Posted April 25, 2012 on AP on Fox
Two days after the Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs, general manager Stan Bowman said goaltending and poor special teams play were the major obstacles to success this season. No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford let in two soft goals in overtime that cost them in playoff games, and didn't post a shutout this season in 57 appearances. His goals-against average of 2.72 ranked 32nd in the NHL, and more than a goal a game worse than the league leader, St. Louis' Brian Elliott. ''Our goaltending in general was not our strength this season,'' Bowman said. ''Individually, (Crawford) has to be better, and I think he would agree with that.'' Crawford was not at the news conference Wednesday. The Chicago power play, led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, scored 42 times in 82 games, connecting on 15.2 percent of chances, and ranked 24th in the 30-team NHL. ''You want the power play to be a momentum generator, ...
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