Hawks Hammer Habs, Tie Franchise Mark

Life is good for Richard Panik.

He closed out the 2015 calendar year with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, but was traded to Chicago for Jeremy Morin on the third day of 2016. Since then, he hasn’t seen his employer lose a game. And on Sunday night, Panik helped the Hawks make a little history.

Panik scored his first goal with the Blackhawks 2:40 into the first period as the Hawks and Habs did battle for the second time in less than a week.

Lars Eller tied the game at 6:16 and a fairly quick first period came to a close with the score tied. Chicago out-shot Montreal 10-6 and neither team took a penalty in the opening 20 minutes.

The second period saw the scoring favor the Hawks, and the penalty boxes get busy.

Torrey Mitchell went to the box twice in the first half of the second period, once for tripping Patrick Kane and the second for high-sticking Michal Rozsival. Chicago wasn’t able to convert on either power play, and gave Montreal an advantage back as Jonathan Toews hooked Tomas Plekanec with 35 seconds remaining n the second Mitchell penalty.

The teams spent some time 4-on-4, and Montreal’s first power play was cut short when Plekanec high-sticked Hossa. Toews left the penalty box and got involved immediately, scoring his 18th of the season (which was initially credited to Hossa).

Toews picked up his 19th of the season and second of the night 5:01 later to extend the lead to 3-1 in favor of the Hawks, which is where the scoreboard would rest as the second period came to a close. Through 40 minutes, Chicago held a 24-16 shot advantage and Corey Crawford was brilliant once again.

The Hawks allowed Montreal to dominate the first half of the third period and eventually the Canadiens were able to capitalize. Max Pacioretty scored a power play goal at 10:22 to cut the Blackhawks lead to only one. Like Chicago’s captain, Pacioretty – Montreal’s captain – picked up his 19th goal of the season.

Chicago’s lead stayed at one for only 71 seconds. That’s when Artemi Panarin and Kane connected for a beautiful tally.

Kane’s 29th of the year gave the Hawks just enough breathing room to finish their eleventh straight victory, tying the franchise record for consecutive wins.

Duncan Keith tried to hit Marian Hossa for a breakaway with an empty net in front of him, but a bouncing puck appeared to just barely get a piece of over Hossa’s stick… and still found its way into the net. Hossa’s eighth of the year – and 493rd of his career – closed the books on the Habs, making the score 5-2.

There was a lot to like in the final box score on Sunday night.

Rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson returned to the lineup after missing a couple games and picked up right where he left off, collecting his eighth assist of the season on Panik’s goal in the first period. He was also credited with three blocked shots and two hits in 15:31 in the win.

Hossa (one goal, two assists), Toews (two goals) and Kane (one goal, one assist) led the Hawks offensively. Kane had a team-high seven shots on net, and finished tied with Teuvo Teravainen for the team lead with two takeaways. Toews won 10 of 18 faceoffs in the game.

Artem Anisomov and Phillip Danault also had strong nights for the Hawks. Anisimov won 11 of 18 faceoffs and was credited with an assist on Kane’s goal; he was also credited with one takeaway and one blocked shot. Danault won seven of 10 at the dot and blocked two shots with one hit in 15:32 for the evening.

Crawford made 27 saves to earn another victory.

The Hawks return to the ice Tuesday night in Nashville. Also of note, Bryan Bickell cleared waivers on Sunday and was assigned to Rockford.

Toews Hossa MTL

26 thoughts on “Hawks Hammer Habs, Tie Franchise Mark

  1. What a faked shot and pass by Gustafsson to set up the first goal. With the arrival and continued improvement of 52 the Hawks defense looks more solid now than what they had during last years playoff run. Crawford continues to excel and hopefully someday will get the accolades he deserves. The jury is still out on Panik but he sure is an ipmrovement over 29 and 53. The guy can skate and actually hits people. Love TT’s quick stick and 200 foot game. Still not sold on 70, the guy is just too slow. 88&72 are magic together.

  2. Paniks goal was a great shot off an outstanding couple of plays by Gustaffson. Q has got to be happy with 52’s development and play. The game was still in doubt half way through the third but Panarin’s play to Kane put and end to that threat. So we have outstanding play making coming from the new guys and upping our game. Combine this with Crawfords goaltending , which is crazy good, and we now have a streak of 11 victories. Pretty tough schedule coming up the next 2 weeks after which we catch some breaks to the end. We have momentum and confidence going forward. 2 more points from Kane keeps him well ahead of Benn. Keep going Patrick Kane and bring the Art Ross back to Chicago.

  3. 1961 Amen, Panik is Mike Bossy reincarnated compared to Bickell and Mashinter.

    The winning streak is outstanding, unforeseen w/ so many new players this season. Mashinter still needs to go back to Rockford, I’m still against leaving him at Q’s disposal.

  4. Nice to have Gus back in the lineup. What a nice play to set up Panik who did his part with a nice shot to get the important first goal in the game.

