Panik Attack: Blackhawks Beat Preds For First Win Of New Year

Richard Panik stole the show and Scott Darling played big between the pipes as the Blackhawks finally got into the win column on Saturday night.

The Blackhawks sprinted out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 10:16 of the game. At 6:36, rookie forward Nick Schmaltz scored his first career NHL goal.

Rookie Tyler Motte picked up the only assist on Schmaltz’s goal.

Mike Riberio went to the box at 8:13 for delay of game and, for a fun change of pace, it was the Blackhawks scoring a power play goal. Brent Seabrook unloaded and beat Nashville netminder Marek Mazanec to extend the lead to 2-0.

Exactly two minutes after Seabrook’s goal, Panik scored his second of the season.

Nothing has been easy for the Blackhawks this season, and Saturday night was no different. Colin Wilson scored his first of the season with 89 seconds left in the first period to cut the lead to 3-1.

Nashville scored another goal inside the final two minutes of the second period. Artem Anisimov was in the box and Craig Smith scored six seconds into the advantage to make the score 3-2 through 40 minutes.

Ryan Johansen went to the box for high-sticking 2:57 into the third period and the Hawks scored their second power play goal of the night. Panik, again.

It looked for a moment like Marian Hossa may have (finally) scored the 500th goal of his career, but it was Panik’s third of the season.

Viktor Arvidsson cut the lead to 4-3, beating Brian Campbell to the net and beating Darling.

But the Hawks wouldn’t be denied. Patrick Kane made a Patrick Kane play, feeding Panik on the doorstep to complete the hat trick.

After losing their first two games of the season by 5-3 and 3-2 scores, the Blackhawks turned the tables and won a game 5-3 in front of a raucous United Center crowd.

Darling allowed three goals against 36 shots but made a number of spectacular saves to maintain the lead. The skated in front of him blocked 17 shots in the game as well.

Dennis Rasmussen was in the lineup in the place of injured Ryan Hartman and played well. He skated on the second penalty kill unit with Jonathan Toews and finished tied for the team lead with three blocked shots in the game. Rasmussen was also credited with two hits and one takeaway in 12:35.

Schmaltz only skated 12:08 in the game but won five of 11 faceoffs and added two hits and one takeaway to his first career goal. Motte led Chicago with three takeaways and blocked two shots in 14:10 as the Hawks’ continue to get solid production from a couple impressive rookie forwards. Motte continued to work with Marcus Kruger on the top penalty kill unit as well.

Duncan Keith and Kane had two assists each to join Seabrook (one goal, one assist) and Panik as the Hawks had four players with a multi-point effort.

Perhaps most importantly, the Blackhawks’ veterans who collectively showed frustration and willingly lost their cool in Nashville on Friday night avoided the penalty box. Only Anisimov and Jordin Tootoo served penalty time on Saturday night, and the Blackhawks successfully killed one of the two advantages.

Campbell and Gustav Forsling had a rough night at the office. They combined for four hits and three shots on net, but were on the ice for 21 and 22 Nashville shot attempts, respectively. By comparison, Seabrook was on the ice seven full minutes longer than Campbell and there were only 16 shot attempts against while he was in play. Seabrook also led Chicago with five hits in the game.

39 thoughts on “Panik Attack: Blackhawks Beat Preds For First Win Of New Year

  1. Panik Attack….really like that one Tab. Lets hope we have more of them. I thought we looked pretty good, Hossa was fabulous, Tootoo was very good. Thought Campbell should have taken the penalty on Arvidsson’s goal but maybe that was Q telling his veterans to knock off the penalties. Kane with the no look pass…its all back, We beat a good team. Kudos to Darling! Top Notch goaltending with crucial positioning discipline.

  2. I’d like to see Schmaltz on the top line with Toews and Panik. Yhe speed and skill would have to be dealt with. Keep Panarin with Kane and Anisimov. Motte, Kruger, and Hossa are also working well.

