Blackhawks Hammer Blues

After sending more players to Rockford earlier in the day, the Hawks skated a lineup filled with mostly NHL players against St. Louis on Saturday night.

And they didn’t disappoint the crowd at the United Center.

Joel Edmundson scored the only goal of the opening period, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead. But answered with a Marian Hossa goal in the second and goals by Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith in the third as the Hawks ran away with a 3-1 victory.

Corey Crawford played the entire game, stopping 20 of 21 in the win.

Kyle Baun got some run with the stars and looked good once again, skating more than 14 minutes. One night after posting a two-goal effort in Montreal, Baun led the Blackhawks with four hits and added one takeaway on the night.

Among the four other Hawks with four hits in the game were Vince Hinostroza, Ryan Hartman, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Mashinter. Seabrook also led the team with three blocked shots.

Keith and Hossa had two points each; it was the first preseason action for Keith.

9 thoughts on “Blackhawks Hammer Blues

  1. That had the look and feel of a real NHL game. Crawford made some big stops and once again kept us in there allowing our offence to get it done. Hossa got it done, hammered that one, and you could see the tide turn. Kane’s goal a thing of pure skill and beauty. You could feel the Blues wilting. Keith’s trademark goal put a cherry on top. OT thing was weird.

  2. Although the intensity seemed to be there, I thought the game seemed “out of sync”. The puck was bouncing all over the place and the passing, at times, was horrible. That could all be due to the fact that a lot of the players in the game were not “regulars” and their timing is off a little.

    If you give the Blues enough time, they will implode and the Hawks will win. Backus is still a douche and the WORST captain in the league and their defense is a step faster than my men’s league team……maybe. Their #55 is so slow, I thought Edzo was telestrating him at one point, but it was actually him skating at regular speed.

    Troy Brouwer will help them, a little, but they want Hitchcock gone and with the line up that they have for the regular season, he may be gone by Christmas.

    A nice Hawk victory topped off by a nice, DESERVED contract for #7!!

  3. Impressed with Garbutt… he is a left handed Shaw… can plug him in on any line (like Shaw) and seems to be effective.

    Baun- can do just about anything that Handcuffs (29) can do for about 25% the cost…

    Hino- has looked very good!!!

    Schilling??? My first look at him- very good skater- I can see why SB picked him up… if he does NOT crumble versus a decent NHL forecheck (like Rundbad) …
    the kid has an outside chance of Making Q’s system

    Also like Lube more than Hejda- so far…

    But better yet– Trade/or LTIR Bickell- and get a real D man at the deadline or sooner!!!

    Not enough room on bottom 6… 12th/13th forward???
    Tik/Baun/Paille/Hino – ALL are better and way cheaper options than #29… AND have out played 29 in camp… (I know it’s pre-season… He is saving “It” for the Playoffs-lol)

  4. Wall, I am not sure that you can LTIR a guy unless the medical staff / player agrees to that particular decision. And if the vertigo is still a question(and even if it is completely cured), I am not sure that we could get a bag of pucks for #29. That is sad, but true.

  5. Reg, bottom line… SB needs to get some kind of cap savings from 29, better, cheaper options…

    And it would be nice to pickup some decent help on D.

    36, Tik, Baun, and 28 are way better at this point.

    Svedberg was better.
    Schilling deserves more time to assess, but liked his skating.

  6. Tik. I think he has high iq. … has not done anything great yet…. but he does skate well, and seems to show up at just the right instance to stop or slow down the other team’s play…

    Kinda reminds me of poor mans Dave Bolland, if he could cheat as well as 36 used to …. Tik might be a great asset.

  7. As for putting 29 on LTIR there are a couple issues.

    First is he’s currently playing. Difficult to make up injuries with a guy that still wants to play. It would effectively diminish his future earning potential.

    The second issue is the way LTIR works. The Hawks would have to be cap compliant at the start of the season then put a player on LTIR in order to elevate the teams cap hit. LTIR doesn’t make the players hit go away, it merely elevates the teams ceiling until the player returns.

    Getting rid of 29 would make me feel a lot better about Panarin’s potential bonus money.

  8. Ernie, yes, and another misconception, the team cannot “bank” or “save” money for the trade deadline.

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