Teuvo Teravainen, Blackhawks Top Panthers

Teuvo Teravainen got the party started in his return to the NHL lineup, and the Blackhawks handled their business in regulation against the Panthers on Thursday night.

Teravainen scored his third goal in the NHL on his first shift in the game, a strong shift that featured big hits by Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell. That line was active all night, with Shaw and Bickell playing as consistently physical as they have the entire regular season. Shaw finished the game with eight hits.

The Hawks allowed only four shots to reach Corey Crawford in the first period.

In the second period, Brandon Saad scored his 19th goal of the season to tie his career high. Chicago dominated most of the second period, but a late flurry from the Panthers at least put a few shots in the box score for the hosts. Jimmy Hayes exchanged pleasantries with Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews at one point, but nothing came of it.

Late in the third, Marian Hossa gave up a shot at an empty net and let Toews score his 19th of the season to put the game away. Toews had a dominant performance, winning 21 of 28 at the dot and tying Seabrook with a team-high four shots on net. Hossa had two assists, and Saad added an assist to his goal in a two-point evening as well.

Crawford stopped all 20 he faced for the shutout. He was good when he needed to be, and the defensive effort in front of him was much improved.

Speaking of defensemen, Tim Erixon made his semi-annual appearance on the ice and skated 12:19 in a likely showcase for a potential trade. David Rundblad was credited with a team-high five blocked shots and picked up an assist and two hits in 14:19 while Michal Rozsival watched from the press box. Kyle Cumiskey stopped the best chance Florida had to score a goal in the game, blocking a shot in front of an open net. He blocked three total in 18:14 in the victory.

During the game, Hawks GM Stan Bowman met with the media to discuss the upcoming trade deadline. He told the media a few intriguing nuggets, including:

“I think I’ve talked to almost every team in the last couple of days.”

And:

“We’re getting pretty close. But until it’s done, it’s not done.”

The Blackhawks have reportedly upped their efforts to get Antoine Vermette from Arizona.

35 thoughts on “Teuvo Teravainen, Blackhawks Top Panthers

  1. Solid effort from everyone tonight. Shaw with 8 hits (please keep him on the wing). TT with a nice look off goal. CC good when he had to be. Hossa with a smart and classy play on Toews’ empty netter. Cumiskey with a goal saving play. Rozsival in the press box. Yep … a good game.

    (purposely didn’t mention the “you know what” – trying to keep it all positive)

  2. Got to admit I was kind of worried about this one, going into their rink and all that, especially after that last game and them seeking some payback. Pretty sparse in the seats…not good if thats what they get for a big draw team like the Blackhawks,,,has to even worse when its the Coyotes, Columbus or anything like that. We played a great game all around and very relieving to see Crawford get the shutout. Stans comments are very interesting indeed and we shall see what becomes of it all. I’m not one to engage in speculation all that much about how they run the team or who to acquire …the powers in place will do what they feel is necessary and it certainly looks like something will happen. Interesting time of the year for us and with Kane out more so than ever.

  3. A step in the right direction. Very nice to see a 200′ game played by the Visitors. Players often took a hit to make the smart hockey play. Very few turnovers at the offensive blue line. Pretty aggressive forecheck. Strong compete and win % at the face-off dot. Face-off wins on the PP are going to be a MUST moving forward; it will be that much harder to gain zone possession without #88 on the ice (see 2nd period PP as example). And, no STUPID penalties.
    Go Blackhawks.

  4. Tremendous energy by the Hawks tonight.

    I actually thought Rundblad was more assertive paired with his buddy Erixon, which is human nature. He wants Erixon to succeed so he plays quicker and harder than when he was paired with Keith, when he seemed to be trying not to make a mistake.

    Very impressed by Cumiskey tonight. Plays the game very fast.

    Reading into stan bowmans comments about being close to a trade. He also said it might be a deal that is not to try to replace Kane but strengthening other areas (translation defense and a top 4 defenseman).

