Coyotes Top Blackhawks In Crawford’s Return

After 300 days away from the NHL ice, Corey Crawford returned to the blue paint on Thursday night.

Crawford was playing at a Vezina level last year when he was lost for the season with a concussion. He returns to join a Hawks team that had scored 22 times in the first five games of the season.

Unfortunately for Crawford and the fans at the United Center, the Blackhawks didn’t maintain their average of better than four goals per game.

Chicago managed only one against a collection of former Blackhawks including goaltender Antti Raanta.

The only goal of the first period came from Lawson Crouse, who completed a nice 2-on-1 feed from Clayton Keller. There wasn’t much Crawford could do on the play, but Brandon Manning did a nice job playing the role of pylon as Keller and Crouse approached the net.

During the game the Blackhawks showed a tribute video for Niklas Hjalmarsson, which clearly brought some well-earned emotions out of the former Hawks defenseman. Chicago also honored Brent Seabrook passing Bob Murray into first place all-time in regular season games played by a Hawks defenseman.

Erik Gustafsson tied the game for the Blackhawks at 6:34 into the second, finishing a nice passing play from Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat.

Toews and DeBrincat have picked up a point in every game this season.

Two minutes after the Gustafsson goal, another former Chicago skater cashed in. Vinnie Hinostroza scored his first of the year to break the tie and give Arizona a 2-1 lead. This goal would hold up as the game-winner as the Blackhawks simply couldn’t finish any good chances the rest of the night.

Keller extended the Arizona advantage to 3-1 at 14:22 into the third.

Coach Joel Quenneville pulled Crawford with 5:11 left in regulation but the Hawks continued to struggle controlling the puck. Hinostroza scored his second of the night at 17:40 to close the books for the evening.

Crawford stopped 27 of 30 shots in the game and looked pretty good considering he had been off for almost a full calendar year.

Gustafsson skated a Chicago-leading 23:04 and was credited with a team-high four shots on net. He had a strong night.

DeBrincat (21:24) was the only Chicago forward to skate more than 20 minutes in the game. He was one of three Hawks forward to record three shots on net. Chris Kunitz and Dominik Kahun were also credited with three shots on net.

Artem Anisimov was the only skater on the team to rate a minus-three on the night.

Counting how the former Blackhawks performed at the United Center on Thursday night:

  • Raanta stopped 33 of 34 in the win.
  • Hinostroza skated 14:50 and scored twice. He was also credited with one blocked shot and one takeaway.
  • Hjalmarsson led Arizona defenseman, skating 22:18. He blocked three shots with one hit and one takeaway.
  • Jordan Oesterle led the Coyotes with five blocked shots in 18:04. He was credited with an assist and two hits as well.
  • Richard Panik skated 11:04 with three shots on net and two blocked shots.

60 thoughts on “Coyotes Top Blackhawks In Crawford’s Return

  1. Great to see Crawfords back, the rest, don’t give a shit about. Sikura time coming soon.
    Hats off to number 4, nice tribute.

  2. 3 in first 4 days of season.
    2 in 12 days- rusty.
    7 in 10 days- too many.
    The sch. is garbage.

    One with the universe.
    One with the universe.
    Nothing matters.

  3. Yikes. The optimistic 3-0-2 start suddenly has the look of 3-3-2, by the end of this weekend. The reality is, the Hawks just sank into wild card position in the West with Dallas. This is where they will be battling all season. Losses to Arizona at home at any point in the season are killers. Plain and simple.

  4. Went to tonight’s soap scrimmage at the UC.
    In the post-game radio, Troy Murray gave lots of credit to Arizona’s “stifling defense”. I ain’t buying that.

    Blackhawks, with the exception of Toews early and Hayden always, looked pretty bad. No physicality, no battles won, slow. Terrible turnovers to give AZ the chances on Crawford.

    Crowd not into it. Players did help that. Also no helping, once again this season, are the mindless “girl in the stands” games and gigglefests that promote some crap or other. No attempt by the organist etc. to get the crowd riled up. I think Tommy Hawk had popped some opioids himself. Of course the players have to show up to get the fans really into it, but the games seem more of a social gathering for a lot of folks who don’t watch the game anyway. The Corporate effort to support “One Goal” isn’t helping either.

