Blackhawks Bury Avalanche With Third Period Barrage

On Sunday evening at the United Center, the Blackhawks had a number of scenarios open to clinch a playoff spot. They all boiled down to beating a struggling Colorado Avalanche team who had Jeremy Smith making his seventh career appearance between the pipes.

Of course, beating the Avs was the hardest part of the equation. And without Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov and Johnny Oduya in the lineup, the Hawks had work to do in their second game in as many days.

The game started alright, with the Hawks getting on the board first.

The lead didn’t last four minutes, however. Mikhail Grigorenko scored unassisted at 8:14 to tie the game. He came back seven minutes later for his second of the game and ninth of the season to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.

Chicago had the only power play of the first period and out-shot Colorado 10-7 in the first, but didn’t sustain pressure and Smith was good enough.

The Hawks started the second with three good minutes but that disappeared. At times, it appeared Duncan Keith was the only Hawks skater willing to put the puck on net, and Chicago relied too much on Scott Darling to bail them out of bad situations to keep the game close.

Darling held up incredibly well but was beaten by a nasty redirect off the stick of Sven Andrighetto at 16:24 to extend the Colorado advantage to 3-1. That’s where the second period would stay, though the Blackhawks somehow had a 10-9 shot advantage in the middle stanza. Watching the game didn’t feel like the Hawks led the shot total 20-16 through 40 minutes, and the scoreboard reflected it.

Coach Joel Quenneville sent out a line of Artemi Panarin, Jonathan Toews and John Hayden to start the third period as the blender went into overdrive. Ryan Hartman came out with Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane for the next shift.

At 10:17 into the third, a Keith shot was redirected by both Hayden and Toews. It slipped past Smith to pull the score to within 3-2, but Colorado challenged that Toews was offside before the shot. Review appeared to show Toews was inches from getting back to the blue line when the puck re-entered the zone, but the call stood. And the lead was down to one.

Richard Panik tied the game 17 seconds later.

And Artemi Panarin gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead… 17 seconds later.

Why stop there? Toews added his 20th of the season 1:28 later to make the score 5-3 in favor of the suddenly unstoppable Blackhawks.

Hayden, in his home debut, picked up assists on the first Toews goal and the Panik goal for his first career multi-point night. Reminder: he is playoff eligible.

The Avs pulled Smith with two minutes left but the momentum didn’t move out of the red sweaters. Marcus Kruger buried a shot into the empty net for his third of the season and the fifth of the third period for Chicago to make the final score 6-3 Hawks.

Hayden finished with a team-leading five hits, two takeaways, one blocked shot and two assists in more than 17 minutes on the ice. Not bad for his third game in the NHL.

Tomas Jurco played a better game, picking up four hits and one blocked shot in 16:14. Nick Schmaltz won five of 15 faceoffs but had two assists, one blocked shot and one takeaway.

Panarin led Chicago with seven shots on net with one goal and one assist. He was one of three Hawks forwards to skate over 20 minutes in the game; Kane and Toews were the others. Kane had two points (one goal, one assist) as well to give Chicago four skaters with two-point nights.

Tanner Kero skated only 7:40 but was credited with an assist on Kruger’s goal. He also had two hits, one takeaway and won half of his six faceoffs. Kruger won seven of 11 at the dot.

Trevor van Riemsdyk led all Chicago skaters with 25:41 on the ice. He was credited with one assist, two blocked shots and two takeaways. Brian Campbell led Chicago with three blocked shots in 24:08.

The Blackhawks now have 99 points and are six points ahead of stumbling Minnesota.

42 thoughts on “Blackhawks Bury Avalanche With Third Period Barrage

  • March 19, 2017 at 8:51 pm


  • March 19, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Three goals in thirty four seconds. Only Bill Mosienko’s three in twenty one would be better I think. I also think they got a break on the offside call.

  • March 19, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Three games in and Hayden is a ppg player. Last half of the third was nice, but prior to that was a shit show. Stadium was dead and so was the team. There was a definite need to get shots off quicker. Everything was a half second slow.

    Then the Toews goal and challenge and all was well in the world. This team has a legitimate shot at the presidents trophy. So much for being sellers.

    Apparently the new offside rule is you have to be on side when you touch the puck over the blue line.

