Crawford gave Hawks chance they needed

CHICAGO -- If you missed the game and just looked at the stat sheet, you’d be confident the Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night. But the Hawks earned a 4-1 win, thanks to some opportunistic scoring and a second straight solid performance by goalie Corey Crawford.

“Crawford looked good tonight. He kept us in the game, especially in that first period,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “[He] was big all night long. I think he was very quick, he was very square. The big saves he made, it looked like he was anticipating, and technically he was strong.”

Those weren’t statements Quenneville could have made several weeks ago. Crawford simply looks like his old self again. He made 37 saves, his most without going to overtime this season. He’s stopped 57 of 59 shots over the last two wins.

The Hawks were outshot (38-22), outhit (31-13) and lost various other battles determined by statistics but their goaltender outplayed the one on the other end -- Steve Mason -- and that made the big difference.


  • Patrick Sharp scored his 19th goal of the season on the eve of his 30th birthday, good for second in the Western Conference behind teammate Jonathan Toews. Sharp has 12 goals in his last 14 games.

  • Marian Hossa has tallied 14 points over an eight-game point streak, currently the longest in the NHL.


  • “We realize we have a good thing going right now but that could change at any moment. We have to work to keep it going.” -- Sharp, after the Hawks’ season-high fifth consecutive home win

  • “With the big meals and the days off, the first 20 wasn’t our best period.” -- Sharp, on a sluggish first period by the home team

  • “Right now I give it to Sharpie because he has a hot stick and things are going in. So why not?” --Hossa, on yet another assist of a Sharp goal