NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Chicago|
(Wednesday, December 21st)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Montreal 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Andrew Brunette and Patrick Sharp tallied 21
seconds apart in the second period, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1
win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Viktor Stalberg, Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews also scored for the
Blackhawks, who have won six of their past seven games.
Corey Crawford stopped 20-of-21 shots for the win.
"We didn't give up too many opportunities but when we did Corey was there to
make the big save,' said Sharp. "It was a nice game."
Andrei Kostitsyn netted the lone goal for Montreal, which dropped its fourth
straight, and third in a row under new head coach Randy Cunneyworth.
Peter Budaj made 23 saves for the loss.
"Sometimes it's like a snowball effect," said Budaj. "We're trying to do too
much. We're not playing the way we want to."
After a scoreless first period, the Canadiens drew first blood on the power
play at the 5:35 mark of the second. Tomas Plekanec controlled the disc at the
left circle and snapped a shot, which Kostitsyn re-directed past Crawford.
The Blackhawks tied the score with 8:24 left in the second period. Brent
Seabrook sent the puck behind the net. Brunette gained control and his
backhanded wraparound slid past Budaj.
Just 21 seconds later, Chicago took the lead. Sharp skated down the left wing
on a 2-on-1 breakaway and ripped the back of the net with a wrister from the
Chicago made it a 3-1 game midway through the third period. From behind the
net, Bryan Bickell fed Stalberg in the high slot and he wristed it into the
back of the net.
Toews scored an empty-netter with 1:17 left, and Bickel added a tally with
12 seconds left to seal the win for the Blackhawks.
Toews scored his 10th goal in his last 14 games and now has 20 goals on the
season...Chicago is 8-1-1 in December...Montreal hasn't beaten the Blackhawks
in Chicago since February 27, 2002.
12/22 01:17:43 ET