MONTREAL (AP) — Corey Crawford came up big again in his hometown — and damaged the Canadiens’ postseason hopes in the process.Crawford stopped all 48 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and the surging Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth straight with a 2-0 victory over struggling Montreal on Saturday night.“That’s a big win for us against a team that’s close to being in the playoffs,” said Crawford, who set a career high for saves in a regular-season game. “They need points, too. We kept them to the outside for the most part. Our penalty kill was solid.”Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini scored for the Blackhawks.Crawford improved to 9-2-2 in his career against the Canadiens, including 5-0-2 at Montreal. He has won his last five games at the Bell Centre.“I grew up a huge Habs fan when I was younger, so it’s always exciting to come back and play in this building,” said Crawford, who faced 18 shots in the third period alone. “It’s nice to get a win coming back here.”Montreal Canadiens’ Andrew Shaw and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford battle during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)Carey Price stopped 22 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of their last five games to fall out of a playoff spot. Price has played in 18 of the last 19 games for Montreal, which outshot Chicago 48-24.The Canadiens (37-28-7) are three points out of the second wild-card spot with 10 games remaining in the season — five of those are on the road.Carolina is in the first wild-card spot with 85 points, one point ahead of Columbus. The Canadiens are on the outside looking in with 81 points.“Our backs are against the wall,” captain Shea Weber said. “We have to find a way to win. Everyone is frustrated. We want to win and we’re not winning, so it’s tough. We have to find a way to score goals.”Crawford needed to be on his game all night. Midway through the second period, the Blackhawks goalie made back-to-back saves on Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw. Two minutes later, he robbed Artturi Lehkonen in close with the glove.Chicago Blackhawks’ Brendan Perlini (11) celebrates with teammates Alex DeBrincat (12) and Slater Koekkoek after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)With nine minutes left in the game, Crawford stopped Joel Armia from point-blank range to preserve Chicago’s two-goal lead.Byron came closest to beating the Hawks goaltender when his second-period shot rang off the crossbar.Crawford has never lost in regulation time in his hometown (5-0-2). He has won his last five at the Bell Centre.Murphy scored the game’s first goal 3:04 into the second period. The defenseman took a pass from Dylan Strome in his skates, kicked the puck onto his stick, and beat Price from the slot high glove-side.Perlini made it 2-0 at 4:49 of the third period on a nice give-and-go with teammate Alex DeBrincat.The game featured Montreal’s league-worst power play against Chicago’s NHL-worst penalty kill. The Hawks came out on top, with the Canadiens going 0 for 4 with the man advantage.“We were digging and we were getting in front,” said fourth-liner Jordan Weal, who had the second-most ice time among Canadiens forwards. “It was one of those nights where we couldn’t put one past the goal line. It’s frustrating because every game right now is so huge.“We were generating a lot. We were hitting posts. We were hitting crossbars. We were millimeters away. If we play like that here on out, we have a good chance to win.”NOTES: The Canadiens celebrated Price’s franchise record-setting 315th career victory in a pregame ceremony. … Montreal was coming off a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The last week has marked a busy time for key officials, volunteers, and staff of Touch Football Australia with involvement in several conferences, workshops, and forums held in Brisbane from 21-25 March 2007.Twenty-four representatives from Touch Football Australia attended the biannual Australian Sports Commission’s Our Sporting Future Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from 21-23 March 2007.The attendees were given the opportunity to attend lectures that examined contemporary issues and explored growth opportunities in sport. Technological and cutting edge scientific advances, the future of sport as a business, and societal trends such as demographic shifts and their potential influence on the cultural, social and economic landscape for sporting organizations were discussed.Speakers included academics, media experts, innovators from the sports industry, and high profile business people. A Sports Industry exhibition was run concurrently and there were several professional development and networking opportunities provided via social engagements including a gala ball at Suncorp Stadium and a Great Sporting Debate luncheon.Touch Football Australia was one of a small number of sports that were given the opportunity to present a forum session.Acting CEO Colm Maguire and TFA Board of Management Chairman Michael Sparks spoke to a capacity audience about Structure and governance, highlighting the processes, obstacles, shortcomings, and positive outcomes of the restructuring Touch Football has undergone in the last two years.Many sports are now revising their structures to ensure their survival in a competitive market place. Touch Football is one of the first sports to re-engineer its framework and the lecture was received with interest by the captive audience.The TFA Future Directions Workshop was conducted in two distinct segments over the weekend, firstly examining the strategic plans of the organisation, then focusing on the operational endeavours of the sport.The National Strategic Forum (Saturday 24 march) and the TFA Human Resources Forum (Sunday 25 March) were held at the Dockside Central Apartment Hotel.Key Volunteers and Staff across key specialty areas of expertise relevant to the sport from around the nation participated in the National Strategic Forum led by Sport Industry Training guru, Michael Mc Laughlin.The enthusiasm, knowledge, passion and insights provided by the leaders of our game across the various disciplines highlighted an overarching desire and commitment to examine the past, learn from experiences, listen to others, make adjustments and changes as necessary, and ensure a settled, positive, and united progression towards a productive future.TFA Staff congregated in Brisbane on Sunday 25 March to participate in a Human Resources Forum aimed at uniting, understanding, and focussing all staff in a philosophical, cultural, and professional sense.Staff participated in various sessions, including organisational development segments led by Master of Organisational Psychology, Sarah Lewis.Staff were given an overview of TFA’s expectations and given the opportunity to meet and network with interstate colleagues. Outcomes and recommendations from the Future Directions Workshop have been tabulated and will be reflected in adjustments that will be made to the strategic and operational plans of the organisation in the near future.Information and any aspects of the Future Directions Workshop can be accessed by contacting the TFA office in Brisbane on 07) 32471733.