Corey Crawford, Hawks Skate Past Rangers

After Adam Burish said he felt Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was the most overrated goalie of the last decade during the pregame show, the skaters on the ice had to work hard to beat him at the United Center on Thursday night.

Coach Joel Quenneville mixed up his lines again (shocking!), moving Nick Schmaltz to the third line with Alexandre Fortin and Luke Johnson. Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov opened up with Patrick Kane.

It took less than three minutes for the Blackhawks to get on the board. Jonathan Toews opened the scoring with his sixth of the season.

Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford picked up the assists on Toews’ goal.

Unfortunately the Hawks only held onto the initial lead for 74 seconds until Pavel Buchnevich tied the game.

At the end of 20 minutes, the Blackhawks held an 11-7 shot advantage and did a nice job of controlling the flow.

But Chicago has looked good in the first period frequently over the last 13 months, only to see the the wheels completely fly off in the second period.

That was not the case on Thursday.

At the mid-point of the second period, Schmaltz made a terrific play in the offensive zone and set the puck up perfectly for Fortin, who was sitting on the doorstep for the easy tap-in.

Chicago out-shot New York 12-11 in the second period and carried a 2-1 lead to the third period.

Though there were a few stressful moments early in the third, the Hawks were able to add a couple insurance goals.

Kane appeared to score a goal nearly 16 minutes into the third period to extend the lead to 3-1. The play went to an initial review which determined it was a good goal. The Rangers then challenged the call on the ice, saying Kane had interfered with Lundqvist. The second review was quick: still a good goal.

Alex DeBrincat would add an empty net goal with 69 seconds left in regulation to close the books. The goal is DeBrincat’s eighth of the season already.

Domink Kahun and Henri Jokiharju picked up assists on the empty net goal.

Brandon Manning and Jimmy Vesey dropped the gloves with 46 seconds left in regulation because Vesey hadn’t done anything else and Manning needed an early shower. They danced a bit, Vesey landed a few punches, and both were sent off for the night.

Over the final 15 minutes the Blackhawks completely shut down the Rangers’ offense. When the dust settled after the final horn, the Rangers had – officially – one (1) shot on net in the final 20 minutes. The Hawks were credited with 14 shots on net in the third.

Even though he faced only one shot in the third, Crawford was marvelous all night. He made some big saves in the second period and earned his third consecutive victory. He appears to be in great shape after being out of the Chicago lineup for 300 days.

Kane’s third period goal gives him nine in the Hawks’ first ten games. He’s the first Chicago skater to do that since Jeremy Roenick in 1993-94.

Kane and Brent Seabrook led the team with five shots on goal each.

DeBrincat was the only Hawks skater with two points in the night and he ended up with a plus-three rating.

Crawford now has a .963 save percentage in his last three games, winning all of them.

Toews’ goal in the first period was the 298th of his career, moving him into a tie with Dennis Hull for sixth all-time among Blackhawks skaters.

Chris Kunitz will collect a paycheck for Thursday night. Somehow.

24 thoughts on “Corey Crawford, Hawks Skate Past Rangers

  1. A little speed, a little skill and a little confidence go a long way!

    The Blues lost again tonight so let’s see if the Hawks can go down there and beat them up some more!

    Go Hawks!

  2. Again, better off with the mannequin out there instead of Kunitz…..

    SO impressed with how Crow looks like he hasn’t missed a beat, but.I still hold my breath anytime anybody comes near his head…

    Burish is a dolt. That is all.

  3. Burish also said Gustafsson is a top 4 d.

    How the hell can a team give up 33 in 1 period in one game and then a couple games later allow only 1 shot throughout an entire period. Is New York that awful?

  4. Man, Kunitz is the whipping boy this year-there will be a better option–be patient. (he’s not that bad, at least on the 4th line)

    Like the game that Fortin is playing and the 3rd line gave them some depth tonight-and I like Johnson, he’s even supplying some offence, although no luck.
    Saad playing better. Crow gives them that extra lift-confidence.
    I hope AA keeps playing at this level, and against the tough teams to play.

  5. Manning turnover in O zone only goal against. Poor positioning in D zone same sequence. In general, anytime he is on the ice it’s problematic.

    Martinsen great job watching the game again in a suit. Lets hope he matches Kempny streak of double digit scratches from last season.

    Kunitz looked lost against two lesser teams Anaheim and tonight; what s going to happen to him when they play Nashville and Winnipeg, those teams skate like the wind. Hmmmm.

    Speaking of him, Hayden gets saddled playing with K&K. Waste of his abilities. As long as they keep winning, I guess this is the way of Q’s world.

    Crawford please stay healthy.

  6. Tab, the lineup tonight was the same as it was against the Ducks on Tuesday – with Schmaltz dropping down to the 3rd line with Fortin and Johnson. I complained about Johnson swapping in for Kampf before the Ducks game and again after the game because I haven’t been impressed with Johnson. Well, I’m changing my vote – I think Johnson looked faster tonight and found the puck on his stick a few times. I really like the speed on that 3rd line, especially now that it looks like Fortin is setting in a little bit and using his speed to make positive offensive plays throughout the game.

