Sens Snap Blackhawks Streak

The Blackhawks came into Tuesday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators having won six of their last seven games. Chicago hadn’t allowed a power play goal in any of those seven games.

Ottawa didn’t care about any of those streaks. The visitors came out of the gates firing and got on the board first when Bobby Ryan beat Scott Darling at 4:30 into the first.

Marc Methot was kind enough to trip Jordin Tootoo at 10:14, and the Hawks took advantage 63 seconds into the power play. Artemi Panarin, who continues to be as hot as any scorer in the entire NHL, unloaded a one-timer for his 15th of the season.

The primary assist on the play went to Brent Seabrook, the 300th of his career.

Chicago was out-shot 15-9 in the first, but the period ended with the score tied at one.

Unfortunately, when the second period began the Blackhawks announced somewhat surprisingly that Marian Hossa would not return to the game. Hossa took five shifts and skated only 2:53 with his last shift ending with 5:21 remaining in the period.

Ottawa came out of the room and took it to the Blackhawks again in the second period.

Jonathan Toews went to the box 5:30 into the second and, though his teammates were able to kill the penalty, Derick Brassard scored his seventh of the season one second after Toews returned to give the Sens a lead.

Ten second later, Tom Pyatt scored his fourth of the year and the Senators had successfully blitzed the Hawks into a two-goal deficit.

With Hossa out of the lineup and Artem Anisimov missing his second straight game, coach Joel Quenneville turned on the line blender and got some success 12 minutes into the middle frame. Ryan Hartman joined Vinnie Hinostoza and Tyler Motte and the three combined on a tremendous rush – and Motte finally got back on the board.

The assist was Hinostroza’s fourth point in his last three games. He had four points in the first 23 games of the season before catching fire lately.

Motte’s fourth of the season got the Hawks back to within one, and he led the Blackhawks with three hits through two periods. But a power play goal off the leg of Dion Phaneuf less than three minutes later pushed Ottawa’s lead back to two.

Ottawa held a 26-15 shot advantage through 40 minutes.

Trailing by two and without two top-six forwards the Blackhawks were going to shorten their rotation in the third. But Ottawa did them a favor early.

The Sens were going to be short-handed but the Hawks were able to get a sixth skater on the ice. Chicago enjoyed a long 6-on-5 advantage without Ottawa able to gain control, and were able to cut into the lead when a shot by Patrick Kane broke his stick and sent the puck to an open Richard Panik.

Panik’s ninth of the season cut the lead to 4-3 only 103 seconds into the third.

When Hartman went to the box late in the third with the Hawks still chasing one, Marcus Kruger got a short-handed breakaway and was taken down by Phaneuf. Kruger was awarded his first career penalty shot, but was denied.

Later on the PK, Quenneville sent Kane and Panarin out for a short-handed shift each and the Hawks were able to successfully kill of the Sens advantage. Darling went to the bench for the extra attacker with two minutes left in regulation. The Hawks were able to move the puck and had a couple good looks but weren’t able to score a tying marker, and the win streak ended at five games.

Kruger led the Hawks with three blocked shots and won 10 of 16 faceoffs. Jonathan Toews won 11 of 19 faceoffs but continues to be snakebit in the goal scoring area.

The Blackhawks are off until hosting Colorado on Friday night.

8 thoughts on “Sens Snap Blackhawks Streak

  1. Are guys are really focused. The same thing happened after the long road trip. We knew the first game back home after long road trip is always tuff to win. I think our guys focused so much on that we did ok in that one and then the real first game back after long road trip was the second game back. Where we didn’t play good in first.

    Same thing here, this was suppose to be what the SAJ game was going to be like but our guys focused to have as much energy as we could to gut/use smarts that win out back to back/however many games in days. Instead this second game after was the game that was tuff to win or tie.

    Most important thing from this game, is we just went 5-0-1 and it always happens at some point after going streaking. We didn’t let the other team just beat us 5-2 because they played really good in first 10min. They had to get lucky that that (hard?) pass from Kaner to Tazer stick/skate got stuck on his skate, that’s a tapin goal/open net.

    That Hoss and Arty to good to go after holiday days off between games (comes at a good time). The really eciting thing is we saw Tazer start to get his legs again with those speed burts. Seeing that give chills.

  2. Even though the Hawks could not overcome a couple 2 goal deficits, it almost happened. Team effort looked less focused than in recent games given some seemingly unnecessary penalties taken. The 2nd period found the Hawks flat for a stretch and bang 2 pucks are in the net. While the hawks were badly out shot in the first half of the game they should have 2 goals in the 1st minute from Toews and Panik.

    Toews knows he should have had 2 goals easy last night, but as Mo suggested the Cpt looked strong on his skates most of the game. There was power back in his stride. The goals will come, but clearly close to the mid season mark Toews has had a disappointing start to the season by his standards. Considering the slow start from 19 it is incredible the Hawks record is as good as it is. Kudos to the kids for picking it up.

    Speaking of the young fellers on this team, Motte really had it going last night imo. Finished checks and really worked his ass off. Hinostroza speed and moves turning some opposing d men into pretzels. It is all about confidence. Hartman too. Even Forsling plastered a Sen in the crease during a scramble in a rare show of physicality.

    Panarin continues to make incredible plays with really slick moves. He and Kane are so elusive and tricky with the puck. I don’t have the stat, but does Panarin have 8 or more rocket 1 timer goals from the left circle?

    Didn’t see what happened to Hoss at the game last night. Let’s hope he and Anisimov are ready for the Jets next week seeing as there is a slight break in the schedule after Friday’s Av’s tilt.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  3. Very Happy to see Crow coming Back in the net …Of course Darling made a good job but he is not Craw ….just hope..Craw will be ready …he will probably need 1-2 games …Go Hawks Go

  4. Hossa at 37 can use some breaks this year-IMO. His renewed power and scoring touch is needed in April, May and June. (I though he looked different against the Sharks as well)
    Would love to see Anisimov, but best he is healthy. Hopefully the early points will allow for some rest, planned or otherwise as the year goes on.

  5. Agreed about letting guys get healed and rested before coming back. This is the right time of the year to have that happen. Hawks201o you are right about Crow. Darling did a fine job but he ain’t Corey.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  6. Broker- Just for the Record- I predicted that Trump had ZERO chance of winning election!!! so there’s another miss

    Darling does need a rest- Sens missed on few wide open nets- w/ Darling out of position… but most of goals last nite on him were “puck luck” bounces…

    Seabs- really caught skating in concrete a couple times

    Panik- looked good
    Toews- did skate/quicker more energy… still no results… but trend is good

  7. Wall, I agree Panik was pretty good last night. Didn’t he ring 2 off the iron? The guy is noticeable and more effective when he is willing to play the body with some gusto. When he does not, he is ordinary and appears to float at times. Notice when he is braced for contact or prepared to dish it out, guys really bounce off him. He would be a real load if he would just play that way consistently. He is also hard to move in front of the net too when he is willing to plant himself there.

    Lets Go Hawks!

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