The first period in Anaheim was a fast paced affair that was dominated by both goalies Corey Crawford and Jonas Hiller. Both goalies were very sharp in the first with Crawford seeing more action as he stopped all 15 shots the Ducks fired at him. Hiller had 9 chances and stopped all of them. The Hawks had one powerplay that came up empty, but it was the Ducks that were unable to score on a 40 second 5 on 3 with Crawford doing some good work in the Penalty Kill. Crawford made a huge save in the final seconds to keep the game scoreless at the end of one period.
The Hawks came out with purpose in the second period and took a 1-0 lead when Marian Hossa showed some tremendous patience and waited for Hiller to commit and then easily slid it right past him for a 1-0 lead. The Hawks dominated the first half of the period with Hiller coming up big especially on a great Kris Versteeg chance to keep the deficit to one goal. The second half of the period was basically the Hawks killing off penalties with Andrew Shaw taking a bad tripping penalty with Michal Rozsival getting sent off for 4 minutes on a high stick that drew blood. The PK was great with Crawford coming up strong to head to the second intermission with a 1-0 lead.
The third period was more of the same and that being Hiller and Crawford were the stars of the night. Both goalies came up huge time after time when called upon Wednesday night! The Hawks seemed to have 4 guys back almost the entire 3rd period playing not to lose instead of trying to win the game. It didn’t matter when with less than 3 minutes to play Jonathan Toews put in an insurance goal and seal the deal on the 2-0 Hawks victory. Corey Crawford was sharp all night and deserved his first shut out of the season.
-Crawford recorded his 9th career shutout and it moves him to 10th all-time in Blackhawks history
-Crawford was really great tonight with his best effort of the season.
-The PK is starting to look like last season’s unit. Killing the 5 on 3 in the first period seemed to really build confidence for the rest of the game.
-The Ducks passing seemed a hair off all night long.
-Bickell’s name isn’t on the scoresheet but he played a strong game.
-Handzus played and was pretty good on the penalty kill , but he really hurts the offense.
-Friday night in Phoenix will end the slate of games for the Hawks before the Olympic!
LET’S GO HAWKS!!