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Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Shutout Blues

The opening 20 minutes felt awfully familiar, with the Blackhawks getting out-skated and outshot by the Blues. But, once again, Corey Crawford was up to the challenge and kept his team in the game.

Crawford faced 12 shots in the first period while the skaters in front of him put on six on the Blues’ net. He was good enough that the Hawks could pick up their game after seven consecutive underwhelming periods, and finally took it to the Blues.

In the second, the Hawks flipped the script and outshot the Blues 11-6. At 15:26, Patrick Kane found Artemi Panarin with a filthy backhand pass and Panarin buried his 17th of the season.

Both teams got a power play in the third, but only Chicago was able to convert their advantage.

A Marian Hossa blast got tipped by Andrew Shaw to beat Brian Elliott for the Hawks’ second goal of the night. Shaw was wearing a guard to protect his jaw during the game after he was hit in the face during Friday night’s loss to the Panthers. He lost two teeth and needed some stitches, but was able to return to a full workload against a division rival on Sunday night.

When the final horn sounded, Crawford had stopped all 25 shots he faced to complete his seventh shutout of the season. Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked a game-high seven shots in the victory to lead a Blackhawks effort that allowed only 13 shots to reach Crawford over the final 40 minutes after allowing 12 in the first period.

Jonathan Toews won 10 of 15 faceoffs in the game but his teammates got their butts kicked at the dot again. Artem Anisimov won seven of 21 and Phillip Danault five of 11 against a very good group of centers from St. Louis.

Brandon Mashinter played 7:42 and picked up four hits as Jiri Sekac was a healthy scratch. Andrew Desjardins led the way with five hits in the game.

The Hawks are in Carolina on Tuesday, and won’t play at the United Center again until Feb. 9 when they host the Dallas Stars.

55 thoughts on “Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Shutout Blues

  1. Great defensive effort. Not a lot of sustained pressure by the Blues. The Hawks’ D-men were patient and they cleared their zone quickly.
    Dumb penalty by 72 and he continues to turn the puck over trying to enter the offensive zone.
    Let’s go Hawks!

  2. Awesome team defense in the 2nd and 3rd periods. CC was his amazing self. Danault line did an excellent job of shutting down the Backes line.

  3. Rock solid once again from Crawford. Blues attacked the net with speed and Corey kept them out. Fantastic, even kept Gustafsson’s “direct shot on net” out, which requires some heads up alertness. Let’s hope that never happens again. Panarin’s goal was spectacular as he was airborne and horizontal with the ice from the force of his shot…someone needs to grab a still picture off the video of Panarin floating horizontally in mid air like some kind of Hare Krishna /Zen thing. This guy is going to give Ovechkin a run for his money. Stan will have to keep his powder and bank account dry for this guy in 2 years time. Superb backhanded pass to him from Kane made it all that more special. If Hollywood wrote this script on this team few would believe it. It’s all good.

  4. Great game by Crawford. His detractors, if there are any left, are now eating crow. Pun intended. I think this game was actually fairly important because there were two tired teams and the Hawks came out on top with the points against a team chasing them in the division. They also stopped the two game losing streak. If the Hawks can beat Carolina they go into the break on a huge positive note and then get some rest and some time to practice to integrate Panik and Sekac. Then they have the lighter schedule up to the start of playoffs because they have played so many game. Go Hawks.

  5. Two off the chart plays – Kane’s backhand cross-ice pass is a play that that takes a ton of strength and skill. Second, Shaw’s tip on a blast that was going wide – again incredible skill to redirect the shot just under the crossbar. Continue to be very impressed with the steady play of Danault and the 3rd line.

  6. Another solid write up Tab. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy your writing and especially this forum to converse in Hawks fandom. Most of the game was kind of a snoozer, but I certainly like the outcome.

