Charlie Lindgren made his fourth career regular season NHL appearance on Sunday night at the United Center and was magnificent against red-hot Montreal native Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Lindgren, 23, joined Montreal as an undrafted college free agent out of St. Cloud State in the spring of 2016 and clearly played the best game of his career in Chicago. He stopped 28 shots in the first two periods.
The Hawks put plenty of shots on net but the power play looked like crap again. Chicago had two advantages in the first period and failed to capitalize.
All streaks end at some point, and Sunday night ended an impressive one for Chicago’s netminder.
Crawford’s shutout streak lasted 173 minutes, 9 seconds but ended 1:54 into the third period on Sunday when Jonathan Drouin gave Montreal a 1-0 lead.
A little less than six minutes later, Connor Murphy committed a brutal turnover and Joe Morrow scored a second goal for Montreal.
After the second goal, coach Joel Quenneville started the line blender. Artem Anisimov moved up to skate between Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad and Nick Schmaltz spent a few shifts between Patrick Sharp and Ryan Hartman.
Crawford went to the bench with a little more than two minutes left in regulation. The Hawks had a few good looks but Lindgren was able to keep everything out of the net. Montreal’s goaltender stopped all 38 shots he faced to earn a big road victory for Montreal.
The Habs out-shot the Hawks 17-9 in the third period and got the goal(s) they needed to escape Chicago with a win.
Cody Franson led Chicago with six shots on net and finished tied with Duncan Keith and Jan Rutta for the team lead with four blocked shots. Tommy Wingles led the Hawks with five hits.
Jonathan Toews won nine of 13 faceoffs and Anisimov won nine of 16.
The Hawks are off until playing in Philadelphia on Thursday night.