Crawford Commands Respect in Win Over Preds
A win in Tennessee would bring the Blackhawks back into the 8th seed for the Western Conference Playoff hunt. After a handful of moves and a period of finding team chemistry, the Hawks look to build on a two game winning streak. Quenneville, who missed the last 4 games due a peptic ulcer, was back at the helm.
The Predators are coming off a loss to a hot Columbus team, understand their battle with only 22 games left in the regular season.
Playing full strength on both ends, Tomas Kopecky scored off two quick passes from Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead with 3 minutes left in the 1st period. Most of the period was fought on the Predators Ice, with good defensive stops to keep the game in control.
Toews had a few good looks as the Hawks showed signs of symmetry on the ice from a recharged line. Holding the lead throughout 2, the Hawks looked as energized as we have seen them in recent weeks.
Only 2 penalties in the game, leaving little room for power play opportunities, the game moved quick, as the Hawks skated to an easy win over a division opponents, putting the Blackhawks at 70 game points, and edging the tiebreaker for eight place.
Corey Crawford held 31 shots in a solid performance for his 3rd shutout of the year. Sharp also scored an empty netter in the final minutes.