Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Top Colorado

Patrick Kane continued his exceptional play on the Circus Trip, picking up an assist on all three of the Blackhawks goals in a 3-2 win in Denver.

Kane now has 11 points in his last six games, including four multi-point games in his last five contests. His best work set up Bryan Bickell for the game-winning goal with 5:17 remaining in regulation.

Colorado netminder Calvin Pickard deserved a better fate on Wednesday night. He fought off 42 of 45 shots but took the loss. Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored two power play goals to take a 2-1 lead quickly in a second period that saw the Hawks put 19 shots on net.

For Shaw, the goal was a welcome sight; the Chicago center hadn’t scored since Oct. 23 in Nashville, and hadn’t played in a game in 10 days. Shaw also won 10 of 14 faceoffs and was credited with one hit and five shots on net in the win.

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Marian Hossa led the barrage for the visitors with nine shots on net in over 17 minutes of ice time. Hossa was also one of 11 Blackhawks to be credited with a blocked shot in the game; Michal Rozsival was the only Hawks skater with more than one, however (he had two).

Rozsival led the team in blocked shots but looked terrible on the Avs’ first goal, scored by Maxime Talbot 7:35 into the second period. He employed the stand-and-watch technique to perfection as Marc-Andre Cliche dropped a pass to Talbot who beat Corey Crawford to open the game’s scoring.

Crawford stopped 27 of 29 in the game to earn the victory.

Rookie defenseman Adam Clendening found himself stapled to the bench for the final 13 minutes of the game, skating a team-low 8:20 and just 13 shifts. He did spend 3:12 on the power play, but didn’t get into the game down the stretch. Daniel Carcillo, who welcomed a son earlier this week, skated only 12 shifts and 8:24 in the game.

However, another youngster has some of coach Joel Quenneville’s confidence. Joakim Nordstrom was on the ice with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith for the game’s final shift, concluding another solid effort that saw him block one shot and once again tie for the team high with two hits in over 12 minutes of ice time.

Brent Seabrook picked up an assist on Toews’ goal, extending his personal point streak to six games (two goals, four assists).

The Hawks are now 3-1-0 to open the Circus Trip, but face a tough upcoming back-to-back with a Friday matinee in Anaheim before a Saturday night dance in LA.

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33 thoughts on “Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Top Colorado

  1. Enjoyable game to watch and we got two points. Kane had a nice night, but still question him being on the ice when the Avs had the empty net.

    Come on!!! You mean to tell me making $6 million per year and you can’t stop 3-4 rebounds in row in a goal mouth scramble. Kidding!!! Crawford continues his exceptional play. With regard to the goal mouth scrambles, did anyone notice any of the Hawk players punishing Avs players for going to the front of the net? I didn’t!!! Moments later when the goal mouth scramble switched to the other end, I think McCleod was punishing Toews for being there. There were other instances of the Avs dmen hitting our guys in the crease. Sure would like to see Stephen Johns get an opportunity to send some opposing players flying. That day is getting closer.

    I believe Bickell will no longer be sitting on the bench. Did anyone notice how often he was on his a$$ on the ice tonight?

    Ducks next. Go Hawks!!!

  2. Nordstrom (like Kruger) is hard not to like…

    Hossa’s best game of year… Carcillo continues to some nice things…

    Tab- as much as Rosey watched the play…Why was Cden above the face-off dot (and not “at home” right before the puck was chipped below the goal for the pass/goal???
    Yeah- take a seat young man… your days here are numbered… (Cden)

    Pokka w/ 2 goals tonite!!!! POKKA-POKKA
    TT 1 G, 1A
    MOOSE 1G, 1A

    The Finns are coming ( please send/try anyone for Cden)

  3. The abuse that Toews took in front of the Avs net was brutal. Talbot must have cross checked him in the back a half dozen times. Unreal.

    Clendening might be headed back to Rockford. Q has very little tolerance for young defensemen. He won’t tolerate the running around on the goal against.

    Rundblad has not even sniffed the lineup since the bad pass up the middle against Detroit a few weeks ago. That’s actually a shame. He was starting to gain a bit of confidence with a bit more ice time. Then bang, one mistake and he’s out.

