Blues overcome big nights from Kane, Anisimov to dump Hawks

One would hope the Blackhawks were motivated heading to St. Louis for a Saturday night tilt against a hated rival.

But Ryan O’Reilly scoring 18 seconds after the puck dropped led to us thinking otherwise.

Both sides played sloppy hockey in the first period, and the score reflected it.

Patrick Kane tied the game at 3:47, firing home his tenth of the season.

Artem Anisimov picked up the primary assist on Kane’s goal, starting what would be a big night for him and that line.

The game would stay tied for less than two minutes. Zach Sanford scored his third of the season to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.

St. Louis would hold onto that lead for more than 13 minutes, but Kane and Anisimov checked back in. This time, Kane returned the favor and Anisimov put home his 150th career goal.

The Anisimov goal came with 70 seconds left in the first period, and the score would be tied at two when the horn sounded ending 20 minutes of play.

Chicago took a penalty quickly in the second period and fans around the league were shocked when Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal against the Hawks. Corey Crawford never saw the shot. A screening Blues player parked himself in front of the net – an unpopular trend that’s developing early this season – and both Brent Seabrook and Marcus Kruger missed a block attempt on the play.

Tarasenko’s goal was his fourth of the season; three of had come against the Hawks.

Tyler Bozak gave the Blues a two-goal lead less than four minutes later.

But the Jake Allen wasn’t comfortable with that two-goal lead, and the Kane line wasn’t having it either.

Kane didn’t score on that play, but he did cut the lead to one a couple minutes later.

The goal is already Kane’s 11th of the year. Anisimov and Henri Jokiharju were credited with the assists, giving Kane and Anisimov three points each.

Allen wouldn’t be around to help the Hawks much longer, however.

Allen left the ice after a nasty collision with 61 seconds left in the second period. Saad drove the net and missed wide on an attempted tip of a nice pass from Anisimov. The collision with the defenseman left him face-down on the ice; he was helped off the ice and went straight to the room.

At the end of 40 minutes the Hawks were on the wrong end of a 4-3 score. After St. Louis put 17 shots on net in the first period, the two teams combined for 15 on net in the second. The Blues held a 23-19 shot advantage after two periods.

Chad Johnson, who entered the game for Allen for the final minute of the second period, remained in the game to start the third.

Johnson didn’t get tested much in the third period as the action was mostly on the other end of the rink. St. Louis added two goals, from Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo, to push the lead to three.

Predictably, after the Pietrangelo the Blues started to take physical liberties. A pretty good scrum happened with 98 seconds left in regulation. Marcus Kruger did some pushing and shoving and the skaters came together for a friendly conversation. No gloves were dropped and no penalties were called.

After the puck dropped Brent Seabrook slashed Ivan Barbashev, who took exception to the violence and the two did a nice little dance. Barbashev threw a couple extra punches after the official stepped between the two skaters, who got to take an early shower.

Seabrook got the extra minor lenalty for the slash, and the Hawks were short-handed for the remainder of regulation… or until Alex Steen slammed home the Blues’ seventh goal of the night.

Johnson made five saves in the third period.

Five.

Crawford was on the hook for six of the Blues’ seven goals, facing 36 shots in the game.

A sloppy game that resulted in an ugly regulation loss.

On to the next…

32 thoughts on “Blues overcome big nights from Kane, Anisimov to dump Hawks

  1. It wasnt the reason the Hawks lost, but the refs were atrocious tonight.

    Im sure Kampf will dress tomorrow; Kruger needs some time off, he is taking penalties galore lately. If Martinsen is going to dress :(((((((, Kunitz needs to sit, not Hayden.

  2. Not going to get mad or upset during these 82 games.
    We beat them 2 times, they beat us 1 time. Theres what 5 or 6 total.

    I thought they outplayed us in 1st and we outplayed them in 2nd, once we got going.
    3rd was even, they got way more puck luck then we did. Every good play in 3rd, play after play we made one shot or none and then didn’t get puck back, the puck luck kept the puck away from us during the last 10min of 3rd.
    Seabs shot was a goal, if he hits net. Guy didnt ever see it.
    We goofed up on stuff, way more then I like.

    What I like/most important thing this yr, is 50/19/2 and 7 are back and the younger guys getting established and better.
    Were a lot better then we thought we d be at this point in the 82 games.
    Going to be a exciting yr, get better/experience and win 2 of every 3 games.

  3. Well that was a big fat UGLY – YOO GA LEE. YOOGLY. They followed their formula for a loss to a tee – (1) can’t win faceoffs, (2) can’t execute passes cleanly, (3) can’t win board battles, (4) lose the game. Really quite a simple formula.

    The only positive takeaway I can think of is the Kane/Anisimov connection – that is why he is the better center for Kane between he and Schmaltz. I’m not saying Anisimov is a more takented player than Kane, because he’s not, but I am saying that Anisimov knows how to play center in a way that benefits Kane’s game better than Schmaltz does.

