Artemi Panarin, Blackhawks Escape Winnipeg

Where do we begin?

Before Friday’s game began, Duncan Keith was suspended for six games. And Marian Hossa wasn’t even with the team because of an illness.

Then the game started.

First, Andrew Shaw was helped to the bench with an apparent lower-body injury.

Then Trevor van Riemsdyk got run over by Blake Wheeler and needed help to the room.

Then a clearing attempt from Niklas Hjalmarsson hit Jonathan Toews in the head. And he went to the room.

Shaw didn’t return, but TvR and Toews did.

And Artemi Panarin’s offense, which had been absent for the better part of a month, also returned – in a big way.

Panarin lit up the scoreboard for four points (two goals, two assists) and had the primary assist on Brent Seabrook’s overtime game-winner as the Hawks somehow escaped Winnipeg with a 5-4 win.

Winnipeg got on the board first when Nic Petan scored the second goal of his career. But the Hawks would put two on the board in the final 5:21 of the first to take a 2-1 lead to the first intermission. Panarin scored a power play goal, and Brandon Mashinter returned from six consecutive healthy scratches to score his fourth of the year.

The Jets tied the game when Wheeler scored his 21st of the season at 12:08 into the second. But Patrick Kane – wearing an “A” because of Keith’s suspension and Hossa’s illness – gave Chicago the lead once again with his career-best 40th goal of the year.

In the third, Winnipeg would storm back again against the handcuffed Hawks. Dustin Byfuglien tied the game and Wheeler gave the Jets a 4-3 lead at 11:39 into the final frame. But the Hawks wouldn’t go away.

Panarin scored his second of the night and 27th of the season at 15:15 into the third to tie the game at four.

Regulation would end with the score knotted at fours.

Only 62 seconds into free hockey, Panarin fed Seabrook for the game-winner.

The win showed a level of grit and determination fans have been begging to see from the Hawks for weeks.

Erik Gustafsson played a strong game, saving at least one goal and picking up two assists in 11:57 on the night. Seabrook also had a multi-point night from the blue line (goal, assist) and, somehow, Hjalmarsson skated almost 27 minutes without a single blocked shot. TvR led Chicago with four blocked shots; he skated 21:19 and was minus-three even with the ice time missed because of injury. Michal Rozsival also blocked four shots.

Four Blackhawks were credited with a team-high of two hits, and they were the players one would assume were leading the way in a physical game: Toews, Marcus Kruger, Dale Weise and Teuvo Teravainen.

Kruger set up Panarin for the beautiful game-tying goal in the third and won seven of 13 faceoffs in 15:20 as he continues to work his way back into the flow.

With Kruger back, the Hawks penalty kill looked better once again. Chicago was perfect against three short-handed situations on Friday night.

Scott Darling stopped 28 of 32 in the win, but was able to withstand 25 shots over the opening 40 minutes while teammates were dropping like flies around him. Before the game, coach Joel Quenneville said Corey Crawford might skate this weekend.

Shaw is reportedly day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Artem Anisimov returned from a lower-body issue to skate 14:57. He won five of 13 at the dot and was credited with one assist and one blocked shot.

Chicago hosts Boston in an early Sunday matinee.

61 thoughts on “Artemi Panarin, Blackhawks Escape Winnipeg

  • April 2, 2016 at 1:46 am

    …..and Mook wants to trade Panarin! Well he can lead the Stanley Cup parade wearing a bell around his neck, dressed in a large white robe that has “Panarin” written across it….right next to Wall except his says “Crawford”.

    Way to go Mashinter. I like the guy. He’s got spunk.

    Let’s all keep our hopes high for a Crawford return ASAP.

  • April 2, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Kane ability to score goals has become more deadly accurate and from different distances and directions. That is pretty impressive. It will only get better yet.
    His once 17 point lead over the hard charging Benn had eroded to 7 but his 2 points tonight adds and gives him a bit more room. There are enough games left for Benn to try to steal the Art Ross away.

    Panarin is simply amazing…he is every bit as good as Ovechkin or Jagr in his early days. How we can afford yet another superstar in the future is going to be problematic but it will be done.

  • April 2, 2016 at 4:58 am

    “Mook” just wants to ramble on and listen 2 himself talk in long drawn out posts

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:14 am

    I’m not impressed with Hawks overall play but I will take the 2 points. Toews is not right.

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

    A Sloppy Two points, so this is what a “Dunkless” team looks like? Yikes!

    Eddie O, Is getting bothersome so I switched to Jets coverage! Not just his odd certainty on the BAD GOAL interference but in all in all weak.

