Coming into Tuesday night’s game in Winnipeg, Corey Crawford had allowed 10 even-strength goals through 13 games. Vince Hinostroza had earned a bump to the top line. And the Blackhawks had not only earned a point in 11 consecutive games, but hadn’t been held to fewer than two goals all year.
In Tuesday night’s game, Crawford allowed four even-strength goals and was pulled with 11 minutes left in regulation. Hinostroza got trucked by Josh Morrissey with 26 seconds left in the first period and didn’t return. And the Blackhawks were shutout.
Morrissey scored Winnipeg’s first goal – the game-winner – at 6:26 into the first period. Chicago came out flat after a huge home win against Montreal on Sunday night, but managed to out-shoot the Jets 8-6 in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second, the Blackhawks had 1:07 of 5-on-3 and couldn’t put anything together. Chicago out-shot Winnipeg 12-7 in the second, but failed to make any of them count. They entered the third trailing by one.
The wheels came off pretty quickly in the third. Chris Thorburn turned off the wall and unloaded a shot that appeared to surprise Crawford, extending the Jets’ lead to 2-0 with his first of the year at 4:46.
At 8:31, Dustin Byfuglien set up super-rookie Patrik Laine for his 12th of the season to make the game 3-0.
Nic Petan scored 11 seconds later to make the score 4-0 and close the books on Crawford. Petan’s first goal of the season was the fourth that Crawford allowed against 22 shots (an .818 save percentage); Scott Darling entered the game for the final 11:17 of regulation and made two modest saves in relief.
On the other end of the ice, Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 27 shots to earn his first shutout of the 2016-17 season. Former Blackhawks Byfuglien and Marko Dano had assists in the game.
For Chicago, Ryan Hartman was a scratch. Marcus Kruger was limited to 8:48 in the game, and Hinostroza skated 6:26 in the first period before leaving with his injury. Jordin Tootoo skated 9:54 in the loss.
Patrick Kane (six), Richard Panik and Andrew Desjardins (five each) combined for 16 of the Hawks’ 27 shots. Duncan Keith was credited with four giveaways. Brent Seabrook led Chicago with three hits, and Niklas Hjalmarsson posted a team-high three blocked shots.
The Hawks are off until Friday night in Calgary.