Crawford, Blackhawks Finish Season Sweep Of Red Wings

It’s unfortunate that the Blackhawks only get two cracks at the Red Wings each year now, and it’s tough when both games come inside of a week. But this year’s Hawks took care of business twice to sweep the season against their rival from Detroit.

Patrick Kane picked up where the Hawks left off in Detroit, scoring only 21 seconds into the game. The goal, his career-high 38th of the season, also established a new career best of 89 points on the season – on March 6.

Things got chippy soon after the Kane goal. Tomas Jurco gave Duncan Keith a shove into the Hawks’ net and the two were assessed matching minor penalties at 2:26, and Brendan Smith went to the box only six seconds after that 4-on-4 ended after he tripped Jonathan Toews.

On the power play with Smith in the box, Keith unloaded from the point for his ninth of the season. The goal, which would hold up as the game-winner, came at 6:19 into the game and ended Petr Mrazek’s night.

Detroit’s starter faced only five shots on the night, but allowed all five goals on Wednesday night and the coaching staff made the change to Jimmy Howard.

The Red Wings got on the board a couple minutes after the change in net. It appeared they got away with a hold, and then Danny DeKeyser barely kept the puck in the zone before finding Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist put a nasty snipe past Corey Crawford for his 16th of the year.

In the second period, Detroit dominated the Blackhawks. Helped by two full Hawks penalties (a third was called on Toews inside the final second of the period), the Wings out-shot the Hawks 13-3 in the middle stanza. But Crawford was up to the task, stopping all 13 and keeping his team ahead by one goal heading to the third.

Chicago successfully killed the Toews penalty to open the third and the power play once again paid dividends. Mike Green went to the box for hooking Richard Panik and the Hawks scored 21 seconds later when Artem Anisimov redirected an Artemi Panarin shot past Howard for his 19th of the year.

Toews finished the scoring with his 24th of the year 68 seconds later to push the score to 4-1 in favor of the Hawks. The final 7:37 came and went without a penalty or goal scored, and the Hawks completed an Original Six season sweep.

Crawford made 33 saves and was named the number one star of the game.

Chicago’s special teams were strong the entire night. The Hawks killed all three Detroit advantages, and coach Joel Quenneville mixed his forwards up once again as a struggling unit tries to find a working combination. Four Chicago forwards skated more than two minutes while short-handed, and none of them were named Jonathan Toews.

Anisimov and Andrew Desjardins have seen time on penalty kill all year, but new additions Andrew Ladd (2:17) and Tomas Fleischmann (2:36) saw extensive action on Sunday afternoon as well. Toews skated only 42 seconds killing the two penalties during which he wasn’t in the box, and Teuvo Teravainen added 30 seconds of kill time as well.

Anisimov added an assist to his goal for a multi-point afternoon, while Panarin and Michal Rozsival were credited with two assists each in the victory. Keith led Chicago with five blocked shots and Trevor van Riemsdyk blocked four, and Ladd led the Hawks with three hits.

The Hawks fourth line, including newcomer Dale Weise, saw limited action. Weise skated only 7:43 while Fleischmann, acquired in the same deal from Montreal, skated 15:10 on Sunday.

Chicago hopes to have Marian Hossa back in the lineup soon, perhaps as early as Wednesday when they visit St. Louis in a huge Central Division showdown.

45 thoughts on “Crawford, Blackhawks Finish Season Sweep Of Red Wings

  • March 6, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Dispatch the Nachos.

  • March 6, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    2nd verse same as the 1st. Puzzled as to why Q did not ask for review and challenge the play on that Nyquist goal. Replay on TV showed it outside the blue line and offside. What’s the big deal to challenge. Every team in the league would have. It cost Corey the shutout. Another big deal was Detroit with too many men on the ice. It was quite blatant on TV. That one line change in the third had 3 Wings jumping over the boards and no one going in. That’s kind of weird, I can see one guy with the speed of the play but that was nuts. The also had a play with 6 skaters out there for some time before someone went oops. Oh well we won and won big.

