Jonathan Toews Beats Bolts In OT

Appropriately, 60 minutes wasn’t enough for the rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final combatants. But it didn’t take long for Chicago’s captain to make his first goal of the season the game-winner.

Kristers Gudlevskis made his NHL debut and was fabulous for Tampa, stopping 31 of 32 shots. Unfortunately, one of the rare rebounds he left on the doorsteps ended up behind him as a determined Jonathan Toews made sure the game ended on the first shift of overtime.

Viktor Tikhonov started the game with Toews and Marian Hossa and the top line continued to look comfortable in spite of the lack of production. Tikhonov only skated 11:14 in the game but finished tied for the team lead with four hits and had one takeaway. Hossa was credited with two blocked shots, one hit and one takeaway but only one shot on net in 16:48.

Toews won eight of 14 faceoffs and was credited with two hits and four shots on net with the game-winner. He skated 22:41 in the game.

Ryan Garbutt was all over the ice; it felt like he skated a lot more than 9:51 in the game. He led Chicago with six shots on net and four hits in only 17 shifts, and was strong while killing penalties. Garbutt skated 1:32 short-handed and created a few scoring chances on PK duty as well.

Corey Crawford followed his 150th career regular season win with a 21-save shutout against one of the more powerful offensive teams in the league. He made a handful of big-time saves, and the defensemen in front of him once again stepped up in the absence of Duncan Keith.

Viktor Svedberg skated 19:25 and led the Hawks with five blocked shots. Trevor vanRiemdsdyk picked up a heavy workload once again, skating 22:53, and was up to the task. He blocked three shots and put two shots on net. Both TvR and Svedberg saw increased action on penalty kill duty and performed well. vanRiemsdyk led all Chicago defensemen skating 4:54 short-handed; only Marcus Kruger (5:09) had more ice time killing penalties on Saturday night.

Niklas Hjalmarsson skated 23:22 and blocked four shots, while Brent Seabrook was credited with blocked three shots and was credited with two hits in 23:19. Trevor Daley (14:23) skated the lowest ice time for the Hawks; David Rundblad twenty seconds more than Daley.

Even with his blue line beginning to show some chemistry, coach Joel Quenneville indicated at the morning skate that the team might call up a seventh defenseman from Rockford before next week’s road trip. Veteran Kyle Cumiskey is the most likely option if he’s physically ready to return to the NHL.

On Monday night, Chicago welcomes an Anaheim team that was shut out for the fourth time already this year on Saturday. Will Bruce Boudreau still be the head coach of the Ducks when they arrive?

24 thoughts on “Jonathan Toews Beats Bolts In OT

  1. Great game by Crow and great team defense. TVR continues to mature before our very eyes. It is still early in his career but it is clear that he is certainly more than ‘just a guy’. Bring on the Ducks! Go Hawks!

  2. What a goal by Toews…the first thing that came to mind was “did Crosby ever do anything like that?…ya maybe a couple of years ago but Sid was never this good”. Things are starting to gel for this team. Just wait until they realize they are way ahead of the rest of them in every department. The Ducks are next …the new Blackhawks vs. the same old Ducks who must be demoralized somewhat from what they see.

  3. It will be a wounded and thus dangerous duck they will face on Monday. The Ducks have too much proven talent to keep floundering like they have been. Hopefully they have one more stinker in them and the Hawks pluck them good. :)

  4. Another fantastic game for van Riemsdyk in his 30 NHL game. He’s making this ‘more minutes, play shut down pairing, kill penalties’ look not only like easy work, but as his best work.
    Hinostroza looks like he could belong long term on the roster as long as he can continue playing with a guy like Teravainen. The problem is that it kinds of takes minutes from Teravainen and you need him on the ice because he’s always productive.
    I don’t know what’s the deal with that 2 PP pairing of Rundbland-Daley. It’s almost like they’re buying ice minutes for them because it hasn’t looked good these last 2 games. I don’t know…maybe let TT or Hossa gain the blue line insted of the Dmen ?

