After a tough loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, the Blackhawks bounced back with a strong effort to shutout the Calgary Flames 2-0.
The Hawks’ powerplay continued to be a ridiculous waste, failing to score in five opportunities. Flames’ netminder Miikka Kiprusoff played extremely well in the loss, facing more than twice as many shots as his counterpart.
Thankfully, the team’s defense and a strong effort from Ray Emery made two goals good enough for the victory. Emery earned his first shutout as a member of the Blackhawks, stopping all 16 shots that reached him in the game. The skaters in front of Emery blocked 16 shots in the game as well, led by four from Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Patrick Kane assisted on Nick Leddy’s fifth and Brent Seabrook’s sixth goals of the season to lead the Hawks. He now has 41 points in 32 games, and has continued to play impactful hockey during the absence of Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.
The Blackhawks are now 10-0-1 in games in which Kane has a multi-point effort this season.
Seabrook blocked three shots and was credited with three hits in the game. Leddy blocked two shots and was credited with one hit.
Much of the league-wide attention was on Jarome Iginla, who has been the focus of trade rumors lately. He skated 16:09 in the game, winning three of five faceoffs and putting only two shots on net.
For the Hawks, Jonathan Toews was strong at the dot once again. Toews won 14 of 22 faceoffs in the game and was credited with a team-leading six shots on goal.
The struggles continued for Dave Bolland. His line at the dot was the opposite of Toews – he won only eight of 22 – and he was called for two minor penalties in the game. He now has only one point in his last six games, and hasn’t scored a goal since Feb. 15 against San Jose (13 games).
Chicago now has a couple days off until the Anaheim Ducks visit the United Center in what should be another much-anticipated battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference.