Toews LAK

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Beat LA

It took 40 minutes for them to wake up, but the Blackhawks were flying in the third period as they came back to beat the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on Monday night.

In the wake of a series of roster moves, and with Marian Hossa out of the lineup while still suffering from a lower-body issue, the Hawks had to mix up their lines yet again.

The top line got it going early. Jonathan Toews opened the scoring six minutes into the game, receiving a pretty pass from Ryan Garbutt and making the deposit. Artemi Panarin moved from his spot with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov up to the Toews line and he was able to show flashes of dazzling puck-handling ability throughout the game. Panarin picked up the second assist on Toews’ goal.

LA came back with two goals in a little more than four minutes late in the first to take a 2-1 lead to the dressing rooms. Alec Martinez and Anze Kopitar were on the scoring end for the Kings, but that would be the extent of their offense on the night.

In the third period, it was the Hawks’ new-look second line that came to the forefront.

Teuvo Teravainen joined Anisimov and Kane and the line was accountable for three goals in a third period that was completely dominated by Chicago. Kane tied the game with his seventh of the season 82 seconds into the third, taking a pass from Brent Seabrook and putting it home.

Then Kane set up Teravainen with this ridiculous pass.

The Kings were able to hang within one until Anisimov scored a short-handed goal inside the final two minutes of regulation to put the game away. Toews had the only assist on the shorty, giving him a two-point night.

Toews had a dominant night once again. In addition to his fifth goal of the season and late assist, the Blackhawks’ captain won 20 of 27 at the dot and was credited with one hit and one takeaway.

Kane also had a two-point night, adding his highlight reel pass to Teravainen to the game-tying goal. He was credited with two hits(!), one takeaway and was one of three Chicago skaters with four shots on net.

Anisimov had a two-point night and won half of his 14 faceoffs. Garbutt also had a strong game. He one again led the team with four hits in 17:13.

Marko Dano, who was called up on Monday, skated on a line with Ryan Hartman and Tanner Kero. Hartman had an awful turnover early in the third and found himself stapled to the bench the rest of the way. Dano skated 11:11 and was credited with one blocked shot and one hit. Kero was credited with only one hit in 12:06 on the night, while Hartman finished with three hits, two takeaways and one blocked shot in only 9:19 of action.

Corey Crawford allowed two in the opening period but slammed the door shut the rest of the way. He made 33 saves, 19 of which came in the third period, and earned a big home victory.

The Hawks are back on the United Center ice on Wednesday night when the Blues pay a visit.

45 thoughts on “Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Beat LA

  1. Good game. Brutal night for Hartman, and disappointing night for Kero and Dano. But hell, they are all kids. Teuvo looked good with real linemates. Fourth line played good defense but man, that line can’t generate a lick of offense. Garbutt should thank his stars for that line combo he got tonight.

    Gustafsson wasn’t half bad for a deer in the headlights rookie. Svedberg was dare I say good.

    Crawford was big. Kane was bigger. Excellent win. Maybe spend every minute of practice learning how to pass to new teammates and generating chemistry. Makes me nostalgic for years past when the passing game and moving the puck up the ice was often poetic.

  2. Very enjoyable game to watch. Got to luv those lines. We continue to build off the last game with the Wild which also showed many positives. Crawford was huge in the third period, Kane and TT are dynamic…nobody could have defended against that pass combined with that shot. One of these nights everything will fire in unison and we will score 14 goals or something like that! Once Q has the formula for cold fusion watch out everyone.

  3. ER- I would be even happier to see…

    72/19/28 (72 will shoot more w/o Kane) 28- is dependable/quick/better passer than most think
    56/67 (really prefer Hino-quicker, better passer)/81 (let 81 shoot and put him with 2 potentials net crashers)

  4. This was really a fun game to watch with the top two lines showing off their speed and moves. TT looked impressive on the 2nd line and the TT naysayers need to take a hike. He is a legitimate top 6 forward that has been playing with bottom 6 talent to this point of the season. Also it was smart to move Panarin up a line so you don’t have both him and Kane on the same line because of their free wheeling styles. I love Hossa but maybe he is better off anchoring the 3rd line when he comes back so he can show a few kids how things are done in the NHL and the fact he may be a half a step slower will not affect that line as much. I think with Hossa and Dano plus one more that could be a pretty good 3rd line.