    Saad looks like there is just something wrong. Not cracking on him here. He just looks like he’s really out of sorts …. slow and not able to be involved. I hope he’s okay. I’m not sure what he’s doing in practice that gets him the line slot he gets. Looked like he got less time as the game went on. He did seem to try and get a little physical in the early part of the third, but it was too late.

    Again, kudos to Hayden. That guy goes all out with everything he’s got.

  5. Good post Big Indian. At least by being at the game, you were able to miss the Country Club name dropping and the overall cornball of Foley and Olcyck.

  6. Listened to the game on WGN Radio. I agree, something wrong with Saad. He is a good hockey player and is 25 years old. The trade made sense at the time…blah, blah blah. I hope they can fix him.

    Yes the schedule makes no sense…..but the Hawks sounded lackluster all game, not just the first 30 minutes.

    Surprised at pulling Crawford with over 5 minutes remaining?? Not knocking the move but looks like desperation against a low end team. Or just Q trying to motivate a bad effort in front of the home crowd? OR maybe Q has lost his mind completely and thought he could go 24 straight games without a regulation loss !!!

  7. Excellent notes Big Indian. All points well taken. Hawks sure had plenty of chances, but just could not finish. No excuse to play down to Yotes level AT HOME! At least the Green Line was going down good last night…

    Crow looked a bit nervous, but seemed to improve as the game wore on. Great to see him back.

    Hammer tribute was terrific. The faithful rightfully so really whooped it up big for one of our greatest generational warriors. Nick was visibly choked up. I loved that guy.

    Next…

    Lets Go Hawks!

  8. TDL- shed AA and or Saad– get extra pick

    Kaapo Kakko!!!! Kaliyev!!!
    Hughes
    Dach

    Lot’s of Good forwards- in 2019

    Love Fortin’s speed /hustle… But Guy is 4th line checker!!!
    Kane should have around 8 more points this year… if Fortin was legit top 6 player

  9. Manning turnovers on both of the first two Arizona goals, the second goal changed the entire complexion of the game right after the Hawks tied it. He couldn’t make a simple play to clear the puck of his zone, and that led to the goal. This is commonplace for him, standard operating procedure.

    Rutta is no great shakes either, but playing w/ Manning exposes him even more so. This is not a good situation at all. He should have never been signed, but in the interim, at least have him put a suit on from now on during the games. He can call or text Kempny for advice on how to sit in the press box or lounge and watch games.

  10. P.S. Honorable mention dunce cap goes to Kunitz, nice pass to ice the game away for Arizona….. thanks Stan.

  11. P.S.#2 – Come to think of it, we’ll call last night’s loss a “GM loss”. Manning goals 1 & 2 his fault, and Kunitz goal 3 his fault.

    Good job Bowman as always scouting out and signing the NHL level free agents. LOL. He needs to SOLELY stick to drafting and signing young, non NHL players, he is actually good at that. Hillman is a far far better player than Manning (even now, inexperienced) and same goes for Highmore even more so than Kunitz.

  12. Raanta stopped 33 of 34 in the win.
    Hinostroza skated 14:50 and scored twice. He was also credited with one blocked shot and one takeaway.
    Hjalmarsson led Arizona defenseman, skating 22:18. He blocked three shots with one hit and one takeaway.
    Jordan Oesterle led the Coyotes with five blocked shots in 18:04. He was credited with an assist and two hits as well.
    Richard Panik skated 11:04 with three shots on net and two blocked shots.

    OMG!!! How could we let all this talent go!?!?!?!?????

    FIRE EVERYBODY!!!!

    sarcasm now off….

  13. Going to be a rollcoaster of highs and lows this season for sure. Finishing in 4th place in division makes playoffs maybe even 5th. Progress in development key, in juniors, ncaa, european leagues and young keepers on roster, plus bounce back years veterans. A few blips but for the most part that is on track. This season is about being better next season.

  14. If you are cheering for a better draft pick next year already, the good news is precious few teams will be beaten in regulation at home against this Arizona team this season, so we already have a leg up on most of the league.

  15. The only players on the team with multiple goals scored this season are Toews, Kane, and Dcat. When they don’t score we will have a hard time winning.

