Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks Bury Coyotes

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On a night filled with milestones, the Chicago Blackhawks broke out of a two-game home losing streak with authority and hammered the visiting Arizona Coyotes.

Patrick Kane scored his 200th career regular season goal in Joel Quenneville’s 500th regular season game as head coach of the Hawks, and Teuvo Teravainen had his first career multi-point game in the blowout.

After struggles to score, especially with a man advantage, the Hawks got on the board early. Jonathan Toews got the party started with a power play goal at 6:53, but it wouldn’t hold-up as the game-winner unfortunately.

At 12:48 into the first, the line of Teravainen, Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw made their first impact of the game. Bickell made a nice play to get the pick to Teravainen, who made a great pass to Shaw who had positioned himself right in front of Mike Smith. Shaw was able to settle the puck down and get it past Smith for his first goal in eight games – and of the new calendar year.

Chicago out-shot Arizona 20-9 in the first period and did a much better job connecting on passes that had eluded them in the previous few games. The second period would be more of the same.

Less than four minutes into the second, Kane put a rebound home for his 22nd of the season. The benchmark goal was his second point of the night; he also assisted on Toews’ goal in the first. Patrick Sharp picked up his second assist of the night on Kane’s goal.

Teravainen picked up his second goal o the season and second point of the evening less than six minutes later to extend the lead to four.

Sadly, Antti Raanta wouldn’t get a shutout as Lucas Lessio scored the first goal of his NHL career at 17:54 into the period. Michal Rozsival got greedy and pinched on the play, opening the door for a breakaway. Arizona defenseman Keith Yandle picked up the 300th point of his career on the goal.

The excitement for Lessio and his teammates lasted only 85 seconds, as Duncan Keith made a nice play and found Shaw for his second of the night and eighth of the season. Shaw had scored twice since Nov. 28 – a stretch of 23 games – before facing the goaltender who cost him a few postseason games a couple years ago.

With the game in-hand, the Hawks put some pressure on Smith in the third but not much. David Rundblad did troll his former team by scoring late in the third to push the score to 6-1, with Kane picking up his third point of the night with the primary assist.

Bickell, Sharp and Brad Richards had two assists each in the game. Shaw led the way with eight shots on net, while Rozsival had a team-high two blocked shots and Brent Seabrook had a team-leading three hits. And Toews won 13 of 20 faceoffs on the night.

Raanta made 35 saves in the victory to stay perfect at home this season. Smith allowed six goals against 51 shots in defeat.

Chicago finished up the pre-All-Star break schedule in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

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26 thoughts on “Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks Bury Coyotes

  1. Thats what I’m talking about! Geez we can barely keep up with Tab tonite…his fingers must be flying! Bring on the Penguino’s.

  2. Better! Nice to see some jump,TT have a couple points, and the Dpairs with a L/R combo. I asked for it before the game, and they just looked so much better. Granted it was just 1 blowout of a game against a bad team. But still.

    Pens may be without Letang tomorrow. He left today’s game early after a nasty hit from Rinaldo. Rinaldo after the game said ” I changed the whole game, man”. Now there is another guy that just doesn’t get it.

  3. Wow – just what the doctor ordered. Good 60 minute effort from everyone. Defense first mentality and crisp passing is the recipe for Hawks victories. Now do it again and again. Much stiffer test tomorrow against the Pens.

    Great to see Shawzie get off the schnide. The Hawks need him to play like he’s capable because when he does they have another wild card player that can be a difference maker.

    TT – yeah baby! For those who claim they didn’t notice him – did you notice him tonight? Instincts are elite, and his passes are a thing of beauty. The puck doesn’t stay on his stick for more than a split second and it arrives right where it needs to be – WOW! And it’s not just in the o-zone – he does those little chips to get the puck out of danger or float it into an area where a teammate can get to it. Just imagine when he gets bigger and more experienced.

    Poor Hossa. Even the refs are blocking his shots. Hang in there Hoss, it will start bouncing your way.

    Rundblad – not sold on his defense but he’s got a good shot. Gets it off fast and it’s hard and accurate.

    Go Hawks ! ! ! !

  4. The Blackhawks rained hellfire down on the ‘yotes tonight, but another game north of 30 shots on goal. They continue to be strong in team shot differential due to the high volume of shots they are taking, but the ‘hawks need to figure out a way to lower the shots against if they are going to have postseason success this year (they are only slightly above average this year in shot suppression and have been bailed out by great goaltending; while in the two Cup seasons, they were at the top of the league in shot suppression).

