Apr 11, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward (42) shoots the puck against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) in the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With Nothing To Play For, The Blackhawks Get Shutout In D.C. 4-0

You had a feeling it could be a long night for the Chicago Blackhawks in the Nation’s Capital on Friday night when Duncan Keith was named a healthy scratch for the contest with the Washington Capitals. Marcus Kruger took an early penalty and Alex Ovechkin scored on the powerplay which was his 51st goal of the season and his 24th powerplay goal of the season.  Jeremy Morin and Bryan Bickell had a couple of nice chances but couldn’t cash in, and then the horror Morin turned the puck over at the blue line which eventually led to the second Caps goal.  It looked like the Caps had a third goal on a breakaway but the puck hit the inside of the post which even fooled Pat Foley on the call.  The Hawks looked pretty listless the last part of the period after trailing 2-0 and headed to the first intermission down 2-0 with shots tied at 7 a piece.

The second period was a quicker start for the Capitals than the first period with Capitals scoring off Corey Crawford’s back for a 3-0 lead.  The Capitals looked like the Hawks for much of the e 2nd period not just possessing the puck but owning the puck! The Hawks looked not only uninterested but lacking any desire to play hockey and it showed with turnover after turnover and the Capitals scored again when Beagle deposited his second goal of the game to give the Caps a 4-0 lead. Heading to the third if nothing changes this is the worst outing of the season.

The third period was boring PERIOD. Antti Raanta was in net for the third period and he played well for 20 minutes. The Hawks did hit two posts in the period one by Joakim Nordstrom and the second one by Brandon Saad.  This was a serious snoozer and they could have just put the clock in slaughter rule running clock and I’m sure no one would have noticed. The Hawks after going 3 plus season without gettintg shut out were shut out for the 4th time this season.

-The Hawks end the regular season in Nashville tomorrow night.

-Morin’s 4 game point streak comes to an end even though he had chances throughout the game.

-Marian Hossa wore the A with Duncan Keith in the press box and played great as he always does.

-Crawford was great and bad in one outing and we probably won’t see him again until Game #1 in the playoffs

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