Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Blank Canucks

It took less than 12 minutes for the Blackhawks to accomplish two significant pieces of business on Sunday night.

  • Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 26 games with an assist.
  • And Duncan Keith scored the game-winning goal.

Those events happened at 11:51 into the opening period as both Kane and Keith stayed red hot and the Hawks stormed out to a 1-0 lead. From there, it was all about Corey Crawford.

Back-to-back shutouts? Why not!

Crawford stopped 30 saves and helped kill all three Vancouver power plays on the night to earn a second consecutive shutout against a Western Conference opponent. Crawford had an exceptional week, posting a 4-0-0 record with a .984 save percentage.

In front of Crawford, the Hawks added three insurance goals in the third period to blow the Canucks away. Rookie Dennis Rasmussen continues to impress, scoring his second goal after being recalled. He later added an assist on a goal from… wait for it… Brandon Mashinter with 10 seconds left in regulation. Rasmussen won five of eight faceoffs and was credited with one hit and one blocked shot in 9:56 on the ice.

Andrew Shaw added a goal between Rasmussen and Mashinter; his fifth of the season came with 31 seconds left in regulation. He finished the night tied for the team lead with three hits; Bryan Bickell, who picked up an assist on Rasmussen’s goal, also had three hits on the night.

Jonathan Toews quietly won 12 of 15 faceoffs while Marcus Kruger won 11 of 16 in the victory.

Chicago dominated every area of the game except the hits category, which matters because hits lead to wins, right? Vancouver out-hit the Hawks 35-16 in the game.

The Blackhawks have won four of their last five, and have outscored their opponents in those four wins 13-2. What’s more, the Hawks have allowed only three power play goals in seven games in December, two of which came in their overtime loss in Ottawa.

Colorado visits the United Center on Tuesday night.

36 thoughts on “Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Blank Canucks

  • December 14, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Keep this going!!

  • December 14, 2015 at 6:43 am

    This was a very productive week for the Hawks. Apart from the 1st period nightmare in Nashville the guys hitched their wagon to Corey and let him do the heavy pulling. What a fantastic run Crow is on. Some of the best hockey I have ever seen him play. Well in control and moving so well. I am proud of him along with legions of Hawks fans, yet for whatever reasons he is still strangely disrespected around the league. Anyone else notice this past week that EVERY team the Hawks played against appeared to go out of their way to shoot pucks at Corey’s face? Looked like a clear cut strategy to me. Of course we know why they do this as an attempt to knock a hot goalie off his game. However, when the Hawks get a 2 plus goal lead late in the 3rd I would like to see the Hawks reciprocate on opposing goaltenders.

    While I am happy that Mashinter finally got his 1st NHL point, I would much prefer to see Garbutt play. Pretty favorable schedule through the rest of the month imo. The Hawks remain well into the hunt.

    I watched a replay of what turned out to be a pretty boring Blues-Stars game from Saturday night. My goodness, 68 face offs. I had the fast forward button almost on automatic there were so many draws. I did enjoy Benn give Backes a hefty knuckle sandwich though in a Cpt’s tilt. Stars will cool down down soon enough.

    Considering how warm the weather has been here in Chicago, the ice at the UC last night looked surprisingly good. Considering the Bulls played the night before this normally does the ice surface no favors. Go figure.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 14, 2015 at 6:52 am

    A good win and a decent run at the right time-the Canucks look like they may be in trouble, although they are in the right division.
    Colorado would be one point out of second in the Pacific

  • December 14, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I was at this game, and the Hawks looked much better 5 on 5 than they have. They had some great scoring chances and Ryan Miller made great plays to stop them. Nice team win, with Crawford once again shining!

  • December 14, 2015 at 7:12 am

    A very good pace to this game and the Hawks dictated the pace AND the out come. Rasmussen and Mashinter are doing the right things and staying in the line up. They finish their checks, go to the net, play good, smart hockey and back check very well.

    At 30 games into the season we are gaining some momentum and getting contributions from all the lines. It’s nice to see Shaw and Bickell with a little jump in their steps and going to the net hard. Crow is in playoff form, already. I will shut my mouth about the $6Mil dollar contract. He plays well every night and gives this team a chance to win.

    Rundblad and TT on the points on the PP? I was in panic mode!! I think Q is trying to check out his options for the future. Rundblad has talent, you can see it in his skating and puck handling ability. His confidence is building, but he is NOT a physical player. Tough to be in this division and not be physical, but Q is using him wisely. TVR is looking better, too.

