Not even another collective third-period brain fart could keep them from winning this one.
The Blackhawks were on Hockey Night in Canada tonight — of course, this was because they were playing the Maple Leafs. (We poor suckers in Chicago got stuck with WGN’s coverage.)
This was supposed to be a battle of the rookie goalies, Crawford and Reimer. However, Reimer was chased from goal after allowing five goals on 19 shots. Crawford, however, stood tall, only allowing three goals on 30 shots. He now owns the record for most consecutive wins by a rookie goaltender (the last goalie to hold this record was Brian Elliot in 2008-2009, with six, according to Wikipedia). Thanks to @HockeyBroad for pointing that out.
Even though the Blackhawks forgot how to play decent hockey in the third period as usual, their five goals (scored by Hossa, Frolik, Toews, Stalberg, and Bickell — a goal from every line) was more than enough to keep the Leafs from staging a real comeback.
An eight-game winning streak. Five wins in seven days. And now we all get to rest for a couple of days before heading to Sunrise, Florida on Tuesday to take on the Panthers.
11:51: CHI Viktor Stalberg (10) Wrist Shot – Assists: T. Kopecky (25) & R. Johnson (3)
17:57: CHI Bryan Bickell (16) Snap Shot – Assists: D. Bolland (21) & B. Seabrook (33)
19:03: TOR Luke Schenn (3) Slap Shot – Assists: none
Captain Force of Nature watch: He’s now on a nine-game point streak with his goal tonight. Is it cool to start talking MVP, yet?
Duncan Keith plus/minus rating watch: +1. He took a puck to the hand and didn’t play in the third, but did ice his hand on the bench. The team said they’ll take a look at it tomorrow. Hopefully, it’s not serious.
Post-game quotes from @TramyersCSN:
Keith: “We know going into games we have an expectation to win and to get to two points. It’s showing in the way we start games.”
Crawford: “Our guys, it’s incredible the way we’re scoring goals.”