Some might say St. Louis fans were a little…Blue? Ok, that was a lame joke, but the Blackhawks made a huge comeback in last night’s 2-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues after their awful 4-0 loss to the Florida Panthers. And, what makes last night’s Blackhawks win even better is that Crawford notched his seventh shutout for the best in the league!
After a busy schedule, the Blackhawks looked drained in Florida and didn’t seem to show up to the game. In last night’s game they didn’t look much better either, but were able to pull themselves together to snap their two-game losing streak. Crawford remained solid in net, stopping all of the Blues’ chances through the final two periods.
When asked about his seventh shutout of the season and the Blackhawks play, Crawford stated that, “It’s pretty good, I think, so far, but I think this team is never satisfied. The D men are working so hard in front of me and limiting second chances and keeping a lot of stuff to the outside. I’m able to see pucks. It’s just a solid effort by our unit, I think, in our zone.”
Leave it to Corey Crawford to downplay his seventh shutout of the season and how well he dominates the net.
Panarin and Shaw Step Up
Panarin got the Blackhawks their first goal of the night with an assist by Patrick Kane—their partnership continues to shine. Kane made a perfect pass to Panarin from the left circle to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. And, in response to Kane’s pass to Panarin for the goal, Quenneville stated, “The anticipation between the two is Sedin-like. And one-timer, great shot—it may have gone off a stick. But the thought process of getting into that position, he anticipated that play.”
At about five minutes into the third period, Shaw added to the Blackhawks lead when he tipped in Marian Hossa’s shot for a power-play goal. If you didn’t notice the extra protection on Shaw’s helmet, he was playing with 18 stitches in his lower lip and two repaired teeth as a result of a puck to the mouth during the game against the Florida Panthers on Friday—as always, Shaw doesn’t let anything stop him from getting back into the game. Shaw’s ninth goal of the season sealed the deal for the Blackhawks while Crawford stood tall in net to bring home the win and shutout against the Blues.
The Chicago Blackhawks will meet the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow, January 26th at 6:30 pm.