Blackhawks Drill Oilers 7-1

The start of the night wasn’t what the Blackhawks expected. Antti Raanta, who was supposed to start in net, was sick and couldn’t go; Corey Crawford was forced into action for a tenth consecutive game.

The end result of the night wasn’t what the Oilers had hoped for, as the Hawks demolished Edmonton on their home ice.

Jonathan Toews scored only 3:43 into the first period, giving the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal 55 seconds after Toews’ goal to extend the lead to two, and that Crawford would make enough on Saturday night.

Crawford may have only needed two goals to earn the victory, but that didn’t keep the Hawks from pouring it on over the game’s first 40 minutes.

A Brent Seabrook blast was tipped into the net by Toews, extending the lead to three later in the period. The goal was initially credited to Seabrook, but the assist gives Seabrook a point in five of his last six games.

In the second period, the Hawks continued burying their gracious hosts, scoring three more goals in the opening four minutes of play. Kris Versteeg scored a power play goal during a 5-on-3, and Marian Hossa added a goal 1:29 later on the second half of the power play to push the lead to five.

After Hossa’s goal, the Oilers (finally) made a change in net. Ben Scrivens was replaced by Viktor Fasth, who was greeted 65 seconds into his appearance with a goal off the stick of Duncan Keith. Scrivens’ final numbers for the night: five goals allowed, eight saves.

At the end of the first two period, Edmonton had 14 shots on net. The Blackhawks had six goals. The game was effectively over.

David Perron ended Crawford’s shutout 8:04 into the third, but Patrick Kane pushed the lead back to six less than three minutes later. Kane has now scored in four straight games.

In the third, the Hawks spread out the ice time keeping in mind that they play in Vancouver on Sunday evening. The line of Bryan Bickell, Daniel Carcillo and rookie Phillip Danault got power play time early in the final frame. When Andrew Ference went to the box in the game’s final four minutes, coach Joel Quenneville sent rookies Danault and Adam Clendening out to open a power play.

In his NHL debut, Danault won four of nine faceoffs and was credited with three hits in 10:56 of ice time.

As with any seven-goal performance, the box score was generous. Hossa had a four-point game (one goal, three assists), while Toews had two goals. Versteeg had one goal and one assist and Brandon Saad had two assists skating with Hossa and Toews. Kane picked up one goal and one assist in the game as well.

Clendening recorded his second career assist in as many games as well. Only five Blackhawks finished the night without a point: Danault, Johnny Oduya, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brad Richards and Michal Rozsival.

Crawford finished the game making 24 saves, 10 of which came in the third period. Fasth closed the game allowing only two goals against 17 shots for Edmonton.

Rookie forward Joakim Nordstrom led the team with seven hits in the game and picked up an assist. Oduya was credited with a team-high four blocked shots, and Toews won 13 of 20 faceoffs.

Only one Hawks player, Hjalmarsson, skated more than 20 minutes in the game. Clendening was on the ice for 19:30, including a team-high 7:10 of power play time. Toews, Kane and Hossa were all under 17 minutes in the game.

Chicago’s power play was successful on two of seven advantages, while the Hawks penalty kill was perfect in two short-handed situations.

CHI EDM Shots.11.22.14

27 thoughts on “Blackhawks Drill Oilers 7-1

  1. Well that was nice of coach Q…hope he really means it…seemed that way to me as well…difficult to be critical tonite…just a great well played totally dominating game…now we go into Vancouver tomorrow nite…hope to heck we didint use up all our goals tonite…Dont know about you guys but I really really ….really dislike losing to the Canucks and those Sedin sisters. Really.

  2. I thought Carcillo played well again…as did Nordy- Nordy looks like he has figured out how to box/seal guys on the Wall while trying to make outlet passes (without wetting the bed like last year)

    I can be critical of the most glaring mistakes… Cden made 3 TERRIBLE passes that turned into great scoring chances for Oil… If this were a close game – 6 would/should have been strapped to the bench… to add- He wasn’t even pressured when he made those mistakes… he better be a quick learner… OR Q will have him back in AHL very soon (rightfully so!!!)… And I still say he is below average skater (for Hawks D)…

  3. Nice win, looked strong, all good.

    But can someone go off topic for a moment and answer me this: What has Morin done that has him so out of favor? I just don’t understand it.

