Rinne, Preds Shutout Blackhawks In Game One

The Blackhawks opened their quest for a fourth Stanley Cup in the current era on Thursday night at the United Center, and the opening 40 minutes were what fans should have expected from a game between division rivals.

Chicago looked good coming out of the gate and spent the first few minutes controlling the puck. But the final 16 minutes of the first belonged to Nashville, who took a 1-0 lead to the room. Viktor Arvidsson, who led the Preds with three goals against the Hawks during the regular season got Nashville on the board at 7:52 into the first.

Nick Schmaltz ran into Richard Panik and Jonathan Toews on the play, opening a shot opportunity for Filip Forsberg. Arvidsson flashed in front of the net and tipped home his first of the postseason.

The shots were 11-6 Nashville after one, and the Hawks had only one shot in the final 16 minutes.

Chicago showed a strong course correction in the second period.

Ryan Johansen went to the box nine seconds into the second period and the Blackhawks started attacking. Chicago didn’t convert on the power play but they showed more purpose on the puck – thanks to coach Joel Quenneville turning on his line blender.

Tanner Kero found himself on the wing with Toews and Panik and that combination had a number of good chances in the second. Toews and Patrick Kane saw a lot of the ice in the middle period as the Hawks tried to beat Pekka Rinne, but Nashville’s netminder was on point.

Chicago out-shot Nashville 12-4 in the second, and the Preds had 20 credited blocked shots through 40 minutes of play. Nashville held their 1-0 lead entering the third. Panik and Kero combined for nine hits and five shots on net in the first two periods.

The Hawks got a power play when Arvidsson tripped Anisimov at 11:52 and almost got a two-man advantage when Roman Josi flipped the puck into the stands. The officials ruled that the puck was tipped and the Hawks maintained a single-man advantage for the remainder of the power play but couldn’t get anything going.

With roughly 3 minutes left in regulation, the Hawks got what effectively served as a timeout when Pontus Aberg crashed into the Hawks net. Chicago got a shot on net after the offensive zone draw but Nashville quickly took the play the other direction after another Rinne save.

Crawford went to the bench with two minutes left in regulation, and the first group on the ice was the Kane line with Marian Hossa joining as the extra attacker. They got one scoring chance that was swallowed by Rinne.

Coach Joel Quenneville burned his timeout with 61 seconds left and sent Toews over the boards with Kane, Panarin, Anisimov, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. Bad passing almost turned into a second goal for Nashville but PK Subban helped the Blackhawks by icing the puck with an ill-advised shot attempt from deep in his own zone with 19.9 on the clock.

Nashville used their timeout after the icing.

Nashville iced the puck again with 7.2 on the clock.

Nashville won the faceoff and iced the puck again, but the whistle didn’t sound until there were 0.2 on the clock. Rinne finished a magnificent shutout in Game One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Of the Blackhawks rookies, Schmaltz struggled the most; it wouldn’t be surprising if Andrew Desjardins dressed in Game Two. He skated 10:44 and had, by far, the worst even strength Corsi for on the roster (30.77). John Hayden’s Corsi for wasn’t great either, but he was limited to just 5:39 in the game.

Kero performed very well, however. In 13:15 he won four of five faceoffs, was credited with six hits and three shots on net.

In his first action in a month, Anisimov won eight of 13 faceoffs with two hits and two shots on net in 19:06. Toews won 14 of 24 at the dot but wasn’t credited with a single shot on net.

Panik led the Hawks with seven hits. Kane had a team-leading six shots on net and skated the heaviest minutes – 24:23 – of any Chicago forward. Seabrook a team-high four shots.

Crawford made 19 saves in the loss. Rinne stopped 29 and the skaters in front of him blocked 26 in the game.

39 thoughts on “Rinne, Preds Shutout Blackhawks In Game One

  1. Credit to Rinne he played well. Having said that, I don’t recall one ten bell sav by Rinne. Outside of Crawford, no one on the Hawks had a very good game.

  2. Well that sucked. Crawford was the only one who showed up tonight. As said above, Rinne played well, but Hawks played like crap. Regroup and get your heads in the game.

  3. Regardless of how we played and they didn’t play that good as well. We can play better. That has to be a reviewable and challengeable call when puck is over glass, like goaltender interference/offsides/touch puck above cross bar. When the refs didn’t see it, if that’s the truth, then just do replay and the team that doesn’t agree can challenge. That should have been a 5 on 3 for about 2min, where we score to tie, score 2 to win on that, or not score and its 1-0 anyways. Have to do replays.

  4. Extremely frustrating. Listening to the game on TV you’d have thought the Preds and their “perfect road game plan” would have pulled away a little. It was there to tie, didn’t happen.

    This crap again, huh. Brace yourself, liver.

  5. Kinda like the last 5 or 6 games ,everyone all rested up and ,.,.,.can,t score a goal .
    Perhaps a few of our guys are to rested ,.,.not focused ya know . What do ya think Ernie ,.,.we got those great corsi numbers to examine ,.,.,.Mmmmm i smell something ….someone laid a rotten egg .