    I’ve got to think at some point, dahlbeck has to get a chance. If the threshold is don’t make a mistake in your own zone or turn the puck over on the 3rd pairing, it would stand to reason that he would be the obvious choice.

  4. The stuff in front of the net is getting out of control (not refs, etc.). The current league standard is a joke/sumo, needs to be better.

    The refs did the right thing and not call bs penaltys, just because one team committed how ever many more.

  5. …forgive me, but I think somebody should cripple McLeod (or take out one of eyes). Don’t blame me – blame the officials who watched. Old Time Hockey (in 2014).

  6. Kane is the best passer I’ve ever seen…nice to see Bickell get the game winner but it was Kane that made that happen. Going to be a big weekend with the Ducks and the Kings…this is going to get good!

  7. Anyone else (mildly) concerned about Seabrook? He had another blowout/whiff that turned into an opponent’s breakaway. He owes Crawford a nice dinner for that one. Seems he’s good for 1-2 horrible plays a game recently.

  8. Otis,
    Good point. That has happened several times to Seabs this year. Good thing he wasn’t a rookie because he’d be bench surfing and only getting 6 minutes a game or sitting in the press box.

    Mining man,
    Kane is an offensive monster and probably in the top three offensively skilled players in the league alongside Crosby and ???(several could debately fit here)??? That pretty much appears to give Kaner a pass defensively with everyone. I was thinking about his defensive lack of prowess last night. That always peaved me watching him hover around the blue line rather than playing a full 200 foot game. But, he is an offensive monster. Then I started thinking about TT. They are pretty much the similar players, but TT is stuck in the AHL to learn a defensive game (plus to acclimate to smaller rink/North America and to gain some size). I am starting to wonder if that is the right approach. I believe he should be gaining all that at the NHL level. It is probably salary cap and roster handcuffs him from being in the NHL right now.

    How long before the Hawks make any trades?

  9. Booman, TT is in Rockford learning how to be consistent and learning to play without the puck and compete away from the puck. All of which are a necessity in the NHL. The NHL is where you produce, not learn how to do all those things.

    Nice article about Ryan Hartman at the Ice Hogs site. Especially interesting is what the Blackhawks are doing to help him improve his skating and speed. Here’s the link:

    http://icehogs.com/news/icehogs/?article_id=4430

  10. Seabs brings it in the postseason as well as anyone. He gets a pass from me. Plus hes scored in 6 straight.

    Sit 50 for the matinee and keep his nighttime rhythm for L.A. so he can meet Q32

    awesome road effort last night. The ice looked to be b -a- d

  11. The team looked good last night. They easily could have scored 5-6 goals. The Avs goalie was pretty solid. What a pass Kane made to Bickell. An 80 year grandma with a walker could have scored off that pass. Nordstrum looked good again. Very responsible defensively with an active stick and excellent skater. The one weakness I see is his ability to get clean shots away and finish. I believe this will come in time. It will be interesting to see who gets sent down when Sharpie comes back- 13 or 42. I would keep 42 up with the big club.

  12. Going to completely disagree with you here Booman, I think Kane has been playing GREAT defensively the last few weeks. His neutral zone play has also been outstanding. He’ll never be up for any Selke talk, but he is sneaky good in the defensive zone and almost always near the top of the team in take aways. He’s currently number 2 right behind Hossa. The only reason he was on the ice when Colorado had the empty net was because of the bad clearing attempt by Oduya (I think it was Oduya) and they got pinned in.

    Speaking of Hossa. He was possessed last night. He’s going to have nightmares of going against Pickard, but 9 shots in the game!? Ridiculous.

    Clendening has been pretty disappointing. He has great instincts in the offensive zone for pinching and finding the open man, but he has gotten lost a few times in the defensive zone and it’s bad.

    Nordstrom does nothing for me. Good skater, good defensive instincts, so vanilla outside of that. I’d like to see him get some PK time to increase his value a bit.

    Can someone tell me why Shaw, Carcillo, Rozsival, and Clendening are ever on the ice at the same time?

  13. A very strong road effort and a hard earned 2 points. Kaner remains on a roll, and that takeaway from Versteeg he pulled and rocket off the post was hilarious. It was as though he had to be thinking “if you won’t shoot it I will!” Hawks could have put in 8-10 last night were it not for a huge effort from Pickard.