    He seems like a guy who’s aggressive, will crash the net (like not so many Hawks), and has a strong shot. So why is he sh!t listed by Q?

  4. Good intense game in Rockford last night, Ice Hogs finally solve Milwaukee 3-2. Scott Darling played really well in goal, Milwaukee had about 40 shots.

    Ice Hogs had two PP goals and killed off all Milwaukee’s power plays. Rasumussen had a good game with a goal and an assist. Cumiskey and TJ Brennan had power play goals, there were a couple scraps including Stephen Johns cuffing a guy around pretty good.

    McNeill did not play; he may be ready to go today in Chicago vs. Wolves. Teuvo didn’t do much.

  5. Ivan B….another good point…I have no idea why Morin is in the doghouse constantly…..is it his style of play, turnovers, crappy skating, what?…we know Sr. Brad went down screaming about the lack of use of Morin over Handzus paired with Kane during last years playoffs…maybe someone (Tab?, Ebony, Rufus, Wall) can shed some truth and enlightenment on this situation. It remains a mystery to me as well. Too bad Crawford didn’t get the shutout…he deserved it.

  6. Nice to have one of these from time to time

    While Im here i want to say how disappointed i am when i look online for Hawks jerseys.
    There must be 10 different skin tones of the Indian head out there in various sick looking forms and personally i think its horse shit! It ain’t right! I have no idea if other teams, or leagues are seeing this. I know knockoffs are a problem but this is ridiculous and the NHL needs to do something..

    Beat nucks

  7. Funny, Qs quote to Lazerus. IvanB I think he could use the exact same quote about Morin. “Had the puck alot….tenacious” Morin is history with the Hawks. I will be OK with that as long as the youth keeps coming. Hopefully we get a good prospect or a good pick for him.

    The game was great payback for the 8 spot the Oilers put on us a couple years ago.

    Hogs finally beat Mil.

  8. And the goals have started to come for the Hawks. I loved the look on Hossa’s face when he looked skyward and said “yea baby!”Tells us he has been feeling some personal pressure for not scoring enough. Hoss had a big night offensively and defensively as well. Speaking of Hossa , anyone see that practice video of Hossa exploding the water bottle with a rocket shot?? I think its over on NHL.com. Good one!

    I was out of the country for a week in the UK. I kept track of the games but was only able to catch up with some highlights. Apart from turnover issues I think the trend is moving up with the Hawks. Really this team has been stuck in neutral with inconsistent play. Toews interview between periods was telling in this regard.

    Danault looked fine out there last night. Nordstrom clearly has benefited with extra time in Rockford. A much more focused player from what I have observed, and his speed is a real asset. Something we have missed since Frolick left IMO. I am liking the young guys coming up this year. Apart from AC turnovers, he moves the puck pretty well. The one thing the Hawks need on the D corp is a guy that can fly with the puck. We had it in spades with Campbell, and then with Leddy. Players like that cause other teams big problems because they create so much space for their team mates. Speaking of Leddy, I am so happy he is succeeding in for the Isles. Isles are one of the best early season stories in the league IMO. Good for them. They are an exciting team to watch.

    I too have a chip in me that when I see Canucks sweaters and or highlights, I am always hoping not so good things happen for them. However, while they still have the Canucklehead factor in their lineup they are not team everyone loved to hate 4-5 years ago. That infamous lineup is no more, however that spawn is spread around the league doing their self inflicted damage elsewhere. Meanwhile a gritty Hawks win tonight would be delightful. Heard an announcer n NHL doing another game. Was it PHX or San Jose, talking about not having the criminal Raffi Torres had really hurt that team. Must have been San Jose guys. All I can say is Torres is a career moron in my book. A true Canucklehead through and through.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  9. RD, the jerseys with the green on the inner collar (indos) are the knockoffs, even though they are the retail authentics the league sells. The real authentics are made in Canada, they have 7287 on the tag and cost full price. I know a place where you can get these if you want the info. I have a 7287 and also have a 7187, which are the authentics the players wore for about 6wks that yr. They were the ones that the sweat rolled down into gloves, etc. You probably can find a 7187 for decent price somewhere as well.

