Kane, Blackhawks Handle Predators

Another night in the Central Division, another tough road battle for the Blackhawks.

Chicago got Artem Anisimov back in the lineup, but Nick Schmaltz was still out of commission. Dennis Rasmussen sat to make room for Anisimov, and the Hawks rolled the same six defensemen as Friday night with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya not available.

Nashville came out flying against a Chicago team that won in a shootout on Friday night at home. After cruising to an 11-1 shot advantage early that – thanks to Corey Crawford – produced no goals, Chicago turned the tables and got on the board with a power play goal from Patrick Kane.

Kane’s 28th of the season held up as the only score in a first period that saw Nashville out-shoot the Hawks 17-11.

The shooting kept coming from both sides in the second period, and both sides were able to find the back of the net.

At 11:03 into the second, Jordin Tootoo finally scored his first of the season.

Duncan Keith picked up his 40th assist of the year and Brent Seabrook his 30th on the Tootoo goal, giving Seabrook 400 career points.

No lead can ever be comfortable, though, and Nashville came right back. Viktor Arvidsson scored his 22nd of the year to cut the lead to 2-1 only 1:17 after the Tootoo goal.

Vernon Fiddler went to the box late in the second and the Hawks took advantage once again. This time, Jonathan Toews was the scorer.

The Hawks ugly trend of quick turnaround goals showed up once again, though. Calle Jarnkrok scored 14 seconds after the Toews’ goal to close the second period with the Hawks holding a 3-2 lead. Chicago out-shot Nashville 11-8 in the second.

Nashville came out on the attach to open the third and Arvidsson once again did damage. His 23rd of the season and second of the night at 4:13 tied the game.

Both sides had good chances as the third period continued, but neither team found the back of the net until Toews made a play and Brian Campbell gave Chicago the lead again with 65 seconds left in regulation.

Toews was out with Richard Panik and Tomas Jurco when he picked up the assist. Campbell’s goal would stand up as the game-winner. But the Hawks weren’t done.

With an empty net and after Nashville’s timeout, coach Joel Quenneville sent out Kane, Anisimov and Artemi Panarin. Panarin picked up a loose puck and found Kane for his second of the night to extend the lead to 5-3.

Chicago relied heavily on Toews at the dot once again, as the Hawks’ captain won 14 of 27 faceoffs in the victory with a goal and an assist. Panik had two assists, joining Seabrook (two assists) and Kane (two goals) with a multi-point night.

Kane led the Hawks with six shots on net and Panik had a team-high four hits in the game. Seabrook blocked five shots.

Crawford allowed three goals but had a good night overall, stopping 32 of 35.

Tootoo skated 9:33.

29 thoughts on “Kane, Blackhawks Handle Predators

  1. Tootoo & Desjardins — Secord & Larmer reincarnated thirty years later. Kruger looks good centering those two, right were he belongs on the 4th line.

    Solid and gritty effort the last two games, lets enjoy the next few days off.

  2. I’m happy for Tootoo. I’ve always liked his game. Is he a scorer? Clearly not. He’s an old school bang ‘n crash kinda guy. A Jocelyn Lemieux type. Congrats on your goal and your game, kid. Solid night for him.

  3. Gutsy road win on a 3 in 4 without 4 and 8 after and that’s after playing really hard against PIT. Other teams have guy/s out as well but these 2 or 3 games playing without who we did shows how good our depth really is. We found a way when we didnt have full energy. Very good team thats still has moar upside/young guys. We can win games in so many diff. ways/other teams styles.

  4. Reflecting on Keith and Seabrook,s great achievements of late ,both players now in the top 6 all time points for D men among Hawks players . Father time is NOT standing still with those two ,..,,we gotta get drafting young western stud Defense Men. This should be priority number 1 this draft ,.,.,how is the draft pool looking for D ?

