On the night the Houston Astros won a dramatic Game 7 of the World Series, Corey Crawford pitched a shutout and the Blackhawks got back in the win column.
It wasn’t pretty out of the gate. The Hawks got two power plays in the first period – both with Valtteri Filppula in the box – but didn’t get anything started. The only highlight for the Hawks in the opening 20 minutes was Connor Murphy hammering Taylor Leier 13 minutes into the game. Murphy, whose father is a coach for the Flyers, was chased down by Scott Laughton and had a brief altercation after the clean hit.
Chicago got a third power play less than one minute into the second and came up empty again. Twitter was trashing the Blackhawks’ power play when they got a fourth advantage. This time, however, Artem Anisimov got them on the board.
That goal got the crowd excited and ended the Philadelphia penalty, but didn’t slow down the Blackhawks’ sudden offensive momentum.
Jonathan Toews showed his speed and finishing ability only 20 seconds later and extended the lead to two.
Toews’ fourth of the season gave the Hawks some space and Crawford dominated throughout.
Alex DeBrincat scored his second career NHL goal into an empty net in the final two minutes to close the books on the scoring.
Crawford was absolutely superb. He stopped all 35 shots he faced in the game to earn the victory.
Toews won 10 of 16 at the dot and added one hit and four penalty minutes to his fourth goal of the season. Brandon Saad led Chicago with seven shots on net.
Cody Franson started the game with Duncan Keith and picked up an assist, one blocked shots and put four shots on net in 17:38. Keith skated 26:14 and blocked a team-high four shots in the game. Brent Seabrook skated 23:55 and was credited with two hits while Jan Rutta blocked two shots and was credited with two hits in 19:40.
John Hayden and Patrick Kane also had assists in the game for the Hawks. Lance Bouma led the Hawks with four hits.
Anisimov added one assist to his fourth goal of the season and won eight of 17 faceoffs. He also blocked one shot, had one takeaway and put five shots on net.