Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Dominate Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche visited the United Center for the first time in the 2016-17 season and ran into a red-hot Corey Crawford. The result: a fourth straight Blackhawks winner.

Crawford was outstanding once again, stopping 38 and allowing none. Chicago’s goaltender has allowed one goal in his last three games, stopping 103 of 104 shots. Yes, that’s good.

And the team in front of him has found a groove, improving in almost every aspect of the game. The Blackhawks have outscored their last two opponents – Calgary and Colorado – by a 9-1 margin.

The penalty kill, which started the year a dumpster fire, has successfully killed 12 of 13 penalties during the current four-game win streak. Against Colorado on Thursday night, Chicago killed off three penalties, two of which came in the first period.

Jonathan Toews got the party started with his second goal of the season at 14:25 into the first. Only 38 seconds later, Marian Hossa extended the lead to 2-0 with his fourth of the year. Artem Anisimov’s point streak lives for another day; he was credited with an assist on Hossa’s first goal.

Hossa came back with his second goal of the night and fifth of the season 55 seconds into the third period. With the goal, Hossa became the oldest Blackhawks player with a multi-goal game since Steve Thomas. He now has four goals in his last four games.

At 12:40 into the third, Artemi Panarin received a beautiful pass from Patrick Kane and put the final nail in the Colorado coffin.

Duncan Keith picked up two assists in the game, giving him nine already on the young season. Panarin (one goal, one assist) joined Keith and Hossa with a multi-point effort.

Ryan Hartman returned to the lineup and led the Hawks with three hits in only 9:54 on the ice. Michal Kempny, who has been a healthy scratch previously when Gustav Forsling returned from injury, replaced Michal Rozsival on Thursday and picked up two hits and two blocked shots in 18:26.

Dennis Rasmussen and Nick Schmaltz finished tied for the team lead with two takeaways against the Avalanche, and both got a few opportunities in the faceoff circle. Rasmussen won one of four and Schmaltz won two of five; Toews won only nine of 21 at the dot.

For Colorado, Semyon Varlamov allowed four goals against only 22 shots in the loss. The Avs out-shot the Hawks in all three periods, but weren’t able to beat Crawford.

The Hawks now look ahead to a home-and-home series on back-to-back nights with a banged-up Dallas squad on Saturday and Sunday.

33 thoughts on “Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Dominate Avalanche

  1. Crawford unbelievable, what else can you say. Pk now 92% in last 4 games big guns finding the back of the net and young guys improving every game. Good return for kempny and hartman, been hard on kempny but played well 2nite on pk where he wasn t getting alot of ice time and lots minutes well done.

  2. Mr. Rufus: 4 in a row, the PK is off life support, Hossa looked like he did circa Ottawa days, Crawford akin to brick wall — need I go on? Can you provide a course of positive feedback?

    And I thank you.

  3. Where is the clown who said the hawks would be sellers at the trade deadline. Probably hiding under the same rock Rufus climbs out from under every morning!

  4. I wouldn’t necessarily call that a goalie win because the team played pretty well as a whole, but that was an outstanding performance by CC. He stopped quite a few quality chances and is really in a groove lately.

    It’s really nice to see Hossa shooting high and obviously getting results. Maybe finally getting past #500 has taken the pressure off a bit and now he’s just playing and having fun. Keep it going Hoss.

    72-15-81 is working out pretty well. It should only be a matter of time before 19-88 and whoever they’re with start popping in goals on a regular basis.

    Better opponents over the bunch of games so we’ll get a better look at where the Hawks are at.

  5. If pinarin gets signed the only major signings in the next 5 years are krueger in 3 yrs hjalmarsson in 4 yrs and ianisimov in 5 hossa will be 5 or maybe ltir before but win t be another big deal. Theres 3 elc s on the roster now that expire in 3 yrs. And bemore in years to follow but too early to know what impact they have. Would pinarin sign a 1 yr. deall to fit next years cap and then next season sign a 6m+ extentsion per year to get the money he wants when cap more manageable if he wants to stay.

  6. Craw again continue to be a top 5 goalie in the League …i cant imagine the Hawks without Craw …no way Darling can be a number one Goalie for now …
    We can see the Hawks scoring steady in past 3 games…good to see no move from Rockford …
    Love the Team we have now …

  7. Father time, please.

    Full summer to rest/recharge and train. Just played the most games in league history in recent 7? yrs.

