Costly Blackhawks Victory Keeps Streak Alive

The final score means something in the standings – and the history books – but the Blackhawks more pressing concerns were with players that had to leave the game.

Marian Hossa was a late scratch, Michael Frolik was still sick and the Hawks lost both Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp to injuries during the game. With a game in Denver on Friday night, the shuttle from Rockford could be busy.

Shaw took an ugly elbow to the head from Paul Stastny late in the second period and did not return to the game. Sharp was run into the boards on a clean hit but was immediately in pain and struggled to get off the ice. He went straight to the dressing room and did not return.

The Hawks were flat throughout the first 40 minutes. Shaw got the Hawks on the board with a powerplay goal in the first, tipping a Brent Seabrook blast past Semyon Varlamov.

But John Mitchell tied the score at 18:20 in the first, and the teams went to their respective dressing rooms with a 1-1 tie on the board.

In the second, Matt Duchene scored his eighth of the season and the Avs dominated an emotionless Hawks team. For only the fourth time this year, the Blackhawks trailed after two.

The third started with the Blackhawks showing the same lack of spark that was frustrating through the first two periods. But after Michal Rozsival went to the box for hooking Duchene on a breakaway, Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed goal to tie the game and wake up the United Center.

Many had already started to accept that the Blackhawks were headed for another overtime game, but Daniel Carcillo put a rebound in the net with only 49 seconds left on the clock to put the Avs away.

Seabrook had a big night for the Hawks. He skated only 20:46, but was credited with three blocked shots and five big hits.

The maturation of Brandon Saad continued to impress. With Sharp and Shaw out, Saad skated the biggest ice time of his young career (21:57) and had another assist. Saad now has six points (one goal, five assists) in the Hawks’ last five games.

Ray Emery stopped 20 of 22 shots to set an NHL record, starting the 2013 season with a 10-0-0 record.

After the game, coach Joel Quenneville indicated Hossa was close to playing (he warmed up before Wednesday night’s game), and could be back on Friday night. He did, however, indicate that Shaw is a wait-and-see situation, and Sharp “may miss some time” (not good).

The streak continues, but the injury bug may complicate things for the Blackhawks moving forward.

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23 Responses to Costly Blackhawks Victory Keeps Streak Alive

  1. RyanDale says:

    Despite the Avs efforts to choke the life out of the game, there were some good scoring chances each way, Thankfully we were able to capatalize in the 3rd and get the win. Can’t say I look forward to seeing them again Friday for more of the same style, They know they cant hang with us so the try to clog the middle zone and take their chances with Varlamov bailing them out when we can get a good look. Toews is the best Captain alive today.

  2. EbonyRaptor says:

    Well … the good news is the Hawks have built a nice cushion so if injuries cause them to stumble a bit they should be OK. Hopefully Hossa and Frolik are back. If Shaw is short term I suppose Kruger can move to 3C and Mayers can take 4C. If Shaw is out for a while – maybe we see Pirri. Not sure who takes Sharp’s place though. I don’t think any of the Rockford wingers is top-6 material. Maybe put Carcillo with Bolland and Kane and use JHayes, Morin or Smith on the 4th line. Jeez … I’m all over the map.

    A costly win for sure. Kinda puts this streak into perspective – as in it’s really not that important. Fun – but not important.

  3. Dave says:

    In addition, Judd Sirott also reported that Q said Frolik is a possibility for Friday.

  4. Sr. Brad says:

    The one game I miss and 3 Hawks are hurt??? Bad mojo…can anyone tell me how bad Shaw looked after his hit??? I saw the replay on Sharp’s injury and it looks fairly serious…hopefully Hossa and Frolik are okay for Friday…Q has to stop dressing 7 DMen and start dressing a full compliment of forwards…Rockford is loaded with players who are ready to step in and step up…

    If Shaw is okay, then I think we can still continue to roll, as Kane and Bolland are going to help whomever steps up to the 2nd line…but if he’s out, it’s going to be tough…

    For Friday I could see the following lineup…

    Saad-Toews-Hossa
    Carcillo-Bolland-Kane
    Stahlberg-Shaw-Bickell
    Mayers-Kruger-Frolik

    But that depends on Frolik, Hossa and Shaw all being okay to play…

  5. EbonyRaptor says:

    Shaw took a Stastny elbow to the jaw and looked like it rung his bell pretty good. Didn’t return to the game, as he was probably sitting in the quiet room. Probably concussion symptoms wish means he’s out anywhere from zero days to who knows how long.

