Hartman, Hawks Handle Stars

It only took 11 seconds for the Blackhawks to jump out in front of the Stars on Saturday night, but things weren’t nearly that easy the rest of the way.

Richard Panik was credited with his seventh of the season to open the scoring. A few minutes later, as he was battling Tyler Motte in the corner, Dallas defenseman Esa Lindell got absolutely lit up by Ryan Hartman. Unfortunately, the hit woke up the Stars offense.

Brett Ritchie tied the game at 7:21 and Curtis McKenzie gave the Stars a lead at 9:49, both goals coming at even strength. Corey Crawford had only allowed four even strength goals all year entering Saturday evening’s affair, and had allowed only one goal in his previous three starts combined.

Both teams put 12 shots on net in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second period, the Blackhawks stepped up the attack.

After another big hit and a Tyler Motte ping off the post, Hartman unloaded and tied the game.

Hartman’s second goal tied the game at two at 2:59 into the second period. Gustav Forsling, who had a rough night, went to the box for tripping at 4:45 but the suddenly-good Blackhawks penalty kill was solid once again. When former Blackhawks defenseman Stephen Johns was sent to the sin bin for interference at 7:21, the Hawks made the Stars pay quickly.

Artem Anisimov picked up an assist on Patrick Kane’s go-ahead goal to extend his point streak to 10 games. Over that stretch, Anisimov has seven goals and eight assists.

The Hawks out-shot the Stars 12-9 in the second period and took a one-goal lead to the third. Dallas forward Jason Spezza went to the room late in the second period and did not return for the third period.

Chicago carried the lead throughout a physical third period that saw a few bodies go flying but only one penalty – Jamie Benn hooking Anisimov – in the first 16 minutes. But Marcus Kruger was called for a double-minor when his stick caught Benn in the face on a faceoff with 1:49 left in regulation.

Dallas pulled their goalie for the power play and put a furious 90 seconds together but Crawford was up to the task. Chicago’s netminder stopped 31 of 33 in the victory to earn a fifth consecutive win for the Blackhawks.

Toews won 18 of 32 at the dot to lead the Hawks. Kruger won 10 of 17 and Anisimov won seven of 16.

The official scorer was incredibly limited in crediting hits during the game; Pat Foley noted as much during the broadcast. A very physical game only saw the Blackhawks credited with five hits officially, three of which came from Hartman who had a strong night.

Niklas Hjalmarsson was credited with eight(!!) blocked shots in the game to lead the Blackhawks. Kane was the only Hawks player to have a multi-point night; six different skaters were credited with an assist.

The Blackhawks host Dallas at the United Center on Sunday night.

16 thoughts on “Hartman, Hawks Handle Stars

  1. The Hawks have won 5 in a row, rookie forwards making slow and steady progress. This is why Q has to stick with the plan, consistent playing time breeds confidence and ultimately success.

    I am a Desjardins fan, I think he can play a vital role as he did 2 yrs ago; however, last I checked, he’s not Toews, Kane or Panarin. What’ s the rush to put him back in the lineup? The Hawks have won 5 in a row and getting their groove on. I wouldn’t even take Tootoo out either — yet. Desjardins can wait until the timing is right to slot back in.

  2. Looked like Toews goal… not Paniks

    Horrible 1st period…

    Kempny had a nice game as did Motte and Hartman…

    seemed like Dallas’s 1st period strategy was to Grope Panarin…

    TooToo- needs to light up Hamuis or Rousell- in the event of a Dallas Blowout in the future

  3. Great game to watch on TV…the quintessential hockey game. We may have had some good luck charms going for us here and there but when it came time to take the lead it was all professionalism and skill. No fooling around. No way to stop Kane’s goal and the perfect determined pass by Anisimov. Crawford was a giant again and won the game over the last 3 minutes. Can’t wait to see the rematch on the back to back.

  4. its a good sign they keep on winning and not hitting on all cylinders yet can t wait for when they do. Great game from hartman if he s a journeyman ahler sign a few more up. Desijardins should help 4th line no matter who sits. Pk bailing us out now looks like 3 lines giving offensive production to count on too

  5. 1st period was a lot of lost one on one battles for the Hawks but they played much better the rest of the way. Stars have a ton of top players out so absolutely a good thing to take advantage of that.

