Crawford Records Second Straight Shutout As Hawks Take Down Avalanche, 4-0

In their last meeting of the regular season, the Hawks look to avoid a series sweep by the Avs.

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Brouwer And Bolland Gave Hawks The Early Lead With Goals In The First...

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Corey Crawford turned away all 24 shots he faced to record his second straight shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0, at United Center.

Crawford had made 29 saves Sunday against the New York Islanders to earn his second career whitewash and first since March 5, 2008.

Dave Bolland and Fernando Pisani both registered a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have won three straight and four of their last five games.

Peter Budaj stopped 27 shots for Colorado, which has dropped five of seven.

The Avalanche had totaled 15 goals in winning the first three meetings with the Blackhawks. Colorado was aiming for its first season sweep of Chicago since the 2002-03 campaign.

Troy Brouwer and Bolland scored 40 seconds apart to give Chicago a 2-0 lead in the first period. Brouwer backhanded a Duncan Keith rebound between the pads of Budaj at 7:08, then Bolland scored on a broken play in front of the Colorado netminder.

Pisani lit the lamp midway through the second period and Jack Skille capped the scoring at 8:36 of the third.

Colorado fell to 8-2-1 against the Central Division this season…Chicago forward Marian Hossa celebrated his 32nd birthday…The Avalanche were 0-for-4 on the power play…Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook notched a pair of helpers.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Colorado Avalanche: Hawks Look To Avoid Season Sweep By Avs

Tonight's Blackhawks game at the United Center against the Colorado Avalanche pits two teams trying to stay in playoff contention. The Hawks will try to prevent the Avs from sweeping their series meetings. The Avs have already won the three prior meetings with the Hawks. This meeting is also important for both teams in the playoff race. The Hawks are currently in third place in the Central Divison, and the Avs in second in the Northwest Division. Each win is crucial to both teams as very few points separate fourth place from 14th place in the West for a playoff berth. This will be the final meeting between the two teams in the regular season.

Avoiding a season sweep by the Avs would do much for the Hawks mentally. In their last 10 games, the Avs have gone 4-5-2, dropping seven of their last nine. The Hawks have gone 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. Corey Crawford gets the makes his sixth consecutive start in goal tonight. In his last outing on Sunday against the Islanders he stopped 29 shots and gained his second career shutout. The Hawks can help Marion Hossa celebrate his 32nd birthday with a win. The last time the Avs swept the Hawks was during the 2003-2004 season.

Tonight's game begins at 7:30 CST. It will be televised in the Chicago area on CSN Chicago (HD) and ALT (HD).

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