  16. I am not going to alk about the sch, this yr.
    We sucked that game/the entire game.

    I think basically everytime we have a long break, most of the time we suck or donot play good, for the whole game. most teams do.
    That is the sch.
    For 2 games in 2 days/or 3 in 4, yea its more of a first period thing.

    Every yr, every time, reguardless when were a top3/5 team or when were in transition yr/s, when the sch is like that, we prob wont play good or cant keep it up, when sch. is crazy.

    No excusses, the sch. makes the difference.
    We did suck, that game.
    There was a difference between the first 5 games and that one.
    We played good and bad at the same time. We sucked with 2 games in 12 days.

    Who gives a shit, this yr. We have nothing to loose only gain for the young wave.
    Were reloading and some won be here when were done.

    I thought I wait until we were 20-25 games in, but those guys you guys said sucked, 14 and 23 and 30. Well two of them have and its not the one people thought.

  17. How bout Sadd ,A.A and 14 for Hinostroza ,Hjalmarson and Raanta,.,.,Wow ….. what a great armchair G.M i am !

    Well you gotta hand it to Manly Brandon ,.,.,.he is consistent .

  18. Crawford was a lot better than I expected him to be. Two of the three goals he gave up were on odd man rushes. It’s funny that they got their 1st loss in regulation the same day they got a lot better in goal. Welcome to the 2018-2019 Hawks.

    This game was a little less entertaining because Raanta stood on his head and snuffed out a lot of really good scoring chances. The Arizona team defense does not give the opposition a lot of time or space.

    Fortin can skate, but he needs to find some hands. He needs to be able to finish to stay in the top 6.

    The defense didn’t do Crow any favors. It was not a good game on their part. Really curious to see what happens when Murphy comes back. Which one of the 6 gets bumped and or what kind of platoon situation develops if they keep more than 7 (which Q said he would not do…)

    Not sure what Kunitz is doing to stay in the lineup. But I guess it is more important that guys like Schmaltz and Saad and Anisimovare start producing with some consistency before I have a beef with a guy like Kunitz, but I still haven’t really seen much from him.

    Same story, flawed team that was (relatively) fun to watch. Despite the game getting away at the end like it did, I was entertained. I thought the Hawks had some nice chances despite being squeezed by the ‘Yotes D. That said, this game felt a lot more restrictive than the first 5 and I imagine we are going to see more games like this in the future. Which makes me concerned that if the Hawks don’t figure out how to play against this kind of style, they are going to be a lot less entertaining to watch,

  19. Hereismike not pushing for a high draft pick, just realize this isn’t their year. I hope and believe playoffs are possible, but not alot after that. High pick be great but at what cost. Sooner see a team that believes in itself that sees how next season going be better and showing improvement, than a unhappy team in a lose for Hughes funk and hearing not sure where we are going comments again after the season.

  20. To Mike R: regarding your comment about Q pulling goalie with around 5 minutes to go. A few weeks ago there was an article that discussed a study the conclusion of which was that statistically the best time to pull the goalie is around the 5 minute remaining mark. I don’t recall where I read that article – (possibly The Athletic?) – I will try to find it and if I do will post something here. The author of the article (not the study) did make similar comment as you did about appearing that the coach is panicking, doesn’t have faith in the goalie, etc., yet the statistics say do it early.

  21. Take Schmaltz off Kane’s line, for Christ’s sake. He doesn’t have a high hockey IQ, and still has no idea when to shoot instead of passing. He wastes so many good opportunities with wrong decisions, it’s ridiculous. He’s never going to be a top player at this rate.

  22. Pump the brakes a bit on the woe is us – it was one game in which the Yotes did in fact play D really well. They are fast and gave the Hawks no space at all.

    As someone else mentioned Manning and Kunitz were guilty on 3 ARZ goals and we hopefully will see Forsling (soon) and Sikura or Highmore (perhaps later) in the line up for those two and eventually Murphy for Rutta.

    The real problem is there’s no secondary scoring after 19, 12 and 88 most notably from 8 (whose hockey IQ deserves to be questioned) and 20 (who I hope gets bumped up to 2nd or 3rd line for the next game).

    Agree on Fortin’s hands – that may come but they’re not there now although he may find a niche on 3rd line with AA and Sikura (eventually) if Saad can be a 2nd line player.

    Without 8 and 20 scoring and no offence from 3rd line we can be exposed like last night.

