Blackhawks Steal Two Points From Panthers

Despite allowing 42 shots on Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks escaped Thursday night with two critical points in the standings. It wasn’t pretty, but the Hawks skated away with the win.

Patrick Kane may steal the attention from this game, with another gorgeous assist to Marian Hossa for the Hawks’ second goal and then the shootout winner, but Crawford was the star. He stood on his head and kept one of the least-interested Hawks efforts of the year in a game.

The Hawks were out-shot in 15-7 in the first and 14-5 in the third period on Thursday night, but Crawford only allowed one of those 29 shots to get past him. He was perfect in the overtime and shootout and earned his sixth win of the season.

Jacob Markstrom was outstanding in net for the Panthers, who tied the game with 2:04 left in regulation. The Hawks beat Markstrom once in the first period on a nice redirect by Jonathan Toews, and once in the second on Kane’s beautiful assist to Hossa. He was perfect through the third and overtime, but allowed the one shootout shot to get past him and ended up with a loss.

Nick Leddy finished the night with an assist, two blocked shots and a hit. Toews also had two blocked shots and one hit in addition to his first period goal. And Viktor Stalberg led the Hawks with three hits, while Brent Seabrook led the way with five blocked shots in 31:22 on the ice.

Here’s how the former Blackhawks performed for the Panthers:

  • Brian Campbell - 31:41 TOI, 4 shots, 2 blocks, even
  • Tomas Kopecky – 16:58 TOI, 4 shots, 1 hit, minus-1
  • Jack Skille – 12:59 TOI, 3 shots, 3 hits, minus-1
  • Kris Versteeg – 25:15 TOI, 1 assist, 4 hits, 1 block, plus-2
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2 Responses to Blackhawks Steal Two Points From Panthers

  1. John-O says:

    Hey Tab,

    I agree that this was a weak overall effort by the Hawks. They seemed to get outworked all night by Florida. Markstrom is going to be a star in this league! What do you think of Rinne’s ridiculously large contract? Good for him, but come on! These salaries are getting nuts! Doesn’t bode well for the new CBA negotiations this summer!!!

  2. wall says:

    John, I agree, Markstrom is a stud… he makes Bryzgalov look small! That guy could be one of the league’s best soon. Pekka is good but I think teams that sign goalies to long term big money contracts are gambling (they are like pitchers- get injured or old fast).

    The only thing positive about the game last nite is the Hawks were outplayed, outhustled, and outshot and still won.
    Florida, is going to be good… that team has very little skill (Kopecky is in the shootout???)… but is fast, checks well, well coached, and Goalie takes up 3/4 net.

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