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BLACKHAWKS 5, ISLANDERs 0

N.Y. Islanders 0 0 0 — 0

BLACKHAWKS 1 4 0 — 5

First Period—1, HAWKS, Sharp 25 (Kane, Seabrook), 4:52 (pp). Penalties—Jurcina, NYI (interference), 1:13; Gervais, NYI (holding), 3:59.

Second Period—2, HAWKS, Hossa 10 (Kopecky, Sharp), 2:10. 3, HAWKS, Kane 13 (Toews, Hjalmarsson), 7:19. 4, HAWKS, Bolland 6 (Hossa, Bickell), 16:24. 5, HAWKS, Hjalmarsson 2 (Hossa, Campbell), 19:04. Penalties—Martin, NYI (boarding), 3:36; Hamonic, NYI (roughing, roughing), 19:16; Bickell, HAWKS (roughing, roughing), 19:16.

Third Period—None. Penalties—Seabrook, HAWKS (tripping), 3:17; Hamonic, NYI (high-sticking), 7:44.

Shots on Goal—N.Y. Islanders 8-7-14—29. HAWKS 16-16-13—45. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Islanders 0 of 1; HAWKS 1 of 4.

Goalies—N.Y. Islanders, Lawson 0-2-1 (45 shots-40 saves). HAWKS, Crawford 14-8-1 (29-29). Referees—Brad Meier, Rob Martell. Linesmen—Jonny Murray, Michel Cormier. A—21,205 (19,717). T—2:19.

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



The Blackhawks can take plenty of positives from their 5-0 dismantling Sunday of the New York Islanders at the United Center.

The Hawks actually had some jump in the first period. They received contributions from most of their big guns. All four lines played with chemistry. Corey Crawford made big saves. Their penalty-kill problems didn’t materialize. And there was no room for a third-period letdown.

All of it resulted in the Hawks’ most dominating win in some time. The lowly Islanders — believe it or not — had won eight of their previous 11 games.

“Our guys had a lot of dominant shifts in their zone,” said Crawford, who made 29 saves for his first shutout this season. “We were moving the puck so well. It was really nice to watch.”

But the Hawks would tell you all their success against the Islanders, who have only 32 points, would mean nothing if they can’t continue it Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Hawks need to get on a roll. Getting four points with wins over the Islanders and Ottawa Senators was a must, and they did that.

“We were building in each shift to become more dominant in their zone,” said winger Marian Hossa, who led the Hawks’ offensive charge with a goal and two assists. “That’s a good thing. But we have to build on that for the next games, too.”

Following Hossa’s lead, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp each had a goal and an assist. Dave Bolland also scored, and even defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson got into the mix with a goal and an assist.

“We liked the way we’ve progressed here the last couple of games,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “It’s certainly something to build off of. We’re getting a bit of everything from all the lines. There’s purpose behind it, as well.”

The Hawks were able to buck a troubling trend of slow starts as Sharp scored his 25th on a power-play goal 4:52 into the first. The Hawks then broke out for four goals in the second, outshooting the Islanders 16-7 in the period.

“Lately, the starts weren’t good enough,” Hossa said. “We haven’t played this type of game in a long time.

‘‘We didn’t have to worry about the score. We were dominating right from the beginning.”

It was Crawford who truly dominated. He made a handful of big stops, including ones on Blake Comeau and Michael Grabner, in the first period to maintain the Hawks’ 1-0 lead.

“All the saves [Crawford] had to make were high-quality,” Quenneville said. “They had some great scoring chances; he made several key stops. He was really solid.”

Now comes the task of building off the back-to-back wins. Four of the Hawks’ next six games are at the United Center.

“We’ve got everybody playing,” Quenneville said. “It’s a good place to start. We have a schedule where we have to take advantage of our home ice. … We’ve got to make sure to emphasize we max out every game and leave it out there. We’re against it right now, and we want to make sure we put ourselves in a better position.”



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