  6. Tootoo played 5 mins plus; same for Hayden. This led to mixing and matching the remaining ten forwards at times.

    This is classic Q “roll 3 lines”, circa ’14 Bollig & ’16 Mashinter. Nashville isnt close to the Hawks’ level, however, if this three line rotation persists, it will be another long summer.

    As 1961 & I (and others) have noted during the season, Tootoo isnt cut out to play regular shifts — especially now when its essentially win or go home.

  7. Best way to lose is with a 1-0 score. The only goal the hawks let in was a pretty ridiculous redirect. Overall, played a pretty dominant possession game. It’s only game one. Hawks love losing game one.

  8. I guess Schmaltz is tonight’s scapegoat. Dressing Desi over Schmaltz in game two is a laughable suggestion. The Hawks had very few grade A chances. Credit the Preds for keeping the Hawks to the outside. Kudos to Crawford on a solid game.

  9. To Iceman’s point- Nashville rolled out 4 lines. All of their forwards had at least 11:40 of ice time.

  10. PS. The Hawks trailed numerous times in Cup winning years, yet Q correctly stuck w/ four line rotation consistently. You cant chase the game eliminating forwards like he did tonight (and ’14 and ’16). It’s a recipe for elimination, Q knows this, he admitted this privately after the ’14 debacle w/ Bollig. Its a miracle Bowman got a 3rd rd pick for him. There is a reason he and Mashinter both spent the entire year in the minors — they are minor league players. The same is true re Tootoo. Hayden is rendered useless playing w/ him.

    Nashville is a one line team, they are no great shakes. Rinne wasnt jake allen from last night; Hinostroza has the speed to make things happen.

  11. Exactly 1961. fresh troops, just like Hawks’ forwards in Cup years. Confident troops as well. This has a domino affect — positively or negatively — on the rest of the players’ production and mindset.

  12. A tough loss, they did better last two periods but as said not many great chances to score.
    They shut Toews down-Hossa may have been the best player. (maybe Kero)
    Not that he has a big role, but Hayden looks lost–I’ve noticed this since his first game that he loses his stick many times a game and seems off balance, especially when defending. If he can become a better skater he has a future.
    A day to forget-the Blue Jays are 1 and 8 to start the season, Erie lost and the Hawks got shut out at home. Sh*t.
    Road teams love the first game of the first round.

  13. Iceman, agree. If we don’t roll four lines and stick with it, we will lose. And may I say, fuck tough love. The kids are what got us here, we have no depth without them so just fucken’ play ’em, and I mean 8 & 40. Hayden’s talent is wasted playing with 22. Q got out-coached in this one. We are head and shoulders better than this team. Saturday reset.

  14. Hopefully, the Hawks will take this as a “wake-up call”.

    BULLSHIT effort for the first half of the game…(maybe they believed they were going to sweep?)

    They played in the last 30 minutes, but there was still too much jerking-around / not nearly enough actual scoring chances. To me, it seemed Rinne had a pretty easy night. I know that they’ve been there before – it’s TOO early to panic, but what is their excuse for being out-played / out-worked?

  15. One game down now regoup and hopefully someone besides Crawford shows up to play with a purpose for game 2

  16. Theres probably a good chance Q had decided that in a close game 22 and 40 weren’t playing much and he was gonna find a way to get 67 on the ice other ways.

  17. Preds had a good 1st period and really choked off the ice with an aggressive forecheck and putting puck pressure on the Hawks all over the ice. To the Preds credit they caught a fortunate break when 3 Hawks players collided which resulted in Keith puck watching and Arvidsson slipping behind him to tip a shot pass in past Crow. Otherwise the Hawks played a good game defensively imo, and with a bit of puck luck should have put a few behind Rinne.

    I would like to see someone on the Hawks step up give Arvidsson some physical punishment. The guy ran Kane early in the 1st and he played a chippy game throughout. The guy is an excellent player though with some good wheels and has an excellent shot. Take him off his game.

    The Hawks owned the 2nd and 3rd periods but quite honestly didn’t make Rinne work that hard. Preds protected their goalie and forced the Hawks away from the middle of the ice with most shot attempts. Preds blocked ALOT of shots, especially from the point. Hawks point men had trouble putting pucks on the net the entire game. That should change in a more positive direction as the series evolves.

    While the game was frustrating to watch we all know the Hawks have a better game than what we saw last night. Anisimov a little rusty coming back from injury, and the young guys needed to get playoff baptism. They will respond. Hartman and Kero played well I thought.

    Refs let em play last night which was to Preds advantage. Lots of interference went uncalled. That uncalled DOG penalty which would have given the Hawks a 2 minute 5 on 3 was BS. Puck went straight out over the glass. How that crew could not figure that one out was incompetent.

    Hawks need to plant guys in front of Rinne. He saw the puck coming at him on most Hawks scoring attempts. He will leave rebounds and get caught out of position.

