Cam Ward Gets Hawks One Point In Return To Carolina

It was Revenge Game Monday in Carolina as Cam Ward returned to Carolina for the first time to face… former Blackhawks goaltender (and Lemont native) Scott Darling and the Canes.

Without a win to show for the coaching change, we got a first look at Jeremy Colliton’s line blender. Chicago started with lines of:

Schmaltz-Toews-Kane
Fortin-Anisimov-Hayden
DeBrincat-Kampf-Kahun
Kunitz-Johnson-Martinsen

And, early on, it appeared to be working. Toews parked himself in front of Darling in the middle of the first period and redirected a Henri Jokiharju shot into the net to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead – the first lead of the Colliton era.

In the middle of the second period, the new-look third line cashed in. Kahun made a pretty play to set up DeBrincat and it was 2-0 in favor the Hawks.

However, Blackhawks fans are painfully aware that we aren’t allowed to have nice things (or a lead) this season.

A little more than three minutes after the DeBrincat goal, Teuvo Teravainen cut the lead in half.

Michael Ferland then tied the game at two 66 seconds later.

Both Canes goals came on a power play.

At the end of two periods, the game was tied at two. The Blackhawks had put 28 shots on net; the Canes were credited with 29.

In the third, the teams on the ice looked like combatants that had combined to win one game in the almost two weeks (Carolina beating the Hawks in Chicago, of course). The two sides combined to put 15 shots on net in the third period and the score remained tied at two.

And for the first time in the Colliton era, the Blackhawks picked up a point in the standings.

Another new look from the new coach started overtime. Toews came out with Schmaltz instead of his usual partner, Kane. Kane would eventually get on the ice, but the script that’s haunted the Hawks since October resurfaced. A bad turnover led to Brent Seabrook sprawled out on the ice and Sebastian Aho looking like he had a video game set on easy.

Aho’s shot was true, and the Canes took the second point with a 3-2 win.

Erik Gustafsson was the ice-time leader for the Hawks, skating 25:43. Jokiharju skated 24:19 followed by Duncan Keith (22:31), a rare night in which Keith wasn’t among one of the Hawks’ top two defensemen in ice time without penalty minutes cutting into his night; Jokiharju was in the box when Ferland scored.

Hayden had a better game on Monday. He was limited to 10:31 but was credited with three shots on net, three hits and two blocked shots.

Kunitz skated 10:44 with three hits and zero shots on net.

Here’s the terrific tribute the Canes played for Ward:

33 thoughts on “Cam Ward Gets Hawks One Point In Return To Carolina

  1. Kampf & Kahun are playing top end elite forward minutes? Really? Its not the coaches (Q or the new coach) fault 4th line guys like this are playing second line minutes. This is an indictment (game set and match) on Bowman.

    It never should have gotten to this juncture. If Bowman had made the proper type tranactions the last 3 years, the team would be a playoff team at minimum, even on the lower end. Just like Pittsburgh was for a few years bw Cups, they were still competitive and had a shot. This is what McDonough wants, correct? He said it, but Bowman let him down.

    You can’t say Bowman can’t spot young talent, he can, and I give him his due re that. Debrincat, Saad, Danault, Panarin, Shaw. Proven solid players. Kusharev and Enstwhile are very good players, they are likely better than 7 forwards on the team now.

    Bowman’s problem is he CANNOT Generally Manage. He can spot young talent, that’s great and helpful for sure. Let him do solely that and nothing else. Vice president in charge of scouting for draft and Europe. Thats it.

  2. “and Sebastian Aho looking like he had a video game set on easy”

    I laughed pretty good reading this. Well said.

    Horrible game by Seabrook. Dangerous hit too. If Svechnikov didn’t return I would say suspension but now I don’t think so.

    I gotta say I like the ‘Canes end game shout to the fans. Something different.

  3. PS except he is obsessed w teenage D men, not enough forwards,which he is actually far better proven record of signing and or drafting.

  4. First decision by JC I find fault with is having Seabrook on the ice in OT. He simply doesn’t have the speed or quickness to be the second best option. Unlike 5 on 5 play, speed is more important than defensive play. Gustafsson or Joki would have been better option to have out there on the second unit after Keith was on the first unit.

    This team has ZERO margin for errors. They play well in stretches but then they have a breakdown and it’s the difference between a win and a loss.

    If the Hawks had one wish for Christmas, I hope Santa brings Schmaltz enough courage so he doesn’t play scared anymore. Courage so he doesn’t lose possession of the puck to avoid getting hit. Courage to take the shot when it presents itself. I don’t have an answer but Schmaltz has a ton of natural ability and the heart of a scared cat. Maybe he needs some quiet time in the press box to get angry enough to muster up some courage. Maybe he plays scared because he’s trying to avoid a concussion like he got in the 2nd game last season – but he can’t played scared or he’ll never reach his potential.

