Blackhawks Lose Matinee In Philly

The Blackhawks arrived at the arena Saturday morning to face the Philadelphia Flyers and immediately had a surprise problem to deal with: Corey Crawford needed an appendectomy.

The Hawks sent Crawford to the hospital and found Eric Semborski, who played club hockey at Temple, to back up Scott Darling. Chicago had so little time to get the ATO worked out with Semborski that he wore Crawford’s number 50 while sitting on the bench.

It was a pretty good day at the Semborski house.

Returning to the lineup on Saturday was defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who had been out since late October. He appeared in only his third game of the 2016-17 season in Philadelphia.

Once the game started, the Blackhawks settled into business as usual: get grossly out-shot in the first period but somehow hang onto a lead through 20 minutes.

On Saturday, the first period goal came from Artemi Panarin.

Panarin’s ninth came in a first period that saw the Hawks out-shot 16-6 by the Flyers, a trend that will absolutely need to be addressed moving forward without Crawford for the next few weeks.

The second period saw the Hawks flip the script. Chicago out-shot Philadelphia 13-8 in the second but allowed three goals. Ivan Provorov, only 19 year old, scored his second of the year at 3:02 into the second. He scored his second of the game just 31 seconds later to give Philly the lead.

Brayden Schenn added his fourth of the season at 8:37 to extend the Flyers’ lead to 3-1, where it would stand at the end of the second period. TvR was minus-two in the second period.

At 16:38 into the second period, it appeared the Blackhawks had scored a second goal. Unfortunately, the officials – and video review – did not agree.

Chicago needed a power play but didn’t get one until 13:29 into the third period when Philly had too many men on the ice during an advantage of their own. That power play did absolutely nothing, and the lead remained two for the hosts.

With 3:27 left in regulation, the Flyers got their third power play when Vinnie Hinostroza tripped Michael Del Zotto. Coach Joel Quenneville sent Patrick Kane out with Panarin on the penalty kill while chasing two goals and they got an offensive zone draw – that Kane lost. Darling went to the bench with ten seconds left in the penalty kill – which ended successfully – as Quenneville sent out an extra forward hoping to generate some offense.

The Hawks couldn’t get a second or third goal in the final minute of regulation, and the Blackhawks winless streak in Phildelphia stays alive; Chicago hasn’t won a regular season game in Philadelphia since 1996 (thankfully they won Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final there).

Darling stopped 27 of 30 in the loss in place of Crawford. Chicago will need to make a roster move to bring a backup netminder up from Rockford before Sunday’s game with Crawford out. To date, Lars Johansson has a .911 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average in 16 appearances with the IceHogs.

It is also worth noting that the Blackhawks have eight healthy defensemen on the roster with TvR active; Gustav Forsling joined Michal Rozsival in the press box on Saturday. Michal Kempny skated 15:52 and led the Blackhawks with five hits; he also blocked two shots. TvR skated 14:46 in the game with one shot on net.

Tyler Motte skated a team-low 8:50 but finished tied with Niklas Hjalmarsson for the team lead with three blocked shots. Artem Anisimov won 13 of 22 at the dot and Marcus Kruger won seven of 15 with the Hawks still missing Jonathan Toews. Hinostroza won only one of nine.

15 thoughts on “Blackhawks Lose Matinee In Philly

  1. Darling kept us close, great saves in the first period and then throughout. Panik my #1 Blackhawk star of the game…Panarin 2nd. Great offensive and defensive efforts by the breadman. TVR gets the boobie prize for defensive lapses, especially resulting the Flyers third goal. Weird stat that 1996 thing…but the only one that mattered is the Cup win in Philly so there’s that.

    Wonder if we will be able to pull off our usual great December with the way things are now sans Crawford. Team needs to rally around the challenge.

  2. 3-0-1 without Tazer and team game better since that SAJ game. We take that every time, especially after first (or two) game home after long road trip.

    1130am breakfast games are my favorite as they should not ever be a game played before 330 on wknds only. Its not the same for each team, you have to look at sch before/after among other things which means its not.