    Brandon Mash is finally doing the simple stuff, like cycle and curl to the net, when those 3 & 4 lines start to roll and curl things will happen. Right now it’s everyone to the puck, but once they figure out who has the angle and the ice they can start curling to the net. Good for MASH! Moose needs to do the same, Wiess and Flash!

    When Hammer slams the puck into captain’s face ya know it’s gonna be a long night!
    Sort of accent my agony of Hammers weak exit passes but that took it to a new low!

    Power Play below the line opened ice up. Plus as I have shared endlessly
    Anisimov draw’s in the defense, and drops them down low and that is how and why that Maestro line has had success. Hawks need Anisimov to win in the playoffs. Finally a “wrinkle” to the power play, that I could have made from the couch 4 weeks ago!

    Rozy is Rozy, great stay at home defender but made a few smart plays offensively last night. Marcus looked good with The Other Aritst, he can pass, he can get the puck in traffic, Hawks have used him to just hold the puck and weak cycle behind the net to kill clock BUT imagine if he has someone to pass to? Imagine no more!

    Jets too weak on the fore check so that works, as it did on Kanes Goal great shot awful defense! Playoffs teams will close hard, real hard!

    Love Flashes game, even in Montreal, guy can play, get hit, gets up and continues to play becoming my favorite Hawk. Flash can play on any line and be effective! Fleischmann has over 18 minutes on ice last nigh and he EARNED IT!

    Bruins will be TUFF, they will close and chock ya out, no weakness in the physical play department. Should be a fun game to wacth.

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Ouch? so sensitive? Yes long post, sorry I can go elsewhere. Sometimes thing blog is like listening to Eddie O . . . observations of the obvious. I love the game play and played the game and don’t mind ranting to myself,

    But, All I’m saying to myself, is if the Hawks say get outsted in the first round or even second they will need to re-build some and not WAIT till the TRADE DEAD LINE!
    period. If Crow is “dizzy” we’ll also need a top 5 goal tender? The Panarin talk oddly tied into the BLOG talk about who pays for what and when, so Panarin right here right now would get ya 2 great players. I love Panarinhas big up side he’s not a kid but he is young. He is playing next to 2 yes 2 of the best line mates you can even create an EA SPORTS hockey!

    I am saying to myself 1 -Hossa Should retire 2 – Panarin in some sort of trade of EQUAL VALUE (Brent Burns type ) that brought a top line defensemen here would be of value and interest?

    ouch again

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Is this is Bocce Ball Blog?

    On Panarin . . . he will come at a cost a big cost post season? Hence a GM ( smart guy) will have to think of how to sign him rather longterm meaning BIG BUCKS. God forbid The Artist get 30 goals! Can YOU say Pay day!

    So “fan” of the game would look at all options. I think Panarin is playing for very little coat right now, a very very efficient spend at 800,000 about? So how we sign him with all these awards and league attention will be interesting. Hence NOT A DEMAND TO TRADE but consider, Most of these guys are somewhat trade-able for the right player, Keith is our only pure defender post to post.

    Also any hockey fan can see Panarin can play offensively, no secret. Defensively not so much? Salary Cap is a Curse.


  • April 2, 2016 at 7:46 am

    FAN SINCE ’63 I write my post right after the game hence the length, ramble and at times I am talking at the kitchen table writing to myself. I do try VERY HARD to add a comment or two of value as fan and still a student of the game. I try to share the not obvious like Eddie O, who i played some hockey with as at kid in oak lawn behind the Dennys! I go way back!

    If this offends the blog I encourage Tab and team to kindly kick me out /off , all good i understand. As Talking Heads says “we’re talking a lot and not saying anything.”

    all my best


  • April 2, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Mook– go drink some Hawk kool-aid… and start chanting “Hawks will win the Cup 2016″… cuz it will make it come true…

    Ironically, Panarin scored 4 points against a team that WILL NOT be in the Playoffs…

    and 72 has struggled scoring (recently) versus Playoff Teams ( Kinda of what Mook has been saying)… yet MtM is a lunatic!!!

    I love the Hawk’s Chances in Playoffs… If and only if… They play the Jets in each round… otherwise… not so much… They only PO team the Hawks might beat right now -imo- Blues…

  • April 2, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Wall is gonna hate this but Darling has regressed immensely. He overplays and loses his net WWWAAAYYYY to much. To the point he’s falling down and unable to recover for what seems like an eternity. He’ll make some stellar saves. But he needs to calm himself.

