CHICAGO (AP) — All that open ice in the NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime suits Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks quite nicely.
Toews scored 51 seconds into the extra period, Corey Crawford made 39 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 on Monday night in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.
Crawford earned his second straight shutout and No. 14 for his career as the Blackhawks closed out a perfect 4-0 homestand. They also beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Saturday night on Toews’ first goal of the season 17 seconds into overtime.
“It can go either way,” Toews said. “Huge stops by our goaltender, we get an opening, there’s one defensive mistake — and they’re easy to make 3 on 3.”
Crawford denied Ryan Getzlaf before Toews got a pass from Patrick Kane and beat Frederik Andersen over his left shoulder, making Chicago a perfect 3 for 3 in overtime this season. Kane had the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime win at the New York Islanders on…