Trailing after two periods, the Blackhawks put together a huge third period to win a third consecutive game, two of which have come against elite competition.
In one of the most physical games the Hawks have played this year, only three Chicago players (John Scott, Dave Bolland and Andrew Brunette) weren’t credited with a hit in the Hawks stunning victory on Sunday afternoon. Rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen led the Blackhawks with six hits in the game, and was also plus-two on the afternoon.
Corey Crawford was huge for a second consecutive game, allowing only one goal against 30 shots in spite of the Blues having a number of really good chances in the first 40 minutes. The Hawks also killed all three penalties in the game, continuing their strong play while at a disadvantage.
In his last three starts, Crawford has stopped 84 of 88 shots (.954 save percentage) and has won all three games.
David Backes, the Blues’ captain, could have been credited with a game-winning goal when Dave Bolland banked what appeared to be a cross-crease pass off his skate and into the net. Duncan Keith tied the game at one early in the third, and Marian Hossa added an empty net goal for good measure in the closing moments.
Keith had two points (goal, assist), while Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell were credited with assists in the game.
With big wins against two of the better teams in the NHL, the Rangers and now Blues, the Blackhawks appear to have turned their ship around. They’ll certainly be tested on Tuesday night, when the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings visit Chicago.