Blackhawks Escape Columbus With Shootout Victory

After having their Saturday game in Carolina postponed by the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks had a long three-day weekend on the road. The Hawks were without Dylan Strome, who is still in concussion protocol. And, with Connor Murphy returning, the Hawks opted to sit Nicolas Beaudin as well.

Returning to the ice in Columbus against a Jackets team chasing them in the playoff race, how would Chicago look in the first period?

Pretty frickin’ good.

The Jackets got a couple early chances but the Blackhawks quickly shut it down and went to work. When the Hawks got a power play 7:19 into the game they made it count. Carl Soderberg worked hard in front of the net to tap in a gritty goal to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

The Jackets were struggling in almost every aspect of the game and the Blackhawks were keeping their foot on the pedal. A Max Domi turnover 10 minutes into the second found the stick of Patrick Kane and Chicago had a 2-0 lead.

The goal is the 398th career regular season goal for Kane.

Cam Atkinson cut the Blackhawks’ lead in half 91 seconds after the Kane goal but the majority of the first period was owned by the Blackhawks. Chicago out-shot Columbus 17-5 in the opening 20 minutes. However, they carried only a one-goal lead into the intermission.

Why only one goal? Joonas Korpisalo had a terrific first period in net for Columbus. Chicago could have easily scored a couple more but he was on point from the get-go.

When you dominate a period the way the Blackhawks did and only come away with a one-goal lead it can lead to trouble in the next 20 minutes. And that was precisely the reality for the Hawks in this one.

Patrik Laine tied the game 48 seconds into the middle period.

With 16:24 left in the second, Ian Mitchell broke up a breakaway opportunity for Oliver Bjorkstrand but did so illegally. Bjorkstrand got a penalty shot opportunity but Kevin Lankinen made a terrific save.

At 5:46 into the second it appeared that another Columbus turnover had turned into a goal, this time for David Kampf. But Matthew Highmore made contact with Korpisalo, not only taking the goal off the board but also sending Highmore to the penalty box.

Chicago handled the penalty quickly turned the kill into an opportunity. Soderberg and Kane provided traffic around the net and Kane set up Brandon Hagel for his first career NHL goal.

Unfortunately, Adam Boqvist went to the penalty box 12 seconds after Hagel gave the Hawks the lead. And Laine sniped home his second power play goal of the night to tie the game at three.

The Blackhawks’ penalty kill being atrocious was a theme. Unfortunately the parade to the box wasn’t finished.

At 15:05 into the second the Blackhawks took the lead back. Dominik Kubalik was the scorer this time.

That’s where the score would stand at the second break. Columbus out-shot the Hawks 12-11 in the period and each team scored twice. Could the Blackhawks build on their lead – and hold onto it?

Well, Boqvist gave the Blackhawks a two-goal margin 3:37 into the third. His first of the year came on the power play, Chicago’s second goal with an advantage in the game.

Kane picked up his third assist and fourth point of the night on Boqvist’s goal.

The first time the Blackhawks had a two-goal lead it didn’t last long enough. This one didn’t, either.

Bjorkstrand scored Columbus’ third power play goal of the night exactly 10 minutes into the third period. Six minutes later Bjorkstrand tied the game, giving him six goals on the season. The game was tied, Lankinen was fighting it and the Blackhawks were struggling to clear the zone.

The Hawks would put only five shots on goal in the entire third period with Boqvist’s one getting through. Columbus scored twice on eight shots and we headed to overtime. Again.

Once the puck dropped in overtime Chicago barely touched the puck again for five minutes. For as mediocre as Lankinen was in regulation, he was terrific in the extra session. Columbus out-shot the hawks 5-1 in overtime but neither team scored.

Alex DeBrincat scored to open the shootout for the Hawks and Lankinen made two saves before Jack Roslovic fumbled the puck to give Chicago the victory.

In five games against Columbus this season, Kane now has 12 points and is plus-six. He has absolutely dominated the Jackets this year.

Kane has six multi-point efforts in 10 games and has accounted for five goals and 15 assists in the month of February. Importantly, 14 of his 20 points in the month have come at even strength.

Lankinen stopped 25 of 30 in one of his weakest performances of the season. But he came up big in OT and the shootout when the Hawks needed him and the team got the second point.

