Seabrook, Blackhawks Blow Away Red Wings

The Hawks and Red Wings played a close, up-and-down game until a couple uncharacteristically dumb plays cost Detroit dearly.

Only 2:23 into the game, Brent Seabrook started a big night with a missile to put Chicago on the board. He had all day to skate in and unload; even though he had a good look at the shot, Petr Mrazek couldn’t catch up with the heater.

The rest of the first period was incredibly close, however. Both goaltenders made eight saves in the opening 20 minutes, with the difference being the one shot that got past Mrazek.

Each team had to kill part of a penalty early in the second period as Andrew Shaw went off for hooking but Dylan Larkin did the Hawks the favor of killing the final 70 seconds when he hooked Jonathan Toews. Each team had a few good chances, with Corey Crawford playing exceptionally well in the first half of the game.

Ten minutes into the second period, Jonathan Ericsson boarded Andrew Desjardins – an incredibly dangerous play – and would have somehow escaped having a penalty called… except he received a roughing minor when Desjardins got up, chased him down and threw a few punches. Desjardins received a double-minor on the play and went straight to the dressing room for most of the remainder of the period. Chicago killed the Detroit power play again.

At 13:22, well behind the play, Henrik Zetterberg celebrated his 900th career regular season game with a terrible penalty, tripping Andrew Ladd. Only 47 seconds later, Niklas Kronwall joined his captain in the penalty box when he hooked Patrick Kane.

With a 5-on-3 opportunity, the Hawks made Detroit pay dearly.

Only 25 seconds after Kronwall went to the box, Kane threw a gorgeous pass across the crease to a wide open Artemi Panarin and his one-timer was true.

The Hawks remained on the power play, and 84 seconds after Panarin’s goal the Hawks added to their lead. Detroit desperately got the puck out of the zone, but only as far as center ice. Instead of getting off for a change, a tired Justin Abdelkader went for a big hit on Seabrook; the Hawks veteran defenseman was able to advance the puck up the ice to Kane, who made the score 3-0 in favor of the visitors.

Seabrook picked up an assist on both power play goals, giving him three points through two periods.

Crawford faced a fee flurries from the Red Wings in the second period and faced 24 total shots in the opening 40 minutes, but did not allow one to get past him. Mrazek was on the hook for all three of the Hawks’ goals against 22 shots through 2 periods.

Kane went to the box for slashing and an old friend ended Crawford’s shutout bid. Brad Richards got a clean shot off from the point with Luke Glendening providing a good screen and the Wings were within 3-1.

Just a few moments after the Richards goal, the Wings had another good chance but Dennis Rasmussen made a great play to come back and take the puck away. Rasmussen had a strong night in limited action as the fourth line center.

Andrew Ladd picked up his first goal in his return to the Blackhawks 14 minutes into the third, making the lead three once again. Mrazek made a couple incredible saves but couldn’t control a rebound and Ladd was able to put a third shot in.

Chicago wasn’t done, however. Panarin, in front of a nationally televised audience against anothe Calder Trophy front-runner in Dylan Larkin, scored his second goal of the night and 35 seconds later. The goal, Panarin’s 24th of the season, came off another beautiful cross-ice pass from Kane.

With the assist on Panarin’s second goal, Kane tied his career high of 88 points. Jamie Benn led the league last year with 87 points in a full season. There are 17 games left in the regular season.

Detroit added a too little, too late goal to cut the lead to 5-2, but that was it for the scoring on the night.

Seabrook, who wasn’t named to Canada’s preliminary roster for the World Cup of Hockey, had the second four-point night of his career. Good job, good effort, Canada. UPDATE: Seabrook’s assist on Ladd’s goal was given to Toews after the game, making it a three-point night for Seabrook.

Christian Ehrhoff made his Blackhawks debut and looked comfortable throughout. He saw power play time in his first game with the Hawks. He led the Hawks with six attempted shots (four on net, two missing) in more than 16 minutes of ice time.

Crawford finished with 31 saves against 33 shots.

The Hawks are back on the ice in Boston on Thursday night and might have Dale Weise in the lineup.

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53 thoughts on “Seabrook, Blackhawks Blow Away Red Wings

  1. The puck was bouncing our way that’s for sure and certainly not for Detroit. When it did go their way, their offensive juggernaught was stopped stone cold by Crawford. The whole team looks totally reenergized and has lots of confidence, speed and skill. No wonder the puck bounced our way!

    Panarin and Kane will go down in NHL history and lore. Seabrook is a monster player, overlooked and overcritized. 4 points for cripes sake!

