Even when he knows moments when he brushes the invincibility, Carey Price seems unable to overcome the Chicago Blackhawks. It must be said that Corey Crawford has the gift of delivering his best performances against the team of his hometown.
Crawford stopped 40 rounds, 16 of which were in the last round, and Patrick Kane helped his team into a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at the Bell Center.
Impeccable during the first two periods, Crawford fell in the second half of the third period, yielding to Paul Byron and Shea Weber.
However, he stood up to the last assault of Claude Julien’s troop and took a 7-0-2 record against the Canadian. “It’s a goalkeeper who has won Stanley Cups and there’s a reason. We had a lot of momentum on our second-period power play and made some important stops. That gave a lot of confidence to their team, “analyzed Byron.
At the end of the game, Crawford had an average of 1.61 goals against the Habs for a lifetime and a 951 goal. His statistics – average of 1.39 and efficiency rate of, 962 – are even better in five outings at the Bell Center.
“It’s always very special to play here, in front of my family and friends. I really enjoy it. We are trying to play the best hockey possible and we want to be in first place, “Crawford said.
This wish was fulfilled. With this seventh consecutive triumph against the Canadian, a sequence that began April 9, 2014, and the 14 th victory in their last 17 outings, men Joel Quenneville took over first place in the Central Division, before the Wild of Minnesota, defeated by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
As for the Canadian, he retains first place in the Atlantic section, one point ahead of the Ottawa Senators, beaten by the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.
The Canadiens and the Senators will compete in a round-trip series on Saturday and Sunday, in Ottawa and then at the Bell Center. Meanwhile, the Senators will host the Blackhawks on Thursday.
On the mask!
Crawford stopped the efforts of Claude Julien’s men in all ways, including a sharp shot from Weber with his mask late in the second period.
“I did not have time to get out of the way. It was a powerful shot. I wanted to cut the angles. He really sounded. ”
While Crawford undertook to close the door to Canadian strikers, Kane took charge of the visitors’ attack by collecting a goal and two assists. Kane opened the scoring at 12:23 of the first period before taking part in the victory net of his accomplice Artemi Panarin, registered after 47 seconds of play in the third period.
Between the two, defender Johnny Oduya, acquired on the deadline of the transactions, registered his second of the season and his first in the Blackhawks uniform, halfway through the second twenty. Jonathan Toews sealed the game in a desert net.
The Blackhawks and spoiled the 500 th match in career of Carey Price, who stopped 20 pucks. His career record against Chicago is three wins and four losses and he lost his last three outings against Joel Quenneville’s men.
“It would have been good if I had been able to make the stop to keep the wind going,” said Price. They took advantage of the chances they had. ”