Toews, Blackhawks Dominate Coyotes

The Blackhawks took advantage of a bad Arizona team at the United Center on Tuesday night, hanging another big offensive performance on a struggling visitor.

Richard Panik returned to the lineup in place of injured Marian Hossa  and scored his sixth goal of the season at 5:16 into the first. He hasn’t played every night, but it’s easy to say now that the Hawks won the trade bringing him to Chicago in exchange for Jeremy Morin by a wide margin.

While successfully killing their second penalty of the opening period, Jonathan Toews played 12 strong seconds to eliminate a brief two-man advantage for the Coyotes and then exploded up the ice for a short-handed breakaway.

It was the fourth short-handed of the year for Chicago’s captain and the 250th regular season goal of his remarkable career (so far).

Both teams were credited with seven shots on net in the first period.

The wheels came flying off for Arizona in the second.

Chicago scored three power play goals – and Artemi Panarin had an assist on all three of them – as the Hawks sprinted to a five goal lead. Unfortunately, two of the goals came on a major penalty that saw Artem Animov head to the Hawks’ dressing room and Antoine Vermette head to the showers.

Anisimov was driven into the boards by Vermette while the Hawks’ forward was stopping. Vermette received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct, and the Blackhawks scored twice during the major penalty.

Patrick Kane, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Andrew Ladd were credited with the three power play goals for the Blackhawks in a second period that saw Chicago out-shoot Arizona 16-6.

Anisimov did not return for the third period.

In the third, Arizona scored twice and Andrew Desjardins added a sixth for the Hawks to drive the final score to 6-2.

Toews and Panarin each had a three-point night, and in the blowout coach Joel Quenneville was able to spread out the ice time. Toews only took ten faceoffs (he won seven) and skated just 16:25 in the victory. Teuvo Teravainen saw the most action at the dot, moving up to replace Anisimov on the second line. He struggled at the dot, however, winning just three of 13 draws.

The three-point night for Panarin made some more Blackhawks history.

Even with Quenneville distributing shifts across the lineup, Brandon Mashinter only skated 7:09.

Chicago scored three power play goals on six total advantages in the game, and successfully killed six Arizona power plays. The Coyotes out-shot the Hawks 18-9 in the third period, a function of the Hawks being up by a significant margin and Arizona getting three power plays in the period.

Scott Darling made 29 saves against 31 shots to earn the win.

41 thoughts on “Toews, Blackhawks Dominate Coyotes

  1. The 4-0 goal, by Ladd was Toews assist (shot by TVR)-definitely not Panarin–they will change that, or at least should

  2. Darling looked great and stopped some hard angles and swatted away a few dangerous rebounds.

    Firing on all cylinders.

    It sucked to see Vermette take that penalty. You could see how bad he felt. Always a class act, staying with Anisimov and evening keeping other players from both teams from interfering until the doc got there.

  3. Frog soup.

    What is it about guys that come back to the team after a few yrs stealing goals from Riemsdyk.

  4. True that Morrison- since this is likely going to be an annual event we shall call it the Versteeg Syndrome.

    That frog is simmering away real nice and hasn’t got a clue.

    Great win for the home crowd. Wish they would not let their foot of the petal as in the Connor Murphy goal…we had multiple chances to clear and half heartedly did so, even Darling looked a bit casual on the whole thing. Well let’s hope none of that occurs in the playoffs.

    Another big night for Selanne, er..I mean Jagr, wait…Kane’s brother Panarin, ya that’s his name. Holy crap that guy is only in his first year in North America. Can you spell “future-Stanley Cups”? …..and every year we come at ’em with a whole new look and tactic. Unprecedented in the sports world…

    When Keith and Crawford come back it will be glorious. That’s when we turn up the heat big time with the frog soup. The Lion is awake,,,surveying his territory with a strong determined watchful eye. The time is near. It is patient, waiting and watchful. The full fury is yet to be unleashed.

  5. There is absolutely — absent hard evidence photos of Q that Bollig passed along to Mashinter — no reason whatsoever that Mashinter should ever dress ahead of Panik. Zero. Zilch. None.

  6. Lion snacking on Kye-yo-toews and adolescent bears as it awakens.

    At this very moment Hitchcock is wondering which Blackhawk team shows up on Thursday. Well I can answer that for you Ken….you can forgot about the division title buddy and start worrying big time as to how you will explain to your bosses that a first round exit, (mumble mumble inaudible) and start crying loudly “it’s the Blackhawks, it’s the Lion, it’s frog soup. Then gracefully exit the stage before they boot your sorry arse out of town.

    Dallas clown show, one dimensional puffery that works in the regular season featuring slight of hands trickery to cover leaky defense and bad goaltending will be exposed in its full nakedness and embarrassed by the mighty 50,2 and 7 then humiliated by 19,88,72. Shallow, so shallow. More frog soup.