    Nice to see the home court officials were there to support home team style of play. Even with wearing road jerseys. Thats eligible for forfeit.

    I am still in shock treatment for the instant replay officials did not waive off the goal Hoss scored to put us up 4-0 in ANA in game 7. Its a unwritten rule that every instant replay will be called against us unless they absolutely cant.

    This is good for the team, we had the same thing happen in 2015 with Crow and the staircase steps. We need to weather this little storm and when Johnny comes back it trickle the lines with balance/better scoring depth. Then 5 on 5 will be really strong.

    Ups and downs. Were going to surge again when Johnny Wayne gets back. We still havnt played our best yet. Going to be sweet to see the young guys get better when the team in playing really good.

  3. O.K .hand on the puck in the crease ,.,.that not penalty shot .? Or did they say he swept the puck off the goal line? Bull shit anyway . That was a tough 5 minutes in the second , our p.p. has little to contribute , and i do not like afternoon games . Grumpy old man alert . M.M . talk me down ,.,.or up i guess would be better . Got the feeling Toews has more going on than a sore back ,.,last few interviews with him ,.,he has the thousand yard stare ,.,.boy ain,t right ,.,acid flash back ,., don,t think so ,.,.concussion Mmmmmmmmmmmm .

  4. This game is a microcosm of the year in some ways and many of these games you don’t win-and this they didn’t. They need to stay afloat for a few weeks and not lose too much ground.
    Many teams have had this sort of bad things happen/injuries this year, now it’s the Hawks turn. Panic did have a good game-and it reminds you of two things-1 he has talent and that’s what attracted teams in the past-2-he is really inconsistent and streaky.

  5. HawkHead- Ref should have called a penalty shot. Don’t think the Toronto crew can call for that though. A lot of calls have gone our way lately so maybe it was a case of these situations evening out.

    Toews-Yes, I think a lot of folks are “thinking” concussion issues but afraid to state it. I’m hoping it’s too many green kale milkshakes and veggie diets and not enough real food, like seared bbq steaks. Girlfriend has gravitas as well. Maybe he has turned to poetry as a young man is apt to do when smitten.

  6. With the injury hitting players eventually gonna bite ya. Would like to see 1st pp add a bit of the cycle game to their routine maybe add a little life to it. 70 16 14 good game again to compliment skill guys and kempny looked good today

  7. Not that it mattered much today but Hino was skating fast but going nowhere. I think he could use some time in Rockford. Of all the young guys Hartman is currently the most consistent and productive and he has also spent the most time in the AHL. On the brighter side 14/16/70 had another solid game and generated a lot of chances. Hope Darling is ready to handle a heavy workload over the next few weeks.

  8. The Anisimov line is all the offense we had. The other lines have to step up. The team, as a whole, needs to play 3 solid periods. Crawford is another bad loss. One question. Do we not have a faceoff coach? If not, we need one.

  9. Yanic Perreault. Faceoff coach.

    Anisimov and Kruger combined for 2o for 37. Above 50%. Hinostroza and Schmaltz sucked.

  10. Hartman was on a mission at times,.,.8 looked lost in his own end ,.,T.V.R should be the last person we put on the ice . Anybody gonna explain the corsie graphs of wonder to me ,.,.cause the way i see it ,the Hawks are not doing so good in just bout every game and graph , but somehow still winning ., Have a good weekend boys .

  11. Gotta wonder with mottes dwindling ice time with no pk time or looks on other lines lately if he d be a candidate for rockford being waiver exempt but probably have a couple who can clear waivers too if they make a roster move

  12. Motter hasn’t been as good as he was before injury, Rusty and were playing at a little higher level then then. Once he gets up to speed hes good again. 64 is prob the better of the young guys in two way game and team game.

    Remember these guys went right from college to league, not easy to do and shows going to be good. Hartman was only guy that got how ever many ahl games. Remember Saader got a good amount of ahl games too so the guy that went right from college to league that’s good.

  13. Schmaltz and motte both waiver exempt and a 4th line winger is needed right now so motte more logical choice for that spot so schmaltz goes and no worries on about waivers and be a short stint in minors likely

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