  4. Johnson in the slot, stopped. Seabrook walks in and fires over top of the net. Two glorious chances in the third period to make it 4-4.

    Saad = awful. Panerin with another 3 point night. Keep telling us dumb fans Stan that Saad shadows Tarasenko and turns him into a non factor. Total Fiction!

    Kane saucers pass after pass to Saad that he cannot catch. Pathetic to watch.

    Thankfully Q benched Ruuta. He is a Rundblad clone. Scared of pressure and immediately panics, that cannot be fixed.

  5. Yep. Ugly game. All the way around. Kane and Anisimov had a good game. The Toews line was quiet. The 3rd line was active also.
    I’ve been thinking. I have been a Seabrook supporter for some time. His off season program has him skating a bit quicker. Which is good. However, I really think it’s time that Kane get the “A”. He really has taken on a leadership role and should be awarded for it.
    Finally, I do agree with the prior three posts. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd lines all seem to be good chemistry. Especially Anisimov centering Kane and Saad. That just seems to work. Dropping Schmaltz to the 3rd line and putting him on the RW with Johnson Centering and Fortin on the LW. That too works. The top line is also talented and solid. That 4th line just needs more tinkering. I agree that Kampf should get the start at Center. leave Hayden. Maybe Kruger on the wing over Kunitz and Martinson.
    Edmonton…come on down…literally.

  6. Kahun is a fun little story for Bowman’s free agent joke of a CV but he is a 4th liner at best, let’s be serious. Toews and Debrincat especially, on the road, against all these Western teams need a real talented, skilled and big winger to compliment their play which we simply do not have. Maybe Fortin’s speed and forecheck can help temporarily but Kahun is an average skater with no size and the Cat is already smallish for one line.
    Schmaltz’s talent is wasted playing with Luke Johnson??? Luke Johnson another 4th liner at best. Again, that bottom six is pathetic which is all on Bowman. Either bump Schmaltz on right wing with Toews and the Cat or put him back at centre with Saad and Kane. Kane was off to a hot start at the beginning of the season anyway playing with #8, makes no difference for #88 who he plays with. Trade AA and get a left winger for Toews. What does Kahun bring to the table on a road game against other top lines,….. nothing!!! Of course Rutta and Manning, well not much more to say about them but AHL or ECHL? So, how does Bowman’s CV look this morning; Kahun, Kunitz, Manning, Ward, Davidson, Martinsen, Edjsell, Murphy….

  7. Bottom line, no young talented winger this season to compliment Toews and the Cat. No bottom six talent to sustain a playoff spot. Once again, Kane carries the team offensively with Keith, Seabs, Toews, and Crow doing their best.

  8. Isn’t Kahun amongst the league leading point producers for rookies? He drives possession very well. If Kahun is a fourth liner, then you’re not playing in a league with a salary cap.

    Passing was off. Not winning enough battles. Two blown coverages. Two other soft goals. There’s your loss.

    Credit to St Louis defending in the third period (though a lot of unforced errors). Also a thrill to see Chad Johnson and Colton Pareyko on the ice together in an NHL game. Both products of Alaska-Fairbanks, my hometown NCAA team.

  9. Kane had room and his line put up some numbers early but concerning when they took Kanes room away in 3rd his linemates couldn’t help him out. Don’t how long they last together. Like to see Sikura recallled, if doesn’t play on top 2 lines he could make 3rd line mire dangerous. Fortin has speed and effort but his hands and how he sees the play around him expose his limits.
    Need speed tonite against Oilers, who pretty go on how Mcdavids line goes. Shutting him down and staying out of penalty box key. Imagine Kampf will be used to help there, Davidson for Rutta a given and Ward to start also a given.

  10. Kahan may or may not be a top 6 NHL player but he deserves the chance and he has 7 points early in the year.
    Do agree that they are a winger short of having more success but many teams are lacking ‘that’ guy, and 6-3-2 is better than most of us expected.

    This was a reality check and there will be more games like this-Crow can’t win all the games and he will either have the odd poor night or get fed up with the defensive coverage and play like the rest of the team. (he wasn’t happy at his mates, he might lose it and knock someone down in front of the net)
    Hayden is good protecting the puck and skates better than I thought.
    Johnson isn’t the problem at all, and it’s nice to see some grit.

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  12. It’s pretty clear that the Kunitz thing isn’t working out. I wasn’t too against the deal before the season, but he’s really been coughing up the puck. If he was brought in to be a mentor I don’t think he’s doing that, unless it’s off the ice. For a team that (obviously) struggles defensively, he’s just an added liability. Here’s hoping that Edmonton is a little tired after playing Nashville on Saturday.

