Forsling, Blackhawks End 5-Game Skid

The Blackhawks had a busy Friday. Tanner Kero cleared waivers, Vinnie Hinostroza got called up and Corey Crawford returned from IR.

With all of that action, the Hawks hosted a struggling Buffalo team at the United Center. Ryan Hartman – not Richard Panik – was scratched for Hinostroza as coach Joel Quenneville looked to find a formula that brought some offense.

Chicago did a pretty good job of dominating most of the first period, but a familiar face who has haunted the Hawks for years got Buffalo on the scoreboard. Jason Pominville scored a power play goal with 18 seconds left in the first to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead despite Chicago holding a 13-5 shot advantage through 20 minutes.

The Hawks got a power play in the second and took advantage (finally). Alex DeBrincat scored his 12th of the season to tie the game at one.

Gustav Forsling and Patrick Sharp had the assists on the DeBrincat goal.

Kyle Okposo would get the lead back for Buffalo at 11 minutes into the second with his fourth of the season.

The situation looked bad for a big part of the third period as the Hawks struggled to beat Robin Lehner. When Brent Seabrook went to the box at 15:25 it looked like it could cost the Blackhawks an opportunity for at least one point against a bad Buffalo team.

But Tommy Wingels wasn’t having it. He scored a short-handed goal to tie the game with 3:22 left in regulation.

Forsling picked up his second assist on the Wingels goal; Jan Rutta had the second assist.

And we went to overtime.

Forsling’s two-point night almost ended badly 90 seconds into overtime when he hooked Jack Eichel on a breakaway at the end of a long shift to open the extra session. Eichel was given a penalty shot on the play, but he was stopped by Corey Crawford.

As time ran down in OT, Forsling was back on the ice in the middle of the action. Brandon Saad got the puck to Forsling who put a good, hard shot on net and it slipped past Lehner with five seconds left in overtime to win the game.

Forsling finished the night with three points, five shots on net and two hits in 22:04.

In his season debut, Hinostroza put four shots on net and won three of seven faceoffs in 12:02.

Toews had one assist and one hit in 22:45 but was the only Blackhawks skater to perform well at the dot. Chicago’s captain won 15 of 23 faceoffs in the game; the rest of the Hawks’ roster lost 15 of 23.

Panik skated 13:36 and led the Blackhawks with two blocked shots. He also put three shots on net, a nice change of pace. Saad led Chicago with six shots on net. Connor Murphy had a team-leading four hits.

Crawford stopped 26 of 28 in his return to earn the victory.

The Hawks are back on the ice Sunday night when Niklas Hjalmarsson and the Coyotes come to town. They may be without Cody Franson, who left the game in the third period.

31 thoughts on “Forsling, Blackhawks End 5-Game Skid

  1. Give credit where credit is due: Forsling has transformed himself from an AHL caliber D man to the Hawks’ best D man this season to date. Kudos. Bouma & Wingels have 6 goals b w them already, these are sniper type #s compared to the 1 goal Tootoo and Desjardins combined for last season.

    Crawl before you walk, walk before you run, run before you sprint. Baby steps we ‘ll take it.

    PS. Q says Franson day to day, we ‘ll see Q dress 13 forwards Sunday night…

  2. Will take two points any way we can get them although it’s not great when Forsling and Dcat are our best players. Very impressed with Forsling’s growth, he will definitely be a top 2 d-man for years to come – nice trade for Adam Clendening!

  3. Ugly win but the Hawks aren’t in the position to worry about style points. Forsling was dominant out there. Great game for him. ADC continues to show off his ability.

    Q loves the line blender, just wish he would use it for his special teams too. Instead he rolls out Seabroke and Sharp again, urgh! It was funny to hear Pat talking about Seabroke “not being able to use his legs” Pats such a homer but it’s sooo obvious how pathetic Seabroke has been playing! Nice job Hawks!

  4. A win = 2 points. YAY!

    Nice to have Crawford back.

    Hawks got lots of rubber on net with 51 SOG and the Sabres blocked another 31 shots … and yet there were only a handful that seemed dangerous. Still, 82 shots is pretty good, if for no other reason it indicates the Hawks spent a lot of time in the Sabres’ d-zone, which is a good thing, if I recall correctly.

    Forsling really shaping up to be a good d-man. He should be be on the #1 PP unit instead of Keith. Rutta and Murphy have been stepping up pretty nicely lately too.

    Another bottom feeder coming up Sunday against Arizona. Let’s get another 2 points and see if we can get excited about this team again.

