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Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Shutout Sens

It was an intriguing Sunday for the Chicago Blackhawks, and a successful one for the team on the ice and their general manager.

Earlier on Sunday, the Hawks announced defenseman David Rundblad is headed to Europe. Stan Bowman didn’t immediately demote Rundblad after he cleared waivers, and the rumored departure for overseas became a reality hours before the team took the ice.

Bowman was then on the ice before the game started to present Patrick Kane with a gold puck and print in honor of his point streak. But it appears his mind was elsewhere when he posed for the photos with Kane.

During the second period of a game that did little to generate interest, the Hawks announced a trade: Chicago sent Jeremy Morin to Toronto for Richard Panik.

Lost in the excitement of the Hawks getting two players – Rundblad and Morin – out of the organization on the same day was a solid home victory to open the new calendar year.

Corey Crawford extended his career high to six shutouts, stopping all 26 shots he faced. He faced a couple good scoring chances in the second period, but the skaters in front of him held the game to a relatively boring pace throughtout.

Duncan Keith scored the game-winning goal 8:13 into the second period, with assists going to Jonathan Toews and Andrew Desjardins. Keith added a team-high four blocked shots to his seventh goal of the season in 24:51 in the win. He and Niklas Hjalmarsson (22:56) were the only Blackhawks to skate more than 20 minutes on Sunday evening.

Desjardins continues to be a story over the last week. He added his fifth goal of the season into an empty net to seal the victory, and finished tied with Kane and Artemi Panarin for the team lead with four shots on net. Desjardins also blocked three shots and was credited with two hits in another solid game.

Since they were put together, the line of Desjardins with Teuvo Teravainen and Phillip Danault has been dynamite. Danault won only two of seven faceoffs but picked up an assist on Desjardins goal and was credited with two hits and one blocked shot.

Artem Anisimov also stayed hot, scoring his 15th of the season at 6:01 into the third. Kane and Michal Rozsival picked up assists on the goal, which was an easy tap-in of a rebound off a Rozsival shot. Rozsival and Marian Hossa led the way with four hits each as well.

Erik Gustafsson, once again working next to Brent Seabrook most of the night, looked good again as well. He blocked three shots and was credited with one hit in 16:44, which was the lowest ice time among Hawks defensemen in the game.

Toews won 13 of 19 faceoffs and also blocked three shots.

Chicago is back on the ice in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

25 thoughts on “Corey Crawford, Blackhawks Shutout Sens

  1. Did I hear Q right in his presser? ….. when logistics can be worked out, Panik will be with the big club??

  2. Already sent off for my rush delivery of a #11 Desjardins jersey before they are all gone. This has been quite the good news day all around from Crawfords lead leading shutout to aquiring a guy with a very cool name. Everyone looked pretty good out there tonight, even playing our own version of the trap at times. TT, Rozy, Keith, Seabrook, Toews, Kane, Anisimov, Hossa, all stood out …at our best. Keep it going guys! Can’t wait for the Pittsburg home and home. That is going to be special.

  3. I don’t like when the Hawks have a pregame ceremony because it usually results in the player and sometimes the entire team losing focus and not playing very well. That seemed to be what happened to Kane as he was bobbling passes and didn’t have the same focus as he normally does. Kane and the team got better as the game went on and all that really matters is the two points they earned.

    So … Panik up with the Hawks … can that possibly mean we’ve seen the last of Mashinter in a Hawks uniform? One can only hope.

  4. 3rd and 4th lines were very solid. This was the first game I was able to watch Danault and was impressed – looks like the kind of guy Q loves.

    Guess we have run out of players in the organization that have been tried at LW on the top line so we needed to trade for another option. Hopefully Hossa will be a great role model for Panik – seems like the guy has some talent.

  5. Desjardins has 2 more goals than Ryan Getzlaf does…wonder what kind of odds you could have got in Vegas for that bet, expiring on Jan. 3 /16? 500 to 1? Keep that line together! Things are coming together pretty nice for us.

  6. Hoss and Panik will look great at the Hawks BBQ this summer. Hoss can wear the plaid shorts and the stripped shirt, and Panik can wear the striped shorts and the plaid shirt. “Two wild and crazy guys”…… Bring up Dano and we can have a fashion explosion

  7. Sorry, Mining Man, but I just got the last available 11 jersey.

    Good gane for Crow. It seemed like he played a lot of pucks after catching them instead of taking the whistle.

  8. Gustafsson has responded in a fantastic manner to the recall and now the Seabrook pairing. Obviously he needs to show consistency, but if he does the Hawks are golden with him and van Riemsdyk.
    Both of them play left and right and that allows Coach Q to rotate Rozival and Scuderi… which is key from any point of view possible.

    Gustafsson’s emergence really tells the story on why they traded Daley, who even though not a world beater was still the 5th best Dman the Hawks had.

    Which also means the Blackhawks WILL NOT trade for a Dman contrary to the constant past and present rumors.

  9. Good game vs. A one man show of a Team! You contain Erik Karlsson ya sort contain the sens. We did not learn much.

    Crow Show is back on the air, but a few post early could have changed the game for the Sens.. Why wasn’t Cory first star of the game?

    Toews won 12 faceoffs . . .

    Dezi still “hot” when that line forechecks, now with Danault and TnT they forecheck and also get the puck and SET, so they are not just chasing and crashing and poking BUT generating some effective Offense and Dezi is the benefactor. Tnt changes it all as he floas again to the center, you see teams leaving a player or two back to cover that center ice, so this makes the forecheck easy, with Marcus you could find all 3 players within 6 feet of eachother.