  7. ….. and by the way, Anisimov has a history of concussions. This is not a good development. Lets hope he wakes up symptom free tomorrow and thereafter.

  8. I don’t know as much as I watch, but I thought Panik looked just as good on the top line as Hossa…maybe even better? Sure Teuvo would/will do well on that 2nd line given even more time to mesh, but at this stage in the game, I would hate to lose anisimov and that chemistry. These last 3 games though have been exactly what we’ve all been waiting for and have made up for the 10 or so before it. Still only playing at about 80%, with shaw keith hossa and crawford out. The rest of the league should be getting nervous.

  9. I’m just spit-ballin here so don’t go getting incensed by this idea … but, what if We let Panik stay with Toews and Ladd and move Hossa down to the 3rd line with Teravainen and Fleischmann. Panik has good speed and he goes to the net and might be able to finish some of those Toews setups. Hossa would be a strong defensive forward and strong along the boards to open up space for TT. Shift in Weise now and then for Fleischmann on the 3rd line or Desjardins on the 4th line.

    Ladd-Toews-Panik
    Panarin-Anisimov-Kane
    Fleischmann-Teravainen-Hossa
    Desjardins-Kruger-Shaw.
    Weise/Rasmussen

    Oh yeah, good game tonight.

  10. One of the beat writers posted a picture of Anisimov after the game talking with Tiki and Panarin. Quennville said day to day; I hope he is OK. Awful hit but good to see him get up on his own and didn’t think Vermette had intent to injure. But it is hard to think anything bad about that guy…
    Seems Toews gearing up for the PO’s- he is looking much better. Hawks have been crisper with their passing and playing with a bit of swagger. So keep it going boys!!!

  11. ER, that’s what I was thinking Q was doing for an option when I saw the practice lines earlier in the day. Might find something when having to do it because of something else. Grandmas recipe.

  12. Ebony.

    Love the lines. Hate to be a downer but the yotes were playing us back to back having been tenderized by the blues yesterday. Thursday should give us a true indication of where we are.

  13. Iceman- yes to Panik!!!

    ER- I like the lines… Gives Hoss a chance to skate versus Lower end D men too!!!
    and less minutes…

    Yes- Yotes were tired… BUT- 1st time in MANY games that the Hawks actually Cycled the Puck (like old days)… and Panik has all ready improved that part of his game- in Big way…

    Perhaps- Q/Hawks are “slow playing” Panik (and skating Mash over him)… To Keep his Next contract “friendly”… The Guy can Play!!! Skate… Finish at net… HIT!!! I seriously think- if he would have played every game since Hawks got him… he might have double the goals… and offer-sheeted this summer/un-affordable!!! there is still a chance some GM is paying attention and some one offers Him $2M + (which Hawks can’t afford)

  14. That’s no spit-ballin ER I like that idea and have wanted Hossa off that top line for a long time as he has lost a step and can’t finish. Hossa needs less minutes and 3rd line sounds right. I like the lines

  15. Q to 14: “Richard, nice game last night; thanks for the goal. Looks like you can use some more rest because every time we healthy scratch you for no warranted reason you seem to play well and score a goal upon your return. Gotta go, having breakfast with my pseudo son Mash.”

  16. Morin for Panik= Win
    Dano and Pick for Ladd= Win
    Danault for Weise(meh) and Fleischmann=Win
    Daley for Scuderi for Ehrhoff= Inconclusive. When he plays he usually pretty effective.

    FWIW, Svedberg was a minus 2. I didnt hear him at all on the radio last night

  17. A good win. But I refuse to get overly seduced by three wins in a row against the dregs of the Western Conference in Winnipeg and Arizona, and a highly dysfunctional hot mess in Boston.

    Hawks are banking an awful lot on being able to flip the proverbial switch in round one, and hoping that Crawford can once again carry them like he did in 2013 and again in 2015.

    We shall see.

  18. I’m going to puke in my Cheerios is I read another post suggesting Panik is a secret weapon, or is first line material. Good grief. He is just nomadic roster filler, and the weaknesses to his game are pronounced. You cannot extrapolate results from a game against the lowly Coyotes or any of the other craptacular teams around the league that Panik has performed relatively well against. Good grief.

    Hossa has slowed down and should no longer really be on a top line. But the choices as such are very limited right now. And with the salary cap carnage that will unfold, yet again, this summer its doubtful the Hawks will find any answer beyond relying heavily once again on the aging vet.

  19. Dregs? perhaps? but Arizona had beaten Washington recently and Boston is fighting for their playoff lives

  20. Rufus,

    The eye test does not lie. Panik can skate, hit, and has some finish. Everyone on this blog sees it. I don’t know how you just write off a 2nd round pick in a pretty deep 2009 draft. What did NHLscouts see that an expert such as yourself didn’t? I am not saying he’s the second coming of Maurice Richard but he’s not a scrub.

  21. The difference between first and last is slim. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night. That’s why the playoffs are best of 7, in consecutive games.