  5. The Blackhawks wanted to keep the priority on defense, especially without Keith, and they’ve done that so far. I’m proud of the boys!

  6. Greetings from Milwaukee where Mr. & Mrs. Hof took in the Ice Hogs & Milwaukee Admirals last night. Rockford with their third straight win 4-2, Marko Dano with the game winning goal on a breakaway rebound.

    Dano’s goal came just after Milwaukee tied the game at 2. Hartman later added an empty netter for the insurance. Tanner Kero with another goal for the Ice Hogs and he was the best player on the ice. He centered a line with Dano and Hartman. Dano on LW. Mashinter had the other Rockford goal.

    Pokka had a nice game as did most of the Ice Hog’s defense … Leighton was solid in goal. Jeremy Morin was scratched, I tried to find out why but couldn’t get the details. Baun and McNeill both were noticeable and had good games. The Indy call up Chris De Sousa played … small guy but a real buzz saw and fearless – he was a college free agent signee from a Canadian eastern province school I believe, a little older guy for just starting out (24) but can’t fault his effort.

    So the biggest news besides the win and solid overall effort was Morin being scratched. Do not know if he was dinged up or something is up.

    By the way, downtown Milwaukee is fun and the Pfister is a fantastic place to stay, a little expensive but nice for a splurge.

  7. Great goal by Toews and great game overall. Getting wins like this is huge while the team is still gelling and Keith is out. By the way, with Keith on LTIR does that mean his salary comes off the cap while he is out. Where I am going with this is are the Hawks building up salary cap room to make a trade deadline move again for Vermette or someone similar?

  8. His salary does not come off but it allows them to exceed the cap until he comes back.

    The only reason the Hawks were able to pull off those moves last season was because Kane came back in the playoffs when cap rules don’t apply.

  9. Very good game, pace and patience and the defense really stood up! TVR continues to look comfortable and Garbutt looks up to speed. This team will get better over time they have all the pieces in place and can really play any STYLE teams throw at them.

    i still love to watch and study the Bolts Offensive Cycle, poetry in motion, skill and patience they don’t ever over commit or get caught out of position, great spacing but SADLY often a winger /center winds up playing a lot of defense, not just lame old back check but DEFENSE. So they throw it all on the offense and they still can not score? Lots of post but even more just missed shots? But the strategy is indeed fresh and comes from a guy who never played hockey! Like Joe Maddon with Cubs Brilliant!

    Hammer on his natural side is AMAZING! What a difference no lazy weak backhands
    and confident. Daley is improving he has decent speed out of the zone but NO closing speed like a Leddy has or Dunk Does! Svenberg too is actually playing well, using his length well and his size, dependable passer out of our own zone too. Dunk needed the rest anyway!

  10. Also the Second Unit on Powerplay played very well . . . something we need but still the “chemistry” needs to be tweaked . . . need both lines to dominate!

    go hawks

  11. Pleasantly surprised by the result. Who among us would have predicted a shutout against these guys? I was looking for a solid effort and hoping for a win. We got both of those and then some. The boys really played well, especially the D corps.

    Was it just me or did anyone else think that Svedberg seemed a hell of lot more comfortable?

  12. We can bank cap space when were under the cap even if someones on lti. When 32 and 2 come off lti then we can bank space for deadline. Since we have a good farm it would be better to have 21 or 22 on the 23man and bank more space. The guys get more min and we get banked space. Contract/waivers makes a diff too. Bowman will bank space once those guys are back again.

    We had the space for 44 and 11 (less then 28/made room for 86 after deadline). I think we were trading for 80 regardless and we wernt going to keep someone to do that.

  13. Great hockey game last night, tremendously entertaining.

    Food for thought. If TVR continues this upward tragectory as a top 4 defenseman, consider this : for the next 5+years, the Hawks top 4 is Keith, Seabrook, Nik H, TVR.