  3. Good game …good play ….good goalie…..less men in the PenaltyBox….getting to know eachothers…..the kids are fitting slowly on the team ….IQ seems to be more patient with the kids ….and Panik Fitghing for every inches …nothing to complaint …now we neeed Panarin,Kane,Toews,Anisimov ,and Motte…to start slowly to score Goals..
    With 6 rookies on the team the Hawks where never dominate on the score sheat …except when they play Shorthand …
    Next game against the Flyers will be a nice game to watch …
    I like the group we have …patience …Go Hawks Go

  4. A win is important but I thought they were outplayed for all but about 15 minutes–
    I guess no need to panik.
    I thought Too Too played well, actually the 4th line. I’m constantly amazed at how hard 19 plays and how much he gets checked/slashed/punched–no wonder he wears down and gets so few points relative to his elite talent level. He’s special.

  5. Glad to see panik get the hat trick. Though often scrutinized and maybe not the ideal first liner, panik has been one of the most passionate players on the ice since the Hawks acquired him. Pretty good vision and a lot of energy/grit. I actually like the pairing of panik anisimov hossa that was on the ice for goal #2

  6. Noonan96- I agree on TooToo and the whole 4th line looking good…

    70- makes a lot of Little/smart chip plays sealing wall/defender… and Puck goes in the right direction… yes – He isn’t “Hawk speed skater”… but I think he is pretty/smart/responsible player.

    I wrote this last Monday on Tab’s Blog Regarding the Pracice I watched:
    Panik- scored a lot of goals – fwiw- in 3 on 2 and 2 on 0 type drills- he might surprise this year;
    As did Moose

    I also said Darling Outplayed Crow in that 1 practice… perhaps He gets the net – next game! And Kempny was very good…

    The more I watch Forsling… the more He looks like D- version of Kane… His skating is very shifty/elusive… He will eventually make some mistakes- but man that 20 yr. old kid should be a good one… Looking at the stats- Most give aways from D… 4, 51, 7 … NOT Forsling/Kempny… that is pretty impressive.

  7. The anisimov hossa panik combination was out as the 2nd pp unit so playing 5 on 5 may not be as effective but made a good line in that capacity. Wouldn t be surprised at some point if his game keeps progressing to see schmaltz up on the top 2 lines, but probably not switch alot going into next game. Rasmussen looks like he can be a solid defensive role forward which be a plus with the injury situation.

  8. I think panik is an awesome player. He’s big, fast, hits and has some skill. Great trade by bowman. If he plays like this and some of the younger players step up then I will change my pessimism to optimism. Since the playoff series last year panik has been one of the most exciting players on the ice.

  9. I like Mrugs on the 4th line as checking line. Good move, standard patent. 81 can look powerful with the fast young guys.

    42 passing, oh my goodness.

  10. Can Hawks afford Panik next year ??? not at this rate…

    Hope he gives “Discount” for SB/Hawks – resurrecting him from the AHL!!!

    14 is showing some “net Presence”/hands… BUT- I must also point out – he has made several Horrible Passes in 1st few games- toward Hawks Zone- that Q typically would bench a non-Core player for… But with Hawks having so many rookies now… Q- has let it slide!!!

  11. The hope coming into this season was for the improved d-corps and the goaltending to make up for the depleted group of forwards. For the most part, through 2 games, that has happened – only 2 even strength goals has been scored against the Hawks. What wasn’t foreseen was the unbelievably bad PK that has given up 7 goals. I can’t imagine the PK will continue to be as bad as it has been – hopefully it get’s fixed soon.

    But, even though the 5 on 5 goals against has been good, the opponents are getting too many shots through on our goalie and that needs to get fixed. Unfortunately the reason there are so many shots against is because the Hawks have had difficulty clearing the puck and the opponents get to play keep away in the Hawks d-zone until they eventually get a clear lane to get a shot on goal. While the d-corps gets some blame for that, it is equally the forwards who have not made the play to clear the puck when they’ve had the opportunity – too many lost battles on the boards. It comes down to physics – bigger/stronger wins physical battles against smaller/weaker the majority of the time. That is the problem the Hawks have – many of their players are physically over matched by the opposing players. The Hawks must learn how to overcome their physical disadvantage with quicker decisions and quicker passes so they don’t get pinned up against the wall. Probably not an easy thing to accomplish with young players and a group of players who haven’t played together enough for optimum continuity.

