There wasn’t much scoring in the game but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t exciting. This was a goalie duel all the way through. In the first period both Corey Crawford and Steve Mason were forced to make several big saves. Throughout the game both had to stop several breakaways. Both teams had seven shots in the first period but the game remained scoreless. The lone goal in the game would be scored in the second at the end of the period. Bryan Bickell was behind the goal and did a no look pass behind him to Andrew Shaw in front of the net who one timed it up high past Mason.
The third period would feature the Hawks having to play defense as they had to kill three penalties in the final seventeen minutes. Perhaps the save of the night was by Mason on Patrick Kane when he did a spin-o-rama to beat the defender. Mason slid the length of the goal line showing extreme patience until Kane had no more room and make a great pad save. Crawford made several big saves on the penalty kill and in the final minute after Columbus pulled the goalie.
What it means
The streak just keeps on going as the Hawks are now unbeaten in regulation in their first 18 games this season and overall their last 24 games since March 25 of last year. For the season, the Hawks are 15-0-3 and have 33 points. A good start for the Hawks as they have two sets of back to backs this week.
3 stars of the game
3. Steve Mason- He was absolutely stellar tonight as he made at least five point blank saves. Mason had a great night as he typically struggles against the Hawks. On the night, Mason had 26 saves on 27 shots.
2. Andrew Shaw- The only goal on the night was scored by Shaw. He was his typical agitating self annoying the opposition and was credited with 4 hits. Shaw now has 4 goals on the season.
1. Corey Crawford- Crawford had missed the last four games with a suspected concussion. He showed no rust with the week and half off recording a shutout. The shutout was his second of the season and seventh of his career. Crawford made 28 saves in the shutout.