  • March 6, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Could it be that the Blackhawks , as reigning SC Champs, are held to just a slightly higher standard than the rest. Calling for a review would almost certainly end not in our favour. Conversely, other teams are held to a slightly lower standard. Is that possible?

  • March 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    …..Crawford was amazing…..hey Ernie not sure what style of play the Hawks where playing in the second period but if they where playing like Russian Red Army the rest of the game I guess it must be a good system….lol….

  • March 6, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Didn’t get to watch much of the game had to listen. The “Russian way” has an emphasis on skill and skating. This goes back to the summit series. That is a classic example. Completely different style. There’s a reason Anatoli Tarasov is in the hockey Hall of fame.

    To the non-challenge. After the way Q acted to those reversals a few weeks ago, I wonder if he would be so bold to refuse to challenge out or spite.

  • March 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    What amazes me is that NHL arenas don’t have cameras looking down both blue lines and goal lines. A multi-billion dollar business that is using replay to get calls right and they don’t spend a few more sheckels to give them the tools to adequately achieve their objective. But then this is the NHL go I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised with the inept management.

    Thanks Corey – you kept us in the game while the team played hot potato with the puck for better than half the game. But all that matters is the good guys won. It was nice to see the PK play well for a change, and don’t look now but the Hawk’s PP is tops in the league … who’d a thunk that !

  • March 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    It’s the first year of it. I think what I’d like to see changed first is have Toronto make the decision. Rather than give the refs a Gameboy to look at.

  • March 6, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    ER, I was thinking that a few yrs ago. Along with the offsides. They need the 3d review tennis has. Its right every time and theres no human era possible. Plus it only takes 5 sec. to show it.

  • March 6, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Ladd played tough……. Great to have him back!

  • March 7, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Steve Konroyd mentioned in the post-game on TV that the league will have cameras on the blue lines next season to help refs differentiate those off-side calls or lack thereof.
    I think there are times when the Hawks get bad calls, but I don’t think it’s one sided. From a technical standpoint against Detroit in the first game Toews pushed the guy out of the passing lane on that beautiful one timer on the PP, and it should have been a penalty and went the Blackhawks way. In the second game today there were at least a couple of times, maybe three when Eddie O (yeah, I know, you all hate him) mentioned that a Blackhawk got away with a penalty.
    But on to more important matters, nice game all in all ….. gonna be interesting when everyone is healthy how the lines roll.
    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  • March 7, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Crawford is looking more confident than I’ve ever seen him. He’s always been good and even keeled, I don’t know the technicalities of goalie play but in the past he always seemed like he won by being in position and getting hit with the puck, but prone to overcommitting and getting off his skates from time to time. This season he looks to be making more saves with purpose, more agile overall. I know he’s a big guy but maybe he’s lost some weight or something? Perhaps he’s just honed his movements to a higher level of efficiency, because he looks quieter and quicker than ever. I am imagine pitching a shut out to clinch a Stanley Cup might boost one’s confidence as well. At any rate, I know a lot of praise has been heaped on Crow on this board. I don’t get to watch a lot of games during the regular season but in the handful I have, I’ve been seeing Crawford take his game to the no-doubt-about-it elite level, not bad for a guy on the wrong side of thirty.

    Anisimov’s been a pleasure to watch too, other than at the dot. I swear he’s scored in every game I’ve seen this year. The only person in the world who knew he was going to be the jewel of the Saad nightmare was Stan Bowman, who had been chasing him for years. Well, maybe his dad too. But he’s on his way to a career year offensively, as he should I suppose with those wingers. I don’t know if he’s ever going to get better at the dot, he’s right around his career average. And he also has very little playoff experience, so I’m curious to see what happens when that meatgrinder turns on. Until then, kudos to him for grabbing the job he was handed, there was more than a little doubt around him coming into the season.

  • March 7, 2016 at 6:42 am

    The score really flattered the Hawks-between the speed of the Red Wings and how the Hawks find it very difficult to get the puck over their own blue line for at least a period of each game—this was a close game, with 50 the difference.
    #12 is a good addition-love the way he wins the puck battles. It will be important to get some rest for 4, 7 and 2.

