Crawford, Blackhawks Escape New Jersey with Shootout Win

The night after an enormous, short-handed overtime victory in Boston the Hawks were at the other end of the standings against the Devils. New Jersey is still getting used to a new coach and they’re actively shopping Taylor Hall as they get comfortable in the basement of the Eastern Conference.

So of course the game ended in a shootout.

The Devils finished the first period with a 1-0 lead. Taylor Hall was the only scorer for Jersey while the teams were playing real hockey. But the real action in the first period came when rookie defenseman Dennis Gilbert dropped the gloves with veteran forward Wayne Simmonds.

Gilbert handled his business well but the Hawks were outshot 12-10 in the first. New Jersey benefited from having all three power plays in the first.

After snapping a 12-game scoreless streak last night, Alex DeBrincat scored a power play goal in the second to tie the game.

Dylan Strome and Patrick Kane were credited with the assists.

Regulation ended with New Jersey holding a 28-27 shot advantage. Both teams put two shots on net in overtime. Neither scored.

In the shootout, the game was decided by Kirby Dach’s tally in the fifth round.

Strome had a strong game. He won nine of 19 faceoffs and blocked three shots in 21:10. Jonathan Toews skated 19:40 and won nine of 15 faceoffs in the game.

Gilbert skated 14:16 with five penalty minutes, three hits and two blocked shots.

42 thoughts on “Crawford, Blackhawks Escape New Jersey with Shootout Win

  1. Second game in a row where the Hawks looked like a team with some structure instead of everyone running around willie nillie doing whatever comes to their mind

    I see JC replaced Nylander with Kubalik on Toews’ line late in the 3rd and had KK taking Gilbert’s spot with Murphy also late in the 3rd – at least JC didn’t repeat his mistakes from the previous night

    KK had a strong game (in fact 2 strong games) – a much better skater than Maatta – I wonder if he’s earned himself some more starts even when Maatta is back – I hope so

    Great to see Dach score in the shootout – he had a strong game as well

    Gilbert adds a nice element to the Hawks D but he goes back to RKF once Keith is ready – nonetheless he’s proving himself in the NHL – he could be part of the future

  2. Please keep all the moms around for the game Sunday night. The Hawks need all the help the can get.

    As soon as Shaw & Caggiulia are healthy, Nylander can take a trip to Rockford. I would have respect for Bowman if he owned up to his mistakes (i e “I’m sorry I fired Q, I was wrong, I was trying to save my own ass and buy myself time, which I have”) bc he has done some positive things as well for certain over the years. The problem is he doesn’t have the balls to do that bc Scotty was a cutthroat mf er and that’s how the family rolls.

    Crawford stellar once again. The rotation is back on. On behalf of Colliton, thanks to all the moms once again.

  3. Crazy how the Pens after drafting Marc Andre Fleury have drafted Murray, Jarry as well as the young swede that they traded away to Ottawa! Who has Bowman and Kelley drafted the last 10 seasons in net? As usual, when Crawford is on, he is still a great goalie. Happy for the CROW!
    And yeah, Bowman will never admit his mismanagement, his arrogance and his lack of hockey vision. Imagine this team with Danault, Schmaltz, Joku, Panarin, DCOACH Q, Mike Kitchen…etc. How many goals does Duclair have? Hoping Dcat scores more goals because hockey IQ and scoring is all he brings! 3rd and 4th lines non existent since 2015! NOTHING!
    Nylander is too soft! Wedin is ECHL material…Kubalik is a swiss league player…When a GM keeps looking for KHL, SWISS, SEDISH DIV2, CZECH league players, free agent undrafted junior or college players, what does that say about his GM job and especially about his amateur scouts. Joke!
    Yes Stan has inherited the cutthroat arrogance of his father (Mike Kitchen, Duclair benched after Hawk fans chanted racist remarks to their own player) …like agreeing with Bill Bully Peters to send Akim Aliu to the ECHL because he listens to rap music?Amazing how Bettman protects these clowns.

  4. Just saw 3rd and ot/ shootout, on the road on 2nd half of back to back against a rested team, got the job done, main thing.

  5. I think Shaw and Cagguila will not be back until Jan-2020. You can’t mess with concussions. Isn’t it amazing how well our defense plays when we actually have guys who play defense like DeHaan, Gilbert and KK, and not some shadowy figure of his former self(DK). In fact, I have always liked KK, especially when he plays several games in a row and he gets his game on. But, as soon as he starts playing well it’s back in the press box and he starts from ground zero again. Gilbert cannot be sent down!

  6. Can we stop with the firing of Q for two reasons. It’s done, it’s over. Mike Ditka was fired, perhaps even Casey Stengel.
    More importantly all good coaches, both old school like Q and player friendly coaches lose the room sooner or later. Especially after winning as much as the Hawks did with Coach Q. “OK we did what you wanted for ‘x’ amount of years, we stayed the course– now shut to FU#* up”.

    Coyotes x 2, Golden Knights, Blues and twice with Colorado. 6 tough games coming up. The last two games will have possible meaning if they can hold their own.

