Artemi Panarin, Blackhawks Beat Blues

After allowing five goals to the Blues on United Center ice to open the 2016-17 regular season, the Blackhawks visited St. Louis for the first time on Wednesday night with a much improved defensive effort.

In the opening 40 minutes, Chicago killed two penalties successfully and Corey Crawford stopped all 16 shots he faced. Through 40 minutes, only one shot had beaten either goaltender – and it was Marian Hossa staying hot for the Hawks.

The goal was Hossa’s seventh of the season already and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the second period didn’t end without some adversity for the Blackhawks. Artem Anisimov, one of the hottest offensive players in the entire NHL, went to the room at 15 minutes into the second period and did not return to action.

With Anisimov out, Marcus Kruger and Nick Schmaltz saw chances to center the line with Hossa and Artemi Panarin.

Neither side had much going until Jonathan Toews went to the box for tripping at 9:19 into the third. The two minutes that followed was some of Crawford’s best work of the year, stopping a number of great chances including an incredible save on what appeared to be a wide open cage for Hawks-killer Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Hawks killed the penalty and quickly received a power play of their own moments later. This time, Jake Allen was fantastic for the Blues and the Blackhawks weren’t able to extend their lead.

Less than ten seconds after their first advantage of the third period ended, Panarin dropped the gloves with Scottie Upshall. Panarin handled his own business impressively, but went to the box in a one-goal game for five minutes with only 5:52 left in regulation.

Chicago got another power play 37 seconds after the fight, but were without both Panarin and Anisimov while maintaining the slimmest of margins. Another power play ended without any change in the score, but now the Blues had less than three minutes left in regulation to match the Blackhawks’ goal.

St. Louis would beat Crawford with 2:11 left on a big shot from Alex Pietrangelo. Jori Lehtera made contact with Crawford in front of the crease as the shot was being unloaded and coach Joel Quenneville challenged the play, but video review upheld the scoring play.

So without Panarin or Anisimov and with two minutes left in regulation, the game was now tied.

Pietrangelo tied the game, but shot a puck out of play to give the Blackhawks another power play late in the third period. St. Louis killed 1:36 of the power play to finish regulation, and the two teams headed to overtime with Chicago carrying 24 seconds of an advantage over into the extra session.

Through 60 minutes, Crawford had made 27 saves; Allen had stopped 28. Both goaltenders were fantastic.

Panarin exited the box when regulation came to a close and was able to join the power play to open overtime. Chicago wasn’t able to score in the 24 seconds of power play time…. but Panarin sniped the game-winning goal one second later to earn the Blackhawks the important second point in the standings.

The goal is Panarin’s sixth of the year.

Panarin picked up his first career Gordie Howe hat trick and finished tied with Kane for the team lead with six shots on net in exactly 17 minutes of ice time.

Brent Seabrook led Chicago with three blocked shots and picked up an assist on the game-winning goal. Kane also had an assist on the GWG and led all Hawks forwards with 25:45 on the ice. Toews won only eight of 18 faceoffs but Kruger won seven of 10 as Quenneville had to juggle his centers in the absence of Anisimov. Dennis Rasmussen won five of 10 at the dot and led the Hawks with two hits.

Because his night was cut short because of injury, Anisimov’s 11-game point streak came to an end on Wednesday night.

Without Tyler Motte for the next three weeks and now not knowing the availability of Anisimov, the Blackhawks will put a seven-game win streak on the line when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

23 thoughts on “Artemi Panarin, Blackhawks Beat Blues

  1. Keep the line moving. If Crawford can win a couple more Cups and maintain solid #s during the regular season, he will be in the Hall of Fame discussion.

    I think Mr. Rufus is in the Bahamas.

  2. Well no one can deny that we are very very good. Injuries piling up will be a real test yet again. Crawford is doing everything right now. Hossa is a powerhouse ever present threat and Panarin is one bridge too far for the opposing team. He can really duke it out! Just love beating the Blues. That chant of theirs is getting tiring, even they must be sick of it.

