Crawford, Blackhawks Shutout Oilers

The Blackhawks’ top line showed up in a big way and Corey Crawford had yet another dominant performance as the Chicago shutout the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Thursday night.

Only five minutes in, the dynamics of the game almost changed dramatically. Niklas Hjalmarsson took a shot off the inside of his knee and went down hard. He needed to be helped off the ice and went straight to the room in a great deal of pain.

But, as he almost always does, Hjalmarsson returned later in the period.

As the first period progressed, Jonathan Toews opened the scoring – with the game-winning goal – after receiving a dirty saucer pass from Marian Hossa and rifling a shot past Oilers starter Cam Talbot. The goal, Toews’ tenth of the year, was only the beginning of a huge night for a line that had been too quiet in recent weeks.

In the second, Teuvo Teravainen received a nice pass from Toews and put home his seventh of the season. Hossa knocked him on his backside after the goal but the trio was able to laugh about it as they skated to the bench to celebrate extending to a 2-0 lead.

The third saw a great deal of up-and-down hockey but Crawford was able to withstand the pressure. Teravainen scored his second of the night and eighth of the season with 3:18 left in regulation to put the game away. When Artemi Panarin added his tenth of the year less than two minutes later, the game was out of reach and victory was without a doubt.

Toews, Hossa and Teravainen were rightfully the game’s three stars as the line had three points each. Toews won 10 of 16 faceoffs and Hossa led the team with five shots on net. Hossa also blocked two shots and was credited with two hits with his three assists in a magnificent all-around game.

Marcus Kruger disappeared to the room after going into the boards and wasn’t needed down the stretch. He was limited to only eight shifts and just 4:25 in the game; the Blackhawks stayed out of the penalty box, so Kruger wasn’t needed on special teams throughout the game.

Crawford made 33 saves in another shutout. He has now allowed only four goals in his last six starts, three of which have ended with his opponent failing to score. With his fifth of the season, Crawford established a new career high for shutouts – and we’re a week away from Christmas.


Patrick Kane picked up the second assist on Panarin’s goal.

On Saturday night the Blackhawks will be tested as they travel to visit the Buffalo Sabres, who shut out the Ducks 3-0 on Thursday.

36 thoughts on “Crawford, Blackhawks Shutout Oilers

  1. Sometimes it feels like I’m riding a roller coaster with this team. Hopefully it will smooth out to the positive. Great effort by Crow and the 1st line. Great to pick up two points…. Go Hawks!!!!

  2. Nicely done all around solid win. Crawford is on a tear..making up for all those lost shutouts in the past. TT, Hossa, Toews gell’in. It’s all good. Hope Kruger is ok. Going to be a very interesting game Saturday in Buffalo. Luv the noon start…I won’t even bother getting out of my housecoat with the perfect excuse.

  3. Hossa, teows, Teravainen s the 3 starts of the game is debatable in the sense that… do you give Crowford one for the shutout ? That’s almost automatic. But then again which of the 3 do you keep off ? The Canadians from SN kept Hossa off, but he was the best of the 3 on his line all around.

    Canadian feed also had a graphic saying Crowford has the best GAA at Home in the NHL I believe Holtby was 2nd.

    Another good game by the Shaw line. They’re rolling and pretty fun to watch. They should give Coach Q a raise and extension based only on the existence of that line. That’s some elite coaching job right there.

  4. Roszival with some outstanding, hard tape to tape passes out of the zone. Scuderi saved a goal on a scramble late in the second.

    Very competent third pair.

    Interesting in his interview on Tuesday, Stan Bowman twice mentioned the Hawks now have 10 nhl level defenseman. In addition to rundblad, he mentioned sved, gust, and Pokka. I bet at some point Pokka is the next one to get called up to get his feet wet.

  5. Broker, the game of hockey generally is like riding a roller coaster! It’s all about capitalizing on the momentum. Ride that wave for as long as you can.

  6. Panarin played inspired hockey tonight and was strong on the backcheck. I bet Q lit a fire under his ass given his lazy play against Avs. Hawks are best when they think defence first.

  7. Great game for the first line and glad they finally broke out. That was kind of funny when Hossa knocked over TT after that second goal. The kid is light but has the skills. Another great game by CC and Team Canada should be strong in net with Price, Holtby and Crawford next Fall. Let’s keep the momentum going Go Hawks!!

    Also can’t wait for the WJHC a little over a week.

  8. Well, well, well. Hawks beat a really fast team in the Oil. How could this happen? Hawks can’t skate with these teams, and are slow from what many have said. Unless of course, the Hawks actually show up to play with focus, dedication and purpose to their game which they certainly did last night. Better bring your A game if you are going to beat the Hawks at the UC.

