Emergency Goalie Saves Win In Seabrook’s 1,000th

We knew a couple things heading into Thursday night.

Brent Seabrook was going to play in his 1,000th career regular season NHL game.

And Dylan Sikura would make his NHL debut.

After Anton Forsberg injured himself during warmups, Collin Delia jumped into action and made his NHL debut.

And, when Delia got hurt with 14 minutes left in regulation, 36-year-old Scott Foster threw on a red #90 sweater and made his NHL debut.

Thankfully by the time Foster was called into service the Blackhawks had already scored six times and had a four-goal lead. But this sums up the 2017-18 Blackhawks season perfectly: scoring well, honoring a franchise legend, and you’ve got no clue what the hell is going on between the pipes.

After a terrific ceremony celebrating the career of Seabrook, the Hawks went to work on Winnipeg’s backup goaltender, Eric Comrie. At 3:44 into the first, Patrick Kane got things started.

Kane’s goal was unassisted, but he picked up an assist – as did Nick Schmaltz – when Brandon Saad made the score 2-0.

Both teams put 14 shots on net in the first, and the Hawks got a late power play that carried over into the second period.

Chicago didn’t score during their power play, but both teams got busy in the second.

Tomas Jurco scored his fifth and sixth of the season at 4:26 and 11:13 into the period, respectively, to give the Blackhawks a 4-0 lead. Bryan Little ended Delia’s shutout bid at 14:24, but the Hawks weren’t done offensively.

Alex DeBrincat found Erik Gustafsson breaking up the middle and the Hawks were up 5-1.

Sikura picked up his first career NHL point with an assist on the Gustafsson goal.

Kyle Connor, the fantastic rookie in Winnipeg, made a nice play to set up Mark Scheifele for a goal in the final couple minutes of the second and, when the dust settled, Chicago took a 5-2 lead to the dressing room for the second intermission.

The Blackhawks out-shot the Jets 15-9 in the second and Delia was terrific when he needed to be.

Chicago extended the lead back to four when DeBrincat scored his 27th of the season.

On the DeBrincat goal, rookie Victor Ejdsell picked up the first point of his career with an assist; Sikura picked up his second assist in his debut.

With 14 minutes left in the third it got really interesting. After making 25 saves against 27 shots in his NHL debut, Delia suffered a lower-body injury and needed assistance to get off the ice. Out came Foster, who apparently played at Western Michigan.

Foster made a few nice saves and received standing ovations for each one. He made a really nice stop of a Paul Stastny shot while Winnipeg was finishing a power play late in the third and the crowd began chanting his name. A far cry from the men’s league at Johnny’s for sure.

When Foster sucked up a shot with 1:43 left in regulation, the entire Blackhawks bench was on its feet tapping sticks on the ice.

In the final minute, coach Joel Quenneville send Sikura, Ejdsell and Sikura into the game. The clock went to zero and, though Delia gets credit for the win, the Blackhawks mobbed Foster in the net. Foster stopped all seven shots he faced.

Sikura skated 13:52 and put four shots on net, picking up two assists. Saad led Chicago with eight shots on net.

Foster was named the #1 star of the game.

39 thoughts on “Emergency Goalie Saves Win In Seabrook’s 1,000th

  1. Debrincat in the hardest division and conference with a 30 goal rookie yr.

    Schmaltz, now Debrincat. Whos next.

    Going to be a top team again for the coming yrs. Need to make the right adjustments. With everything possible going against us this yr, we still split or better against every top 10 team.

    2 first game goalies in same game. This game is a good laugher to feel good and leave a good taste in the mouth for the off season. Lots of exciting young players that other teams now cant just skate by an have it easy. We need to get some things done roster wise for these coming yrs.

  2. What a crazy night. Sikura showed some nice skills with the puck. The next 3 games will be great for the young guys as both Colorado and the Blues are in a dogfight for a playoff spot. Hopefully we will have a goalie.

  3. Kudos to Foster for having the night of his life. The most enjoyable game of the season to watch. D-Cat is the real deal.

  4. It was fun to watch-Hopefully they take it easy on Foster tonight as he has a job to go to in the morning.
    Honestly hockey is a funny game-how does Winnipeg play like that as a Cup favourite? Maurice not happy!
    It was nice to see Sikura get a couple of points but he probably was in awe of the size and speed.