    Earlier the Hawks had 2 players in Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz selected for a group of 66 candidates for Hobey Baker. Doubt they have much chance, but cool nonetheless. When looking through the list, more than a few are undrafted. Be curious to see who the Hawks pick up. Ahti Oksanen is a name that stands out for me.

  7. Panarin is amazing. Already has more goals than Sharp did all of last year and comes in at a significant saving on the cap. He does give up the odd puck but more than makes up for it with highlight passes and goals.

  8. When I was looking at the box score early in the third period, the Hawks were out hitting the Blues. I though my eyes were deceiving me. I’m sure a good part of that was the possession situation of the first period but still….

    The end numbers were Blues 33 to Hawks 32.

  9. The Blues tried their best to play a disciplined game and still they Lose 2-0. They might be ready to implode

  10. Great job of protecting home ice. Got the 2 goal lead then locked it down in impressive fashion.

    For those wondering about Prospect Mark McNeill, he scored the only goal for Rockford in a 1-0 win on Saturday, but much more telling was the interview with Ted Dent afterwards. You can watch it on the Ice Hogs website. He said in his opinion, McNeill is an Nhl level player who deserves a call up.

    While it is obviously not up to Dent, this was the first time, I’ve heard a ringing endorsement of his development. Speculation of his stalled progress has run the gamut.
    Worth keeping an eye on when Hawks need to call up a forward.

  11. RD-good to see your comments-
    Number 52 might not be the skater that 2 is (who is?) But his early confidence with the puck and quick first two strides from the net out is beautiful to the eyes and a reminder of someone coming out of Norfolk at about the same age.

  12. Two tired teams looking forward to the all-star break. The Hawks need some time off to rest. Crow looked awfully sharp, too.

    Crow, Seabrook and Hjalmarson are the most under rated players in the NHL. GOOD. Let them fly under the radar. Maybe when they get another ring, they will be included in the all-star festivities!!

    Most fans are blind and uninformed.

  13. Tab, Can the Hawks send Darling down to Rockford for a few games to try and get his game back together ?????

  14. Crow Show Continues . . . just say No and he did Not Tonight!
    Blues look pathetic in a game that should have some energy but ahrd to watch and they play slow real slow.

    One big difference in NHL and last nights game is that the Hawks Know the Blues tendencies and have a core defense that knows where they want the puck (lanes) who is getting the puck and when they’ll shoot. This is why it took a few games to figure out the Bolts in Cup ( bolts could have won ) and why Panthers did what they did. Our Core 4 did a great job just keeping Crow in an embargo.

    TVR made a nice rush “to the net” on the Kane pass to The Artist Panarin. Luckily that cross ice pass is now signature and eveyr one (looks for it ) and we know Do Not Get in the Way. TVR did not get in the way and pulled the defense towards the paint made space and the pass was perfect! Awesome goal for the artist.

    Elliot in Blue or Black or Pink is still not very good!

    Four More before the break, break even and that would be perfect.

    Got to get Crow some rest after the break and I think.

    Where was Jiri Sekac? I was wrong he didn’t get time on the top line appears he did not enter the building.

    Go hawks

  15. All star voting has little to do with talent or who’s who in the zoo. Hockey is NOT the most watched sport on the telly and Yes it hard to watch and understand what is happening and why, it moves too fast and announcers spend no time on details. Too fast!

    Most all NHL fan knows how good Hawks top 3 d men are, Keith, Hammer and Seabrook! They play very steady in our own end and can turn it up offensively when the game calls for it. NHL fans up north know the game inside and out unlike a lot of American Fans, I remember conversations at a Montreal game and at Toronto game while on the road, comment by fans at the game that elevated my Hockey IQ and where insightful and many by young kids and dads. Both teams fans had a very deep knowledge of “Farm Team” and at the time Toronto had sunday games on home ice so all fans could see the future, which i thought was very very smart, i’m creative director and marketing guy and that to me was smart!