    I am starting to like this team. Rosy is getting a little rest and we are going along and winning games, consistently. Every now and then we have a game where we can’t get it all together, but for the most part this team is coming together very well.

    Let’s see where we are at 50 games played and a little more time under the belts of the youngsters.

  • December 14, 2015 at 7:27 am


    Daley- gonna go on a tear soon… Way overdue… pucks gotta start going in – in big numbers!!! Right???

  • December 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

    The Crow Show continues. . . Solid to say the least.

    Bick has one of the strongest wrist shots in the game as proof last night. If his name wasn’t Bickell he would be a topic of conversation, Shaw and Bick have chemistry on the ice and Rasmussen is playing better each game, not great but better. That line is playing as good as any.

    Daley had a few very strong rushes up ice early 1st. The kid can get it out of the zone in a hurry, which why he is here. Played well. TVR had some bad turnovers again, none costly just lazy and weak, not sure of his conditioning compared to the Great God Hammer? .Run-bad ( winger) made a few bad turnovers too, again lazy and shows a low hockey IQ in our end. Usually teams at least have to work to force a turnover but He sort of gives it away?

    Power play entry still and issue, with TnT on the second line it helps once the puck is IN the ZONE and set up BUT . . . he is too weak with his hands on his own entry, so he is easy to knock off the puck on entry, once in, his skill set takes over, but entry is an issues till for both lines.

    Good to see Monster Mash get a goal, might get him to play harder at 6 foot 4 that a load of mash. Skill level is average!

    Garbutt needs to be on the ice . . .

    go hawks

  • December 14, 2015 at 7:58 am

    If Vancouver outhit the Hawks 35-16, doesn’t that mean the Hawks possessed the puck twice as often as the Canucks?

    I mean it’s hard to legally hit your opponent when your team possesses the puck.

  • December 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

    CC continuing his stellar play after up and down season and recent poor stretch is big lift for team. Need him to stay hot for a while and help team get more confidence and on a roll.

    I continue to like what 70 brings. Big body and mostly in right position makes up for lack of speed. But he’s not afraid of the front of net and we need that.

    #5 continues to baffle with boneheaded TOs mixed in with some very nice plays, just his game I guess.

    Hope Q continues to stick with forward mixes he’s using the past few games. get some more chemistry and W’s in the process….

  • December 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Does anybody remember the last time the Hawks out hit anybody? I guess you don’t have to when you lead the NHL in possession time. Nice balance in ice time last night and lots of energy up and down the lineup. Panarin is a joy to watch. Too bad Miller robbed him on that one-timer.

  • December 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

    When Crawford gets on a roll he is unbeatable. Work the phones Stan, Bickell got an assist and his value is up. I feel sorry for Kruger, the guy can’t buy a goal.

  • December 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

    The 3rd and 4th lines both played very well last night. They were keeping the pressure on the Canucks all night. Panarin and Teuvo both cough up the puck on occasion with very soft passes. Panarin does go hard into corners and takes the body of the opposing players. Teuvo is just soft. Both exhibited glimpses of the skill that I am glad is on our team.

    A couple times Runblad was going back for a puck in our zone and he was strolling like a leisurely walk through the park. The Canuck player of course beat him to the puck both times. All I can repeat as noted about, that is plain lazy.

    I cannot believe that Daley isn’t hitting the scoresheet more often. I know he has limited minutes, but he is a little snakebitten. I like him much better than Runblad.

    Go Hawks!!!

    P.S. Corey! Corey! Corey! Corey!

  • December 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Good game against a Vancouver team that is a shell of its former self. If not for the Sedins the Canucks are one of the three or four worst teams in hockey.

    Great game from the Bickell – Rasmussen – Shaw line. Brought constant energy and aggressiveness to the puck.

    Excellent game also by Mashinter. He was all over the ice last night and his persistent fool critics on this blog better get used to the fact that he has come a member of the forward mix. Of course Mashinter is a limited skill player. But he is slowly warming to the role Quenneville wants him to serve to good affect. He should be a guy who dresses 50-75% of the time until something better comes along. Garbutt has hardly been inspiring too. The guy has zero offensive generation capability and unless he is prepared to be very gritty in terms of board work and going and getting the puck, then his ass can sit in the pressbox.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Let’s be happy with the victory and the 2 points and the positive play from the players, especially CC, but let’s also temper our enthusiasm just a little bit because the opponent is not a very good team, and neither are the Jets. So it’s great the Hawks are beating the teams they “should beat”, but the litmus test is whether they can win consistently, and against better teams than the Jets and Canucks. The pattern to date has been win a few and then lose a few and it will take some more wins to prove they are better than a .500 team.