    That means Stan and company must find guys 5 thru 7. Svedberg looks like a keeper for that type of role.

    Daley is way too expensive for what he is delivering so far, but it is very early.

    Rundblad had a good game last night. But you cannot have a 1.1million dollar #7 defenseman. Roszival is a much better option. Q knows that.

    Hey Hof. Great update from the Rockford game. Zip me an email some time and we can share notes on prospects : craig.nigrelli

  14. Thanks Hof. Noticed Morin didnt dress when I was checking the game after it started. Wondered if a trade was coming or not. Didnt he score in the shootout the night before?

    Also, it took me until the 2nd period to realize I hadnt seen Bickell.

  15. you are correct HOF De Sousa played for UPEI (University of Prince Edward Island) Panthers in the CIS and was a very good offensive player. Glad to see he is getting a chance at pro hockey.
    The Hawks speed was very evident in this game and even though Tampa is a fast team as well the Hawks out paced them. Love the way TVR is playing and Svedburg is holding his own (he looked a little funny tussling with Paquette though lol)

  16. Runblad and Daley played 14.5 minutes each. That in itself shows just how much Q has to adjust without Kieth. If I recall, at this time last year the 5th & 6th Dmen were playing sub 10 minutes. In a way, those 2 boys can make or break their careers over the next 4 weeks.

  17. A few other nuggets – first time seeing Vinnie H and he’s got some hop in his step. Garbutt also had a sweet shift at the end of one of the penalty kills. 5 had a better overall game but spent too much time in the box.

    There was also one shift at the end of the second I think with Panarin, Kane and Teuvo all out together whipping around passes and stick handling the bolts in circles. It was head-shaking watching these guys toy with one of the better teams in hockey. A pretty impressive overall game from the Hawks. They controlled the flow of the game minus a couple rounds of sustained pressure. The Tampa rookie goalie had a nice game as well.

    RTF: Svedberg = Pylon on skates. This has to be some kind of reverse-jinx account at this point, doesn’t it? Pretty much every prediction he makes turns out to be incorrect. It’s frankly amazing, I can’t even be mad about it anymore. It’s like he’s eaten an entire wheel of cheese.

  18. Mike – that’s not true. Rundbland averaged 13 minutes last year in the RG.
    TVR, Svedberg and Seabrook (in little part) took those minutes.
    Rundbland and Daley… not really. That might be a fluke seeing that they’ve been on the PK a lot these last 2 games and they’re not killing.

    I don’t think Rundbland and Daley will get more than 15 minutes ever…seeing how poor they’re playing. If they don’t surpass Svedberg in Coach Q’s trust meter before Keith comes back…they’re fucked. Coach Q needs them now.When Keith comes back it’s going to be to late. He’ll move them to the dog farm.

  19. Hof thanks for the Rockford updates really interesting. Kero sure seems to be a value signing for Stan. Great game with the bolts TVR really looking good and Svedberg improves with each game.

  20. Che – Svedberg is indeed a “Pylon on skates”, but as long as he does what they tell him to do and doesn’t go off the rails that’s enough.
    Maybe in time he can get more in the groove and even level somebody to go along his no turnover, block shots and clear your reach zone skills.

    Remember… TVR is ‘just another guy’… a nice 7 to have. The youngster has 30 tumultuous NHL games and he’s already a Hawks 4. Not just a 4, a Hawks 4.
    Talk about understanding NHL Hockey.

  21. Just to clarify on Rockford’s Chris de Sousa … he’s on an AHL contract, the Ice Hogs signed him so “technically” he’s not Blackhawk property. He did get into one exhibition game with the big club though.

    Don’t know if he has a future in pro hockey but as GoldenBlaz remarked, it’s good he’s getting a chance. The two times I’ve seen him frankly I’ve noticed him out there, he can skate and he’s aggressive. Size is against him but he’s solid on his skates and can handle the rough stuff.

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