  6. Pete says:

    I’d like to see Stastny suspended right away for that elbow on Shaw so he can’t play against us on Friday. If Frolik and Hossa can play on Friday then I like our chances even without Sharp and Shaw. Especially if Stastny is out as he should be.

  7. Tim G says:

    Injury loss might be the downfall… but that said, Hossa and Frolik should be back friday from the sounds of it. Sharp is probably a no go, with Shaw on the fence.

    I would like to see 13-19-81 (since they have played together) 20-36-88, 29-65 (if he plays)-25, 22-16-67. If shaw cant go, kruger goes up to 3rd line, Mayers centers the 4th and either Brookbank plays the wing (as 7th dman again) or Hayes get called up until we are 100% again.

    I was a little concerned with Emery early in the game. It seems like he lost some of his rebounds, but none of them hurt us. That said, he played a solid game and just keeps rolling. The whole team is rolling. When 13 players have GWG, its a team effort. 23 teams in the league dont have 13 wins. We are a +32 in goal differential. The next two combined are +31 (Anahiem +17, Pittsburgh/Boston +14). We are tied for the most games played, and tied for the fewest goals againest.

    WOW! GO HAWKS!

  8. Mike says:

    This is what 5 games in 7 days. It is no wonder the Hawks looked flat and tired. Thank the hockey gods that the Hawks can get 6-8 minutes out of the fourth line. Hopefully Frolik will be back Friday. At this point the streak should be secondary to preparing for the second half and the playoffs. Maybe the Hawks should rest Hossa and Shaw whether they could go or not. Leddy did not have a great game and could use rest as well. Maybe it is time to rotate in some Rockford guys everyone has been asking for.

  9. BigSmokeJ says:

    I concur with bringing up a few of the guys from Rockford and resting some of the guys. The goal is not to stay undefeated but to win the cup. The Hawks have a favorable schedule the rest of the month with only 10 games over the next 24 days.
    The real concern is Sharpe. From the way he went off, it looked like a shoulder and I’m hoping is not separated. Shaw is another concern since that looks to be a concussion.
    And I still don’t know why Q is dressing Brookbank as a forward, it’s not like we don’t have cap space to bring up a forward from Rockford.

  10. Stinky says:

    Whose Stahlberg?

  11. JS says:

    Who doesn’t know when to use whose versus who’s?

    To quote White Men Can’t Jump: “Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose.”

    They got the W, but those injuries hurt.

  12. wall says:

    That Sharp injury did not look good… A fractured collar bone might be better than a torn something… minimum 2 weeks- max???

    Shaw concussed? Means Kruger to 3rd line… Smith or Hayes may get the call.

    Lastly, Kruger made a great play to win the puck from 2 Avs and feed 25… Interesting to see 25 on the ice late in games recently.

    If Shaw is concussed-
    Smith/Hayes- 19-81… they can cover up the mistakes those guys might make
    20-36-88
    29-16-25… we could even try Pirri- he is a finisher- and 25-29 have been making some nice passes of late!
    13-22/16-67… if they chose Pirri on 3rd- then 16 stays here… if 16 stays, could go 13 on 1st line and Hayes w/ 16-67. I actually prefer this because Hayes is great around the net (16-67 are not finishers so Hayes would compliment them!)

    To Summarize- If Shaw is out- I would like to see Pirri w/ 29-25 who are playing the best Hockey of their careers… if Pirri can’t produce w/ them now… he never will!

