the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.
Between the pipes for the Blackhawks is former IceHogs goalie Corey Crawford. Crawford has been in net for all five Stanley Cup contests so far this series. The fifth-year NHL backstop is 3-2 in this best of seven series with a 2.03 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
Former IceHogs forward Teuvo Teravainen is currently tied for the lead in goals for the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final with two. The 20 year-old from Helsinki, Finland came up big in the first game of the series with two points (1g-1a) which led to him being named the first star. In 17 games this postseason, Teravainen has compiling ten points (4g-6a).
Brandon Saad has been a strong contributor throughout the postseason. The former Hog has now tallied 14 shots in the five games in the Final, leading to a goal in both Game 3 and Game 4. In the postseason, he has tallied eight goals, which is good for second on the team.
Andrew Shaw has been nothing but consistent this series, logging a point in the first three games (1g-2a). He has spent his time in the box this postseason, leading the team with 36 penalty minutes.
Marcus Kruger, the 25 year-old center from Sweden has been a mainstay during the Stanley Cup Final, much like he was with the IceHogs. He has been productive in the middle, supplying four points (2g-2a).
Fellow Swede, and former member of the IceHogs Niklas Hjalmarsson has been a goalies best friend, getting in front of shots all series. He has blocked 65 shots this postseason, which ranks first in the NHL.
The 6’4 forward Bryan Bickell has made his presence known this postseason and leads the NHL with 103 hits in 18 games. Along with using the body, he has gotten his teammates involved registering five assists during the playoffs.
Other former IceHogs who have suited up and played in the postseason include Joakim Nordstrom and Scott Darling. Former IceHogs that have gotten ice time in the Stanley Cup Final include Kris Versteeg, Kyle Cumiskey, and Trevor van Riemsdyk.
In addition to the 12 former IceHogs that have seen action in the Stanley Cup Final, there are four players: Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, Ville Pokka, and Victor Svedberg that have spent time practicing with the Blackhawks as “Black Aces.”
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