    The next two games will be a good tell because both Colorado and Edmonton would meet the criteria of team the Hawks “should beat”, both are playing better lately than their record would indicate. Colorado has won 5 of their last 7 games, beating Nashville and St. Louis in their last 2 games. Edmonton is on a 5 game winning streak which includes wins over Boston, the Rangers and Dallas. Both Colorado and Edmonton have given the Hawks problems over the last couple years because they both have great team speed. Both teams are playing better right now than the Jets and Canucks teams we just played.

    But … this is fun. This is what the hockey season is supposed to be. Challenges every game and taking the losing and winning in stride.

    That’s hockey baby!

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:34 am

    “Mashinter was all over the ice last night.” Ok, sure. I’m glad the Hawks won, and whenever they win; I hope they win the Stanley Cup w/ Mashinter playing a regular shift. This, however, is not realistic. Bollig played every regular season game in ’14 season; once the playoffs hit, he was exposed to the tee. This is why Q reverted to “roll three lines”, and we all saw what happened — Ben Smith & Kruger were double shifted at times near the end of the Kings’ series. :(

    Mashinter seems like a very nice guy, and I’m happy (for him) he scored a goal; this is fool’s gold for Q’s purposes. We’ve all seen this script before — what’s next, Bowman will sign Mashinter to three year contract @ $1.2M per? Then call Calgary and see if they’re interested?

  • December 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Agreed Iceman- Mashinter will get exposed come playoff time. He can’t skate and has no skill level. He is not an NHL talent. Bickell and Moose are also very slow with marginal skill and they will also get exposed during the playoffs. Dano, Kero, Hartman and eventually Danault should be playing now so they are ready for the playoffs.

  • December 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Hawks have won four of their last five, not too shabby. They’re getting on a role and should do well over the next few games considering who their opponents will be. The real litmus test will be when they face the best team in the NHL on the 22nd.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Kane extended his consecutive weeks without a rape accusation to 19!
    Keep it up Kaner.

  • December 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Best of all is that the Central is again living up to the Reputation as the damn toughest division in hockey – plus Allen (St.Louis) Dub (Dallas) & CC (ours) lead the league with 4 SO each, all in the Central!! Parlay These stats (& pts) for an 82 game season, and some Team is going to be REALLY pissed off that a weak 3rd place Team (Swimming) in the Pacific MUST get a po spot

  • December 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    There’s at least one cretin in every crowd. We have now met our quota for the day.

  • December 14, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    That Shaw-Rasmussen-Bickell line has played excellent games since Coach Q (the genius) ‘made up’ that group . Them scoring is just a bonus.

    The Kane line plays at such a high skill level every game that I’m afraid I’m going to get used to it and not be able to appreciate the show.
    It’s like…amazing pass, after amazing pass, after circus move, after amazing pass…and I’m “okay, but why didn’t you score’. We’re getting spoiled.
    Talking about Kane…that assist was a ‘business decision’. How he got an assist right there is amusing.

    PS: When I see Teows and Hossa arriving to the rink before the game, especially in the playoffs, I’m ready to go through a wall. Studs.

  • December 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Dumdum, glad you brought that up. I must have looked at that goal 10 times and still can’t figure how they gave an assist to Kane on that.

  • December 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I think EbonyRaptor is right! You gentlemen have ripped up the Ducks the past weekend, but the real team to consider is the “Kings”. Dallas could surprise some teams in the playoffs and the math odds would favor Minn. against the Hawks. As EbonyRaptor said lets enjoy it and see what the next two games bring.

  • December 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Reg–the only logic I can see is if player A passed to B, and then B and C passed it back to each other 3 times-would player A still get an assist? Player A should get the secondary assist.
    In other words did anyone other than 72 and 2 touch the puck prior to 88 being involved. (If they did then it was a gift) I don’t think anyone did

  • December 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    That should have been ‘after’ 88 was involved

  • December 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Other then the first 5 games (which was terrible) in the 2nd 10 game segment, we have done good-really good record wise. 6-3, 1-3-1, 3-1,3-1-2, 1 hit, 4-1-1. Only see one stretch we were .500 and only one we were not good.

