CHI
12-8-1
MTL
16-6-1

Toews, Versteeg lead Blackhawks by Canadiens

NHL.com | Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 11:44 PM

MONTREAL (NHL.com) -- Jonathan Toews scored his 200th goal and assisted on Patrick Kane's goal in the third to get his 450th point, and Corey Crawford made 28 saves for his first shutout to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Toews tipped Duncan Keith's point shot past Montreal goalie Carey Price for a power-play goal at 11:19 of the first. Kris Versteeg scored his first of two goals in the game midway through second period to put Chicago up 2-0.

Brad Richards made it 3-0 early in the third period on his second goal. Kane increased the lead to 4-0 at 12:31 with his fourth goal off a pass from Toews.

It was Crawford's 11th career shutout with the Blackhawks, who had lost two in a row and five of their previous seven games. The 29-year-old native of Chateauguay, Quebec, a Montreal suburb, got his first win in three games at Bell Centre and improved to 3-0-2 against his hometown team.

Crawford stuck out his right pad to stop PA Parenteau's shot at 2:41 of the first late in Montreal's first power play.

Price made a few incredible saves among his 27 stops on 32 shots, including an unbelievable second effort to deny Jeremy Morin the opening goal shortly before Toews gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

Referee Eric Furlatt signaled a delayed penalty on Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin as Price turned aside Brandon Saad's backhand from the slot. Morin had an open net to shoot at from the left side on the rebound, but Price reached back with his stick to knock the shot into the air. The Canadiens goalie then lunged to bat the puck over the crossbar with his blocker.

Chicago made the most of the ensuing power play. Toews scored his milestone goal when he set up in front of Price and deflected Keith's shot through the Montreal goalie's pads for his 449th point.

Montreal has allowed the first goal in 11 of 13 games; they are 6-4-1 in those games. The Canadiens have been outscored 14-4 in the opening period, and they are yet to hold a lead after one period.

Versteeg made it 2-0 on his third goal at 9:57 of the second. His shot from the right corner struck Montreal defenseman Rene Bourque's skate and went into the net.

Price made another sensational save when he got a piece of Marian Hossa's shot on a power play. He then caught a break when Kane's shot from the right side went between his pads but wide of the left post.

Richards deflected Patrick Sharp's centering pass by Price at 2:22 of the third to extend Chicago's lead to 3-0.

Sharp left the game after taking a hit by Emelin. He was helped off the ice by teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson at 6:55 and did not return.

Versteeg scored his second goal of the game, fourth of the season, with a backhand past Price at 14:46.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:19CHI PPG - Jonathan Toews (5) ASST: Duncan Keith (5), Andrew Shaw (2) 1 - 0 CHI
2nd Period
09:57CHI Marcus Kruger (1) ASST: Kris Versteeg (2), David Rundblad (1) 2 - 0 CHI
3rd Period
02:22CHI Brad Richards (2) ASST: Patrick Sharp (6), Brandon Saad (7) 3 - 0 CHI
12:31CHI Patrick Kane (4) ASST: Jonathan Toews (5), Niklas Hjalmarsson (3) 4 - 0 CHI
14:46CHI Kris Versteeg (3) ASST: Bryan Bickell (4), David Rundblad (2) 5 - 0 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Jonathan Toews
1st
Jonathan Toews
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:05
Duncan Keith
2nd
Duncan Keith
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 24:43
Patrick Kane
3rd
Patrick Kane
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:41
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:57CHI Duncan Keith  Slashing against  Rene Bourque
05:47CHI Kris Versteeg  Interference against  Mike Weaver
05:47MTL Mike Weaver  Embellishment against  Kris Versteeg
10:18MTL Alexei Emelin  Hooking against  Brandon Saad
14:01CHI Marian Hossa  Tripping against  Nathan Beaulieu
2nd Period
10:07CHI Patrick Sharp  Too many men/ice - bench
10:58MTL P.K. Subban  Holding against  Ben Smith
16:53MTL Tom Gilbert  Hi stick - double minor against  Andrew Shaw
3rd Period
00:18CHI Jonathan Toews  Hooking against  Brandon Prust
00:18MTL Brandon Prust  Embellishment against  Jonathan Toews
06:55CHI Marian Hossa  Slashing against  Mike Weaver
shots by period
PeriodCHIMTL
1st511
2nd178
3rd109
Total3228
Team Stats
CategoryCHIMTL
Power Plays1/40/4
Hits1325
Faceoff Wins3232
Giveaways716
Takeaways44
Blocked Shots1524
Penalty Minutes1212
  • CHICAGO
  • MONTREAL
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2D. KeithD0101224:43
4N. HjalmarssonD0121021:45
5D. RundbladD0221012:45
7B. SeabrookD0003021:06
10P. SharpL0113015:20
11J. MorinR000108:58
16M. KrugerC1022013:52
19J. ToewsC1114219:05
20B. SaadL0112014:04
23K. VersteegL1122213:43
27J. OduyaD0020020:48
28B. SmithR0011013:33
29B. BickellL0121011:17
57T. Van RiemsdykD0021013:23
65A. ShawC0100019:14
81M. HossaR0004416:21
88P. KaneR1013018:41
91B. RichardsC1012011:22
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
50C. Crawford28281.00060:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
8B. PrustL0002211:38
11B. GallagherR0002014:59
14T. PlekanecC0003020:15
15P. ParenteauR00-23014:30
17R. BourqueL00-30011:11
20M. MalhotraC0000012:40
22D. WeiseR00-22011:51
27A. GalchenyukC0001016:37
28N. BeaulieuD0004015:58
43M. WeaverD00-10218:45
49M. BournivalL000208:35
51D. DesharnaisC00-10015:58
67M. PaciorettyL00-12020:54
74A. EmelinD00-10221:33
76P. SubbanD00-31225:05
77T. GilbertD0000418:03
79A. MarkovD00-35021:06
81L. EllerC00-31011:32
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. Price2732.84459:49