  5. Great game. Its great to see the Hawks play the younger guys even though mistakes will happen. By the end of the season the Hawks will be ready for the playoffs. Crawford played great as well. Go HAWKS.

  6. Important win because there were all those youngsters on the ice and you don’t want them to lose.
    Under 26: Panarin, Teravainen, van Riemsdyk, Svedberg, Gustafsson, Dano, Kero, Hartman, Shaw, Kruger. So 10 skaters 25 years old or younger. 7 rookies.

    PS: Panarin has now failed to score in his last 5 brake aways. He needs to start burying those A++ chances. They are huge momentum swingers. He seems to shot for the same spot just under the glove every time. He needs some private lessons with Toews and Kane. Or even Anisimov.

    There’s no chance Gustafsson or Svedberg should sit in favor of Rundbland. They have weaknesses, but at least they know it.

  7. I think that every time Teravainen and Kane have played on the same line they’ve been a joy to watch. Those 2 are hard to stop and have instant chemistry for each other’s game.

    That kind of the rule with Kane. When you play next to him all you have to do is be deliberate, decisive and play defense. Teravainen gets him because they’re similar up to a certain point. That’s the reason I’ve always talked about building a 2nd line around Kane-Teravainen while having Anisimov-Panarin on the third line.
    When you have Toews-Hossa and Kane-Teravainen on the first 2 lines the opposition is scared and has to take measures. That frees a stellar 3rd line that has Anisimov-Panarin against weak D pairings and bottom forward lines. They would simply tear it up, especially as it would give the play maker Anisimov more freedom to do his thing instead of playing around Kane. He’s doing great don’t get me wrong, but it’s just a case of the rich getting richer and deeper.

  8. “Teravainen can’t play left wing”

    I wasn’t able to catch the game on tv. Havent seen anyone say anything about Dano despite all the pregame hype. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing.

  9. Ernie, Dano didn’t do anything great or bad… but looked less lost (compared to pre-season LW)

    Hartman- on the other hand had two BIG TO’s- was the blame for the 1st goal (imo)… so He was noticeable in a bad way…

    DumDum- I would also like to give AA a look on the 3rd line (with Dano and 81)…
    BUT- then who would play 2nd C/or 2nd LW??? assuming TT plays one of those…
    BUT- I think it would give the Hawks HUGE advantage with REAL scoring on top 3 lines!!! I like it!!!

    AA- if stays healthy- making SB look pretty Smart!!!

  10. I think at this point the major question is: does one of the kids (specifically Dano or Hartman) do enough to hang around and perhaps push Shaw to a healthy scratch at some point? Garbutt is playing the role Shaw was/is supposed to very well right now, and having flexibility might afford Q the opportunity to send another message to a veteran.

  11. Garbut was certainly a force last night. I am wondering if 65 has come down with a case of Stallbergitis?

  12. Garbutt is coming around as expected. As i said get him next to Toews for awhile.
    The new guys Dano / Hartman look average as stated many times blah blah ” We got a system full of Ben Smith clones which are all over the AHL, Canada and Europe junior leagues.” no saviors coming . . . for awhile. Good news Hawks got the talent already right now. No Trades for BICK will bring zip! just get more bodies to the net, take it to the net and close out of defense, easier to say on the couch then on the ice. For a Stanly cup team a good start to the season. No Hossa too? No Kieth?

    Glad to see Tevo get one, he does need aline where he can float, drift, find space and be effective.

    Daley is still wandering too . . . he needs to really pick it up.

    Anisimov has been good for awhile, solid, stick skills, reach, he is just warming up!

    Kings can only play so physical so long then they fade, they are big and slow (over-all) and then they pick up Milan Lucic again bigger and slower. Hawks can just out wait those type of teams. Win 1/2 of the first period and close out in the third. Quick made some mad saves, Crawford actually settled down in the 3rd and played well, not great just solid.

    THE BLUES are the only real team that could make Hawks look average or even bad.

  13. Shaw really needs to be on a line with some ( even a little) scoring skills. Period! To suggest Shaw as a healthy scratch is lets say premature among other things. That fourth line is a “checking line” period. Dezi and Marcus are challenged when it comes to offensive skills set. Shaw if we’re watching the same game, spends 70% of his time CHASING wingers, up an down, up and down, he is the guy who hits the corners hard. Shaw is not a big kid, he puts in more miles than Toews does in week! Watch!