  13. Tab Bamford says:

    Let’s collectively slow down a little with the recalls…

    The Hawks sent Bollig to Rockford because they were out of roster space, and now have the complication of eight healthy defensemen and a handful of banged-up forwards. If we’re hoping Shaw returns quickly, he won’t go on IR… which doesn’t help the roster. At this point, I’m willing to assume Sharp goes on IR, so there’s one available spot for a potential call-up.

    But…

    The Hawks can dress Mayers as a fourth line wing and might consider dressing Brookbank as a forward again as well. Because Montador is on a one-way deal, it isn’t likely the Hawks send him to Rockford because they would be exposed to someone claiming him off waivers; I think we are all in agreement that he’s 4 months from being an amnesty buyout. If they do recall someone for Friday, I would be very interested to see who gets that call. Personally, I wouldn’t mind Smith or Hayes because they’ve spent time with the NHL club and have at least some level of familiarity with some of the guys on the roster; Pirri hasn’t spent as much time as either of those guys. And, again, let’s hope Shaw is OK.

  14. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Rotoworld is reporting Sharp will be out 2-3 weeks, so I think its safe to say the roster will look different during that time span, especially with Montador coming off IR as well. Also Andrew Shaw’s upper body injury isn’t believed to be serious, also coming from rotoworld. Missed the game due the fact I have Dish network, thanks for the recap Tab. Go Hawks!

  15. Moonshiner says:

    Can Montador be sent down to Rockford for 2-week conditional stint?

  16. dave gambon says:

    I have an idea 4 Shanahan. How about doing a suspension and match the time a player is out. I think players would cut back on the cheap shots.Or let Shanahan get on the ice 4 the same hit b4 he hands out his suspension.Hawks ratings up 80 percent and the league is on fire,so the NHL needs to protect the talent in the league. Nobody wants 2 see teams of Ruffiel Torres.As 4 the Heat how many competetive are in the nba?6out o.f approx 30.Joke.How are their ratings?

  17. BigSmokeJ says:

    From TSN the Hawks recalled Bollig back from Rockford. Not the move I was hoping for. But what can you do.

  18. Stinky says:

    Well I’m an idiot.

    I think Montador can go through waivers but if not claimed cap hit still counts and i there is some type of penalty?

    The only thing I don’t like about the Bollig call up is you have 3-4 forwards who skate less than ten minutes and that you definitely want on the ice for less than ten minutes and in some cases 5 (Mayers, 7th Defender of choice, Bollig, Carcillo)

  19. bhawk10 says:

    Big smoke–makes sense, fresh NHL experience and if Colorado wants to get physical then it should b a plus. Besides when the sreak ends then they can resting players and give ice time to players in the farm system. Also Hawks have 3 days off next wk anf 4 the next.

  20. Dickie Dunn says:

    I do not like playing a 7th defenseman at wing (…unless it’s Mark Howe) – there is no advantage dressing seven d-men unless one of the top six happens to get injured after the game starts. Brookbank adds nothing to the 4th line and maybe even provides an excuse to not “roll all four lines”.

    Montador – if claimed on waivers does the cap hit go along with him? If unclaimed, does the hit stay in Chicago (while he moves to Rockford)?

  21. Dickie Dunn says:

    Correction: that should be “playing a **any** defenseman at wing”.

  22. BigSmokeJ says:

    Dunn- that’s the thing I don’t understand. Because now I believe we have a d-man playing forward, a d-man that hasn’t played in over a year and a forward that doesn’t add much to the 4th line.

    bhawk10 I knew the schedule is favorable for us the rest of the month, I pointed that out in my earlier comment, but there is no need to hamstring the team like this. Plus the streak means nothing, the only thing they should be working towards is winning the cup.

    Just my 2 cents.

  23. bhawks10 says:

    BIG smoke-I agree-the cup is the bottom line. But the streak is creating enormous revenue 4 the Nhl and filling up arenas all over the country.But what i would like on my wish list is a big body in front of the net especialy on the pp. Will b huge in the playoffs. Next stop-Stanleyville.

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