    The Jagr and Winnik prices were ridiculous for rentals.

    I hope the hawks make a hockey trade for a defenseman. Do all the salary cap stuff leading up the draft when nothing is knee jerk.

    Keep the first round pick and 2 second rounders in 2015.

  5. A win is a win, but shivers go down my back that the Chicago Blackhawks actually dressed Runblad, Erixon and Cumiesky on the same night. God we need some serious blueline help. That threesome plus Rosival is just insanely weak and troubling.

  6. I am still in the minority- I think we are ok D wise (and TvR comes back)… see how much better the D look – when the forwards are forechecking and the 3rd/4th lines are actually playing in the O zone (yes, it was only Florida)…

    I still go after Forward/or crasher/net guy…. But Like someone said- NO 1st/2nd picks… BUT nothing SB does will matter… unless these guys bring it as a team… ALL Game… and TT pots about 15 points to end season,,, And Q skates TT on PP and Moves 81 on PP to the circles as a shooter – instead of neutered on the goal line– awful !!!

  7. …and that’s exactly where Rozsival needs to stay. In the press box. Terrific effort tonight by everyone! Great, high-energy game.

  8. The Hawks played great tonight. Shaw was all over the place hitting everything. Toews seemed to win every single faceoff (I haven’t checked the stats). The D played great, CC played great. All the lines played well except the 2nd line 10-91-23 not much there but the rest of the cast had jump…..great to see. Also happy to see CC get the shutout.

  9. Kuc has said the Hawks may be interested in a Camalleri or Skinner type. I’ll pass on Camalleri. Skinner, the contract scares me when it comes to resigning Saad and keeping other players. Skinner for Sharp I would do though.

  10. As Tab said Hawks did what is expected, but game a lot closer than the score. Crow played well a ye ole Bobby Lou for Florida played great and kept them in it. Shaw and Bick played great they must play like that every night not just once in awhile and Teuvo will fit in nicely and was in the right spot DOWN LOW to redeem the hard work of line mates. Teuvo is good inside the dots but his size might be a challenge but put him on a physical line and let him float and he is dangerous and always makes a good decesion. One note on Shaw, when ya watch someone finish a check it is better to be in control as he was in last night for the first time EVER, easier to disrupt the passer and make the passer turn their heads or look down, it is not important to leave your feet, crush the guy or miss him all together. You want to be able to hit, disrupt, pressure and get back in the play . .ie control, it really is a very big deal. ONE BRIGHT SPOT was the positioning of Keith on the Saad goal, as i have said a lot for years, having our D-men skate the puck in or go in wide or skate and dump is useless, BUT when our D MEN fill the passing lanes and get to the front of the net like on Saad goal, that is what i am talking about, need to do that a lot, use D men to put apply pressure make the opponents collapses the D and that left Saad open for a sort of weak goal but a goal only because of Keith. Good Game still don’t look strong or confident and still hold the puck a bit long for my style of play. Go Hawks!

  11. Sad but effective to keep Rozsival off the ice tonight , even our semi-talented plug-ins did better. HAWKS GOTTA TRADE or GET a Solid Defensemen that could and would change everything as long as we don’t lose a Sharp type player in the mix. Hawks are not in position to lose a goal scorer now, sign a rental and deal with contracts next year. Saad will be resigned for sure . . . plenty of guys to move, not popular moves but gotta move. Hossa has a pretty big contract.

  12. I am day dreaming about if the Hawks can get Ryan O’Reilly of Colorado. Love this kid and has the skills and physical play we still need. Otherwise James Wisniewski of Columbus is a great fit on Defense. I thinking of keepers not renters here . . . both to me are big time impact players but at a price.

  13. Posting at 11:32pm was not me…as Tab states ” sadly there are losers who troll our website for shits and giggles”. Key word “loser”.