  5. Edman68:
    Thanks for the Jocelyn Lemieux reference. It jogged my memory of the time he fought no actually pummeled a St.L B d-man, I forget his name but he was a big bruiser type. JL just pounded him to the ice in like 3 or 4 punches, then skated to the box, the linesmen didn’t even need to break it up or escort him. I don’t think many messed with JL after that…

  6. I stand corrected, I should of googled the fight first…

    It was against Harold Snepsts, the tussle went longer than I remembered, but he just eventually laid him out…

  7. Good

    Tootoo
    Dez
    Kempny

    Q will have lots of “styles” of 4th line combos he can throw out there in PO’s

    Bad-

    Hawks “Relaxing” after scoring a goal
    Seabs- got caught flat footed a few times

    Kempny- may get stapled to bench w 4/27 coming back in… imo-Kempny is showing lots of improvement since beginning of year- and should play

  8. Agree that Kempny should not be ‘pasturized’ when 4 / 27 are ready to go. Some sort of rotation to keep him in the mix would be a good thing. Overall, he’s played pretty well and can only get better with continued minutes and trust.
    Also feel great for Tootoo who’s been a great teammate and from everything I’ve ever read is a real stand-up guy. He’s dealt with a lot in his life, has apparently overcome, and, bottom-line, he wears the beloved sweater. He’s one of ours, boys.
    Congrats JT, get a few more now!

  9. Tootoo reminds me a bit of how Jamal Mayers fit in a couple of years ago. Clearly a press box guy when everyone is healthy, but accepting that role and willing to do anything to help the club or a teammate at the drop of a hat. Be great for him to be on board for a deep run this year.

  10. Sorry- I can’t get caught up in the euphoria over Tootoo scoring a goal. He had a good night and I am sure he is a standup guy but he is not an NHL quality player. Either is Desi. I would much rather have Hino, Moose or Motte on the ice. Crawford won the game in the first period. He did let a softie in during the third period but he was there when the Hawks needed him.

  11. 1961… agree and disagree on Tootoo/Desi… if Hawks have ONLY 1 line scoring…
    You probably need to insert Hino/Moose… just for a “chance” of scoring…

    If- 2-3 lines scoring (as has been the case- especially if 38/67/81 are a line)… then you can actually utilize the “all mucking” line of 11/16/Toots- which gives almost no chance of scoring… but can take a lot of time off the clock kicking the puck on the boards in the O-zone versus much better skilled players.

  12. Always liked Tootoo because he (1) would play fearlessly and take on guys much bigger than him, and (2) he was a tough guy mucker without being a cheap shot jerk. Knowing that Q (and apparently Toews) likes to have a sheriff on the roster, I was pleased when they signed Tootoo because I knew he would do his job without all the stupid stuff that many others like him come with. Happy to see him get rewarded last night. That said, whereas an argument can be made for playing a sheriff during the regular season, not so much during the playoffs when there are better options to put in the lineup. I’d be very surprised if Tootoo gets any ice time during the playoffs.

    Desjardins? Got more speed than Rasmussen but seems to have regressed from what wasn’t much production to start with. If I had to pick between Desi and Ras, it’s easily Ras. But like with the majority opinion that I’ve read – I’d rather have Hino in the lineup than Ras, Desi or Tootoo.

  13. I was “oot and aboot” last night so I didn’t get to see the game. I listened to the 2nd and 3rd periods on the drive home. I always enjoy listening to John and Troy, they call a good game without all the slobbering goofy shtick Pat and Eddie lapse into at least a few times each game. John is very good play by play and Troy calls it like he sees it – provides honest analysis without the polished over company line filter you get from Eddie. Eddie is probably the best at analyzing the play in real time that I’ve ever seen – he sees nuances as they happen that most of the rest of us spot only with the advantage of replay. But his silly shtick he uses on home Hawk broadcasts wears thin very quickly for me.

  14. 1. Chicago 42-18-5 89 points
    2. Minnesota 41-15-6 88 points

    Zippity doo dah! With Minny’s 3 games in hand and the Hawks not playing until next Thursday it probably won;t last long – but it’s nice to see the Hawks at the top of the standings for at least one day.

  15. I’m thinking it will be TvR in the pressbox come playoffs. Q will value toughness and along the boards play. This TvRs biggest weakness…….we will see.

  16. I wonder if Seabrook is playing through illness or injury. He had a couple of assists against Nashville, but as has been mentioned earlier, he was caught flat footed more than once. I noticed the same thing in the game I was at against the Islanders. He had a couple of bad decisions etc. that really made Crawford have to get A+ saves. Good time for a couple of days off.
    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  17. Kempny has played better than TVR lately and deserves to play when Hammer and Oduya come back. There may be two problems with the Kempny scenario. 1- Q really likes TVR. 2-Who is going to play the right side with Hammer and Seabs?

