The Chicago Blackhawks improved to 44-20-5 with an impressive road win over Montreal. The Blackhawks have no won 14 of their last 17 games, an impressive streak for a team that has late-playoff aspirations on their mind. For the second game in a row, the Blackhawks were heavily outshot, but managed to outscore their opponent. Corey Crawford was stellar in net, making 40 saves on 42 shots on the night. While not a favorable amount of shots to give up, Crawford has shown he can handle anything thrown his way recently. The Blackhawks will need to improve their shot totals in future games, however.
Center Artem Anisimov left the game early with what looked like a leg injury, and coach Joel Quenneville announced this morning that Anisimov will miss 3-4 weeks as he recovers. The lengthy absence is likely due to Quenneville wanting to make sure Anisimov is completely healthy for the playoffs.
The scoring, by period, was as follows:
1st Period: Patrick Kane (31) – 12:23 (Anisimov, Hjalmarsson)
2nd Period: Johnny Oduya (2) – 10:49 (Unassisted)
3rd Period: Artemi Panarin (23) – 0:47 (Schmaltz, Kane), Paul Byron (19) – 12:42 (Gallagher, Davidson), Shea Weber (16) – 16:32 (Galchenyuk, Radulov), Jonathan Toews (18) – 18:38 (Kane, Keith)
Despite the late-period scare from Montreal, the Blackhawks were able to grind out the win in the final moments of the contest. Chicago travels to Ottawa for a matchup with the playoff-bound Senators on Thursday at 6:30 CST.
Don’t stop now boys.
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