  14. I used to like him but Jimmy Hayes was being a big dumb jock who simply cannot hold his composure around other professionals. It is clear that the Hayes Bros. would just never fit in with the Hawks.

    However I have found some new respect for Luongo lately. He actually did well against such a barrage. Do you remember when folks used to call him the most sensitive man in Hockey? What a weenie.

    And while Cro did well when needed, REALLY well, he was not really put to the test, not like Luongo was.

  15. Nice to see the team finally awaking from their post-new years slumber. They need take the next handful of games, keep it simple, rack up some confidence building wins and then, hopefully, curb-stomp someone. Would love to see them put an effective end to San Jose’s season on March 14.

    If I were betting, I would put money on SB trading for a forward (all signs pointing to Vermette) and then bringing up Palliota after his college season ends, and a return of TVR after his conditioning assignment. The D corps then is some combination of 2-4-7-57-Palliota and then one of 5,27,26,32 filling in the 6th spot. That is a TON of pressure to put on a couple young D men but at some point we are going to need to see what we have in these guys. Low risk/high reward move in my opinion. With Kane out, expectations are low anyway.

  16. Probably the best 60 mins. Quietly 3 straight solid road games. Prior to the game the off ice noise was very loud. It was nice to see guys perform during adversity. Wondering if Sharps off ice districtations are leading to his demotion? The Hawks aren’t letting a lot of this noise out despite people digging. Lets hope the on ice play continues at this level.

  17. Bowman owes it to the fans to make a deal that gives up some future for some present. I was happy to hear that he is working hard to find the right deal. I remain hopeful that Kane will come back in time just like Bolland did against Vancouver that turned that series around. Go Hawks.

  18. Very workmanlike effort at both ends of the ice. That’s how a team is supposed to play a road game. What a difference it makes when players finish checks and work extra hard to win puck battles. I was so pleased to see not only TT get in good position to score the first goal, but to see Shaw crashing the boards and feed a beautiful pass to Teuvo. Speaking of TT,the kid busted his ass to get back on defense throughout the game. This is a good spot for 86 to grow his game while Kaner heals up. My God, has Bickell woke up? The guy is playing the body well the past few games. Let’s see if he and the other guys can keep that up. The TT line looked good last night and 4th line did much better. We need to see 3 and 4 lines on the score sheet more frequently. Fla looked over matched last night and they really need points to get into the wild card.

    I’m down in Tampa to watch the game tonight. Bolts fans are pretty passionate, but I laughed when a guy told me there will be few Hawks fans here tonight, because Lightning fans don’t sell their tickets. Wanted to bet him there would be a sizable Hawks fan contingent, but I just chuckled and said we will see. Hope the boys bring their A game tonight. I seem to recall the Bolts usually beat us in Tampa, but I will do my best to root for the good guys and send the locals home disappointed.

    Let’s see if Bowman can do some positive horse trading.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  19. The boys came to play last night. 42 & 26 sure have some wheels. The D looked much quicker exiting the zone with 32 plastered to the bench. Should be interesting tonight as Tampa leads NHL in scoring. Sounds like Stan will make a deal. Please Stan do not trade for Glencross. He is nothing more than a plodding 4rth liner. As somebody else said do not give up 1st or 2nd rounds picks.

  20. Ernie- agreed- Skinner yes… Cam no!!! and I would be OK w/ 10 for Skinner

    But what is more interesting is the implications of going after a Skinner type…

    1.) skinner wouldn’t be rental- but keeper
    2.) to get skinner- Canes would probably want a Roster player + prospect/or pick
    which leads me to believe,,, 29 or 50 or 10 or outside chance 65…
    3.) And SB will still have to move one of the above this summer (assuming they keep Skinner)– so basically- 2 of 29/50/10/65 will be gone by next year

    If I am SB I make that move for Skinner (assuming SB keeps 1st/2nd round pick)
    Skinner is 22 AND he is a Shooter… as I have cited before… SB has a pool of passer/prospects… but where/who are the shooters (to replace the old guys 10,81)…
    Skinner would be a 22 yr. old version of 10 at same cap hit- moving into future!!!

