That’s right! Corey Crawford recorded his 6th shut out this season—the perfect way to remember his 300th NHL game! Way to go Crow! With 26 saves in last night’s 3-0 win against the Ottawa Senators, Crawford has a league leading six shutouts so far this season. Crawford made six saves in the first period, nine in the second and 11 in the third for the 18th shutout of his career. In his past nine starts at home, Crawford has allowed a total of nine goals.
Corey Crawford is the first Chicago goalie to tally 6+ shutouts in a season since Antti Niemi in 2010! So far, in Blackhawks history, career shutouts include:
- Tony Esposito – 74
- Glenn Hall – 51
- Charlie Gardiner – 42
- Ed Belfour – 30
- Mike Karakas – 28
- Jocelyn Thibault – 28
- Corey Crawford – 18
When asked about last night’s game and the Blackhawks as a whole, Crawford stated, “I think as a group, we’ve been playing a lot better at home this year. We have the puck a lot more. I haven’t seen the stats, but it seems that way.” And, after last night’s win against the Senators, the Blackhawks record moves up to 23-13-4 and have moved up to second place in the Western Conference, pushing St. Louis to third. While the rankings are still neck-in-neck, the Blackhawks definitely need to keep this momentum going strong.
Scoring for the Blackhawks
The Blackhawks opened the scoring on a second-period goal by defenseman Duncan Keith. Then, at 6:01 in the third period, Center Artem Anisimov gave the Blackhawks a two-goal lead—he has goals in three consecutive games and in four of the past six. Anisimov’s 15 goals in 40 games are more than double what he scored in 52 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season and seven away from his career-high of 22 in 81 games for Columbus in 2013-14. Paired with Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin can sometimes overshadow Anisimov’s scoring, but Coach Q has noticed, so don’t worry about that.
Lastly, with 47.9 seconds left in the third period, Andrew Desjardins got the empty netter to complete the scoring for the night, securing the win for the Blackhawks. With the empty net goal, Desjardins has scored four goals in the past three games, which gives him a three-game goal streak. In total, the Blackhawks outshot the Senators 30-26 and killed both Ottawa power plays.
Kane Honored for Point Streak
Before last night’s game, the Blackhawks honored Patrick Kane for his record-breaking 26-game point streak in a pregame ceremony. The ceremony featured a montage on the video board recapping Kane’s historic run. Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager, Stan Bowman, presented Kane with a commemorative gold puck and a plaque, highlighting Kane’s achievements during the streak that ran from October 17, 2015 to December 13, 2015.
Patrick Kane’s point streak broke the franchise record previously held by Bobby Hull (21 games), set a new record for longest point streak by a U.S. born player previously held by Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel (18 games), and also recorded the longest streak in the NHL since 1992-93 when Mats Sundin of the Quebec Nordiques registered a point in 30 consecutive games.
Let’s give it up to the amazing players on the Blackhawks! From Crawford’s 6th shutout this season to Kane’s 26 game point streak!