Crawford, Chicago Escape Calgary Victorious

The Blackhawks were looking to bounce back from an ugly performance in Winnipeg on Tuesday against a banged up Flames team playing their third goal in four nights.

In the first period, the Hawks saw the starting lines quickly get thrown into the blender and, eventually, Ryan Hartman found his efforts noticed and paying off with top line minutes. Richard Panik started with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, but Hartman earned a bump early.

At 7:42 into the first, Hartman received a beautiful, long pass from Artem Anisimov and beat Chad Johnson for his third goal of the season.

Unfortunately, two late period penalties opened the door for Calgary to build some momentum offensively. The Hawks successfully killed penalties on Jordin Tootoo and Marcus Kruger, the second of which overlapped into the second period. But Calgary wouldn’t be held off the board for long.

It helped the Flames’ chances when Kane robbed himself.

Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan scored 3:30 apart early in the second period to give the Flames a 2-1 lead. Troy Brouwer had an assist on both goals, and the two young forwards picked up assists on each others goals for three two-point performances quickly for a Calgary team that was without Johnny Gaudreau.

Thankfully, Chicago got a power play of their own when Matthew Tkachuk caught Marian Hossa with a high stick. Brent Seabrook made it pay with a missile that tied the game at two.

Through two periods, the Flames had out-shot the Hawks 20-18 but Chicago had spent eight full, successful minutes killing penalties in the opening 40 minutes. After a rough night against Winnipeg, Corey Crawford bounced back with a strong performance in the opening two periods to thwart a number of tremendous chances for Calgary.

In the third period, both teams took a more defensive approach. Only ten combined shots reached either net in the first 15 minutes of the third with both teams looking for a go-ahead goal.

With roughly 2:30 left in regulation, a hard shot by Artemi Panarin popped high up in the air. Marian Hossa followed the play to the front of the net and tipped the puck past Johnson for a 3-2 Chicago lead.

Calgary wanted to challenge that there was goaltender interference on the play, but they had already used their timeout. The goal stood.

But nothing can come easily. With nine seconds left in regulation, Anisimov was called for tripping Monahan. Kruger made a fabulous block and Crawford made a good save during the brief power play and the Hawks were able to hang on for a good road win.

Crawford finished with 28 saves against 30 shots in the win.

Seabrook, Brian Campbell and Dennis Rasmussen led the Hawks with three blocked shots each. Rasmussen skated on a line with Kruger for most of the night and, when with Hartman, looked as good as any line coach Joel Quenneville put on the ice.

Michal Kempny had a terrific night and led the Blackhawks with five shots on net. He picked up an assist on Hossa’s game-winner. He also blocked two shots and was credited with one hit in 18:16.

Toews won only eight of 21 faceoffs and rookie Nick Schmaltz won just two of 10 in a tough night at the dot. Monahan was the primary reason for that; Calgary’s star won 14 of 18 in defeat. Anisimov won half of his 14 faceoffs, however, and Rasmussen won six of 11. Kruger only took one faceoff in the game.

The Blackhawks officially finished the night perfect on five penalty kills, though the final one was only 8.8 seconds in length. Chicago converted their only power play into the game-trying goal from Seabrook in the second.

Before Friday night’s game in Calgary, the Blackhawks got some encouraging news.

Vince Hinostroza had been on bed rest to recover from a concussion since getting rocked on Tuesday night in Winnipeg. He joined the team at the morning skate on Friday, but did not dress. He “might” be available on Saturday night in Vancouver.

Another rookie forward who has been missing might be on his way back soon as well. Tyler Motte, who has been out since Nov. 6, could join the team in Vancouver on Saturday. When he returns to the lineup is a question, but being with his teammates is a great sign he isn’t far away.


17 thoughts on “Crawford, Chicago Escape Calgary Victorious

  1. Hossa playing with the russians at 37 is reborn : kane beside toews again is the norm. To play on their line many given the chance: but toews still no left winger to take to the dance. On the 3rd and 4th lines new faces run loose: with kruegs, panik, desi and moose. Keith, hamer & seabs this summer got some rest rest: with soupy and the rookies our D is the best. Crawford is playing like this years mvp: with darling for support they ‘re something to see. The pk early was a sorespot: lately its been better than hot. The salary cap forces Q to play rookies: guessing how long they’ll stay has been a boon for the bookies. Thanks to our updates we see the prospect pools deep: meaning Stan will stay busy deciding who to keep. We are so lucky they keep producing teams that just win: just watch and enjoy a nd hope lord stanley visits again.

