Blackhawks Finish Circus Trip With OT Loss In LA

After sneaking out of Anaheim with a win on Friday afternoon, the Hawks took the ice late Saturday night in Los Angeles without their captain to close out the Circus Trip.

Without Jonathan Toews, the Hawks skated rookies Vinnie Hinostroza and Ryan Hartman with Marian Hossa again. Andrew Desjardins joined the lineup on the fourth line with Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik. On the blue line, Michal Kempny returned in place of Michal Rozsival.

It didn’t take long for the game to get interesting. Only 72 seconds into the game, it appeared the Kings had taken a 1-0 lead on a pretty turn-around backhand goal by Tyler Toffoli. But the Blackhawks challenged there was interference – and won the argument.

The game stayed tied at zero until Patrick Kane redirected a Duncan Keith shot past Peter Budaj from about three feet wide of the cage.

Kane’s eighth of the season was Chicago’s first shot on net in a first period that was dominated by the Kings. LA out-shot Chicago 13-4 in the opening 20 minutes and predictably dominated at the dot, but Darling was very good (when not interfered with) and the skaters in front of him put one on the board.

The shots still favored the Kings in the second period (11-7), but they flipped the script from the first period. After the Kings failed on two power plays in the first, the Hawks failed on two in the second. And after the Hawks scored in the first, Alec Martinez scored his fifth of the season 57 seconds into the second period to tie the game.

Each team had a couple decent chances in the third period, but the Blackhawks carried the action until Brent Seabrook flipped a puck out of play with 61 seconds left in regulation. He went to the box for a delay of game penalty, and his teammates were able to kill off the rest of regulation.

The Hawks won only 20 of 56 faceoffs in regulation, but held the Kings to only two shots on net in the third period to maintain the tie and earn at least one point.

Chicago successfully killed the rest of Seabrook’s penalty, but as the Blackhawks defenseman skated out of the box to join the play Jeff Carter deposited a shot over Darling’s glove from the circle to end the game.

Darling stopped 27 of 29 in the loss, but kept his team in the game early when the Kings were controlling the action. Budaj stopped 18 of 19 in the win for LA.

Marcus Kruger and Duncan Keith led the Hawks with two blocked shots each. Desjardins, Hinostroza and Dennis Rasmussen led Chicago with two hits each; Rasmussen won only three of 13 faceoffs in the game. Rasmussen and Hinostroza finished with three shots on goal, leading the Hawks.

The Hawks return home to face the Panthers on Tuesday night at the United Center.

28 thoughts on “Blackhawks Finish Circus Trip With OT Loss In LA

  1. Good 1-1 tie. Crap penalty and we had chance to play 3on3 for 2 pts. Killed that penalty and got the tie with 1 min left.

    To get a big win and tie in these two (without Johnny) after the games we didn’t get (played good against SAJ) is huge and shows balls. 6 in 9 is tuff, especially when on a long trip.

    Couldn’t be anymore happier with a 3-3-1 after going 9-0-2 we maintained our + over .500 and first game home is always weird.

    What must have we done after/before SAJ game and these two. Must have had Libido attacked by people.

  2. 3 points no toews not pretty but we’ll take it. See Schmaltz 50% on face offs like to see more of that

  3. I don’t know what qualifies as a shot anymore. I remember a few instances prior to Kate’s goal where Budaj had to make a save. They weren’t scoring chances but he did feel rubber. I vividly remember Schmaltz coming down the right wing boards and had his shot soaked up and they had an offensive zone draw. That was well before the Kane goal. I suppose in hindsight it really doesn’t matter how many shots were recorded. But it makes you wonder what the official scorer was doing.

  4. With 48 and 38 showing chemistry together I wonder if they’ll be kept together and would it be with toews or further down and put Hossa and Schmaltz say up there. Probably not one stays and slides down likely. Also somebody will probably be moved off the roster this week too unless tootoo or somebody else to ir. 7 11 or 22 my guesses.

  5. Ernie I think the home town bias counts in both shots and hits-I remember a game where TooToo had three hits alone and the Hawks were credited with one at that point.
    To be 14-6-3 at this point is a blessing, they need to get better and I think they can-still need a player for JT?, to deepen this line-up.

  6. Unlucky late penalty and goal against, but we got the fatigue out of the way early last night and came on and got a strong third period from pretty much everybody which was a nice way to end the trip.

  7. Youngsters continue to look more comfortable which is great to see. Playing without Toews forced Q to play them more significant minutes which has to help their confidence, especially with getting 3 out of 4 points. Kempny was also very solid and his aggressive play is a welcome addition.

  8. Hinostroza had a glorious chance in the third on a Hartman pass. It was a bad angle but I was surprised he did not bury it. Konroyd did not call much attention to it, just mentioned that Hartman should have shot the puck.

    Still a good road trip. The Hawks were 2-3 after losing to San Jose. With the Toews injury, 2-5 was certainly possible. Glad our guys dug in, in the last two games and came away with three points.

  9. Kane’s goal was one one of the best redirections I have ever seen. I wish Heyward of the Cubs had that kind of hand eye coordination.

  10. That was a wicked redirect/tip. Beauty, eh.

    Think Johnny is/could be 4wks or better (like Shaprys shoulder)(do not know that’s what it is). Day to day sounds better and protects team from other teams not know. Its a wk by next game just like that. Good position record wise, to fully heal. Could be blessing in disguise for Johnny Wayne, young guys get quality/quantity min and Captain gets a refresher. Then the trickle effect with young guys getting/playing better, Captain strikes fire when he gets back and team gets into groove team game wise.