    Go Hawks

  16. That was like watching Tennis… a lot of back and forth… with little “Grade A scoring chances”… getting tougher and tougher to score in NHL- with better Coaching around the World… Euro/College ranks- for example…

    NHL- may need to something… bigger nets, smaller pads, modify- offsides???
    if they want more O… Just seems like more team’s are adopting the Hawk’s “style” of Defense… and keeping the O to the Perimeter… Playing a “Match-up zone” type D

  17. I agree with Morrison. Let’s call the penalties that are penalties. The noncalls have got to stop on obvious calls. Anisimov took a vicious crosscheck in front of the net that should have been called. Take the politics out of NHL referees and linesmen Mr Bettman. That will result in more scoring.

  18. Right on Morrison!

    If the NHL truly wants more scoring – call the obstruction and interference penalties that gum up the offensive flow in the game. Yes, it will initially result in slowing the game down as there will be more stoppages of play due to penalty calls, but teams/players will adjust and those penalty calls will occur with less frequency, and more important, the obstruction and interference will be greatly reduced resulting in more scoring chances, and ergo, more scoring.

  19. One must be impressed with the Hawks finding a way to halt the 7 period slide of almost zero offense. From my view both teams last night were skating as though they have hit the wall from an energy point. Hawks were there of course in Fla, but the Blues are in the same place as both teams have played a concentrated schedule compared with the rest of the league. Normal combativeness of the Hawks-Blues game was almost completely absent. Basically these teams hate each other, but last night it looked like they just wanted/needed some time off. Hawks more so in the 1st and then the Blues succumbed. Corey stood tall yet again to keep that game scoreless after 1st. The guy is on quite a roll.

    Was anyone else at the UC last night noticing that the music on the pre-game skate was even more ear piercing loud than normal(which is already over the top loud) as well as the video show before the anthem? My God it had to be 120 decibels plus. I have seen countless concerts in there. They aren’t that loud. Who makes the decision to turn that stuff up to ear damaging levels? It’s ridiculous. I was sitting trying to talk on the concourse at Club Level and you had a hard time hearing someone 3-4 feet away it was that loud. Hate to say it but that is not entertainment.

    Kane pass to Panarin was sick and never mind the finish be Bread Man. Puck looked like it dipped or hit something, but the release was lightning fast. Those 2 guys are highlight reel material waiting to happen almost every game. They make it look so easy. It is real pleasure to watch such amazing hockey talent creating these incredible plays.

    Gotta love Shaw. This guy really likes his job. Warts and all, he is an inspiring player given his size and what he goes up against game after game. Fearless, inspiring, and a necessary piece to the puzzle.

    Last night was an important game against a divisional rival that said the Hawks just wanted it more when they were basically running on fumes.

    I like where the Hawks are right now. Get some rest and get back at it. This team is competitive when it counts. Healthy focused Crow into playoffs and the door is wide open to go deep. Somehow a 7 game slate with the Kings would be fitting in playoffs.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  20. Personally I don’t think the way to fix scoring is by calling more penalties. It’s a systemic problem. The systems every team plays (trap) is what has caused scoring to vanish. Their was something like 8.5 goals per game scored in 92/93. Now theres about 5. Nearly cut total goals in half. And the change was quite sudden. Did the refs stop calling penalties? Maybe. Did the goalies all of a sudden get crazy good?

    Nope. Lemaire and the Devils made the trap famous in the mid 90s. Being a copycat league everyone followed suit. Every team has tried to perfect it. It’s become dump and chase constantly with little creativity. The only time you get the creativity is when a team is caught out of position (not trapping).

    Kuznetsov wrote a piece for the players tribune. In pretty broken English. He says in Russia its all about skating and skill. If your caught dumping a puck in your screamed at. Do it again and youre benched. He also mentioned that the blackhawks play the Russian way where its about skill and controlling the puck, but they didn’t have any Russians. That’s obviously before Panarin and Anisimov as the piece was written in last year’s playoffs.

