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By Brad Vandenberk
After losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center, the Chicago Blackhawks played host to the Habitant Du Montreal at the United Center. With the biggest crowd of the year on hand to witness the original six matchup, and Hawks did not disappoint their faithful.
Corey Crawford saw his first action after six games on the bench during Ray Emery’s 5-game winning streak. After suffering their first loss in regulation in December at the hands of the Penguins, it was time for Crawford to get a chance, here on the second game of a back to back. The Canadiens went with Peter Budaj in net as they were holding off Carey Price for a matchup Thursday in Winnipeg.
Marcus Kruger did not play after taking a head shot from Penguins defensemen Deryk Engelland on Tuesday. Dan Carcillo was placed on Injury Reserve and also was inactive. John Scott and Sami Lepisto were the additional scratches. Sean O’Donnell was placed in the defensive lineup and Brandon Pirri was called up from the AHL earlier in the day.