    Crisp passing, good zone clears much of the night, and some pucks finally start to go in for the first line. One knew this was going to happen. Just as much as we know the 2nd line can’t keep up the pace they have set up to the quarter pole, even though they remain a dangerous group that demand extra attention from opposing teams. I thought the lines Q put out there last night were really good. Please leave those combos together for a string of games. 3rd line in particular sans Mashinter caused plenty of problems to Edm d corps. Hawks team d was pretty darn impressive last night, and when your keeper is as dialed in as Crow right now it is a formula for winning hockey. Well done Corey Crawford, again! Not taking dumb ass penalties sure helps too. Hawks PP last night had to much playing catch with the puck and not generating enough shots. Minor complaint though. Kruger sure looked like he hurt his shoulder with the way he slumped back to the bench and of course did not return. Some games likely to be missed by 16.

    Great bounce back game.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  9. (In Foley voice when a Sedin has the puck) Where’s Rufus? Where’s Rufus?

    Anisimov hasn’t put up the points of late. But if that top line starts to click and Anisimov starts scoring again, Those top two lines are going to be killer.

  10. Guys who quietly – played well… Des, Shaw, MOOSE…

    Fan- 63… it was I, who hurt Jimmy HOF- ameister’s feelings… I guess he couldn’t handle me being right on Both Moose (deserving call up) and “Trade Daley” suggestion…

    Several times I reported/suggested that Moose was solid down on the Rock… (to Hof’s dismay/and bashing of my opinion).

    Moose- made several – subtle chip plays off the boards- to both get the puck out and to create decent chances… Now- I see Moose’s downside- Just average speed/quickness… and average hands… But- if he had another Shaw on his Left Wing (or better)… That 3rd line could be legit (but Moose + 29’s lack of pace- will hurt them in some games)… Also- notice- Moose- goes to the net as much as anyone (not named Kruger) with a little size/.reach…

    One can only hope that TT/1st LW works out ( I still have my doubts Versus Physical Teams… Oilers- NO physicality at all last nite)… BUT, if that line jells …
    Needs now become either –
    1.) Big D upgrade
    2.) Still could use that Legit 3rd LW (speed and D, w/ touch of scoring) or C , who can dominate FO’s (Vermette type),,, both of these should cost SB a lot less than 1st LW

    imo- all depends on if TT can show up Versus the real deals: Blues, Kings, Preds, etc.

    Lastly- Kruger??? If broken wrist- maybe we see Danault (Kero- is the easy choice)… But- I attended last Hogs game Sat. Danault was the best Hog on Ice!!!
    Kero/Hartman, pretty invisible in 4-1 loss

  11. Dominant performance by the first line. TT is doing a better job of carrying the puck and shooting more. Those improvements plus his speed and quickness is starting to open up time and space for Toews and Hossa. I have noticed Hossa occasionally switching sides with TT on the rush. Lots of movement by the first line making it tough to defend them. Toews and Hossa seem to be making adjustments to help the kid out. Great energy and effort by the fourth line. They were much faster and getting to the forechecker with slow Mashinter sitting. Other than Shaw the third line is useless.

  12. In the video Craig referenced, Stan mentioned Danault, Hartman, and Dano as guys that could play everyday for the Hawks, but want to get them more minutes. If Danault had a couple more games I’d suspect he’d get a call up. As it is, I dont think they make a roster move for tomorrow if they think it’s a short term injury

  13. Observations from the UC…

    1. Edmonton is awful. Until McDavid is back there are awful. A win is a win, and the Oilers can skate and have some obvious skill, but c’mon. This is a team that the Hawks should beat into submission 4 out of 5 games.
    2. Skudieri and Rosival are a competent stay at home pair. And Rosival was, once again, excellent in the passing game last evening.
    3. Teuvo had a nice night. So 1 in 5 of his games is good. And it came against the Oilers, a team allergic to defensive forward play and board work. Just not a Teuvo fan, and he is the furthest thing from a Left Wing. I would love to see him have a competent game against a good team, but that’s asking far too much.
    4. Kruger might be hurt for awhile. Tanner Kero, you might get another audition. Which makes me happy.
    5. Crawford proves once again why he is core, and reminds us all why he is one of THE top reasons for why we won a Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015.

  14. One other observation from the UC – the crowd last night was as collectively intoxicated as the barn has been in quite some time. Lots of “last Thursday of the calendar year” drinking before the game…

  15. I hope Kruger’s injury is minor Ernie. Q’s tone last night at the presser relating to the injury seemed somber. I hope they bring up Kero. He is a much better fore checker than 53.

  16. Observations from the board this fine morning: Hoffameister still MIA, trying to decide how to feel about it. Wall still no love for Crow. Wall even found something to like in Moose ‘s game last night but no pat on the back for CC. Rufus still not much of an 86 fan, but gives him his due for an excellent showing. And everyone loves Johnny and Hoss (me too).