    So, how do you change a mindset? You need a visionary like Tarasov to come in and others will copy

  21. Why all the concern about more scoring? I’d rather see a good 2-1 game with great defense and spectacular saves, good back checking and hitting. 6-5 blowouts where goalies can’t stop a beach ball and defensemen let the forwards cruise by is just bad hockey.

  22. Ernie, calling penalties won’t increase scoring. Calling penalties will reduce obstruction and interference. Reduced obstruction and interference will result in more scoring chances. More scoring chances will result in more scoring. Cause and effect.

  23. Pucklogic, I have no problem with a well played 2-1 game and prefer it to a poorly played 6-5 game, so we’re in agreement there. However, I do have a problem when the speed and artistry of the game in greatly reduced because obstruction and interference penalties are rarely called. So, to be more specific, it’s not necessarily that I want more scoring, it’s that I want more of the beauty of the game and less of the play that takes it away.

  24. ER, couldn’t agree more. Things are getting better compared to the 70s goon era and the over the top clutching and grabbing of the 80s and 90s. At least now guys like Kane and Panarin can showcase their skills. Fighting minutes keep declining and the skill guys are taking over. And who’s disappointed that Crawford has a league leading 7 shutouts.

  25. I like what ER is talking about.

    Phil, need to get better speakers like Klipsch. Have more amps and just add a lot more speakers. Then the quality is there when its tuned up real high and you wont hear that shit.

  26. BrokerWayne, I was trying to give praise to the Hawk fans and because the rest of the league has no idea about what goes on in this town with the Hawks. That’s why guys like Hjalmarson and Crawford do not make the all-star team. Sorry if I insulted your “mens league” mentality. Everybody goes on the defensive…………

  27. Hey Mo, can you please make those recommendations to Rocky? Personally, I prefer B and W……What they had it cranked up to last night was insane. Maybe the guy at the UC soundboard was passed out up there before they dropped the puck?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  28. Follow-Up to MS and Phil’s posts.

    Kane’s cross-ice backhand pass found its way to its intended location traveling every bit of 60-61 ft. (ran the numbers) through literally (5) NHL players [(4) wearing white jerseys]. Kane had Panarin targeted through the neutral zone. After stickhandling/baiting StL #4 D-man Carl Gunarrsson to protect the inside, Kane broke sharply to the boards to force Gunnarsson to sweep-check onto his forehand which directly created the space to get the pass past the first obstacle. #12 C Jori Lehtera had backchecked hard from the Hawks’ blue line, but graciously slowed up just shy of (forehand) stick reach of the pass. TVR and Tarasenko began their close-quarters tango outside the neutral zone face-off dot, remained engaged to the slot, and the pass went inches behind Tarasenko’s skate. Shattenkirk arguably backed up too far and took himself out of foiling-the-pass range, only to be rewarded by deflecting Panarin’s ensuing one-timer past Elliott.

    Given the number of players potentially in the way of the nearly 3/4-rink-width pass and the fact that Kane was moving away from Panarin when he let the puck go, the pass needed some heavy Dijon mustard to have any prayer of getting through, requiring tremendous strength to execute. The whistler of course found Panarin’s tape in perfect one-timer shooting position. The look on Hitchcock’s face post-goal was priceless – one can almost hear him thinking of ways to (at all costs) avoid playing the Hawks again in the postseason.

    That play was a thing of beauty, one deserving of Play-of-the-Season accolades, one truly for the ages. We are truly blessed to be able to enjoy such unbelievable talent on the same roster.

  29. The game is very coached and everyone watches “Film” and all teams if you face them enough has tendencies they repeat and areas on the ice where players like to be in position to receive the puck and shoot.