    And CC looked good so that’s a win!

  23. New lines/pairings reflect my previous post

    AA between 8 and 88

    64 between 14 and 20

    then Krugs Hayden Martinsen

    Davidson replacing Manning with Rutta (oh happy day!)

  24. Wrap like putting AA up with Kane to give him a scoring threat on that line, Schmaltz is a playmaker primarily but he has big league shot but i don’t know how you get in his head to use it on regular basis. Reminds me of Adam Oates in that regard.
    Like to see Fortin Kruger Kampf together and put Martinsen on waivers and bring up Highmore between Hayden and Saad. May not be lighting up score sheet but give a couple more lines that would be able to skate with other teams and score a little.
    Forsling can add speed to 3rd pair agree, Rutta had some chemistry with him last season, might take his play up a notch or two also.

  25. Miroslav – completely agree with your post. We weren’t great last night but also didn’t have any puck luck with a post and a crossbar. Coyotes were pretty solid defensively. Fortin has shown better than I thought, love his speed. The roster lists him as 6’0 and 187 – he looks bigger than that to me. Schmaltz is an enigma – one shift, one period, one game he looks like a star and just as quickly he looks lost. Hopefully just growing pains but he doesn’t appear to have the same feel for the game as Dcat.

  26. Why does coach Q constantly go with veteran guys that are obviously no good anymore? In this case it’s Kunitz and last year it was Sharp and there was Rosival just to name a few.
    If Coach Q were to play the young guys instead of playing guys like Kunitz would it not benefit the team going forward?
    What message does it show potential Hawks that are young and may actually be on the team if not for 39 year old duds taking roster spots.
    Why not play the young guys as they are the teams future.
    Fortin is 21 let him play

  27. Now that was the Bowman team he built last night! No bottom six talent and Coach Q Saad doghouse an old refrain that killed Saad last year in Vancouver. Kahun and Fortin are 4th nliner players at best which is why they were never drafted Mr. Bowman. Slot SAAD with Toews or Schmaltz please, he needs to be a top forward not a linemate for Kruger. JOKE.
    Joke is Bowman’s free agent signings. As I mentionedc before being a lazy accountant does not maken you a good GM. Signing playersv with pedigree is what seperates one GM from another. Repeat after me, KUNITZ, MANNING, DAVIDSON, WARD, BOUMA, WINGELS, KRUGER, FRANSON, OSTERLE, EDJSELL, RUTTA…..on and on… Feel for the veteran champs!
    Nice game Vinny H! Happy for the HAMMER!

  28. Time to fire Bowman and Q! Bowman for nthose horrific signings and dumb trades while Coach Q once again freaking out after one loss and dumping almost every forward on their off wing!
    Again, unless your name is HOSSA, KANE or OVECHKIN, don’t mess with nature!

  29. Hopefully Schmaltz move to LW opposite Kane will work on the ice because it sure doesn’t work on paper. There’s really only one other NHL caliber shooter besides Kane and he (DCat) is already spoken for and doing quite nicely with Toews. So I’m not sure there is a better option to play Kane’s LW but Schmaltz falls woefully short of the job requirement of a shooter … seeing how he doesn’t actually shoot. But, hopefully it works and we all live happily ever after.

  30. Yea I think its a different look/perspective and see whats there. No matter whats normally ideal, that’s how you find things that work/and donot. Also find things/something you wernt even looking/hoping for when you do that. Your like, where the f did that come from. It came from doing that, and you found this.

    The pizza line was created by the guys who f-up. One game a few guys delivered more pizzas then they were suppose to and got put on the same line for the next game, and it was history from then on. That 23/91/88 line tore it up.

    Its moves like this that works/doesn’t work and sometimes you find something you wernt looking for.
    Even if we donot use it much this yr, when were deep again-in a yr and a half Walla you can roll a line, when the other 3 lines are quality deep.

  31. The good news is there is a fair chance other teams will put thier back up goalies in net against the Blackhawks. In the early 2000s nearly every game they played was against a back up goalie…..they made the playoffs ….and were swept in the first round.

  32. ANTHONY DUCLAIR , another high draft pick (2nd rounder) who never had a dinner in Chicago. Why? Coach? Scored a highlight goal! Better upside than Kunitz, Sikura, Kampf, Kahun, Edjsell, etc…
    #8 is a centre and once again Coach Q needs to screw up with him until he agent informs the HAWKS that he does not want to play for Joel shuffleboard Q. Ask Teuvo and Vinny what they think.

