Skating mostly the JV roster in Columbus on Tuesday night, the Blackhawks emerged with an impressive 5-2 victory against many of the Blue Jackets’ regular skaters.
Chicago’s goals started with defenseman Cody Franson during an extended power play in the first period. The Hawks got four in the second period, with Laurent Dauphin, Jan Rutta, Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza scoring their first goal each. Seth Jones’ two goals both came in the third period.
Anton Forsberg had a terrific night, stopping 38 of 40.
Artemi Panarin allegedly skated in the game, but wasn’t noticed much the entire night.
Some reactions and notes from the game:
Nick Schmaltz looked tentative early, looking to pass too much. But his goal was a snipe. He skated 18:03 in the game to lead Blackhawks forwards.
John Hayden had four hits and four penalty minutes in 15:15 on the ice. During power plays he effectively parked his big body in front of the net, something the coaches undoubtedly noted. His size is desperately needed.
Laurent Dauphin is trying to win a fourth line role and took a good first step on Tuesday night. He skated 13:26 in the game, 6:05 of which was short-handed. He added a team-leading three blocked shots to his goal.
Tomas Jurco and Graham Knott had two assists each. Matthew Highmore also had an assist.
Cody Franson had one goal and one assist in 20:51. All four of his shots on goal came during the Hawks’ extended advantage time in the first period.
Jan Rutta looked very comfortable in his first action on North American ice. He led all Blackhawks skaters with 23:52 on the ice, and saw significant time on both special teams units. He added two blocked shots to his goal.
Here are coach Joel Quenneville’s postgame comments: