How it happened: The Canadiens controlled the game early on, with a handful of quality scoring chances from Montreal’s top two lines in the first 10 minutes. But it was Hawks captain Jonathan Toews who broke the deadlock against the run of play. With Chicago on the power play, Toews redirected a Duncan Keith shot from the point for his fifth goal of the season and 200th of his career.
The Blackhawks continued to dictate play in the second, spending a vast majority of the period circling Carey Price’s crease. Fourth-liner Kris Versteeg was gifted a goal as his centering pass bobbled off Habs winger Rene Bourque and landed in the net.
Brad Richards padded Chicago’s lead in the final frame when he deflected a shot from Patrick Sharp over Price’s shoulder. Patrick Kane made it 4-0 for Chicago -- his first goal in nine games -- after connecting on a great feed from linemate Toews. Versteeg added his second of the game late in the third period.
Sharp left the game seven minutes into the third period with a lower-body injury after being hit along the boards by Alexei Emelin.
What it means: The Blackhawks have finally exorcized their Bell Centre demons, winning in Montreal for the first time in nearly 13 years. Chicago has now recorded at least one point in six consecutive games versus the Habs. With the win, the Hawks ended a two-game slump and are now 7-5-1. Chicago scored more than two goals for just the fourth time this season.
After an impressive 7-1 start to their season, the Canadiens have now fallen to 8-4-1 and have won just once in their past five games.
Player of the game: Corey Crawford, who continued his fine form by making 28 saves for his 11th career shutout.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks directed a whopping 36 shots toward Price’s net in a dominant second period (17 shots on net, 13 misses, 6 blocked).
What’s next: The Blackhawks return home to host the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Tuesday. Chicago is 4-2-1 at home this season.