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Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Down Jets Again

With that power play goal in the second period, Patrick Kane extended his personal point streak to 25 consecutive games. It also extended the Blackhawks lead in the game to 2-0, which was one goal more than they needed on Friday night.

The Hawks came into the week looking at four games against two division rivals in six days. Winnipeg visited the United Center on Sunday and again on Friday, with a home-and-home against Nashville on Tuesday and Thursday. Even with the dumpster fire of a performance in the first period in Nashville, Chicago successfully won three of the four in regulation to capture six of eight points over the stretch.

Corey Crawford won the week, however. In three starts, Crawford was 3-0-0 and stopped 91 of 93 shots – a .978 save percentage – against Winnipeg twice and Nashville once. He was dominant, and should be near the top of the list for the NHL’s Stars of the Week after his three performances.

One night after their awful performance against the Preds, the Hawks relied heavily on their stars to get the home win. Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the first period on Friday night. Chicago’s captain skated more than 22 minutes and won 11 of 17 faceoffs.

Thanks to five power plays and five penalty kills, the Hawks’ bottom six saw limited action on Friday. Bryan Bickell only skated 6:45, the lowest ice time total on the team. Dennis Rasmussen only got on the ice for 6:58, while Brandon Mashinter and Andrew Shaw were also limited to less than ten minutes on the ice.

Trevor Daley returned to the ice after his scary injury against Winnipeg earlier in the week. He skated 8:44 and blocked two shots in the win.

The Hawks host the Vancouver Canucks at the UC on Sunday evening.

52 thoughts on “Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Down Jets Again

  1. Kane is just amazing. It’s the highlight of our season so far without a doubt. Got to luv Crawford as well, damn he played good. Gotta luv it when the home crowd starts chanting his name. Plus he looks bad ass in that new garb of his. Even the much frowned upon Mashinter just about potted one with a great shot that Hell Boy could barely hang on to and was very lucky to deflect…barely. Well I’m quite pleased with the bounceback and anxiously await some serious revenge against Vancouver.

  2. Teravainens 4 points in last 4 games (really 3 if you do not count that one game) were fucking phenomenal passes/shots. For those who think hes not that good, as Bolly says, suck on thaaat.

  3. TT is incredibly skilled.He does need to get tougher and stronger to be fully effective.

    He had a very good game tonite.

  4. 4 games in 6 nights and the Hawks won 3 of them. Excellent.

    Keep in mind this Winnipeg team has really thumped the Hawks around the past few seasons, so great to beat them twice in one week.

    I am a big believer in protecting home ice, same as in football, you have to win/dominate your home games if you are going to be a legit contender.

    2 power play goals and great goaltending. Very similar to a playoff formula. Hope our guys get good rest tomorrow and come out flying against Vancouver Sunday.

  5. Not much to complain about in that game. Nice bounce back after the abysmal effort in Nashville.

    TT was more engaged tonight. He stuck his nose in there and didn’t shy away like he has been – good to see.

    I wasn’t keeping count, but it seemed to me that Rundblad actually had more good plays than bad plays. That’s something.

    Hope they come prepared to play Sunday and handle the Sedins a whole lot better than they did against them last month. And toward that end, here’s to hoping Garbutt is in the lineup in place of Mashinter and Q uses 11-16-28 as his checkdown line against the Sedins.

  6. A little bit of credit to Rundblad, he was in on both goals in a 2 goal game. The first goal by Toews if you watch the replay, he fished the puck out of his skates to get it to his stick and fire it. On the second goal, after he moved the puck, he actually moved in from the point and was looking to wire a one timer from TT when TT sent it cross ice to Kane.

    If the Hawks power play continues to be this lethal with all the talent the Hawks have, Rundy might be just fine there.

  7. Was at the game last night and didn’t see it the same way as the comments so far…..

    Special teams game. We were 2-5 on the PP and they were 0-5 on theirs. Plus, Crow was excellent. 5 on 5, both teams sucked. Terrible passing except for TT’s to Kane on his goal. It definitely looked like both teams played the night before.

    Pretty poor effort. We’re not going to win many games playing like this. Kudos again to Crow!

  8. It was a shame that 5 didn’t get an assist in 19’s goal. 65 redirected it. 81 touched it and then Tazer cleaned it up.

  9. Finally, Big Buff must have had a liquid lunch at one of his favorite Lakeview haunts. He was awful. Grateful for that!

  10. Rundbland is a liability and I sometimes wonder what meditation course Coach Q follows in order to put up with his shit. His play is basically everything Coach Q stands against. Daley’s return was a calming presence. He has slowly made me trust him while he’s on the ice.