  3. Amazing improvement after the first handful of games. Doubt that anyone would have predicted it. Panarin is a very special talent and I sure hope we can find a way to keep him. Thought Forsling was struggling a bit with the speed and intensity but am glad to see Q continue to keep him in the lineup as his future is very bright. Very impressed with the whole d core tonight – they looked like an elite group.

  4. People questioned strength of sch after we won a couple games. Then I mentioned we were 2-2 against top 5/10 teams, now we are 5-2. I do not ever go by the first 5 or so games, as every team is getting up to speed. When you think of the extremely pathetic referring in the first two games and the shitty PK% in the first 10 game segment, we still found a way to win games we played ok in and have won games sound when playing good.

    We have and have had the top core in hockey.

    Scary thing is we havnt played really good yet (usually a stretch during NOV/DEC once we have hit our groove)(with this mini stretch that we have done already, we might not need as good of stretch in those mths as usual) and are still getting the team game better every game. Young guys keep getting better/upside, need as may games as possible for experience/coaching.

    Going be fun to watch as the team comes together. Regardless of/when the blimps in the radar along the way.

    Here come the Hawks, bitches

  5. Very good game for both teams. Wasn’t much room to make plays for either team and when there was the goalie made the save. I don’t know what the fancy stats show but it appeared to me that the Hawks had as much, if not more, o-zone possession time as the Blues, which is a marked improvement up until now.

    2 points. Against the hated Blues! YAY.

    I love Panarin. Please re-sign him Stan.

  6. Go9d win hard to find room on the ice at times but played a tough game how about pinarin and crawford on an unbelievable run

  7. I always sleep better when Hawks beat the Blues, especially road games. This was another really good game to watch. Both goalies superb. A great hockey game doesn’t need lots of goal scoring as long as there are quality scoring chances.

    Let us hope Anisimov is not out for many games. Hawks need that guy healthy. Pity he might miss Caps and Habs.

    Hossa and Toew’s are really in the flow right now and playing with great confidence. If we look back at last year to how Seabrook was playing, and what he is doing so far this year, we have a rejuvenated guy out there. Skating better for sure to my eyes, and that gets him to plays quicker that last year when he was often a tad late. I attribute this to the grind of the 2015 season that really took its toll on many core players within this team. All those guys have more jump this year.

    I think we can throw out the samples from the first few weeks of the season given the lack of full team practice and many new players trying to find their roles. Especially, the absurdly bad PK, where we just knew pucks for going to go in for what seemed to be 4-5 games straight. The team has now had time to play together and the results are showing. Sure they aren’t going streak like this all year, but team play has been strong. Forwards dedicated to getting back defensively. Quicker PP puck movement is also trending. Crow AND Darling won’t stay this hot all year either, but early season form between the pipes has been excellent. Tootoo has been a pleasant surprise and was a guy I didn’t expect much from at all.

    Big weekend of games at the UC with quality teams coming in. Another early season measuring stick for this Hawks team that has been really enjoyable to watch develop in recent weeks.

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  8. Phil- good pickup on Seabrook for sure. I skating way better than last year… hope his back doesn’t flare up anymore… ( trouble with being big guy- body ages/declines pretty quick- at a certain point… hope he is still 4-5 years away from that).

    Re: TooToo- yes he has been good/effective… way better all around player than I expected.

    BIG surprise- MOOSE- I always thought he was one of top Players in Rock last 2 years… His stats/IQ won’t show up on score sheet… but quietly effective player…

    Q- seems to be giving Moose a lot more time on PK- and coincidentally – PK #’s are steadily improving

  9. 7 game win streak and all we can muster is a few responses. Imagine if this was a 7 game losing streak! The trolls and clowns would be all over this board spreading their hate and negativity. They are all hiding under that rock and there are so many of them that Rufus’s legs are still sticking out for lack of space.

    Hopefully Nick Schmaltz has the same progression here that he had at North Dakota. He constantly got better and in his last year was a dynamic player. Kaner usually doesn’t praise a guy’s skill set unless it’s special. Last year he talked about Panarin and this year he said similar things to say about Nick.

