Hawks shutout Blue Jackets 1-0
While Hollywood was celebrating its cinematic achievements, Chicago was celebrating another Blackhawks regulation victory. The win was not a masterpiece but, it was a win that garnered the Hawks two more points. It continued their incredible run of points and separation from the rest of the pack. Their record now goes to 15-0-3.
If this game were a movie, it could easily be called The Return of the Shutout Man. Corey Crawford was easily the best Hawk on the ice and turned in his second shutout of this abbreviated season. Crawford stopped all 28 shots that came his way. He did get support from his co-stars.
Most noticeably on defense was Nik Hjalmarsson who continues to shine. Hjalmarsson saves goals, block shots and employs great stick work and moves the puck up and out of his zone. Sounds like a full nights work.
On a night where the defense took center stage again their penalty kill was impressive holding Columbus 0 for five. Blackhawks’ Michael Frolik, Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa were again working hard to kill off penalties and in the end won the Hawks another game.
The most noticeable difference between this Hawks team and last years is their overall team game of support and attention to defensive details which has gotten the Hawks where they are with the most points in the NHL. Credit this team with making these adjustments
The lone tally in the game came late in the second period. Bryan Bickell from behind the Columbus net sent a beautiful feed out front that found Andrew Shaw. Shaw always seems to be buzzing around the oppositions’ net. He was all alone coming in and was able to beat Mason high stick side for the only goal that was needed.
Andrew Shaw also unfortunately was victim to a nasty spear from James Wisniewski in well lets say a spot that most men would not want to be speared in. Shaw did come back in the game and seemed alright. It was good to see he did not retaliate.
The only downer in this game was the Blackhawks power play which stumbled due to problems with zone entries. The Hawks could not enter the Blue Jackets’ zone cleanly and get any flow. They could not gain control let alone apply pressure in the offensive zone leaving the Hawks 0-3 on their power play.
The Blue Jackets were down some key players due to injury but they gave the Blackhawks all they could ask for and more. In the end though the Blackhawks just have too much depth for the Blue Jackets and the Blackhawks continue to make history. If that isn’t entertainment, one has to wonder what is.
Final score: Blackhawks 1, Blue Jackets 0
CHI goal: A. Shaw from B. Bickell and J. Oduya
1) C. Crawford
2) A. Shaw
3) S. Mason
Winning Goalie: Corey Crawford- 0 GA Sv% 1.000
Losing Goalie: Steve Mason – 1GA Sv% .963
Next game: Mon 2/25 vs Edmonton Oilers, 7:30pm CST
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