The Maple Leafs would open the scoring in the first minute of the game when Tyler Bozak cut around from the side of the net and jammed the puck through Crawford's legs.
Chicago would respond midway through the period on a wrist shot from the near boards, but Toronto responded almost immediately on the power play, retaking the lead on a redirection by Joffrey Lupul in front of the net.
After the offensive explosion through the first 20 minutes, Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville made the decision to pull Crawford in favor of Ray Emery for the second period, and his team responded by pushing the Toronto offense to the perimeter, while Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa both found the back of the net.
Though young Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn would drop the gloves late in the second period in an attempt to fire up his team, there would be no recovery from their sudden collapse. With Gustavsson called to the bench for an extra attacker late in the third period, Marian Hossa would score his second goal of the evening into an empty net, sealing the win, though Toronto grinder Mike Brown would manage to poke one goal past Emery just before the end of regulation.
The win placed the Blackhawks four points clear of the playoff bar in the West, while Toronto's skid extends to 1-9-1 over their past 11 games, and leaves them four points behind Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern conference as the movement among Leafs fans to fire Ron Wilson continues to build steam.