Penalties, Blues Beat Blackhawks

The Blackhawks opened the 2016-17 season at home against the very division rivals that knocked them out of the playoffs earlier this year. Unfortunately, penalties killed the buzz at the United Center as St. Louis ran away with a 5-2 win to begin the new campaign.

Chicago got on the board first as Richard Panik scored a power play goal 4:38 into the game. He landed on the left wing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa to begin the year, and that line was responsible for the season’s first goal; Toews and Hossa picked up the assists on the marker.

The Blues started taking advantage of the Blackhawks’ penalty kill early in the second. Kevin Shattenkirk tied the game with eight seconds left on the Blues’ first advantage of the night.

Ryan Hartman got the lead back nine minutes later.

Hartman started the play with a takeaway and finished it from the doorstep for the first goal of his NHL career. Tyler Motte picked up his first NHL point with an assist on the play. Marcus Kruger, centering the two rookies, also had an assist on the play.

Sadly, that was it for the Hawks offense.

And the Blues were just getting started.

A parade of penalties late in the second period broke the Hawks. Jonathan Toews was called for slashing at 17:54 into the second, and was joined in the box by Artem Anisimov 37 seconds later. With two penalty killers already sitting, Duncan Keith was called for high-sticking. Before another extra attacker could get on the ice for the Blues, Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first of the year to tie the game at two.

Paul Stastny scored the eventual game-winning goal 55 seconds into the third period, still on a power play (with only Keith in the box).

Tarasenko and Scottie Upshall would both score into an empty net to blow the game out, extending the lead to the final score of 5-2.

St. Louis out-shot the Hawks 33-19 and won 35 of 58 faceoffs. Tarasenko, Stastny and Shattenkirk had three points each to lead the visitors.

There was some ugly for the Hawks.

Trevor van Riemsdyk played himself into a suit and tie for Game Two of the regular season when Niklas Hjalmarsson returns from his suspension. He picked up four penalty minutes in the game and, in the rare moment that he was on the ice trying to kill a penalty, he watched as Stastny parked himself in front of the net and scored the game-winner.

Jordin Tootoo did nothing in 4:26.

Speaking of doing nothing, the Blackhawks’ big line of Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov finished minus-two each with no points among them. Anisimov won five of 17 faceoffs while Kane and Panarin put only two shots on net each.

There was some good to take away from the first game of the season as well.

Motte worked on the Hawks’ first penalty kill unit with Kruger and looked good in that role. He skated 12:16 in the game, 2:37 of which came short-handed, and was credited with three hits, one blocked shot and one takeaway with his assist.

Michal Kempny and Gustav Forsling both looked good throughout. Kempny skated 18:44 with two hits and one blocked shot; he saw 2:32 in short-handed ice time in his NHL debut. Forsling skated 15:29 in the loss, 2:33 of which came on the power play.

Chicago’s fourth line was predictably limited but a couple more rookie forwards performed well.

Nick Schmaltz skated only 8:51 but picked up one blocked shot and one takeaway. He won only one of five faceoffs. Vinnie Hinostroza was only on the ice for 7:47 but led the Hawks with three takeaways. He was also credited with one blocked shot and one hit.

Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 32 in the loss. Jake Allen made 17 saves against 19 shots to earn the victory.

37 thoughts on “Penalties, Blues Beat Blackhawks

  1. Well that was just a crappy start to the season! Looked great for a wee bit but fizzled with all those manufactured 3 on 5’s. Next.

    What up with that Matthews fella in the big smoke? Toronto fans losing their minds.

  2. Welp! That was a game to forget. So i think I will.

    On a positive note, Alex DeBrincat keeps scoring with 2 goals and 1 assist in Erie’s 7-2 win tonight. He now has 6 goals and 5 assists in his first 4 games.

  3. Nick ,you are a sick man. Only in Toronto could a kid set an n.h.l. career starting record with 4 goals and the team still lose . Bed shitting Leafs .

  4. What was with The Exorcist theme being played on the organ after each Blues goal? It was extremely ominous and uncalled for. Really took the crowd out of the game and killed the mood in the building. That must stop.

    I know it isnt hard hitting analysis of the game but it was certainly a detractor for me. Why mess with what has worked winning 3 cups in 7 yrs.

