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Blackhawk rookie Goale Corey Crawford shuts out Anaheim 3-0

It was only his second ever NHL start.

CHICAGO – Rookie Corey Crawford stopped 19 shots to earn his first NHL win and shutout in his first start this season, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Dustin Byfuglien and Cam Barker each had power-play goals and an assist, and Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who won their third straight and ended Anaheim’s six-game winning streak.

The Ducks are 11-2 in their last 13.

Crawford made just his second career start in fifth NHL appearance. He had been recalled from Rockford of the AHL on Feb. 22 after Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago’s No. 1 goalie, was sidelined with back spasms.

Despite their recent hot streak, Chicago is on the outside looking in so far as the NHL playoffs are concerned.

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