  5. Dcat-Kampf-Kahun was our best line by far. They were generating chances and possession all freaking night. Cashed in a beauty, and could’ve had two more easily. I really like that line. Kahun in particular is really, really impressive.

    8-19-88
    12-64-24
    20-15-40
    84-16-29

    Those forward lines aren’t bad. Not a cup contender, but not bad. Then again, the real problems with this roster aren’t the forwards.

  6. Seabrook was a slow boat to nowhere last night. Before the Canes first goal, he whiffed on an easy clearing attempt which led to his delay of game penalty. The Canes second goal was scored by the player who Seabrook should have had. And then, someone as slow of foot as Seabrook should never be on the ice in the 3 on 3 OT. At least they looked competitive last night.

  7. Ebony thanks for seeing what I’ve been watching, players playing scared! Schmaltz and Joki both turned away from contact and lost the puck one leading to a goal. I don’t want to here they’re young, that’s a bullshit excuse. this team is the Blackhawks not the Chickenhawks so get some pride and do your damn jobs. you can here it in Pat and Eddie they are frustrated with how this team is trying to play.

  8. Totally agree on the #7 on the ice when 3 on 3, the only time he should ever see the ice in those minutes is if the Hawks have a 4 on 3. (and if they truly feel he is the best option it shows one area where they need big help)
    I’ve watched a couple of other teams lately-e.g. Colorado and especially Winnipeg-the way the special teams look (PP, PK and 3 and 3) shows the difference in where the Hawks are at compared to the top 7 to 10 teams in the league.
    And it’s probably a mix of personnel and the system-practice.

  9. I like Kane with Toews or DCat with Toews but not both. I also liked the DKK line. Lots of speed, let DCat fire away.

  10. Except for regular season points, I could care less about 3on3 gimmick. Its not hockey, its a drill. Just plane stupid to have to decide points. They should have kept the 4on4 and no shootout, if both teams get 1 pt each, tuff shit.

    Its like Bettman forcing rivalry’s down teams throats with new/old divisions. You donot have to have one of the teams get 2 pts every game, its fine and more fair/correct to both teams to get 1 pt then 2 if they cant win in regulation. That extra pt is fantasy pts, fantasy standings. But its here and here to stay, like Bettman. Who got the 3on3 to be official, redwings.

    So the whole point of that, was to say, when were deep again and are a top 7-10 team. Just get enough points in 82 games to be the 1/2/or 3 seed in division, donot worry if were good at 3on3. Its the PP and PK that should be top 5-10, when your a top 5 team. But prob the 3on3 goes hand in hand with a deeper roster.

  11. Was nice to see some structure in our play last night. It didn’t look like beer league chaos and 5 individuals each shift. The game looked like 2 hockey teams carefully trying to see who was better. Emphasis on carefully. But I’ll take that.

    Defense pairings were a welcome change. Putting 2 and 7 back together allows Joki to take a step back and gather his game again, though I don’t think it started last night. He’s struggling at the moment. Gus plays with confidence, but not always smartly. I would prefer Forsling playing with Jokiharju and leaving them together for a while to develop and learn each other. They are part of the future and a potential top 4 pair. If Gus fully develops, he might be a top 4 guy, but I don’t see him settling down quickly. He is gonna take some patience and time, which we have this year. He is a project that may not work out and become a victim of numbers. Put him with Rutta or Davidson now and let them figure it out. 7 knows what 2 brings, and knows he has to stay home more with 2 as his partner. He also knows that he needs to cover when 2 lets players around him – like last night. Unfortunately 7 missed his play when he came across to take the guy going to the net and left an easy chip in behind him. Probably not a good read on the PK, but it is caused by the quickness of players going around our D-men. Right now, teaming them together is our best shot at having a shutdown pair, but we need 2 to step up his defense. Backing off his ice time I think is a good idea. He has a lot of miles on him. I want to see the transition of ice time leadership move to Joki and Gus defensively, or Forsling when he arrives. Can Murphy go back to the right side and pair with Gus?

    I hope to see Gus get playing time on the PP. He has the offense to add to that group – shoots well, passes well and can get the puck up the ice. When Forsling gets up I hope for him too. We need to back 2 and 7 off the PP and get the future involved. 2 on the PP is not our future. 7 can shoot and can usually do a pretty decent job of stopping 2 on 1 breaks against us.