    A SMART TEAM does not waste Shaw on the 4th line period! The AHL and NHL is full of player 6 foot 200 pounds who can just skate hard and forecheck! They cant hit an empty net but they can check well. what a waste of his Skills which are of all hawks still developing.

    Shaw needs to be on a line where does what he does BEST again if we’re watching the same TV GET IN FRONT OF NET and create traffic.

    SHAW is the only guy who does that consistently. period! only guy!

    Only Scratch of Shaw is scratch his name off that 4th line, Get him up on any line but that line , Marcus and Dezi forecheck GREAT every night Hawks can plug in a lot of CHEAP wingers to round it out.

    This board loves to suggest lines, this team is stacked with about 8 very good players you can slice it anyway but don’t out Shaw on the 4th line. Only DIFFERENCE is nay NLH team is how well the DEFENSEMEN join the rush, come low and create matchup problems! That is NHL, all defense men that have DNA offense make the difference.

    Shaw was poised for a break out year and will have one.


  14. By the way STANDING in FRONT of the NET makes it sound too simple to guys who never played the game. SHAW has developed the stick skills ( tip in re-direct) and the FEET , yep FEET the ye ole skates to stay on his feet where he is under sized for a net front presence kind a guy! Shaw has developed that into a very rare skill set, he can hold the position because he is BAD ASS, for 30 seconds and get hammered!

    Just making sure i DO NOT DUMB DOWN THIS BLOG . . . net front is an art that takes BALLS and GRIT and GIVING UP YOUR BODY, cross checks in the neck ever get one? Slash in ankle?

  15. So Toews gets a shot 5v5 with the goalie moving left to right instead of being predictable off the cycle and he buries his chance. Hmmmmmmm. Me things if Hossa starts getting similar looks he breaks out of his funk as well.

    Anyway, Patrick Kane is playing at an even higher level then he was last year. Pretty pretty good.

    The defense played well and by defense played well I mean Crawford slammed the door.

    Three little piggies were solid considering the circumstances.

    A lot of good things to build on. Will probably still be a little bumpy for the next few weeks but good things are coming.

  16. Wall – as I’ve said many times I’d be more than ok with a Shaw-Teravainen-Kane 2nd line. Shaw could take the faceoffs and do the dirty work in front of the net, on the forecheck and defensively of course. On such a line it doesn’t matter who’s the C, Shaw or Teravainen.
    That would free both Panarin and Anisimov, maybe on the 3rd line, maybe Panarin with Toews and Anisimov on the 3rd. Dano would then slot perfectly at RW next to Anisimov (they know each other well).


  17. Shaw is a 24 years old 2 time Stanley Cup Champion. He’s the best role player on the team. He’s in no way a problem or a potential problem.

    I wouldn’t say he’s wasted on the 4th line. What does that even mean ? The hawks and Coach Q have a 4th line that’s a weapon right now. They went against the Triplets and Getzlaf in a SC winning playoff run. The did an awesome job.

    If the Hawks 4th line limits the oppositions best line… the other Hawks 3 lines, usually deep in skill and all around game can feast on the remaining 3 opposition lines. You have Kane going against the oppositions 3rd best line and Sharp-Vermette-Teravainen against the worst line the opposition has.

  18. Ernie – Dano was average. They did put him at RW at some point and he looked much more lively.
    I still believe they shouldn’t play him off wing…at least until he finds his groove in the new system and team. Get him rolling…then move him…maybe.

    All him main moves are RW moves. He’s a reactive player. He takes what the Dman gives him. At LW he has to make the move. It’s almost an impossible task…Dano earning his spot on the Hawks directly at LW. You can’t do that as a coaching staff… putting a young player in a position to fail.

  19. Panarin and Anisimov on the third line???? That means third line minutes for guys that are scoring right now. Why would you reduce their time on the ice? Unless Q balances the time on ice for all three lines there is no way these top six forwards should be limited to 10 – 12 minutes a night.

  20. AJ- Kane seems extra motivated for some reason.

    They play the Blues, at Devils, Oilers, Devils, at Blues, Flames before the circus trip. They should be able to find a certain groove before the long trip. As they should be at least decent on the circus trip. They always are.

    When they return from the circus trip Keith could be ready or near the point of joining the team… that’s 1st December (injured: 20 October, prediction: out 4-6 weeks).

