Recap: Crawford delivers 48-save shutout in 2-0 win over Montreal

  

The Chicago Blackhawks, fighting to keep slim playoff opes alive, entered action last night in French Canada against the Montreal Canadiens, a team similarly engaged in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Thus, stakes were high for both teams. The game also featured a renewal of a minor rivalry between the Canadiens’ Carey Price and Chicago’s Corey Crawford, in recent years, two of the league’s premier goalies.

Blackhawks lines and pairings:

Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsDylan Sikura

Dominik KahunArtem AnisimovPatrick Kane

Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeBrendan Perlini

Chris KunitzDavid KampfMarcus Kruger

Duncan KeithErik Gustafsson

Slater KoekkoekConnor Murphy

Gustav ForslingBrent Seabrook

FIRST PERIOD

While the pace of the action was fast from the opening horn, it was also clear that checking woud be tight, with each puck and shot contested. There was no score in the period, with shots ending 13-11 for Montreal.

SECOND PERIOD

At 3:04 Connor Murphy pinched and gathered  in a pass from Dylan Strome in the slot, beating Price high to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, the red hot Brendan Perlini found the twine, giving Chicago a 2-goal cushion. 2-0 at 4:49.

Toward the end of the period, Montreal began to put some intense pressure on Crawford, but the Chicago netminder was more than up to the challenge, delivering several stellar saves.

The oeriod ended at 2-0, with shots favoring Montreal 17-8.

THIRD PERIOD

The intense Montreal attack continued unabated throughout the third, but again, Crawford came up big.Price was pulled in order to create an extra man advantage for Montreal, but to no avail. The Canadiens outshot the Hawks 18-5 in the period, yet prevailed in the game, final score 2-0. Shots were 18-5 for the third.

THE GOOD

Crawford and, to a certain extent, the Hawk defense.

THE BAD

48 shots allowed is way too many under any circumstances, and Chicago has given up too many shots all season long, though better of late. Notably, Erik Gustafsson’s minutes were reduced last night, with Murphy, Slater Koekkoek, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook all logging more TOI.

THE UGLY

None, both teams played well. Chicago’s goalie was simply the better of the two.

All I have for now, please comment below.

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  • #12325
    John Jaeckel
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    The Chicago Blackhawks, fighting to keep slim playoff opes alive, entered action last night in French Canada against the Montreal Canadiens, a team si
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    Apparently, all goalies are Vikings

    #12327
    helterhaze
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    5 wins in row=good. This will not be enough if Minny and Colorado keep winning. Keep hope alive until eliminated. The noticeable roster change in this mini win streak is no Hayden. He has the worst +/- on the team and fewest points. He contributes nothing on the ice, can’t pass, can’t score,always looks lost – even his occasional “fight” has no value. If JC is smart, Hayden should not see the ice again especially when/if Caggiula returns.

    #12329
    Mister Ricochet
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    Interesting TOI distribution.  Dcat 13:45, Strome 13:53, Perlini 10:54 (they were the 3rd line and have been smoking hot).  Kruger 14:47……… Guess it’s working playing Kane with AA and Kahun but that means guys like Strome and Dcat get less ice time.

    Murphy lead Dmen with 22:32, Koekoek followed with 22:30 including 5:24 on the PK, 1:07 on the PP (more than Seabs and Keith) and had 4 blocked shots.

    Crow is a beast when he’s right, and healthy.  No surprise there.

    #12330
    Mister Ricochet
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    5 wins in row=good. This will not be enough if Minny and Colorado keep winning. Keep hope alive until eliminated. The noticeable roster change in this mini win streak is no Hayden. He has the worst +/- on the team and fewest points. He contributes nothing on the ice, can’t pass, can’t score,always looks lost – even his occasional “fight” has no value. If JC is smart, Hayden should not see the ice again especially when/if Caggiula returns.

    Count me as a fan who wanted to see more and better ice time for Hayden coming into the yr.  But yes, you’re spot on, he’s done very little to help.  With his size and straight ahead speed if he forechecked hard and hit people he might carve out a role but that hasn’t happened.

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