    Kudos to Ward. He looked awful early in preseason, but definitely is not the problem right now. He compliments Crow nicely and is getting used to being on the island Crow has lived on for a few years now. Misery loves company.

  12. Colliton seems in over his head. He just about had the AHL figured out, but he really doesn’t know what he is dealing with across the NHL yet.

    If that doesn’t change this team has no hope.

    Pretty sure he knows he doesn’t have the horses to compete. But honestly Q was getting more out of them. And yes, that situation was bad.

  13. I wonder how much better the younger guys on this team are going to get and what is the best way to get them better. I know that 3 games is not a great data set, but it would be nice to see something, anything, different after letting Q go to indicate that Colliton is bringing something effective to the table. DeBrincat has made a nice jump from last year to this year. It would be really nice to see the same from Schmaltz instead of him back sliding. I’m not counting anything from the likes of Kunitz Martinsen and Kruger as they are not the future of this team. So for me the question is how good can Kahun, Fortin, Johnson and Hayden be? Will Colliton be able to get anything out of these young guys that Q was unable to? Can Sikura, Forsling or Ejdsel make an impact this year?

    For me this year is a wash whether Q was still here or not, it has to be about player development, how to get the most out of the young guys we have. Can Colliton get the youngsters to play to their potential? Q got 15 games to show what he can do, how many does Colliton get before we decide that the coach can only do so much with the players he has?

  14. Please Kampf now a second line centre? Can we simpoly give that to # 8 and let him play with good players like Kane like he did last year? AA is rightr whdere he belongs on the 3rd line with Kahun and Hayden. Trade him in March!!! But Nick needs to be with SAAD or KANE or do the following.

    84 19 88
    20 8 12
    24 15 40
    14 64 ?

  15. Mo agree 3 on 3, just a gimmick to increase fan base and revenue doesn’t win sweet all in crunch time in the playoffs. To the comment about NYR making playoffs by extra point, that is troubling that a playoff position can be d3 ided by gimmick hockey, to me that only makes the case for 3 pts for a regulation win and an incentive to decide games with real hockey vs gimmick.
    Also stats should be a seperate entity for 3 on 3. Really on a handful of players on each team get a chance to pad their stats. Unfair advantage, plus imagine Gretzky and Lemieux in 3 on 3 the numbers they would have.
    Get used to the finesse before braun style of hockey because we are going to see alot of it in next few years.

  16. AA should have been traded at the draft or during the simmer when he still had value. Now, unless he steps it up, he might bring a third at the TDL just because it’s a se. ller’s market.

    Schmaltz, as many posters have noted, does not like contact (he much prefers to skate in circles hoping defenders will chase him rather than taking straight lines to where he needs to get to). I had hoped he would be a center, but he is not effective in the middle of the ice so I’m not seeing it. I have said before that on a good club he would be a third line winger. Maybe he turns it around, but he’s been given every chance to take his game to a higher level (PP, playing with Kane) and it’s not happening.

  17. Just to add, I remember in 2010 at the Olympics Babcock was asked who on Canada he thought was playing well. His answer “anybody playing with Jonathan Toews.” That’s how the best players impact the game. If you’re one of those guys who they’re always trying to match with the right linemates then maybe you’re just not that good.

  18. Ian, yea I know we talked about this in full depth a few yrs ago. I just cant stand seeing that they force a team to take 2 pts, when they only deserve 1. I donot like the 3pt thing at all, because its also aliitle superficial and you still have that 2pt thing.

    The real problem is anything but 5on5 or 4on4 (which I also think refs should not ever do 4on4 unless theres two spate penaltys at different time overlapping because it changes the game and teams win games just because of that)(if its real penaltys like hook/hold/and interference-which many teams get away with against us, ok but I cant stand the refs blowing whistle for tow guys fighting and that causes/decides the game sometimes from that 4on4). No if the refs do that and it remains 5on5 and the teams feed off of that, ok. I think it should have to 5on5 no matter what, nuless different time for the two penaltys.

    I really think like 2pts or 1 each. So what if half of the games are ‘3pt’ games and half are 2 and 0. That 100% better then teams getting ‘wins’ on 3on3 or shootout garbage. I think that’s why they did 3on3 to get rid of shootouts/limit them. The best way to limit them is have no more shootouts.

    People will think different on this kind of stuff, naturally. Everyones is greedy dreaming of your team being a dynasty, which only 10?, not even happen every 100yrs. We are one of the 7 teams that did it. I want to add to it, its not over yet. Just ‘some’ different core/role players because of cap.

