Scott Darling, Blackhawks Blank Bruins

The Blackhawks played in Boston on Friday night. The dads – and a few sons – showed up for the game. As did Scott Darling. Beyond that…

In the first period, Boston out-shot the Hawks 17-6 without having a single power play. In the second, each team had one full power play and Chicago had 24 seconds of an advantage to end the period; both teams were credited with eight shots on net in the middle frame.

So, in review: Darling stopped 25 shots in 40 minutes. Tuukka Rask faced only 14. The score was tied at zero.

Jonathan Toews was more active in the first two periods, though. Chicago’s captain was tied with Patrick Kane for the team lead with four shots on net in the first two periods, and the two superstars spent a number of shifts together in the second. The biggest issue for the Hawks continues to be generating offense, though; the other 10 forwards combined for only six shots on net in the first two periods.

Toews got caught hooking Brad Marchand as the second period came to a close to wipe out the final 1:36 of the Chicago power play. The third period started 4-on-4 without any scoring, and Chicago killed the 24-second advantage with Toews in the box to keep the score sheet empty.

Chicago got a power play 7:14 into the third with Ryan Spooner in the box, but the best chance in the two minutes came from Brad Marchand.

The Hawks’ third line of Vinnie Hinostroza, Tanner Kero and Marian Hossa had another good night – and made the play that counted in the end. With under two minutes left in regulation, Boston iced the puck and coach Joel Quenneville sent the two kids and Hossa out. Hinostroza eluded a defender, passed through traffic to Kero who set up Hossa for a wide open net.

Kero won six of eight faceoffs in the game and was credited with three blocked shots and two assists with his primary assist on Hossa’s game-winning goal.

Boston would try to come back in the final 90 seconds but David Backes skated offside with less than ten seconds left to kill their final chance.

Darling finished with a 30-save shutout in a sparkling performance. As you can see below, Boston had plenty of good chances close to the net but weren’t able to beat Darling.

Predictably, the struggling Bruins put Patrice Bergeron’s line against Chicago’s top line of Panarin-Anisimov-Kane and it showed in the box score. Anisimov won only three of 14 faceoffs against arguably the best faceoff man of this generation, and those three Blackhawks forwards combined to put eight shots on net (five from Kane). Panarin had a good night defensively, however. He led the team with four takeaways and a 54.29 CF%.

Nick Schmaltz skated 11:12 with one hit and two takeaways, and saw 70 seconds of power play time in the win.

Niklas Hjalmarsson blocked a team-leading five shots in the game. Toews won nine of 14 faceoffs.

Darling became the first Blackhawks goaltender to shutout the Bruins in Boston since Tony Esposito on Jan. 17, 1970.

40 thoughts on “Scott Darling, Blackhawks Blank Bruins

  1. Kero has improved leaps and bounds from last season. He has room for further improvment, it will take time, but he belongs. Once Kruger returns, if Motte is recalled as well, Desjardins & Tootoo should be waived. Kruger’s skill set and production is closer to Desjardins’ abilities than a $3.1M cap hit center.

  2. Fortunate 2 points-thanks Mr. Darling.
    Agree with Iceman, Kero looks good. 19 much more effective, and Hartman continues to impress. 7 had his usual Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde game.
    Chara can’t keep up, sad to see.
    12 points up on the Blues, which is great-(Blues 2 in hand)

  3. Like that kero is pretty good at faceoffs.

    I donot think were doing it on purpose, it just seems like were saving the spare gas for when it matters more/when needed. We play every game to be in the game and when needed we put it into another gear/or play harder. There have only been a few (WIN/EDM/WAS) where we wernt in the game score wise by doing this. Coincidence I donot think so and after playing the most games in the history of hockey in a certain amount of recent yr this is just what the doctor ordered. A full summer of rest and train, then post a record so you donot have to kill yourself to get in or be a higher seed, take her easy in the middle/dog days of 82 games-its a long 82 games and play to competition level but also find a way to win/2pts as much as possible.

    We have been here before, we know what were doing. Its important to get young/new guys progression and intertwine with core/vet guys throughout the 82 games. What matters the most is we have the top core in hockey and a group of young/new guys that can keep getting better. When our top guys are playing good/as they really are we can beat any team when its win 4 games/series.

    This can come together and then when were rolling 4 lines, we can warm up the engines and we can see some series shit by not taking short cuts and getting better by paying our dues.

  4. The Bruins were manhandling the Hawks, winning the majority of the one on one battles, especially in the 1st period. Darling kept the Hawks in the game – it was another goalie win.

    I like the Hossa-Kero-Hino line. The kids have had a couple good games in a row. You can see they can play in the league, they just need to continue to improve and find consistency.

    It’s still a work in progress and probably will be until the playoffs but as long as the kids keep improving the Hawks will have a chance.

  5. Hossa is amazing and darling fantastic game, great work by 48 and 67 on winning goal. Only stats i see on kero show him at 46% last night 6/13 and 41.5% with the hawks 61/147 overall.