    I think that means finding someone who could pair with Seabrook or Hjalmarsson on the 2nd pairing so Oduya can move down to the 3rd pair and Roszival can be used sporadically.

  5. Good game against an average team almost as bad as the wild? Love Shane Done! Rundblad is and has been our best longterm option on D. ( besides TVR) I think some have over analysised his play.1 – he fits into the hawks system on d 2 – he has strong strong hands meaning when he has the puck on his stick he’s hard to get it away from 3- he has size – he get in the corners on D with confidence and stays on his skate 4 -has the most accurate splap shot from the point 5 – has good speed 6 -HE IS ONLY 24 if he get minute he will rise to the top, THIS has nothing to due with last night or playign side by side with Keith, he just is a great investment that needs more consistent minutes. SHAW has been skating hard for weeks (not hitting as some say) and finally ALL HAWKS simply taking it north and to the net, simple simple ask SUTTER over at LA, simple simple simple, shoot about 15 out and rebound. Richards shot was “genius” he intentionally shot left so Smith ( love this guy too) had to push the shot to his right, right to Kane. He did not shoot at the net to score, and TT played very well too, when he is not bumped or checked and can roam he is dangerous SO . . . you put him on a line with good players so they cant run at him, gives him some space. Good game and nice TEAM WIN across the board!

  6. I can’t recall a worse performance from a visiting club then last night. Phx is horrible! It looked like Hawks had an extra man on the ice all night. Hopefully the Hawks can come back strong against a much better team tonight.

  7. C’mon AJ, a little respect for the downtrodden. They play in Glendale and they are now the Arizona Yotes. However, you are correct though in saying they kind of suck.

  8. A very nice game against a team that the Hawks should DOMINATE!! The acid test is next week on the west coast trip with 3 games in 4 days against the Kings, the Ducks and the Sharks.

  9. Nope, no respect for the yotes one bit. I absolutely LOVE seeing the hawks smash them into the ice.

    Furthermore, I have nothing but loathing for dirty CHEATING MIKE SMITH.

    Yea I said it…

    He is a cheater and he has brought shame to his family for the next 10,000 generations.

    Did you see him flop in 3rd? But no one bought it. Good! People may be catching on to his BS!

  10. SSHM… to your point… that PP where Hawks had 2 min. zone time ended… and the Hawks still looked like they were on PP for another min. – I actually paused the TV so I could count the lifeless yotes- cuz they played as if on PK!!!

    A wise man on this site- once said that TT will do/perform better in NHL than AHL/LIIGA cuz better/smarter players to play with… (but the boy- does have to improve staying on skates around boards)… that rebound goal was a perfect example of playing where the Puck is going and not where it is. Nice feed to Kruger – for naught!!!

    Gretzky- “good players play where the puck is, Great players play where the puck is going to be”- or something like that

    Nordstrom’s best game of year???

    RAANTA

    Hossa needs to change the curve on his stick… The short back swing-quick low 5-hole shot …. isn’t fooling any goalie these days…

  11. Can’t draw much conclusion from a game versus the Coyotes as they are God-awful terrible. Penguins will be an obvious test, and if the Hawks haven’t cleaned up their puck possession and passing like they need to (it’s THE strength of this team) then Pittsburgh has the firepower and speed on the outside to torch this team. Clear that the Hawks need to find a 4th defenseman level addition. A true blueliner. The Hawks find themselves precariously thin with the back 6. Oduya has regressed, Rosival is an old warrior who should play 2/3 rd’s of the game max, Runblad is a 7th defenseman on a good team.

  12. I believe that Richards needs some Kudos as well. I believe he purposely shot low and to the far side while on his off side. He created the rebound that Kane scored on.

    I agree that the Hawks have to do a better job defensively. 36 shots is a lot to give up. I know the Hawks may have coasted in the 3d…..but 17 shots. Hawks were guilty of 5 giveaways. Raanta had a good night. Hawks will need a better defensive effort tonight. Pens have lost 3 in a row and will come out strong.

    TT had a good night. A goal and an assist in about 11 minutes of ice time. He is Carcillo’s replacement come playoff time. 3d line center is looking more and more appropriate.

    Hawks got out hit last night but because they had the lead the hits were pretty mellow.

