National Hockey League

Corey Crawford's 48-save shutout carries Blackhawks to fifth straight victory


Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) keeps a rebound away from former teammate Andrew Shaw (65) of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Bell Centre in Montreal.


Fully recovered from an illness that forced him to leave after two periods against the Maple Leafs, Crawford stopped 48-of-48 shots in a virtuoso performance in his hometown of Montreal to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-0 victory over the Canadians on Saturday night at Bell Centre for their fifth consecutive victory.


The Wild played the Rangers and the Coyotes hosted the Oilers later Saturday night.


Crawford is now 5-0-2 in his career against the Canadiens at Bell Centre, with a .971 save percentage and 1.14 goals-against average.


The Hawks had scoring opportunities the rest of that period — most notably when Dylan Sikura hit the crossbar from the right circle off a pass from Jonathan Toews — but it was Crawford’s stronger-by-the-minute excellence played the bigger role in keeping the Hawks in the lead.


The Hawks return home to play the Canucks (29-32-10) on Monday night and the Flyers (34-29-8) on Thursday at the United Center.






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