  • April 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I think Q should give Leighton the start Sunday. I think Pat Kane “A” jerseys should sell like hotcakes. I think I’d buy one for Wayne.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Can’t feel good about this win. Until we show the ability to compete and win against LA, Dallas, Minnesota and the better teams of the Western Conference I won’t get seduced by an uneven win against the lowly Jets. Once again the defensive effort by the blueliners and forwards was comical. TVR was repeatedly whipped in this game too. Going to take a whole lot more than we have seen the last 2 months to survive round one of the playoffs. And no healthy and ready to go Crawford will seal our fate of a first round exit too. We win the Cup in 2013 and 2015 because of Crow more than anybody. And this season’s team isn’t remotely as good as either of those two teams.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Darling isn’t remotely good enough to be the primary goalie in the playoffs. Let’s be very clear on that. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous. He has regressed and the league has exposed his weaknesses.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Ernie… completely agree/no hate… Darling IS playing poorly… But Hawk’s D 2016- is not as good as 2015… for either Goalie
    doesn’t really change my opinion(s) on Goalie/$$$/value to team…

    To add- Crow has been very solid- all year… and the Hawks are still NOT playing all that well… so it is back to the same old argument (which Dickie D fanned the Flame on the other day)… still sticking with Sharp + Oduya is greater than Crow on this 2016 team… we will never know for sure!!! Fun to argue about though.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:27 am

    With with all due respect it is a no brainer that Crow is much much greater than a 34 year old Sharp and a 33 year old Oduya. We win the Cup in 2013 and 2015 on the back of Corey Crawford. End of subject. Don’t ever want to hear this bullshit argument that we could have readily won with some vagabound goaltender. That is complete false.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:36 am

    No Crawford, no Cup in 2015. Or 2013. No Crawford, first round playoff exit in 2016. That simple Wall. While the consistency by which you argue your platform on the value of a goalie is noble, it’s wrong. LA doesn’t win a Cup in 2012 or 2014 without Quick either.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I’ll take it a step further: no Russian Pylon, no Cup. We cannot win without Svedberg.

  • April 2, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Listening to some idiot posters on here you would think that the hawks are lousy and have no chance. If this is true how can they be only 6 points behind the amazing but flawed Stars, only 4 points behind the always ready to fall in the playoffs Blues, tied with the mighty Queens I mean Kings and ahead of the let’s hit them hard since we can’t catch them Ducks!

    Reality is that even with the issues the Hawks have had to deal with they are still in the perfect position to make another deep playoff run. They are also the team NO-ONE wants to meet in the playoffs.

  • April 2, 2016 at 10:17 am

    The Bread Man and Kaner not scoring much for that long.

    “if you put a frog in boiling water it’ll jump out. but if you put it in cold water and heat it gradually, it’ll just sit there and slowly boil to death.”
    “What’s that your recipe for frog soup.”
    “Its my recipe for disaster.”

    Light up the Fireworks.

  • April 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Hockey Yack reads like Mr. Rufus’ identical twin brother.

  • April 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I loved the scoring, but when the Jets start a scoring race with you, your defense is highly suspect.

    Crossing my fingers.

  • April 2, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I have less qualms with TVR than I do Svedberg. TVR is not a 4. He’s a 5/6. That’s fine. Nothing wrong with being a 5/6. He’s not and won’t be paid like a 4. But out of necessity he’s had to play there. He can skate. Can join the rush. And blocks shots. How much more would you like?

    Svedberg meanwhile… Puck was cycled down below Darling. Svedberg tried rotating over and damn near did a faceplant. Which then put him out of position and almost led to a goal. Svedberg has reach, and is actually decent at getting that first pass out of the zone. But he can’t skate, and can’t or won’t use his body.

    Yale goalie Alex Lyon will leave school. Mark Visentin had ankle surgery due to “chronic instability” in his ankle. He actually wasn’t bad. Especially considering coming off a major surgery and being on an AHL. I could see him sticking around on a similar deal. Hawks still have 47 SPCs as Robin Norell’s deal doesn’t kick in until next year.

  • April 2, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Wall has never argued put anyone back there. Crawford is awesome. But a lot of number 1 goaltenders are these days. Look at career save percentage. Of the top 30 no longer playing- Hasek, Vokoun(recently retired), Huet,Giguere(recently retired),Kiprusoff(recently retired), and Brodeur(recently retired).

    Crawford is 8th with .9183. 30th was.9123

    26 currently playing qualifying goalies make up the top 50.

    Patrick Roy is 35th.

  • April 2, 2016 at 11:43 am

    That power play with Kane and Panarin passing back and forth below the goal line capped off with the Panarin goal was awesome!!!!! Somebody can fact check me but I think there were 6 passes and then in the net. Winnipeg is still reeling from that one. What a play! Go Hawks.