  13. to a couple of Otis’ points:

    1) Penguins will be an obvious test – what’s left of them. They’re banged up and I would be surprised if Letang was available tonight after he got wrecked by Rinaldo last night. They’re a hurting squad that the Hawks need to beat.

    2) Rundblad is a 7th defenseman on a good team – no, he’s the 6th defenseman on a good team, the Blackhawks. And, sadly, he’d be a 5th dman on 5-8 teams right now. Has Oduya regressed – sure. Would we all love to see the #4 spot upgrade? Absolutely. But let’s not run the entire blue line under the bus. There are some cosmetic flaws, but this isn’t a terrible group by any stretch.

  14. AJ, ‘Good thing Phoenix sucks’ that’s why I think ANA get the 1seed they play PHX and EDM 12 times when our division plays them 6 and have to battle with MIN/COL and DAL/WIN instead. Wonder what the 8seeds would be with no realignment/more even spread sch.

    Kid, Smith is a Shafty.

    Teravainen Beauty eh. Getting more comfortable/contributing to the team game now.

  15. Right Tab, it isn’t terrible; but it is a far cry from 12-13 and the number of shots they are allowing is mildly concerning.

    I guess if they can keep throwing the puck towards the net 60+ times a night, they could be able to make a deep run, but giving up 30 shots (and 50+ CA/60) a game is not how the Blackhawks have been successful in the past [LY: 26/47, 12-13: 25/46, 09-10: 24/45, 08-09: 24/44].

  16. When you win by 5 goals, score effects means you’re going to give up a lot of shots. I thought the defensive effort was fantastic last night and it was noticeable when the forwards would come back for an outlet from the defense.

    Rundblad can play. He’s obviously still developing, but he has a cannon of a shot, great vision, and he could fight with Seabrook on who makes the better stretch passes.

    Poor Hossa. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone so snakebitten. He’s shooting half the % he was last year, which was still under career average. He’s due for an explosion.

    TT is pretty good. So patient with the puck which allows those passing lanes to open, and now his teammates are actually ready for that impossible pass to land on their tape. Drooling over this kids future. 20/86/88 for a decade yes please.

    It was kind of cute how hard Shaw was trying for the hat trick. Passed up on a few opportunities to set up his linemates, but I guess it doesn’t really matter when you are curb stomping them that badly.

    On to the next one.

  17. Not much to take from last night other than the Hawks shaking off some rust against a bad yotes team. It was also nice watching Teuvo starting to get comfortable. Nice follow up on his original shot to score his goal. Also a sick pass to Shaw on his second of the night. Oh, watching Raanta face-plant while trying to get off on the delayed penalty was also fun.

    Wondering what the lines look like after Versteeg comes back. The 23-91-88 line was rolling before he got hurt. Maybe something like this:

    20-19-81
    23-91-88
    86-65-10
    29-16-28

  18. OK … I’m going to say this up front so that those who don’t want to read heresy can skip the rest of this post … ready? …

    TT is the best passer on this team !

    Yes, TT is the best passer on this team. Let me explain. Kane is probably thought of as the best passer and I believe is an elite playmaker – top-5 in the league. He has elite vision and elite hands and elite passing. He can put the puck on a teammates tape like few in the league. But he is a “possession playmaker” meaning he doesn’t alway pass, at least not right away, and that’s a good thing. It’s what separates the best playmakers from the rest, that ability to slow the game down and make the read and then make the play.

    So my statement is kind of based on a “technicality”. TT is the best “passer”, not necessarily the best playmaker, per se. What I mean by that is that TT makes plays by passing quicker than anyone else. He makes little subtle passes that not only set up scoring chances but also to keep possession and get the puck out of danger. His decision making is lightning quick and his pass is only a split second later. Whereas Kane will hold onto the puck to make a play, TT passes it ilmost immediately to make a play. Hence a “better passer”. Maybe I should have said “quicker passer”.

    In any event, I love what the kid has shown in the first 10 games of his career and he has eliminated the doubt from my mind that he (1) can play on the smaller NHL ice, (2) will not play afraid, (3) is the real deal. I’m excited about watching him mature physically and gain experience.

  19. Chevier….same lines I had the other day
    I would put Shaw on the wing and let TT center. Q would have an option as to who takes a draw. 29 / 16 / 28 is an awesome 4th line. Would be best in the league. Nordy would be the 13th forward and Carcillo……sorta like what he brings but 14th forward for sure.

