For the masses counting the days between Blackhawks shutout victories, hit the reset button.
On Sunday night, Corey Crawford kept all 16 shots he faced out of the net and the Hawks ended their long road trip with an incredible 10-0-2 record.
Crawford got plenty of help on Sunday, as the Hawks blocked almost as many shots (14) as Crawford was required to stop. Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook led the way with three blocks each in a superb defensive effort.
Offensively, the game-winning goal was credited to Marcus Kruger, who beat Pekka Rinne at 6:14 in the second; Jonathan Toews deflected a Duncan Keith shot into the net 66 seconds later to push the Hawks’ lead to 2-0.
For Toews, it was his 150th career goal.
Patrick Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with a pretty goal in the third that mirrored the Cup-winning goal from 2010.
On the blue line, coach Joel Quenneville spread out the ice time as well as at any point this season. Only one defenseman – Johnny Oduya – skated more than 21 minutes in the game and the other five were between 16:59 (Michal Rozsival) and 20:58 (Niklas Hjalmarsson).
Have we mentioned the zero goals scored by Nashville?