    5 in a row and the PK perfect again – very nice. Let’s do it again tomorrow.

  6. Great 4th line shift mid third. Schmaltz, Tootoo, Keith and Campbell playing keep away. It was a thing of beauty. They did not score but Schmaltzs confidence/skill in the corners and Tootoos work near the net, was impressive.

  7. That was an impressive shift i thought schmaltz looked more comfortable with the puck tonite every time he was on the ice

  8. As has been the case. The Hawks are on the wrong side of the corsi line. Like piling up the w’s, especially on division teams. But need to turn that corsi around.

  9. As Mining has already mentioned, this was a really entertaining game to watch. Apart from the quick goal to start things off for the Hawks, they seemed to chasing the game in the 1st. Of course Stars have some fleet feet, and they forecheck well. As game went on Hartman really asserted himself with some big hits, and of course a great 1 timer for a score. Very encouraging to see Hartman raise his game against a tough divisional opponent. Clearly, Stars didn’t forget the Hartman pastings, and gave plenty back of their own from Benn and later on Handhuis, whom I’m sure the Hawks will likely target tonight at the UC. At least I hope so.

    Team speed from the visitors on display in the 2nd last nigh,t which might have been one of the better periods of the season for the Hawks to my eyes. They really took it to the Stars.

    Power play got a big goal and Hawks PK had a clean sheet again! Pity the PP couldn’t bury another one, but special teams won the day. What I would like to see is more face off wins in the D zone. This remains a problem that needs correcting. Kruger goes to ice it seems on every face off. His draws are not what they were imo, and perhaps he is still not fully recovered from last season injury.

    Given lineup holes due to injured players, Stars are still a dangerous team. The game tonight should be another good one. I hope the Hawks come out of the gate with more offensive intensity. The team defensive effort though remains on the up and up, and that is encouraging.

    We should all be pleased with early season progress, especially from the young guys. Forsling has had some problems giving back pucks, but he shows flashes of brilliance at other times, especially moving the puck around. He appears to have a heavy shot. This kid has talent. Motte too. Schmaltz is coming around, but more ice time via Hogs may be better for his development. Hartman needs to bring what he showed last night game in and game out.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  10. Phil- by far Hartman’s best game… I am guessing- the Dez- is back/off of IR – woke the kid up!!! I thought Hartman – was very average in previous few games… and would be the guy to move down when Dez came back…

    Now the Hawks have a problem- when Dez is ready to officially be inserted in line-up… who does Q sit???

    Interesting to me… Forsling gets more Ice time than Kempny… Yet- to my eyes- makes as many or more mistakes than Kempny… Forsling, is much more dynamic/slick… but one of these times- it’s gonna cost him… BUT- Q really seems to see/like something there, hence more Ice time.

    Motte- really has a hard/quick release on that post shot.
    Nice to see Schmaltz win board battles- if Kid gains 10 lbs. of muscle in next year or two… might really help him.

  11. Keith-Campbell

    Disclaimer: it’s been only 12 games so … but, that D-corps may be the best group the Hawks have had through this Stanley Cup winning era. The pairings from the past couple games (listed above) have the makings of the best D-corps in the league. Q has the flexibility to mix and match because Hjalmarsson and Campbell can play effectively on either side. Having a very good veteran paired up with the 2 rookies helps them with their on the job learning curve. The group doesn’t have the size of many other D-corps across the league but all of them think and move the puck quickly which in the speed game of today is as valuable as size, if not more so.

  12. First period the Hawks looked slow, the 2nd looked like a Cup contender
    Important win and 2 more points would be wonderful-
    Benn is big, nasty and skilled, a great combination.
    Tootoo continues to look like someone who can help and not just in the regular season.

  13. Stars as Table mentioned are killed at forward. They just called up a kid from Texas. But he’s played the last 2 nights so it sounds like they’re going to skate a dman as a forward.

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