  2. It is only one game, but the Hawks look like a completely different team than a week or so ago. A workmanlike effort with every line contributing defensively and offensively putting pressure on Detroit. So far so good. It will be fun seeing Weise added to the line-up hopefully tomorrow. Ehrhoff looked pretty good despite missing a couple shots on net. If the puck didn’t roll on him, he would have had a goal on that pass from Toews.

  3. Crawford has done a much better job this year controlling loose pucks in his crease. He made some big saves early in the game and in the second period before the Wings took their bad penalties. The Hawks did an excellent job of controlling the neutral zone. Nice back check by Rasmussen on Tatar. Gusty could be stronger on the puck but he sure is a quick, accurate passer. Can’t wait to get Hossa, Weise and Kruger all back.

  4. Good one Morrison. Everyone talks about this and that, $’s and cap, technical stats, who did what and so on but do not doubt for a minute the spiritual nature of the Chicago Blackhawks. It is very real and very historic. Only one other team in the NHL that has this and that’s Montreal. It is a powerful force with the team’s through the decades and the fans. Very special and very real.

  5. Also good news, the Foo Fighters aren’t breaking up! Lol

    That Ehrhoff trade might challenge the Ladd trade for best. Hawks clearly deadline winners. Someone give Stan a kiss for me!

  6. Hawks Win!

    Fun fact:
    In Stockholm, Sweden we have a business called the Crawford Center. They sell Crawford garage doors for homes. With two different models named Superior and Smart.

    Go Hawks!

  7. Tab/Mining Man, There are three things about Weise. 1. Is he there as a third or fourth line right wing or insurance for Hossa? I think he and the Captain know each other in the past? Second, why is a Canadian having visa problems? Third, how old is he? One site has him at 25 and another at 27.

  8. Toot’70- Weise was born Aug.5/88: Toews Apr.29/88 so he is 27 as is Toews. They are both from Winnipeg so it is highly likely they know each other simply by crossing paths as they grew up playing hockey in leagues around the city as youngters. Not sure if they are buddies. The consensus is that he will almost certainly be slotted in for either 3rd or 4th line right wing. Q could move his lines around quite considerably as that’s what he does, As for Visa issues, that involves lawyers, green cards to work in the states and paperwork. Playing for Montreal he worked in Canada not in the US…it’s something that can usually be fast tracked by the lawyers and the league, but bureaucrats can be sticky crossing every t and dotting every i…just the way it is.

  9. Really entertaining game with two teams that want to skate and play hockey instead of slogging up the game.

    First impression of #55 was he did OK. I like how he joined the rush and if the puck hadn’t bounced he probably would have scored on a beauty backhand feed from Tazer.

    The whole team played very well. Rasmussen with a good hustle backcheck that took a prime scoring chance away from the Detroit player. Good to see Ladd stay with it and put one in.

    Yeah, very enjoyable game.

  10. If Ehrhoff can give us some quality minutes that will be a huge bonus. Continue to be really impressed with the development of TVR. He seems like a veteran with his composure and steadiness on the ice, not a guy in his second year right out of college. Can’t wait to see how we look with Hossa, Weise and Krugs.

  11. I’m with Ernie. This Ehrhoff move might be the equivalent of the Desjardins deal last year. Under the radar, but he looks like he can play at the hawks pace.

    Eager to see Wiese and Fleishmann together. Pierre McGuire was talking up their chemistry together in Montreal and noted Stan acquired both.

    So far, so great.

  12. Hi Toot’07 Dale Weise is 27. Weise is a very hard working, great fore-checking, gritty third Line right wing, who is good at killing penalties and not afraid to drop the gloves. Hi likes to hit opposing players. He does not have the puck handling, passing skills to play first two lines. However this year he does have 14 goals, 12 assist, 26 points in 56 games for low scoring Montreal. Upgrade on Desjardins and Panik. I often use Hockey News Player Look to get information
    Click on player on roster to get more information on them,.

  13. Curious if anyone else has developed a distaste for Tracey Myers. I’ve never cared for her, but I’m beginning to question her more and more. The Desjardins Eriksson incident happened with 10 min left. She questions why Desjardins came back on the bench from the locker room with about 2 minutes left and wants to know why he didn’t just in the room until the 3rd.

    Been other instances where I question her as well.

  14. Wow such a great team effort, with everyone playing well. When the Hawks are making accurate tape to tape passes like that then no team is gong to beat them and they still Have Hossa, Weiss an Kruger to come.

    The WC rosters are only the initial 16 players and 23 will be the total team. I’m sure Seabrook will be there (still would like to see him in the first 16).