    They didn’t play much, but the Shaw line Coach Q invented out of nowhere has had 3 very, very good games.

    I was watching the TSN feed and they said the Hawks blocked 21 shots, with Keith and TVR blocking 5 a piece. TVR leads the Blackhawks in blocked shots on the season.
    That pairing is very interesting and always played great, going back to last year. TVR seems to be inspired when he plays next to Keith.
    I love how Coach Q kept the forward lines intact, but changed the D pairings. That’s how much he hated the exits in Nashville. He put everybody in their natural positions just to help them and they delivered. He can do that because TVR (50 games of NHL experience) can play each side and has played great with all 3 top D mates.

    PS: Van Riemsdyk played with Keith in the regular 5v5 shifts (right side), played with Seabrook on the PK (left side) and played alongside Hjalmarsson in shifts ‘following PP’ (left side). Great stuff. He had that awful, awful turnover, but a stellar game otherwise. He keeps responding by stepping up his game when the coaching staff asks him questions.

  11. I had a thought regarding Mashinter. He would require waivers after he played his 10th NHL game in order to go away. So I was thinking the Hawks would keep him on long enough to need waivers then send him down exposing him again.

    2 problems with that. First being he just played his 12th game. Why keep him longer than you have to? And, would being Icehogs captain mean anything. I suppose he’s not playing in Rockford either so that shouldn’t matter. So do they really see value there? And would some team really claim him? Arizona claimed Tikhonov after all.

  12. From a purely offensive perspective, Teuvo now has 13 points in 26. Hossa has 13 in 27. Brandon Saad’s last 2 years in Chicago he was .6ppg. Still time this year for Teuvo to reach those numbers. He’s had recent streaks of 5 of 6 and now 3 of 4. He’s beginning to tighten up his scoring.

    As far as skating and the game in general. He reminds me of Kruger. When Marcus first came over be couldn’t stay on his skates to save his life. I didn’t think he was gonna make it. Didn’t think he could take the physicality. Now he’s one of the better defensive centers in the game. Teuvo will catch on. He is already.

  13. Ernie – I have no problem, I’m actually very excited with the Hawks rewarding intangibles, which I suppose the Hawks are doing with Mashinter. In that line of thought my guess is that the Hawks would even be happy if they’d waive him and somebody would pick him up. It would be a signal that if you do your job the right way while with the Hawks organization doors would open for you.
    That helps the club in the long run.

    Regarding Teravainen… as already stated, I have no problem with him or his play. What he has proved this start of the season is that even when he’s somewhat struggling he’s a productive player. I think that should make everybody excited instead of being down on him.
    A week ago everybody was down on him. I checked espn and he was projected to have 17 goals and 17 assist on the season. I mean…the numbers were huge for an ‘ok’ performing player.

    He is now projected to have 18 goals and 21 assists. That would be a very productive first full NHL season, but the expectation is that he’ll raise his game with time. That should reflect itself in the assist numbers. The goals projected are already huge, just get the assists in the 30 and he should receive a very high mark on the season.

    18 goals and 32 assist would deserve an A for my money. I believe he’ll get to those 50 points. The fact he has struggled at times only makes the youngster more valuable.

  14. Brokerwayne… thanks for keeping it real.

    Was a snoozer really- with a lot of giveaways from Hawks…

    Re:TT – Really like TT “running” the PP with 81/72/19… Interesting Combo of players, was waiting for that all year… TT- moves the Puck faster on PP than anyone (including Kane)

    Still think/hope: that at some point – to truly balance lines we see ALL 3 (72/15/88) split up… as I said before 86/88 can be centered by RasMOOSEn (or a real Moose)… and that line will still be effective…

    65/AA/Dano have shown success in Past (play them vs. 3rd line guys) with Dano on RW

    72/19/81 this would be better than with 86… 72 in natural position, and has far better “cycle game” than TT– MONSTER Cycle line

    I would love to see the above for 5 games in a row…

    On a side note- Tyler Motte with 2g’s,2a’s last nite… having a solid year for Michigan… One of the Hawks best prospects… built like Brad Marchand… above average skater/speed

  15. I wonder how many times splitting up the Sedins has been discussed by Canuck fans over the years. Making changes is a natural response when things aren’t going well, but more times than not the proposed changes result in short term improvements, if at all. I won’t go so far as to say Kane-Panarin have the same level of chemistry that the Sedins have with each other because the Sedins are on a level all by themselves, but there is a connection that Kane and Panarin have with each other that not only is aesthetically pleasing to watch, more importantly it produces results.

    There are several interesting ideas for line changes, but in each and every one of them I would keep Kane and Panarin together.

