Kane and Panarin Lead Blackhawks Past Jackets

After a dominant win in Pittsburgh, the Blackhawks came home to host a tired Columbus team that was forced to fly into Chicago on Friday morning because issues kept their plane on the ground in Raleigh on Thursday night. That didn’t keep the game from getting physical early and often.

Brandon Dubinsky went to the box only 28 seconds in and the Hawks jumped all over the Jackets.

Artemi Panarin’s 27th of the season off a gorgeous pass from Patrick Kane took only four seconds off the power play and gave Chicago a 1-0 lead. On the play, Jonathan Toews was credited with the 350th assist of his career.

The parade to the penalty box was only starting – for both teams. Chicago and Columbus both killed a penalty in the middle of the period, and then Boone Jenner and Ryan Hartman got mixed up and both headed off for two minutes. Nick Foligno tied the game 54 seconds into the 4-on-4, but the game didn’t stay tied long.

Marian Hossa’s pretty goal came only 22 seconds after the Foligno marker and gave the lead back to Chicago. The assist was Kane’s 52nd of the year.

Hartman kept chirping, and got Foligno to take a penalty after the horn ending the first period. Chicago didn’t convert on the power play, and the hitting continued into the middle period. Jortin Tootoo hit Foligno with a high stick at 13:54 but Chicago killed the penalty. The Hawks killed another penalty, this one overlapping into the third, with Johnny Oduya in the box.

Through 40 minutes, Columbus held a 19-17 shot advantage. Both Corey Crawford and Sergei Bobrovsky were on top of their games, and Columbus kept bringing the hits.

By the mid-point of an up-and-down third period, Columbus had a 28-8 hit advantage but was still trailing. Niklas Hjalmarsson went to the box at 9:15 because of a dreaded delay of game penalty, giving the Jackets a desperately needed advantage. For the fourth time in the game, however, the Blackhawks killed a power play.

And, again, the best penalty killer wearing red was Crawford.

With an empty net, the Hawks were able to clear the zone and Kane found Panarin again to push the lead to 3-1 with just 43 seconds remaining in regulation.

Behind a magnificent third period from Crawford, the Blackhawks emerged with a strong home win against another top team in the Eastern Conference.

Crawford finished with 32 saves, 14 of which came in the third period. Kane assisted on all three goals and was credited with four shots on net. Panarin led Chicago with six shots in the game.

It wasn’t a great night at the dot for Chicago again. Tanner Kero won two of 11, Marcus Kruger won five of 13 and Toews won six of 14.

Brent Seabrook had a team-leading four blocked shots and Tootoo led the way with three hits.

17 thoughts on “Kane and Panarin Lead Blackhawks Past Jackets

  1. That is the line up i want to see opening night of the playoffs .
    I like Tootoo as most know but,.,.,Moose , Hayden and Tootoo ,..,crash bang boom line all over again . Hayden is more like a 8- 10 minute guy i think right now . ,hope he adjusts and keeps working hard .it , he,s playing with the big boys now .

  2. A good 60 minute effort is just what the doctor ordered to soothe my savage beast. After spending the last week or so whining about the poor play leading into the Pens game, I feel a whole lot better now. The Pens were so depleted it was hard to gauge how much was Hawks good play versus Pens poor play. But a well played game over a healthy BJs team has me convinced all is right in Hawkville … at least for now :)

    If Anisimov is back for the playoffs … and let’s hope he is … then Kero slides down to play 4C and Rasmussen slides over into the press box. I’m not a Rasmussen fan, he’s a “doesn’t hurt you” player as are Tootoo and Desjardins, but none of them give you much. Hayden-Kero and pickem for the 4th line when AA is back.

  3. I thought the East was too tough and we didn’t stand a chance! In the Blackhawks dressing room beats the heart of a CHAMPION!

    ER. I think I’ll trust Coach Q’s judgement rather than yours. He was satisfied with some of the games you complained about! I’m sure he knows his team very well and he is pretty honest about how he feels after a game.

  4. Need to keep working on full 60 team game. It was good for us to have that patch of games were we didn’t play that good. It allowed us to release after a really good long stretch and have enough games to get back up to speed. These games against these types of teams are good to get the juices flowing. We shouldn’t give a shit about presidents as were built for the playoffs. We have a chance to do something special.

  5. Kane- was impressive… 72 could have had 4-6 goals of of 88 plays…

    Kero- hard guy not to like

    TvR- I thought had a very solid game… H always had a good stick and IQ… but he looks a little faster ( or perhaps- Seabrook- just makes him look faster- in comparison)… If I am SB- I find a way to keep TvR- and Dump that Seabrook deal.