    It looks like the Hawks will continue to be a work in progress for quite some time. Hopefully they don’t fall so far back in the standings that even if they do get a lot better they have too much ground to make up.

  12. Luckily they won. But Kempny needs to learn to pick his spots. Still a little too aggressive. Went for a hit when he had no help. Missed. 3 on 1 and the pucks in the back of the net.

    With that said I really like the physicality he brings. He brings something this team has always lacked.He just needs to pick his spots a little better. Offensively he pinches a little too often. Gonna have to learn to fight another day.

  13. To walls point on Panik. Players have highs and lows. Is Tyler Motte going to get on the score sheet every game? Nope. Is Panik going to continue at his pace? Nope. Brandon pirri scored 22 goals in 49 games 2 years ago. He has since been traded. Not re-signed. And had to sign a bargain basement deal this year.

    Look at Paniks goals. All but one has been a right place right time thing. I like the physicality and his net front presence. I have my doubts he can keep up the pace as he hasnt shown the ability to do that with regularity. He’s a faster version of Desjardins.

    I’m not sure what to do with Hinostroza. He was with Toews last night and that did not look like a fit.

  14. Did the Hawks found another. Patrick Sharp with Panik ??
    Humm …..thats a possibility …still to early to dream about that but maybe ….

  15. I agree Ernie with the Kempny pinch but I put more Blane on Hino on that play. That puck has to go back in deep not some weak ass back pass that wasn’t even close to Kempny

  16. I agree ernie hinostroza looked out of place but whats the options. Seems like schmaltz might be who they want up there but not sure that move is right one at this point. Kreuger could move between hossa and motte with hinostroza with tootoo and rasmussen . But i think for now hinostroza might get another shot and schmaltz, hossa and motte stat together.

  17. I agree with the comments about tempering expectations about Panik-I like that he’s on the team–Hawks lack bigger guys that can skate a little and have good hands but I remember liking what I saw last year for about the first 5 games and then he seemed to drop off-
    He’s on pace for over a 100, it’s him or Matthews for the Rocket Richard trophy.

  18. E-Raptor… right on Re: Forwards helping on Boards to move pucks out of D zone…
    Even 88/72 struggle sometimes… even though they use speed and great hands to break out too…

    the kids- are small- and not as skilled at that part of the game…

    That is why I do Like Moose- imo- Like Kruger- uses good technique to at least push puck out of zone- if not “Break out”

    GBlazd- I agree w/ You- that was more on shitty pass from Hino- then Kempny.

    Ernie- gotta disagree on 2 points.

    Pirri- wasn’t gonna cut it… cuz he is slow and weak and Low energy/stamina.
    Is a great sniper- in some systems!!!

    Panik- is a “faster Dez”??? I love dez-… But Panik has way better hands/shot/ and showed us 2 moves last nite- that Dez couldn’t do on X-Box… let alone skates!

    Yes, Panik- will regress to the mean… but he is way more skilled/scorer than Dez… Probably Lower IQ too… judging by some of those Pirri/Beach type passes.

  19. Can someone help me ,.,.,Chicago web site ,.,.has been changed ,.,i use to really like being able to see stats like shifts ,t.o.i. etc etc ,.,can i find those stats on their web site now ?

  20. Hawkhead, the brilliant NHL has taken away team apps and pages. You now have to go through the NHL app/ Web page to get highlights, stats, etc.

  21. Granted the differences between Panik and Desjardins isn’t just speed. But he’s closer to Desjardins than Sharp.

    Regarding the pass from Hinostroza. No doubt it was bad. But Kempny has to realize what happens if he misses…like he did.

  22. Lots of complaints about the NHL site.. it was fine the way it was and worked so well and then of course they had to screw it up .. it is not easy to read or friendly to use .. probably about more ad revenue or something like that .. hope they restore some things to make it easy to find things.

  23. Cap friendly, now nhl site.

    I think theres a way to get to those stats on the site, not sure how, heard people talking about it the other day.

