MONTREAL – Corey Crawford doesn’t know why he’s playing well against his hometown team.
The seasoned goalkeeper stopped 32 shots on Wednesday evening to help the Chicago Blackhawks beat Montreal Canadiens 4-1.
Crawford from the Chateauguay suburb of Quebec improved to 11: 2: 2 against the Canadiens.
“I have no real answer as to why things went so well here,” he said. “It’s nice to do that in front of friends and family.”
Crawford struggled this season when the last win improved their 3.00 goals record to 8: 13-2 against the average.
“My record is terrible, I’m not really happy with it,” he said. “It’s (difficult) to be well below .500. I just have to work hard and fight my way back.”
Zack Smith had two goals, and Alex DeBrincat and Drake Caggiula also scored goals for the Blackhawks, who won a 3-2 extra-time win against the senators on Tuesday. Chicago won for the seventh time in 10 games.
“I thought we deserved this win,” said Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton. “We played hard, were on our feet and put pressure on them. We had a lot of offensive zone shifts. We ended the game properly. , , , A good step for us to get a relatively good control. “
Phillip Danault scored for Montreal, who has lost 10 of their last 11. Charlie Lindgren, who was still looking for his first win of the season, ended the game with 24 saves.
Lindgren started the first game of a duel for the Canadians. Carey Price wins the contract in Philadelphia on Thursday.
The Blackhawks scored two goals in a rapid first section before Montreal scored the second goal on the net.
The misunderstandings between Lindgren and Tomas Tatar behind the net led to Smith’s goal at 5:42. Lindgren hesitated with the puck and Tatar struck him, giving Caggiula a chance to feed Smith up front.
“They never want to give up such a goal,” said Lindgren. “It’s a goal that is very avoidable. I take full responsibility for it. I made a few fakes behind the net and nothing happened. I kicked the puck off my racket and they have an open net.”
The fourth Chicago line struck again less than three minutes later. Defense attorney Slater Koekkoek threw the puck into traffic and Smith, unmarked to Lindgren’s right, steered it into the upper corner at 8:32.
Smith came in with two goals in 40 games all season. The former Senator striker doubled his record after four shifts.
Lindgren kept Montreal in the game with a desperate parade against rookie Dominik Kubalik, who scored the 2-0.
It has been difficult for the Canadians to score recently, but they had a goal 54 seconds after the restart. A no-look pass from Ilya Kovalchuk into the slot deceived Jonathan Toews and Danault scored 2-1 under Crawford’s glove.
The Canadians have scored 16 goals in their last nine games.
Max Domi suffered a coarse sentence that proved costly in the second round. Chicago led 2-1 when he hit Matthew Highmore with his shoulder in the open ice. Then Domi Highmore grabbed the collar and helmet and grabbed him by the ice.
After Lindgren lost his blocker to a goal duel, DeBrincat scored a 1-0 goal from Patrick Kane to take Blackhawks’ two goals 8:33 in the lead.
“I certainly didn’t try to get a penalty during the game,” said Domi. “I watched the replay and it’s a punishment. That’s how it is. It’s unfortunate that they hit it. Of course you can’t do that, especially in the situation we are in. We can not afford. “
Montreal coach Claude Julien prevailed against Domi for the rest of the second.
“I did what I had to do, it’s so easy,” said Julien. “If you take on such a stupid punishment, it will have consequences. It is not the first time that he has received a bad punishment. “
Caggiula sealed the win 8:20 in the third game after freeing Jordal Weal from the puck in the neutral zone and beating Lindgren’s glove side on the breakaway.
Flyer 4, Blues 3 (OT)
In St. Louis, Jakub Voracek scored an extra goal to bring Philadelphia over the hosts.
Tyler Pitlick, Michael Raffl and Travis Konecny scored goals for the Flyers, who won their third four games in their last four games. Brian Elliott, who played for the first time since January 7th, stopped 30 shots and improved his career to 6-2 against his former team.
Justin Faulk, Ryan O’Reilly and Alexander Steen scored and Jordan Binnington scored 21 saves for the Blues, who delivered their NHL best-series with nine home wins. The series was the longest in franchise history from January 26th to February 26th, 1991.
Voracek’s gate has spoiled the St. Louis comeback and has halted its ten-time goalless drought of December 21.
With the Blues 3: 1 behind, O’Reilly halved the deficit with his ninth half through the third. O’Reilly scored after seven goalless games from December 29th.
Steen linked it to 6:21 after Robert Thomas’ pass found him alone in front of the Flyers network. It was Steen’s fourth part of the season, all of which took place at St. Louis’ current home game with five games.
Faulk’s Powerplay goal, 1-0 behind Alexander Steen, gave the Blues a 5:36 lead in the first half. Faulk has 21 points in 31 career games against Philadelphia, most of which he has scored against a team.
St. Louis has scored at least one Powerplay goal in 11 of their last 14 games.
Pitlick ended the game with his fifth goal of the season 7:17 in the second half. Pitlick scored when his attempt to center was deflected from behind a blues defender’s leg past Binnington.
Raffl struck home after a rebound from Robert Haag’s shot to take the Flyers 2-1 in the lead 4:17 a second. It was Raffl’s fifth goal of the season and the first in three games.
Konecny’s Powerplay goal after 26 seconds gave Philadelphia a 3-1 lead. Konecny benefited from a narrow pass from James van Riemsdyk.