  • March 7, 2016 at 7:38 am

    A very worrisome pattern for nhl teams, but Same old Same old . . . Hawks get OUT shot again, OUT hit again and even lose more face-off’s so lose the DOT again and well, same ole results, a WIN? But we have CROW! Plus the Wings don’t PLAY NO ZONE TRAP, they go after ya and what a mistake, in fact they made 2 mistakes and paid up front for them. Wings defense is horrible …period! Wings went after the smaller hawks d-men all game and made them look average at best as many teams will do when they DUMP is at their feet and play/crash the body not the puck, trouble, makes for a rushed pass and turnovers since your head is down, not up and you know your going to take a hit.! That’s the good news! Fortunately Hawks D-men can take a hit! Ehrhoff is another guy who can STAND UP to the abuse and move the puck. Ehrhoff is a top 4 for the Hawks. TVR and Rozy is not a good combination, disaster not even average. Hammer on his offside since day one, still has the weakest back hand exit, attempts out of the zone, fortunately he is a master at the rest of the game.

    Panarin turnover again in the ye ole “neutral zone” is now a habit. In the playoffs lots of one goal games, and turnover in the that zone = goals. He need to get hos ass north to south and not play games. Wings got speed and speed hurts and makes ya grab and hold too. Hawks had a few burst up the wing that causes reaches, hold and grab and power plays

    Crow was amazing again . . . he is at another level. Crow will and should win the HART TROPHY. Crow is the most valuable player on the team. He won’t win the Vezina but by all my measurements he should get the HART! Not other team get “dominated” on the stat sheet and even on the ice like the Hawks and can keep it even, give you a chance and com up with the big save or two, or three or six! Of Course KANE makes it an uphil battle but CROW is HART material and in many ways Vezina. Hawks could win ever “Player Achievement Award” and as a die hard fan I would not be shocked if they get KNOCKED Out in the FIRST round. That’s hockey!

    Go hawks

  • March 7, 2016 at 7:44 am

    EBONYRAPTOR Best point on the bog today! No cameras!

    As a creative director I have approached the NHL many times to have a more NFL camera approach and coverage and a better viewing experience. The camera angles are the same as the 1970’s when I was a kid, same ole. In the age of GO Pro, mobile and high-def NLH is horrible to watch on the Telly. Cameras can be mounted into the boards along the bleu lines as you say. Easy, some cost but NHL is a poor sport with low viewership which means even lower advertising dollars. It is the best sport but poorly covered. The announcers need to be smarter and more educational too.
    It’s a fast game with little time for slow mo replays and as you suggest cameras in the net and blue lines is easy.

    go hawks

  • March 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

    We’re my eyes playing tricks on me or should the Wings have been called for a dozen interference/holding penalties?Haven’t seen so much clutching and grabbing in a long time. Hawks always seem to get out of sync when they take a lot of penalties – zone exits in the second period were really ugly. Luckily our top end skill is unmatched and makes up for weaknesses in other areas.

  • March 7, 2016 at 8:16 am

    MtM- NHL/NBC tries different angles during outdoor games. And the result was awful. Not sure if they had the Parkinson’s crew working them or what but between the shakiness making me dizzy and not being able to track the puck because you now have 2 moving objects, camera and puck. The view I like that we see on the pp/PK every now and then is the fixed camera behind the net.

    Personally, bad camera work is not necessarily on the NHL. That’s on the network

  • March 7, 2016 at 8:48 am

    For the record, the Hawks did not lose the dot yesterday. They won 28-24. Yes, we were out hit, but we’re always out hit because we always have the puck more. Very misleading stat.

  • March 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

    FWIW, the hawks have the same amount of goals scored for and scored against in 5on 5 play

  • March 7, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Wow, a lot of deceiving stats being thrown out there to prove self-delusion points by some posters on here. The ONLY stats that are worth following are these ones:

    “The Blackhawks, by far, lead the league in wins (36) when scoring the game’s first goal and continued their run when leading after two periods since the start of the 2014-15 season, including playoffs, to 65-0-2.”