    Minnesota loses…again and nobody knows what’s going on. Usually Boudreau teams implode in the playoffs…not before.

  • March 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Tab – correction – Hawks are 7 points up on the Wild, not 6.

  • March 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Hayden’s first 3 games:
    1 goal and 2 assists = 3 points (+3)
    15 hits
    6 shots on goal
    3 takeaways
    1 giveaway
    1 blocked shot

    The kid is all over the score sheet.

    Keep it rolling kid.

  • March 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Agree that Jurco looked much better. Panarin started to pick up his game in the third and shoot the puck. (Schmaltz not so much)
    A great week to get all 8 points.
    Unless the Blues or Predators go in a nose dive the Kings won’t make it this year-Wow

  • March 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Parise was offside, puck had touched stick before his skate touched line. Tazer was not off side, puck had not yet touched Panik stick yet. Its hard to see because Paniks stick is black and has black tape, the height of the puck also blocks to see white/ice between puck and stick. We didnt get lucky or a break, it was the right call but Parise was offside and complete bullshit.

    Anyways this reminded me of a post I made after the SAN game when we were outplaying the other teams and didnt get a win or tie in those but we knew we were going to do play good/really good in coming stretch. What is pretty ironic/chills is stating that when MIN got to around 25 over .500 and looked to be too far ahead of every team, they could lose 5 in a row. It happened.

    February 1, 2017 at 1:06 am
    A break longer then normal/between games we for some reason cant win/have a good record. Same thing at before/after holiday break. Its like the first back home after long road trip. Just drives you crazy.

    Good thing is we played good/outplayed the other team/or was even in most of these games. We deserved a win or tie in our last 4 loses and didn’t even get a tie in any of them. Now were 9 games behind 22 to 13.

    When MIN is at 25 games over .500 and we are around 15 (with ANA and SAN) it will look like no one can catch them for the 1 seed. That’s when MIN could fall flat on their face and lose 5 games in a row. Then you have 4 teams around 20 over .500, I can see ANA and CHI being the 1 and 2 seeds but its not the most important thing.

    We are going to start to play good/really again, just like we did the last time we played SAN on long road trip. When it looks like its not going good (outplaying other team/or even game and not even get a tie), this is where we turn the corner and not look back. Turning point in the 82 games is on this road trip.

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I love these guys.

  • March 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Impressive finish for the Hawks! Hate to sound likw our favorite parrot, but Qs been able to roll 3 lines pretty consistently and sprinkle in the 4th line as needed. Hayden has been very impressive too, good for him! Congrats to Debrincat, let’s get him here too now! Kings lost last night, they play 5 games between the Flames n Oilers curious to see where they finish.

  • March 20, 2017 at 7:46 am

    It wasn’t offside! The player WITH the puck was not actually in contact with the puck as it crossed the line so technically the puck was over the line while neither players skates were! Close but technically speaking, players were on side of the puck

  • March 20, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Jurco- showing some signs of life

    40/19/14– Big Boy line
    72/8/88– weak D side– but faster transition w/ Schmaltz
    38/AA/81– this would be a hell of 3rd line- both ways!!!
    67/16/ fill in the blank 22/11/13

    Glennhall61– you are correct… same call as Parise/Hawks… Player with puck NOT on stick … until other guy tags up.

  • March 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Talk about the 4th line……Where on earth did the NHL channel find those 2 guys between periods?

  • March 20, 2017 at 9:21 am

    What is a catch? What is possession? 2 seemingly simple things to define has been muddied up.

    83.1 Off-side – Players of the attacking team must not precede the puck
    into the attacking zone.
    The position of the player’s skates and not that of his stick shall be
    the determining factor in all instances in deciding an off-side. A player
    is off-side when both skates are completely over the leading edge of
    the blue line involved in the play.
    A player is on-side when either of his skates are in contact with, or
    on his own side of the line, at the instant the puck completely crosses
    the leading edge of the blue line regardless of the position of his stick.
    However, a player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the
    line ahead of the puck shall not be considered “off-side,” provided he
    had possession and control of the puck prior to his skates crossing the
    blue line.

    Seems pretty clear last night was offside as well as minnesota.