    And then Temi – what a player and as we’ve seen Kane say a lot of times this season what a pass. But before the “what a pass” came the what a determined effort to get through the defender. WOW is that kid good.

    You know what else is good – the Hawks and 11 in a row.

    Outstanding!

  5. Echo Hawks1961 comment about TT-quietly playing a mature defensive game and his ability to play without the puck has been one of the nice surprises of the year.
    So glad the real GM didn’t trade him for just a guy.

  6. I really like that Goosetafsson can play 4 and 57 can too but that allows 57 to play 5. This is big, with a reliable Rozy at 6 and 47 at 7. A good group. 52 and 57 can still get better with more experience.

    As well as Bread Man, which is scary. For the 5 or 6 years coming up, we are going to have 72, 15, 88, as well as 4 and 19, in the prime of their prime years.

    Oh yeah,
    Doo, bow bow, chick chicka chicka.

  7. How’s this possible I thought someone said this team was filled with a bunch of just a guy type players!

    Mashinter is valuable to this team because they need to have an extra skater in case of injury/sickness and his cap hit is so low. Also from various reports he really brings it in practice which probably endears him to Coach Q who deserves the benefit of the doubt on player decisions.

  8. Agree with 6CUPS on Mashinter…..Q loves the guy and I defer to Q …there is some reason and I’m not about to criticize Mashinter, besides he has scored to very heads up goals.

  9. I didn’t see a lot of the game, but I saw the goal by Panik. Gustafson made 2 stick handling moves IN TRAFFIC to come out of our D zone and skate the puck out of danger, then he came through the neutral zone and made the pass to Panik for the goal.

    The Blackhawk youth has gone wild!!

  10. Bickell’s agent wants Stan to find a trade. It’s unclear if he’s told his client to play better to make a trade even possible.

    When does Q get put in the Jack Adams discussion?

    When does Bowman get put in the GM of the year discussion?

    Both are more under appreciated than Crawford.

  11. There are a variety of causes for this terrific, enjoyable streak, but I’d like to mention just one: Danault. He’s made the third line come alive and has been rock solid in all areas. He’s feisty, hits people, is strong in board battles, can skate, can shoot, and rarely if ever fucks up. Gotta love what he brings.

  12. It is so much fun to watch this team play. In the postgame interview JT was anything but serious. He is having an absolute blast and really let his emotions show. What a great time to be a Hawks fan.

  13. Ernie- How the heck does Bowman make a trade for Bickell when he’s been dangled ” for free” twice now? We all know no one wants him at $4M and the best we could do is retain 2M and throw in another asset that won’t damage us but even then I think it’s not going to happen. Pretty sure Bowman tried all summer long. Rockford it is and let his agent come up with somethng. Maybe Babcock can do something with him .. Tired of talking about it.

  14. Flatliner, those guys really balanced the lines since we did that. Danault and Teravainen being good on 3rd. Shawzer on 1st. Goosetafsson being good and Rozy splitting games to be fresh. That’s the beauty of Q, he doesn’t do it when he can just to do it. He does it a strategic times, the multiplier effect.

  15. Talk about all the right pieces falling into place. 4th line production outstanding . 52 a feast! Forgot all about the famine of Runbad, Sveddy, Timmo, etc. New depth blue line is strong. 88 bags 50+, Art Ross, Hart Memorial. All he needed was a dynamic linemate, Bread Man delivers. “Lawd, we’s rich now!”

  16. 11 . . . Hawks have NEVER been behind in all of these 11 games! Wowzer!

    Exhibit “A” that teams that score first can lock the door, shut ya down if your
    disciplined and patent ( Hawks only calling card ) This to me is an issue with
    the NHL, even my wife oddly enough mumbled last night “can we turn it off now
    they won, ( 2nd period) cant they just all stand on the other side of the blue line
    and keep the “other guys” from scoring. ” Well . . .ummmm . . Yes.

    This Streak can go to 22 at this rate!

    Crow had the night off finally, easy peasy game for him . . . he deserved it!

    Observation on GUSTY. . .I liked him on first sight! Out loud on the couch i shouted last what a great side step Gusty made like 1 minute into the game to exit the zone head, up and out! Amazing! Erik Gustafsson is a “Real Find” he has stick skills and a confidence that guys like TVR will never have, in fact nor does Hammer or Brent. That NO LOOK SLAP PASS IS NOT TAUGHT, , , as MC HAMMER SAID . . .YOU can’t teach this! ha ha ! He is awesome to watch and soooo smart at the point on power plays . . . to me as good as DUNK and reminds me I AM gonnnna say it a Young Dunk! Just confident all over the ice, even when he fucks up in D- Zone his size like DUNK allows him to recover! It takes TVR about 4 seconds to recover! Hammer about 5 and Rozy sometime just can’ recover, Brent the same thing, he get’s going one way, it’s week to turn the SS Seabrook! That is Hockey 101, but that is why Gusty Works!