  • March 7, 2016 at 9:30 am

    6Cups- Too bad that didn’t hold up for Game 7 vs. LA with a 2-zip lead at home. Still stings.

  • March 7, 2016 at 9:44 am

    There is an art to camera, camera work, technology and switching cameras, the speed of the game and few breaks makes it hard to cover. NHL RINKS are all the same so you need to embed cameras, into areas of the rink. Angles . . . I still can not believe they have WIDE METAL strips that block our view along the GLASS. Creating the Corners to be seamless view Plexiglass would be cool but noooo! Any way it s both network and NHL . . .anyway

    go hawks

  • March 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Some good observations by many. Funny in that I thought Q would challenge the play that looked offside/close to offside that ended up with Nyquist scoring. I remarked to a guy sitting next to me(Wings fan) that it was razor close, but worth challenging. Q has been on the wrong side of these lately so why not challenge?

    Yes, lots of holding interference by Wings which is what lots of teams will do until refs start calling it. When that happens, make em pay on the PP which the Hawks have been doing well with lately. It looks to me that this is more of a Eastern Conference tactic. Also remember that Babcock owned this strategy forever, and it has carried over.

    Crow once again was the man yesterday, and when the Wings didn’t score after putting on heavy pressure in the 2nd, one felt that a Hawks 2 goal lead would seal it. The Anisimov tip was beautiful. Howard no chance. Corey has just been great and not leaving rebounds. Hawks D is also sweeping stuff to the outside and keeping chances up the middle down. You know things are going good when your d man(7) trips on a stick slides into your goalie and the puck doesn’t go in. How did Larkin miss a wide open net? Yikes.

    Ladd brought some heavy game yesterday, and this is something I can really get used to. I think Weise can be that kind of a guy as well.

    Kaner shot out of cannon to notch the opening minute goal was electrifying to watch at the jam packed UC yesterday. Wings fans sitting near me left with sore necks from shaking their heads.

    Some big games in the next 7 days. Take 2 or 3 and I’m a happy guy. Normally I don’t care that much about winning the division, but 1st round matchups will be tough if they don’t get it done. Should be some very exciting hockey this week.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 7, 2016 at 10:53 am

    The camera coverage of the stadium series games SUCKS! There were many times with that nfl cable overhead camera giving very poor looks at the on ice action. That needs to be fixed!

  • March 7, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Phil, it’s funny that you talk about the “heavy game”. With 6 minutes left in the game, Teravainen took a cross check in front of the Red Wing net with a little “extra” after the whistle. Weise went right over to the Red Wing defenseman, put HIS stick in the D-mans side and got in his face.

    That may seem like nothing to most fans, but to a 165 pound player like TT, that is the protection that he needs. Suddenly, the bullies on the playground have to deal with the big brother. That is HUGE!!

  • March 7, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Big Indian, all the NHL has to do is make the blue line 24″ wide and the off sides will be called, correctly. The players are so fast that it is difficult to see the off sides on a 12″ blue stripe. If they make it thicker toward the neutral zone it will not matter since there is no red line anyway. IMHO anyway.

  • March 7, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Never really thought of or considered … but Hammer- really hates to lose and HATES when guys don’t make the “Right play”!!!

    1.) In one of TT’s 1st games… TT failed to make a drop pass to 4 (and #4 went bat shit crazy on TT) … I just took that as 4 trying to be a “leader” and “teach” the kid…
    2.) Taking the too many men on ice penalty… to Bitch at some forwards….
    3.) the Biggest one… yesterday late game when 88 stick handled the puck at his own Blue line (when Wings net was empty) … instead of making EASY dump over blue line… and Wings stole and kept puck in zone… Hammer got control and took an Ef-YOU!!! slap shot from just in front of Crow… To me he was basically saying – Kane – I don’t care who the fu*$ you are!!! make the right play – asshole!!!