  33. Need to get one win this weekend or here comes the slide out of playoff position.
    Hope Davidson takes this opportunity and makes a case to stay in the lineup.
    It will be hard to stomach though when the Breadman puts up one goal, two assists, while Saad plays 9 uneventful minutes.

  34. Who knows, I would say were in the 3-6 spot in division the whole yr.
    COL may take the place STL should be in.
    Noone touching NAS and WIN record wise.
    Every other team is same.

    I think theres only two team ahead of us right now.
    We are 2 over .500 (donot go by points).

    Its a good spot 3-6, to be in.
    We do good were in playoffs, only 6th isint in.
    We do ok, we get another top pick and that’s better for when were deep in a yr/and half.

    Last place in Hardest division = 4th place in every other division.

  35. If for any reason we donot keep Saader, were adding a elite ufa next summer. So if 20 isint here that could be 2 adds.

  36. I don’t get the negativity from some. Did we watch the same game? Brutal turnovers yes. I still saw how good this team can be. Lines 1 2 and 4 had stretches of dominance. Clanked the iron twice. Raanta had a great night. It’s gonna happen sometimes.

    I see what they’re going for during the rebuild. Wave after wave of attack and fast in transition. We see glimpses of it. If two of the four horsemen live up to snuff watch out for this team.

  37. Are we really going to lament over Duclair???? He does have a high ceiling and maybe some day he will flourish. But he has been bounced around and all those GM s can’t be wrong.

  38. Maybe try Sikura with Kane and AA for a few games and put Saad and Schmaltz on another line to try and get Saad going and Schmaltz shooting. Put Fortin or Hayden with them hopefully and not Kunitz.

  39. Sometimes a guy just needs to be given a chance there Mike R . E.G Tevo ,Kempny ,Breadman etc .etc .so on and so forth .
    I hope Q and Stan lost some sleep over the fact they were beaten by their throwaways .That won`t be the last time that happens .

  40. Brandon Manning might be the worst hockey player I’ve ever seen. He’s scratched tonight. Hope he never plays again. Guy is atrocious in his own end. Just terrible.

  41. I’ll take a loss to a team with a few ex players in an early season game now, build a team with who you want for the future and be solid contenders again for awhile. Obviously those players didn’t fit into the future, agree Travis we are seeing glimpses of whats ahead here and where the prospects are playing.

  42. Halktalk – Teuvo, Panarin and Hinostroza were not throwaways – they were all cap related moves – although I think you could make the case that Kempny and DuClair were

  43. if Duclair was signed as a RFA he would be making double+ what he is making now; not saying they shouldn’t have resigned him, just not as an RFA; course you got kunitz and ward sucking up money too0

  44. Powers reporting that Hayden and Manning are the healthy scratches so Davidson in and presumably Fortin on 4th line

    I think both are good moves and should help – Fortin’s speed is beneficial even if he can’t finish (yet) and Davidson can’t be worse than Manning (can he?)

  45. I don’t think Saad can play for a coach like Q. To many head games to regain confidence in his game. Always looking over his shoulder at the bench, maybe a trade would work for both.

  46. I think the jury is still out on whether Q’s handling of Saad is going to work this time – give it more time

    Remember Q handled Saad very well in his first go round with the Hawks – I not sure whether Saad is going to regain his form or not but it’s too early to trade him IMO

  47. “We re in the winning business”.

    Q.

    The most consistent of the sorry group of bottom 6 forward so far sits again for the 3rd time in 7 games. What kind of message does this send to someone like Hayden?

    Terrible.

  48. Just watched the London Knights junior game Boqvist had 3 assists, on ice for a 1 or 2 of others. Looked pretty impressive, at his best when carrying the puck up ice getting in on rush or making a crisp pass from his own end to spring somebody. Didn’t look bad or out of place defensively but definitely not as noticeable. Seems to skate out of trouble well though when he gets the puck.
    One thing i found very interesting was, Hunter was giving him shifts on both left and right points, he seemed just as comfortable on either side, looked to be able to defend with his speed and stick just as well on left as right.

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