  5. Looking t the FO% other than Toews It was a disaster and the 72-15-88 line was a no show, and way too many penalties. As mentioned positive for Motte, Forsling and Kempny

  6. Lots of good to take away from the kids… Thats a huge plus.

    We are going to watch L’s this year, but if we can hang around, and these kids mature on the job, we could be in line for a better april. and April is more important than October.

  7. What you saw was the lack of cohesion resulting from the regulars playing limited minutes in the preseason and the unfamiliarity most of the players have with each other. We’ll be in preseason mode for a while until everyone acclimates to playing with each other. After that, we’ll see what we have as a team.

    No excuse though for the 2nd line. They must of stayed up late the night before watching the Cubs and then did not get their naps in until this game started. Q played them all over 22 mins. That is a lot for forwards. Then again, with our roster, Hitchcock had better match up options to shut them down.

    On D, Forsling and Kempny both played well. TVR not so well. Q played Seabs over 26 mins and Keith over 25 mins.

    Q has his work cut out for him. He has to develop the youngsters otherwise he will burn out the core playing them heavy minutes all year. That’s his M.O. His coaching skills will be put to the test this year because they don’t have the cap flexibility for help to be on the way. He has to do a Babcock and maximize the performance with the inexperience he has on his roster. Nurture the young guys along Q and dividends will be reaped.

    They are not generating any offense 5 on 5 just like last year. As noted by Goldenbladz, their performance on face offs was horrendous.

    The deterrent did not play enough to deter anything; 4:26 of time. Why is he on the roster? He is clearly slow and does not really add anything. Seabs was eating Reaves’ leather during the one skirmish. Seabs is the only heavyweight we have on the team. Taking Rosy out of the mix, the rest of the team has only 4 players over 200lbs; 16 skaters sub 200lbs on the forward and defense squads. That’s pretty small.

    Go Hawks!!!!

  8. The Hawks puck possession game has really gone in the shitter. 8 shots through 40 mins yikes! Still feel like offense is going to be a struggle all year for this group. Whenever Toews wants to starting earning his 10.5 million dollar contract would be nice. Poor playoffs and then invisable last night other then a dumb plenalty. Uurgh!

  9. The Hawks march to the box late in the 2nd opened the door for the Blues. They said thank you sir may I have another, and were rewarded with yet another 5 on 3 to carry into the 3rd. Blues cashed in, and it seemed like the score was more lopsided than it was in favor of the Blues, but it was a 1 goal game deep into the 3rd. Momentum all Blues from late 2nd and through the 3rd. Not much push back from the Hawks. Top 2 Hawks lines were decent in the 1st, but kind of disappeared after that. Basically no offensive pressure put on the Blues, and when there were rebounds around, there were no Hawks close enough to pop them in. Basically it was a pretty dull game to watch imo, unless you were a Blues fan.

    Young guys played pretty well, although TvR was a mess. Kid Forsling looked pretty comfortable out there against a strong Blues forecheck. Motte, Vinny, and Hartman were fine as was Schmaltz, although Schmalz looked a bit gassed by mid shifts. I thought Kempny played well.

    As Booman said this team is going to have growing pains. Some line juggling likely to find some offense. One can only hope faceoffs improve. That side of the game was tough to watch last night.

    Off season remodeling at the UC inside. Tickets prices up yet again so I guess we helped pay for it. Concession prices up too. Draft beer up $1 and has cleared the benchmark $10 level at $10.75 unless you want to drink Bud or Bud Light swill and that’s still under $10. There are more serious issues in the world though so….

    Preds will be give no mercy to the Hawks this weekend. I expect a better effort from the Hawks than what we saw last night.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  10. I am going to “slurp my own wand… and Auston Mathew’s Wand”…

    couple seasons ago… I posed the question/thought… should SB trade Kane or Toews for the “A. Mathews” pick??? would Save the Hawks $9M in cap space to buy 2 nice players + Mathews (who I mentioned Broke Kane’s USDP 18 year old scoring records)… big body- with elite everything!!!

    I knew SB would Take the “Easy” way… Pay the Hero approach… the better Business way would be to… Field a deeper team… it is a Team sport… but 37% of cap tied to 3 players… recipe for disaster!!!

