Corey Crawford was magnificent, just one of a handful of great rookies on Thursday night as the Blackhawks devastated the Canucks in their building.
In the last two games, the Blackhawks have outscored the Canucks 12-2, and have chased Roberto Luongo from both games.
Sunday at the United Center, the Blackhawks could carry their momentum over and continue an improbable comeback.
Crawford handled 36 shots, and the 5-0 final score is the largest margin of victory in the history of the Blackhawks.
Duncan Keith has been a wrecking ball since his partner, Brent Seabrook, went down. He had two goals and two assists on the night, leading the way as the Hawks took the attack to Luongo early and often.
Luongo lasted less than a minute into the second period, allowing four goals on 12 shots. He was bad, lacked confidence, and got the hook early. He has now been pulled from four games this year, three of them against Chicago – including each of the last two.
Marian Hossa, who had scored three goals in 26 playoff games in Chicago coming in, scored twice on the night as well.
Rookie Nick Leddy played arguably his best game as a professional. He was outstanding in every area of the game, including chasing down a breakaway in the second period. Somehow he was only credited with two blocked shots and one hit on the night, but his performance was noticeable the entire night.
In the game, rookie Marcus Kruger also recorded his first career NHL point, an assist on Keith’s first goal – the second for the Hawks – and was also credited with a blocked shot.
It certainly appears that Raffi Torres’ hit on Brent Seabrook woke up a sleeping champion, and the Blackhawks have been lethal in the last two games. On Easter Sunday, the Blackhawks will try to get even, forcing a Game 7.