    My friend’s son got 1000 bucks for one NHL game as a late game replacement but that was several years ago-now?

  5. What a great game. Where do I even start? The Scott Foster thing was fun but that’s a one night cute story. Delia looked pretty good so maybe he’s got a future in the NHl – it was a nice debut anyway. Jurco getting a couple goals is a happy story line too.

    But the main story for me was Sikura. I wanted to see him play and was hoping he would be as good as I thought he would be … and he was. Obviously it was only 13 or 14 minutes but he showed the skating, shiftiness, vision, passing that is going to make him a very good NHL player. We’ll see about consistency and how he reacts to the physical game which the Jets didn’t seem too interested in playing tonight but I’m please with Sikura’s first game.

    Another nice little story was Kane taking the lead in goals with his 27th only to have the Cat come back and get his 27th to tie Kaner up. With 4 games left – can either one of them reach 30 goals?

    And there was the Gustafsson deke where he dekes right and goes left around the opposing player, skates in and makes a play. He’s not great in his own end but they does have some good offense.

    And finally – Seabs. It was his night and he’s almost an after thought – just the way he would want it which endears me to him even more. First class ceremony by the Hawks, as always. For as much as we like to bitch about what we think is wrong with the Hawks – one thing all Hawks fans can be proud of is they are a first class organization. Well done from Rocky on down.

  6. Delia cramped up. Okay. That’s the best news for him. Foster was the smile of the night. Every save just had me laughing and having fun. Jurco is giving the Blackhawks something to think about. DeBrincat is just going to get better.
    Tab, what were the FO% for the centers? Ejdsell and Kampf seemed to have a solid night.

  7. Delia looked like Crawford lite as to technique and composure in the net. He has potential. We ve seen enough of a sample size of the other 3 goalies (sans crawford) this season….

    Take Foster to Colorado, he looked better in 14 mins plus than glass Forsberg and berube did in lesser time periods this season.

  8. Hawks had 5 guys with 2 point nights: Jurco 2+0, DeBrincat 1+1, Gustafsson 1+1, Kane 1+1, Sikura 0+2.

  9. Fun game tonight Delia looked Good, The kid line of Sikura, Edjsell and DeBrincat looked good to. Great ceremony for Seabs and well deserved. Always has been a class act. Nice finish with Foster in goal did a good job and it was fun to see the team mob him.

  10. Sikura’s vision, skating, skills were what I had hoped for and he delivered that but what I really liked (and was a bit surprised by) was how he was able to exit the D zone with some sweet passes and smart hockey plays – that’ll keep him in the line up

    It’s only one game but I looks to me like he’s here to stay

  11. and Saad seems to be bouncing back – if he plays the whole of next year like he has the last few games that’ll be huge for the Hawks

  12. We should see Hillman’s debut tomorrow which will be good to see what he’s all about.

    It will be interesting to see Sikura and Ejdsell in back to back games and at altitude against a fast team. I didn’t notice Ejdsell as much tonight as I did in his first game. Something to keep an eye on – consistently bringing it every game.

  13. I hope Toews will get back into a couple games before the end of the season – I would really like to see some combination of 88/19/20/8/12/95 for lines 1 and 2.

  14. Edman Kampf w8 L5 AA w5 L11 Ejdsell w3 L6 and Schmaltz w4 L9 overall the 4 centers w 20 L31 faceoffs. Sikura was impressive see how he keeps it up, Jets appear to be in cruise control mode heading for playoffs. Still to early to tell uf Ejdsell be on team next year, thought he looked slow and tentative against Jets. How about opening night one more shift for Foster, lol quite a story.

  15. Wraparound… Re: Sikura- You are spot on… Sikura’s Zone exits were GRADE A+
    giving Hawks lot’s of speed thru Center ice… they were Fast/tape to tape/ something that has really been missing from Hawks team ALL year…

    Sikura – would be a great fit with Kane or Hossa – type skaters , who can fly and read the play/recognize when to “fly”…. this German guy Kahun- supposed to have wheels too.