    2012/13- unbeaten in regulation. Then lost 6-2 to Colorado. The team that ended up the worst team in the Western Conference and the second worst overall.

    I will agree Panik is a stopgap at best. The best of a bad situation.

  22. Panik sits out the majority of games for a reason. He simply isn’t good enough to wear the sweater every night in this league. Again, go for it if you want to be seduced by some spurts of quality play against primarily the dumpster fire teams of the NHL.

  23. Holy shit can we let people enjoy every win for a day. Victory Wed. Keeping it real. It doesn’t matter who were playing, we did good when we went 13-4, took two hits, 12-0, took two hits, 4-1-1 when we played quality and bottom 10 teams. Same thing when we didn’t play good during annual slump mths and those recent 10 games. When we play we play.

  24. Rufus- not saying Panik deserves to be HOF ballot guy… but is he better than Mashinter??? skates better, better hands, scores more, much better +/- rating…

    and very useful- considering SB picked him up for your All-time favorite Hawk- Morin!!! and for a low Cap hit!!!

    Who would you rather see… Mash or Panik???

  25. Rufus… “Nomadic roster filler”… I think that applies to over 60% of the Roster…
    when you consider 70% of the Cap space is tied to about 8 players!!!

    Thanks CAP-tain obvious!!!

  26. Rufus you idiot. You don’t deserve to celebrate the Hawks 7th Cup. Crawl back under that rock you crawled out from under.

  27. Amazing how every year some idiots question the Blackhawks. Last year it was that Vermette was lousy couldn’t even hold a regular spot, we only had 4 defensemen, Coach Q changed lines too much, etc. Yesterday we beat a decent team who might actually make the playoffs in the weaker East without 5 of our top players. Anisimov got hurt plus Duncs, Crawford, Shaw and Hossa. And we still dominated. You just can’t please some idiots.

  28. Wall great point — Mr. Rufus, Morin is toiling away wherever in the minors (maybe forever) while Panik is a useful player. No one is suggesting he is a first-line mainstay, all we are pointing out it is the obvious — if someone is hurt (i.e. Hossa, Shaw), next man up is Panik, NOT Mashinter. Mashinter cannot be anywhere near the lineup next week once the playoffs start. Panik will also serve as motivation for Weise, Desjardins, Fleischmann to bring it every night.

  29. Panik is useless, TT should have been traded yesterday, Panarin should be traded tomorrow, and Trevor Daley sucks (as long as you don’t count what he’s been doing in Pittsburgh)! I call that he Rufus Manifesto!

  30. I’m liking what the 22 formerly known as 16 is bringing in terms of energy. Haven’t bothered to look at or care about any stats, but he looks like he’s battling and getting some pucks to the net and toward other guys in position to get it to the net.

  31. I just saw Bickell was recalled so I just changed from spit-ballin to hair-ballin. :)

    As for Panik not being “1st line material” – so what? The objective is to get the most effective line combinations out on the ice, not to fit everyone nicely into a preconceived caste system. I’m not suggesting Panik is some diamond just found in the rough – only that re-arranging a couple parts may prove to be a better whole.

  32. Has the switch been flipped? Guess we will find out again STL, hopefully will rest guys against CBJ to closeout the season

  33. Yes the Yotes aren’t good at all. One could see early in the 1st the Hawks were getting lots of space when they had the puck and lanes were open. Hawks lit em up. Darling though was good when needed. Team d zone looked better although hey it was Ariz…

    Offensive production on the rise. Special teams coming around. Considering the gaps in the Hawks lineup with present injuries they still skated 4 good lines last night.

    Even though it was Arizona the Hawks were playing last night, the UC crowd was more boisterous than I have heard in awhile and were really behind the team. A blowout sure helps but the fans were louder than normal to my ears. It should be a rocking gig tomorrow night against the hated Blues.

    It is a pity that the game with the Blues tomorrow night isn’t a potential standings changer. Not likely for the Blues or Stars to lose out their last 2. Regardless, both teams are going to use the tilt at the UC tomorrow as a playoff tuneup. It should be fun. The Blues have some injury issues of their own with Backes and Allen out. I find it strange that Hitch hasn’t found a #1 keeper after such a long season even though both keepers have had off on injury issues all year. Same keeper situation in Dallas although Lehtonen seems to have the nod. Hawks do it the right way. Crow come back soon!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  34. The yotes are dirty cheaters and they always have been. Without Hossa there, they had to choose another person to try to injure. Shameful gutless, cowardly DOGS!!!!!

    I am glad the Hawks mopped up the floor with them dirty cheating losers.

  35. Taking home ice advantage is still a very real possibility Phil. I believe the Blues have the Caps after the Hawks. Those are 2 games they could definitely lose.

  36. Yes, but the Hawks need to win out. Hope you are right! It should be a barn burner tomorrow.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  37. The bs in that is the sch makers, they play them when they might rest 10 of 20 dressed where we played them in the heat of the sch.

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