  • April 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Pete that play was awesome! Kane with the A! Well deserved. Loved his celly after his goal. Hoping Kane and Panarin are ready now to remind the league what they got in the playoffs. 2nd line in sync last night. Just need that 1st line to start doing *something*.
    Can Svedberg go away again? Hope Shaw is ok; it looked like he grabbed at the side of his abdomen before he went off the ice.

  • April 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Anyone see what happened to #65, did I miss it ? Nor did I see a replay of any type.

  • April 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Missed the Shaw injury as well. Are they trying something new on the pp with 2 guys below the line?

  • April 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Crawford on da ice. Progress.

  • April 2, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Panarin pass to Seabrook just a glimpse of what’s to come in the playoffs. Panarin’s goal through multiple bodies with deadly accuracy and force just a glimpse of what’s to come in the playoffs. Kane’s goal just the beginning of showtime. Keith comes back after a good rest, Crawford comes back after a good rest, ditto Hossa. TT been through this so he knows how to step it up. Bowman and Q and coaching staff bluffing with their cards right now, real stuff, real strategy yet to be shown. Seabrook ( ridiculously critized here by Blackhawk fans) , will play his usual quiet leadership role with multiple game winning goals, (most in OT), from the point. Toews will garner his game winning goals, leading the league in such. Shaw will be the busted up and bleeding Tasmanian Devil that confounds all, an unstoppable tornado on ice. Ladd and Keith from the slot. All the others unmentioned will create havoc, solid D, untold misery for opposing teams. No one but no one will want to face this team in any playoff game. Not the overrated Stars, Ducks, Kings, Capitals, who ever the heck. This is the best team we have ever iced and it will soon become most evident.

  • April 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Mook – Your posts are lengthy but you have great observations and you state your opinion. Do I always agree with you? NO of course not but that’s why I read this blog. We have lost too many posters over the years that stir thought. If I wanted everyone to agree with everything I thought I would talk to a bunch of non hockey fans cause the can’t hold up an argument.

  • April 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    MM I hope you will look back on that post as prophetic.

  • April 2, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    The Hawks beat Winnipeg. Big deal. They have mightily struggled against quality teams for 2 months. That’s the issue here.

  • April 2, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I’ll echo others and say the 2 points was helpful in keeping Nashville at bay, but Winnipeg stinks. The Hawks haven’t beat a playoff team since February when they beat Washington 3-2 on Feb. 28th. They went 0-8 against playoff teams since the win against Washington.

    Boston, tomorrow’s opponent, is a playoff team. Let’s see how they do tomorrow.

  • April 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Rufus- is right… read somewhere that Hawks have not won any/many games versus Playoff teams in the last several weeks… with or without Crow.

    Pete… I brought that up at beginning of the year… Russian Type of PP… were they put 2 guys BELOW the goal line in 2-1-2 PP set… Saw the Russians use it… seems really hard to defend for many reasons…

    More passing options
    Goalie has a hard time tracking puck behind net
    Defense watches Puck behind net… losing sight of shooters/cutters
    (this also the case in any PP set… However – BIG difference is the shooters will be square to shooting/net versus standard PP set.)… an example is in Basketball is 3 pt. field goal % goes up off of rebounds and when passes come from the Paint to 3 pt. line…

    Any one with Real Hockey “playing” knowledge… feel free to chime in why Teams in the NHL don’t try that “Russian PP formation”

  • April 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Boston is by no means assured a playoff spot…in fact it’s extremely tenuous at best. Also, these games are meaningless to us…key is to stay healthy and focus on skill sets….. not overly concerned about the win at this point. Take what we can but no more.

    Lull them into a false sense of superiority, let those teams have their wins because it cannot continue on against this team. So yin-yang in our favour and them whamm-o. Big game hunt is on soon….beware the Lion that all have written off and dismissed.

  • April 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Boston is in playoff position right now – so I count them as a playoff team.

  • April 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Cuz we are not in Russia…..?

  • April 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    JR Roman… so it must be some foreign Trade Policy/issue, making that PP formation Illegal???

  • April 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Every year during JAN/FEB or FEB/MAR, since we have had our team (09) we have not played well against quality teams and midtier teams and bottom 10 teams.

    We usually have have a good stretch after the slump mths and then slump again for part of MAR. The only diff is we didn’t have that 10 games or so because we had the annual tear it up mths and slump mths a little later then usual (lots of new and young guys) and went right into the slump for part of MAR.

    I think that is why people are thinking we havnt done good for that long. Sure we havnt (other then the 3-1-1 stretch against quality teams)(DET/WAS/DET/BOS)(only loss in that stretch was on the back to back). Thing is we do this every year.