  20. ER- Can’t say I disagree Re: TT/passing… pretty much what Mike da Mook said… plays way faster (mentally than most players in league)…

    Still a big concern (and 5 and Stalberg – both improved drastically w/ hawks- keeping their feet on board play)… I am concerned that as much as TT falls near boards… it is a matter of time before there is an awkward landing/tangle up w others… Once again… 5 and 25 improved that part of game inside of 1 season… Hope TT can do the same quickly- before some weird injury.

    I once a video of TT playing some sort of youth indoor floor hockey… the game is pretty fast for not being on skates… TT makes some sick plays… if your bored watch the goal at 3:44 … goes back door and bats the ball out of the air on dead run for goal… pretty funny stuff.

  21. I would like to see more of the 29/65/86 just to see if 29 can shake out some loose pucks/hits and give TT a little space.

    If it works- Crazy thought…

    10 hasn’t played well 5 on 5 and can’t/shouldn’t be bottom 2 lines
    23 has looked best w/ 91/88
    91 cannot play/be effective on any other line other than 10/91/88 or 23/91/88
    Saad has finished- more than 81
    29 looked good on 91/88… but no room there cuz above- so If 29 can continue to look decent w/ 86/65… leave it

    Which leaves- by process of elimination… 81 skating on 4th line w/ 16/28…
    NOT because he can’t/or doesn’t deserve 1st line… BUT because 81 and 19 are probably the only 2 guys who can be effective- no matter where you skate them…

    imo- this combo

    20/19/10 or 23
    10 or 23/91/88
    29/65/86— biggest assumption- IF this line continues to look good
    28/16/81

    gives you legit 1st/4th checking lines that could play against anyone!!! w/ POP!!!

    And Hoss vs. 3rd D pairing on occasion!!!

  22. Noteworthy last night as compared with recent slide was complete willingness and dedication to playing team defense. The d men pinching giving up odd man breaks is still of concern to me, but I believe Q will continue to pound into the players the importance of strong 2 way play with forwards coming back deep to help down near the goal line if necessary to defend and get the zone cleared. Let’s hope this trend continues. It should be in the Hawks DNA at this point. It is one of the big reasons they have succeeded with Q at the helm. Over the course of a long season even good teams lose focus in this regard, so I don’t sweat recent setbacks as frustrating as they were to watch.

    Lot’s of jawboning last night between Toews and Doan and some mutual stick work. Johnny looked very committed last night and appeared fired up on the bench. Very pleased to see Shaw come up with a strong game. The guy should never be challenged for his desire and will to win. He makes some dumb plays of course which are head shakers, but he more than makes up for it with his push.

    A pleasure to watch TT in action. Well pointed out that he has line-mates now more ready to receive those nifty passes. Pass to Shaw a beauty and 65 finished impressively.

    I enjoyed watching the d pairing switch ups. I saw Keith change from lefty to righty at the point and foul it up a little, but it was impressive to see such dexterity. Got some laughs on the bench as well. Hjalmarsson was cracking me up in the WGN post game interview saying that he now clears pucks better with his backhand than forehand because he has been playing on the other side for so long. Rundblad can indeed crank the big slap shot from the point. Looks like it comes in heavy too.

    Pens are indeed beat up. If Hawks bring a strong 2 way game they should come out of there with some points before the break. An early lead would certainly help.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  23. Before the game last night, everyone probably at least one of the following three things accomplished:
    1. Toews score a goal (0g in his last 11)
    2. PP score a goal
    3. Shaw bring more energy

    Check, check, and check

  24. TT is an interesting prospect for sure, I think he needs “space” to be effective and it is a real skill to create that space. He is an incredible passer great IQ on the ICE he even made 3 outstanding defensive plays where he back checked very well last night. If the Hawks can put him on a line with built in space, meaning with high end players that the other team have to double like Towes or even Sharp he can excel, but his size may keep him from peak performance. The Bick tie up in front of the net on TT goal is a case in point, Bick actually did drag two players with him and gave TT that so called space for the tip in. Hockey skill is about creating that space . . . and teams make it hard on ya. Rundblad can play the PROBLEM is the Hawks have this “system” yep that ole word system built on defens men who can play both ways in balance and need to have offensive skills with the D skills and that is a lot I’m crazy but I think or know Rundblad can play wing instead of defense, he can play. Size, some speed and hands and a shot! Go hawks we’ll see what the Penguins have in store see how they “remove space” and close off the gaps on TT or maybe TT comes out on top?

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