    This team is NOT gonna score much… cuz rookies are average 4th liners…
    I did like Kempny and Forsling will improve… But even by some miracle the Hawks make PO’s… they will be a boring “D” oriented type of team…

  11. I believe you will get a better effort from the Hawks as well.

    TvR might be in the press box, but you never know, Q likes him alot.
    Being out matched by Hitchcock at home should embarrass Q a little bit.
    Top 2 lines will have a better game. They have to.
    10 Hawk players are still in WCofH mode. A mistake when fielding 6 rookies ??
    IM humble O, our $10.5mm Captain belonged at camp mentoring these rookies.

    Tootoo is the kind of player you need when winning 4-1 in the 3d.

    Practice today should be interesting

  12. Forsling can really control the puck, but needs to work on quick decision making and get rid of it sooner….although I guess kane often has the same problem.

    Hartman had at least a few shots that I think may have been better passes. I guess a shot on goal always has a chance, but I thought they made it easy on Allen for a number of those shots.

    Seems like the kids like to dump and chase a lot to get out of trouble, which probably worked better in college. The blues controlled the boards all night.

    It’s so sad having to watch Tootoo out there (in the rare event he’s on the ice) and knowing there is nothing we can do about it as fans. I think we may end up really missing Desjardins while he’s out. If you constructed the 4th line like the 3rd (rookie, veteran, rookie) I think it would be much more effective.

    3rd line and rookie D were the bright spots in this one.

  13. Phil-A bit gassed? I thought he looked like he was ready to fall over on the ice in the last two periods (he did a couple of times)-adrenaline may have helped in the first. He needs to go down to Rockford and play a lot.
    To Wall’s point-Fabbri is the real deal, I hope Nick S gets there in a year or two.
    Forsling may be the gem.

  14. Noonan96- no doubt Schmaltz has great vision/hands… but the more I see him…
    I don’t think he has the Motor!!! Fabbri- has a motor!!!

    I wonder how Schmaltz tested on endurance Testing in draft camp- I know when Saad was drafted he was supposedly near the top of Class on that CO2 test thing they do to measure endurance…

    I don’t think that is something you can “Teach”… perhaps marginally improve… but if you don’t got it… you don’t got it.

  15. This season is going to be a struggle, but hopefully things round into shape (eventually) to snag a Western Conference playoff spot. Observations.

    1. Not surprising, the biggest concern is where is the offense going to come from. Desperately need to figure out a combination for the Toews line that can work. I think it means Toews and Kane together, but then who plays with Anisimov and Panarin? Not a lot of scoring potential on the third and fourth lines.

    2. Schmaltz isn’t ready for the NHL. He needs to be in Rockford.

    3. Motte is a gamer, and I like what he brings to the table.

    4. Hartman is not remotely a Shaw replacement. In fact, he is a 12/13 forward type. I like the kid and root for him, but meh.

    5. Hinostraza can really skate and played with high energy last night. But I struggle with what he can become in this league. We shall see.

    6. Forsling is damned exciting. Lots of latent talent there.

    7. Kempny can be solid. Rugged blueliner that we need, and he seems to be listening to Quenneville and Kitchen on what they want him to do. I like him a lot.

    8. van Riemsdyk should get his suit pressed, because he’s going to be wearing it a lot in the club suite during games. Either that or he may want to gas up the car for a trip to Rockford soon.

    9. St. Louis is a better team roster wise than they were last year. They will be tough once again.

  16. The poster RTF makes some good points.

    Agree Schmaltz is not quite ready and should be playing in Rockford. Ditto comments on Hinostroza, Kempny, Forsling. Hartman is a wait and see, we will know more 40 games in. His issue is consistency but he was decent last night.

    Very low minutes for the 4th line which is in direct contrast to what Quenneville wants to do, roll four lines. That 4th line got hemmed in their own zone for well over a minute in the 1st period, the Blackhawks had difficulty exiting their zone all night.

  17. ….. Blackhawks start off from where they left last season….the revolving doors will continue with this aging dynasty that even the Blues can beat….not a good sign….
    …..Hawk fans will soon be wishing for the good old days!…..but sadly all good things must come to an end……

  18. “…should SB trade Kane or Toews for the “A. Mathews” pick??? would Save the Hawks $9M in cap space to buy 2 nice players + Mathews” — would that be after the lottery to be certain we got our guy and after the no movement clause was waived?