    I don’t know if Hammer is having troubles with the old lady… or if He is that INTENSE!!! If it is about “playing the right way”… good for him…
    Or is it about something else???

  • March 7, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Yes Reg, I agree. Adds like Weise and Ladd should/will hopefully give pause to opposing teams willingness to push the physical side against the Hawks skill guys, especially in playoffs. Kings, Ducks, Blues, Dallas come to mind. Ask Kronwall and Abdelkader how it felt yesterday to be not so warmly greeted by Ladd.

    Which of course brings us back to one of the most hilarious quotes of all time re our good buddy Ryan “No human can withstand that many hits,” Kesler.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Wall, I believe that Hammer is very intense and is driven to win. I heard him mention in an interview that he was taught to play the thinking game from a very young age growing up in Sweden. I think he holds his team mates to the same standard. Nick is an emotional guy, and is of course “all in”. Remember how incensed he was when his apparent series winning goal was wiped in game 7 against the Wings years ago, when Quincy tackled Saad over by the bench and they whistled the play dead? Of course, he had all rights to be incredibly pissed off, but he just saw red. Same with the game ending play against the Wild last year when he threw his stick into the glass at the buzzer. You have to love the guy. He is absolutely one of the core guys on the team, even though he often goes unmentioned.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Stats to chew on as we watch –

    The last 6 SC champs have been either #1 or #2 in Goals Against during the year – primarily driven by exceptional puck possession. Top 4 this year are LA, Anaheim, Washington,Tampa Bay. The Hawks are currently 6th

    The elevated shot numbers against the Hawks this year are a direct result of the drop in possession. In the last 6 years, Hawks have been top 4 in possession every year averaging over 54-55%. This year they are 15th – 50.4%, (exacerbated because they are 20th in faceoffs won – and the first time in 7 years they have been below 50%)

    However, the biggest cause of the possession dropoff this year is almost all due to the drop in defense play. Kieth – hurt early and not nearly the possession driver of the past. Seabrook – having his worst possession stats in 7 years. Hjalmarsson – half step slow to the puck most of the year. The rest of the defensemen have been a mess no matter who plays.

    Finally, the 3 years the Hawks won the Cup they were top 1/3 in the PK, the 3 years they lost they were bottom 3rd. They are currently 22nd.

    Crow and the PP have kept the Hawks in it. Whether this formula works against those top teams listed in the playoffs or whether the stats prevail will be the fun I guess.

  • March 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Mike The Mook –

    Please get the NHL to use “reverse angle” it is so annoying to see play along the near boards blocked by said boards… In essence we only see 2/3 rds. of the ice…

  • March 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Mining Man. Yes that LA loss still stings. It was unbelievable. Imagine if we had been able to hold on. It would have resulted in 3 Cups in a row and 4 in 6 years. I still think about that way too much. But we could be the Maple Laughs, i mean Leafs, who would love to have that problem.

  • March 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    They had seamless glass. Got rid of it and went with plexi. Dont know if they could do seamless plexiglass

  • March 7, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Hammer has always played his off side, I guess that’s his side. Has anyone asked him why? He’s always an affable interview. And he is a monster competitor, on and off the ice, the undisputed Madden champion in the clubhouse as I recall from a feature a couple years ago.

  • March 7, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Hawkfacts- Very sobering information. You’re scaring me. Damn good work though.

  • March 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    SSH-Washington is sooo poised for a crash,…look out below!!!

    They are +63, and are 7 and 3 in the last 10, despite not much to play for and a tough schedule– This is a bold hunch, not sure it will happen.
    They can rest up a bit and have a great coach and players who have bought in to what he is preaching.
    (and lots of talent and desire to finally put it together)
    How can you think they aren’t for real?

  • March 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm


    Excellent research and thank you for sharing. I think its worth mentioned that Hawks have played 3 more games then the Kings and Ducks Their GA is 148 and 149 respectively(2 lowest in the league) and 2 more games then the Lightning, Panther and Capitals. The Hawks have given up 160 only 160.

    You are absolutely correct about puck possession and shots against. Only Craig Anderson has seen more shots and has more saves then number 50! Crow has hidden alot of the flaws this team has.