    Only question-what are Canes wanting… If Crow went now… it would have the least effect on teams chances for a cup- IMO!!!

    I believe Cam Ward has one year left on his contract?
    Anyone know if Canes have any Buyouts left- if they get 29 or 10 ???

  21. I did not see the game last night, so I’m asking for the opinion of those that did. The fact that 32 sat & the young D guys played, did it make a big difference?

    I’m thinking because Q couldn’t play 2 4 & 7 the whole game & had to play the young guys they were more relaxed & able to play their game?

  22. @ Hawks1961

    I’m with you on Glencross he isnt a difference maker at all, if its Sharp for Skinner I am all for that! Skinner is a legit top 6 talent. I’d also be okay with Camillari depending on the price. However, neither of those guys address the blueline which is the biggest concern.

    If the noise is correct on Sharp its sad to assume that his ticket will be “punched” out of town because of off ice digressions. However Sharp for Skinner would be a nice move.

  23. Keith played for nearly half the game (27 minutes) yesterday. Erixon, Runblad and Cumiskey played ok, although that might be more due to how bad the Panthers are. Based on what we’ve seen, none of them are the answer to our defensive woes regardless of how many more reps they get. Runblad has had plenty of opportunities to make the leap and is just a back-end D man at best. Cumiskey has some offensive upside but gets roughed around in his own end.

    Still intrigued by Tab’s comment about Paliotta making the jump after his season ends at VT. With TVR back and Paliotta coming up, probably makes 5, 26 and 34 redundant. Remains to be seen if TVR can return to form and if Paliotta can make the leap.

  24. Cam Ward does have 1 year left on his deal after this year. As for compliance buyouts, The last year to use a compliance was last summer. That was the big thing with L.A when they chose to roll the dice with Mike Richards rather than use a buyout. Now they can’t use a compliance buyout. They can still use a regular buyout, but there is cap ramifications still. Don’t know the extent of those ramifications however. CAPGEEK!!!

  25. Joey-What I thought was interesting was Q played Erixon and Rundblad together for portions of the game. I’m still hopeful for Rundblad. Erixon, you could tell was rusty. So it’s really tough to gauge a young fringe player that hasnt played in 6 weeks. That is the reason I’m not overly optimistic of TvR coming back with the Hawks this year.

  26. The Skinner rumor is interesting (not so much Camalleri) – perhaps Carolina wants to tank in the stretch for the McDavid/Eichel derby. I agree that a solid d-man should be the top priority but we also need to find out if any of the young guys can play by giving them some minutes like last night. A solid d-man will likely cost us one of our 2nd round picks plus a prospect.

  27. Pete, Kaners coming back. That’s why we need the extra help now, then when Kaner is back hes a huge boost and the guys we add at the deadline are bonus. Reminds me of when Soupy came back after he broke his collar bone.

  28. If we need a good Defenseman (in addition to the FW) just do it. Who cares if a 2nd, maybe they would trade for a ’16 pick.

  29. I am looking into the playoffs and currently having trouble seeing the Hawks get past the second round. I am not seeing enough scoring from 3rd and 4th lines compared to the other two Hawk Cup teams. Hossa is providing a wonderful example for others to follow. Think SB’s little closed door discussion after the Bruin game and Q’s ensuing hard practice had some effect. But a major problem is still their inability to play with pace in the 3rd period against the bigger physical teams. A more threatening 3rd and 4th lines would prevent those teams from concentrating on the top six and punishing the Dmen, as well. But I think they can do well without Kane; they have that much talent.

  30. Although I like Skinner, ever since Junior—he has had a couple of concussions and he is small-so there is risk-
    a lot of teams want Vermette so it will take a first round pick-do you want to give that up?

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