  5. Forsling continues to be very impressive. Love watching the 17/57/40 line. Nice and simple to the net always a chance for a put back.
    2 points is all that matters right now.

  6. Okay, a win is always a good thing. I am happy about it. Forsling had a great game. It looks like Hinostroza wants to be here. DeBrincat continues to excel. So, okay. That’s good. Panik taking ice time from Hartman? Pfffft. Sharp almost had a goal. Yet ANOTHER post. I believe the Blackhawks still lead the NHL in that damnable category. Southsidehawkman is correct about Q and those PP pairings. Mix it up Q. As for “mixing it up”, what D man comes out of the pressbox to replace Franson? Oesterle or Kempny? Any bets? Tthat 4th line, as I’ve said many times before, continues to be the best, most consistent line. I love the bangers and crashers. Now, their lighting the lamp!!!!
    Lastly, Pat Foley made a comment about Seabrook’s legs. Is it possible he has an unknown injury? I haven’t seen a guy like him lose so much in such a short period of time.
    Oh! looking forward. Next year, we’ll probably have Snuggerud and Raddysh here. Defensively, I am stoked for this team.
    Carry on.

  7. Victory from the jaws of defeat. 2 points.
    Has Saad picked up his jock from chasing Eichel on the Buffalo power play goal. Btw, Panerin is all over Twitter with 5 pucks in his hands for 5 assists tonight. Gosh P. Kane misses him !
    Also, is there a lazier player in the defensive zone than Kane ? He loses almost every 50/50 puck along the wall due to lack of effort or a halfass stick lift attempt, then gives up.

    Wingels and Bouma have actually been decent signings.

    Keith desperately needs a reliable partner. What would Justin Faulk cost from Carolina ?

    Find an injury for Panik and put him on IR.

  8. I apologize for harping, but, Seabrook SUCKS. OK, let’s hear it from anyone who at this point wants/tries to defend him/his play…

    NOT great vs. a pretty poor opponent, but it’s a W.

  9. Yeah real sorry Dickie ,our 3 time Stanley cup winner ,.,.Canada Gold Metal winner .
    King Seabs has you wishing you were worth even explaining it to ,.,.,.but you aint ,.,.,The sooner Q lets Seabs start shooting again the better . Every team in the League would not want all that experience . Thank the lord Jesus for D cat ,.,,Wingman ,.,.and Booma ,..,

  10. We outplayed the other team 6 times in the 7 of 10 against top 10 teams and the other 4 were even. We deserved better then 4-0-1 and better then 0-3-2. So any win 2 pts when we get outplayed and I didnt see this game is justice. We should have a lot of justice coming our way after those 10 games.

    Games like this like the CAR game bring teams together get swagger baby because of the fashion of it.

    Bob Lee Swagger. As Bolly says Suck on thaaaaaaat.

  11. Extremely happy for Vinny! I hope he gets to ploay here until the end of the season at centren or right wing. Now, Falling in love with Bouma and Wingels is wrong especially when it means Hartman has to sit out.

    14 19 10
    20 8 88
    13 15 12
    17 48 38

    Bench: Hayden and Wingels

    These lines would allow Coach Q during a game gto move Hartman up and Sharp down or Panik down and DeBrincat up.

    Need to spot Wingels and Bouma and Hayden. Let Vinny, Hartman and Jurco.

    This team needs offence.

  12. They couldn’t afford to lose to Buffalo, and they should beat the Coyotes also. Congrats to Forsling on a great night.

  13. I only caught the 3rd period & OT, but it appears someone took my advice & explained to #8 to shoot the puck more!

    I never seen him take so many shots! Good for him!

    Never underestimate the power of a shock collar!

  14. So, the Hawks got Vinnie, Crow back, and a PP goal. Schmaltz was infuriating in the first period passing up shots. Eddie got it right when he said you have to tell a guy like that, “Shoot or you’re not going to play.” He was great on the shorty and quite effective all night once he stopped with the prissy, attempted highlight reel passes. ADB said during the interview that his shot was “lucky.” I have noticed that when you get shots through, even if you are hoping for a rebound that you have a chance to get “lucky.” His release is awesome. Forsling got “lucky” in OT as well. Toews looked better. It would help if his shots were on net. Keith fanned on a pass and a shot. At least he wasn’t minus 4. Vinnie played well. If Hartman is going to get back in it won’t be Vinnie sitting. Panik was good tonight. He is snake bitten, but getting more noticeable.

