Last night the Blackhawks shutout the Ducks 1-0, earning the victory in overtime with another Jonathan Toews game winning goal! In May the Blackhawks and Ducks played one of the toughest and most entertaining series before the Blackhawks finally went on to eliminate the Ducks in seven games. While last night’s game wasn’t as exciting as the seven games in May, there were some good scoring opportunities, but neither team could cash in on them in 60 minutes of regulation. With the Blackhawks win that leaves the Ducks being shutout in five of their first eight games of the season so far—a far different looking team than last season.
Corey Crawford Makes History Again
In last night’s win, Corey Crawford once again made history. With 39 saves and another shutout under his belt, Crawford is now tied with Jeff Hackett at 7th all-time in Blackhawks franchise shutouts. He is three away from tying Al Rollins at 6th all-time! Since overtime was introduced in the NHL in the 1983-84 season, the Blackhawks are the first team to post consecutive overtime shutout wins! Congratulations to Corey Crawford on two shutout wins in a row!
Toews Scores GWG in OT Again
For the second game in a row, Jonathan Toews made the game winning goal in overtime. This time Toes beat Andersen high less than a minute into overtime. This also makes Toews the first Blackhawks player to score an overtime goal in consecutive regular season games since Patrick Sharp achieved that mark in back-to-back games during the 2011-12 season.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blackhawks are the third team in the last 61 years and the second in the last two seasons, to register back-to-back 1-0 wins with the same goaltender, Corey Crawford, recording the shutout and same player, Jonathan Toews, scoring the lone goal in both games. Additionally, the Blackhawks became the first defending Stanley Cup Champions to shutout their Cup Final opponent (Tampa) and Conference Final opponent (Anaheim) in the first meetings of the next season.
Panarin’s No Goal
We’ve all been talking about it, so let’s take a look at Panarin’s no goal. The Blackhawks thought they made a break through with 5:35 left on the clock when Artemi Panarin shot the puck, but the goal was waved off. Replays showed Ducks Frederick Andersen pushing the goal off its moorings. However, upon further review, it was confirmed that it was a no goal and the Blackhawks went back to gunning for a goal.
While many fans were left frustrated, the official explanation from the NHL Situation Room stated that video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Anaheim’s net was displaced before the puck crossed the goal line. And according to Rule 78.5 (x), “Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the referee when the net becomes displaced accidentally. The goal frame is considered to be displaced if either or both goal pegs are no longer in their respective holes in the ice, or the net has come completely off one or both pegs, prior to or as the puck enters the net.”
Panarin’s goal might not have been allowed, but that was ok because Captain Clutch had it covered. The next game for the Blackhawks is Thursday, October 29th against the Winnepeg Jets at 7:00 p.m. Let’s go Hawks! What a season already!