    As mentioned by others Hossa was really amazing last night. It was as though he had something to prove. Hungry for the puck, and skating his ass off. Hoss was a horse pulling the big wagon last night and it seemed like the guys all jumped on board. Pity 81 didn’t find the back of the net for that effort.

    I was screaming at the TV watching the Cpt get abused mercilessly in front of the net. Those head snapping crosschecks are attempt to injure plays. McLeod is a POS that hopefully gets dealt with for those indiscretions later this season. Yes, I too would like to see our guys do some better clear outs in front of Hawks net, and it is frustrating to see opposing teams get a pass in Hawks end while our guys get punished.

    The Shaw jawboning with Iginla end of the 3rd period was hilarious. Not sure what Shaw said, but he clearly got under Iginla’s skin. It was great to see 65 back on the ice last night and it made a difference.

    Young Nordstrom is scoring big points in the can do dept. His development is a quantum leap from last year. We knew he could motor from what we saw last year, but his ice awareness has really improved. Not sure how many pounds he has put on , but the extra muscle/strength has helped alot. He has been taking the body impressively on his shifts when the opportunities are there.

    CC can use a game off and I like the idea of sitting him for the Ducks and bringing him back for the Kings. Crawford has been really on his game so far this year, and looks very confident in his crease.

    Big win last night. Lets hope they keep it rolling against a very tough Ducks squad. Good road trip so far to this point.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone,
    and

    Lets Go Hawks!

  14. Nordstrom has flat out been outstanding. His two way ability, speed and work ethic during his shifts has been a huge lift. He is here to stay.

    Clendening is really sloppy with the puck. I wish we could swap him out for Johns right now. A blurliner and some more physicality is hugely needed.

    Kane was outstanding. Hossa has his best game of the season and flashed the dominant form of his prime years. Such a magnificent hockey player and what a career. Hjalmarsson was once again supreme. He is one of the best defenseman in hockey and it is high time he get the credit he deserves.

    Crawford is MVP of this team at the quarter mark. Hands down.

  15. JS, agree to disagree on Kaner’s defensive play. How many of his takeaways are in the neutral and offensive zones? I don’t know. My observations are that he loafs defensively. I will concede that he is much more aware defensively than he was even last year. All I know is I am sure as hell glad he is on our team being the offensive monster he is. He does take over games.

    JS, totally agree with your sentiments on Nordstrom. I believe he is a much better player than we saw last year, but still “vanilla” is a perfect description for him. There are just two many players just like him.

    To clarify, my point about Seabs was more about the way younger players are treated than on Seabs play. I love #7 as a player and hope he retires wearing the Indianhead. He is an integral piece to us winning more cups.

    Can’t wait for the next two games. Should be good ones. This team kicks it up to 4th gear for better teams in the regular on their way to 6th gear in 2nd and 3rd rounds of the playoffs.

    Despite any petty complaints from game to game for discussion sake, I smell another cup because the band is still together.

  16. Phil- to add… I wish we had a Mic on the convo- with 65/Iginla… I know Ig suggested that 65 was too little to fight with a gesture of his fingers…

    Agree on Nordy- he is much stronger (especially on his own boards and NOT backing down to forecheck- hope he doesn’t take a step back vs. Big boys Ducks/LA)… I am ok w/ him being Vanilla on O rush (if you notice- he is usually by himself – Like Saad when 20 plays down on lines- cuz he has better wheels than all the Bottom line skaters).

    When 10 comes back–
    Nordy – should probably stay- but on the other hand Morin might be “showcased” so they can actually get something in return – I think Mo would have to clear waivers- so it more likely they send 42 down (until they can find someone to deal Mo with)…

    Lastly- w 1st and 2nd lines looking good… where is Q going to throw #10 back in???
    That will work itself out- over time… but really shouldn’t mess with as of now!!!

    Lastly- who gets the next call ( I really think Cden is back to Rock- unless has major improvement in last 2 So.Cal games)… SO- who gets the next call???
    TJ or Dbeck??? we know the “safe” bet… but I would like to see what TJ could do…
    AND POKKA is still the best of them all- but is youngest/newest Hog/Hawk- so probably not realistic… BUT I think they should give him a look- to see if they have another TvR (who was way more ready than anyone really thought)

  17. One thing about Pokka, his hockey sense is off the charts. He sees the ice really well, he appears to know when to pinch in and when it’d be a bad play. Watch him play in person if you can and you’ll see what I mean.

