Cam Ward, Canes Hold Off Hawks

Coming off a strong win in Nashville on Thursday night, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville made a few roster changes. Scott Darling got the start in net, forward Andrew Desjardins Jordin Tootoo, and defensemen Brian Campbell and Michal Kempny returned to action.

Facing off against former Hawks forwards Teuvo Teravainen, Joakim Nordstrom and Viktor Stahlberg and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, Chicago would try to end 2016 on a high note.

And 6:36 into the first, Kempny scored his first career goal in the NHL.

Unfortunately, the lead wouldn’t last two full minutes. Elias Lindholm scored his fourth of the year at 8:32 and Lee Stempniak gave Carolina a 2-1 lead 65 seconds later. Teravainen picked up an assist on the Stempniak goal.

Chicago had the only power play of the first period, but were out-shot 16-8 and trailed after 20 minutes.

The Hawks flipped the script in the second period and carried the majority of the action, but failed to beat Cam Ward. Chicago killed the only penalty of the period, but were able to out-shoot Carolina 10-7. Darling made a few big saves to keep the Hawks within one, one being a huge save against Stempniak late in the period.

And, through 40 minutes, the Hawks trailed 2-1 in Carolina.

Late in the second, Marcus Kruger disappeared from the Hawks bench. His final shift ended with 3:39 remaining in the second, and he did not return for the third period. Carolina announced early in the third that Lindholm was done for the night as well with an upper-body injury.

Jay McClement expanded the Carolina lead to 3-1 at 2:54 into the third. Though it was officially scored as unassisted, Patrick Kane could have received a helper for his turnover that led to the McClement goal.

Less than three minutes after the McClement goal, Vinnie Hinostroza posted up in front of the net. Jonathan Toews put a missile on net and Hinostroza did the rest, getting the Blackhawks back to within 3-2 with 14 minutes left in regulation. The assist was Toews’ second of the night; Kempny also picked up his second point of the night with an assist on the Hinostroza goal.

Darling went to the bench with two minutes left for the extra attacker and the Blackhawks put together an extended offensive attack that lasted through the final horn. But they weren’t able to beat Ward, and the Hawks close out the calendar year with a 3-2 loss.

Richard Panik was the only Blackhawks skater with more than one hit; he was credited with two. Kane was credited with a team-leading five takeaways, while Tanner Kero and Kruger finished with a team-high two blocked shots. Hinostroza led Chicago with four shots on net; Kempny had five shot attempts miss the mark.

Darling made 25 saves in the loss, while Ward 27 to earn the victory. Artemi Panarin’s nine-game point streak came to an end.

The Blackhawks will now head to St. Louis for the Winter Classic. While Quenneville indicated earlier on Friday that the HAwks hope to have Marian Hossa in the lineup against the Blues, his postgame comments don’t look good for Kruger.

26 thoughts on “Cam Ward, Canes Hold Off Hawks

  1. Toews is getting his mojo back which is a must. Your number 1 center must play like a number 1 center if the team is going to go anywhere. I realize that’s obvious but Toews slow return to form his injury certainly was cause for concern and consternation.

    Great to see Kempny get his first NHL goal. He just seems to be ready to play a man’s game whereas Gustav Forsling plays relatively small and seems to have hit a wall with the wear and tear of the NHL schedule.

  2. Well ,more of the same ,.,.,kinda hit a dirty little stretch here eh . Losing a bit of ground and,.,.,.,playing an outdoor game ,.,5 – 3 Blues,.,.,.,., any takers ????
    Got tickets for Hawks v.s. Sens in March . She still loves me . x.o.x.o.

  3. STL took a hit (pounded by 4) as well and the other teams are like we did to. Only SAJ and MIN have gained anything on us and had to go 12-0 to do it. Those teams are in for a few tuff ones coming up in next 10 days so they will take hits as well. By that time think we playing good again, kind of like how we did after the long road trip and a few after stretch.

  4. Hawkhead, will probably go to the same game in Ottawa-grew up near there and was a teammate and friend of the Senators president Cyril Leeder.

    For playing in back to back away games, this was a pretty good effort. Not sure if Ward was that good or the Hawks didn’t do a good job burying a couple.

    Nice to not have the bs being posted.

  5. Noonan, I totally agree on the none BS stuff that is posted here so far on this thread. Hopefully it won’t happen. I have only posted a few times here but I read this blog and find it informative but many are so childish.

    Ward had some great saves. However, just my opinion, it seems like our rookies and some of the vets are starting to change their shot angles more. Not that they are putting in the puck in the net but getting closer to it. Way better than what they were doing on most shots just hitting the goalie in the chest a few weeks back and the start of the year. Perhaps the NHL fast game play is starting to come to them all as the season progresses.

  6. I agree with you Morrison the Hawks are IN every game and don’t get blown out. Teams like Minnesota have everything going their way ( case in point NN’s goal against the Iskanders… Pure fluke) and will come back to earth and they do gave BB behind the bench who never gets it done in the playoffs.

  7. Missed last nights game looks like kempny had another good game hope he keeps it going and doesn t regress again and takes care of his dzone net front responsibilities.Very true staying in every game no reason yet to panic.

  8. Looking at the numbers Teuvo has more points this year than 14 current Hawk players. Both he and Toews have 18 points so far and if my eyes didn’t mislead me Teuvo knocked Toews off the puck and won critical faceoffs against him. Still seems like a steep price to rid the team of Bickels contract IMO.

