By Chris Block
The reinsertion of Teuvo Teravainen into the Blackhawks’ lineup in the wake of Patrick Kane’s regular-season ending broken collarbone surgery proved to be a difference maker, at least for one night.
Teravainen scored on his first shift of the game on Thursday night and Corey Crawford returned to the nets to make 20 saves and post his 12th career regular season shutout in a 3-0 defeat of the Florida Panthers before an announced crowd of 17,387 fans (mostly Blackhawks fans) at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.
The Blackhawks defense and backchecking was in top form, limiting Florida to just five shots through the initial 31 minutes of Thursday’s rematch of the Hawks 3-2 shootout-deciding victory two nights before at United Center. Tuesday’s contest saw the Hawks take a 2-0 lead into the third period only to see the Panthers force extra hockey.
Joel Quenneville made one other lineup change from Tuesday’s game. It came as a surprise in that most people expected Dan Carcillo to draw back in as a response to Alex Petrovic’s push that has put Kane out of action for approximately three months. Instead, Quenneville scratched veteran Michal Rozsival for Tim Erixon, who had played in just six games since being acquired for Jeremy Morin in mid-December. Erixon was appearing in his first game action since January 18th against Dallas, a 6-3 Hawks’ loss at home.