|Date of game: 2/26/2015
Recap: Florida vs. Chicago
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Crawford made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 to sweep a home-and-home set.
The Blackhawks beat Florida 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday to snap a three-game losing streak and punctuate an eight-game homestand in which they went 3-2-3.
But they lost star forward Patrick Kane, who suffered a broken collarbone when he was cross-checked into the boards by Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic in the first period.
The player called up to take Kane's place on the roster, 20-year-old prospect Teuvo Teravainen, scored just over three minutes into Thursday's game to give the Blackhawks the only goal they needed.
Crawford made four saves in the first period, nine in the second and stopped seven shots in the third for the 12th shutout of his career. Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews also scored.
Roberto Luongo gave up two goals on 28 shots for Florida.
The Panthers have scored just four total goals during a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) and hope the addition of Jaromir Jagr can help their chances to make the playoffs.
They acquired the 43-year-old veteran forward from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday in exchange for two draft picks. Jagr, who is sixth on the all-time goals list with 716, will play for his eighth NHL team when he suits up for the Panthers.
"We're in a battle right now for the playoffs," Luongo said. "So if he can bring something to our team, it's definitely going to be big for us. Hopefully he can bring some offense on the power play and 5-on-5."
Kane, who was tied for the NHL points lead, was placed on long-term injured reserve after having surgery on Wednesday and won't be available again unless Chicago makes a deep playoff run. The Blackhawks are currently third in the Central Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
Teravainen, who had two goals and two assists in 15 games for the Blackhawks in a previous call-up, didn't take long to make an impact in this one. Using Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson as a screen, he whipped a shot from the low right circle over Luongo's glove just 3:08 into the game.
"I know I need to step up a little bit and provide some offense but I think everyone has to step up," said Teravainen.
Saad scored 3:07 into the second period despite mostly whiffing on a one-timer from the right circle. Though he didn't get all of Duncan Keith's pass, Saad caught enough of it to flutter a shot over Luongo, who had gone down in the crease, guessing wrong.
Toews scored into an empty net in the final minute.Game Notes
It was Crawford's first shutout since a 5-0 win in Montreal on Nov. 4 ... The
Blackhawks have won seven consecutive meetings with the Panthers, whose last
win in the series was March 8, 2011 ... Chicago stays in Florida to play Tampa
Bay on Friday ... The Panthers began a seven-game homestand that continues
Saturday against Buffalo.