  10. Agree with all – that was a great game to watch. Excellent hockey. I, for one, think Soupy’s presence has really helped to solidify our D. He’s certainly not as fast as he used to be but he looks really focused and strong with the puck. Also love what Forsling and Kempny bring to the table. This is going to be a year where we have to win the low scoring games IMO. Our D is stepping up (including Crow’s great play) and proving we can do just that. So far so good.

  11. Morrison, yep – Panarin is as good or better on his edges than anyone on the Hawks and I would go so far as to say he’s one of the best in the league. Plus, it’s not just his ability to skate that well, he also is able to control and protect the puck while under duress. He is also a very good puck hunter and comes away with the puck more times than not. He may not be as good as Toews in coming out of a scrum with the puck but he’s pretty good.

  12. Tony, I agree on Soupy really solidifying the Hawks D-corps. I think it was a great choice that Q made to pair Keith and Campbell. They play well together but it also allows the 2 rookies to be shepherded by Seabrook and Hjalmarsson.

  13. Three fighting majors so far this year – Tootoo, Toews, and Panarin. Which two don’t belong? Nice to see that the kid can stand up to goons like Upshall. That shift was brutal in the way Upshall hacked Panarin.

    I like the balance that the Hawks have this year. Reigning Calder and Art Ross winners up front, an all star captain, rejuvenated Hossa, solid six defensemen, and a great tender. Should be a fantastic season, especially when some of the new guys get a little more comfortable with the NHL game.

  14. Outstanding game to watch and be a fan of the Hawks. Agree with most of all comments, but let’s all remember how there is 8 to 9 guys with less than 6 months time on the NHL roster. There are going to be some growing pains to come before we learn to play together as a team. Glad to see Hartman playing so well without the penalties as most of the “experts” predicted. I think he will be very instrumental in the hawks success. Very thrilled with 81,50,2,7. With injury to Motte and Anisimov , somehow Ramussen will have to figure out how to be an effective NHL player. Go Hawks.

  15. Goalie win; The Crow show was playing last night! Crow still doesnt get the respect he deserves. Nice game for Panarin on the Gordie Howe hat trick. Fun fact Grodie Howe hat tricks by Gordie Howe…..2 lol werid stat

  16. I think the Hawks solid play this year is definitely attributable to the additions of Hartman, Schmaltz, and Mott on the front end, and Kempny and Forsling on the back end. I liked Shaw but I’m not missing him in the least when I see how aggressive Hartman is, plus he can stick handle and is a good skater. I think SB understood what he had in the pipeline that this was probably the strongest group of rookies they have had in a while when he made trades last year. The Hawks had the most amount of college talent from the draft the last few years and I think it is finally coming to fruition, There will be some growing pains with all the young players but by mid season I think you will see strong consistent play if coach Q lets them all play. Hopefully SB won’t be tempted to trade any of these young guys away for rental players come playoffs. I think they will be fun to watch in future years if they stay with the team. Go Hawks!

  17. @ KEITH

    Imagine if Hayes was still here and if Vesey hadn’t followed him to NYC. SB sure looks like he knew what he was doing with the college pipeline now.

  18. any idea who is going to play in anisimov’s place? not who will play 2nd line center, but who will be forward #12?

  19. SSHM- and Danault too… 4 g , 3 a and 51% at dot + couple million cheaper than Kruger… they would be amazing/Cup winners at least 1-2 more if Vesey/Hayes…

    Just hope Hayden doesn’t bale on Hawks… big, possession, and good Hands around net… Smarter version of J. Hayes-imo

  20. @ Wall

    Just my personal opinion but I would be surprised is Hayden is ever a Hawk, Signability has always been a topic for Hayden.

  21. Southsidehawkman agreed. It’s interesting how the Hawks have done so well with their draft and player development. You have teams like Edmonton and Calgary with top draft picks for years and always had a tough go. When was the last time the Hawks drafted one of the top ten players? Even Saad was a low first round draft pick.
    One more thing I really like about the Hawks this year. They are a powerhouse on defense this year with the 3 additions. Now you see TVR who was in the second pairings last year go down to 7 or 8. It’s interesting that when Hossa was interviewed about why he had so many more goals early in the season he said he has the puck more and is not always chasing it. That’s not by accident with the improved D.

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