Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Blank Kings

Chicago started the night honoring Marian Hossa’s 500th career goal. Then they went to work on the Los Angeles Kings.

Vince Hinostroza returned to the lineup in place of Ryan Hartman and Michal Rozsival skated in place of Gustav Forsling again. But it was the Hawks’ big guns that led the way to an early lead.

Jonathan Toews didn’t want to enter November without a goal on his stat sheet, and scored his first on a power play early to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

The Hawks had three more power plays in the first period, including a double-minor on Derek Forbort, but failed to capitalize again. Chicago out-shot LA 11-8 in the opening 20 minutes and took a lead to the room.

Mid-way through the second period, the new-look second line went to work. Artemi Panarin set up Marian Hossa, who drove the net and found Artem Anisimov on the doorstep.

The goal extended red-hot Anisimov’s point streak to seven games and extended the Hawks’ lead to two. Perhaps most importantly, the Hawks killed 1:43 of penalty time with Toews in the box to end the second. They finished the penalty kill to open the third.

Chicago was called for too many men at 7:17 into the third but “only” had to kill 1:23 before Nic Dowd did them a favor and went to the box for holding Hossa’s stick. The Blackhawks didn’t capitalize on the brief power play after Panarin left the box from serving the bench minor, but the Hawks kept the pressure on.

With three minutes left in regulation, Corey Crawford lost his stick and made a flurry of huge saves and deflections while Brian Campbell tried to get his stick back to him. Chicago was able to hold LA off the board and the Kings were once again short-handed with 2:14 left in the game, trailing by two as Kyle Clifford got caught high-sticking Campbell.

Appropriately, Hossa finished the night with a power play goal into an empty net with 70 seconds left in regulation. Toews and Duncan Keith picked up the assists on Hossa’s 502nd career regular season goal.

Crawford was spectacular, stopping 32 in the shutout victory. But the Hawks played with intensity and speed in front of him all night. Peter Budaj had a very good night to keep the Kings in the game, making 26 saves in the loss.

Campbell (two assists), Toews (one goal, one assist) and Hossa (one goal, one assist) led the way for Chicago offensively. Toews also won 12 of 18 faceoffs, while Anisimov won seven of 16 at the dot. Rozsival finished tied with Richard Panik for the team lead with three hits and tied with Brent Seabrook for the team lead with two blocked shots on the night.

[Editor’s Note: there was no game recap on Friday night because I took my mother to a baseball game.]

31 thoughts on “Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Blank Kings

  1. Young guns were really skating . Good on our Captain ! Missed big Hoss intro ,.,.,really well rounded game by our lads .

  2. Solid 60 minutes and good possession game. All 4 lines rolling and playing with confidence. Q gotta be smiling. Like what I saw here tonight…thats the team we all know.

    Nice to take your mom to the old ballgame Tab…not a great outcome but looks like they got some juice back tonight.

  3. Probably the best all around 60 minute game this season. The Hawks didn’t give up many quality chances and their puck possession in the o-zone was pretty good … and Heaven to Betsy they didn’t give up a goal on the PK in two chances tonight!!!!

    It looks like 72-15-81 are getting some chemistry together. That bodes well.

    I like when Panik plays physical which for the most part he has done this season.

    Crow with the shutout and Toews with a goal.

    And all is well in Hawk-land – at least until Tuesday night.

  4. An evenly reffed game. What a difference from the first two games (especially the 3rd period of 2nd game). Outstanding job calling more penaltys to the team that did more and not trying to even amount of penaltys called, just because. This is the way. League needs to replay this to show refs in training how its done.

  5. PS. One last thought, Hossa gaining his offensive mojo back (even an empty net goal helps) in baby steps, hopefully this persists and he can transition back w/ Toews. Splitting up Kane & Panarin long-term isn’t advisable.

  6. Kings looked a bit gassed last night having played the Blues Saturday. Never mind though as the Hawks showed some pretty good defensive teamwork to back up another fine showing from Crow. Kings forecheck not what I would have expected, and consequently the Hawks could get to neutral zone either via skate ups, or quick passes.

    Motte with some nifty moves off a long rush almost produced a highlight reel goal. Kid has some hands. Schmaltz played a fine 2 way game as did Rasmussen. Rozy filled in nicely on the back line with Kempny again.

    Kane up with Toews didn’t mess up the 2nd line. Not sure how long that experiment runs, but it was interesting to watch. I love watching Anisimov play. The guy does lots of subtle things very well. Still wish he was better at the dot.

    Lets hope this effort carries though against the Flames. Last night showed some real encouraging progress.

    Cubs game tensions felt all through the UC last night that brought some additional buzz as news rippled through the stands. Good for them, although like our experience with the Hawks on deep playoff runs, the growing fatigue is there from lost sleep. Not a bad thing…..

    Lets Go Hawks!

  7. I thought Hino and Schmaltz- looked quicker and in better position most of the nite…

    their real struggles will be winning board battles and exiting zone versus good forecheck- which Kings did not show…

    I prefer Hino over Hartman- mostly cuz- Hino skates better

    Really like what Campbell is bringing…

    And Rosey- has been decent with Kempny

  8. Where is that clown who said that the Hawks would be sellers at the trading deadline. LOL. I called him out when he made the comment and am calling him out again! The hawks are now 5-1-1 after at the initial two losses.