  16. Ernie- I want to see it for 5 games… and the production is still pretty weak on 1st line right now… 19/81 under performing … TT has put up 4-5 Pts. (but mostly on PP)… so either way… Anemic scoring- still a problem 5 on 5 for Hawks…

    Read somewhere that Versteeg (On a bad Carolina team – has as many points a 19)…

    I don’t know if it is the solution… but would like to see what it looks like…
    AND- it means DANO playing and Mashitter not!!!

    Also solves allows one of 56/TT to play there better position (RW)

  17. Jets are just horrible ( no depth) . . . nothing to learn from a game like this.
    The Crow Show is still on the air!

    72, ARTEMI “the artist” is the only reason Kane is on a tear. Move him off that line is just a sign of stupidity. 72 could play on any line (obvious) but his skill set, speed and puck control gives KANE GAPS he’s never seen before. 72 speed create lanes for Artem too.

    TT while productive on the top line is a liability on that line! Hawks need a stronger body and net front presence for Hossa and Toews to begin to produce like will be needed come playoffs. TT is solid we all know he can pass and is quick to react and read and has a quick shot release ( repeating the overly obvious ) his shot is weak but it’s quick. He is just too “light” to play on such a strong line and his skills in tight are not his strong suit. TT on the second power play line is a plus! If TT played like Marcus then it would be different outcome BUT he is no Marcus in the corners. TT hesitates all the time. Toews needs to be scoring and getting shots not grinding the corners.

    Runbad ( repeating the overly obvious ) is not a top 4 defensemen.
    TVR is actually go backwards to AVERAGE Again too, but for TVR it’s just consistency not lack of skill! TVR also I said the day they got him BULK UP, he’s needs to be much stronger in the corners, he gets pushed off the puck like a “muppet” Hawks don’t need another weak D-man in the corner, who cant get his feet under him to exit the puck! OR they can just play Keith to his grave?

    I’m glad Daley is back, Hawks are asking a lot of him as they do all defensemen and his EXIT SPEED is invaluable to such a slow and clumsy core defense, except Keith. Ya need the Daley speed to at least make teams step back a little. Other wise it’s dump, chase, crash and make our d-men blink! A lot!

    Dano needs to be playing . . .

    Man-shitttier is awful, maybe showcasing for a trade otherwise someone knows nothing about talent in the NHL. Again AHL mumbo jumbo is meaningless, those stats and performance equal Zip.

    Hammer is playing like a GOD!

    3rd and 4th line played well again . . . Shaw has been “playing” well all year and now is in a groooove, Bick needs to keep Hitting . . . his physical performance create “time” and takes a player out for a heart beat but that is all it takes. Not much to ask of BICK just hit!

    We lost sooooo may high skill guys last year so now to replace them with “average grinders” is going to make the playoffs a real adventure.

    Power play is better, but still entering the ZONE is still just STUPID, LAME AND WEAK? Once set in the zone like ALL NHL TEAMS game on, but entry is just dreadful!

  18. It’s funny, looking at the past stats of some players. When referencing Kruger he had 26 points and 28points in the seasons surrounding the lockout. This year he has 1. 1 point. 30 games and 1 point. I know the guy is invaluable defensively. But if guys are going to tee off on Teuvo and Shaw, and Bickell some of that needs to be directed at Kruger. His offense dipped last year. But its vanished this year. I understand some of that has to do with the guys next to him. I understand he’s anchored to the 4th line compared to occasional 2nd line experiment. We all wonder where the secondary score went. And Kruger never seems to get any of that attention

  19. Penguins fired Johnston. They replaced him with former Hawks player development coach Mike Sullivan. If their was any doubt, Rutherford screwed up another franchise.

  20. Would say it makes a difference when you have certain guys on the line. 72 with 19/81 didn’t work then but no one did then, just like 11/16/28 didn’t work at that time but look at the 4th line now since we have come together as a team (on the long road trip). I do not think now is the time but Walls line could be good somewhere in the 2nd 40 games. 86 didn’t play much until the 2nd 40, 56 could be same timeline type of thing. We will add a FW and/or Defenseman at deadline/or before, if your looking for a LW with size.

    I mentioned the 29/65 (out of nowhere 3rd line) 3rd line before the game Bicks came back. Not taking any credit but I did before that game, check the threads.

    Still havnt seen anything to make me believe we wont have a really good/muc better JAN/FEB then usual (since we havnt had that tearing it up stretch in NOV/DEC like usual)(just too many new/young guys to be used to everything that early).

    We still need to be banking cap space. Have the extra FW in Rockford and call up when needed/want.