    So while at times we complain hawks d-men do not HIT, it’s quickness to puck and recovery that is the MONEY, how fast you recover, watch Gusty! Watch Dunk it’s a clinic, and worth the 3 hours to watch.

    Panik speed and agility ie. MOBILITY over BICK’s ummm slowness . . is why he scored! That is also why I like Garbutt ( shots on net always ie accurate )they both have some speed, a good shot and if left together I KNOW they will surprise fans, too much speed and skill between them to not play better as a 4th line.

    Top line Numbers as TAB mentions today are Great . . . I still SAY i like their defense, a lot of the goals are rebounds, a little luck and some slop vs HORRIBLE DEFENSE?
    Only 2 guys you can not LEAVE OPEN in the NHL is KANE & TOEWS and they are both wide open last night and during this streak! But Hawks got depth so YOU cant shut them all down, Hossa scores and Shawzy does his thing.

    Our core defense is different too, Dunk and Company are going much lower in the slot, being let off the LEASH and that is the real reason we are at 11! maybe 22 soon!
    They are playing much more aggressive and confident and wingers are rotating to cover!

    GO Hawks
    MAKING IT LOOK TOOO EASY

  17. Desi- has been a little “Quiet” last few games…. as Mentioned in prior posts…
    I can see Panik/24/TT being a very productive line… Panik has good speed/shot… but really has impressed with how Quickly he passes/moves the puck- could be a very strong compliment with TT- who kinda plays the same way.. and 14 will still get his chance on 1st LW- if/when the Line ever struggles- which clearly isn’t the case now.

    Lastly- Panik- still hasn’t really practiced w/ Hawks!!! so- should only get better

  18. Go Hawks!!! Definitely a nice streak. I hope this does not cause Stanbo to stand pat with the trade deadline approaching. Although, I said several weeks back that we have as good a chance as any team to win the cup, I still thought we had some opportunity spots to get better. I still hope Stanbo pursues a top line LW’er and gets someone to solidify the dcore for the playoffs. Adding that left wing would allow shifting Shaw back down to the third line. 65/24/86 WOW, what a third line that would be!!! Talk about giving other teams match up issues. If Krugs comes back healthy for the playoffs, he further makes the 4th line rock solid. For those making 16 expendable with the play of 24, think again. Krugs is not that expensive that I see the Hawks having to move him. That gives us solid centers on the 3rd and 4th lines and it dispels the need to make Teuvo a center. He is better and more comfortable on the right wing. With those slight deadline tweaks, I would have to say our chances would be better than other teams of winning the cup again this year.

    Totally agree on the under appreciation of 50, Q, Stanbo… They should be discussed more in the running for hardware.

    Go Hawks…Let’s see them really make history and run the table on the balance of the season…I know, it is nice to dream. It doesn’t matter anyways…The Cup matters!!!!

    Again, GO HAWKS!!!!

  19. I agree Wall with your Desi comment. He had a nice little run but lets face it he is not a finisher and probably does not compliment TT’s style. He is a decent forechecker and provides some toughness on the boards though. The third line is not lighting up the scoresheet but they are giving Q a line that he can trust to be defensively responsible. Q has been throwing out the third line right after the Hawks score. Pretty tough to change the line combos on an 11 game win streak.

  20. Fun game to watch. The Habs had some good stretches but we were able to prevail. Lots of nice little things going on that are really great to see. Danault’s game continues to improve, Gustaffson’s too – some great plays by him last night, TT looks stronger on the puck and his D is improving, and Panik can skate and has a much higher IQ than any of the alts. Add to that the continued maturity of Panerin and the solid play from Anisimov, the usual solid contributions from the Captain, Keith, Seabs, Jammer, Hossa, Shaw and especially Kane, and it’s easy to see why they’re streaking. And Crow had been huge throughout. I also give Q a lot of credit for staying with the 4 line rotation and giving the boys a chance to develop chemistry.

    Next game in Nashville should be a good test and the back to back games in FLA will be interesting, too.

    Hey Excellency, how about some negativity to balance things out here? Nothing to say? Don’t you want to talk about Stan being forced to expose his backside to Dallas in the Sharp trade? You seemed to like that visual a great deal. Oh, and trading TT – you still up for that? The truth is, we all know who the real person is that’s “just a guy.”

    Go Hawks!!

  21. Great game for the Hawks. What struck me was that the Montreal players tried really hard and they were moving their sticks around like crazy, but all the high end play was from the Hawks. Montreal just doesn’t have the talent to compete with the Hawks and trying hard and moving the sticks around like crazy isn’t enough. GO HAWKS.

  22. I found this interesting statement from the coach of the team that hasn’t won a cup this century:

    Canadiens coach Michel Therrien on the defending Stanley Cup champions: “I believe they look better than last year.”

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