  8. On a roll-good signs, and points are valuable for a playoff spot but it’s a long season with highs and lows.
    The next few games will be a better sign-Dallas x2, St. Louis, the Capitals and Montreal. (Then 7 on the road)

  9. When looking at $ for 72, I was originally thinking a Crawford, with darling and johansson trading in net. I was so wrong and last nights game was yet another reminder. We’ve seen crawford grow from that guy who makes you nervous in net 4-5 years ago, to the guy you know gives you a solid chance to win. If a move is made to keep panarin I REALLY hope its not crow.

    This is what happens when you stack your team with skill and speed, rather than size. The Hawks were making some unreal passes last night. Quick, mostly good decisions, and although they were outshot, with the exception of a few bad shifts, it really seemed like they had control of the puck most of the night.

    The improved pk is a direct result of pressuring at the line, not just closing a little box around the net hoping to block shots. It’s amazing that it took them until these last 2 games to figure that out.

    Another huge win for the hawks, keep steam-rolling. We aren’t likely to see a rufus sighting for this post, maybe if they drop one of the games this weekend.

  10. Now that I think about it…I always thought of Rufus as a pessimistic (well… person) Hawks fan, but maybe he’s just an optimistic Blues fan, hoping someone will agree with his negative critiques in an effort to gain some confidence…

  11. Nice to see The PK look good… a Little surprised to see MOOSE on the PK doing so well…

    Probably Crow’s best/cleanest game of the year so far.

    I am still most impressed with Campbell on D side- and his ability to NOT get forechecked- cuz he reads where the pressure is and is quick/good enough to escape it… Even though Hawks continue to get out shot… the trend – to my eyes- Hawks are breaking out of their own zone- better and quicker- especially “Euro” line… and getting 3 on 2’s and 2 on1’s… (of course Avs- just might be that bad).

    I liked that Q- skated TooToo w/ big boys and 88 tried to get him a goal…
    TooToo has been solid this year- way quicker than I thought- and I would prefer him over any and all of Mashitter, Bollig, Hartman as far as 12th/13th Forwards.

    Negatives- Hartman- meh
    Schmaltz- continues to improve in some parts… but he “Panik-ed” away 2 golden chances- which really surprised me- (and Him too it seemed), I was really surprised by a guy with so much skill- seemed to be so surprised by getting the puck in golden spots on the ice???

    Lastly- someone here predicted that Hossa would go “top shelf” more- cuz they saw him do nothing in practice- but work on that!!! Guess he was wrong again!!!

  12. Ganderhawk you may not have to look that far for money for pinarin if he signed next year for say 4or 4.5 m for one year with the 2.8m in bonuses for this year thats 6.8 to 7.3 m tied up in cap space for him next year and he could sign an extension next season for 6.3 or 6.4m for 5 yrs and still get his 6m a year average and after next year you be using a million less in cap space than would need next year

  13. …..happily Blackhawks still love to win……..team is meshing again like we know they can…..hats off to Crawford and Anisimov for their all star play….Let’s hope Toews regains his stride …..should be more fun to watch as this team is heading for top 4…again…..oh yeah baby…. gotta love Hossa….

  14. The Hawks have been the only winning team in Chicago the past few years.

    With the Cubs WS win I think it will fire up the Hawks competitive juices as they strive once again to be SC Champs.

    Never thought I’d say this but they have to keep up with the Cubs!

  15. Good post wall. Campbell still can skate the puck out of the zone beautifully. Three quick strides and bam, here he comes.

    Tootoo can actually play a 3rd line role. He skates well is heavy on the puck and can really shoot it.

  16. Tootoo has definitely been a pleasant surprise, who knew that a system built on movement and skill would make him look good. Perhaps he’d always been pigeonholed into a role that wasn’t exactly right, and he’s making the best of this opportunity as his career winds down. If he can keep his wits about him, an older, wiser, hungrier Tootoo might actually be a lateral move, dare I say an improvement over Shaw for a season or 2. It’s still early and I loved Shaw’s game, but man he could be a dumba$$.

  17. For all you Na Sayers , TooToo is solid , funny when the Hawks picked him up lots of you folks were ready to poop your pants ,and nothing positive to say ,.,.,the kids allright boys . Hawks should give Big Hoss a night or 2 off once in awhile, sure do not want to burn him out . And sliding into the boards back first probably not good for his old bones .

  18. Really looks like the 72-15-81 has really charged up/ rejuvenated Hossa’s play. What a pleasure to watch him excel again. Go Big Hoss!! Crow- wow! Come on Stars.

  19. I love the line setup as is with the occasional movements in and out on the third and fourth. The defence is much improved over last year and that the biggest difference and 50 is fantastic like last year.