    Certain stats indicate success year after year; goal differential, shots taken, puck possession, shots against, Face offs and PK.

  • March 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    …… Southsidehawkman….Blackhawks are not big on the regular season academy awards although it will be close in all three categories….it’s the big pitcher of the year award that they want to repeat….the Stanley Cup….lol….

  • March 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Nice job Hawk facts. I’d like to counter and perhaps enable. The bottom half of the forwards and defense really hasn’t gotten resolved until the deadline. Kruger being hurt drops the faceoff numbers. Having 2/3 of a top line and Hossa beginning to slow really hurt.

    The defense hasn’t had much continuity either. Seabrook has had to babysit. Svedberg is bleh. Rozsival, is 2 years past his expiration. That said, I still think he’s useful. Especially for his cap hit. TVR isn’t a 4. Having Gustafson and now Ehrhoff on the roster is a huge step up from David Rundblad and Trevor Daley.

    Essentially this roster has had so many moving parts all year that you almost throw out numbers because it’s so different than from the start of the year. Ville Pokka was on the opening day roster! Each side of things has shown flashes of what they could be. They’ve got 15 games to figure it out.

  • March 7, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    HAWKFACTS sobered me up and then Ernie came along and made me feel better – thanks guys. :)

    I would just add that in addition to the stats that HAWKFACTS cited, there is an even more troubling stat that the Hawks are trying to overcome – to repeat as Cup champs. As nebulous as possible reasons are for no team repeating in the last 20 years, there must be something to it because it hasn’t happened … so why not buck the trend all the way down the line? I know one thing – if there is a team that can overcome these trends – it’s our beloved Hawks. Yeah baby!!!!

  • March 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Detroit is one of the dirtiest ,clutch and grab bunch of slobs going,.,.,i sure was not sad when Applegator took a shot to his face ,highlight of the night for me. ,.,.,well that and Crawford winning the game for us,.,.,They were all over the Hawks for a good part of the game. Good thing Datzukian not playing.

  • March 7, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I appreciate Hawksfacts checking in. I put more value how the team performs as it’s constructed heading into the playoffs than the 60 games before the deadline, however. If the Hawks had stayed as-is at the deadline and we were moving forward with a team that was bad on PK and shots against, I would have more concern around those numbers. But the Hawks made some significant updates, and they’ll get Hossa back soon (hopefully Wednesday). Let’s see how they play when they have Ladd-Toews-Hossa on a line together and Weise & Fleischmann push Mashinter & Panik (hopefully) out of the lineup.

  • March 7, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Panik I’ll tolerate. Mashinter does nothing. I almost forgot. Well, actually I did. Teuvo is still here and it’s after the trade deadline!

    Could Shaw really go from 1st line to 4th line? At least for a few games id like to see him and Teravainen together. I know Weise and Fleischmann have some chemistry. And it looks like Fleischmann and Teravainen gel so I’m not sure how that would work. All of a sudden depth on the bottom half is no longer an issue. Once Kruger comes back it’s a strength.

    And once playoffs start Bickell can come back!!! Talk about depth

  • March 7, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Phil, Keester. Nice.

    Hammer played strong side before 27.

    We havnt played those yrs without a LW and/or Krugs (that’s your faceoffs and a lot of the pk) or with as many rookies at the same time. The roster we have for games 1-60 is different then 60-, you have to factor that in when looking at those stats. Even with those stats, were still one of the two best teams in league. Our full roster put up same stats as those other yrs if we had for the majority of 82 games.

    I am not sure where ANA is for GF after 40-1-1 but I think they were bottom 3 in the 1st 40 games, so I would not count that for GA. Were any of the teams in those 6 yrs not in top 5/10 for GF as well.

  • March 7, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Having a good def/two-way FW on the 4th is key. Quality depth were Bolly was on 4th with Krugs and Frozal. Quality depth were Shawzer was on 4th with Krugs and Dejon. Quality depth and Shawzer on 4th with Krugs and Dejon.


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