    Sikura’s downfall… even more timid on boards/puck battles than TT…

    Saad-putting up points w/out 19… hhmmm

    Connor- kid for Jets… is a player… started 30′ behind Seabs… and beat him down ice … by 20′

  16. EB liked Saad with Kane and Schmaltz, wouldn’t mind seeing Toews in Ejdsells spot between 12 and 95.

  17. Look… I know it’s two games… BUT….

    I like what I’ve seen from Victor Ejdsell. He’s got really good size and can skate, and the line of Sikura-Ejdsell-DeBrincat was fun to watch last night.

    With that being said, Stan Bowman has effectively turned a weakness into a position of depth over the last 9 months. The Hawks are actually in pretty good shape at center. With Toews, Schmaltz, Ejdsell and Kampf they have three guys who appear to have some offensive ability and Kampf looks like a nice 4th line type guy. The Hawks also still have Highmore (who spent most of his NHL time at wing), Kero & Hinostroza who can take draws.

    Missing from that group: Artem Anisimov.

    Does Anisimov stick around? Move to a wing? Ejdsell is a better skater than Anisimov and has shown a similar willingness to park his ass in front of the net.

  18. Give the new young guys a good 40 and then a whole 82 games to pace themselves for that kind of season/games wise. Not worried (now) about consistency, even though we didn’t have any the whole yr/this yr.

    I like what I am seeing with each guy. Just wait until these guys get on the same page and get used to each other. Were going to see some serious good passing/play.

  19. Wall said “Sikura’s downfall… even more timid on boards/puck battles than TT…” – based on what? I saw him engage on the wall in the d-zone but maybe I missed something – what did you see that leads you to think he’s timid?

    Ian – yes: 12-19-95 and 20-8-88.

  20. For a game that had little to influence standing and could have been a yawner we were instead treated at the UC last night to a most entertaining night of hockey. Throw in the Seabrook ceremony which was stirring in itself, and the injection of all sorts of crazy lineup changes, along with an inspired Hawks team. It was a great night for us fans at the UC!

    We can bitch about the present Seabrook salary drain, but the guy has done incredible yeoman work wearing the Indian Head. No Seabs , less Cups. Period. A credit to the regiment. I got a little teared up watching the highlights last night.

    Delia played very well last night. Couldn’t figure out what happened to him in the 3rd.
    Thought maybe his back blew out or a torn groin when he went down hard and didn’t move. So Foster(Foster????) skates out and you would have thought this guy was a Vezina Trophy winner, he gets a massive ovation. Q and players cracking up on the bench. Hawks had a big lead. It was awesome. First thing I’m thinking is where did this guy come from, a local beer league….never heard of him. So he makes a first save and the place goes nuts. I haven’t seen Hawks play team defense around a keeper like that all year. They were all in to help this guy. It was truly inspiring and incredible theater. They HAD to give Foster #1 star! Yes, beer league guy who is an accountant.

    What a story. In a season with so much disappointment last night kind of made it all go away just for a few hours. I was cracking up on the way home. Troy Murray was hilarious on AM 720.

    Sikura appears to have some hockey smarts and yes, this kid is a good skater. Edjsell past 2 games reminds me a little of Anisimov. He along with Kampf are strong on puck battles. Jurco almost pots a hatty. Gus with more great offensive sense, yet sadly his defense is still lacking. Try him out on the wing…

    I’m liking the bigger bodies in the Hawks lineup. You need those larger guys to compete and win puck battles along the boards with big opposing D men.

    I think the Oesterle experiment should come to an end. He gets rag dolled and helicoptered every game. He simply isn’t strong enough physically.

    Lineup possibilities for Avs game are intriguing.

    Lets GO Hawks!

  21. ER– as I mentioned– Sikura was GREAT on D outlet passes… Sikura was fast and IQ -wise smart enough to get to the Puck– and MOVE it SUPER quick- cuz he Thinks game at high speed

    He did fly-bys in O zone– meaning he did NOT want to engage in O zone battles on ANY 50/50 pucks…

    Look – I am a huge fan of his… Just like I really liked TT… as long as team/Line plays that style together… He will be great…

    But- If Hawks are trying to do that 2010 – CYCLE to death on low boards… Sikura isn’t that guy…

    Sikura- will Add tons of speed in his ability to get to pucks (in D zone- and make accurate- long and short- quick passes.

