Hartman, Hawks Handle Stars

The banged up Dallas Stars came into the United Center to face a Blackhawks team that has been struggling offensively. Chicago was 2-2-1 in December with only two goals combined goals scored in their three losses.

As was the case against the Arizona Coyotes, the Hawks took advantage of a bad defensive team and chalked up two points on home ice Sunday evening.

The first period saw a lot of rubber on net but no dice for either side. The Hawks out-shot the StarsĀ 10-9 in the first but failed to convert on their first power play of the evening. Scott Darling had a strong performance to open the game again; he’s waited patiently for the offense in front of him to score more than once since Corey Crawford went on IR.

In the second period, Devin Shore scored 85 seconds in to give Dallas a 1-0 lead.

But the lead would only last 52 seconds.

Ryan Hartman set up Marian Hossa, who unloaded a shot that hit Kari Lehtonen in the chest… and trickled through his pads and into the net to tie the game. The goal is already Hossa’s 15th of the 2016-17 campaign.

Hartman was back in the middle of the action eight minutes later. He finished serving a minor penalty, came out of the box and attacked the net (undressing former Rockford teammate Stephen Johns on his way). Artem Anisimov was trailing the play and picked up the rebound goal for his 12th of the season. Somehow, Hartman hasn’t been credited with an assist on the play.

In the third, Chicago got a power play and actually converted. The goal, Artemi Panarin’s 11th of the year, was a beauty.

Once the Blackhawks took a two-goal lead, Dallas didn’t generate many quality scoring chances and Darling was on point all night. Chicago’s goaltender stopped 23 of 24 in the victory, while Lehtonen made 24 saves in defeat.

The young Blackhawks, some of whom have struggled recently, had an improved night with Hartman leading the way. Hartman led the Hawks in takeaways (three) and shots on net (four) with an assist and one hit in 16:10 of ice time.

Vinnie Hinostroza also picked up an assist on Hossa’s goal and won five of eight faceoffs. Dennis Rasmussen won five of ten at the dot and blocked two shots in 15:06 on the ice, and Tyler Motte got three shots on net as he tries to get back in the box score after not having a point in 12 contests.

Michal Kempny was a healthy scratch again, with Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews out of the lineup with injuries. Toews did skate earlier on Sunday and is hoping to return soon. Gustav Forsling skated only 10:58 and had a couple rough shifts that Darling covered up.

Chicago’s penalty kill was perfect and the one power play goal provided insurance in the third period.

The Blackhawks are on the road for the next week, starting at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Dallas is now 3-6-1 in their last ten and are 12 points behind the Blackhawks in the Central Division.

25 thoughts on “Hartman, Hawks Handle Stars

  1. No 19 and 16 steps up no 50 and 33 steps up no 7 and 57 steps up need a winger for 81 and 38 steps up need somebody for a shutdown line and 70 14 and 64 are there and we just keep on winning. Its great to watch

  2. Probably see 7 and 6 in for 42 and 32 next game and 19 hopefully soon so 48 can have a little help on the 4th line looks to be alone out there at times.

  3. 5-2-2 without Tazer (and the WIN should have been tie, with a reviewed offside). Regardless of what happen pts wise in the next two games (RAG got a 5-0 win after I mentioned they havnt since first 5/10 games when teams wernt up to speed. Their goalie has a shutout streak of 7 periods going), we got threw this stretch with a decent record, actually really good when you consider who we didn’t have.

    Going to be a real joy once we get these guys back. During this stretch has been a joy to see the guys step up and prove people wrong.

  4. Off not on fire of late. Team defense is starting to come together for a good stretch. That 8 of 10 we gave up 2 or less.


  5. I rarely comment re the Hawks’ D-men, but Tab correctly notes Forsling had a rough game; in fact, he hasn’t looked to smooth for awhile. Kempny plays w/ grit (or sandpaper as Q likes to say) and experienced, let’s slot him back in and give Forsling some time off.

    Once Toews & Seabrook return, someone is going to have to go — Tootoo, Desjardins & Forsling are the top candidates. Roszival isn’t going anywhere, Q is in love.

  6. Hartman is truly exceeding expectations. Another strong game from Campbell. What an absolute bargain for a top 4 defenseman.

    Wow what a difference a year makes. The acquisition of Sharp, Oduya and Johns has added absolutely zilch to the Stars this year. Dallas is going backwards.

    John’s coughs up the puck constantly. Small sample size but he looks like a 3rd pairing guy at best.

    I believe the Hawks have won 4 straight against Dallas. The Stars goaltending is still weak. Their defense without Goligoski and Demers this year is very thin.

    I guess Jim “the genius” Nill has not figured this salary cap thing out nearly as well as the guy he supposedly fleeced, our man Stan.

    Excellent win. I have a funny feeling Forsling might be headed to Rockford, when Seabrook returns.