Boqvist, Duncan Keith and Nikita Zadorov were credited with four shots on net each from the Hawks’ blue line. Ian Mitchell was held to 12:15, the lowest ice time by far among Blackhawks defensemen.

Kubalik led Chicago with six shots on net. He was credited with an assist and his sixth goal of the season.

Soderberg had one goal, two assists and won 11 of 17 faceoffs in another strong performance.

92 thoughts on “Blackhawks Escape Columbus With Shootout Victory

  • February 23, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    4 more pts in next 3 games
    Hagel…Hagel…yeesss so happy for him
    To many penalties…

  • February 23, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    They had jump and looked well rested in the 1st.Thought they skated well all night.They just didn’t put a body on anybody and did not finish checks or take anyone off the puck.They just do not have any of those types of forwards in their lineup.Lankinen didn’t hold his net well in regulation as he was sliding out of position giving up at least 2 bad goals.Stood on his head in o.t/shootout.Somebody needs to go directly at Savard to start Thursday night off.Bad enough he boards Kane but them skates away with his head up.He should have been drifted right on the spot.Thougt Boqvist played his best game in a long time.Congats to Hagel on his first!

  • February 23, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    What’s with these really bad interference penalties the Hawks keep taking? I can think of 3 this season and there might be more. They usually lead to goals, as this one did.

    It was a very nice thing to see Hagel convert. He was good tonight and came up with some pucks you would not expect him to win. That goal felt good. There should be a lot more where that came from.

    Lankinen was letting in goals that he normally doesn’t, but Laine can make a goalie look bad. Lankinen made some great saves during some tense times, including OT. Do we get Subban on Thursday? We probably should. The Hawks came back with Lankinen after his last weak outing. Maybe that should not be a pattern. He still needs to earn it and Subban has been good.

    I can’t think of anything that Zadorov did terribly bad, but he still makes one nervous. I am wondering what others think of the “retribution,” or lack thereof, over the bad hit on Kane. Yeah, Laine got hit a couple times after that but they weren’t bone crunchers.

    Regarding the penalty shot on Mitchell, it seems that taking the penalty has a higher odds of a goal being scored than letting the goalie try to stop the breakaway. There was no question that it would be a penalty shot. Bjorkstrand did not have enough room or enough time to do exactly what he wanted like he does with a penalty shot so I am not sure taking the penalty is the highest odds play. Fortunately, it is a non-issue because of Lank.

    Isn’t it nice to have a goalie that can respond to penalty shots or shoot outs? Lehner was great at everything else, but that got to be punishing to watch.

    Eddie had a good point. When there is an intentional off sides, the players should not be able to change after that. Treat it like an icing.

    It was an entertaining game, but the Hawks made it look hard – especially in the third.

  • February 23, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Good team win with some actual 5v5 scoring by the Hawks. Always nice to see. It wasn’t a great game for Lankinen but as Tab said in his recap, he did his best work one on one and late in the game..stopping the penalty shot earlier, stopping a couple of breakaways in OT, and then looking solid in the shootout..and if the Hawks could stay out of the box, Columbus doesn’t keep the game close at all. Columbus didn’t have much going on 5v5 for most of the game. We kept them in the game by going short handed over and over. And then once we were short handed, we gave Laine time to pick a corner on each of his pp goals..ummm, maybe shadow him with a forward and essentially play ”4 on 3” when we play them Saturday. Force someone else to beat you while shorthanded. Whatever the strategy was while we were on the pk, I wasn’t a fan of it. Too many players were able to skate down into or below the dots and tee off. We need to pressure those shooters and keep more shots to a distance. However, glass half full, we got the two points and limited them 5v5. Without the leaky pk, this game is won 5-2 or 5-3 Hawks.

    It was also nice to play another team that doesn’t have a number one center right now..since they traded PLD, Columbus has Boone Jenner and not much else at the dot. The Hawks were able to take advantage and start with the puck for the majority of the game tonight. It was a nice change of pace and Soderberg, Suter, and Kampf took advantage..all three were 50 percent or better at the dot tonight.

  • February 23, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Nice to see several of the young guys fight through adversity and hang in for the win. Great for Hagel to get his first with the primary assist from Kane. The goal from Boquist was pretty special and he had a late shift where he played Laine well – small steps in the right direction.

    Icehogs finally get a win with first goals for Barrett and Altybarkmakyan.