  17. Yes Tab you are correct about many fans being lit up last night. Group of 4 young adults to my right were loaded and during a Hawks power play all got up to leave without waiting for the whistle. I loudly chastised them and received glazed looks of WTF in return. Clueless tourists.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  18. Tuevo teravainen is projected to have a 22 goals-22 assists-43 points- +13 season.

    I think it’s pathetic the way people are continuing to be boring and crappy talking about him. All season long, from day one all I’ve been reading is constant useless shit being said about Teravainen. It’s like reading a priest’s observations of a lesbian porn flick.

    “TT has skills, but he really isn’t the leader who will finally unite Kurdistan”. Point black uselessness.

  19. Red Top… I have given Crow props … a few times this year… Has had some great games…

    But-common… last nite Crow was NOT tested… That was a team Shut out… and Seems to me … someone agreed- CUZ he did not get top 3 stars… Which is rare when there is a shut out!!!

    Re: Moose- once again- he is NOT great/fast/skilled… But- like Kruger… he is efficient, and Knows where to be, makes “the Right plays” , subtle… I think He would even look better- IF- (had more speed/IQ on his LW- to compliment his weaknesses)… actually plays like Less skilled AA… isn’t really noticeable in between 72/88… but then “Pops in” to keep a play alive… allowing 72/88 to be great. just my 2 cents

  20. Bri, were riding the 22yr career wave of Batman and Robin.

    What was that guy saying about the first line the other day.

  21. Wall-Crawford was #2 Star on the Canadian Broadcast which was the Edmonton Oilers Network..they gave all 3 to the Blackhawks despite their biased commentary and call of the game ( kind of drab imo )…they are supposed to be as it’s their own Oilers TV.

    3 Stars, – TT, Crawford, Toews

  22. Wall, you’re right that it was a team SO last night. I actually had 86, 81, then 19 as stars 1-2-3. Possibly Hossa’s best game of the season. MM: yeah, the Edmonton telecast must include CC in the constellation because to exclude a netminder with zero goals allowed violates all the laws of the universe in Canada. Wall, if you issue some kind of soft & warm public appeal to Hoffy maybe he’ll be back. I suppose we should try not to lose all of our blowhards, they’re rare and hard to replace. (RIP, Sr. Brad).

  23. Red Top- Not completely buying that one on Crawford .. There were unquestionably 4 stars last night, however Crawford stopped 33 shots several of which were crucial as for most of the game one goal by Edmonton would have turned things around. So 4 goals against in 6 games and a league leading 5 shutouts and still no real respect? How about NHL player of the week? Banner year for him.

    As for Hof, he was no blowhard and gave great updates from Rockford and beyond plus many good comments. Standing up for himself and defending against totally absurd and slanderous insulting comments cannot be faulted .. I hope we have not lost him this time.

  24. I’m not particularly over the moon with the Hawks beating an Edmonton team that doesn’t come close to presenting the type of challenge a contending team does – but it was a nice bounce back game after the stinker against Colorado and the objective is to win the game on the schedule that night which the Hawks accomplished.

    But, I am encouraged about several things from the game last night even though the competition was not top notch.

    The first thing is TT gaining confidence and thereby raising the level of his game. It’s a chicken/egg thing as to which comes first and improves the other which is why it’s a good thing for him to have success against teams less physical like the Oilers. TT is probably never going to be a player who can hold his own in physical battles, especially not this season, but he isn’t the first player who can be a very good player once he learns how to play “his game” amongst the brutes in the NHL. It’ all between the ears for TT. He has to, and is learning how to adapt his game in what is essentially his rookie year. Games like last night help him in that regard.

    The second thing is the way Scuderi has played in his couple games here. I didn’t know what to expect so my expectations were pretty low. Now, I won’t say he has filled the gaping hole that Daley was supposed to fill, but he looks serviceable is the d-zone and for a million bucks Cap savings it seems to be a good trade.

    Thirdly, I was starting to be a little concerned that Panarin had hit a wall, be it physically, mentally or both. But last night he looked to have the same jump all game long all over the ice. He is still taking risks with the puck a little too much but as long as the good plays far outnumber the bad I hope he is not told to tone it down because he is such a dynamic player that he needs to be able to free wheel more than most players are allowed.

    Lastly, Corey Crawford. Nuff said.

  25. Good game and two points. Hawks played well. Regardless if tested or not, Kudos to CC (agree…a major reason we won 2013 & 2015 cups). Don’t want to get too excited because the Oilers did not show up last night, but we still earned the 2 points regardless. The lines are starting to show nice chemistry together. Lets string together a nice run of 8-10 in a row against some playoff competition to excite our thinking of the possibility of another cup.