  15. Desjardins changed entire complexion of game going after sissy Ericsson. Fired up bench, refs knew they completely blew the call, and gave Hawks 5-3 “make up” thereafter. That’s a winning player who gets it.

  16. Lot of players working hard every shift because they want to keep dressing when we have our full roster. Should be fun the rest of the way.
    How does the World Cup North American team work, is it players that didn’t get picked for Canada and the US?

  17. Should have known Tab already explained this. From a September story:
    “Team North America will be made up of the top players who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016 from Canada and the United States. In the roster rules for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, players who meet these criteria will be available for selection exclusively by Team North America, and not the rosters of their respective countries. Chiarelli and Bowman will select the players, coaches and support staff.”
    This is the best sight for all things hockey!!

  18. Yeah, the 4th line I thought had a great game last night and appeared to be on the ice a lot. Particularly 70 and 14. Is it possible to have panik play left on the 4th line and sit mashinter when desjardins gets dropped down to that line? Don’t mind having moose in until kruger gets back if he continues to play like that.

  19. I wonder if Q might put Weise and 12 on a third line with TT and reunite 11/65 and Kruger on the fourth line when Kruger and Hossa are back.

  20. Good game, good article! I would like to add that I thought it looked like Kane was taking some pointers from Panarin last night. The way Kane was skating and handling the puck in one or two occasions really looked like he was mimicking some of Panarin’s greatest plays this season.

  21. I was really happy to see Ladd get the goal last night. Not just because it stemmed any momentum the Wings may have gotten from scoring their first goal, but also because it should give his confidence a boost and ease any anxiousness he’s had coming back to the Hawks and wanting to live up to being the big TDL acquisition. It seemed to me that he wasn’t playing with the ease of a veteran player – he toe picked yesterday when he had a chance to go in on a scoring chance and he fell a couple other times in his first 2 games. It’s easy to assume a veteran player who’s been there and done that would be supremely confident and not need to try too hard, but they’re not automatons and confidence is a fragile thing. So good for Laddie for putting that one in the net and especially they way he did it having to work for it. Hopefully that settles him down and he can just be him, which is all we need him to be. Can’t wait to see that lines plays out when Hossa comes back.

  22. “I wonder if Q might put Weise and 12 on a third line with TT and reunite 11/65 and Kruger on the fourth line when Kruger and Hossa are back.”

    Hawks1961, I think that might be the playoffs plan:

    16-19-81
    72-15-88
    12-86-25
    65-22-11 (70)

  23. Hawks1961, having Weise join Fleischmann and TT on the 3rd line is the plan, at least initially.

  24. Wow, that game was FAST! Everyone was exhausted after their shifts, taking gasping breathes and dumping water on their heads on the bench. Talking about earning your pay.

    Panarin locked up the Calder last night, leaps and bounds over Larkin. The Joe was like a morgue.

    Let’s go Hawks!

    Oh, and Panik made a couple great plays out there. I’m warming up to him each time I see him try to pace himself with the veteran Hawks.

  25. Wings looked tired and Hawks jumped all over it.
    Some weak penalties called both ways
    The only question remains as we sprint toward the Stanley Cup is
    how these forwards and bottom 2 lines will shape up?
    Not sure there is a “perfect fit” but we know Dale Weise is gonna
    Get minutes he’s a updated version of Shaw 1.0.

    Good news, Ehrhoff can still play, even with dragging TVR along for a rather impressive performance. He’s solid at the point on offense, dropped low to miss an
    empty net but played well our own end and played rather physical in defending CROW I counted about3 times as our usual d-men stand around. Like him a lot! Like a guy who can pin ya and drop ya.

    Ladd and Toews when HOSS joins will be very very very dangerous, you can see Shaw does not fit the current arrangement, just off a little, no cut on Shaw just chemistry. Hossa will be a sweet set up man. Look Out! Ladd is almost there, but his
    Skill set to play down low, in the blue and maintain position ( stay on skates and balanced) is a ART.

    This team is CROW stays on will be rather impossible to beat.

    See if Darling get beat tonight in Bean Town, I see it coming but wish him well!

    Go hawks

  26. Dezi Dez-not take any shit . . . He’s been playing great, steady and efficient on PK. Hawks could use some more of that, the playoffs will get more physical vs Hawks our weak spot! Ladd helps some and that top line with Hoss is the “Strongest line” in the NHL muscle-wise, and MASH-EATER should stick around just for the enforcement and size. He has been playing well . . .we got four lines that have no faults really?

    next stop CUP?

