The Chicago Blackhawks hurriedly packed up their gear, their plane home, where they haven’t been in two weeks, waiting. But before they bid this lengthy road trip goodbye, they put a big exclamation point on it.
Patrick Kane scored his ninth goal of the season and Corey Crawford notched his first shutout since the 2010-11 season as the Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night. The Blackhawks wrapped up their six-game road trip with a 4-0-2 mark. They return to Chicago 10-0-2 overall, best in the Western Conference by five points over second-place Anaheim.
First shutout since April 21, 2011, when Crawford stopped all 36 shots he faced in a 5-0 postseason victory against the Vancouver Canucks. His last regular-season shutout was March 23, 2011, a 4-0 victory over Florida.
For the Blackhawks, it was another complete team game and one that had Crawford facing just 17 shots against the Predators. The Blackhawks had 14 blocked shots on the night, with Brent Seabrook and Nick Leddy recording three each.
“Crow was great in net and made some big saves. But everybody played well tonight,” defenseman Duncan Keith said. “The forwards were back-checking hard. For us defensemen, that makes a huge difference when we have that back pressure. We can stand up, have a good gap, and it makes our job easier, too.”
Still, a shutout is a shutout. And it was a weight off Crawford’s shoulders.
“Yeah, finally, that was good,” Crawford said, crediting the Blackhawks for the blocked shots and overall defense. “The guys played amazing in front of me. If you want to win, to be in the top of the league and win consistently, you need things like that throughout the season. The guys have done that thus far.”
Crawford, Hawks blank Predators to end road trip
CSN Chicago | Feb 11