  6. Ride the hot hand and put Darling back in the net Sunday. Terrific pass from Kero to Hossa for the gwg. Agree Iceman, Kero is more skilled than Kruger. Schmaltz can flat out skate. Would love to see a fourth line of Schmaltz, Rasmussen and Motte. I do not like the fact that the Hawks put together only about a 20 minute effort. That formula works against average to poor teams but will not work in the playoffs.

  7. Darling looks way more composed… closing 5 hole… Not losing net as much… at the top of crease… handled puck as well as ever… ALL big/noticeable improvements… I even noticed a few times were he lost site of the puck… And he looked “Crow-like”- where Crow , doesn’t lose his cool/panic… but just acts like a big statue and waits/watches the players around him react- to “fins” the puck again (Crow is very calm and great at that-imo).

    Possible best case scenario???
    Another Playoff team loses #1 Goalie for the rest of the year… they are desperate…
    Hawks send them Crow (who has lost net to Darling -who continues to play well)… Crow is happy to move on and get Net (waives NTC)… Hawks get picks/ or cheap solid Prospect… use the Money to find 1LW -who is cheaper/sign for next year(s)… and get rid of a lot of Cap Issues going into Summer.

    Yes- I know it is a stretch/ a lot of things need to go Hawks way… PO team w/ major Goalie issue… and Darling needs to win the net… And NOT let it go… both BIG ifs… But this scenario might give the Hawks the best chance of going deep this year… And Put the Hawks in a stronger position of negotiating versus last few years- where Teams around the league took advantage of Hawk cap issues.

  8. re: backing up Darling IF Crawford is traded – do we really, honestly believe Stan Bowman would trade Crawford without an answer to that question?

    Either they like Lars Johansson or they bring a cheap backup back in a deal.

  9. As usual Wall is all over the place. First:

    wall
    October 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm
    All kidding aside- when do the Hawks become sellers- and try to “Showcase” the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago??? Seriously

    Then he changes his position and says well they’ll make the playoffs but not go far.

    Now he thinks they’ll go far if they trade Crow. Another poster said this about Wall:

    Dave
    October 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm
    Wall will do anything to get rid of 50.

    Wall is simply a fake hawk fan who posts negative stuff ALL THE TIME even during hawk wins. Only someone who doesn’t like the hawks would act this way. Check out his first post:

    Another game where Hawks were dominated!!!

    Wake up clown the hawks won and won on the road.

  10. Schmaltz has had two pretty strong games in a row now. He was very active in puck battles and more importantly, getting to puck battles. A lot of speed and energy/effort. Good signs from him. Go Blackhawks!!!!

  11. Never changed my position.. Hawks are a PO team… Just not a strong SC contender this year… and don’t have a realistic chance of making Cup run this year…

    will have to move someone in off season… and as a seller TDL- you usually get more … versus- selling $$$/contracts/players in Summer… does Bickell + TT ring a bell??? or 2nd round pick for Timo… or Sharp/Johns for nothing ring a bell???

    For someone with wit/humor… You really have a hard time comprehending things.

    I guess- I am going to have to write even more detailed thoughts… cuz you don’t seem to be able to connect the dots sometimes

  12. The stats shows Boston having a lot of shots…I was at a game live last night so came home and watched the game on DVR expecting to see carnage but found they were, in fact, not dominated. Lots of shots from the outside with no traffic. Few true breakdowns and when there were, Darling was there.

  13. Re: trading Crow… actually my preference would be to trade Seabs/Big mistake contract over Crow’s… Seabrook deal is now the worst contract on Team… and is higher cap/much longer!!!

    But- Crow- probably has more trade value/or easier to move at this point!!!

    Re: Wake up clown… U wake up… Hawks getting out played , outshot… recipe for a quick out in PO’s

  14. I wonder if Espo is on to something. Perhaps the Hawks have begun to shift gears in how they approach certain teams. I don’t want to call them a trap team. But force pucks to the outside and then have the forwards breaking when you do get the puck. Trying to game plan for what the skills of their players are currently at.

  15. Wall is a complete clown. He attempts to change his position but fortunately the archives hold him hostage to his previous indefensible positions! Fortunately Stan and Q are running the show and they can’t hear the clown Wall because they have multiple Stanley Cup Rings covering their ears!

  16. Like to see faceoff numbers for 67 for each game after 16 got hurt and hes been in his spot. I have a feeling there the same as 15 was.

    8 looks better with development pledging time which means could be same for 64.

    If I thought for a second that we would play a shitty 1st period or not a good 2nd (when we play a good 1st) and then play good in the 3rd (when were actually playing) in the playoffs I would be worried. These are random games in the 82 games (even though theres as many of the, as there is) and I think its because the guys know that we cant really compete when we donot have full tank of gas/energy, like last yr (and we still did what we did and should have won that one).

    With the full summer of rest/heal, then train. We cam out and kicked ass in the 1st 40 games but overall the experienced guys who played that many games in that amount of yrs know we need to take her easy (not develop bad habits) as much as possible during the 82 games. Need to get better as we go along and not get rusty but take her easy. The more we take her easy the better energy/amount of gas well have for when it matters.

