MacIntyre (20-15-2) turned aside 33 shots to pick up his third shutout of the season and forwards Matt Anderson (G, A) and Jason Krog (2A) led the way for Chicago (46-20-1-6), who clinched home ice for the first two games in the West Division Semifinal with the win. The team holds an eight-point lead for first place in the West Division with seven games remaining in the regular-season.
Anderson put the Wolves on the board early in the first period. Rockford netminder Corey Crawford made an initial save on a shot from the point by defenseman Arturs Kulda, but Anderson was there to slide in the rebound for the 1-0 lead at 1:27.
Crawford (21-16-2) posted 18 saves for Rockford (41-28-3-3).
Defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy made the Wolves lead two with a power-play tally at 9:29 of the second period. Deep in the corner, Anderson passed the puck to Vishnevskiy on the far point, who then slapped a shot through traffic and past Crawford.
Right wing Spencer Machacek gave Chicago an insurance goal with the Wolves second power-play goal of the night at 17:14 of the third period. Center Johnny Pohl dropped the puck back to Krog along the boards and Krog sent a centering pass into the crease, which Machacek redirected through Crawford’s five-hole.
The Wolves continue their regular-season slate when they face the Texas Stars at the Allstate Arena, tomorrow, at 3 p.m.
Chicago 1 1 1 -- 3
Rockford 0 0 0 -- 0
First Period---1, Chicago, Anderson 15 (Kulda, Krog), 1:27. Penalties---Hunt, Chicago (tripping), 8:14; Cullimore, Rockford (interference) 14:27.
Second Period---2, Chicago, Vishnevskiy 11 (Anderson, Hunt), 9:29 pp. Penalties---G. Stewart, Chicago (delay of game), 0:20; Connelly, Rockford (tripping), 7:47; Postma, Chicago (tripping), 11:15; G. Stewart, Chicago (fighting), 15:04; Richmond, Rockford (roughing, fighting), 15:04.
Third Period---3, Chicago, Machacek 19 (Krog, Pohl), 17:14. Penalties---A. Stewart, Chicago (elbowing), 2:37; Brennan, Rockford (roughing), 2:37; Sipotz, Chicago (hooking), 6:03; Crabb, Chicago (hooking), 12:18; Greentree, Rockford (goaltender interference), 16:09; Kaip, Chicago (fighting), 17:17; Kearns, Rockford (fighting), 17:17; Lalonde, Rockford (hooking), 18:43.
Shots on goal---Chicago: 10-6-5--21. Rockford: 8-11-14--33. Power plays---Chicago: 2-5. Rockford: 0-5. Goalies--Chicago, MacIntyre (33-33). Rockford, Crawford (18-21). A---6,122. Referee---Nygel Pelletier. Linesmen---Dan Cohen and Brian Oliver.