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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Blues 0

By ESPNChicago.com



Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday:

How it happened: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored 12 seconds into the game, and that was all the Blackhawks needed. Goaltenders Corey Crawford and Ray Emery combined for the shutout. Crawford left the game after the first period and did not return. It was the Blackhawks' third shutout of the season after having none last season. Andrew Shaw scored the second goal in the third period on an assist from Bryan Bickell, and Toews scored his second goal of the game later in the period.

Player of the game: Emery was expecting to have the day off, but he was thrown in the game in the second period when Crawford had to leave. Emery was crisp from the start. He stopped all 15 shots he faced in the final two periods.

What it means: The Blackhawks extended their NHL record points streak to start a season to 20 games. They also have an overall points streak of 26 regular-season games, which dates back to last season. They rank behind the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens (28 games) and the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers (35 games). The Blackhawks are now 17-0-3 with an NHL-best 37 points on the season.

What's next: The Blackhawks return home to play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Chicago has won both of its meeting with Columbus this season.