Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell had three point nights as the Blackhawks dominated the Washington Capitals.
The Hawks defense in the first period was overwhelming, not allowing a shot on Corey Crawford for over 16 minutes to open the contest. Chicago only allowed three goals in the first period and 17 in the game. Crawford was solid, allowing only two goals.
Patrick Kane was outstanding with the puck again as he continues to play exceptionally well as the top line center in the absence of Jonathan Toews. He scored his 19th goal of the season, the third for the Hawks and ultimately the game-winner.
Shaw had two goals and an assist and Bickell added two assists and one goal as the Hawks continued to get great contributions from all over the lineup. Andrew Brunette, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Nick Leddy were each credited with an assist on Sunday night.
Shaw’s nine goals are now tied with teammate Marcus Kruger and Columbus’ Ryan Johansen for 11th among rookies this year. He continues to be one of the great finds from the 2011 Draft, and is playing a major role for the Hawks in a playoff run. Chicago is now 7-1-1 since the trade deadline, all without Toews in the lineup.
Jimmy Hayes watched the game as coach Joel Quenneville gave Michael Frolik a rare night in the lineup.