  27. Tab, I gotta know what you think about the cap
    a) do you honestly think it could go down next year…the Canadian dollar is really an albatross on the thing and…
    b) should I just replace Bickell’s name with Panarin for that $4 million payment annually beginning ’17-’18.

    Finally looking around at all of professional sports, I really can’t find a better cap manager who also gets that winning championships is important better than Stan. Look at the Cap payrolls for the Hawks for the next 3-4 years out and then see who is signed…it is crazy. Please also note Hammer’s 4.1 million salary for 3 more years. Ludicrous.

  28. I thought last year’s team was better than the previous two years, and it looks like the current team is even better.

    17 more games! Kaner only needs 127 more points to tie Gretzky’s record! :'(

  29. Did anyone notice the ass-wipe flipping off the Hawks after Seabrook’s goal?

    Typical Detroit Red Wings Fan!

    Detroit sucks, Detroit sucks!

    Can’t wait to see Hossa and Weise in the line-up!

    Go Hawks!

  30. Very encouraged by what I saw from Erhoff last night. Crow was awesome again. I know sometimes Crow gets caught in awkward situations when playing the puck, but I do believe he is handling the puck very well these days and last night his confidence seemed sky high. Congrats to Crow on the well deserved spot on Team Canada.

    Four highlight reel goals from Seebs, Kane and Panarin. Those one timers from Kaner to the Bread Man are so sweet and are becoming the trademark goal between these two special players. Is it just me or does anyone else notice how seldom any Hawk plays make these so called ‘Best of’ lists??

  31. Broker- Those lines of yours sure look solid, with 14 and 70 in reserve. On paper the Hawks look stronger this year than last heading into the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how the chemistry develops between TT and the Canadians. If it does not work out Q does have the option to do as Ernie suggests and put 65 on the 3rd line.

  32. Let me ask that question again for those who follow NHL Network

    RE:
    Four highlight reel goals from Seebs, Kane and Panarin. Those one timers from Kaner to the Bread Man are so sweet and are becoming the trademark goal between these two special players.

    Is it just me or does anyone else notice how seldom any Hawk plays make these so called ‘Best of’ lists on NHL Network?? Does the network have an East Coast bias?

  33. Barry- You are not alone in thinking NHL network has an east coast bias. One example is the fact that Crawford NEVER gets the credit he deserves.

  34. Hawk61- absolutely. You would think two cups would open some peoples eyes. I don’t get the adoration for goal tenders like Lundquist and Renne, who have never won anything beyond individual regular season awards.

  35. Hawks had some real jump last night for sure. Wings had no answers for the Anisimov line, but then again what team does? These guys are simply a joy to watch. I think Kane and Panarin just make it up as it happens. How do you defend that? I guess trying to keep them to the outside near the walls is the best you can do. Remember all those early season 1 timers from Panarin that didn’t go in, but were grade A chances? Now they are going in. Kane’s passes that find the tape come off such quick releases. Apart from Kane’s scoring touch he is a deadly passer.

    Hawks power play can get nasty with the new talent influx. Q and the coaches can just have some fun with various talented combos.

    Erhoff looked just fine. Pity the pass from Toews rolled a bit otherwise Ehroff tucks one in. He is an absolute upgrade from Scuds from a skating standpoint anyway.

    It occurred to me that Hawks now have both a bread man and a meat man.

    Competition to play the 3rd and 4th lines for the Hawks should be intense within the current group of forwards. Q should be able to roll 4 lines through every game into playoffs with confidence.

    Crow was huge in the 2nd when the Wings brought heavy pressure. Kept game in control for the Hawks yet again.

    Desi getting badly boarded sure seemed to fire up his team mates especially when he came back to pop Eriksson a few times. A brutal no call. Should have been a 5 minute major to Eriksson.

    Ladd scoring last will help his confidence. He will make a big difference as he gets re-acclimated with the team.

    Yes Barry B, I believe the NHL Network has an East conference bias.

    Beat the B’s and

    Lets Go Hawks!

  36. It’s not just NHL network with the East coast bias.

    Regarding the cap, I’ll be happy to share my thoughts. When the Toews and Kane contracts were signed it worried me about assuming the cap goes up. Tab countered with several reasons including a new tv deal a to why it’s going to go up. I still didnt like the idea of assuming (ass-u-me) but I didnt have a counter argument. I still think by the time these deals are halfway theyll look good, just like the 6.3 million contracts they signed.