    Crow- good game… solid rebound control

    1st line had some solid shifts – early

    Moose- just like most of the 4th line guys- ain’t gonna score… but he Does a lot of good solid little things excellent at sealing boards and chipping puck out of D zone

    Bob-was fantastic in net for BJ’s

    Bad- Hartman- made some mistakes… seemed off his game… the 2 on 0 with Hossa… kinda stopped skating/playing

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more Jurco- He is improving, skates really well, might actually put puck in net on 4th line.

  6. Great game to watch. I have been critical of Moose as pretty much a waste of space out there. However, I thought he played with an edge last night and contributed. It seemed to me that a young player for the Jackets, #38 I think, was making a lot of intentional contact on dead pucks with Crawford and I thought I detected Moose getting annoyed by that and playing harder and with an edge. Anyone else notice that? I agree with giving Jurco a chance as he appears to have more upside.

  7. Nice to see the Hawks peaking for a playoff run. The return of Anisimov should make them that much better.

    TVR keeps getting better, what a difference compared to earlier in the season. Unfortunately it puts him higher on the list for Vegas.

  8. Good game last night, the BJ’S were coming hard at the boys. Crow was on his game. Kane continues to shine night in and night out. Nice to see Kero playing a nice role in the bottom 6. Kruger continues be utterly useless on the offensive end of the ice. Let’s hope Vegas snatches him up.

  9. Crow was better than Bob. Squared up nicely and very aggressive. I also like Kero’s 200 foot game. When 15 comes back I would like to see Kero center the third line. He is faster and more skilled than Kruger. I agree Wall, I would like to see more of Jurco on the 4rth line. He might actually score unlike 11, 22 & 70. I would sure rather have Panarin on the Hawks roster than Saad. I was always a big fan of Saad but he is no difference maker like #72.

  10. This team has played better than many of us thought they would and the parts have meshed well. I knew they were a playoff team but a 50+ win team and first in the west is wonderful.
    Health and draw will be important, but it will be fun. It looks like a half decent bottom two lines could emerge as not too many of us saw Kero’s growth and contribution coming.
    Looks like the Ducks are for real.

  11. Seabs with the great bank pass to Kaner on Hoss’s game winning goal. I’ll take him 100 times over the next 100 games instead of keeping TVR as a 3rd pairing defenceman for next season. TVR has no place on the PK or 1st/2nd pairings. He has steadily improved this year while only on the 3rd pairing.

  12. Been some talk of late , with Anisimov out ,bout the center position,.,.,how bout a guy in Rockford named Martin Lundberg,.,., he is the only plus on the team, he must be a PK specialist or something ,,.,any info ? ,.,why has he not been a call up ? He is in his mid twenties ,.,.,pretty good stats on a poor Hog team .

  13. It was a very good effort Friday night. Crow rounding into playoff form too. Congrats to this Hawks team that has taken the division and conference titles. Do we reckon Q gives some core guys a game off here or there to finish out regular season? I say why not, as they have earned it.

    Ducks game next week and Bruins today should be entertaining.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  14. The Will Pelletier signing… caught my interest- SB going off the Radar…
    Kid won D-3 Championship… strong stats vs. D-3… small- But Twitter feed during Hogs game- said he skates like Hinostroza speed…

    Scored 2 g’s, 2a’s in second game… watched highlites… kid made impressive re-direct from in between circles- showing High-end hands… and even though he is small… 5’7″ tall… 172 weight is actually pretty sturdy for height…

    Seems like same DNA/type player D-cat is in CHL… albeit- older…

    good reason for me to go watch Hogs… with couple of actual players/prospects down there finally

  15. Sure we want to win these games but it doesn’t matter how many we do so 2-2 would be good/sort of what we want. Main thing is Bread Man doesn’t get points which is good for player bonuses. He got that goal so if he gets a lot of point against COL that’s it for that/keep it to one or no points in that game and maybe 72 and 88 get a game to rest. You know 19/81/2/4 will in those games.

  16. Relax and enjoy the last week before we become totally stressed out for hopefully about 10 weeks. Baseball and the Masters-spring is finally here.

    Game 7 of Windsor London on Tuesday and winner plays Erie. Really not fair but the East is so weak and the West has 4 really strong teams. (Owen Sound outshoot Kitchener 71 to 20 in one of their games.) They play the Sault.

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