  • February 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Despite giving up 5 goals I thought Lanks played pretty well. The main criticism I have on Lankinen is his clearing attempts are weak and get intercepted many times. He’s good at scurrying back and stopping the puck and usually pretty good at passing to an open teammate but if he doesn’t have a direct target he rings it around the board but rarely has enough mustard on it to get it out of the zone without and opposing player getting over and stopping it. He had a couple of those tonight and at least one of them ended up in his net.

    Hurray for Hagel. Hurray at last. Hurray for Hagel. He’s a horse’s … well … I won’t go there. :-) Good for him – he’s earned it.

    Nice snipe by Boqvist. Hope to see a lot more of that.

    Did something happen to Mitchell? He played only 15 shifts / 12 minutes. Nice to see #5 back out there.

    Kinda happy Kane didn’t get traded. Sure is a joy to watch him play.

    There’s just something about Columbus I don’t like. Always very cool to beat them.

  • February 23, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Lank came up big at the end but I didn’t like the first goal – still he’s a winner who senses the moment when he needs to make the save and he did

    You can see the advantage of playing 7 D – because with only 6 D 5, 16 and 2 were all over 22 minutes and 16 and 2 seemed a little gassed at the end a little slow making plays

    I think JC will go back to Beaudin over Highmore’s 8 minutes or perhaps give Mitchell a game off

    Good game from Boquist and what a shot – his only black mark was that penalty

    Murphy was good

    Soderberg would be a perfect 3C if he was 10 years younger -smart, good defensively, decent offensively, wins FOs, PKs

    Strome should go to school on this guy cause he won’t be here next year and if Strome wants to stay in the long term plans he needs to play more like Soderberg – use your size to your advantage

    I’m loving the improvement in DCats all round game and so is Kane

  • February 23, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Raptor !
    I don’t think the Hawks had intentions to trade Kane…it’s just a few guru fans who whants to trade Kane ,,,and DCat,,,and Strome,,,and Boqvist,,,and Murphy and Keith ect ect hahaha
    We need Johnson in the next game for sure
    Kane was everywhere again. What a player.
    Hopefully Dach will come back In 6-8 weeks I think .

  • February 23, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Welcome back # 5, we sure missed you. Also murph, thanks for taking a couple of runs at laine after savard”s cheap shot on kane. Nice to see the cat jump in to defend kane which leads me to wonder, where are you #16?
    2 reasons for mitchell”s limited ice time. One the trip leading to the penalty shot after he got beat. Two, the bLind pass behind his net right to the blue jacket player which happened in the first 5 minutes.
    With 6 d, Carlson and Beauvein sit. They were missed. With the 3 off days, I guess we won’t see any maintenance days for the vets anytime soon. Sure would like to see Johnson and kalynuk get in there. Didn’t think wall mark was noticeable, but he does get much of a chance to play.
    Most impressive item of the night was NET FRONT PRESENCE. Thank you soderburg and carpenter.

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Lankinen had a Jekyll and Hyde game, enough Jekyll at the end to make the difference. Kane in another zone and Debrincat with him. Couple of nice smipes from Kubalik and Boqvist, who showed flashes of why they believe his offense is at another level. Good for Hagel to get the monkey off his back. Mitchell had a rough 1st period and start to the 2nd, thought he shook it off pretty good and played some strong shifts last part of 2nd but not much ice in 3rd. Zadorov played a pretty good game but no response to cheap shot on Kane was missing. Pk struggled, left Laine to much of a wheelhouse, but goalie needs to be best penalty killer he wasn’t, Suter can be capable 3C behind Dach and Toews, plus play up if one his hurt, don’t think there is a need there. Kampf playing capable 4th, with Kurashev, Strome and Wallmark an rfa has good chance of returning should give lots of depth there. Gotta like how they keep battling and come up with wins in different ways.

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Despite losing two, two-goal leads I’m buoyed by the fact that this team is still able to find ways to win. It provides Colliton with a teaching/coaching moment AND a win. Hopefully winning is becoming contagious. Especially for the young guns – they may be getting baptized by fire – but they are also coming to realize that they belong. Winning early in their career – together – burnishes them as teammates who have tasted a little success.

    The fact that we’re without so many veteran players – to include our top three centers – bodes well for the Hawks’ projected depth. Can’t wait to see when they sprinkle in some young guns with size – like Teply, C. Morrison, or Reese Johnson the human pinball who hits everything.