    Not saying were doing it on purpose but I think we are doing it on purpose. Flip the switch. Everybody says the same shit/different yr every yr about the team/roster and then the team does what it does every yr so thats why I think our guys are smart and know when to do this/and as much as we do.

    In the meantime the guys that are/been playing rusty, wake your ass up we got to win tomorrow.

  17. Wall it wasn’t stan’s fault he traded TT with bickell to relieve some cap space. I blame the Blackhawks medical staff. They couldn’t figure out he was suffering from MS? The Carolina staff figured it out. Bickell could have been LTIR/retired by the Hawks.
    Let Minny take first place and meet up with the Kings first round. Have at it Boudreau. The Hawks can get St.louis again with shakey Jake. God they had to send him home for a mental break from getting torched too much.

  18. Rumors for Patrick sharp make no sense. We already got burned once in original trade of sharp and Johns in exchange for Trevor Daley and his 4m contract. Dumb move Stan. Currently Sharp is 21GP 4G 5A 9pts and a -5 rating; playing on 3rd line and had 2 concussions. Whould go straight to the bus to Rockford with that play.
    JVR in Toronto is the one food player available but would cost a 1st rounder.
    Perhaps a 2nd round pick, Kreuger and his 3 mil and Nick Schmaltz.

  19. Morrison since dec. 30 when kruger went down keros stats have 2 of 7 28%, 5 of 12 41.7%, 2 of 8 25%, 9 of 17 52.9%, 7 of 13 53.8%, 8 of 16 50%, 1 of 12 8.3%, 7 of 9 78%, 2 of 13 15.4%, 6 of 13 46% overall 49 of 123 39.9 % kinda of a rollercoaster

  20. Ian, thanks I didn’t see those first few then saw around 50 (throw out the WAS didn’t play) theres two bad ones. So after the first few, once he settle in a little bit, hes done pretty good.

    9/17
    7/13
    8/16
    1/12
    7/9
    2/13
    6/8 (thought this is what Tab had in his post)
    43/88 around 50

    Even if it was 6/13, still around 50 after first few to settle in. When Krugs come back he will take tougher faceoffs center and Kero can do better, maybe higher then 50%.

  21. Yeah should be good numbers then he seems to be improving minus the odd bad game. The rest of his game looking real solid

  22. Mooser and Kero got better from last yr games they got. Good role players that are tuff sons of bitchs. Can 67 similar to 24.

  23. If you look at his faceoffs since the buffalo game m8nus the washington game and carolina who he struggled against both games he was 37 of 71 or 52.1% in 5 of the last 7 games, so thats really a very good run for him

  24. You can’t dismiss 2 out of 7 games when compiling stats just because it helps your point.

    Hindsight is always 20/20 and MS is difficult to diagnose symptoms aren’t the same person to person and often mimic other ailments. Apparently you have to go through a situation where you have symptoms and nothing is helping. Fortunately they did eventually figure it out

  25. Toronto in a playoff spot. JVR is under contract at a good price for next year too. He’s staying put.

    Teams trending up don’t sell.

  26. Wasn’t ignoring 2 bad games just said earlier except for odd bad game he seems to be improving and was giving him credit. Detroit report could be some of that fake news.

  27. Better than Vanek.

    “News” came from Lazerus. Reminded everyone to take it with a grain of salt lots of calls get made, but the Hawks have sniffed around them. 2 sources claim the calls were made. Probably just due diligence. Doubt anything happens for another few weeks.

    Aside from Vermette and Ladd how often do we hear rumors that actually happen with the Hawks?

  28. Read blackhawks acquired micheal latta if annybody wondering he doesn’t help be compliant for expansion draft.

  29. Not very often but then its not usually for a core/semicore type player. Theres only so many of those and these people will have mentioned everyones name by that time.

  30. What is a serious cup run to you? With way things are set up now it could be Nashville round 1, stl/min round 2… do we think hawks have no chance in those series? That puts them in a WCF just with those series which to me are certainly winnable. Are they a cup favorite, nobody is in January. To say there is no hope is sinply wrong. There’s a team with a chance and when u got that u play to win now not in 4 years

  31. Thats the kind of talk, when you know we have a top 5 team, that makes you feel helpless no matter how good you do. Noone can say that and be correct. The way you just put it, is correct.

    Theres different kind of people and theres people that think you have to be stacked to win (like the people who look at a 12 game sch. for a team and see 2 really good/top teams and say we can only go 10-2).

    Even tough MIN and CHI have been way ahead during the 1st 40 games, its ANA that has gone from 6 to 14 (well 12, MIN got a lucky bounce/like the one against us, ANA should have won that game) in the last 10 games. ANA (and so does VAN/CAL/LA) has an easier sch. being in that division and prob. gets the 1 seed due to that, which means they be in the 1/5 seed. STL/VAN/CAL/WIN/LA in the 4/5 seed.

  32. Presidents trophy has been handed out 28 times. The “best” regular season team is then 8 for 28 in winning the cup.

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