  18. Remember a ways back before Hino got sent down, Q had Hino-Kero-Hartman together for a couple a few games. Yes, it is a rookie line and therefore not something Q will trust in the playoffs, but I really liked that line and hope Hino gets called back up and we get a chance to see it again. In fact, if Q were to give me a call and ask me to advise him on the lineup, this is what I would tell him:

    8-19-14
    72-15-88
    13-16-81
    48-67-38

    2-7
    27-4
    6-51/57

  19. Pretty sure we do same, which we did when we won Stanley Cup and didn’t, have which ever guy in for the first 2 games of a series then go with the better overall guy for the rest/or so. Thing is like Wall we have more options this time with the depth. It keeps us big/physical for first 2 games when the teams settle in and then we come in with another good guy and other team doesnt have more guys to match. Coaching tactics. Prob see 6 and 57 as well as the diff. 4th lines guys, like Wall, we can compose numerous styles which makes us harder to play against. We need everybody, thats what it takes to win. Stay fresh and be fresher by using depth. Its not always about having your best 12 FW in at all times and its good to at times/key times.

  20. Ah yes Snepsts vs Lemieux. I remember Harold cross checking Jocelyn a few times and finally he had enough. I like the lady clapping for Snepsts’s face hammering Lemieux’s fists as he walks to the locker room.

  21. Generally agree w/ 1961 – Bollig played every game in ’14 regular season, was serviceable; once playoffs started, however, it was a 180 degree change. It’s wonderful the Hawks’ players love Tootoo, let’s hope history repeats itself from ’13 Cup run when Mayers didn’t play in any playoff games.

    Desjardins proved himself in the ’15 Cup run he can be a more than serviceable player, he won a couple key faceoffs late in the NYI game and played well again last night. Rasmussen has tapered off lately. I think Hinostroza and/or Motte will definitely be needed for the playoff run.

    If Van Riemsdyk ends up w/ the heebie-jeebies in his own zone playoff time, Kempny should be slotted in immediately. He has improved leaps and bounds since the beginning of the season. Let’s not forget Kempny is not some 18 year old newbie like Forsling, he has the body and wherewithal to compete at a high level.

  22. Great time in Nashville Saturday. Many thousands of Hawks fans showed up before, during, and after the game. Broadway and the bars full of people sporting the Indian head. At least during and after the game there was much to celebrate. Adding to the day it was sunny and almost 70F. Yes, it’s a 6.5-7 hour drive down there, but it was worth it.

    Crow stood tall in the 1st as the Preds came in waves, but were denied. I thought the Tootoo fight helped turn momentum slightly back to the Hawks. Also great to see Tootoo score. The guy had a good game.

    It was cracking me up to hear Preds fans loudly boo Kane when he had the puck. I told some Preds fans sitting by me it’s too bad they don’t have anyone near that quality on the ice. Of course it was perfect to see Kaner deposit 2 goals for the boo birds to chew on.

    With some guys out of the lineup it was a positive showing for the Hawks this past weekend. Two close games in the win column. This long break between games perfectly timed.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  23. Voluntary practice today so many are missing, but Schmaltz, Hjalmarsson and Oduya are all on the ice – so good sign.

  24. Thanks for the update ER. I think it is very positive that a rookie like Schmaltz when out of the lineup left a noticeable hole that caused Q to switch up some line combos. Also good that the Hawks have stayed in the win column with players like Hammer out as well. Having 4 and 27 back together sure sounds good to my ears to further solidify the back line. Again worth mentioning the extended time off this week allows the guys to re-charge as we head into the reg. season stretch run.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  25. Little late, but yesterday Debrincat scored twice to put him at 60. Has only happened 18 times and not at at for a few years. He also extended his goal scoring streak to 17 games. The OHL record held by Mike Ricci is 18 games.

  26. And Erie has lost 2 in a row and play Windsor and London coming up-back to back on the road. This may determine Western Conference-London 4 points out one game in hand. The Soo close as well, as the West so much stronger than the East.
    Let’s see how D-Cat does down the stretch.

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