Crawford, Blackhawks Put Out Flames

After losing to the Flames in a shootout last week, the Blackhawks made sure Tuesday night’s game ended without a doubt.

Facing a familiar face – former Blues goaltender Brian Elliott – the Hawks didn’t get a lot of shots to the net but they made those that got to the net matter.

Patrick Kane got the party started with a dirty goal through traffic with 62 seconds left in the first period.

Chicago was out-shot 13-6 in the first period, but successfully killed penalties with Marian Hossa and Marcus Kruger in the box. Corey Crawford once again did the job, and the Hawks took a lead to the second period.

The second 20 minutes didn’t play out as well as the first. Former Blackhawk Michael Frolik scored a short-handed goal at 7:06 to tie the game. But the Hawks killed two more penalties; these were for too many men (served by Nick Schmaltz) and Brian Campbell for delay of game. Calgary out-shot the Hawks 13-9 in the middle stanza.

In the third, the Hawks put the game away.

At 7:44 into the third, the Blackhawks hottest player continued his roll. Artem Anisimov scored a power play goal, his seventh of the season, to extend his point streak to eight games.

Rookie forward Tyler Motte effectively put the game away 4:50 later with his third of the season.

At 16:15, the teams mixed it up and both Dennis Rasmussen and Lance Bouma went to the box. Calgary pulled Elliott during the 4-on-4 and Artemi Panarin took advantage with a special play, scoring into the empty net.

Niklas Hjalmarsson beat Elliott for the fifth and final goal of the night at 18:16.

Crawford made 33 saves in the victory, while Elliott allowed four goals against only 21 shots.

Anisimov added an assist to his goal, was credited with three hits and won nine of 12 at the dot in another strong performance. Jonathan Toews won 13 of 20 faceoffs in the game as well to lead the Hawks.

Gustav Forsling, injured in last week’s game against the Flames, returned to the lineup and skated 16:38 with one hit and one blocked shot. Michal Rozsival stayed in the lineup and performed well again, pitching in four hits and two blocked shots.

Six different Blackhawks blocked two shots in the game, including forwards Vince Hinostroza, Richard Panik and Rasmussen. Panik led the Hawks with six hits as well.

Seven different Blackhawks were credited with an assist in the win, led by Kane’s two. Motte added two takeaways, one hit and one blocked shot to his goal in an all-around solid performance. And Panarin led the Hawks with three takeaways.

Over their last three games – all victories – the Blackhawks have killed nine of 10 penalties and have outscored New Jersey, Los Angeles and Calgary 10-3. Crawford has been exceptional during the run, making at least 30 saves in all three wins.

Colorado visits the United Center on Thursday night.

29 thoughts on “Crawford, Blackhawks Put Out Flames

  1. Great game from crawford and penalty kill looking good now. Motte played maybe his best game keep it rolling

  2. Crawford is a pillar of strength, Mr. Consistency. He doesn’t get the respect he deserves nationally — how many Stanley Cups has Carey Price won? Lundquist? Rinne? Give me a break.

    And I thank you.

  3. What’s better than that Mott goal? Panarin’s empty nettter! Followed by a booming somewhat rare Hammer goal.

    We got the breaks tonight as well ( an obvious tripping by RMoose)…and when things went wrong there was Crawford.

    … Cubs in a game 7 for all the marbles… you guys must be pretty excited. I’m rootin’ for my fellow CI’s.

  4. Motte is getting more confidence. The kids are starting to get used to one another and the vets with them. Desjardins will be back and, I think, if he’s put at center, he may help with increasing puck possession. Things are looking up.

  5. Mostly watched the Cubs last night so only some thoughts about the first 10 games.
    1. Kids are playing well. Doing their jobs which is to hold the line.
    2. Panik a nice surprise and a smart (call it lucky) acquisition by SB. Plays hard and uses ALL of his limited skills.
    3. Campbell, welcome back to the Western Conf. He will get there.
    4. Core has shaken off the World Cup and is back to playing NHL hockey. Good to see.
    5. Crawford, Holding the line as the rest of the Hawks catch back up. Glad he is on our team.
    6. Q….going with youth for the most part (and by necessity). Glad to see it. Cap issues ahead, get the youth ready.

  6. Another game at the UC with Cubs fever awash over the crowd. You knew the Cubs had homered big when the crowd erupted while the Hawks game was on. That was the Bryant shot, although I didn’t know that immediately. The city is very excited to say the least.

    Young Motte is starting to feel it with his game. That marks 2 games in a row where he made spectacular strong rushes to the net with the puck. Last night his effort was rewarded with an exciting goal. Very exciting to watch this kid.

    While Hawks offense sputtered through 2 periods due mostly to a smothering defensive effort by the Flames, the present pairings aren’t bad. Desi back will help the bottom tier.

    I haven’t checked Flames season stats, but the Hawks were much better at face offs last night. AA as mentioned was good. Keep that trend rolling.

    PK coming around. I think the early season mess that was the PK, and sloppy play in general defensively had much to do with this team not having any time to really play together. The WCH left Crow without much work, Hawks core guys had not played with the rest of the team. Looking back the first 3-4 games were more like pre season. One can now see the team rounding into form as the young guys( esp. Motte, Schmaltz, Forsling) are now getting acclimated to the NHL pace of play. Defensive pairings are also getting in sync too, with Campbell now looking much more relaxed. No way around it, Crow is in very fine form of late.

    How about the Flames shorty? Keith breaks stick on shot and the play goes odd man back the other way. Keith goes to bench to get a stick and can’t find the handle. Flames and Fro bury the 2 on 1. Kind of funny to watch. I felt bad for Duncs.