  21. Anyone let me/us know how Danault is doing his first few games back and where he is overall after/once hes up to speed.

  22. Ernie/et al- Prediction…Boudreau is the next one to go. All the sport analysts keep saying the Ducks will make the playoffs, they are too powerful, yada yada blah blah but that team sucks and Boudreau is facing a ticking clock for sure. -17, 11-13-5, lost 5-1 to the lowly Carolina ‘Canes at the Duck Pond no less. When you are dead last or second last in a weak division something is way wrong. It’s coming sure as heck or else they will not make the playoffs, which appears they may not in any case as it is likely too late. Guess getting whipped by the Blackhawks in the Western Final and the later season took the stuffing out of them. He will have to take his millions and fade away I suppose.

  23. Morrison- right you are… I am not saying- Break up 2nd line now… but I would hope that when the next 3-5 game “drought” happens OR when the 2nd line goes Dry…

    Q – will see the chance to split up the entire 2nd line… and see give it 3-5 games (Plus – hope Dano is back) – cuz lets face it…. Mashitter playing/starting… I don’t see this team making serious run (unless BIG TDL player comes aboard)

    YES- 3rd line has looked better… RasMOOSEn- while he isn’t doing anything super interesting… IF you LOOK close… MOOSE- was responsible for 2 “quiet” chips/exits that led DIRECTLY to 65 fast breaks!!!

    Some where… Jimmy HOF-ameister is rolling in his grave… TOO many Caps, and TOO much luv for the MOOSE… (MOOSE not special… but quietly effective? so far)

    PS- Hoffa siting at JJaekel site

  24. The big problem with the team this year is the third line. TT is the best option Q has for the first line. Why would anybody want to break up the second line, one of the most productive lines in the NHL. Defensively we look about the same as last year. TVR has made a step forward and is improved over last year. Daley is a step down from Oduya but he is only playing 3rd pairing minutes and is adequate as a # 5 d man. Rozy is still Rozy and 5 is no worse than last year. Last year the third line in the playoffs Sharp/Vermette/TT was FAR superior to our painfully slow and offensively challenged line of 29/70/65. Our big advantage last year in the playoffs was the 3rd line and this year it is our big weakness. Let us hope the third line changes over the course of the year because 29/79/65 is not going to cut it in the playoffs. A team with 29, 53, 70 and 32 all skating at the same time is way too slow to win against the fast, skilled teams like Nashville in the playoffs.

  25. Sure would like to see the Blackhawks have a solid effort against Vancouver. 5 on 5 just has to get more productive. Can’t expect 5 PP opportunities per game.
    Speaking of PP, Rundblad stays out there. Is it because of his shot? I will admit, Rundblad has a fairly hard, heavy shot from the point. Some of the other D-men this year (i.e. TvR, Svedberg) look like your average Celebrity Shoot The Puck contestant when the put it toward the net.
    Go Blackhawks!!!

  26. The ducks were never that good. On paper they’re the best team in the league. Advanced stats wise not so much. They were buoyed last year by an amazing record in one goal games. Everything else said they shouldn’t be that good as their record said. But they dominated at least record wise in one goal games.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Hitchcock usurped Gabby. Hawks are now tied with the Blues and Hitchcock is scrambling. Parayko looks human. They’ve swapped Lindbohm and Edmunson on the back end and are going to use Bortuzzo as a forward.

  27. I understand teams have down games, but the effort of this squad is ebbing and flowing every other game and that is unacceptable. There should be some consistency with occasional let downs. I understand that the personnel may be diluted on a skill and experience basis this year, but it is still the coaching staff’s responsibility to make sure that the team is inspired, motivated, and ready for every game. Clearly that is not the case this year. Light a fire under some asses.

    Someone spoke of the ducks. I believe they are last in the league in scoring at less than a two goal a game clip. Heads need to roll there. Glad to see it. I hate that team.

    Go Hawks!!!!

  28. The Ducks had a very pedestrian Goals For / Goals Against stat line last season (+10) considering they had the best record in the Western Conference. (by comparison the Hawks were +40 in GF/GA) – so there were signs last season that they weren’t as good as they were supposed to be. But I’m really surprised they are this bad. They still may turn it around and finish on top of that division but 30 games in they aren’t showing much to give Duck fans a lot to hang their hat on.

  29. How is Mashinter a better option to dress than Garbutt? The prior two home games, Kruger Desjardins & Garbutt were perpetual cycling puck possession — I didn’t and haven’t seen Mashinter remotely close to playing like that. Good job Q. Thanks.

