Friday’s result: Blackhawks 3, Flames 1
By Mark Lazerus email@example.com April 26, 2013 10:04PM
Chicago Blackhawks' Viktor Stalberg of Sweden, left, tries to score on Calgary Flames goalie Joey MacDonald during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, April 26, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
With a small army of Rockford IceHogs waiting to take the ice Saturday in St. Louis for the regular-season finale, the Blackhawks made the most of their home finale, knocking off the Calgary Flames 3-1 for their second straight easy win over a non-playoff team. The Hawks are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games.
Corey Crawford was sharp yet again as he tunes up for next week’s playoffs, making 25 saves, including a few spectacular saves in the third period to keep the Hawks up one goal until Marcus Kruger’s first goal in 33 games gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead 7:06 into the third period.
The Hawks had taken a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, two serious candidates to be rested against the physical Blues. Kane scored after Patrick Sharp missed an open net in the corner, retrieved the puck behind the net and slid a nice pass to Kane, who buried it. It was Kane’s 23rd goal, briefly giving him the team lead in that category. But less than four minutes later, Jonathan Toews punched in a Brandon Saad rebound — sitting in the crease behind Calgary goaltender Joey MacDonald — to move himself back into a tie with Kane.
Calgary got a shorthanded goal from Chris Butler — who hadn’t scored in his last 63 games dating back to last January — midway through the second period, but Crawford stood tall the rest of the way, making big third-period stops on Mikael Backlund, T.J. Brodie and Matt Stajan, the last on a breakaway.