Blackhawks beat Blues, keep point streak alive

Updated: February 28, 2013

Jonathan Toews tallied twice, while Corey
Crawford and Ray Emery combined on a 21-save shutout, as the Chicago
Blackhawks kept their historic start rolling with a 3-0 victory over the St.
Louis Blues on Thursday at Scottrade Center.

Crawford stopped all six shots he faced in the first, but appeared wobbly as
he went to the locker room at intermission. Emery entered to start
the second and saved 15 shots over the final two frames to extend Chicago’s
record-setting, season-opening point streak to 20 games at 17-0-3.

Andrew Shaw scored once and Marian Hossa added a pair of helpers in the
Blackhawks’ seventh straight victory overall.

Jaroslav Halak allowed all three goals on 23 shots for the Blues, who have
dropped three of their last four games.

“We needed a better performance,” Blues captain David Backes admitted. “It’s
as plain as that, and we didn’t have it.”

Toews’ first tally came just 12 seconds into the contest, as he won the
opening faceoff to get things started. Hossa then skated into the zone and fed
Brandon Saad on the low left side before Saad slid a centering feed that a
cutting Toews redirected with his skate to make it 1-0.

“To get that lead early in the game like that is a nice boost,” Toews said.
“As a line it especially gave us some confidence that we can go out there and
not have to chase the puck all night.”

St. Louis nearly found the equalizer after Chicago forward Brandon Bollig was
whistled for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct at the 5:39 mark, but Emery
got some help from the post before making a pair of big saves to keep his team
in front.

The Blackhawks then opened things up on a pair of third-period goals, with the
first coming just over two minutes in.

Bryan Bickell came up with a steal behind the St. Louis net and fed Shaw for a
one-timer from the slot that sailed past Halak to double Chicago’s advantage
at the 2:11 mark.

Toews padded the cushion later in the third when Nick Leddy ripped a shot from
the top of the left circle that was stopped by Halak, but the Chicago captain
was there in front to pound home the rebound for a 3-0 lead at 6:56.

Game Notes

Crawford left with an upper-body injury and was listed following the game as
day-to-day … Chicago’s last shutout in St. Louis came on Feb. 9, 1995 with
Ed Belfour in net for a 5-0 victory … Chicago has won four straight against
St. Louis, including a 3-2 decision on Jan. 22 in Chicago … St. Louis failed
on all four of its power-play opportunities, while Chicago finished 0-for-1 on
the man advantage.