    The challenge as we / I say is speed, not quickness but north to south 200 feet. Right now teams are leaning towards defense and two way players and as stated by some the NHL does not have a lot a burners, flat out burners. Speed demons. I don’t think any Hawk is going to win a skating race. As observed many many times Hawks are a possession because they don’t dump it, they hold the puck, they will rest on defense 5 times before they make a bad pass. They just hate to no have the puck and now they have a Artist line where they hold the puck for over 90 seconds and wont take a shot unless it’s a good one. So to me it’s speed and skill . . . NHL is watered down hence our 3 cups vs 3 average teams really, no one dominates at all. Hawks best conditioned and best two way players in the NHL.

    Hate to think of bigger net, or wider rink, it’s a skill set really.

    More Penalties is odd, just call the penalties as they happen.

    Also in todays game we do not have the Old School Phil Esposito Types that work, hold and own that blue paint in front of goal tenders. None really that do it all the time, lost art, lots of over passing and holding. They Crease Player makes all the difference, but they are often big, bulky slow to back check.

    go hawks . . .

  30. MTM the NHL (and the Hawks) have fast players but you must have the skill and IQ to go with it, otherwise they would be drafting Apolo Ohno or Charles Hamelin. The NFL has tried this numerous times with Olympic track stars. Sure they can fly but can’t a run pattern or catch the ball (not as many deep balls..aka stretching the field like there used to be). Stalberg had lots of speed but no IQ same goes for a guy like Hagelin. The only guy I can think of that meets your criteria is Nate Mackinnon and there aren’t many of him.

  31. Reg, just like I said, does it make you feel superior…. In this case being a Blackhawks fan? Other fans supporting other teams are just as “knowledgable” as you…..

  32. “Was anyone else at the UC last night noticing that the music on the pre-game skate was even more ear piercing loud than normal(which is already over the top loud) as well as the video show before the anthem? My God it had to be 120 decibels plus. I have seen countless concerts in there. They aren’t that loud. Who makes the decision to turn that stuff up to ear damaging levels? It’s ridiculous. I was sitting trying to talk on the concourse at Club Level and you had a hard time hearing someone 3-4 feet away it was that loud. Hate to say it but that is not entertainment.”…….

    Hey Phil, threaten to give up your season tickets….. I’m sure the Hawks will turn the volume down!

  33. “That’s why guys like Hjalmarson and Crawford do not make the all-star team.”

    Reg, Agree that those two guys and Seabs are very good players that go unnoticed, but try elevating the dialog.

  34. Well Brokerwayne, the point I was making is clear. The loudness of the music is driving fans away from watching the pre-game skate around. Otherwise, it is ear plugs. Are ear plugs necessary to wear at a hockey game before the game starts because the music is presented is at the pain level? This is coming from someone that likes to play music I like pretty loud. I guess that is what passes for entertainment to the NHL. It’s what’s on the ice that matters at least to most hockey fans. Just keep it simple. Would love to ask some players what they think about it. Put the organ on and keep it simple.

    I have season tickets because I am a long time Hawks fan going back to the early 60’s. This team is special. I go to most of the games and pay dearly for that right. I have been doing this for decades. Just stating my opinion.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  35. Phil, I didn’t grow up in Chicago, but have been following the Blackhawks since the early 80’s. I go to 5-6 games a year and watch the rest on TV, when I’m not working. If you want the volume lowered, I would respectfully suggest that you speak with the powers to be. I don’t think DumDum or ER will be able to help you with the noise level at the UC.

  36. Brokerwayne, I have mentioned it to my season ticket rep with the Hawks. Her comment is not all fans are looking for the same experience. My concerns have fallen on deaf ears……

    Lets Go Hawks!

  37. A co-worker once told me if its too loud you’re too old. My response….Turn that fucking Christmas music off!!

  38. This organization does everything good and what it doesn’t it gets on it. So I think if the right people hear about this and not make excuse/press talk, they should upgrade with more speakers (and amps) to make quality better when its higher so you donot hear the shit Phil is talking about. Its not too loud if the quality is in the sound.

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