Crawford helps Chicago take down Anaheim

Anaheim, CA ( – Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots to lead the
Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Patrick Kane scored twice while Brad Richards and Andrew Shaw each had a goal
and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have won five of their last six.

Hampus Lindholm scored the only goal of the game for the Ducks, who had a
three-game winning streak snapped. Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 37
shots in the loss.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead 7:58 into the game off a 2-on-1 break that saw
Richards use a heavy wrister from the right wing to get the puck under the
glove of Andersen for his fourth of the season.

It was a 2-0 game just 5 1/2 minutes later as a crisp passing play was
finished off when Duncan Keith sent a slap-pass to the front of the net where
Shaw tipped it in for his fifth of the season.

Anaheim, though, made it a 2-1 contest with 3:11 to play in the first when
Patrick Maroon’s slap shot from the left wing hit off the backboards and
popped out front where Lindholm batted it in.

The only goal of the second period went to Chicago as Kris Versteeg sent a
quick backhand pass from the left side of the net to the front where Kane one-
timed it home for his ninth of the season at 10:36.

Crawford turned away all 11 shots he faced in the final period, while Kane
scored an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the victory.

Game Notes

Chicago wraps up its six-game road trip in Los Angeles on Saturday … Anaheim
plays in San Jose on Saturday … Anaheim had taken a 1-0 win in Chicago on
Oct. 28 … Anaheim acquired defenseman Eric Brewer from Tampa Bay on Friday
for a third-round pick in the 2015 draft. Earlier in the day, Anaheim placed
defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Clayton Stoner on injured reserve.
Beauchemin will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a broken finger and Stoner is day-to-
day with the mumps.