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game recap

Blackhawks 3, Ducks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor

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Blackhawks 3, Ducks 0
Anaheim Ducks 0, Chicago Blackhawks 3

Hawks rookie Corey Crawford registered his first NHL shutout against the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and his teammates added two power play goals for a 3-0 victory and their 5th straight home win at the United Center Wednesday.

The 23 year-old Crawford turned away 19 shots in his first start of the season and only the second of his career while his defenders blocked 14 other Anaheim attempts.

It was Chicago's third win in a row and snapped a six-game Ducks win streak.

Of the five straight home ice triumphs, three have come on shutouts registered by Nikolai Khabibulin, Patrick Lalime and now Crawford as Chicago moved within four points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Also, it is the longest home unbeaten string for the Hawks since a seven-game run from December 27, 2001 to January 20, 2002 when they made the playoffs with 96 points.

The Hawks took the lead seven minutes into the game on a power play. Cam Barker fired a 25-footer and Dustin Byfuglien picked up the rebound just outside the crease to stuff his 15th goal past Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The Hawks outshot the Ducks 14-3 in the 1st period and 28-19 for the game.

Although Crawford didn't face too many attempts, two were difficult chances, one by Chris Kunitz at the six minute mark and another six minutes later by Todd Marchant.

There was plenty of physical action in the frame. At 10:52, Chicago's Craig Adams and Adam Burish took on Todd Bertuzzi and Corey Perry. In the final minute of the period, Ben Eager and James Wisniewski clashed with George Parros and Sean O'Donnell. Both Wisniewski and O'Donnell were given game misconducts.

The penalties wound up giving the Hawks a two-man advantage going into the 2nd period as one-time Hawk Travis Moen picked up a minor as the period ended.

Despite the two-man edge for two minutes and additional five on the power play, the Hawks only got off three shots as the Ducks defense tightened in front of Giguere.

There was no scoring in the middle stanza, but Anaheim had the better chances. Crawford made two key stops on veteran Teemu Selanne, another on a screen shot by Moen and a rebound by Ryan Getzlaf.

Crawford said his toughest stop of the game came on a 20-foot drive up the slot by Scott Niedermayer, which he blocked with his shoulder.

Midway through the final period, the Hawks capitalized again on a power play to make it 2-0. Rookie Patrick Kane got his 2nd assist of the night when he took a big hit and stayed with the puck to get it to Barker, who blasted a 40-footer in for his 4th goal as Byfuglien provided a screen in front of Giguere.

The Ducks pulled Giguere for an extra attacker in the final three minutes, but Patrick Sharp got loose on a breakaway before he was hooked from behind by Chris Pronger. Since the net was empty, Sharp was awarded his team high 33rd goal to make it 3-0.

Hawks coach Denis Savard praised Crawford for a heck of a game and Kane's efforts on the key second goal.

"We got challenged and our players responded," Savard said.

The Hawks are now 10-3-1 in their last 14 starts.

The homestand continues Friday at the United Center against San Jose (7:30 pm). The game will feature a special pre-game ceremony honoring Hawk greats Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.

AP Notes: Anaheim D Chris Pronger returned after missing two games with a broken jaw. Pronger, who wore a face shield, suffered the injured Feb. 24 in a game against the Blackhawks at Anaheim. ... Ducks C Ryan Carter missed his fifth game with a broken wrist. ... Anaheim had its team-record seven-game winning streak from Feb. 20 to March 7, 1999. ... Including Khabibulin, five Chicago regulars sat out with injuries: LW Martin Havlat (shoulder, fourth game), D Brent Sopel (wrist, seventh game, C Yanic Perreault (wrist, 10th game) and C Kevin Adams (knee surgery, 53rd game). Adams has resumed skating. Havlat could be out for the season, although the team has yet to confirm it. ... Chicago C Robert Lang returned after missing four games with back spasms.

Ducks Quotes

Head coach Randy Carlyle: "We didn't play very well, simple as that. They had more energy then we did for whatever and their execution was to a higher level. We didn't really get anything going and then we got the penalty parade going. It's hard to mount comebacks. It was still a one-goal hockey game until the third period. That's the way you have to look at it."

Defenseman Sean O'Donnell: "It was a fairly chippy game early on. They came out, played pretty physical and they blocked a couple shots. We thought that some of the guys were maybe a little braver with [defenseman] Chris [Pronger] with his thing on his jaw and took a couple of shots at him there. We kind of took exception to that ... it's one thing if you're finishing a check or doing something normally but when you're taking swings at the area that does damage there's not a lot of respect there. It kind of got us going but we lost our cool a bit. We feel like we played hard and we finished our checks. We expect other people to do the same and when we do that's part of the game. Maybe they would disagree but in our minds that they were taking a couple of liberties at a guy who was playing with an injury and we wanted to stand up for that, to stand up for our teammate."

Defenseman Chris Pronger: "You expect to be protected out there, not only by your referees but teammates and they did a great job. [Right wing] George [Parros] comes in and takes care of business and we're able to kill off penalties like that ... it seemed like they weren't getting the first guy all time. That's part of the game and certainly not the story as to why we lost, that's for sure. It's just a byline. We got outworked and played they very well. We didn't play to our level and didn't play to our structure. When we don't do that teams can beat us."

scoring summary
1st Period
07:07
CHI
PPG - Dustin Byfuglien (15) ASST: Cam Barker (7), Patrick Kane (40)
1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:01
CHI
PPG - Cam Barker (4) ASST: Patrick Kane (41), Dustin Byfuglien (15)
2 - 0 CHI
18:29
CHI
EN - Patrick Sharp (33) ASST: Brent Seabrook (16)
3 - 0 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
04:33
ANA
Chris Pronger  Boarding against  Adam Burish
06:41
ANA
Mathieu Schneider  Slashing against  Craig Adams
08:44
CHI
Jason Williams  Tripping against  Kent Huskins
10:52
ANA
Todd Bertuzzi  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
10:52
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Adam Burish
10:52
ANA
Todd Bertuzzi  Misconduct (10 min)
10:52
CHI
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Bertuzzi
10:52
ANA
Todd Bertuzzi  Instigator against  James Wisniewski
10:52
CHI
Adam Burish  Roughing against  Corey Perry
16:15
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Roughing against  Rene Bourque
16:15
CHI
Rene Bourque  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Getzlaf
19:02
CHI
James Wisniewski  Game misconduct
19:02
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Game misconduct
19:02
ANA
George Parros  Misconduct (10 min)
19:02
ANA
George Parros  Instigator against  Ben Eager
19:02
CHI
Ben Eager  Misconduct (10 min)
19:02
CHI
James Wisniewski  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
19:02
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  James Wisniewski
19:02
ANA
George Parros  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Eager
20:00
ANA
Travis Moen  Roughing against  Patrick Sharp
2nd Period
09:38
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Hooking against  Adam Burish
18:37
CHI
Bryan Bickell  Hooking against  Ryan Getzlaf
3rd Period
03:03
ANA
Todd Bertuzzi  Holding the stick against  Brent Seabrook
07:34
ANA
Corey Perry  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
15:41
ANA
George Parros  Roughing against  Ben Eager
15:41
CHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  George Parros
19:31
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Holding against  Francois Beauchemin
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 27TOI: 57:31
Saves: 25EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
Corey Crawford
SA: 19TOI: 59:57
Saves: 19EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2