MONTREAL — Corey Crawford made 48 saves for his 25th NHL shutout, and the Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth straight, 2-0 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Chicago, which won seven straight from Jan. 20-Feb. 10, is four points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Coyotes play the Edmonton Oilers later Saturday.
Crawford got his second shutout of the season to win his fifth straight start. He is 9-2-2 with two shutouts in 13 games against Montreal.
Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini scored, and Alex DeBrincat had two assists for the Blackhawks (32-30-9), who went 1-4-0 in the five games that preceded their second-longest winning streak of the season.
Carey Price made 22 saves for the Canadiens (37-28-7), who have lost four of five, and are 6-10-1 in the past 17 games.
Montreal is three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets, who lost 2-1 in overtime at the Boston Bruins and hold the second wild card from the Eastern Conference.
Murphy made it 1-0 with his fourth goal at 3:04 of the second period. He drove the slot and scored on a wrist shot after receiving Dylan Strome’s pass off his left skate.
Perlini, who had three points in each of his previous two games, scored his 13th goal at 4:49 of the third to make it 2-0. He has seven points (five goals, two assists) in three games, and 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in seven games.