  10. Dave- just voicing a concern… AND Q – Qwill not tolerate it!!! At least he didn’t for Morin/Pirri… and he shouldn’t… the kid will be back at Rock- and auditions will continue… if AC continues to do it!!!

    Mining Man… My thoughts on Q/Dislike for Morin…
    1.) Mo must be doing some things wrong in coverage “off the viewing screen” that we don’t see directly
    2.) Mo doesn’t appear to be the Highest IQ guy-imo
    3.) Mo is an average skater at best ( This is a point that Rufus and I have made for years… (and we both hated Pirri’s fit for Lack of skating)- I disagree w/ Rufus- that he is worthless… Mo has a very heavy shot/will fight for the puck…

    To add…guys like 16,42,TvR, TT- you can see how Hockey smart they are- great anticipation,IQ which allows them to look/play faster than they are (Bolland was the same way)…
    But Pirri, Mo, (Cden too- imo) are lacking a little skating and perhaps IQ so makes them “Play” a little slower… Just my 2 cents

  11. Ivan B. – I wanted to post the same question re: Morin. I am curious to hear from others who see all the games as to why the guy doesn’t get a shot to play more than 6 or 7 minutes. That being said it seems that Nordstrom has filled out physically and with his skating ability has moved ahead of Morin IMO. It feels like Morin will soon be following the path of Olsen, Hayes and Pirri out of town for a draft pick.

    Hofmeister – thanks for the Rockford updates. How is Dahlbeck doing? I thought he had a dominating year last year and haven’t heard much this year.

  12. Thanks Wall, …the coach can see the “intangibles” much clearer than we can…hockey smarts go a long way…our local hockey team ( mostly guys in their twenties )look pretty good to me when they are playing and many of them end up playing in Europe for pro and semi pro teams over there but none will make the NHL, even though they seem pretty skilled on the ice. Q and Stan know and see skill and smarts at a different level than the average fan…thats what makes them the coach and general manager. It is a difficult thing to define though…an clunker has four tires, a steering wheel and a battery as does a brand new Mercedes…the difference? …both get you there but one functions and is designed way more superior to the other. I’m not singling out Morin as a clunker…I like him but the guys in charge must see something that I do not. Thanks agan Wall…its all very interesting.

  13. Excellent game for Hossa, he has played better lately. Perhaps its just taking him longer to get into form. I thought Steeger had a good game too. He’s really showing critics that he is a solid NHL player still.

    Danault and Clendening palyed well. I liked Danults game alot more then I thought I would. Clendening had a few awful turn overs but in a 7-1 blow out you can live w those.

    Bickell and Rosy on the PP? Why? As Morin it sucks hes a winger bc w Hossa, Kane it doesn’t leave alot for Morin

  14. Mining Man- here is another “thing” the Hawks have that we don’t… Test results on Player’s training… read on another site that there was speculation that Mo has sub-par O2/test results… which perhaps translates into Q not believing or watching Mo at the end of a shift “run out of gas”… Pure speculation… but could play a role in things…

    I know when Saad, and Calnan were drafted… I read several reports on how both of those guys were at the very top/elite end of the “Training/draft conditioning tests”…

    Perhaps- this is more of the “advanced metrics” – that the Hawks use to “Draft/build” a team the way they want!

  15. After two games, we are witnessing the knock on C-den. He seems to adversely position himself where he is forced to make a lame backhand clearing attempts. Those have resulted in several scoring chances for the other teams in the last two games. I don’t think he looked as good against the Oilers as he did with the Flames. Hopefully these poor passes are nerves and could be corrected with some coaching. I am impressed with him on the PP. I hope to see him attempt some of the Campbell/Leddy like offensive rushes. Was that part of his repertoire in Rockford?

