ANAHEIM, Calif. – Corey Crawford made 29 saves in his first shutout of the season, and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled within one point of Anaheim for the overall NHL lead with a 2-0 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night.
Marian Hossa scored in the second period and captain Jonathan Toews added a late goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who improved to 3-0-2 on their six-game trip before the Olympic break.
Jonas Hiller stopped 23 shots for the Ducks, who have lost four of five. Anaheim also has lost four of its last seven home games after starting the season 20-0-2 at Honda Center.
The two teams had 15 combined Olympians on the Honda Center ice, including five key members of the Canadian team headed to Sochi. In addition, two members of the Swedish team – Chicago's Johnny Oduya and Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg – were scratched.
Chicago followed up its victory in Los Angeles two days ago with another solid effort against the Ducks, suggesting the defending champs are hitting their stride right before Sochi.
The Blackhawks also took two of three from Anaheim to wrap up the Western Conference powers' season series. Chicago (35-10-14, 84 points) is right behind Anaheim (40-14-5, 85 points) with one game left before the break.