    Lets Go Hawks, oh, and Lets Go Cubs too!

  7. Mike,
    Add to your list Toews’ slow start. He is tied for 9th on the team in scoring. Three dmen have more points than he does. When he breaks out, the team should hit another gear.

  8. For all that has been negative about these 1st 10 games there are many positive patterns forming in the sacrifices the Hawks have made to get under Cap

    Saad has 3G, Shaw 1G, TT 2G, Daley 1G, Ladd 0G, Weise 0G
    AA 7G, Panik 6G, Kane 9A, Motte 3G and the Core is just warming up.

    BTW, Shaw has 1G and 1A on a team that 8-0-1……While Weber (4G and 6A) is making Bergevin smile every day.

  9. Apologies go out to Anisimov. After 4 games I wrote him off. Thought the contract was bad and hoped Vegas would take it. 6 games later he leads the league in points and goals.

  10. Ernie, I am not sure why you would ever doubt the worth of Anisimov? Apart from face off issues, the guy has been a really strong 2 way player, and has been his entire career. He has filled the gaping 2 center hole this team had suffered through for years. While the Saad departure left a large hole on the first line, Hawks got Anisimov to fill that center position on the second line, which would still be there if Saad had stayed. You give, you get. All of this of course related to cap issues which will NEVER go away with successful teams. It’s hard to keep the gang together. SB gets credit for keeping the holes pretty well filled.

    Vegas expansion draft. Yuck.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  11. The big questions coming into the season were the rookies – specifically where to play them and would they adjust to the NHL and be effective players. It’s now been 10 games and a fair assessment can be made, with the caveat that they still have most of their development curve before them. But at least now we can get a sense for whether they belong in the NHL now or they need to develop more before they’re ready to assume an NHL role. My 10-game assessment is very positive.

    The 2 rookie d-men, Kempny and Forsling make rookie mistakes but they look ready enough now to stick and contribute.

    The forwards are more of a mixed bag. Motte is definitely a keeper. Probably Schmaltz too, although he hasn’t been as consistent as Motte. Hartman missed a few games so I’m not sure about him. Hinostroza can skate fast and has shown good backchecking and defensive awareness, but I think he needs to develop his offensive game more before he’s ready for a full time NHL role.

    So, that’s pretty good – 2 starting d-men and 2 or 3 starting forwards. Probably couldn’t have hoped for much more than that coming into this season.

  12. Anosimov had 42 points last year. When his linemates had 106 and 77. He has an injury history and was given a 4.55m contract site unseen. He struggled down the stretch and while he may have been injured you wonder what another center would put up numbers wise between those 2 players. Now, with that said I will contradict myself in that I have said in the past at least for forwards….1 point is roughly 100k in salary. Kane 10.5m 106 points. Anisimov 4.55 salary 42 points. He looked like he was going to blow by his career numbers then hit a wall….but he also was removed from face off duty…because of injury. Anisimov was n only on the kill when he had to. He was just ahead of Hossa despite playing 13 more games in short handed toilet. And just ahead of Kruger despite playing 35 more games. Desjardins by far led the forward group in short handed toilet 139 minutes to Toews at 113. Anisimov was forced into that role because of Krugers injury.

    Anisimov is sound defensively but he’s not the ideal penalty killer.

  13. Also interesting…Andrew Shaw had less short handed toi than Patrick Kane. 1:15 to 3:39. I’d argue that all day long but nhl.com is the source.

    ^Stupid autocorrect. EDIT!!!

  14. Schmaltz hasn’t been so consistent but I would keep him with the team – he will develop more and adjust as the season goes on. He can make good plays on the boards. And I think putting him on a line with Motte and Kruger will be good for him. Like the 3rd line.
    Put Desi on the 4th with Rasmussen and either Tootoo or Hartman.
    Motte will only get better. Liking the initiative he takes with his play and his will to succeed with the team. Kane said he worked out with him over the summer and that he was very impressed by his skating. Good to see it now!
    Go Hawks!

  15. Rough night for #7 in white, leaving him -5 in their 2 game visit to the UC. Did he really expect to disrupt 88 with that weak stick in the first?

    50 is going to be remembered as one of the greatest Blackhawks ever. At least by me, and that’s all I need to know about Corey Crawford.

    good luck Cubs fans

  16. Now many of us can say we saw all major Chicago sports teams win championships in our lifetimes. Wow!!! Wish my parents were still around to see this World Series win.

    Go Hawks!!!

  17. Good am, in the midst of Cubsmania, the Hawks have steadied their game and playing solidly. One has to ask the question in this forum — where is Mr. Rufus lately???

    Hmmm, Hawks are winning and he is on the posting shelf. Figures.

  18. Good point Booman…unfortunately I’m not able to say that. Bears need to pick up the slack. At the rate the NFL is going there won’t be a super bowl by the time they’re decent again.

    Just read an article about a cubs fan born 2 months before the last cubs world series win. That’s crazy!

    Congrats cubs fans. Try to be graceful and not rub it in too much.
    -A Sox fan.

  19. We really have been blessed. When our teams are getting to the big dance, we are winning it. Since ’86 we have Bulls 6, Hawks 3, Sox 1, Cubs 1, Bears 1 championships. The Bears ’06 and Hawks ’92 lost in the superbowl/finals once. 12 of 14 is pretty damn good success rate. With some luck and the continued progress of our youngsters, another cup for the core would be nice and more than we ever could have expected 7 years ago.

  20. How about winning a Stanley cup this season ….Cubs, Hawks. That would be great …3-0 hawks now agains Avalanche…Go HawksGo

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