    Cat standing up for Kaner was outstanding – but Savard looked at him like he was playing Buck, Buck: “A piece of paper, somebody threw a piece of paper on me!”
    If/when they make the playoffs, teams will definitely take runs at Kaner considering the offense runs through him. That will get ugly fast.

  • February 24, 2021 at 1:26 am

    10-3-4 since first few games where/we wernt up to speed.

    Starting to get a little impressed with the young wave players in that without 77 19/and 20 50 for that matter it prob gives less pressure agaisnt us since we wernt thinking.

    The ufa players we added to the ones we already had like 64 22. Janmark these guys are key role players and allow the young wave players to be able to play. Just imagine how much better were going to be with 77 19. Trickle.

    For now though its better that 77 19 5 other are not playing this yr so it gives the young wavers room to play. Same with STL COL being in west and even though TB is the best team in league since 2015 Blackhawks dynasty its better that these fast east coast/south CAR FLR TB are here for a practice season of 55 games.

    Perfect for the young wavers to get feet wet and not decappitated. Then when NHL is back to normal/divisions/82 games we ll be getting some more of our sand paper players/johnson barratt other.

  • February 24, 2021 at 1:44 am

    You guys being jacked stoaked. This is how I felt about the Four Horsemen and during the last two yrs peeople here said things like overrated not that good donot even know if there going to be that good not saviors so I kind of felt good about young wave then because of that. People saying please donot ever hear the words Four Horsemen aagin.

    Now look at the Horsemen in the first 55 games/without 77 19. I always believe in the Horsemen though it was/because none of the right prospect were in yet/none of our best-better ones yet. Now were seeing the right ones tha we have been waiting for/Four Horsemen Kurachev the new-Suter other.

    So what I am saying is Four Horsemen. Suck on thaaaaat!

    Maybe that Kaynuk guy can be the 4th if he is good.

    February 23, 2021 at 10:44 am
    @Ian. I’m Jacked about the future of the defense. Young fast and balanced offensively and defensively. Love that they just blew it up and didn’t spend the money to sign overpriced vets. Let the kids play!

    February 23, 2021 at 11:03 am
    Nameless, agree that there is a ton of potential in Nhl and coming up in system on the blueline. Establishing a top pair beyond Keith is a must goal for next year though. Vlassic playing top pair and having a strong season at BU is somebody who has top 4 potential in next few years. Last Octobers draft showing alot of promise too, might see 1 or 2 of them down the road.

    February 23, 2021 at 12:33 pm
    Speaking of being stoked … just read Powers piece in TheAthletic on Lukas Reichel and I’m stoked!!!

  • February 24, 2021 at 5:02 am

    I just wish that we did not give Columbus the point. Too many defensive mistakes towards the end of the game. Even though Lankinen stood on his head in OT, he made some glaring mistakes in the 3rd period. I will say this, the veterans that Stan has brought in this season are playing exceptionally well, Zadarov included. This was Boqvist’s best game that I have watched him play to date, and that Janmark gets better each game, as does Hagel.

    Kane (10)
    Hagel (9)
    Janmark (9)
    Suter (8)
    Soderberg (8)
    Kubalik (8)
    Keith (8)
    Boqvist (8)
    Lankinen (8)

  • February 24, 2021 at 6:53 am

    As Hagel goes- Hawks seem to go/play. Only one ” sub-par” game so far in his career.

    Highmore- I like the game he plays- But seems to average one terrible penalty per game. That needs to stop!

    Boqvist- I would really like to see him at the DCat spot on 2nd unit PP. Guy has serious one timer and wrist shot (still think Mitchell/Beaudin- both have better instincts/quickness- in general, BUT- Adam is younger and does possess -lethal shot). Or try him at middle of 1-3-1 PP on 1st unit.

    Strome was not missed.

    Carlsson and Beaudin were missed.

    Both Lankinen and Murphy were really OFF some of their angles/lanes to the shooter/puck-imo

  • February 24, 2021 at 7:41 am

    ER–I focused on Mitchell and even though the Hawks had a great first period I saw Mitchell look confused, out of position several times in the first period-was/is he hurt? Don’t know-but his play during a great first period may have been why he didn’t play much.
    Many are right you don’t notice Carlsson when he plays and that may be a good sign.

