Hopefully the Arizona Coyotes are just what the doctor ordered for the offensively struggling Blackhawks.
After a woeful performance on Sunday night, Chicago rebounded with a dominant effort against an Arizona team that is… bad.
The Hawks got one power play in the first period and made it matter. Artem Anisimov parked himself in front of Mike Smith and collected his 11th of the season.
Even against a mediocre Arizona team, the Hawks were out-shot 9-5 in the first period. But they scored the first goal, which is nice.
The second period was a mixed bag. Chicago padded the lead, but lost a key player.
At 6:26 into the second, Marian Hossa scored his 13th of the season to push the Hawks’ lead to two.
Only 19 seconds later, Richard Panik made a strong move around the net and found Dennis Rasmussen in front. Rasmussen put in his second of the campaign to make the lead three.
From there, the Hawks put it on cruise control. But a collision late in the second period may complicate the blue line against the Blue shirts on Friday evening.
Brent Seabrook was hit by Jordan Martinook and went into the boards awkwardly. He stayed down on the ice for a little bit of time and received some attention before heading straight to the room. Seabrook was not able to return for the third period.
In the third, the Hawks picked up a late insurance goal from Hossa for his 14th of the season and Scott Darling finished off the shutout with ease.
Tuesday night marked the first time this season that Arizona was held without a goal, and is the third of Darling’s career. Chicago’s netminder made 22 saves in the victory.
Coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his lines and they worked, with continued success from Hossa and Ryan Hartman being together. Hartman led the Hawks with five hits and was also credited with an assist, one takeaway and three shots on goal. Hossa added one takeaway to his two goals and was named the number one star.
Centering Hossa and Hartman was Marcus Kruger; Q broke up the Triple-H line when he moved Vinnie Hinostroza off the line. Kruger won 10 of 13 faceoffs and was credited with two takeaways. Hinostroza skated with Andrew Desjardins and Jordin Tootoo on the fourth line and won three of six faceoffs. Desjardins also won two draws.
Rasmussen, again, has a strong performance. He led Blackhawks in faceoff opportunities, winning nine of 23. He also blocked two shots and was credited with three hits in 16:11. Rasmussen skated with Panik and Tyler Motte for much of the night; that line was effective, scoring once and having a few other good rushes.
Trevor van Riemsdyk was back in the lineup and led the Hawks with three blocked shots in 23:07 on the ice. He also picked up an assist, one hit and two takeaways in a much better performance. TvR skated with Gustav Forsling before Seabrook left the lineup. Forsling blocked two shots and was credited with one hit in 17:08.
Seabrook’s status will be something to watch between now and the Hawks hosting the New York Rangers at the United Center on Friday evening.
Brent Seabrook was dressed and hanging out in the hallway of the United Center following #Blackhawks' victory.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 7, 2016