  9. On a positive note

    Mathias From with 2 goals and an assist at WJC-U20 for Danes

    Olofsson- 1g, 1a last nite

    Sikura – 1g, 1a

    lets go Hawk Prospects

  10. Too bad about the Kane turnover that brought the game winner to the Canes. Apart from another slow start Hawks had their chances and the game was close.

    Hinostroza had a great game. Apart from some bad bounces Hartman was around the puck all night.

    Hawks d corps are deep and pretty solid. Q can mix and keep guys fresh. This is as deep as Hawks have ever been on the back line.

    Darling solid yet again. He helped keep the game close.

    Considering it was 2nd game of a back to back the effort was a good one last night.

    Pretty much a lock that outdoor game with the Blues won’t be pretty. Enough with these already. The players don’t like these games and apart from being a spectacle the fans have lousy sight lines to the ice.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  11. The truth is, it’s more of the same …

    Wall still slobbering over his boyfriend wanna be Mathias From.

    Stupid Old Coot Noonan96 still soiling himself and posting on hockey message boards at age 60+. Someone buy that goof a box of prunes.

    Rapid Fingers Ian Campbell over participating once again because he’s addicted to his cell phone.

    Nigrelli once again the smartest and best poster on this site, and in the know too.

  12. Thanks Truth.

    On a side note, seeing great things from Luc Snuggerud. He has really worked on his shot from the point at Omaha. It is consistently low, hard and on net. I am also told he has really hit the weights hard and put on more muscle. He is having a terrific year. He is ready for pro hockey.

    The Hawks signing him in the Spring appears to be a slam dunk.

  13. Really nice to see Kempny with another strong game. I think he was over 16 minutes so he’s winning Q’s confidence. If he can curb his tendencies to make bad pinches and over commit then the #6 slot should be his. Forsling has lots of upside but he is still not very strong, and I don’t think his compete level is anywhere near where it needs to be. He needs more time.

    Both TVR and Kempny are quite good at jumping into the play. They could be an interesting pairing with some offensive upside.

  14. Too bad about the Kane turnover that brought the game winner to the Canes. Apart from another slow start Hawks had their chances and the game was close.

    Hinostroza had a great game. Apart from some bad bounces Hartman was around the puck all night.

    Hawks d corps are deep and solid. Q can mix and keep guys fresh. This is as deep as Hawks have ever been on the back line.

    Darling excellent yet again. He helped keep the game close.

    Considering it was 2nd game of a back to back the effort was a good one last night.

    Pretty much a lock that outdoor game with the Blues won’t be pretty. Enough with these already. The players don’t like these games and apart from being a spectacle the fans have lousy sight lines to the ice.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  15. Giving up Teuvo just to get rid of a bad contractwill go down in history as a disaster. I can’t get excited about the team this year because of it.

  16. Snuggerud is coming fast, C. Nigrelli is right as usual, the kid skates like the wind, reminiscent of Brian Campbell in his prime. Excellent offensive instincts and good hockey sense all around.

    He will need some time in the AHL but not too much. The guy has potential to be a top 4 at some point.

  17. Can anyone give me the lines for the cane game and their guesses for the Jan. 02 game. I just can’t say BBBBBBs.

  18. There every team in conference took a hit in recent days so we didn’t lose ground but we need put together another mini streak of playing good so we can stay well ahead (SAJ and MIN are around where we are) of the other teams and not have to get banged up to win because its close for playoffs. Donot want to be in that kind of wave.

  19. Tab, Teuvo is a top tier player that the Hawks and their fans watched come up through the system starting with his status as a #1 pick. He scored a huge goal against Tampa. Trading him away just to get rid of the last year of Bickel’s contract so they can sign an ageing Campbell was horrible. Everyone says “salary cap, salary cap” my response is find another way other than trading away the future when you just got beat in the first round. The Hawks no longer have the high end upside skill dominance over other teams. Without that and we already know they aren’t physical you end up with boring hockey. I am sorry to say it. They are leading the West now, but they aren’t going to win in the playoffs. I am sorry to say this but I think the trade was that bad.

  20. Pete.
    As Tab has asked you – where in your history would “losing Teuvo for nothing in the expansion draft” – fall?
    Would you rather have been tied to Bickell’s 4 mil for another year only to turn around and lose Teuvo in the expansion draft one year later – for nothing? Really? Thank god Stan has vision beyond today. This is like a game of chess. Of all the GM’s I think Stan Bowman is one of the best at his craft. This becomes heightened even more-so in today’s salary capped (strapped) NHL.

  21. Pete- agree with the “Boring Hockey” and most of what you said…

    Tab- is probably right- they would have lost TT any how – but could have been one more year… at low cost… Handcuffs- (just another one I guessed right on)

    Snuggy- I like him too

  22. I would have rather traded a 1st or 2nd instead of 86 but that might not been an option at the time. I talked to Bowman in Lake Placid when we were there watching Teravainen. He is a wicked player and I was excited that we got him. I can tell you that Bowman likes 86, thats what we talked about (even though thats what I asked him about). You could tell by the way his voice he liked him a lot. We also didn’t know at the time we were going to get Panarin (or draft a similar type guy Schmaltz).

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