  19. Seabrook in 3/3 OT= Lose for Hughes

    Kampf- I really like his speed… play him with speed and talent… and see how it progresses

    Some genius here predicted– AHO would be a Beast after One viewing – in U20’s tourney… Made Seabs look like a child…

    I think Seabs- is at his best/fastest when laying out on stomach/ice!!!!

  20. To say our team is soft is an understatement,.,.,.on the goal Manning scored against Crow verses Philly ,Konechy skates past our bench snickering and laughing , he should be eating his lunch through a straw today . Gutless and soft ,.,.just like Bowman .

  21. This Hawks team is so soft it’s silly. This team would have turtled collectively to Chris Pronger in 2010 and lost to Philly in the Finals. Would have crumbled to Boston in 2013 and never been able to come back in that last game, or in the series. For sure in 2015 this team would have lost to Anaheim in the semi’s and withered under their physical assault in the Western Conference Finals.

    It’s like Bowman has forgotten what the elements were at play when we had teams that won the Cup. Buff knocking Pronger on his ass in 2010 was pivotal in that Final series. I am not talking about thugs. The team that fought through so many checks against Anaheim to make plays in 2015 doesn’t exist in Chicago anymore. So many players went to the tough areas against Boston and were met with a physical assault yet kept coming.

    There is none of that on this team. Bowman has systematically eliminated it from our DNA.

  22. We’ve been soft a long time. For many years I have seen opposing teams shoot the puck into our corner and I have watched our D-men slow down to NOT be first to the puck, at times even pull up. Then after the opposing player gets there, we would use our stick to try to regain possession. This was not a single player doing it, it was all of our defensemen. Then Oduya arrived, and he tried it the other way! Well, it didn’t take long for him to change his methods and become a waiter instead of a getter. But the funniest thing was to watch Roszival go through a similar process, only he never figured out it wasn’t a requirement to go after the puck. He just kept getting hit! Hey, if you want a turnover from our defensemen, find the stationary one with the puck near a corner and start skating at him. The kids are better at holding the puck than the vets in this regard.

    I understand that players don’t want to get hit all the time. But geez, to just continually give the puck up – seems counter intuitive. But apparently it worked 3 years for us.

    Did anyone notice Kane plaster Gudas against the boards in Philly? Gudas got up, waited for the play to be near Kane and gave him a vicious one-hand push in the back that sent Kane flying! Kane got up and they chatter through the commercial break. Morale of the story : If you want to be one of the guys who never gets hit, don’t be the one doing the hitting.

  23. Schmaltz needs to be packaged up and shipped out. No sense in paying him what he will get next season. He’s not an nhl pivot, and he’s really adding zero value on the wing. Trade him before his value drops more. Maybe add a vet with him like seabs.

  24. Silent Spot good points, there is a reason that Q kept a guy like Bollig, Tootoo, Bouma and Martinsen around against the wishes of many fans the last years.
    This has been for awhile now and is going to be a finesse team for a number of years to come, maybe even more.
    Kampf makes an ideal sub, he has speed to play with top 6 guys and style to play bottom 6. He is not ideal in one role long term it seems. He is a fine center and has ability to play his game and not try to do what he can’t. Just does not score enough for a top 9 role nor is he suited for a regular 4th line role.

  25. Generally I was encouraged by last night – The Hawks looked (except for the PK) like an NHL team which they weren’t doing previously even under Q

    The turnovers were minimized (with Seabrook’s gaffe that lead to his delay of game penalty and Rutta’s blatant one being exceptions) – Gus played 26 min. without a noticeable brain cramp – that’s amazing in itself

    But the PK is frustratingly bad (still), Schmaltz still needs an injection of hockey IQ and agree with most everyone that 7 is OT is asking for trouble

    Kampf’s line was surprisingly good – I wonder where Saad will fit, probably with AA’s line in place of Hayden but I wouldn’t mind him taking Schmaltz’s place on the top line

    Forsling has been recalled – I like – hopefully he’ll be an upgrade – probably put him in with Rutta to start

  26. Ian, yea stats should not be counted for in 3on3 or shootout. Same as hat tricks from empty netters. Only pure goals in OT.

  27. MOX, Are you serious? Add another vet like seabs…Why?
    Ian, You say there was a reason that Q kept players like Bollig and Rosival around.
    Could you please remind me why?
    Tootoo was no good and none of the others were tough guys.(top fighters)
    For that matter all the guys that you named were totally useless.
    Yes, I added the three wheel shopping cart as another of Q’s tools.

  28. I wanted to see somebody else in their spot too, but Q wanted somebody hit a few people. Would love to see the smaller guys take a lesson from Oshie on how to play. Not a big Caps fam but love the way he plays.

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