Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks’ 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.
1. Good show, Charlie.
Montreal goaltender Charlie Lindgren was making just his fourth career NHL start on Sunday but he looked like he’s been here a while, stopping 38 for his fourth NHL victory and first career NHL shutout. Could the Blackhawks have made life harder on him? Sure. But full marks for his work nonetheless. And as one goaltender celebrates a shutout…
2. Corey Crawford’s streak ends.
Crawford has been outstanding lately but he finally gave up a goal for the first time since the third period against Colorado on Oct. 28. Crawford got more work as the night wore on, stopping 33 of 35 shots. But Jonathan Drouin got through early in the third period, snapping Crawford’s shutout streak at 173 minutes, nine seconds.
3. Captain’s chances.
Jonathan Toews had several good scoring opportunities on Sunday but came up empty. Lindgren thwarted him early and there were a few near misses (he hit the post not long after the Blackhawks’ power play early in the second period). Toews was all around the net against the Canadiens but couldn’t get one past Lindgren.
4. More line changes coming?
The Blackhawks tinkered with a few more combinations late Sunday night but to no avail. Guess what they’ll likely do when they reconvene for practice on Tuesday. “We probably went longer than we would’ve liked without production, so we’ll look at it again,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “But if you don’t like the results or the production end of it, we’ll look to try something else.”
5. Time to worry?
The Blackhawks have rarely been concerned about 5-on-5 scoring because they’ve always had plenty of it. Can’t say that right now. Nothing is working, and the Blackhawks have to come up with answers – and goals – fast.