  18. I liked the lines,last night. Shaw, Bickell & Car Bomb is a good checking line. Surprised the Bickell ended up getting some,time on the top line w Toews, and Kane.

    Seabs has the occasionally awful game. Traditionally he’s been 3 on & 1 clunker. He is what he is.

  19. Sharpy probably needs about a wk to get timing down when he comes back. Plus is a really good time to see how 10-65-29 react to each other. It might ignite someone.

    Waivers- 11 has to clear, 42 does not.

  20. Morin is on his last legs with the Hawks, particularly with Nordstrom arriving. Morin has marginal trade value. I’m ok losing him to waivers. He’s nothing special in this league.

  21. Buffalo has a boat load of draft picks and morin is from upstate new York, Oswego if I remember correctly. He tweets about the buffalo bills an how he loves them, it could be a good fit to send him there for a 3 rd or 4th rounder.

    With 2 second rounders in 2015, adding another pick in the first four rounds could make the June draft exciting. It’s also a very deep draft.

    Morin is the 13 th or 14 th forward right now with other bottom six guys knocking on the door. If Stan can move him I would imagine he would.

  22. Hofmeister,that’s great news on pokka. He seems to be tearing it up in the ahl. Also Osieki the defensive coach in Rockford says his defensive positioning is fabulous. He says Pokka never chases the puck and let’s the play come to him. Sounds a bit like TVR.

    Quenneville loves those type of safe play defensemen.

  23. Kane has been a solid defensive player since the 2010-2011 season where they got bounced by Phoenix. I think playing center advanced that cause a bit. He does not dig in the boards or hit people or lay down to block shots. Really don’t have any issue with any of that. He does a fairly good job picking up the backside trailer and covering the guy on the point. Especially compared to other “offensive” players. He’s no Zberg or Datsyuk in his own end but far from incapable.

    Results in Rockford are pretty meaningless. It is neat to have success there and score points but the Hogs have had plenty of guys who are great AHL players and sucked at the NHL level whilst having guys who are meh at the AHL level vs talent (See Saad for the most recent example) and have excelled in a NHL role.

    Completely different pace to the game and skill level. In my opinion TT needs to show that he wont get murdered like Kooga did/still does sometimes and handle the grind of more games. Otherwise, if he is healthy and there is a spot he should be with the big club because his talent level dictates that. He can’t be worse than Shaw right now.

  24. Craig N- you mean Pokka will not go above the Dots- and leave Rosey out to dry – like Cden did the other nite!!!

    I think I like Cden as Much as Rufus liked Pirri!!!

    Another interesting note… When Cden, Pirri, JHayes and Mo were lighting it up for the Hogs- They were LOSERS (Hogs)… now that they are pretty much gone ( Cden has been part of Hogs most of the year (but rest of D force is pretty much new – Johns,TJ,Pokka, Cumiskey-))… the team is WINNING!!!

    Kudos to SB- for bringing Higher IQ/”winners” to the Hogs…

  25. AJ- agree on big Numbers in AHL- don’t really mean much… Hogs (winning)- and nobody really “killing” it… Just a bunch of guys who are playing smart hockey-

    I said it at beginning of year- TT is type of player – who will produce better playing with guys on his own IQ level…

    Re: Kane- agree – he has come a long way on D side… really his weakness – is on occasion it would be nice to be “Physical” and win a board battle/take a hit to escape thier D end (but that is not how he is built- and he does enough other great things to accept that inability)… TT is pretty much built the same way… GREAT stick, but never going to Torpedo a guy on the D boards and separate them from a puck….

  26. I still see hope for CDen.

    I have always liked his game, he just needs to be paired right… Maybe that will be his downfall (that he has to be worked with certain guys and can can’t just be plugged in), but he will be a solid NHLer for a while.

    Definitly not top line material, but you need good guys on the 2nd and 3rd lines too…

  27. CDen is a rt handed. Did CDen play left point in the AHL? He has been paired with another rt handed shot, Rosy. Q has played Cden on the left point where he does not look comfortable. When he has gotten PP minutes, the majority of the time Cden was at rt point. The PP minutes there have been his best minutes.

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