  11. Hawks really play focus and have very good young players who want to stay in Chicago ..proud of those young guns so far …We dont hear about Motte to much but he plays solid everygame …i really dont think we need to make a trade to get this team better .Goaltenders so far are really playing good ….what else can we ask except to continue to play hard and to let the kids improving their games …
    I really love my Hawks team now ..the Coaching staff are doing a good job with the kids ..

  12. Bowman commented he wanted to hold on to his picks and believe he will do what he can to do that so unless he has to there won t be any high profile pickups involving salary retention for picks and big name rentals

  13. Steven Johns reportedly will be a healthy scratch tonight after being sent to the minors over the long holiday weekend. Just thought I’d share that with everyone

  14. Actually I think that’s smart Ian-they are a player short, but many teams that can compete would love to have that one extra player. Hopefully J.T will be well and he can find that right chemistry with someone on the roster.
    19 does so many things to help out, that getting points is a bonus-it’s just highlighted when a player makes over 10 million a year.
    We all know that if he didn’t play so much, especially in his penalty killing role and against the other teams top player(s) he would be in or near top 15 in scoring on an annual basis.

  15. That’s the thing Tazer goes head to head with other teams top offensive players and out scores them the bulk of the time. We have two checking lines because of wicked two way guys like Tazer and Hoss.

  16. Southside, he was a healthy scratch prior to going to the minors. He scored 2 goals right away in the AHL. His decision making has faltered and he’s one of the few defenseman Dallas has that is waiver exempt….and Oduya is injured. What happens when he comes back?

  17. My favorite line right now to watch is the 3H’s. Hinostroza, Hartman, and Hossa. Hmm….. I never thought I would be including Hossa in any favorite line after last year, but these guys have a nice combination of speed, toughness, and astute play. Combine them with the 3 point line (3 points a game average) Panarin, Anisimov, and Kane, and any line Toews is on and you have a super solid first 3 lines.

  18. If schmaltz and motte could get it done with toews and panik with kruger and rasmussen it could happen, never know might be worth a look

  19. Ernie, do we have a faceoff percentage for the guys 45ish and above. I would like to know what Artys is after the first 5 or so games.

  20. Hey keith the more i think about that the more i like it. With 8 and 64 with 19 going against other teams top line they don t have to light it up just tread water on the plus/minus end of it the 2nd line can do their thing and with the 3H line playing against 3rd and 4th lines instead of top 2 might get decent production and 19 and 88 still log their special team minutes . Also wouldn t mind seeing 19 and 51 with that line as a 2nd pp

  21. Morrison I’ll get you a more in depth view on Anisimov’s numbers in a bit.

    Kruger- 48.2
    Rasmussen- 42.2
    Anisimov- 42 1
    Hinostroza- 33

    Motte is 4 for 6. Desjardins is 5 for 12.

  22. I had heard that Stephan Johns had a shaving incident which required him to be sent down for mustache rehab. Some time for regrowth now gives him a chance to reshoot some scenes for his upcoming film debut in “Boogie Nights II”.

  23. ^love it!

    Toews didn’t skate this morning. Panthers have a new coach, Tom Rowe. He’s 60. Making his NHL coaching debut. He was elevated to GM, pushing Dale Tallon aside. The team and everyone in hockey hates what the Panthers did to Gallant.

    Last year the Panthers brought Rowe in to be there AHL coach. Mid season he left the AHL to be assistant GM. New ownership moved Dale Tallon aside to promote Rowe again. Rowe fires Gallant after they won their division. And we’re 2 pts out of a playoff spot…despite not having Huberdeau and Bjugstad all season and trading Gudbranson for Jared McCann. Then hires himself to fill in.

    This has blowout all over it.

  24. They’re all in on the analytics side-good luck!
    Really good man in Gallant.
    Interesting to see how they come out tonight for their new coach-hopefully it starts badly

  25. Throwing out the first 5 or so games (which we always do for numbers) Artys faceoffs are ok/fine at 47%. Hes prob going against better faceoffs guys/checking line centers. I think we need two guys around 45 with Tazer and Krugs at 60/55. When Krugs is 50ish then we need a little more, for team faceoffs.

    When we look at each game individually, Arty is one faceoff from being 50% or two from being 55% on games hes 8-10. That’s not that much of a diff. between being 45, 50 or 55 by just one more faceoff win. Overall the total percentages are what they are. Most games on a regular basis Artys is around 50% (7-9, 8-8, or 9-7)

    Krugs must have had a love tap (violent slash on wrist area/finger)(uncalled) during the WAS or MON game because that is when he didn’t do as well/take as many. Krugs not around 55 where hes been since after first yr (with faceoff coach) though.

    Overall each guy has had an/a few off faceoffs otherwise these guys are around 50% on a regular basis. Other then the Batman.

    195-103 65%

    78-88 47% (need better/heal recent bumped up)

    Dejon (recent two yrs were he took faceoffs more regularly/not to go by creer numbers)()
    5-7 42% (1 more and at 50%)

    40-56 42% (pretty good after the first few here, 28-30 50% then does a 3-10)

    107-120 47% (a few off times, otherwise 50%)

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