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Toews scores, Crawford gets shutout as Blackhawks down Canadiens 5-0

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MONTREAL - Kris Versteeg scored twice and Corey Crawford made 28 saves for the shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks ended a two-game losing run with a 5-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Toews, with his 200th career goal, Brad Richards and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago (7-5-1), which was coming off a 1-0 loss at home to Winnipeg. It was the first shutout of the season and 11th of his career for Crawford, a Montreal native.

The Canadiens (8-4-1), winless in three games and 1-3-1 in their last five, suffered a second lopsided defeat at home in a row after a 6-2 loss to Calgary on Sunday. Carey Price made 27 saves in a losing cause.

The Canadiens controlled the early minutes and P.A. Parenteau, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher all missed early chances before Toews put Chicago on the board on a power play at 11:19.

The Blackhawks' captain deflected a Duncan Keith point shot past Price.

The Blackhawks scored 9:56 into the second when Versteeg's pass from the corner went off Rene Bourque's leg and in on the short side.

Richards was at the doorstep to deflect a Patrick Sharp pass into the top corner 2:22 into the third frame to make it 3-0.

Four minutes later, Sharp was helped off the ice after a check into the boards by Alexei Emelin. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Kane fought off a check from Dale Weiss to finish a feed from Toews at 12:31 and Versteeg scored his second of the night into an open side on Bryan Bickell's pass.

Price made a spectacular save late in the first when he got his stick down to thwart Jeremy Morin on the doorstep and then pushed a puck hovering in the crease over the net with his glove.

Notes ??? The Blackhawks last win in Montreal was Dec. 3, 2001. . . The Canadiens have conceded the first goal in 11 of 13 games and have not had a lead after the first period this season. . . Niklas Hjalmarsson played his 400th NHL game. . . Michael Bournival played his first game of the season for Montreal. . . The Blackhawks juggled lines, putting Toews and Kane on the same unit.

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