Sunday, January 24, 2016

Crawford, Blackhawks, Shutout Blues, 2-0

The Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues faced off for the 3rd time this year, both winning one a piece in the opposing team's house.  Corey Crawford stood tall in net and earned his 7th shutout of the season as the Hawks took down the Blues, 2-0.

The game started like the previous two games have for the Blackhawks.  The Blues had a handful of golden opportunities, but fortunately, the Hawks have a guy named Corey Crawford in net that stopped all 12 of the shots he faced in the first period.  The Hawks had a couple of chances, but Brian Elliott had a fairly easy 1st, stopping 6 shots.

The 2nd period felt like a tennis match where one team would bring the puck down, only to lose it.  The other team would then bring the puck down, only to lose it.  It went on that way till the 15:26 mark, when Patrick Kane brought the puck over the St. Louis line, flipped a pass to Artemi Panarin, who one-timed it past Elliott to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.  Shots were tilted in the Blackhawks favor in the 2nd period, bringing the game totals to 18-17, in favor of the Blues.

In the 3rd, the first penalty of the entire game came at the 4:14 mark.  When was the last time a Hawks/Blues game went into the 3rd period before having a penalty?  ANYWAY, Andrew Shaw would tip a Marian Hossa shot that was going wide, and redirect it into the back of the net to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.  From there, the Blackhawks defense and the play of Crawford were enough to hold off St. Louis and give the Hawks a 6 point lead over the Blues.

Notable mentions: Corey Crawford, prior to this year, in 268 career games had 12 shutouts.  He has 7 in 41 games this year.  The Blackhawks have one game remaining before the All-Star break.  they've currently played 13 games in 21 days with a 12-1 record.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Corey Crawford - (25 saves, 1.000 SV%)
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane - 1A, +1, 4 shots
3rd - CHI - Artemi Panarin - 1G, +1, 4 shots

Next game: Tuesday, January 26th, 6:30PM CT