Hawks hand Blues first division loss in regulation

The Blues may be atop the Central Division at the moment, but it was their rivals the Hawks that walked away with a victory on Wednesday night at the UC.  Corey Crawford woud make 23 saves as the Hawks defeated the league-leading Blues in a 4-0 victory, their first division regulation-loss in the entire season.

 

The game was fast and physical from start to finish, and it was the Hawks who would get on the board first with a power play blast from Duncan Keith, his fourth point in the last three games.  The goal came a minute into a power play with Ian Cole in the box for tripping Peter Regin.

 

The Hawks would strengthen their lead with a tip in from Andrew Shaw off of a Nick Leddy shot from the point, his second goal in two games.  The goal went under review, but the call on the ice stood and the Hawks would go into the second intermission with a two-goal lead.

 

Patrick Kane would leave the second period after a collision with a Blue’s player that seemed to injure his knee.  He would not return to the game.

 

Five minutes into the third the Hawks would strike again off of a give-and-go by Regin and Marcus Kruger, as Regin got a short pass to Kruger in front of a wide-open net to give the Hawks a three-goal lead.

 

The Hawks would put the game away for good after another power-play goal 8 minutes into the third, this time by Ben Smith off of a backhand pass from Kris Versteeg found him open at the top of the crease.  The Blues would pull goaltender Ryan Miller in favor for Brian Elliot after the fourth and final goal of the game.

 

Stars of the Game:

1. Duncan Keith: 1 G, 2 SOG, 23:41 TOI

2. Corey Crawford:23 SVS, 1.000 SA, 10th career shutout

3. Andrew Shaw: 1 G, 3 SOG, 17:26

 

Quick Hits

Tonight was a milestone night for two of Chicago’s players, with Versteeg playing in his 400th career NHL game and Michal Handzus playing in his 1000th game.  Handzus became the sixth Slovakian in NHL history to reach the milestone.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville reached a historic high as well, winning his 700th game as a head coach.  He is the third coach in NHL history to reach the mark.

 

The Hawks continue their homestand on Friday as they host the Carolina Hurricanes.  Puck drops at 7:00 C.T.

 

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