    I am actually impressed with Nordstrom. Last year he seemed lbs light and shied away from physical play, but this year it appears he has found that part of his game. How much weight has he gained? I am actually surprised to see him making some hits and pushing opposing players. Is that beer muscle? :-)

    Since I first saw Morin play, I was not impressed with his skating as he seemed to be on the seat of his pants quite often. I never was a big fan of his, but I think the way he was treated f’d him up in his head. I agree, he needs a change of scenery.

    Sorry Crow did not get the shutout. In my mind, 50 is a gamer irregardless of the fact that SB over paid him.

    Someone mentioned Carcillo and how well he has been playing. Have to give him some kudos. He hasn’t done anything stupid yet as is widely expected by the fan base. Actually several have been playing better of late; Steeger, Richards. Kudos to them as well.

    Go Hawks. Looking forward to tonights game.

  16. they lit up probably the worst defensive team in the league. good to see they made them bite the curb.

    anyone notice sharp missing btw? just sayn.

  17. To all:

    What is the rule on a 20yr. old USHL guy who gets drafted (age 20)… if he goes to College after USHL… what will it take (College Years) before he could pull a “KHayes” and basically be a free agent? would he have to go to school 4 years?

  18. Lots of positives last night You have got to love Hossa’s back checking. Booman- I agree with your assessment on 42. He is a very fast and smooth skater, defensively responsible and this year he can muck it up on the boards. I have never been a big 13 fan but he sure is a big improvement over 52. IMHO the jury is still out on cden. I am not impressed by his skating. Are 27’s skates too big? He sure falls down alot. Somebody needs to hypnotize 29 and tell him the playoffs have arrived. I am a big 10 fan but when he gets healthy how about 10 and 1st round pick/prospect to Oilers for Taylor Hall? The Edmonton house is falling apart and they are desperate. I know it won’t happen, just dreaming.

  19. H1961, LOL!!! I was thinking about the 29 hypnotism solution also. Hahahaha.

    Don’t think the Oilers would go for Sharp and a #1 for Hall, but I sure would even though I am a big Sharp fan. We’d have to sweeten it with something. Before the regime there gets changed, maybe we sweeten it with Morin, Carcillo, Rosy, and Oduya. Hahaha!!! Maybe we get lucky with one of that regimes last stupid moves.

    Speaking of trades, this cap situation is gonna be a bear in 2015 if it does not go up as expected. If that occurs, SB will be dealing with little leverage. We better get the Rockford boys up and give them a ton of minutes this year. I think we are going to have to do deals by the trade deadline in order to maximize our trading leverage.

  20. Well, Morin just isn’t very good. It’s not more complicated than that. Call it low hockey IQ or just a guy who is a fringe player in this league. I opt for the later definition. Whether Morin was playing for another team or in Chicago the ice time and the results wouldn’t be much different.

    Nordstrom is looking great and has legitimate two way and special teams potential, plus he can skate. His arrival probably seals the fate of Morin once Sharp comes back. Which is a good thing, because its all about improving the talent and improving as a team during the season.

    Clendening is going to see his ass back in Rockford real quick unless he cleans up the work with the puck on his stick. He made two inexcusable passes last night and Q was extremely patient. That happens when you play a doormat like Edmonton. But Clendening needs to be a lot better.

  21. Maybe not Taylor Hall but Eberle for sure! Hockey world is abuzz with Oilers desperate for trade…Hall and Nugent -Hopkins are off limits but Eberel and Yakupuv are possible candidates. Oilers will have to something with somebody real soon….fire sale! Thanks again to Wall for the info on Morin…conditionong reports would definitely play a role.

  22. Ice Hogs over the Wolves today 3-0, Mac Carruth with the backup goalie shutout. Lots of tired legs out there from this 3 in 3 nights schedule. Garret Ross with two tap in goals, Mashinter with the empty netter to seal it with less than a minute to go.

    Defense for the Ice Hogs looked solid, led by Brennan, Cuminsky, and Dahlbeck.

  23. Johns , Svedberg and Pokka looked good too. Looked like the defense was doing everything it could to protect Carrith. On the offensive side i liked the game Rasmussen played as well as Ross and Hartman. Bodes well for the future if the cap bites us in the ass next year.

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