    I expect much better from the Hawks tomorrow night. The urgency should be there as no team wants to go down 0-2 to start a series. It’s seldom easy getting out of the front round as we saw last night and Wednesday with many teams around the league losing or barely eking out wins in opening home games.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  18. I guess we all found out last night that 100 plus points in the regular season means basically nothing. Just ask the Capitals over the past few years. After 1 home game the 8 seed is now better off in the series than the 1 seed. Worse Q is back to playing only 3 lines. Anyone think Jurco should suit up instead of Tootoo?

  19. Also I missed the first half of the game. Everyone is saying the Hawks played a lot better in the second half of the game. From what I saw in the third period they looked out of sync. Their power play and zone entry’s were terrible.

  20. Yeah agree the powerplay looked awful and they need it to contribute to have a playoff run. St. Louis used timely pp goals from Tarasenko and a hot Elliot to push them past the Blackhawks last year.

  21. Too many meaningless games at the end of the season. AA not up to speed. Playing a team who believe they have little to lose. Consequently, the Hawks played re-actively last night but I expect them to be much more proactive tomorrow.

  22. Rinne played like the elite goaltender everyovdy claims he is. And the Preds were brilliant in collapsing around him.

    Anisimov, Schmaltz, Hartman, Tootoo, Kruger, Campbell, TVR were useless.

    Wake up call. Otherwise Ducks will walk to WC title.

  23. ….Our Western conference champions appear to have saved their worst until last….Lol…Not really surprised ….This Quenville resting the stars tactics and playing to show and not to win is going to bite them in the ass if they can’t get out of losing streak…Benching a rookie puting yourself one man short also is not something I dont understand very well…Glad Anisimov is back but series might be over before he is back on track….Don’t want to be negative put power play still sucks and offense looks very anemic around the best goaltenders in NHL like Peka Rinne……..

  24. Toews needs to get on it. Late mid-season when he was scoring, aqll went on a roll. Now is time for that repeat performance, Tazer!

  25. Preds Coach/Pete L. – figured out the Hawks after trying to play run-n-gun in 2010 Cup…
    Flyers couldn’t compete… next year Pete – went to Trap- and make Hawks Chip-n-chase… Flyers Tamed Hawks 2011 season… Stubborn during Cup… but realized mistakes next season.

    Hawks will need to score early goals… or this could be a very short PO’s

  26. Hawks need to stay spread out. Too many times last night their shot attempts were easily beaten before they ever got to Rinne because every Hawks skater was on the same half of the ice.

  27. I agree the Hawks power play is very bad, way too much passing around the perimeter and none of our Defensenen have a great shot so Kane, Toews and Panarin need to shoot more and stop looking for the perfect play. I watch the Penguins power play and they don’t take all F’ing day to shoot the puck and they are missing their best Defensenen.
    Your right Noonan and bad day all around The Hawks lose, Leafs lose, the Jays are brutal. Only good thing is the Sea Dogs sweep again convincingly.

  28. If there’s a silver lining from the loss last night, it’s that hopefully this will quiet those who were predicting the Hawks will have a cakewalk against the Preds. Wasn’t going to happen and it’s still not going to happen.

    A gripe I’ve had for a long time, or maybe call it a suggestion, is that that the Hawks don’t use a tactic that many other teams use with very good success – and that is for the shooter to intentionally shoot the puck at a team mate’s stick for a deflection. Kane has done it a couple times but as a team the Hawks really don’t try to do that as a set play where the shooter is looking for team mates who are intentionally positioning their stick blade on the ice for the shooter to essentially make a pool bank shot of their stick blade. It would work well against a shot blocking team where the shot blockers are lining up between the shooter and the net – not between the shooter and the shooter’s team mate. May have helped last night.

  29. I thought the Hawks played sloppy and tentitive. Rinne, stood tall and that was that. Disappointing results.

  30. COACH Q needs to realize you cannot have two 4th line centres on you bottom six.

    Time to make new lines with more offence o the bottom six.

    HARTMAN TOEWS PANIK
    PANARIN ANISIMOV KANE
    JURCO SMUALTZ HOSSA
    RASSMUSSEN KRUGER HINNISTROZA

  31. Taking one of the best players from game one out of the line-up makes little sense.
    KERO
    Like the Hino idea if possible

  32. I like Hartman with 67 to roll 4 lines. Kero good and fast, thats really good for us he elevates his game during the playoffs. I like this guy. Hartman with 19 and 14 fits well with the style they play. We have options for the 4th line for adjustments based on other team strategy and which guys we have on our lines.

  33. While it has been a beautiful Spring day in Chicago it is 80F. UC ice is never very good and tonight it should be worse given how warm it is outside. Hawks need to keep it simple and go hard to the net to set screens and pick up loose change rebounds.

    Refs so far early in all front round games are letting em play. This benefits the Preds who are looking to slow the game down. Hawks special teams need to turn it up tonight.

    Headed downtown to the UC soon. Gotta love playoff hockey.

    Let’s Go Hawks!!!!

  34. Hawks look great tonight. Going to be an easy series…lol. Hawks are old losers. Shut out by Rinne twice at home? Lolol. LOSERS! Overrated, soft, under performing losers!

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