    I saw the same thing from Ian Mitchell in Camp… NOT gonna win a Battle… but if he wins race to puck… IT will move FAST and Accurately… which means a shit ton of speed going the Hawks direction!

  22. A few comments…
    Re: TT, is there anyone that scribes here that wouldn’t love to have him back? So what if he was a bit tentative early on with the physical play; that’s behind him and he’s turned into a helluva player for the Canes. Hopefully, Sikura develops the same way…AND…bring up his brother Tyler and them play together a bit. Let’s see what he can do up here.
    Re: Hayden…why isn’t he playing, is he hurt? He needs to play.
    Re: Sharpie…thank you for everything, beloved and his contributions can’t be overstated but the kids need to play in his place.
    Re: AA…by the time the Hawks are in the mix again his value and usefulness will be naught. Move him during the off-season and try to get a decent pick or two in
    return.
    Re: Seabs…I am so damned thankful he’s a Blackhawk…class, leader. Invaluable contributions over the years.

    Question for anyone more in the know (Tab)…Hawks have been loading up on young defensemen…what’s the current outlook on some of the youngsters that have been in the organIzation for awhile…Forsling, Snuggerud, Dahlstrom, Raddysh, etc.? There’s little to no discussion about them with these late signings but I can’t believe they’re not thought to be in the mix anymore?

  23. Didn’t mean to knock Ejdsell just seemed to me last night with the Jets he seemed to be involved less and found it harder to keep up. He may be a fine center but so far he has been given favourable line mates and mostly offensive zone starts so still too early to know how it plays out for him. AA gas shown very good scoring ability and even as a top 6 winger who can be a top 6 center in event of injury to 19 or 8 is a plus to have around.
    Tyler Sikura not on a NHL contract this season so not eligible to be called up until next year.

  24. Z-Greg

    I loved TT too… in spite of his lack of board play… many ways to be good/and win games… looking back- TT just seemed to be in wrong place at wrong time… meaning Hawks were trying to play that Low Cycle game… that’s not TT’s game…

    ironically- Hawks seem to be slowly transitioning away from that Style now -imo
    and more into- run and gun- Sikura/Dcat/Schmaltz/Kane fit that… style- this Kahun too???

    where the “Fail” lies… is the hawks D- can’t keep up -imo- right now

    Re: Hawks D on farm… Forsling/Snuggy/Raddish/ etc.
    I have been to a few Icehogs games recently-
    Raddysh- is slower version of TvR– smart- but slower
    Snuggy- has had tons of injuries this year… set back year
    Forsling- is injured now… still think he is in mix

    I like Mitchell/Tuulola/and Hillman all better than Most of guys at Rockford now– the ONLY D guy in Rock- who might be an asset going forward is Forsling…
    Snuggy- has tools- but injuries- have put him back

    Mitchell/Tuulola/Hillman/Krys all skate as well /or better than Most current Hawk defenders Playing now…
    can they handle the NHL /Bigger/faster bodies??? Time will tell

    But- hey- Current roster D guys- don’t seem to be able to handle NHL speed/size this year ….

  25. Agreed that Ejdsell wasn’t as noticeable but he still made some nice plays and he seems defensively aware although there’s definitely room for improvement

    Overall I like him but he seems a little clumsy at times – hopefully just nerves or getting accustomed to NHL. A bit early to tell if he sticks on NHL roster to start next year or not. My guess after two games would be a yes but we’ll have to see.

  26. I’ve been thinking about the TT/Sikura comparison since Wall mentioned it earlier. I think there are some similarities for sure but I think there is one important difference in Sikura’s favor and that’s his slipperiness as a skater. He’s probably quicker than TT too but Sikura has a better wiggle start/stop than TT and that will be big for his effectiveness. He’s not Johnny Gaudreau quick/elusive but he’s pretty good. He’s not as good on his edges as Panarin but he’s kind of similar with his ability to get where he needs to go while keeping control of the puck. Hinostroza has a similar dipsy doodle but he doesn’t control the puck as well.

  27. Lazerus just tweeted this and I don’t disagree:

    This would be an awfully fun team to watch next season. As long as a healthy Corey Crawford is behind that defense.