    They’re in a very good position considering everything that has happened. They have 14 points after 12 games. They had 13 points after 12 games last year.

  21. Pucklogic – who says that the 3rd line has to play 10-12 minutes a game ? Even if they play 12 minutes a game on 5v5 they play PP and PK (Anisimov). And you can double shift them. Coach Q does it all the time.

    Lets say 12 minutes is the right 5v5 number. Those are 12 minutes against the weakest line the opposition has. That’s a huge miss match. You gain production, momentum, penalties and probably force at least their 2nd best D pairing on the ice just to balance shit up…for them. That gives Kane or Toews the chance to go against the worst D pairing.

    Look…it’s not 12 minutes. Kero is averaging 12 minutes in 3 games. Panarin-Anisimov would be at 14-15, plus the special teams minutes. That’s 16 minutes a night, at least.
    At this moment Panarin is at 18.5, Anisimov is a 17.5. yeah…they might play a little less, but it would be an even more productive ice time based on the level of opposition.
    Right now everybody is loading up on Panarin-Anisimov-Kane. Just spit that line and they’re fucked. You know Coach Q… it’s going to happen at some point.

  22. No wonder Kane seemed extra motivated last night!

    Kane’s accuser no longer wishes to cooperate in investigation.

    Six hours ago in the Buffalo news.

  23. DumDum- good pickup… I also noticed a few time Dano on RW… don’t know if on Purpose… or just happened to rotate/cover for others… BUT- he did seem a little more comfortable there…

    willing to try a
    3rd line of
    so-ok with- TT/65/88

    this really gives Hawks Dangerous 3 lines to that can SCORE!!!
    AND with these lines….
    1st , 3rd, 4th lines can SHUT down just about any line too!!!

  24. Look at this shit. Last night the Kings Dman played these minutes:

    Doughty 29:33 +/-0
    McNabb 22:44 +/-0

    Martinez 21:07 +/-0
    Muzzin 24:39 +/-0

    Ehrhoff 14:08 -3 (2:35 PP minuts…most for the Kings by 40 seconds)
    Forbort 7:54 -1

    While the Kings had the chance to hide their 3rd D paring against the all rookie Hawks 3rd line they still went -4 combined in 22 combined minutes.

    Against who do these guys play if you have to choose between:
    shut down/energy 4th line

    You could say against the 4th line, but that cuts deeper seeing that the Hawks 4th line goes against your best line. That’s how you end up having your best line doing defensive zone work on the boards for the entire fucking shift. It happened numerous times in the playoffs last year, at home and on the road.

  25. Wall – when they put Hartman in the dog house Dano went RW.

    Tab – Teravainen Center. Shaw takes the face-offs, goes on the forecheck and straight in front of the net.
    It’s not like Anisimov is doing anything else right now…frankly. Anisimov is a playmaker force who’s doing grunt work because what else is there to do when playing with Kane-Panarin or Kane-Teravainen. It’s almost like a waste of resources. Why not have Shaw do that work -that’s his staple work- and have Anisimov-Panarin beast the opposition on the 3rd line ? Spread the wealth. You know it’s coming at some point with Coach Q. I’m intrigued.

  26. Tab – you do realize that

    Haven’t scored a single goal this season, right ? And it’s not like they’ve ever done it at least an average level.
    It’s hard to win in the NHL, especially in the playoffs with only the top 2 lines scoring goals. Even if they excel in scoring… you need depth production. You could see it being a huge deciding factor series after series after series. Line depth production and bottom D pairings.

  27. DumDum- really do agree w/ splitting up 72/88/AA (But I say all 3)
    still prefer 56/AA/81

    But 72/AA/56 is worth a look too

    AA- has the chemistry with Dano… and has proven to be much smarter/bigger asset than I ever imagined… I am OK with letting AA be the man on “his own line”… and seeing if he can dominate and truly make others better… AND most likely will be against lesser competition as “3rd line”

  28. Wall – it’s a possibility. It should be tested. Logic says Coach Q will do it at some point as he always does it in the preseason that’s the regular season.

    Me personally I’ve always thought of the Panarin-Anisimov-Dano line as the ideal 3rd line from the beginning when they where traded. Anisimov knows both of them and they fir whit each other.