  • March 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

    The only thing would be if Toews touched up prior to Panik touching the puck and I don’t recall that.

  • March 20, 2017 at 9:44 am


    Imagine 14 chips puck ( from 5 feet outside the line… 19 inside zone… 19 tags up… and 14 is outside the zone) -14 does not enter and does not touch puck in O zone- until 19 tags… then 14 touches/recovers puck- after 19 tags up…

    that is how I think they called it- and is a good onside play… like the parise play- it was called onside… cuz you couldn’t see if Panik touched the puck in O zone before Toews tagged up.

  • March 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Ernie, the replay was to determine if (1) Panik’s stick touched the puck after the puck had been pushed into the o-zone AND before Toews tagged up or (2) if Panik’ entered the o-zone before Toews tagged up. It was clear that (2) Panik was still in contact with the blue line when Toews tagged up, but it was inconclusive if (1) Panik’s stick made contact with the puck before Toews tagged up. Therefore no conclusive evidence to overturn call on ice.

  • March 20, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I’m sticking with Edzo, in my Hockey world that’s offsides!

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    If Panik chips the puck he no longer has possession. If you don’t think that was offside then you don’t think the play in Minnesota was either.

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I will say it was refreshing to hear them be unbiased last night. But if I hear something about Kowalski one more time I’m gonna lose my shit.

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I agree with you Southside- that was clearly offside Kowalski.

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    TvR and Hayden — getting some love from Q on Icetime.

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Where that middle finger emoji

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    If you do away with having to touch the puck to be offside your changing the delayed offside rule and would increase the nunber of whistles dramatically and slow the game down. So saying it was inconclusive is not that unrealistic.

  • March 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Ernie, “Seems pretty clear last night was offside as well as minnesota.” — that’s OK, remember, Babcock wants to see more scoring.

  • March 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Hayden made a terrific play to knock the puck loose and right to Panik on the tying goal–in the right spot, alert, quick reaction. Really good stuff.

  • March 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    “Congrats to Debrincat, let’s get him here too now!” (Southsidehawkman) — if it was my decision I would get him here only to observe, then during the off season have him work on strength and conditioning, and start him in Rockford next year.

  • March 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Debrincat has to wait until Erie is done. Most likely they wont be by the time Rockford is done. He won’t get any more than 9 NHL games next year as his contract can slide one last time and he will be AHL eligible.

  • March 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Yes he certainly hopes to be in the final of the Memorial Cup in late May-hopefully not a wasted regular season for the Otters.
    Graham Knott gets a free pass to the Cup.

  • March 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    People can agree/disagree on whether the puck touched the stick, its hard to see with the black stick and black tape. Those are the exact same things, Parise looked like that guy stick touched puck before he got onside, where Tazer got back onside before the puck touched Panik stick. It was very close, you really have to see an overhead view to know for sure. So even though they were same exact thing, Parise offsides Tazer onsides. Just because its the same exact type doesn’t mean both were or wernt onside/offsides, it only has to do with when the puck touched the stick. Need overhead views on this.

    One thing noone mentioned, not that its in the rule, but the ref was in the direct path of Tazer to get back onside, which made it close, that prob. cant be taken into account but if it was tie/close.

    Wall, not sure what lines we do but 40 can play then we have even more options at FW and do that 38/15/81 3rd line. When were good we always have that 1st 3rd line LW swap option for diff. looks like 20/19/88 to 29/19/88 and when we did 10/19/81 to 20/19/81.

  • March 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    According to ESPN the hawks are back on top! How is this possible? I thought Minny was too strong and of course the Cup winner was coming out of the East!

    1. (Last week: 4) Chicago Blackhawks, 47-20-5

    Thanks to a five-game winning streak, the red-hot Blackhawks became the first Western Conference team to lock down a Stanley Cup playoff spot. It’s Chicago’s ninth consecutive postseason appearance, and this is the earliest it has clinched during that run. The Blackhawks are playing inspirational hockey at the right time and look like a legitimate Cup contender.

  • March 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    The right time is during the playoffs. Playoffs? …..

  • March 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I think the appropriate rule on the offsides is 83.3 on delayed offside:

    “any member of the attacking team touches the puck, attempts to gain possession of a loose puck, forces the defending puck carrier further back into his own zone, or who is about to make physical contact with the defending puck carrier, the Linesman shall stop play for the off-side violation.”

