Blackhawks Show No Sympathy For The Devils

Ryan Hartman wasted no time in getting the attention of his home fans and his teammates had a big third period to pull away from the Devils for a 3-1 victory.

Hartman finished with two hits and three shots on net in 9:05 in his NHL debut. Ben Smith was scratched for Hartman; Daniel Carcillo dressed but got on the ice for only six shifts (4:03).

Unfortunately, Hartman’s hit was the only highlight of the game’s opening 40 minute for the Blackhawks. They put only 18 shots on net in the first two periods (New Jersey had 17) and had yet to beat Cory Schneider on two power play opportunities. Defenseman Peter Harrold snuck a shot past Corey Crawford at 15:30 into the first period to give the Devils a lead they would carry to the third.

Michael Ryder went to the box with four seconds left in the second period, and the advantage to open the third period served to be just what the Hawks needed. Marian Hossa stayed ridiculous, scoring his seventh goal in the last four games on the power play to tie the game. On their next shift, Hossa exploded up the ice and put a shot on net that Schneider denied but did not control, and Jonathan Toews put home the rebound for the game-winning goal.

When Kris Versteeg added an empty net tally in the game’s final minute, the Devils were finished.

Hossa finished the night adding an assist, one hit and one takeaway in the game. Brent Seabrook had two assists and led the team in both blocked shots (five) and hits (three). Seabrook also had the highest ice time on the night, skating 26:47 in the win.

Crawford had a great night, and made a number of big stops in the third period to keep his team in the game and preserve the lead. Quickly after Hossa tied the game, the Devils were able to create a great scoring opportunity but were denied by Crawford. The Blackhawks netminder finished with 25 saves.

The victory was the 137th regular season win for Crawford, placing him in a tie with Jocelyn Thibault for fourth in franchise history.

Kyle Cumiskey skated 11:27 and was credited with one shot in the game.

Toews NJ

29 thoughts on “Blackhawks Show No Sympathy For The Devils

  1. It’s more likely than not that Carcillo has incriminating Q photo collage that Bollig forwarded; Smith is not Larmer reincarnated, but you can dress him and let him solely kill penalties and double shift Kane. Thank you.

  2. Hossa! Hossa! Hossa!

    If Hartman- continues that kind of play… he has to stay… very nice game.

    Cumiskey looked good, albeit VS. Non-Offensive NJ team…

    Sharp needs to wake up now.

    Hawks were playing that perimeter game in 1st 2 periods… Ugly!!!

    Still too many TO’s!!!

  3. Hartman brought some much needed energy.

    Pleasantly surprised by Cumiskey. Didn’t expect much but he made some plays.

    Crow had the soft goal but otherwise was solid.

    Hossa is a god. Versteeg scored. All is well.

  4. …. And for the record, Oduya completely invisible tonight — that’s the way we all like it. We don’t want to notice him one iota.

  5. Nothing like a snot knocker lid lifting obliterating hit to get your first shift in the NHL underway. Very nice. Some guys have the knack for seeing an opportunity and timing it up just right and it looks like Hartman may be one of those guys. Nice to have one of those on our team.

    Cumiskey looked like a midget out there but he’s got good quickness and showed some good intincts in the o-zone and moving the puck. We’ll see how he plays whan the opponent has size and speed and is forechecking the crap out of the Hawks.

    Carcillo barely played again. Hey Q, howza bout sitting him and going with something like this: 20-19-81, 23-91-88, 29-65-38, 10-16-28

  6. WOW Hartman! BAM welcome to the NHL! I was excited to watch him and he didn’t disappoint. Hartman was around the puck all night long. I hope we see him again soon, nice job young man!

  7. Time to start rotating Rundblad, Rosy and Cumiskey. Cumiskey earned another game. Hopefully rundblad regained some confidence being in the lineup for a win and not scratched. He will likely be the odd man out Sunday.

    Here’s a crazy theory. With Sharp playing 4th line at times, might the Hawks upper management be hoping he or his agent might ask for a trade ?

    The point being it would be easier to move him from a p-r standpoint if they frame it that since he was not going to play in the top 6, he asked for a trade so management obliged. Again this is not saying that is what is taking place, just that it appears Sharp’s days as a Hawk might already be heading for the end due to cap reasons. But if he wants out that would make it a whole lot easier for everybody involved.

  8. Always said I like Hartman. He is an energy agitator……and he’s got a great head of hair. That said, like a lot of callups, just the excitement and adrenaline promote a great first game or two. The proof is in how these guys perform in their 10 to 20th games…so we probably will not see that out of Hartman this year.