  7. Forsling’s old team in sweden would get 1st option if demoted before rockford so likely would take him if given the chance probably won t happen

  8. Rozival could clear waivers and be put on minor league roster and healthy scratched until a call up was needed

  9. If schmaltz stayed in rockford when crawford came back and 3rd goalie sent down no move would be needed but i think that was just done to get 3rd goalie up he will probably be recalled again when crawford back

  10. Always nice to beat Dallas regardless if they are missing some players – besides it’s not like the Hawks aren’t missing key guys too – 19/7/50.

    Hawks played a pretty solid team game tonight, as they have lately. The scoring has dried up somewhat but they aren’t giving up much so that’s a positive.

    Darling has been outstanding. It’s nice to have him to step in when Crawford can’t go.

    Not playing great but still 1st in conference. No complaints.

  11. The rookie forwards have been streaky. Motte was hot at the beginning of the season, then Schmaltz, now Hartman. Hinostroza is working on his faceoffs and it is paying off. Defensively, Forsling is having some issues, TVR had some, but he’s been solid, as of late. Lemony is older and is not flustered. He plays simple and solid. We’re okay. Toews needs to find his ideal linemates. We’re in a good place.

  12. EDMAN68- Hossa and Hartman would be my suggestion. Although many feel he is “just a guy” or “meh” or “lifetime Icehog”.

  13. More Ref griping: Couple times – well away from the play Stars #20 (Eakin?)… just blatantly interfered with Hawks (1st time Hossa was rushing down right side- puck 100 feet away- #20 basically checked him into the boards???) That is the kind of play/crap that is hurting the game, taking away speed and scoring… so obvious!!!

    Eakin is as cheap/dirty as that other piece of dirt French guy!!!

    Kruger’s line- did a great job of making Benn/Seguin invisible… ( it was Back-to back for Stars)

    Raanta- with another shutout!!! Kid is putting up some ridiculous Numbers – so far!!!

  14. According to an article by 2nd city hockey on dec. 4th they also say that forsling would go to sweden 1st if sent down so i stand by my statement

  15. Hawks are a long way from a premier team but the West is eminently winnable. Did a 30 game check for fun

    2016-17 40 pts (18-8-4) Corsi For 49.8% 17th in league
    2015-16 35 pts (16-11-3) out in 1st round 50.5% 15th
    2014-15 41 pts (20-9-1) SC champ 54.9% 1st
    2013-14 44 pts (20-6-4) West Conf finals 54.9 2nd (to Kings)

    In fact, from 2009-16 (7 yrs) Hawks CF is 53.4% second only to Kings 53.7%. Take out last year and the Hawks are #1
    A lot of teams are defying (including the Hawks) the Corsi stat this regular season but it’s my belief, in the playoffs, you have to possess the puck to win.

  16. TVR has been solid? Come on, the guy is just brutal to watch. Easily the worst dman on the team, and probably one of the worst in the NHL.

  17. With all due respect, IMO the Hawks are a lot more banged up than the Stars. Hawks fielded around a $50mm roster last night cause we have $22mm sidelined.

    Forsling will be fine and if he is smart he would take an AHL assignment rather than head overseas. More minutes on North American ice is what he needs more than anything.

    It has not always been pretty but……the proof is in the numbers. Hawks have the best management in the league. From coaching to Cap management. Who in the Cap era has done better?

  18. Mike we were discussing this in the toews on ir post it appears because he is still under contract his swedish team has the option not his choice if he would go to sweden or not

  19. Okie – couldn’t agree more. Watching TVR skate in mud along with Rosival/Forsling getting buried in their own zone was tough to watch on a night where the rest of the team was playing pretty well.

    Possession #’s so far for the 8 d-men (5 on 5)
    Keith 50.5%
    Seabrook 52.5%
    Hjalmarsson 51.0%
    Campbell 50.1%
    Kempny 54.6%
    Forsling 45.2%
    Rosival 47.3%
    TVR 41.6%

    Kempny is obviously in the doghouse at the moment. Queneville has always (by far) put his highest value on PK shot blocking. (It’s why Campbell and Forsling have 3 minutes total on the PK, while Hjalmarsson has 76 min.) Early on, Kempny was brutal on the PK. TVR and Rosival can’t move so they get in the way of the puck more often on the PK. Playing one of them is tolerable but playing both at the same time is stomach churning. Kempny has the bigger upside, he should be playing.

  20. I know this is a glass half empty forum but it’s pretty funny that the Hawks have given up very few goals lately and everyone is discussing how bad the D men are. I would have to say cudo’s to the Hawks for the nice win over a division opponent with their number one center, top goalie, and one of their top defensemen all out of action. Hmm… When was the last time Hossa was in the top 5 goal scorers in the league like he is now? He has more goals than Toews and Kane combined!

  21. True enough Keith-human nature seems to take comfort in glass half empty.
    The Hawks have done well, have beaten the numbers so far (last game was an exception) and are in a good place, with hopefully returning health.
    All the the division leaders seem to have really good home records and mediocre home results. A tough game tonight against a team with a goal diff. of +35.
    Raanta goes again.

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