  • April 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    If Detroit beats Toronto tonight then Boston falls out of a playoff spot entirely, not even stopping in the wild card. It is likely Detroit wins so tomorrow’s game against Boston will see them playing out of their minds and lots of dirty play from them when the refs have their backs turned. We have little to gain from an all out bruising effort. Take it easy and pick your spots and stay healthy.

  • April 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Look at our past 5 wins ,.,.all against loserville teams ,.,.we play a cup contenders and get our asses handed to us . More of that to come.,.,.,Hawks got some toughness issues . 1 and done unless people start playing better hockey.

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Wall, ever seen Red Army? It’s fantastic!

    Anyway. I think this goes back to the summit series. Granted long before I was born. But the Russians just play differently. It’s a different mentality, especially back then. Hearing guys from that era. It was the north American heavy physical dump chase small rink style. Then the Russian finesse East West big rink game.

    If there is a sole hockey factor, it’d be the rink size. I think it’s got more to do with social factors and stubbornness. It’s the way theyve always done it. It’s hard to get people to think differently. Scotty Bowman tried a Russian idea with the red wings. He even says he didn’t really understand it, but he just let them do it and it worked.

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Mining Man,
    Help me out, Nic Petan is the lounger brother to Alex Petan right. Now is Blake Wheeler the son or grandson of Wayne Wheeler? Blake Wheeler is a yank from Min. and was big in college? He also carries a big Cap hit if I am not wrong. This is like following the Sutter family tree.

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Hawkhead, fans have been saying for more than half a decade they have toughness issues. Look at the series against Anaheim. Got the snot beat out of them.

  • April 2, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Toots-Don’t know…try a Google search or maybe someone here knows about this. Good luck.

  • April 2, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    No team can withstand so many hits.

  • April 2, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Is there a chance these owies are playoff rest? The guys who’s take the most guff all going out late in the season… Just wishful I guess…

  • April 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Nick in SD….just a coincidence …wink wink.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Elite prospects lists family members. Nic is the younger brother to Alex.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Stamkos at least 1 month.

  • April 2, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Mudturtle…. XXL

  • April 3, 2016 at 12:32 am

    1-3 for Stammer. Blood clot in his arm. Will have surgery. Wonder if he’s played his last game for the bolts.


  • April 3, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Kane 8 points up on Benn with a game in hand. Benn on a tear lately so let’s hope our guy can keep it up. Panarin 4 more points than OV…that’s pretty darn impressive for first time in the NHL. What a score by management with that signing.

    Some will say Panarins success can be attributed to playing with Kane but I would contend it’s the other way around. The dude has a crazy wicked accurate shot and is a terrific passer. He is every bit as good as Stamkos is and that guy wants 10 bajillion, a franchise and a country or something like that.

    Boston will be playing like crazed weasels tomorrow, having fallen out of a playoff spot altogether. I’m not too concerned about getting a win here, just hope Kane can get a couple of points and everyone stays away from Bostons legendary dirty play crap tactics. Stay healthy, stay loose, nothing to gain here, help out the Kane -Man.

  • April 3, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Ernie, Thanks for the Movie tip… I will rent it.

    I said it last Year… I like/pay Kucherov over Stamkos…

  • April 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Stamkos has a form of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome-often due to either repetetive overhand strain (hockey and baseball players can get it), or an extra rib-I had this condition because of an extra cervical rib and all the competitive ball I was playing into my late twenties-it can manifest as nerve damage, or a blood clot that he has or an arterial aneurysm that I had–both very dangerous.
    I had the rib removed and the compression on the artery settled and hopefully I will have no more problems–
    I hope the best for him as it is scary to get the news.

    He won’t be back in a month, I don’t think. He needs to get this right and be ready for next year.

  • April 3, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Best wishes for a complete recovery to Steven Stamkos.

    Even though you wear the wrong color jersey, I’d much rather pay to see you on the ice rather than sitting in th stands!

  • April 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I hope Hawks put it together… right after this game against the bruins. A win doesn’t do much for us besides boost confidence and I would gladly take one more loss if it means the wings miss the playoffs.

    -hawks fan in michigan

  • April 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Looks like the hawks decided to finally turn it on. 19 shot, 2 goal 1st period against a team fighting for a playoff spot

  • April 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Dream Day…6-0 at the moment…Kane hat trick …4 points, 4 for Panarin…MVP and Rookie of the year, 3 for Anisimov, 2 for Seabrook…if you wrote this script people would call you unrealistic. Can we even go so far as #500 for Da Hoss.

    2 goals by the Bruins as I write this…better stop writing!

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