  • December 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Whats amazing about DAL is they have only played 4 games in the division in the first 30 games. Sch. makers, score.

  • December 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I thought they figured the pass Kane gave to Keith who passed to Panarin who put it on goal that rebounded off Miller back to Panarin that was then passed to Keith counted as the extra assist. Sounds legit when you really think about it. I had read this morning :

    ” assists are to be awarded to the last (up to) two players of the scoring team who had possession of the puck before the eventual goal scorer had possession and ultimately scored, regardless of whether that eventual goal scorer had possession at any time in between the two other players. This also means that possession of the puck can go from and in between the eventual goal scorer and eventual assist getters an infinite amount of times, and this scoring standard will still be applied. The no change in team possession guideline still applies to these particular cases.”

    At the time though it seemed that the Kane possession was far removed, but looking at it again the assist award makes sense now.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 14, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    RTF says Garbutt has zero offensive generation capabilities. But yet for all intents and purposes the guy that replaced him just got his first point. 36 NHL games played, 1 point. In those 36 games, 15 shots. 5 shots in 13 games for the Hawks, also 17 hits. Garbutt knows what game he plays. If he’s disciplined he plays a valuable role. He skates well, has averaged almost 2 shots a game, averaged 28 points a season the last two seasons. Averages 2.5 hits per game this year.

    I was not a fan of Ryan Garbutt when the Hawks got him. I made mention on more than one occasion that with Dallas retaining salary, he could be buried with his total cap hit removed. But, if you put a gun to my head and make me choose Brandon Mashinter or Ryan Garbutt. I pick Garbutt every time. The only thing Mashinter has on Garbutt is 4 inches in height. If you say Garbutt has no offense and would rather see Mashinter in his place you’re a damn fool.

  • December 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Regarding Kanes assist. Interesting read on other situations that have happened. Theoretically a goalie could score a goal just by covering the puck. Other team pulls goalie. On ensuing faceoff centerman wins draw cleanly and defenseman can’t get to the puck before it goes into the net. It’s an own goal. But the goalie that covered it would get credit.

  • December 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Ernie, well stated. If you place Garbutt & Mashinter on waivers, one of them is highly likely to get picked up, and one isn’t. Take a guess.

  • December 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Ernie I agree with you re Garbutt. The key is discipline, not taking bad penalties. For this reason alone I believe this is why Q has delivered the punishment to Garbutt and electing to play Mashinter in his place. This to let Garbutt “get his mind right”. Garbutt played with lots of grit in a Stars uniform. The line dividing grit with cheap shots and dirty play is a fine one indeed. Given that, Mashinter is a big guy running at 6′ 4″, yet so far he plays much smaller. Oddly, similar some would say to Bickell, although we have seen Bicks be a real physical force, but not in a consistent way. Let’s hope Mashinter improves if he is going to be around. What else can we do? I still would take Garbutt over Mashinter, but that is Q’s job. Based on what I have seen so far this year, I would rather see Garbutt though once we get into Spring and the games get tighter.

    For you fellow old timers around here I must tell you that I was recently given a nice pile of old ticket stubs by a life long friend from my seats in the Stadium. While I had these seats from 1979 until they tore that wonderful old barn down there are some cool games in the mix. The Gulf War All Star game 1991 when the anthem legend was cemented in hockey as well as some stubs from the 80’s. 1985 my seats cost $7 each. I had 3 seats. 2nd balcony red line section N row E seats 24-26. Still have the metal seat 24 tag on my key chain. I pried it off before the Bulls fans could get to it that last month of the season. Was that 1994? Hit em with yer purse!!

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • December 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Mo, the schedule making is really complex with many variables mixed in, and from what I have heard it is pretty arbitrary how it all goes down. Of course there are winners and losers schedule wise each year. Dallas may have had few divisional games thus far, but they will get their fair share of just deserts.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    That was 1994. A customer of mine a few years ago brought me a light pole from the old stadium. He had 2 poles but only one of the scrolls. I had to duplicate the scroll. What a PITA….but I’d do quite a few less than legal things to have them. Very cool.

  • December 14, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Dallas has played 5 division games, beating Minnesota twice and Winnipeg once and losing to Colorado and St. Louis.

    The Hawks play them once in December (22), twice in February and twice in March.

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