After a couple of extremely disappointing performances, in multiple facets of the game, the Chicago Blackhawks finally got back on track with a couple of points against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
This one was sort of special, as it was the last time that the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets will meet as a member of the same division. The new NHL realignment will see the Blue Jackets head to the Eastern Conference, while the Hawks will stay out west as part of “Divison B”.
For the second consecutive year, the Hawks managed to get every single point available against Columbus. Every one has come by a single goal, though this one came in the shootout.
It probably wouldn’t have gotten to the shootout if it hadn’t been for the goaltenders. Both Corey Crawford and Sergei Bobrovsky were outstanding, though Crawford eventually got the last laugh.
The Hawks fired 40 shots on net, and Bobrovsky allowed just the one goal. He was unreal for most of this one, making several key saves that really kept the Blue Jackets in the game. Crawford matched him nearly save-for-save, finishing with 29 of a possible 30 saves.
Though Bobrovsky was excellent throughout, he was no match for the Hawks in the shootout. He allowed goals on each of the two shots the Blackhawks took in the extra extra frame, including another nasty sequence from Patrick Kane. Crawford allowed just the one goal on three shots in the shootout, to help the Hawks escape with the 2-1 victory.
This was a big win for the Hawks, as it both gets them back on track and especially helps Crawford to rebound after he struggled in his last start.