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Crawford Makes 48 Saves In Blackhawks’ 2-0 Win Vs. Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) — Corey Crawford stopped all 48 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and the surging Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth straight with a 2-0 victory over the struggling Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates the puck against Artturi Lehkonen #62 of the Montreal Canadiens in the second period during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini scored for the Blackhawks.

The Montreal-born Crawford earned his second shutout of the season and improved to 9-2-2 in his career against the Canadiens. The 48 saves were a career high in the regular season for Crawford.

Carey Price stopped 22 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of their last five games to fall out of a playoff spot. Price has played in 18 of the last 19 games for Montreal, which outshot Chicago 48-24.

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Dominik Kahun #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates the puck in the second period against Victor Mete #53 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

With the loss, Montreal’s playoff chances are dwindling in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are three points out of the second wild-card spot with 10 games remaining in the season — five each at home and on the road.

Crawford needed to be on his game all night. Midway through the second period, the Blackhawks goalie made back-to-back saves on Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw. Two minutes later, he robbed Artturi Lehkonen in close with the glove.

With nine minutes left in the game, Crawford stopped Joel Armia from point-blank range to preserve Chicago’s two-goal lead.

Byron came closest to beating the Hawks goaltender when his second-period shot rang off the crossbar.

MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Dylan Strome #17 of the Chicago Blackhawks screens goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens in the second period during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 16, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Crawford has never lost in regulation time in his hometown (5-0-2). He has won his last five at the Bell Centre.

Murphy scored the game’s first goal 3:04 into the second period. The defenseman took a pass from Dylan Strome in his skates, kicked the puck onto his stick, and beat Price from the slot high glove-side.

Perlini made it 2-0 at 4:49 of the third period on a nice give-and-go with teammate Alex DeBrincat.

The game featured Montreal’s league-worst power play against Chicago’s NHL-worst penalty kill. The Hawks came out on top, with the Canadiens going 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

NOTES: The Canadiens celebrated Price’s franchise record-setting 315th career victory in a pregame ceremony. … Montreal was coming off a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: home vs. Vancouver on Monday night.

Canadiens: at Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

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Hertl’s 30th Goal Leads Sharks Past Canadiens

SAN JOSE (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored his career-high 30th goal of the season, Martin Jones made 37 saves and the San Jose Sharks extended their two-decade home dominance over the Montreal Canadiens with a 5-2 victory Thursday night.

The Sharks haven’t lost at home to the Canadiens since Nov. 23, 1999, winning 12 straight in that span. San Jose won its eighth straight overall in the series despite getting outplayed for much of the night.

Marcus Sorensen and Timo Meier each scored for the third game in a row, Joe Thornton also had a goal and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter for his first goal since joining the Sharks. San Jose pulled within one point of Calgary in the race for first place in the Pacific Division and has a game in hand.

Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw scored for the Canadiens, who remained two points ahead of Columbus in the race for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Antti Niemi made 20 saves.

The Sharks have been dealing with a flu bug on the team in recent days and played a step slow against the Canadiens, but managed to win for the 11th time in their past 13 home games thanks to some soft goals and fortunate bounces.

They took a one-goal lead into the third and added an insurance goal when Meier got a pass in front from Joonas Donskoi and knocked it into an open net.

The teams had traded goals off odd deflections in the second period. Thornton’s centering pass to Sorensen hit off the stick of Montreal’s Phillip Danault and went into the net to put San Jose up 3-1 despite getting outshot 23-8 at that point.

But the Canadiens answered later in the period when Paul Byron’s shot pinballed toward the net before hitting off Shaw and trickling past Jones to make it a one-goal game heading into the third.

The Canadiens controlled the play in the opening period, outshooting San Jose 16-5, but were on the short end of the scoreboard thanks to a couple soft goals allowed by Niemi. Hertl scored on a wraparound early in the period for his 30th goal of the season and Sorensen then beat Niemi to the short side midway through the period to make it 2-0.

Montreal struck late in the first when Lehkonen’s centering pass got past Jones.

NOTES: San Jose’s Brent Burns assisted on Sorensen’s goal, giving him 60 on the season. The only defensemen to record 60 assists in a season since the start of the 1996-97 season are Nicklas Lidstrom (2005-05, 2007-08) and Erik Karlsson (2015-16). … Karlsson (groin) and F Evander Kane (undisclosed) remained sidelined for a third straight game for the Sharks. … Montreal rookie F Jesperi Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for a second straight game.

UP NEXT:

San Jose: Hosts St. Louis on Saturday.

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