Nick Leddy Leads Blackhawks To Win Over Blue Jackets

Two Blackhawks were credited with their first goals of the season, and the highlights revealed a number of other players making special plays, but it was young defenseman Nick Leddy that led the Chicago Blackhawks to victory on Saturday night.

Marcus Kruger started the scoring in the first period with his first NHL goal, and the game was blown open by two goals from Viktor Stalberg in less than two minutes in the third period. But Leddy was the pacesetter all night.

In perhaps his finest NHL game, Leddy skated 22:56, blocked a team-high five shots, was credited with two hits, one takeaway and assists on both of Stalberg’s goals. He skated 2:57 on the power play and 2:45 short-handed in the game. Leddy now has six points (one goal, five assists) in 10 games.

Dave Bolland scored a short-handed goal late in the first period to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. It was Bolland’s second shorty of the season; the Blackhawks have only allowed one power play goal this season. Bolland was called for two penalties in the first period, though. He won 11 of 19 faceoffs in the game.

The Hawks’ fifth, and final, goal of the night came with less than three second left, when Michael Frolik out-hustled Rick Nash to a loose puck and slapped a one-handed shot into the empty net. Frolik, with Stalberg and Leddy, had two points in the game; he assisted on Bolland’s shorty.

Ray Emery was named the third star of the game after making 27 saves against 29 shots. Despite mediocre rebound control and two regrettable goals, Emery remained undefeated on the season.

Chicago won despite playing John Scott in the game. Scott wasted a roster spot by┬átaking only three shifts, totalling 1:44 of ice time, in the game without touching the ice in the third period.┬áSami Lepisto played for only the second time this season, and was effective replacing Sean O’Donnell. In 13:06 on the ice, Lepisto had two hits and one takeaway.

The Blackhawks have 10 of 12 possible points at home to begin the season, and their penalty kill unit has established itself as the best in the game. Through Saturday night, Chicago has the top-ranked PK in the game (93.9%), with more short-handed goals (three) than power play goals against (two). Chicago has not allowed a power play goal on the road yet this year.

With Detroit’s loss on Saturday night, a shutout at Minnesota, the Blackhawks move ahead of the Red Wings by four points and stand alone in first place in the Central Division.

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6 Responses to Nick Leddy Leads Blackhawks To Win Over Blue Jackets

  1. Brad Stevenson says:

    Please someone, anyone, tell what Q is doing with John Scott…why can’t we just roll 4 lines??? I just don’t get it…Scott took 3 shifts and was the only minus player on the team, and is the primary reason for Columbus’ first goal, he drifted off his wing and left the Columbus player all alone for a one timer…its just incredible that he is on this team…how are we better with Scott than playing any of the following: Ben Smith, Brandon Saad, and/or Brandon Pirri…just Bizarre

    And why do we pay Olescz $3.5 million to not even dress…again, BIZARRE

  2. wall says:

    I agree Brad… It is painful to watch him skate… and not far behind him (painful to watch skate) is Bruno. Now I know he is a very smart player with great hands, but coach Q really has to monitor when and how much he plays. Bruno reminds me of Shaq in his last 2 years ( he is only effective in a slow half-court game, against 20% of the teams!!). Bruno really slows down Toews and I think the captain showed some frustration last nite. I know Hayes is not lighting it up in Rockford, but he has great hands too and is big. And what about Segal, never seen him play but has NHL time and is scoring in Rockford.

    Lastly, Olesz. My Only guess is they are giving his Knee more time ( ACL’s do take long). He looks like a “power, in front of the net guy”, but is not skating well.
    Tab what is background on Olesz’s game? I can’t believe he is that ineffective!

  3. Tab Bamford says:

    Olesz hasn’t been able to stay healthy at all in his career. Clearly the organization took a piece of garbage off Florida’s hands to make Campbell a salary dump, but keeping him at the NHL level is not only wasting a roster spot, but keeping quality players that could positively impact the NHL roster (Ben Smith, Jeremy Morin) in Rockford. There is enough quality in this organization that a concrete ceiling of 23 players on the NHL roster, when 2 are crap, isn’t acceptible.

  4. jeff says:

    Amen to that!

  5. Brad Beatty says:

    I would agree that Scott is a complete waste of a roster spot and needs to go away. As much as I like Bruno he is bringing down Toews as he is way to slow to play on this team. We are stacked at Rockford so I don’t see why we need to continue with liabilities on the roster. As for Leddy, the first half of last year I wanted to burn him at the stake. Since coming back from Rockford, he has matured each and every game and is rapidly becoming one of the best defenseman on the ice each and every night. The depth on this team is scary and I can’t wait until this season progresses.

  6. robinson says:

    I think thats the reason/why, Smith/Morin (concussion, now they have to wait longer/they were close), and Pirri/Saad are getting fully-primed in the ahl for now. Like Leads and Hammer played the first half season in ahl, in some games when people were out, then came up for second half of season to stay. There better all-around players when they do this. Current roster makes a diff. and like you all said about those certain players is true. Although, its better for the long-run of the younger guys and the team to bring them in when its best for them and the the team, not asap. It will pay off better for the team and the players doing it this way.

    Im sure were going to pick up a really good center or wing between games 40-60 and that would be around the time anyone of those guys would come up and stay too.

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