Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blackhawks Set Franchise Record, 12th Consecutive Victory In 4-1 Win Against Predators

The Chicago Blackhawks set a franchise record that took 89 years in the making, as the Hawks won for the 12th consecutive time, beating the Nashville Predators, 4-1 in Music City.  It was yet another goalie win as Corey Crawford stopped 38 of 39 shots.

The game started with the Predators all over Corey Crawford leading in shots the first half of the period, 10-3, but would not dent the net.  The second half of the period belonged to the Blackhawks.  Artem Anisimov would put the Hawks on the scoreboard with a nice move as he went hard to the net and slipped a puck through the legs of Pekka Rinne with 21 seconds remaining in the 1st.  The shots for the period would end, 12-10 in favor of Nashville, but the Hawks would lead, 1-0.

The 2nd period continued with the Blackhawks getting pressure on Rinne.  Richard Panik scored his 2nd goal in his 5th game with the Hawks as he wristed a shot that surprised Rinne that gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead.  Then, :25 later, Ryan Ellis blasted a shot from the point that got through Crawford to bring the Preds to within 2-1.  Exactly one minute later, Patrick Kane received a breakaway pass from Artemi Panarin and top-shelfed a shot over Rinne to put the Blackhawks up, 3-1.  The scoring chances continued for both teams, but the period would end the period leading 3-1.

In the 3rd, the ice was tilted towards the Blackhawks end the entire period.  Corey Crawford was on his game...AGAIN...as the Preds outshot the Hawks, 16-5 in the period.  The only goal of the period, came with :37 left when Andrew Desjardins deposited the puck into an empty net to cap the scoring and a 4-1 Blackhawks victory.

Notable Mentions: Patrick Kane tied his career high with his 30th goal of the year.  The Hawks have only played 49 games so far this year.  He now has 71 points.  Corey Crawford became just the 2nd goalie in Blackhawks history to win 9 straight appearances (Glenn Hall: 9-0-0, 1966-67)

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Artemi Panarin - 2A, +2
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane - (1G 1A) +2
3rd - NSH - Ryan Ellis - 1G, 3 shots

Next Game: Thursday, January 21st, Away vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 6:30PM CT


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