Talbot, Oilers Hang On In Chicago

Across the NHL, teams have come back flat from their week off.

That wasn’t the case in Chicago on Saturday night, but the Edmonton Oilers still captured two points against the well-rested Hawks.

The Blackhawks came out firing in the first period of Connor McDavid’s United Center debut, but weren’t able to beat Cam Talbot. Chicago held a 12-4 shot advantage through 20 minutes and Jonathan Toews hasn’t lost a faceoff in eight attempts.

Two big hits on Tanner Kero and a fight highlighted the second period. The first time Kero got absolutely hammered was by Eric Gryba three minutes into the second. Ryan Hartman chased him down to stand up for his teammate. The two dropped the gloves and, despite having significant disadvantages in both height and weight, Hartman held his own.

Hartman was given an extra two minutes (instigator) and a ten minute misconduct for the fight, and Edmonton made the Hawks pay… sort of. Matthew Benning shot a puck at the front of the net and it was kicked past Corey Crawford by Trevor van Riemsdyk to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Without Hartman for 17 minutes the Blackhawks still out-shot the Oilers 16-9 in the second period. Again, Talbot was magnificent for 20 minutes. Edmonton carried the action more than the shot totals would indicate, however, and they carried that into the third.

Edmonton controlled the action early in the third and Milan Lucic extended the lead to 2-0 at 9:50 into the final period.

Five minutes after the Lucic goal, Richard Panik picked up where he left off a week ago.

Panik and Toews executed a perfect give-and-go and Panik beat Talbot to get Chicago on the board with 4:47 left in regulation.

The assist on Panik’s goal was the 600th regular season point in the career of Chicago’s captain.

Edmonton took their timeout with 2:10 left in regulation and the Blackhawks countered by pulling Crawford. Chicago’s netminder had a much better night than 19 saves would indicate; he robbed Connor McDavid a couple times and had a handful of exceptional saves to keep the game close.

Chicago burned their timeout with 42 seconds left in regulation after an extended shift with the Hawks’ top group on the ice.

Unfortunately, Crawford wasn’t on the ice to rob McDavid with 27 seconds left, and the Oilers’ young superstar scored into the empty net to put the game away.

Credit has to be given to Talbot for the win; he stopped 38 of 39 earn the win.

Toews won 19 of 24 at the dot with four shots on net, one blocked shot, one hit and one takeaway. van Riemsdyk and Michal Kempny led the Hawks with two blocked shots each, while Duncan Keith led Chicago with six shots on net. Brent Seabrook had a team-high four hits.

18 thoughts on “Talbot, Oilers Hang On In Chicago

  1. Refs have been consistent in last 13 of 16 games. Dominated first 2 period, no late hit penalty, so that gives an extra bullshit instigator, then 10 min game misconduct to disrupt a pounding 5on5 play.

    We will not have a legitimate shot at 1 seed with getting these kind of breaks. Not blaming refs for any lose or tie but the first 2 games of the 82 games and that recent one against MIN just gives them to much lee away to work with.

    I didn’t think it could even out but it has and now more. We now have less pts then we should based on play (including first 20 games).

    Signs of pounding 5 on 5 team game stretches is what matters.

  2. When a goaler is hot ….fudge …what ever you do doesnt go in …Talbot and Craw where really good …Toews 19 on 24 …oufff thats really The Captain we all know lately ..back on his game and Focus

  3. Not easy to post when pissed.

    Nothing against 72. Thats another game where it good for salary cap that Bread Man didnt get a load of goals/pts. A few more games like that and were in the clear. That has worked out well and then he can strike fireworks down the stretch to warmed up for playoffs.

  4. I agree with you Demo, that’s a loss I can take. Played very well for most of the 60 minutes and more times than not they pick up 2 points with that kind of effort.

  5. Talbot >>> Crawford
    Talbot made big saves… Crawford wasn’t lucky on the first goal but the second one was a very bad goal… he cost minimum one point!
    Kruger + Crawford are together a 9M$ salary dumping!
    KEEP DARLING and trade Crawford and Kruger ….

  6. Say what you want about Crawford. He is solely responsible for about 16 to 20 of the points the Hawks have. There is no other player on the team that can match.

  7. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the opposing goalie. Talbot deserved the win. Lucic had way too much time to line up his shot on the second goal. I like the first 3 lines but the fourth line not so much. Desi must have reminded Q about his collection of pictures.

  8. Hawks played well and outplayed the Oilers for most of the game and both oilers goals were weak ass goals. Hawks need more shots on the power play and Kane missed the net on every shot attempt last night. No worries let’s put in that same effort against Buffalo for the win. Glad Kero is ok he took two huge hits last night

  9. Good-

    1st line continues to play/possession game better… especially 19/8

    Overall- team game continues to improve

    With 1st line looking decent– perhaps SB will make a “low-cost” rental deal add like Hanzel/or Boyle… which would really help the 3rd line- Hossa (who is kinda being wasted there ).

    Bad-

    Crow’s 2nd goal

    Kero- getting lit up bad twice… wouldn’t be surprised if he sits out today

    Kruger- missing several chances/shots

  10. Talbot was good. But he was beaten only to be saved by the post 2 or 3 times. Not often you see a chart that lopsided and still lose. Fluke first goal, then a weak 5 hole goal allowed.

  11. Ernie- well if cost is too much… that is more reason of not buying at TDL… is a Hanzal/Boyle guy going to put Hawks over the top- imo- No!
    and Why I suggested here- to sell at TDL (high market values)– cuz it is likely Hawks going to have to lose a contract worth at least $3M or more this summer… (when market will be less favorable for sellers)…

    What is your “Cost” estimate of a Hanzal type player???

  12. re: cost for Hanzal – 1-2 good prospects, 1-2 high picks (nothing lower than a 2nd). For the Hawks, it would likely take one of the NHL roster kids + Pokka + a first. Which is why I don’t see Hanzal happening.

  13. I don’t understand why you have to be either a buyer or a seller. Can sell in June. ..after you know what happens with Vegas.

  14. Tab-I am a little confused… is it 1-2 prospects or 1-2 high picks??? which is different (to me -than NHL roster + Pokka + pick) …. if that is the cost for a Hanzal… SB is better off sitting on his hands… if it’s your first statement Pokka + Motte… is doable.

    Ernie- SB doesn’t have to do either… but I am suggesting he do a TDL were he has more leverage on sell side…

    Ex.) Kero has impressed me with his play and has more Offense than Kruger…
    Tab- does Kruger have more value at TDL than Hanzal??? What could SB fleece another GM for at TDL??? This would give Hawks a great return in Picks/prospects for next year + Cap space for a higher prized Rental (if SB even wants to go there) + even more Cap room/flexibility going into Summer.

    I love Kruger- but how much drop in play would be seen from Kero replacing him??? and can Hawks afford his deal going forward?

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