    “Q has to develop the youngsters otherwise he will burn out the core playing them heavy minutes all year. That’s his M.O.” — IMPERATIVE.

    “The deterrent did not play enough to deter anything; 4:26 of time.” — Tootoo will not deter anything regardless of icetime…and, as a player he’s useless.

    “regulars playing limited minutes in the preseason and the unfamiliarity most of the players have with each other. We’ll be in preseason mode for a while until everyone acclimates to playing with each other. After that, we’ll see what we have as a team.” — completely agree.

  19. Typical RTF. What a hypocrite! He previously said Kempny would be a bust and now he sings his praises. Get back on the drugs buddy.

  20. @ “Wall = Fabbri’s Bestie”: shut your stupid, just-got-here hole, Wall knows more than you, moron troll

  21. Fabbri had the lowest body fat in the 2014 Combine. Neither Fabbri nor Schmaltz wer in the top 10 in the Vo2 max tests.

    Not sure if its been said…but the talking penis with glasses that is Pierre Mcguire really compared Forsling to Lidstrom. Cool it dude.

  22. I would not give up on Schmaltz after his first game in the NHL. I watched many of his games at North Dakota and he is very offensively skilled. Great vision, smooth skater and good hands. He does need to get better at the dot(so does 15) and get stronger physically. I would give him 10-20 games and evaluate him at that point. If he has shown no improvement then send him down to Rockford. The alternatives to Schmaltz are not good.

  23. Agree no need to get too upset last nights game was it was a 1st nhl game for 6 rookies the 1st time the core minus hammer were on the ice together in a game situation and although it wasn’t pretty if not for putting themselves in penalty trouble it was very possible we coulda walked out with a win.

  24. ***TRADE KANE***!!!


    Too soon…?!?!?

    (This is sarcasm. It’s sad I have to state it but too many would jump off a cliff)

  25. Hawks1961,
    I have to disagree on Schmaltz. What I have seen in 1 NHL game and parts of a couple preseason games is that he isn’t the best skater. That’s a small sampling, but enough for an observation. It seems to me that he needs about 5-6 strides before he gets moving. He may be smooth after that, but from a standing position, he appears to be stuck in mud. He reminds me of Ken Yaremchuk from many years back.

    I have to say that my first post did not praise Kempny enough. He looks like a real deal NHL top 4 defense prospect.

    Hang in there boys. The ship isn’t going to sink that quickly. We still have quite a few good hockey players on this team. And, those guys have some big hearts. Give the supporting cast more time to see if they gel. We can hold onto the negativity for 20-25 games to give them a chance. If they are playing like last night then, I’ll have some choice things to say. Considering the cost of my season tickets, I’ll be the first in line as an executioner to start chopping heads.

    Until then, let’s Go Hawk!!! The “s” was left off intentionally because we did not play as a team last evening.

  26. Wall,

    I hope you are disregarding the comments made by “WALL = FABBRI’S BESTIE” because most everyone else is. I have to believe they are someone who is gutless that had to change their logon name to remain anonymous so they could attack you. They are sophomoric and don’t add any value here.

    I actually somewhat agree with your comment about trading Kane or Toews. Maybe not those two, but I said last year that the Hawks needed to start moving a core player or players to gain cap flexibility, get younger, and improve their upcoming draft positioning. I said not doing so was a quicker road to mediocrity than hanging onto these guys too long. Regardless, it is what it is at this point. I have my fingers crossed that 3-4 of these new guys can really impress us this year. Looks like 6 and 42 are already doing it.

    Right now, I am not sure that Toronto would take Kane and Toews for Matthews. Their contracts are killing us. However, like Ernie said the other day, who could have foreseen the rising dollar and the fall in the Canadien currency? I am still surprised that those two did not take less $$, but I can’t blame them for doing so.

  27. Hof/Bestie- I don’t understand your comments…

    Fabbri -owns a 7/11 and he has unlimited amount of slurpees for me to slurp?

    Sign me up Bestie… maybe you wanna come- too!

  28. Ouppssss….why not delete the fabbbbri from the
    We dont need those kind of AH here …
    Nobody needs those AH …
    Go Hawks go

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