    The third period has been kind to the Hawks this year. The key is to go into the third tied, down by just one or God forbid, a lead. Playing from behind requires extra energy from the top 6 and top 2 pairings.

    Game against Pens should be fun……Go Hawks

  9. Hawk look a lot better when Hossa is rolling like this. Great game last night and fun to watch. I would love to know what the Hawks Brain Trust is thinking with respect to these young players rotating into the lineup. Are they just seeing who can help the team in the playoffs? Are they trying to develop the younger players by giving them a taste of the NHL and then sending them back and forth to Rockford to work on their game? Trade showcase? Its fun to think about and talk about on this board.

  10. Mike- Re: Hartman/1st game adrenaline… I don’t think H-Man turns it on/off like say- 29… I have watched him several games for Hogs… He seems to play pretty intelligently… and if he catches the guy w/ Puck off balance/or in a weak position- BAM – he hits you… That is why I think he compares to Sharp… Sharp isn’t exactly considered a Hitter… But I have seen 10 put some good hits on “weak” positioned players ( Chara for one)…

    And Hartman- can finish. I really thought that was a Highend pass he delivered to 29 in front of net.

    I guess my point- Hartman always comes to play… but he is not going to “carry” play…
    He is the type of guy who is going to Jump on/capitalize on others mistakes/poor position.

  11. Cumiskey looked good, seemed to have that “quick turn” on his skates when turning up ice, even one second is an eternity. Looked very comfortable. The Kid Hartman really showed how you can play low minutes have BIG impact, the kid can skate, Plays sooo much bigger than 5 -11? Toews 6 -2 ! Wish Hartman had that height. But his value is his speed,under control without over skating, can go into corners Strong, hit and exit which is an ART. Anyone can lay someone out in the corner, but to hit, spin and get back on d is a skill. His strength seems to be he’s strong on his skates and being able to “stand up in the middle of the ice” and deliver hits, many fans look to the goons in the corner, but like the red wings, laying out in neutral ice really creates turnovers and hesitation. Hawks have many players like Hartman in size. Smith the exact same, A lot of good players none great yet. Still like to see some size up front, but Hartman really brought the intensity level up. Good for him . . . everyone else well same ole hawks, but looked like late they got to the net, HOCKEY 101

  12. Sharp is an amazing player, if he ver goes you’ll see such a drop in play you’ll puke up on the nacho platter. Layoff Sharp one guy who brings it every night, put up with Hossa and Towes and ya get it?

    Great Observation on todays blog – Hartman has the skill to line someone up and cleanly deliver the hit, it is an art, Car-Bomb lines a guy’s up from 35 feet and misses ya, Shaw too, Bick is pretty good at it, hitting out of control and off balance leads to turnovers! sSo great observation, those who don’t play or watch don’t understand the skill and awareness of the hit, and again Hartman is only 5-11 max! Brilliant observation and thanks for posting! If Hartman continues to hit like that sort of like a GOOD defensemen he will stay, hope he does!

    Yes to a comment that Hawks were playing that perimeter game! That again is the style, but as we see they have the talent not really the GUTS at times to get to the net. That over pass perimeter game is easy to defend in many ways and really puts pressure on the wingers and center to make the perfect pass, PLUS it wont work without D-men risking getting out of position.

  13. Impressive game by Hartman last night. I don’t think they’ll want to carry him and Ben Smith and Carcillo on the roster at the same time for cap purposes, but regardless, it’s good to get him a taste of the NHL.

    His learning curve issue in Rockford has been positioning, especially with his stick. He has an awareness defensively but doesn’t always execute. Consistency. Which is almost always an issue with very young players. He has also taken some really dumb penalties but hopefully is learning. Heck, Carcillo has been doing that for years.

    I think Carcillo is the cheapest salary guy on the team or close to it, so that factors in too. I’m not a big fan but he does have a role – the other team tends to play with their head on a swivel when he’s out there and there’s a value to that. He gets so little ice time lately though … so you wonder what his status will be. We’re pretty close to the stretch run so I doubt they’d drop Carcillo now but who knows, there has been some interesting personnel shuffling lately.

    One thing MacIsaac and Mark Bernard have said is whenever a call up is needed, it’s always “who is playing really well lately” and that stats don’t tell the whole story. Of course I’m sure contracts come into play too. Also the role of a player is taken into account, bith in Rockford and the NHL. The player has to fit in with the role expected of him, and preferably have experience in the role in Rockford.