    Go Hawks!!! Great comments everyone.

    p.s. see that Danault called up. Wish Krugs well in his recovery. Looks like he may be out a while.

  26. Shame on you guys who said Hossa was getting old after that last game. You were ready to take him out to the pasture. Silly. The guy had one bad night, but last night, DUDE WAS ON FIRE.

    Shame on RTF too for those comments about TT that just don’t end. I think about you guys all the time while watching the games.

    I kid because I love.


    Shame on ME!!! I have been really hard on Cro over the past couple of years. You all know that I am sure. I was really pissed seeing Sharp get let go before Cro. If I had my way, I would have traded Cro, put Darling in and kept either Sharp or Saad.

    So in defense of Crawford, these moves show CHicago’s commitment to their goalie.

    As disappointing that was. DUDE IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!

    I am loving Crawford right now, he is playing like a 6 or 7 million dollar per year goalie. TAKE THAT RINNE!!!!

  27. I gotta laugh at all the Teuvo doubters out there. He’s at least comparable to the “manchild” at age 21 (probably has more upside)
    At 21—
    Saad — 47 pts in 78 games (.59/game) 16 min of ice a game
    Teuvo (so far) 16 pts in 29 games (.55/game) 14 min of ice a game

    When he was 21, Saad started in the offensive zone 65% of the time
    Teuvo starts in the offensive zone 50% of the time.

    Saad played exclusively on the 1st or 2nd line. Teuvo’s played all over the place.
    Finally, at 21, Saad’s Corsi was .4% above the team average. Teuvo’s is 2.4%

    Yeah RTF – let’s trade him

  28. The Crow Show continues . . . I still like Talbot but CROW owned the show tonight!

    First line played obviously very very well BUT to me it was the 3r and 4th line that really set the tone of the game and had puck possession and where once again quick to the puck and physical.

    I’m still a large Garbutt fan and happy at least Eddie O sees what I see EVERY TIME Garbutt is on the ice for a kid never drafted. Speed, stick and is always in the right position, always, watch his positioning in the offensive zone, quick to close, to open up and get to the net, Love him on those bottom lines. His speed is deceptive.

    Rasmussen is also improving game to game, fun to watch as a hockey fan, Toews and Hossa doing what the SHOULD BE DOING these kids are more fun. Rasmussen really uses his body / size well, while not a big physical presence he really closes out well. Plus he is getting shots on net like Garbutt, and in great net front presence.

    TNT as said over and over, is now getting between the dots (low) and is shooting with his quick release. He can not afford to stand still so if he keeps moving great. Just to prove how he might not fit he got FLOORED twice by Hossa, So he is learning where on the ice but also WHEN. Not easy but good for TNT.

    Defense solid but also not CALLED UPON to drift too far north to add to the offensive rush, so when we can just play defense and have 4 lines do what they are paid to do this is the result.

    Scuderi saved a goal so good for him and us, but with Rozy it like watching a hall of fame game in slow motion?

    No Power plays for Oilers . . . Hawks recipe for success puck possession and no short handed time on the ice.

    go hawks

    But I’ll take Buffalo Saturday . . .

    But cant wait for DALLASSSSSSSS

  29. TNT always had skills, this is not a coming out party or news flash? Kid can play has “marketable skills” and can flat out play and pass and has an iq on offense as high as anyone. His body, size and weight is the same as SHAW, soooooooo at times a scout would think he could play a wee bit more physical and get in those tuff areas behind the net on dump ins? He very often does not chase the puck or close hard, he pulls up all the time, but not his fault, not his strength BUT now he knows to let Toews and Hossa dig some and let them chase just get his ass below the dots and shoot quick. While his wrist shot is not that hard, it’s quick and accurate.

    If your not going to close, chase and chip get below the dots, like he did and the game is really that simple for him. Play the role and get to that open ice. With Toews and Hossa next to you a scout would say he should have a night like last night once a week.


    go hawks

  30. Fan Since ’63, “Scuderi/Rosival compitent stay 2 home pair. Split them up with 4 and 57” — although that would seem to lend more balance to three defense pairings, the fact is that Q will play the top two pairs more (incl. PP and PK). So, it might be best the way it is – 4 & 7 and 2 & 57 (or, if necessary revert back to 2 & 7…leaving 4 & 57 paired)…this also maintains a L & R balance thru the three pairs. Just my opinion.

  31. fan since ’63-
    4 can’t play with 32 or 47 because he plays a ton of minutes and he plays the shutdown D pairing role. 32 and 47 can’t do that.

    A 4-57, 2-32, 7-47 has more logic for me, if you think about mixing.

    Dickie Dunn-
    57 being able to play left and right is huge. I love 57. He allows Coach Q to try any combination possible and the best thing about it is that Coach Q trusts 57 to do that.

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