Corey Crawford returned to the ice and stopped all 28 shots he faced on Sunday night as the Blackhawks shutout the Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 at the United Center.
The only goal of the night came from Andrew Shaw late in the second period off a pretty dish from Bryan Bickell. Shaw also led the way with four hits in the game, won four of his six faceoffs, and took a cheap shot to the crotch from James Wisniewski in the third period.
Bickell contributed three hits with with the assist.
Interestingly, Chicago’s ice time was evenly spread out on the blue line once again but coach Joel Quenneville really relied on his top six forwards in the game. All six of the Hawks’ defensemen were between 17:02 (Michal Rozsival) and 22:53 (Duncan Keith), but Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews were all over 20 minutes in the game.
Meanwhile, Jamal Mayers and Daniel Carcillo skated in eight and nine shifts, respectively, and Bickell skated only 8:49 in the game.
Chicago killed five penalties in the game.
Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked six shots to lead Chicago, and Rozsival had two hits and three blocked shots as well. Marian Hossa was credited with four takeaways while Kane was credited with three. Skating in Dave Bolland’s place on the second line, Marcus Kruger won seven of 16 faceoffs and was also credited with three takeaways in the game.
For Columbus, Steve Mason was very good in net. He stopped 26 of 27 shots in the game.