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Blues, Blackhawks collide in Game 4
Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford stopped all 34 shots he faced to earn a shutout in Game 3.
Chicago, IL ( - The Chicago Blackhawks cut their series' deficit in half with a win on home ice. On Wednesday, the defending Stanley Cup champions hope to draw even with the St. Louis Blues when they host Game 4 at United Center.

St. Louis won the first two games of this best-of-seven series on home ice, taking both contests despite Chicago carrying a lead into the final two minutes of the third period in each battle. The Blackhawks fell 4-3 in triple overtime in Thursday's Game 1 before falling by the same score in the first OT on Saturday.

Chicago, however, shrugged off those frustrating losses to notch Monday's 2-0 home win over the Blues. Corey Crawford turned in a clutch performance for the Blackhawks, stopping all 34 shots he faced.

Meanwhile, the only Blackhawk to score on Ryan Miller was Jonathan Toews, who beat the St. Louis netminder with a wrister less than five minutes into the game. The only other tally came when Marcus Kruger sealed the win by scoring with Miller pulled in the final minute of the third period.  continue>>

Cooke in hot water once again
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA ( - For a few years, we've been hearing how Matt Cooke has reformed his ways and become the NHL's version of a model citizen.

Cooke himself shattered that new image to pieces Monday night with a sad return to his dark past.

It's been slightly over three years since the Minnesota forward was last suspended, but after delivering a vicious knee-on-knee hit against Colorado's Tyson Barrie in the teams' first-round playoff series, that's all about to change. The only thing left to figure out is how long the likely seventh suspension of his career will last.  continue>>