Kruger, Bollig Leads Blackhawks Past Jets

The story before Saturday’s game was all about Jonathan Toews playing “at home” in Winnipeg, but it was the kids on the Hawks roster that won the day. A second period outburst propelled the Blackhawks to another big victory, this time over the Jets.

The first period ended with the score tied at one. Corey Crawford spent a moment down and appeared to be a little banged up after there was some contact with Blake Wheeler, but he was able to stay in the game and play well. The second 20 minutes was when the game was effectively over for Winnipeg.

Brandon Bollig and Nick Leddy each had one goal and one assist in the game and Marcus Kruger added two assists as the Hawks used a three-goal outburst to fly away from the Jets. Chicago scored three times in spite of only putting seven shots on net in the middle frame and were able to take Winnipeg completely out of the game.

Patrick Sharp scored his third goal of the season between the goals by Bollig and Leddy. The Hawks’ three goals came in the first six minutes of the second period. In the third, Ben Smith added an insurance goal with a redirect of a Bollig shot.

Kruger played a magnificent game. He was great at the dot, winning 11 of 15 faceoffs, with his two assists. His second assist of the game came on the goal scored by Bollig, who finished tied for the team lead with two hits and was plus-three in the game. Marian Hossa, Jeremy Morin and Andrew Shaw were also credited with assists up front for the Hawks.

On the blue line, Niklas Hjalmarsson scored the Hawks’ one goal in the first period and Leddy added his in the second. Duncan Keith was credited with an assist and three blocked shots in the game; Michal Rozsival led the team with five blocked shots for the afternoon.

Crawford had a fantastic game in spite of the early injury concern. He allowed only the one goal against 27 shots.

In net for the Jets, Ondrej Pavelec allowed the first four goals for the Blackhawks while facing only 14 shots. He was pulled after Leddy’s goal, giving way to Al Montoya. Winnipeg’s backup allowed one goal – to Smith – while facing only ten shots.

In his homecoming game, Toews skated only 18:25 and won 10 of 19 faceoffs. He was plus-one with only two shots on goal, and heard a few boos during the game.

The Blackhawks have won their last three, outscoring Minnesota, Ottawa and Winnipeg 16-7 (with five of those seven goals by the Senators). Chicago killed the Jets’ only power play on Saturday afternoon, and have killed four of five over their three game win streak.

Winnipeg will visit the United Center on Wednesday night. Chicago hosts Calgary on Sunday evening.

Sharp vs WIN

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4 Responses to Kruger, Bollig Leads Blackhawks Past Jets

  1. Sr. Brad says:

    Thanks Tab…a very workmanlike victory for the Hawks who focused on team defence and doing the little things to earn this road win…

    CC was looked strong all game, as did the Hawks Defence…and I think its safe to say at this point, the contract that Hammer signed here was another great move by Bowman…Hammer has been our best DMan all season and again today…Oduya has been our 2nd best DMan, and even with his revolving (and often struggling) partners, Leddy has likely been our 3rd best DMan all season.

    How about that 4th line? This is how the Hawks got teams in 2010, they had 4 good lines and out worked the opposition over 60 minutes…and as I said in pre season, the Hawks had a chance to feature the best 4 lines in team history…today, that was a great example of that…the 3rd line is killer as well…the 1st line speaks for itself, and if that 2nd line can find some chemistry, the Hawks are set…

    Kudos to Ben Smith, Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri who all played well…and this is why none of us should “hate” any of ours…they are all good kids, who work hard, and listen to the coaches…Smith fit in beautifully with Kruger and Bollig (the Rocket) today, and Morin is part of a great 3rd line with Shaw and Bickell.

    Now, the backup goaltender…

  2. Nick says:

    I didn’t have a chance to watch the game but did he play better than mills on the line? Who took his time on the pk? How did pirri play?

  3. wall says:

    That Pass to Sharp from Hossa was frickin sweet… blue line to blue line between the stick and legs of a defender… and right on the money to 10 in full stride… that was filthy!!!

    Q still doesn’t trust Morin…

    Khabby’s last chance (unless emergency) Sunday???

  4. scottie p says:

    I remember pre-season when a lot of you guys, Tab included, tried to sell the Jets as a contender. When I disagreed everyone jumped on me. Well guess what, they are terrible. That is all

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