Jimmy Hayes and Marcus Kruger scored Chicago’s two goals as the Blackhawks extended their winning streak to four games, three of which have come against the NHL’s elite.
Hayes once again played a big, physical game with his fifth goal of the season, an assist and three hits in just over 12 minutes of action. Kruger scored the game-winner, his seventh, and also was credited with a blocked shot and three takeaways.
Dylan Olsen played more than 20 minutes for the third time since being recalled and was effective at even strength and in 2:28 in short-handed ice time. He was credited with one blocked shot, two hits and two takeaways in the game.
Beyond the rookies, the players that needed to step up on the absense of Jonathan Toews did so. Patrick Kane played like a superstar, controlling the puck through traffic and forcing the issue offensively. Marian Hossa was strong as well, leading the team with four takeaways. Both Kane and Hossa skated over 21 minutes in the game.
In spite of not being named one of the game’s three stars, the night was all about Corey Crawford. He was magnificent after allowing a power play goal in the first period, stopping 31 of 32 shots in the game and extending his red-hot personal streak.
Crawford has now won his last four starts in a row, including games at the Rangers and at home against the Blues and Red Wings. In those four starts, he has allowed only five goals and has stopped 115 of 120 shots against him (.958 save percentage).