    Panik might not have touched the puck while Toews was offside, but he certainly attempted to (re)gain possession of it before Toews tagged up. It’s offside. But then again, it’s impossible to decipher the moment that a player “attempts to gain possession.” So the rule is pretty murky here.

  • March 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    On second thought, since Panik is skating toward a puck in close proximity, he’s attempting to gain possession of it. Toews has not tagged up yet, so the play is offside.

    If Panik nudges it over the blue line, then swerves in another direction or glides for a split second until Toews tags up, he’s not attempting to gain possession of it. Onside.

  • March 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    The rule is written the way it is, so theres that. They must only be going by, when the puck touches the stick and nothing else matters. Whats not cool is every rule is not black and white and it should be.

  • March 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Hawks clinched a birth with LA losing yesterday. Earliest the Hawks have clinched in their 9 year playoff streak. Yeah, earlier thab 2010. When Detroit’s streak ends it’ll be the 2nd longest behind Pittsburgh.

    Just saw a Boudreau clip…hes losing his mind. Panicking. Squirming at the Mic before leaving an interview. 13 point standings swing since Feb 1.

    Panarin tied for 10th in assists and tied for 10th in points. Start rooting for Granlund, and Pastrnak to put up points. And Granlund, Thornton, and Wennberg to put up some apples.

  • March 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Yea, we need Bread to cool it a bit. Get goals not assists. Those games, OTT/TOR were boring to watch but better for player bonuses. Guys are going to get rest at times with busy sch., 2nd line guys looks like they could use a game or two for rest, eh.

  • March 20, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I understand what they’re saying that Panik maybe didn’t touch the puck prior to Toews maybe touching up. My point is the way the rule is written, and the way they ruled that He “tagged up at the instant the puck was on Richard Panik’s stick when Chicago entered the attacking zone prior to the goal. ”

    By saying those 2 things they’re saying every time Patrick Kane stick handles, those split seconds the puck isn’t physically touching his stick he isn’t in possession of the puck.

    Now, had that been a pass and Panik not touched the puck prior to that… then it’s a different story.

  • March 20, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Whether you agree/disagree or like/dislike the onside/offside call – it’s over and in the books and it went against the Hawks against the Wild and it went in the Hawks favor against the Avs. Even Steven … move on.

  • March 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I had to watch the Avs feed and I must say analyst Peter McNabb was insufferable. He ranted about the off sides call for the entire rest of the game. Granted it was a momentum swing. But to me the bottom line was the Hawks simply hit the Avs with a tsunami of offense in the third period. Even if they waved off the goal, the Hawks would have kept pushing.

    Bednar’s team deflated and he had no answer.

    The only guy I really felt bad for was Kempny. He was really pressing, Rundblad style. He was so afraid of making mistakes that everything he seemed to touch turned into near disaster. I would play him in at least 2 of the 4 upcoming games, just to keep him relatively fresh.

  • March 21, 2017 at 12:45 am

    The attempt to play the puck has to my understanding always referred to someone who after the linesmans arm goes up and yells offside continues in and who’s first touch could be a shot on goal or of that nature. The standard for being onside has always been to tag up before someone touches the puck in the zone. As far as Paniks call even if you did try to apply it, theres no way to determine on a replay if he brought his stick in a little slower to the puck in an attempt not to play it till Toews tagged up anyways.

  • March 21, 2017 at 1:44 am

    The important thing to me is that Parise teammate touched puck before he got a skate to line. Tazer got his skate to line befere Panik touched puck. Therefore Parise was offside and complete bullshit and Tazer was onside and right call not a mistake/lucky/break/and so on.

    The way the rule is written maybe both were offside then. In which the rule needs updating script. So its black and white. Make rule when puck touches stick and nothing else matters.

    The thing that pissed me off when Parise as offsides was going by the rule or when the puck touches stick he was offsides either way.

    Whatever the league goes by as long as they go by same thing everytime, ok so theres no surprises. Get those refs a larger ipad/have a screen in the both there.

  • March 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Take it out of the refs hands. Have Toronto tell them the correct call. Refs just listen. It would probably expedite the process.

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