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NHL notebook: Crawford ready to rebound in Game 3

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By The Associated Press
Friday, May 23, 2014, 8:24 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES — Corey Crawford has shrugged off criticism his entire career with the Blackhawks, so one bad playoff game isn't about to bother the Chicago goalie.

Jonathan Quick can relate to Crawford's challenge after the Blackhawks allowed six goals in a series-evening loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Game 3 in the Western Conference finals is Saturday night at Staples Center.

Quick and the Kings were shredded for 17 goals in the first three games of their playoff run, but they've bounced back impressively.

Crawford's five goals allowed in Game 2 — all in the last 22 minutes — matched his worst total of the season.

But the Blackhawks know their collapse wasn't their goalie's fault.

They're determined to improve against Quick, whose reputation for playoff moxie grows with every round.

Rangers' Carcillo suspended 10 games

The NHL gave Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo an automatic 10-game suspension after he was ejected for physical abuse of officials during the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Montreal.

Carcillo was punished Friday for a “Category II” infraction after he appeared to twice elbow linesman Scott Driscoll, who was trying to keep Carcillo away from a fight Thursday night.

The NHL said, “Carcillo physically applied force to linesman Scott Driscoll while being escorted to the penalty box.”

A “Category II” offense is described as an infraction in which a player deliberately applies physical force to an official in any manner, without intent to injure.

Sharks expand Robinson's role

The Sharks expanded associate coach Larry Robinson's role with the team to make him director of player development.

General manager Doug Wilson announced the change, calling Robinson “one of the most respected minds in hockey.”

Robinson has been associate coach under Todd McLellan the past two seasons.

He will work more on developing Sharks players and prospects and spend less time behind the bench.

Robinson is a Hall of Fame defenseman who won six Stanley Cups as a player in Montreal, made 10 All-Star teams and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in 1978.

He also won one Stanley Cup as the coach in New Jersey and two more as an assistant.

Lightning ink Johnson to 3-year pact

The Lightning signed center Tyler Johnson to a three-year contract, the team announced.

Johnson and teammate Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award. They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy.

Johnson had a rookie team-record 24 goals and tied with MacKinnon for the NHL lead among rookies. Johnson also had 26 assists and finished plus-23 for the season.

 

 
 


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