    Without further adieu, The amount of hockey related revenue doesnt mean the cap will go down. There’s a thing called escrow. Currently I think its around 20%. This escrow money is set aside in case the amount of HRR doesnt equal the cap projection. If the NHL makes the projection then the players get that escrow money back. However, say the league makes 50% of its money from Canada. Canada’s dollar is 30% less (.75 to 1 usd, was below .70), that means the league is losing 15% of its revenue. If they fail to meet projections, the players have the option to invoke a 5% escalator. This will elevate the cap up to 5%. However, that means more money will be withheld on their paycheck. Players like Hjalmarsson and Keith (at 7.6 he’s probably underpaid) their contracts are set. They want less escrow. Players becoming UFA want a higher cap. and will probably sacrifice some escrow.

    Ultimately I think the cap will remain stagnant. I don’t think it will go down, but I do think the reason it wont go down is because the players will choose to invoke the escalator to keep it from going down. I think they’ll hope the dollar bounces back and see some of those escrow payments come back to them.

    Panarin will be more than 4, likely 6 it sounds like they’ll lock him up this summer. Shaw may be closer to 4 but likely in the 3’s if he’s able to be retained.

  37. I think the most optimistic guess would be that Panarin signs a 2 year bridge deal for around $4.5M, Shaw gets a bump up to $2.5M and Kruger gets a bump up to $2M.That would add about $3.5M to the current Cap (not including whatever Panarin’s bonus overage will be). Seabrook’s and Anisimov’s new deals will chew up another $2M, and now that we’re locked into having our portion of Scuderi’s retained cap hit that can’t be buried – there’s another $1M+ of unusable cap space. Bickell? Who knows what will happen there other than Stan can’t just ride it out and keep him buried next season because that would be another $3M of unusable cap space.

    Sheesh! Let’s just enjoy the remainder of this season and not think about the coming 2016 version of Hawks capocalypse.

  38. @ EB

    Panarin is locked up next season. I don’t touch his deal until he is out of contract. Its hard to say how he will be a year from now. The Hawks don’t have alot of RFA or UFA of consequence going into the offseason. Shaw is the biggest ticket guy assuming Ladd will explore free agency. Out side of those 2 guys the Hawks will have a very similar lineup next year if they chose. Funny how Ehroff looked like an NHL player where Scudari did not.

  39. Desi such a guy- really really like him as a player. Couldn’t believe that no call on the boarding. He was beside himself but, in the box I could see his teammates skating by and someone from the Hawks went to the penalty box to give him something (couldn’t tell what maybe his glove), and then tapped him on the leg in assurance. They killed the penalty and Kane and Panarin score on the PP later on. Panarin and Kane so smooth on the ice last night. The best revenge is a win! Great game!!!

  40. SSHM – Even though Panarin has another year left on his deal, SB has been quoted multiple times saying he wants to extend him this summer. I would agree with ER that a two year bridge at $4.5 per may work. Gotta believe that Panarin wants to stay – playing with Kane is going to get him a boatload of points he doesn’t get elsewhere. I think the Shaw and Krugs extensions will be interesting. If Shaw is looking for too much I think he gets traded since he has solid value. If Weise plays well and is cheaper than Shaw that may be another way to save a few bucks. That would be tough to deal with as I believe Shaw is a core guy, however the cap makes us do many things we don’t want to do. Krugs won’t have any leverage after being hurt so I would guess he gets a couple years at his current number ($1.5). Remember that Teuvo will need a new contract after next year as well. SB will once again be earning his salary as the ultimate cap master.

  41. Kruger hasn’t done enough this year to warrant more money. 1 assist in 33 games. Sorry. I know his role, but I can’t pay 2 million for that. I’ll package his rights with Bickell for a bag of pucks before I pay 2 million for a 4 c with 1 point.

    Regarding Scuderi. He could retire and his hit is off the books. He was signed prior to his age 35 season.

  42. Ernie, I like Shaw on the 3rd line with TT and Weise and you can slot 12 on the 4th line with 70 centering a combo of 11,12,14 depending on the size (11&14) or speed (12&14) of the team we are playing. Shaw could give TT some relief at the dot when he is up against a tough center also.

  43. The Red Wings short offensive thrust in the second period led by Zetterberg and Datzus showed a flash of the old Red Wings and how far they have fallen since the glory days. The king is dead, long live the king. The blackhawk reign has been a long time coming, but its here and now, no matter what happens this season. Kane for MVP, Bread man for Rookie of the Year, from the same team. How often has that happened, TB?

  44. Hawks1961, 65 can easily bump up to 3rd line, and move 12 down. I believe 12 was moving back and forth on Montreal…. I could be wrong

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