  2. How about that Hartman goal! New respect for him and great for us going forward. Crawford made at least 5 key highly skilled saves…..stellar. These had nothing to do with the “team in front of him”..just crazy good positioning, athletic prowess, killer awarness. Calgary was highly motivated for this game and really wanted the win.
    There were probably 43 reasons why Hossa’s, er Panarin’s goal, should not have counted but the call went our way to even out previous nonsense. Looked to me as if Hossa was not even there the puck would have gone in. Both Toews and Kane now have managed to knock away their own goals. Take the win and count our blessings.

  3. Kempny had a strong game. I knew he’d be good because in the pre-season that troll Rufus said he stunk!

  4. Just like the MON game we were down 2-1 when we should have been up 1/or tied because of crappy bounce. Instead of playing from behind the whole game after those things, we responded. We have a dang good team and were going to get better. We still havnt played really good/best yet. I am thinking a stretch in DEC.

    We respond.

  5. Hartman with another strong game. A real head-scratcher he sat last game. With Motte returning soon it should be fun to watch them both develop their nhl game and find ways to contribute for a W. Hopefully Motte can pick up where he left off.
    Schmaltz could probably use some time in Rockford but he does show some good play and does not stink out there. He had a pretty good game against Winnipeg. He needs more consistency but his confidence should be stronger as the season progresses.
    Kane and Toews both with a bad night. Panarin and Panik not so great either. Another game tomorrow to make up for it!
    Hossa! Wow!

  6. Crap we are squeaking out some points BUT,.,.,Something not right !!!1 Desie should not be the guy shooting 6 shots a game.,.what is his role??/Panik ,.,Tell me his ROLE .
    Toews line tonight – 2 Something not lined up right . If Crow not playing stellar ,.,We would have coaching issues . Shits gonna hit the fan .
    Weekend .

  7. Good teams win on the road, stick around, win special teams and close! The Hawks did exactly that. Good win! Crow wasnt great but his game is so “calm” hard to believe there are people that still bash him.

  8. Tab- Kruger with 1 faceoff??? Must be bad wrist again??? not good for a team that struggles at the dot!

    Like Panik- but he destroys the Cycle game on 1st line

    Guessing Motte/Hino will both get long looks on 1LW when healthy

  9. If Bowman can identify enough cap room then it’s inevitable he tries to add a quality left wing rental at some point. It’s a screaming need on this team. Let’s face it, Panik should not be playing many minutes and a role player like Des Jardins is being asked to do way more than he is capable of.

    Kempny and Forsling are really developing nicely. In all honesty Campbell is the 6th best defenseman right now and that’s a wonderful problem to have. Plus Rosival is around and able to contribute.

    Schmaltz is not ready for the NHL, but credit Quenneville, Kitch and Dineen with being patient and tolerant with him while he tries to learn on the job.

    Vancouver will be a good test.

  10. Schmaltz’s defensive game has been surprisingly better than I expected. The kid shows absolutely zero emotion..
    Ever. Somebody get him some anti-depressants. When Motte comes back I’d like to see those 2 with Hartman for a bit.

  11. I think Hartman should get a better/longer look on first line. Has much better hands than most think, and is not afraid of the blue paint. Now is the time to see if he works out with 19. I know I always talk him up, but I have watched him for years and I think he is top 6, just got to give him more than 2 or 3 shifts a game.

  12. The circus trip is underway. This is the time when the team usually finds itself. A time of bonding and truly coming together. This year – more than ever – we NEED this trip. IMO when they finish this trip they will be a different team. The young guys will feel like they have arrived and play like they have arrived in the NHL. The lines will begin to come together, playing as a unit.
    I really like the way we look right now and I think we are actually ahead of the curve when it comes to putting this team together, after yet another culling, due to the dreaded salary cap.
    Go Hawks!

  13. You know if krueger is struggling so much on the dot why not give him a shot with 19 and 88. Him and toews play well on pk and he can battle and help with puck possession and get possession get out of our own end and allow the offensive dmen more leeway to jump up on the rush to make up for lack of offense.

  14. Faceoff stats so far…

    Toews- 59.6
    Kruger- 49.8
    Desjardins- 5 for 9
    Rasmussen- 41.4
    Schmaltz- 32.4

  15. What Artys FO after fisrt 5 or so games. When Krugs FO was 55/56 with Tazer at 55/57 we were fine with the other two guys around 45. We need 16 to be in the 55 area or another guy at 50.

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