    PS: I strongly disagree with Hossa on the third line or on any other line not centered by Toews. Hossa belongs with Toews for all the reasons in the world on the first. You never brake a winning formula and Toews-Hossa might be THE winning formula in the NHL

  29. Luv Hoss

    but father time catches all… still great all around player… but that quick release… ain’t as quick as it used to be…

    10/Grandpa/81 did ok… that “winning formula” was broken- but Hawks still won!!!
    just sayin

  30. re: dumdum – I’m well aware of the lack of scoring from those lines. I’m also well aware that Shaw is better at wing and is mediocre at the dot. Would prefer he sticks at a wing and works himself out of his funk. Putting him with a couple offensive players like Kero & Dano might help that.

  31. re: wall on 81 – I’m not sold that he’s as washed up as some are implying after 11 games. Put him out there w/ 86 or 72 on the opposite wing instead of Tikhonov or Garbutt and see what happens after a few games. Toews hadn’t score until a week ago and is rolling now. Getting contributions from the bottom 6 would help as well.

    we all need to keep in mind that this roster is still very much a work in progress – and it’s working in spite of that many/most nights. let’s circle the wagons in mid-December if Hossa’s still stuggling

  32. DumDum – I still can’t get my head around Garbutt on the first line. Giving him first line minutes is a waste of time and the talent of the guys higher up on the skill charts. I think Dano has more upside than Garbutt and this early in the year it would give Dano a chance to develop that upside playing with Toews and Hossa.

  33. pucklogic – Garbutt is doing what needs to be done. He’s been rather good when put next to Toews.

    Dano is a RW. My view is that he can’t find his game there at LW. He’d first have to come into his own at RW and then, when he’s in top form, you move him at LW and see what’s what.

    you could put him at RW next to Toews and Hossa on the LW. Put the elite veteran on the off side, he’ll find a way to get it done and have the youngster where he’s comfortable. That’s the only way that line could work…in my mind.

  34. Tab or Hof or anyone,

    When Keith comes back, we lose our LTIR flexibility. I believe that has allowed us to carry a few extra players. I counted 25 roster players. How will his return restrict that roster? Regardless, I am happy as hell all these rookies are getting some time.

    I criticized Svedberg earlier in the season on his skating. Unless it is my imagination, he does not look like he is wearing cement skates any longer. I also like Gustafsson (sp?).

    Go Hawks!!!

  35. Booman,

    Don’t know if you’ll see this … but regardless of players hurt or on LTIR, the active roster limit is 23 players. As you know, when Keith comes back, so do his salary dollars, so without question some of these recent call ups will be sent down to make room under the cap.

  36. re: booman – the Hawks are utilizing a pro-rated portion of Keith’s cap hit while he’s injured; his cap hit comes back fully when he is taken off LTIR. Which means 2 things are in play when he’s healthy:

    1) the roster limit
    2) the cap limit

    As things are progressing right now, I would hope Rundblad is gone by then. Gustafsson & Svedberg are both better fits than he is right now, and make less money.

    The bigger issue we have to keep in mind is Rozsival returning, which will probably happen before Keith is back. The Hawks will have to make a decision at that time as well.

  37. I have to disagree with the “Hossa is washed up” comments. He’s one of those rare players that comes along once in a lifetime. He is big and strong and he still is quick on his feet with great hands.

    He’s one of those guys who can play until he’s 42-43, like Jagr, and still contribute in every game he plays.

  38. Reg-
    while I agree with you about the not washed up comments and as a great player-I do cringe to think of Hoss playing in 6 or 7 years-

  39. Tab and Hof, thx. I hope they can move Runblad. My fear is that we will have to pay for more practice pucks because we won’ t find any takers and we will lose him for nothing on waivers. I don’t believe he can be sent to Rockford without clearing waivers.

    Re: Hoss, he does seem to have lost his goal scoring touch the last season and a half. However, if he does play out his contract, he will still be a very serviceable player on this team that entire time. He is in phenomenal condition. As for now, he is still a beast.

  40. I will be concerned about 65 if his TOI diminishes, or he is in fact healthy scratched. As it is, he gets the absolute living shit beat out of himself for just about as much time on ice as his linemates are, maybe one or two shifts less. I haven’t been able to watch many games so I can’t judge from his body language, and his offensive stats are indeed nonexistent, but I can only assume that his TOI means Q is getting what he wants out of Shaw.

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