    Garbutt, Bick and Da Moose still struggle but it shows you what having a little “offensive skill” can do for a line, like DEZI’s but this line is struggling to find it’s style of play. Bick should be leading this line and he is not, Rasmussen is so young and should not be blamed the kid will get better. They don’t need to score just get physical and keep teams in their zones. These 3 players don’t really have a play makers on the line! Bick and Garbutt have same skill set, physical players, Garbutt has some speed and his shot is always on net but both can not hold the puck and carry it, and passing is not their skill, nor is maintaining control of the puck in the zone, they have like a 4 second clock, then the it’s turnover, so they need to play faster, get to the net faster this is not a high skill line in fact Moose is probably the most skilled player.

    Can not say anything bad about Erik Gustafsson . . . so far so good. Early in the Third he gave us a “hint” at how Hawks should use him, he made a nice short exit pass and literally sprinted up the center ice to lead the rush, and almost got a break away on a pass, Hawks do NOT SEND D-GUYS LIKE THAT, joining the rush is “old news” Hockey 101 but if ya have Leddy type speed and let them lead the rush a la “fast-break out of the zone” without the puck ahead of the play, that adds a dimension, then TEAMS will need to adjust.

    Also our second line continues to perform at a high level and really adds some speed, pace and possession to the game, and yes goals too. So much Fun to watch. And the Artist is going to get better, much better!

    Go Hawks

  10. Rasmussen is 25 and he is actually the curious case of the C depth the Hawks now have.

    He’s signed on a 1 year contract so basically the Hawks need to resign him or trade him shortly. With Danault, Kero and Hinostroza available it makes you think. Could he be a trade resource ?

    My position from way back is that if the Hawks trade valuable resources they should do it as a cap space mechanism. Here’s this and that, but you take Bickell and his cap hit.

    Example: Team X, here’s Dano and Rasmussen for free, but take Bickell’s contract from us as well. Would you guys do it ?

  11. Brokerwayne/ Mook- On Sportsnet/HNIC Crawford was the first star, Keith second, Kane third…no Senators at all.

    Happy Human-#11 jersey going to be a hot item….become our secret weapon.

    Brokerwayne- Hossa/Panik/Dano, fashion explosion holding the Stanley Cup at a BBQ somewhere in Slovakia. It’s in the cards.

  12. Gustafsson doesn’t look much different than TvR to me. Both have average speed and quickness, neither is big or physical, both are good at jumping into the o-zone. Maybe Gus uses his stick a little better but TvR isn’t bad at that either. I’d say they are both more of a #5 than a #4, but hopefully that’s enough for the Hawks this season.

  13. EbonyRaptor- both seem to me like ideal Coach Q Dmen.

    They are both intelligent and versatile. Maybe the most important thing, though, both fit the system close to perfection.
    So they might be 5s right now(I strongly disagree especially in regards to TVR), but that doesn’t matter as long as they play like 4s.

  14. It’s become pretty obvious Hossa is in a huge scoring slump and it’s pissing him off badly.
    His response is to hustle even more on Defense, if that’s even possible. You got to love Hossa. He might be one of those few skilled forwards who’d make a great coach.

  15. Still smiling about the Hawks BBQ with Hossa & Panik the two wild and crazy guys! Flipping brilliant!!!

    Great team game, even when Ottawa was in the zone alot of 1 and done. It wasn’t a goalie win but Crow was lights out. He made a few great saves off tips and deflections and when he plays aggressive and on top of his crease he is one of the best. Several times he was way outside because only 1 Sen was in the Hawks zone and stopped them cold.

    @EB I think you are wrong about Gus, he easily looked like a top d-man tonight. He made good passes, played his postion perfectly and look good in the Sens zone. I’ll be curious to see if he can repeat. TVR looks good at times but isnt consistent enough yet.

    What about the great Marcus Kruger that everyone’s been in love with. The guy goes on IR and the Hawks have seemly played better hmmmm interesting. Listen I like Kruger but he isn’t irreplaceable.

  16. ^^ Mining Man
    Richard Panic would have to join Hossa and Rozsival in Slovakia to hoist the cup… Marko Dano is from Austria.

  17. Gustafsson and TVR do share commonalities Ebonyraptor. You are right on the money as usual. I like Gustafsson, but that said I could see a scenario were he is flipped before the trade deadline for a veteran blueliner. This may be a bit of a showcase period for the young Swede.

    The great news is that we shed the craptacular Daley. Dallas really bent Bowman over on the Sharp deal. Bowman was backed into a corner and had to take whatever deal he could. Daley was terrible and Bowman knew he would be but was desperate. The really sad thing that I have come to realize is that Garbutt is really a pile of quick skating nothingness. He really isn’t worthy of dressing most nights.

  18. Way!

    I’m guessing that CC has some pretty gaudy numbers at home. We are fine for January.

    That might be close to a dozen times retelling the Nill bending Bowman over story by you, Rufus. I can only surmise that you thoroughly enjoy the visual it provides you.

  19. SouthSideHawkMan – Kruger went down against the Oilers on 17.12.2015
    The Hawks are 4-2 since then and were 4-2 in the 6 games before his injury. Same record.
    On the PK the Hawks have killed 15 of 20 without Kruger (75%)….16 of 17 (94%) in the last 6 games with Kruger before his injury (94%).

    His absence also lowers the face-offs % as he was the teams 2nd best FO man. Which means it’s now Toews who has to increase his Defensive face-offs draws, so his offensive possessions are decreased. So much so that some claimed he is maybe injured.

    Kruger is a key piece in the eyes and mind of Coach Q. So this is not about ‘everyone’s love with Kruger’, it’s about Coach Q’s love with Kruger. And at the end of the year he’ll be resigned, there’s no doubt about it. Fortunately.

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