Blackhawks 3, Senators 0
Goaltender Corey Crawford stopped all 26 shots he faced, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
Defenseman Duncan Keith, center Artem Anisimov and left winger Andrew Desjardins scored. Chicago (23-13-4) won its third consecutive game and improved to 15-5-1 on home ice.Ottawa (18-15-6) lost its third game a row.
The Senators have been outscored 13-3 in the past three contests.Crawford stopped six shots in the first period, nine shots in the second period and 11 shots in the third period to secure his sixth shutout of the season and the 18th of his career.
Crawford has posted shutouts in four of his past seven starts at home.Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson turned aside 27 of 29 shots.
A slap shot by Keith gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with 11:47 remaining in the second period. Center Jonathan Toews passed the puck toward the blue line to Keith, who ripped a shot past Anderson’s stick side for his seventh goal. Right winger Marian Hossa screened Anderson on the play.Chicago increased its lead to 2-0 with 13:59 to go in the third period.
Defenseman Michal Rozsival pinched in from the blue line and released a rising wrist shot. Anderson stopped Rozsival’s shot but could not corral the puck, and Anisimov knocked in the rebound for his 15th goal of the season and his third goal in the past three games.
Desjardins added an empty-net goal with 47.9 seconds remaining in the third period.
Ottawa could not solve Crawford despite several high-quality scoring opportunities. Crawford denied Senators center Mika Zibanejad on a one-timer from the left circle during an Ottawa power play late in the second period. Moments later, Crawford stopped a point-blank shot by left winger Max McCormick.
NOTES: Chicago LW Bryan Bickell returned to the lineup after a one-game absence as a healthy scratch. … Ottawa D Jared Cowen was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. The 24-year-old blue-liner has three assists in 32 games this season. … Chicago D Michal Rozsival returned after sitting out one game as a healthy scratch. Rozsival replaced D Rob Scuderi, who was a healthy scratch for the second time in three games. … Ottawa LW Dave Dziurzynski was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. … Chicago announced Sunday it had loaned D David Rundblad to a professional team in his native Sweden. Rundblad, 25, notched two assists in nine games this season. “Playing more is what it’s all about,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. … Chicago acquired RW Richard Panik from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night in exchange for LW Jeremy Morin. Both players have spent this season in the American Hockey League.