    Also, where are ALL the clowns who wanted to move AA to third line center! Yea that would have been a great move. Luckily they are no where near the corridors of power within the hawks organization. Great job by Stan in acquiring AA, despite the sad Saad forcing his hand, and signing him to what now looks like a steal of a deal contract wise!

  9. sell now, right wall. If you are going to throw your shoulder out on the one thing you are correct about ,(patting yourself on the back, if you do not get it, ) then stick to your guns and sell. Season is over right? Buy all means, trade 50 right, RasMOOsen. Pokka,Pokka.

  10. Hossa playing much better without Toews and vice versa. Maybe that duo has ran its course. Kane will increase Toews production and Panick too. This team is will struggle but will learn and be better come April.

  11. I used to dislike that Pens 2.0 comment as well. Pens seemed to do pretty well with their cast much like the Hawks do. I’m not sure who mentioned it but the whole Eichel is better than McDavid crap too…please!!!!!

  12. It’s nice to comment on the 5-1-1 record after losing the first 2 games but cherry picking stats doesn’t show the reality of this team. They are 5-3-1 against teams with a combined record of 28-31-12 – in other words they’re 5-3-1 against average to below average teams. I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer but perspective is a good equalizer.

    The Hawks wen’t 3-4 on the PK last night and it was cause for celebration, and rightfully so in comparison to what they’ve done in the previous games. But 3-4 is still only 75%, which is not good. An upward trend is nice to note but until they PK unit starts posting some 100% kill percentage games – let’s hold the celebration.

    Baby steps. I know. We got that going for us, which is nice.

  13. I really wish we had an edit feature here. I obviously cites the wrong game in my previous post, when they went 3-4 on the PK … since they shut out the Kings last night.

    But my point still stands. It’s nice they are trending upward, albeit against average to below average teams, but they still have a whole lot to improve on before they can be an elite team.

  14. I should make a couple positives comments instead of just citing negativity.

    First, I like the 72-15-81 line. It’s only a couple games but Hossa’s puck hawking plays very well with 72-15. Plus I don’t think it will take 19-88 to find some chemistry so hopefully the top-6 can provide balanced consistent offense.

    Second, after looking a little slugish the first few games, Campbell is looking like his old PMD self and that bodes well.

  15. Jax- been right on a lot more than one thing… but thanks for trying to keep count.

    Yes- I still would still trade Crow (of course the “deal” has to be right- but I like the Cap savings there/goalie position)- so – I am ” sticking to my guns”…

    Hawks- like ER said- have been in a very “weak” part of schedule- so far…

    Pens2.0- took 7 years to win next Cup w/ contracts kicked in… Let’s count how many Cups have won with their $21M being paid to 2 guys…. so far ZERO.

    Look – I am a Hawks fan… but I think by “selling”- the Hawks will actually rebuild faster (while they still have some Core in prime)… and have a chance to win Cup sooner…

    they can “stand” as they are… and imo- not be serious cup contenders- AND- will most likely need to move another contract next year…

    They can always- get lucky and pull another Saad/Shaw out of the draft… chances are slim…. But do increase with more Draft picks

  16. I wouldn’t go by current records to count for strength of sch. We have played 4 top 10 teams (STL/NAS/NAS/LA), 2 mid-tier teams and 3 bottom 10 team. (Based on last 2 yrs and current rosters)

    I would throw out the PK for those first 5 or so games and start counting with the 3 in a row we killed (after giving up 2 PP goals), then 3for4 and 2for2. 6for7 is a good stretch, and I would like to see 8/9or10 for 10 every 10 and go from there.

    We found a way to get a tie or win in most of the games we were down in 3rd and/or PK wasn’t good.

    We need to keep getting better as a team and we will. Major upside with young guys as get experience/comfort and system.

  17. Crawford is masking some of the Hawks flaws for sure. He is playing like a $6 million goalie.

    Schmaltz is playing with more confidence. The more he has the puck and creates chances the more you can tell the game has slowed down a bit for him. Great to see.

    Campbell has been excellent sans the shin pad grenade he gave to Keith late in the game Sunday.

  18. Agree craig crawford has earned his 6m salary and made the difference in some games but teams get up for blackhawks games so comparing the schedule is not that significant some times. 3 intra division games this week and then 3 of the hottest teams blues, caps and habs before going on circus tour should be an interesting month ahead.

  19. Wall, those contracts kicked in last year. Calm down.

    When the deals were signed everyone thought the cap would be around 100m in 3-5 years. It still probably happens by the time the deals expire

  20. Hey Einstein, it,s been 1 year. Ask any fan, or gm if they would take two cups in seven years and my opinion would be O.K. Every fan would thrilled with 2 in 7. Wall 150.0.

  21. Noonan96- Point taken. I apologize and you are 100% correct. All opinions welcome, none better than the previous.

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