CHI
36-7-5
NSH
16-23-9

27 SOG
17 SOG

Blackhawks finish trip with 3-0 win over Predators

NHL.com | Monday, 02.11.2013 / 12:22 AM

Make it 12 games without a regulation loss for the Chicago Blackhawks.

And now they play their next seven games at home.

Corey Crawford stopped 17 shots to notch his sixth career shutout –- his first in almost two years -- as the Blackhawks earned a 3-0 victory against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night.

Marcus Kruger and Jonathan Toews each scored 66 seconds apart in the second period, helping the Blackhawks remain the National Hockey League's lone undefeated team in regulation (10-0-2).

"It feels great," Crawford said of his club's phenomenal start. "It seems like everyone gets along. We have some great veterans that lead the way and it seems like the new guys have just followed in nicely. It's just a great bunch of guys and we're playing great hockey right now."

Patrick Kane also added a goal in the third as the Blackhawks wrapped up their season-high six-game road trip with their fourth straight win and improved to 8-0-2 away from the United Center.

The shutout was Chicago's first in regulation since Mar. 23, 2011 against the Florida Panthers.

"We don't want to change anything," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said about finally returning home for Tuesday's match against the Anaheim Ducks. "We don't want to feel like we're at home now, we can let the air out or we want to be cute. We want to play the same way. We like the contributions across the board and let's get excited with the building and the noise and our fans. I'm sure they want to see some hockey, too, so it'll be nice to be there."

Nashville missed its best chance at scoring when Nick Spaling's backhander sent the puck sliding across the crease before hitting off the far post at 10:02 of the first period. The Predators managed only three shots on goal in the first.

"We didn't really challenge them very well," Nashville forward Mike Fisher said. "It wasn't our A-game, no question. They run and gun a little bit more and they bury them when they can like they did tonight."

Preds goalie Pekka Rinne had won four straight starts and hadn't allowed an even-strength goal since Jan. 28. But that streak ended at 316 minutes, 40 seconds when Nashville defenseman Roman Josi kicked the puck, trying to clear it, right to Kruger near the high slot. Kruger snapped a shot over Rinne's stick for his second goal of the season at 6:14.

"I mean just put a tent over that circus," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "You make five, six mistakes like that, it's going to end up in your net. It wasn't a classic goal or anything."

Chicago also got a bit of luck as Duncan Keith's shot from the right circle deflected off Toews in front of Rinne and went up and over the Nashville goalie into the net at 7:20 for a 2-0 lead. It was Toews' sixth goal of the season and the 150th of his career.

The Blackhawks wound up with 27 shots, including Kane's ninth goal this season. He scored at 4:27 of the third after skating up the left boards and shooting at the net, sneaking the puck past Rinne for the 3-0 lead.

Kane extended his point streak to six games and his goal-scoring streak to five. He leads the club with 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 12 games this season.

"I was really pleased with the way we started and finished the game," Quenneville said. "Everybody contributed again today."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

1st2nd3rdT
CHI
NSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:14CHI Marcus Kruger (2) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 CHI
07:20CHI Jonathan Toews (6) ASST: Duncan Keith (4), Marian Hossa (6) 2 - 0 CHI
3rd Period
04:27CHI Patrick Kane (9) ASST: Dave Bolland (2), Michal Rozsival (3) 3 - 0 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Marcus Kruger
1st
Marcus Kruger
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 11:02
Patrick Kane
2nd
Patrick Kane
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:21
Corey Crawford
3rd
Corey Crawford
SA: 17TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 17-17
PIM: 0PP: 0-0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:41NSH Rich Clune  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Shaw
02:41CHI Andrew Shaw  Fighting (maj) against  Rich Clune
03:27NSH Sergei Kostitsyn  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
09:31CHI Marcus Kruger  Tripping against  Colin Wilson
10:24NSH Martin Erat  Tripping against  Brandon Saad
3rd Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodCHINSH
1st103
2nd104
3rd710
Total2717
Team Stats
CategoryCHINSH
Power Plays0/20/1
Hits815
Faceoff Wins2029
Giveaways119
Takeaways126
Blocked Shots1414
Penalty Minutes79
  • CHICAGO
  • NASHVILLE
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. KeithD0122020:28
4N. HjalmarssonD0000020:58
7B. SeabrookD0010019:59
8N. LeddyD0012017:48
10P. SharpL0023019:38
16M. KrugerC1011211:02
19J. ToewsC1012017:18
20B. SaadL0004015:15
22J. MayersR0010010:11
25V. StalbergL0002013:16
27J. OduyaD0000021:43
29B. BickellL0001012:43
32M. RozsivalD0120016:59
36D. BollandC0112018:16
65A. ShawC0001513:51
67M. FrolikR0013012:09
81M. HossaR0111017:05
88P. KaneR1013019:21
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
50C. Crawford17171.00060:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4R. EllisD0003017:51
6S. WeberD00-10020:07
7J. BlumD00-10016:25
8K. KleinD0001019:41
10M. EratR00-10216:07
11D. LegwandC00-13015:31
12M. FisherC00-12020:04
13N. SpalingC00-10016:46
15C. SmithC00-11017:07
16R. CluneL0000511:48
18B. YipR00-11016:33
22S. HannanD00-21019:27
28P. GaustadC0003012:57
33C. WilsonC00-11016:43
57G. BourqueL00-10015:44
59R. JosiD00-20018:23
74S. KostitsynL00-10216:40
75H. GillD000108:06
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35P. Rinne2427.88960:00