  7. and Hull65 D-Cat has struggled scoring and with his hockey sense at times this year-what he has done is work, fore-check (as relentlessly as anyone on the team at 5’7.) He has modelled some fearlessness and compete, which as we know is lacking at times on this team. He knows he has to contribute when he isn’t scoring and at least he tries.

    Watch his forecheck, he does what some of the bigger players don’t.
    He goes in before the defenseman knowing he might get hit hard. Some, like Nylander make sure they slow down just enough to go in second. You either have that in you or you don’t-he does.
    An amazing 2nd round pick.

  8. Is it just me and or do we have anybody other than Debrincat and Kane on this team that can shoot for the corners, or for that matter shoot high, when under pressure. All I ever seem to see is shots right at the opposing goaltender….. might explain our lower team shooting percentage that someone else had mentioned in a comment the other day. Glad for the wins the last couple of nights. Just curious if anyone else has noticed a shooting issue on this team.

  9. As much of a sniper as DCat is I never thought him very good at shootouts and the stats back that up

    Not that there are going to be many shootouts over the course of a year but it’s time to put someone else in the 3rd spot behind T and K – give Dach a shot there he’s got some hands on him as he showed last night

  10. 20 19 8, keep feeding 8 the pcuk in scoring areas by good plays by 20 and some by 19. Once 8 starts potting goals, that line could work good together and it could ignite 20 and 19 in scoring goals.

    Next yr and coming yrs I think you want 77 with 88. 12 and 17 can be more themselevs without 88, in a way. With a good top 6 FW ufa, by not keeping one of 6 15 65, we could have a top 9 thats good.

  11. Yea hes more of a pure sniper, in action, while getting shot at in the process. Bob lee isint a pretty boy bubble cindy fancy shootout queen.

  12. Two wins in a row. This is how they lure us back in. It’s like Al Pacino in The Godfather -“every time I think I’m out they keep pulling me back in.”

    They won’t have the mom’s the rest of the season. Will they find other motivation?

  13. Thought they played a solid D game last night. Hate to say it , but I didn’t miss Dunc last night and the turnovers. I love the guy and what he’s meant but hope they reduce his minutes upon his return and spread some of his minutes to others and see what we have on the back end going forward. Some may disagree but I think Seabs has been more productive in his reduced role than Keith pulling 20 minutes.

  14. I think against a faster team like VGK this week will be missing Keiths speed he adds on blueline if not back. Against these 2 teams that was obviously not as much of an issue.

  15. I agree that Nylander may need to be sent down. He’s had a prolonged stay up top, much like Dylan Sikura did last season. While he has some physical attributes his overall play doesn’t seem to me to be top 6 caliber at this time. He can be a liability at times for sure. Despite his problems, though, he seems to have Colliton’s favorable eye.

  16. Another thing about Dunks is he plays agasint other team top lines? So that trickles the Defensemen to ‘fair’ match ups. You put some of these guys or other Defensemen in those spots and they look bad worse to. Know what your saying though.

    Its the young wave Defensmen and we have several coming. Vlassic might be the 6 of 6 guy in there once were loaded at D again. Really going to make a big difference, like it did in these gmaes, when we have that good of Defense group.

    Ryan D, when I went to some games I was thinking 2 or 3 games so I would see a win and celebrate. Man had almost same thing happen when we had to get a Hos PP goal to tie in 3rd and when I went to top off my goose beer and came back to seats CAG had scored. Shit. I did get to dvr the game and when I got home I was on tv like 5 or more times. Still have that as long as dvr lasts.

    The other game I got that fall, on a yr we won the Cup, was WIN and we beat them good like 4-0, maybe 4-1. It was Sharpys 4-0 goal that made me yell, in the way you know what I mean. Snipe top part net. That was the game I meet Wirtz and when he said hi, I said, hows it going , eh? He looked at me like what? I said Strange Brew man. He smiled. I still to this day have no idea if he has ever seen Strange Brew. I was sitting about 7 seats over from Rocky and his woman and I think daughter.

  17. Hope Kubalik does get a good look with 19 and 20. Tapping in to his potential could be just what is needed to get little more out of that line.

  18. Nylander would definitely have Collitons favourable eye.
    Colliton didn’t like Joki and the return in the trade was Nylander.
    Colliton would make himself look even dumber than he already is if he didn’t play Nylander.
    I do not see Nylander having any success playing with Toews and Saad.
    Saad is not really a play maker and has hands of stone add the fact that Toews is struggling mightily offensively how does that possibility help Nylander offensively?

    Nylander would be much better off playing with guys like Dach and Kubalik.
    If Dach and Nylander played together and got 15 minutes of ice time they would outscore Toews and Saad playing 20 minutes a game.
    Yes this is just my opinion.

  19. Ian I don’t think Colliton likes Kubalik for some unknown reason.
    Kubalik should definitely be getting more ice time.
    Honestly I don’t believe anyone on the team will be able to produce offensively while playing with Toews and Saad.