  13. Moving on from that useless comment from whoever, I think Kahun may help a 3rd or 4th line have a little scoring potential but it must not mask the fact that he is not a top 6 forward on a top team in the NHL that hopes to make the playoffs. 7 points as a rookie is nice but watching him play it is clear his is not HOSSA, SHARP , LADD, SAAD, PANARIN or BUFF, etc…that were all top 6 forwards in the past on the CUP teams in Chicago. Maybe he can play with AA and Fortin on a 3rd line? But, we still need a major upgrade alongside #19 and #12.

  14. Travis, that’s what I thought. Why/things that game.

    I guess if some people say certain players suck, they suck then. Theres no debate.

  15. Hull65, it may be getting close to the time where Q will try something different on the 1st line. That line has not been as effective over the past few games. It looks like Toews is struggling a bit with puck handling and I seemed to start a few games ago when he got slashed on the hand (uncalled). He was shaking his hand as he skated back to the bench,

  16. I was at the London vs Kingston game last night to watch Boqvist play and with my luck Boqvist didn’t dress. I asked a guy that was with the Knights where Boqvist was and he told me that he was out with a concussion. He also added that he didn’t think it was very serious.
    I was going to tell you guys how Boqvist looked in the game but he didn’t play.
    He did score his first goal against Ottawa on Friday night in a 2-1 loss

  17. Ebonyraptor I hope that yo are right.
    Funny thing is I took the night off work to try to see Boqvist.
    Yes, I was very pissed off.

  18. Another Saad screwup and Edmonton goes the other way and wins it.
    Saad won the Powerball years ago with his $6 Million a year contract.

  19. Thats sucks he wasnt playing that night.
    Hopfully ok, longterm wise.

    Cant wait until hes nhl ready.
    Because Buckaroo is awesome.

  20. Not disagreeing. It seems that some teams, in the unrealistic 3on3-not real hockey unless 5on5 or 4on4, sit back and take a chance that other team-player doesnt score on a pretty good chance to get a cheesy 2on1 or 3on2 chance themselves which are usually automatic/goalie has no chance. A breakaway at least goalie has chance.

    We played good, so did they, and we out chanced them by however much.
    Like STL deserved to win last game, CHI deserved to win this game.

  21. Yep, poor play by Saad, leading to poor play by Kane, leading to poor play by Gustafsson, leading to McDavid GWG. There is a significant difference in what to do versus what not to do in 3 on 3 play. Saad’s play would have been fine in regulation because anytime you can create a scrum around the net it’s a good play – but not in OT because the advantage is to the defensive team as they will have all 3 players digging at the puck where the offensive player will have only 2 because the 3rd guy should be hanging back to guard against a breakout – therefore the high probability of risk (losing possession) is not worth the low probability of reward (scoring). Course, neither was Kane’s pass, but Kane has enough skill to try risk plays more than Saad does. So while Saad’s drive to the net and Kane’s attempted pass were both bad plays, Saad’s is the more egregious because the probability of Saad scoring is way lower than the probability of Kane completing the pass.

    Anyway, finally getting to a point, Saad should not be one of the forwards put out there in OT. He doesn’t make the best decisions plus he doesn’t have good finishing ability.

  22. They are missing that something “extra”. Extra staying out of the box. Extra powerplay goals. Extra finishing a game sometime before overtime, or at least not losing. One point out of four this weekend; that starts to happen more often and they are done. Transition year when Kane is the prime of his career; damn shame. It’s Kane’s Team now. Hope he get’s doubleshifted all season long. Take him off the powerplay and put him on the Penalty Kill. Can someone besides Toews on this team win a faceoff consistently? Nice to see Brent Seabrook so involved in the offense. Hope Seven’s offense continues. Duncan Keith seems in and out of it. Maybe time to cut his minutes and give Manning his. Manning is playing for a contract. Call me crazy but I see an all star stay at home defenseman there. He has habits of making safe plays. Maybe the likes this team hasn’t seen in a long time. I see a lot of powerplay time coming to this team. Best question may be what does Q want to do? Wondering how much time he’s spending with the future coach if at all. Maybe bring back Q for one more year; why not? Really it’s up to Q

  23. Ebony. Totally agree Saad should not be on the ice in overtime.
    A lack of finish and not the greatest decision making should keep Saad off the ice in overtime.
    Coach Q puts players on the ice so ultimately who should take blame when Saad screws up?

  24. One point out of four this weekend; that starts to happen more often and they are done.

    Except if people go by that, then people have to go by 4 of 4 points the two games before that. Thats 2-1-1, thats playoffs.
    I would bet only 5 out of every 100, and I was one of them, thought we would be good/enough this yr. 6-3-1 is very good with not being deep and the sch. we have to play.

    We want to be good and get better and that’s exactly what were doing. If that means we have a good enough record fro playoffs, good/getting young guys playoff experience-even if not long run is good for them. Otherwise were doing what we need for this yr.

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