    Yes Tootoo was actually very good in junior with the Wheat kings and even made the WJC team for Canada. He can definitely skate and shoot just has to watch his temper and pick his spots.

  20. When Tootoo was signed I had no problem with him…Provided it was him or Mashinter. If it was both I’d be furious. Panik made an absolutely dreadful no look backhand pass from the red line into the slot right to an Avs player. Why he didn’t hammer it up the boards is beyond me. How it didnt end up in the back of then net is amazing.

    The corsi numbers Tab posted are worrisome. It measures total shot attempts during the course of the game which tells you the Hawks, a possession team failed and continue to fail in possessing the puck. Typically when things are lop sided like that it’s only a matter of time before it averages out. In Roy’s first year with the Av’s they followed this trend but were able to keep it up. They came back to earth once Varlamov did the same. Hopefully those corsi numbers start to reverse with time.

    For Pete and others who miss some of the former Hawks players, heres how theyre doing this year…

    Teravainen 9gp- 2g 1a…3 pts
    Bickell 7gp- 1g 0a…1 pt
    Ladd 11gp- 0g 1a…1pt
    Shaw 10gp-1g 1a…2pts
    Weise 8gp-0g 1a…1 pt
    Danault 10gp-2g 3a…5pts
    Dano 1gp-1g 0a… 1pt (6 AHL GP- 0g 2a…2pts)

    Regrets? Maybe Danault

  21. I don’t remember who was bragging up Montreal about a week ago saying how a balanced a team they are. Well the Hawks would never allow themselves to be embarrassed like the Canadiens 10-0 so far. What a joke!!!

  22. Dannault is definitely a regret. A cheap guy who can win almost half his faceoffs. Boy would that be nice. 2 Goals for Teuvo? tearing it up! He’s just not an offensive threat for some reason, has a nasty, quick, accurate shot from the circles, but doesn’t take them for some reason. That’s a bad Corsi for one game no doubt, for the short season 8 of 13 of the Hawks forwards are positive corsi% though, including this bad game, nullified by Crow.

  23. The Denault deal was odd. He had marinated in Rockford for nearly 3 years, came up, played really well, drew praise for Q which is somewhat rare, then they moved him.

    I think that Stan Bowman was under such pressure, from McDonough, to win and repeat as champions that he made a bad deal. But hey life goes on. Stan got a bit lucky on the Panik deal. So I give him credit for that.

    Having said all that. It will be interesting to see how “McCub” reacts to the Cubs winning the World Series and being the hottest thing going in Chicago. Does he push harder to demand another Cup ? I realize it’s comparing apples to oranges. But to him it might not be. He definitely will not want the Hawks to become yesterday’s news.

  24. On another subject… I like to follow the Hawk Prospects… stats/scouting etc.
    a lot of the kids are putting up decent numbers… which is good to see- cuz Rockford is pretty bare right now.

    Any body actually see/have scouting report on Mike Vecchione for Union???
    Putting up great numbers so far- solid #’s thru college… Supposed to be quick, 2 way player w/ great hands… hard to knock off puck… and very solid in face-offs.
    Built like Motte- shorter/Low stocky center of gravity… wonder where he will land?

  25. It’s really early, but MTL tearing it up, NSH dwelling in the cellar…. hmm, I seem to recall a big transaction labeled a steal for Nashville. I never bought that, there must have been a REALLY good reason to move Subban, we’ll never know the whole story but so far the rumours (Canadian spelling for mining man) out of Montreal seem to be credible.

  26. Hey Nick! Thanks for the shout out. Some day maybe we will get the real story behind what really happened. It seems to have turned out quite well for Montreal though.

    Now the elephant in the room…what the heck was that 10-0 all about? Is that team so reliant on one player that if Price isnt in the game nobody else shows up either. Every team has a bad night here and there but c’mon 10-zip?

    I recall very well a game in the earlier sixties when the Boston Bruins were long time many years bottom of the standings team ( the Blackhawks made them great with THAT trade…and Bobby Orr)….anyway one Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada they beat the powerhouse Toronto Maple Leafs 11-0. It made headlines everywhere.
    Later the Maple Leaf brass said that many on the team had “the flu” that night.

    As a kid I thought that was a bunch of hooey. Maybe Montreal is not as good as appearances would indicate.

  27. Don’t forget Weber has a recapture penalty that Nashville can no longer control. If Weber retires with 1 year left the Predators are hit with a 20 some million dollar recapture penalty. OUCH!

  28. Agree with your last sentence mining man. Montreal did this same thing last year. While Price did get hurt, and he is an awesome goalie I don’t think he is the only reason why they were so dreadful.

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