CHICAGO — Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots for his second shutout this season, backstopping the Blackhawks to a physical 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night that gave Chicago coach Joel Quenneville his 700th NHL win.
It was a costly victory for the Blackhawks, though. Leading scorer Patrick Kane left the game at 7:56 of the second period, favoring his left leg following a collision with Brenden Morrow.
Kane is expected to miss about three weeks, as Morrow fell into him after being checked by Sheldon Brookbank. Kane has 29 goals and 40 assists in 68 games and assisted on Duncan Keith’s opening goal.
Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith also scored as Chicago dealt St. Louis its first regulation loss against a Central Division opponent this season. Goalie Ryan Miller (7-1-1) lost in regulation for the first time since joining the Blues via trade from Buffalo on Feb. 28.
• Steven Stamkos had a natural hat trick as Tampa Bay beat Toronto, 5-3, in a game that included a frightening injury to Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger. Ranger left the ice on a stretcher after his head hit the boards following a first-period hit from Alex Killorn. Ranger was “stable, conscious and alert,” as he was taken to the hospital for precautionary assessment, the team said.