  15. Eddie O mentioned during the first period that sometimes the only way to treat a guy like Schmaltz, who won’t shoot, is to bench him …… until he gets it into his head to shoot. Well, someone said something to him because things turned on a dime and he went to a different strategy right after Eddie said that. And it was needed! Put the damn puck on the net!

    Not groundbreaking, but both Sharp and Panik played better for the second game in a row. I wasn’t too disappointed about Hartman’s scratch because he’s not been any great shakes lately.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  16. Let’s take the 2 points and hope that Forsling will continue to grow as a player and develop into a superstar. We still need some net front presence.

    I am beginning to really like Conor Murphy on the back end. DeCat has great instincts and is looking a lot like he is a keeper. Let’s see what happens when some opposing team realizes he is a threat and says, “put a body on him”.

    Again, we say this all the time, this season is a “process”. One shift, one goal, one game at a time. Let’s get ready for AZ.

  17. Really like the idea of Forsling becoming a top pair defenseman in the future. He is a superstar as well that would be just great Anita.

    I was worried because someone said here I think during training camp or preseason that he wasnt as good as he was before and not that good anymore. Didnt develop went back or something like that.

    Now hes getting better as he develops and would be huge if becomes a good top pair guy. That is just what the Blackhawks need going forward to be able to continue dynasty yrs even if were not in the prime of those primes yrs. There still will be more yrs if we have enough of these younger guy become those kind of players.

    Schmaltz and Debinkat could be another. Be nice if Murphy comes along as well. Always good to have guys like Hartman and Hayden. The growth of these guys and other younger guys could be another Stanley Cup in the making. I donot care what yrs its on we just want to win.

    Think about how much better a team we are with more speed like this yr compared to last yr. Other teams donot have that advantage or as much anymore. Really like our chances going forward for the coming yrs.

  18. Happy about last night’s game because we got the 2 points. Short handed goal was great that group of Hawks went out on that kill with a real purpose. Crow looked good great stop on the penalty shot. Going forward if we are going to sit a forward because of the Hinostra call up I’d like to see Panik and Sharp get a turn. I don’t know if Kane is sick, feeling sorry for himself or what but there is no fire to his game right now. Feeling better about the defense right now Forsling, Ruutu and Murphy looking better. With the likes of Jokiharju, Krys, Gilbert, Snuggerud, and Dahlstrom coming from college, junior’s and Rockford I’m encouraged. Well let’s go Hawks win these next 2 home games and get on a roll.

  19. For those loving Rutta…whats his corsi?

    What’s Seabrooks +/- over the last 5? He was upset on that penalty because the Buffalo player ran into him. Foley went off a bit, but it wasn’t as lazy as he made it sound.

    Keith?

    Law of averages will start to turn. Sharp and Keith will get some bounces. Liked Sharp moving his feet. Some of those posts will go in.

    Offense has been too passive. Looking at you Schmaltz and Panik. Saad hasn’t played up to his level.

    Some had mentioned the turn around of Crosby and Malkin a few years ago. The resurgence of Brown and Kopitar has also been referenced. What do those have in common? Coaching change. Not necessarily advocating it. Just pointing that out. Look at pk this year. Dreadful last year. Coach change…and they’re top 5. Hmm…

  20. While it was a win against a pretty mediocre team imo, they came back late to grab very important 2 points. The team looked really happy leaving the ice which is a good sign. Attitude is everything. This team still has it I think.

    We are watching new young guys grow re Forsling, Dcat, Murphy which is massively important. Hino infusion didn’t hurt as he brings some speed snd grit for a little guy.

    Bouma and Wingels were good adds. Still paying dividends that should not be underestimated. This team needed that size physicality upgrade desperately.

    Big shot totals don’t necessarily translate into quality scoring chances. More shots of course need to come from the rings in, especially on pp. More one touch passes will help. Guys are holding pucks split second too long allowing d men and keeper time to adjust. Crisp accurate passing will solve a lot of offensive deficiencies we have been watching.

    It’s close to happening imo. Bang out these next 2 games and go to the Peg hungry.

    D men jumping up into offensive drive was noticeable last night. Forsling, Rutta, and Murphy gaining confidence in this direction is positive.

    Yes, Schmaltz needs to look for his shot more. That got better last night as the game progressed. He has great hands and can skate better than most. Let er rip!

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  21. Nice win …now i wonder if Dcat can get 30 goals this year…hummm
    And i tought he would need the Ahl for a few months ..heheh…very nice surprise to see him getting the job done at his first year ..interesting kid

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