  20. Joe,

    Agree a 100%, Duncs, to me, should be teamed with Seabs as the 5/6. One of Maata or keith has to go next year because We will have Murph, DeHaan, Mitchell and Boqvist as the Top4. I cant figure out Nylander, so much potential so little production. I am still hoping the Hawks take a stab at Taylor Hall which would be a huge boost to the Toews and Saad line with Dach, Kubs and Shaw on the 3rd and Kampf, Carpenter and Nylander on the 4th. I am assuming to get Hall they would have to give us Gus/Smith or Shaw maybe Beaudin and a 1st/2nd type of pick to make it work.

  21. Thats why I liked seeing 8 with 20 19, even though it was for only 3 min? and was because Nylander cant play Defense as good as 8? but yet.

    In those 3 min, 20 and then 19 created two scoring chances for 8 to rip one off and he lifted to high and wiffed but he gets more time there and those are goals with his shot. Then that line goes from there.

    Nylander is better with players like 77, then do it.

    20 19 8
    12 17 88
    92 15 77
    91 22 64
    65 healthy

  22. I am for adding a good top 6 FW, like that. Cap space is there without one of 6, 15, 65. Everything else should work cap space wise if were keeping one of the goalies.

    We play well enough Lehner might stay with a Wirtz reset.

    Dach and Kaner could be niiiiiice once 77 gets more established. Especially when you have a Saad Toews Hall & a 12 17 8? line.

    Young wavers are coming on D. Look at how good Gilbert looks, when we have a deep enough D, so these guys can play in their natural ‘fair’ matchup pairs. So BoQ and Mitch should be fine, when we have good D players like Murphy and Haan.

  23. Hall could be good for 20 19, like how Stals was good for the 3rd line of 29 65 25. He stretched the other team out and made that line that good because of that. Whatever Hall is good at, he adds an element like that, it takes on o whole other look.

  24. Stape don’t disagree with you at all, except believe Toews and Saad can add some solid 2ndary scoring. Actually was thinking reuniting 8 and 20 with 19 at center instead of 64 gives a solid matchup line against opposing top lines and try and build a second offensive line around Dach the rest of this season into next. Maybe as Mo said move 88 there eventually, maybe as Donald said pursue a fa in off season. Development of a winger, maybe Nylander or from Rfd., Kurashev, Hagel or someone else is key too, but was looking at that route also. Still hearing good things about Entwistle and believe his phydical play and offensive can be a real asset to the 4th line eventually. Love the way Shaw plays too, but at this point gotta wonder how much he has left to give, Cagguila a similar player on a same path, it looks like too.

  25. See Delia is getting his game together with a couple of strong starts. If the plan is to keep Lehner and Crawford another year, with a number of teams looking for a capable backup, should be shopping him and his friendly caphit right now. Lankinen looks like a fine no. 3 guy for next season, with waivers exempt time left too.

  26. Yea when I thought of 77 88 after that guy said get Hall for 20 19 Hall, I envisioned something like Dach Kurachev Kane.

  27. Yeah Mo. Agree that is the start of a solid team. I like the idea of trading Gus to get a forward since we have gilbert, kk or boqv ready to play minutes. Hall might be the least costly unless he is looking for a 8 mil long term contract. The way dach is playing it should greatly quiet the draft experts. He was the right pick nust like boqv was last year. Stan does deserve some ridicule but he has drafted well considering where we have picked. Some trades have not been the best. This team is good and close to competing with a few upgrades and a top 6 hole. Maybe barrert is the answer but i think we all agree nylander at least for now is not.

  28. Barratt is a cool dude. Cant wait, he has the attitude that noonan was talking about De bob lee swagger cat, in the way hes plays naturally.

  29. Agree with HAWKS 2015. Fantastic moves and great control from the 18 year-old on that goal. Going to be a great pick.

  30. Original-one thing I have noticed about Dach (he is 18 after all) is that during the game he tries basically the same dangle move to get by the D and it hasn’t worked about the last 10 times. Maybe in junior? but could you imagine Scott Stevens on the bench seeing that and praying he tries it again when he’s on the ice.

  31. Yeah agree Dach having issues with bigger, faster Dmen in Nhl, needs to adapt his game there. Think with a little time he will get past that, hockey IQ seems pretty good.

    Sounds like Pens be open to moving Galchenyuk, be the type of risk reward trade Bowman likes if he remains. Pens could use a Gus on their back end and Galchenyuk might be good fit with Dach, skill and size.

  32. It looked like Toews straightened Dach out on the bench over that between the legs move.He did not do it after he was talked to.Next 3 times on the rush he shot the puck with some pace to it.

  33. Read the same thing dome where else, that Dach just like Kane tried moves that worked in juniors and didnt work at first. Then when the game slowed down for him, they did.

  34. Yea PIT like Defensemen that are good at and cant play Defense, like Daley. They traded a decent DEF Defensemen Maatta away.

  35. It took a few yrs, but we basically traded Daley for Maatta. If you would have said that when we traded Daley, we would get Maatta. Yes.

    Ian, thats another thing just because we have who we have for prospects doesnt mean we do not add a young / younger player by trade like that.

    Strome looks to be good, not near 12 caphit good, but good player that fits. That should be a good thing, so his caphit should be decent like we wer saying back in training camp. Like Jordy said Strome should not get that kind of caphit and it should be bridge yrs.

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