  30. There’s a plus to Mashinter playing here. More ice for guys that will actually contribute down the road. Is Garbutt going to be a huge contributor compared to Mashinter? Meh. Do I prefer Garbutt over Mashinter? Absolutely. I have a feeling Mashinter will be getting the Tikhonov treatment shortly. Don’t know if he would get claimed. But in the interim Mashinter does less harm for the future of the franchise in Chicago than in Rockford. Regardless of if he actually does anything.

  31. Undervalue the Ducks at your own risk. They’re more dangerous this year than in the past years when they would start fast, get the no. 1 seed and choke in the playoffs. This year they don’t give a crap about the RG and the pressure to win it all won’t be there.

  32. Booman: in regard to your comment about ebb and flow of effort….remember Jordan when he came back to basketball and at one point asked management if he could skip the grind of the regular season and just play in the (exhilarating) playoffs? I believe that’s part of the dynamics behind this current Hawks team. I believe they can turn it on when they want and beat whoever they want, but they’re just laying low, staying healthy, waiting for the games that really matter.

  33. Imtgrill- This Tikhonov thing is going to bite us in the arse…I just know it …don’t like what happened putting him on waivers..now he’s going to buy a ranch in Arizona and his buddy Panarin will wanting the drum as well. Give the guy a chance to adjust to North America for cripes sake..too late now.

    Dum Dum-interesting take on the Ducks but they have to make the playoffs to make that strategy work and their fans are big time NO happy. Odds are not in their favour to make it.

    What the heck is going on with the Rangers…going to hell in a handbasket losing now 7 out of 9?

  34. Dowell 6-11-17; +15. Excellent at faceoffs. Kills penalties. Responsible. He’s not even on an NHL contract. Sign him to minimum and bye bye Mashinter. The textbook 13th forward.

  35. How many 13th forwards do they need? Desjardins, Garbutt,Mashinter, Bickell, and whatever Rockford call up is up for the week….Mashinter’s offensive numbers in Rockford aren’t that far off from Dowell’s. Don’t know if the net gain is there.

  36. Flatliner, last year I would agree with you. This year there are too many new players that may not be able to turn it on like the guys that were here the last couple years. Hope you are correct.

  37. Tik being released is a regrettable move? Good grief. Think before you type. Think.

    Hawks have Panarin for two years and that is it pending some major unforeseen changes to the salary cap limit. The reason he leaves in two years isn’t out of spite that his Russian pal Tik was dumped because he’s bad at hockey. Rather it will be for the same bloody reasons why Saad is now an ex-Hawk. Because some team(s) will be able to pay him a ton more money than we can because of our commitment to other key pieces under the cap. And just like Saad and 99.9% of hockey players out there, Panarin will wind up with the team who can and will pay him the most money. Chances he is with Chicago in two years? Very minimal. It is what it is.

    Growing tired of the Garbutt apologists. He is a 12/13 man type. That is what he is. Ditto Des Jardins. Ditto Mashinter.

  38. Not even gonna bother with the Panarin thoughts. I agree with the Garbutt assessment for whatever that’s worth.

  39. People would have thought 20 would be here a very long time being the next 81. When it might be 86 and 72 that are here longer then 10 yrs. Whooo is it.

  40. Morrison-Interesting and sobering scenario you present there. Let’s see, 10 years from now…2026…Keith, Hossa, Seabrook will be be gone, well maybe not Keith who can play on and on and on…Toews and Kane will be 37…they would be so rich by then they would probably own their own countries…in either case in their later years …if the brass handles things right hopefully both of them are still here with some rings on their fingers. I quess the bigger question for you and me and several others is will we be around?

  41. Morrison- That’s a good thought, thanks.

    Waiting for Tab to post tonight’s game but it’s getting late and have a big trip to Saskatoon, about 5 hours driving, in crappy weather in the morning. Nice win tonight, always happy when we beat the Canucks because they dislike us more than we them. Win on Crawfords shoulders, he made it look easy when it was not in reality. Nice effort by Mashinter on that goal. I’m sure all will put him down but Q likes him and now so do I. Going to be real vs. Av’s and Varlomov.

  42. Again another stellar game by 50. I liked TVR matched up with Keith and at this point I would have to say when I’m watching TVR I don’t really miss Odula at all. It was interesting seeing Daley and Runblad playing so many shifts with Kane’s line. They didn’t look half bad together and helped keep the puck in the offensive zone. Rosival needs to stay at 7th defensemen based on what he has shown lately. Shaw seems to be settling in on line three nicely and the last few games there has been a lot of energy on that line. TT is looking comfortable on the 1st line and the top two lines of the Hawks now are a constant threat and tough to defend. Overall a fun game to watch and you can see constant improvement for this team.

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