    Saad-Toews-Kane
    DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Sikura
    Hinostroza-Ejdsell-Duclair
    Wingels-Anisimov-Hayden

    Plug in Kampf if you can move Anisimov.

  28. Keeping AA around could be good insurance policy and could play top 6 winger you see if, Sikura needs time to adapt his game on 3rd line as deBrincat did. Ejdsell experiment at center doesn’t pan out. As said before if Toews or Schmaltz go down to injury, gives a quality fill in or Saad doesn’t have a better year.
    I could see starting year off:
    15/20 19 12
    20/15 8 88
    95 14 91
    40 64 48

    Hopefully Duclair can find his game next year and put a good year similar to Paniks 2nd year. Sikura will see extra ice time on pp and move up to top 6 when comfortable. Keeping AA to trade deadline vs moving him this summer may make some sense.

  29. ER-the edge work of Panarin-he might be the best in the league. Miss seeing that this year. Last year 74 in 82 games-this year 73 pts. in 78–it wasn’t just Kaner. I actually thought at times he over thought/over-passed to Kane even if it wasn’t the best option.
    On the bright side Saad looks different.

    They might have the luxury of letting go of Anisimov–3 more at 4.5 per.

  30. Ian- I agree on your AA thoughts… I like the guy, versatile, can play both sides of Puck… Luxury to have right now…

    wts- IF- the “Right” deal comes along this summer… He could be the guy to move…

    But -if no “Right” deal… might be in best interest of Hawks to keep till TDL…

    Jurco/AA/Martinsen- Euro line last nite looked good… I thought that line was effective- including Martinsen…

    Gonna be an interesting Summer with DRAFT and possible trades/signings/Cap space???

  31. I like keeping AA next year unless the return is too good to turn down. If Ejdsell shows he can take AA’s spot then that would be a good time to move him but I like AA as Ian said as centre insurance and as a top 9 winger if Ejdsell can take 3C. I like Kampf as 4C.

    I see that some are putting 91 in the top 9 for next year – I’m not sure that’s going to work out based on what I’ve seen. He has potential so it’s certainly not out of the question but I do question his hockey IQ particularly in D zone. He’ll have to improve there especially if Q is back and to consistently play top 9.

  32. I think most Hawks fans would agree the biggest need going into next season is the d-corps. Assuming Crawford returns to form and Toews and Saad play better than they did this season – the d-corps is by far the biggest need for improvement.

    If we put aside Keith and Seabrook who will almost assuredly be two mainstays on the blue line for the 2018/19 Hawks, and if we include Murphy because he has over the magical 250 games played so he will part of the mix. That leaves spots for 3 starters and 1 or 2 subs. To break it down a bit more – 2 LD’s and 1 RD.

    The reason I’m posting this is because Scott Powers has an article in TheAthletic about Lucas Carlsson possibly coming to N.A. and signing with Rockford. The article brings to light the glut of d-men either already under contract, possibly signing soon and others who are probably only 1-year away. And yet, when I scan the names not one of them stands out as being close to a sure fire thing.

    Without going through the trouble of separating the LD’s from the RD’s – just look at them all: Carlsson, Gustafsson, Dahlstrom, Svedberg, Forsling, Norell, Tuulola, Oesterle, Rutta, Gilbert, Krys, Mitchell, Hillman, Shea, Snuggerud, Jokiharju, and several others. That’s 16 d-men and not one of them projects to be a top-pairing guy and even a second-pairing guy is a bit of a stretch for most of them.

    The Hawks need to win that draft lottery. We need Dahlin bad.

  33. Good to keep 15 and wait until there is a too good of an offer to turn away from like 38. That cap space and 81 and no player bonuses means a top Dman or FW sign in summer/regardless of yr.

    15 might have been the ideal center for 2010 team, like Wall, we have to adapt to whole league being fast/not parity. Then were back in business as usual. Just like Campbell being the harder/better conference again. Give east credit they got even with Campbell for 2 yrs. Now its back to normal.

    The difference between this yr and the coming yrs are going to be sweet. It will feel better as well since we had to go through a yr like this/record wise. High top pick coming right up.

  34. Need to start a movement to bring Scott Foster back for another appearance this yaer so he gets his $500 and his jersey! Let’s make a run with this! It would be the best marketing move the Hawks have made all year!

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