  24. Hawks site. Sections. Scores. Redirect to Date of game. Scroll… Official game reports.

    Morrison, is capfriendly really an NHL site now? General manager is an easier layout personally. But capfriendly I think is more accurate. Has more tools like an armchair GM function. And they’ll answer you if you have a question…pretty promptly too.

  25. Let’s remember the NHL sold their digital rights to mlb…

    “Commissioner Bettman and Commissioner Manfred on Tuesday announced a six-year digital media rights partnership between the NHL and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the technical arm of Major League Baseball, that is expected to enhance the user experience across the League’s digital platforms, including GameCenter Live, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network and”

  26. Panik played great when it mattered last year in the playoffs. That’s the ultimate test People trying to “rain on the parade” by saying he won’t keep it up are wrong. We got a player here people. Be positive

  27. Playoffs were 7 games. Panik had 3 points in the 6 games he played in. What happened to Bickell after 17 points in 23 playoff games?

    Pessimistically optimistic.

  28. It’s more than just points Ernie. He impacted the game with physical play and he’s fast. Things the Hawks need. Your being too negative.

  29. I agree. I like the physicality both he and Kempny bring. But let’s calm down about him costing too much too afford next year or comparing him to Patrick Sharp… As others have done

  30. Bickell comparison of Panik not fair either Ernie. What happened to Bickell was precipitated by a vertigo-esque condition that was exacerbated by various hits to the head and body he took over the years. I went to the Vancouver/Carolina game Sunday night to see Teuvo etc and Bickell looked pretty solid, made smart plays of crisp on tape passes back to the point and won board battles and headed to the net alot in limited ice time and some pp time. He can still play albeit not at the pace or level he used to for us for a few years. Teuvo scored a goal and was solid in his own zone (unlike most Carolina players D and F’s). Nordstrom looked the same as he did with us, fast and hard working but not much else, and Dahlbeck looked like one of the more solid d-men on the team which likely says more about their d than about dahlbeck at this stage. Carolina has some intriguing players with Aho and Lindholm looking good, Staal was ok and even Stempniak looked solid. Hanifin is learning but was schooled by Hansen and Faulk is just awful defensively and with his decision making aka another Karlsson but not quite that skilled so far. Skinner was ok too and Victor Rask maybe best skater that game. I predict he hits 30 goals this year. Teuvo was stuck on right wing most of the time but did drift into center a lot (like I do when I get stuck on wing too haha) and he also was given 1st unit pp duty on the point (where he was when he skated toward goal to deposit a long rebound with his quick release hard snapshot).

    Watched all 3 games now finally–sorta. Gamecenter stream was awful, pausing all the time and then picking up a few seconds after essentially defeating the purpose of watching vs listening to the game!

    Anyways, no panick on my part. Team needs time to gel, very short preseason, rookies learning, all 3 games against 90 percentile competition if not higher and us still trying out brand new line combos and special teams and d pairings therefore you can put a large asterisk beside the “awful” PK and focus instead on the impressive 5 on 5 GA stats. Both St Louis and Nashville have very good Powerplays and tend to use the points better than most teams and we will figure out ways to counter that as we usually do once the team finalizes pairings. Huge plus that 4 of 6 rookies can already play in nhl and not look out of place. Expect to see more from Schmaltz and Motte. Both will be dominant players soon. Not sold on Hino yet but it’s early. TVR is not a bad 5/6 d man to have but keep him in press box as Forsling and Kempny have been impressive. Really like what Panik brings minus the occasional bad turnover or decsision. Give him a bit of rope and he can be a scoring and physical presence that can play throughout the lineup aka Shaw 2.0, slightly higher skilled but less hockey IQ on the defensive side –so far at least and not quite the grit and passion Shaw showed but couple that with not nearly as many bad penalties taken too.

    Once Kane and Panarin start really playing and Keith gets comfortable again and Toews wakes up (which sèems to happen periodically last few years), we’ll be fine. LA and STL, ANA will be worse than last few years. Nash, Wash, Pitts, SJ, Dallas prob our main competition and I don’t think Dallas d or goalies good enough to really worry about them. Once team gels and rookies adjust, we’ll be in the thick of contenders once again. Go Hawks!

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