Corey Crawford was called out by coach Joel Quenneville after Game 2 of the series. Chicago’s netminder said he needed to be better.
On Monday night, Crawford shut down the St. Louis Blues with a 34-save shutout and the Hawks are right back in their first round series.
Jonathan Toews put a tipped puck through Ryan Miller at 4:10 and the goal would hold-up as the game-winner. Marcus Kruger added an empty net tally in the closing seconds to extend the score to 2-0.
Michal Handzus being active has been widely criticized before and during the first three games of the series, but he was outstanding in Game 3. He was credited with one assist, three blocked shots, one hit and one takeaway and skated 3:45 short-handed in the victory.
During a key sequence in the middle of the game, Handzus blocked two shots on the same penalty kill. As the clock was winding down, he made a good play to cross center ice and get the puck deep, where Brandon Saad set up Kruger for the empty net goal.
Sheldon Brookbank was pressed into action with Brent Seabrook suspended, and played arguably his best game in the Indian head sweater. He started the game with Duncan Keith and skated 14:32 with two blocked shots and one hit. Brookbank was also credited with the secondary assist on Toews’ goal in the first period.
Toews won 19 of 24 faceoffs in 22:30 with his game-winning goal. In three games against the Blues, Toews has won 56 of 83 faceoffs – 67.5 percent – and now has three points (one goal, two assists). Saad now has four assists in three games.
Keith played 27:27 with the primary assist on Toews’ goal and three blocked shots. He saved a goal in the second period as well, helping out Crawford.
Johnny Oduya and Nick Leddy led the Hawks with four blocked shots each, and Niklas Hjalmarsson once again played an exceptional game. The Hawks blocked 24 shots as a team.
Bryan Bickell, who woke up at some point between the end of the regular season and the start of this series, had eight hits in 15:44 and continued to be the most physical player in the series. He has 21 hits in three games to start the series.
For St. Louis, Alex Steen won only one of 11 faceoffs and Ryan Miller allowed only one goal against 24 shots. The Hawk failed on all four of their power plays, and the Blues did nothing with three advantages.