    Similar to the Ducks, the Rangers are not particularly fast and didn’t pressure the Hawks in the d-zone too much – so I’m not going to get too excited about beating another team that is slow and not that good – but – the Hawks did play pretty well and got the result we wanted.

    After 10 games in – most of the games have been exciting fun to watch hockey. As a fan – I’m pleased.

  7. Gentlemen, Can anybody explain while linesmen are constantly tossing guys out of the circle? Seems to happen a lot more this year than in years past.

  8. Manning is just bad. I’d rather have one of the kids, from Rockford. Blake Hillman over Manning and Highmore over Kunitz.
    I do like that Schmaltz is on the 3rd line, on the wing. Johnson and Fortin and Schmaltz are a good mix. Fortin is a shooter. Johnson is a solid center. Schmaltz likes to pass more than shoot. This will benefit that 3rd line. AA, Kane, and Saad worked well together on that 2nd line.
    Lastly, Kruger is meh. Just meh. Last year, that 4th line was the spark. It was the most consistent line on a poorly playing team. This year, the team is playing better but that 4th line is just avg. to below. Hayden deserves better line mates. Maybe one more call up…Edjell?

  9. Another solid effort, and they look much better inside their own Blue line since the Tampa debacle. Burish a Dolt?…I,ll second that!

  10. Good day.

    Yes it’s true. I somehow escaped accepting the fact that I’m a clueless idiot about lineups and that the big meanie Quenneville has forgotten more about hockey than I will ever know.

    Yet I continue to spend time on hockey message boards, second only to Ebony “The Spineless 64 Year Old Twit” Raptor, instead of guiding my two out of control daughters toward the proper path.

    Mind boggling, but that’s why my nickname is Iceman The Wanna Be Lineup Expert.

    Good day.

    PS – Anyone remember my prediction about Jeremy Morin?

  11. This should have been handled in Morrison’s 6th grade classes, but then again Morrison was probably having his first Early Times shot in 6th grade.

    Do you know what a contraction is Morrison you stupid Canadian dolt?

    It is NOT “well be deep in two years”.

    It is “We’ll be deep in two years.” That little apostrophe in between the e and the l is known as a contraction. That means the word used means “we will”. The way you write it, you are implying “well” as in well water which is apparently swelling what little brain you have.

    Similarly, it is not “its the sch”. No stupid fuck, it is “It’s the schedule”. This means ‘It is the schedule”.

    Are you that fucking fucking stupid that you can’t figure out 6th grade level English? Never mind, I think we all know the answer.

  12. In case some of you don’t know what “acumen” means (looking at you Morrison), it means advanced knowledge.

    In this case, it’s sarcastic since Wall’s hockey knowledge can be safely fit on the head of a pin.

    Last spring, Wall assured all on this board that Dylan Sikura would NOT be signing with the Blackhawks. Wall’s comments were: “No way Sikura signs here, he doesn’t want to be a part of this shit show organization!!!!!!!!!!!!”.

    Yup, that’s what Wall really said.

    And yet some, most notably Ian (also known as Ian “Over Participation” Campbell) constantly praise Wall’s prospect “knowledge”. Which begs the question, who’s more stupid, Wall or Ian “Over Participation” Campbell?

    Whichever one if more stupid, they’re still a distant second to Iceman The Wanna Be Lineup Savant and Totti/Fonsi/Savoir/Makita/Mikita21/Hull65.

  13. The 3rd period shot on goal domination was VERY encouraging. The Hawks put the game away through their control.

  14. HULL65, Fortin with Toews and DCat is intriguing although I wouldn’t bust up the 1st line until their production slows. There’s no argument that Schmaltz is more talented than Anisimov but Anisimov’s style of play facilitates Kane’s game better than Schmaltz at the center position. I see nothing wrong with having a top-6 level talent on the 3rd line, especially when the consensus is the bottom-6 isn’t good enough.

  15. ER where we disagree is that it’s funny or entertaining-no one deserves to read this or be on the other end of the hate that has been posted and like Keith/Hull65 growing very tired of it.
    Hopefully something of consequence can be done. Now on to hockey!

  16. I actually recall a comment I made on the athletic had a reply by this cretin referencing this forum. Might have to dig it up.

    I have a feeling Tab knows who this is.

  17. My apologies to my committedindians brothers and sisters who had to wade through my posts as well as those from the troll. No one dislikes trolls more than I do. But there is something seriously wrong with this troll and while I admit I do enjoy ridiculing the ridiculous, I do hope this guy finds help before he takes his rage beyond the internet.

    Hopefully he’s gone for a while and we can get back to normal hockey talk … well, mostly normal. :)

  18. Nordgren with goal and assist today… I believe he is averaging point per game- since being moved up to Top Fin Liga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry- my friend… I don’t subscribe to the Athletic… (too poor)

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