    Lots of variables in these call ups and almost always more than meets the eye.

  14. So that Hartman hit was cool. He didn’t seem to do anything too stupid and it was nice to see him actually time his hits rather than run around like a moron.

    Sharp looked awful. Really no jump in his step, not too interested. Maybe there is a lingering injury or something.

    I’ve decided that Rundblad is a bad hockey player more times than he is a good hockey player. Cuminski didn’t look terrible so that was a plus. Then again this was the Devils and sample size.

    Shaw, Carcillo, Bickell was one of the saddest groups of players I’ve seen on the ice at the same time in a while. Yikes. No more of that please.

    Kane and Hossa were the only two players who were dangerous on a consistent basis. Every time either of them had the puck on their blade it seemed like something was going to happen. However, the bottom 6 is a concern.

    The Hossa chant at the end of the game was intense. It was a great moment for him. What a special player.

  15. Cumiskey surprised me. His positioning seemed good and that boy can skate. He looked much better than the preseason. Although the Devils have to be the slowest team in hockey. Let us see how he holds up for 10+ games. The Hartman hit was one of the best of the year. You gotta love it when the opposing players loses his helmut. I guess the rumors of Hossa’s demise were greatly exaggerated. I just can’t see how the line of 29/65/13 will ever score. Going into the playoffs we need 3 lines that can score. 13 has got to go.

  16. Last week, Q and SB had to have a meeting to discuss the lack of focus on this team. My guess, and I am just a fan like everyone here, is that they decided it was time for some “wake up calls” and “motivational discipline” for some players.

    This is the perfect time to do it, too. They are home for 2 weeks, so shuttling players to Rockford is easy and they have time to heal lingering injuries to players and send some serious messages to others. Plus, we get to see some Rockford talent that we all read about from Hofmeister and a few others.

    I still believe in this team and hopefully they will come out of this “funk” very soon!

  17. Sharp is on his last season with the Hawks. The salary cap will dictate as such. He’s 33 years old and his place in franchise history is etched in stone. What will soothe the blow of him playing in another sweater next year is that he is in decline now. Sadly he just hasn’t had much of a season. Hopefully he can close out his final time in Chicago with a flurry come playoff time. He will always be a member of rhe family and I’m sure the Wirtz family will always have a place for him when the skates are hung up.

  18. Hogs report- Hogs 3 OKC 1
    Hogs pretty much dominated 1st/3rd periods
    Not really a lot of scoring chances for either team

    TT made pretty saucer pass cross ice to Pokka who one-timed it for PP goal.
    TT was very special in between Blue lines skating/weaving thru the D w Puck
    TT had 1 play in 2nd where he literally skated/weaved/dangled from below rt. circle …
    around the top to left point,,, back down to right circle,,, up around both points ,,, below left dot,,, behind net for a wrap around type shot that – I think was blocked by D… VERY KANE-ESQUE!!! that was 5 0n 5… and seemed like he had puck for 10-15 seconds.

    fwiw- part of me thinks TT puts up 40+ points Center/Kane…
    Than I see TT NOT being able to Cycle or go near boards really… that part of me says- “this kid is not made for- nor does he want to Play Cycle EVER” – so Trade him while the name is still HOT. Only time will tell.

    The only Hog line that looked decent in the Cycle- Mcneill/Danault/Ross (mostly Mcneill/Danault… they looked really good– But still – really no quality shots (kind of like Hawks at times)

    D pairs- Pokka/Fournier,, Johns/Dbeck,, Brennan/Miskovch
    Hof- I was behind the Hogs Offensive net for all 3 periods Plus- OKC- really wasn’t able to generate much O… so it is a little hard to “report on D”
    Pokka- really is good at getting his shots on goal/toward net.
    Fournier- IS a VERY good skater- really impressive… If the kid has any kind of IQ and learns what Hogs/Hawks expect gap/position wise… I don’t see how he doesn’t make Hawks or NHL team in 2-3 years.

    Johns- Was the best Hog/D to make quick outlets off the boards and to Forwards to lead clean break-outs (once again– not a lot of pressure- and it’s AHL pressure– But Johns looked MOST NHL ready in this regard!!!) Another thought on Johns- seemed to be less aggressive in O zone- (where as in Camp/pre-seas… seemed to really show off the Pinching side of game.) Johns/Dahlbeck pair was good.

    Brennen- very offensive minded.

  19. Johns would likely be up here by now if not for injuries and concussion derailing his first AHL season.

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