    Is this team a playoff team-who knows, maybe, really? and all of the above. But it sure seems like a top five is out and they could sneak in. They may be so tired if they get in cause they only win when they outwork the other team and Lank has a good night (other than last night-he was OK)

    Going forward they could use a re-cloned Marion Hossa and Hammer . And of course Kirby Dach.

  • February 24, 2021 at 7:43 am

    They can’t let teams run Kane without retribution. Last night was the perfect time to send a message that you can’t touch Kane, without him this team is dead in the water.

  • February 24, 2021 at 7:46 am

    They say that strength down the middle wins hockey games. Well, Chicago is playing without their top 3 centers and have a rookie starting goalie. I’d like to see how other teams would do in the same situation. Any team that loses to Chicago under these circumstances should be embarrassed.

    Bowman and Colliton have taken a lot of heat over the makeup and style of coaching of this team but apparently there is depth and the team is cohesive. So much for “losing the room’.

  • February 24, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Sweet hands Kane and welcome back Murphy. Get that PK fixed and keep building the chemistry boys. Love my Hawks

  • February 24, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Has the season started yet?
    How close are we to a top draft pick?
    Anybody scheduled for LTIR?
    Is Colliton still the coach?
    Is Stan still employed?
    Hope I can get out of this Covid bubble soon!

  • February 24, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Definitely noticed ER’s point on Lankinen’s weak clearing attempts, in part because they became so predictable. Especially in the 3rd, it felt like every time he got the puck he took a second behind the net and then made the exact same clearing ‘pass’ to the left side—hopefully something that gets addressed in coaching/practice
    I was shocked how many times Murphy pinched deep in one game, it would be interesting to know if that was part of a gameplan or just him ‘feeling it’, but generally he made good choices when he did it

  • February 24, 2021 at 8:51 am

    I would give a break to Mitchell for a game or 2 just to take pressure out. Replace with Beaudin or Kalynuk .Johnson will be playing in the next game for sure .
    Soderberg is really playing better lately and am glad they got him this year.
    Hagel is really a good move from Stan …getting this guy for free is a gift we can afford every year.
    I don’t miss Seabrook , Toews , Saad ,Crow at all .( they where very good for the Hawks but it’s time to move on now ) (( maybe a positive Toews would be good but I really think it’s over with the Hawks )) he was my favourite player for many years.
    Good luck to those guys
    Love my young Hawks . With a big WOW , learning with the best ( Keith , Kane , Murphy ,
    When Dach ( the future Hawks Captain ) will be back …we will have a really nice team for the future .

  • February 24, 2021 at 9:08 am

    They are a must watch….never really seem to be out of it…..just gets me nervous with the puck in their own zone…..need to work on clearing the puck, always seems to be to many passes and more often than not it takes two to three try’s to clear the puck….

  • February 24, 2021 at 9:41 am

    I think the veteran D are a little tired by late in the third because they play so much

    JC is going to them more down the stretch as he should – as the young guys continue to improve they’ll be given more minutes late in games but for now this is the reality

    By year’s end I expect to see Boquist, Beaudin, Mitchell and Carlsson (whoever is in) getting more late game minutes and the Hawks as a team closing out games better

    For now we live with the emotional roller coaster – can’t say it’s not exciting!

  • February 24, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Watched second half of VGK/COL the other night

    I know it’s only half a game but Saad was not very noticeable at all

    Savard should get some retribution on Thursday but last night was not the right time – winning the game is more important – make a note and even the score next game

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:06 am

    OK. 20 games into abridged season and I am prepared to eat a little crow on Bowman and Colliton…. but I do it cautiously with chopsticks as opposed to tenaciously with knife and fork.

    Why, you ask?

    1. Is only 20 games….not 2 full seasons, playoffs included.

    2. Team defense is still chaotic. How many times have you counted 4 Hawks on one side of ice in their own end?
    Coaching needs to fix that immediately.
    Not after breakfast. Not tomorrow. Immediately.

    3. Defense corps is woefully thin, despite strong performances of rookies 51, 47, and at times, second year guy 27.

    4. Defense corps could use a steady player in the former #28, instead of having wallflower #92 off learning how to make perfume, or whatever he is doing.
    But a lousy trade renders that moot.

    5. Maybe Saad needed to be traded. OK, we will buy that.
    But holy crap, surely you read the scouting reports on the guy you traded for while he was in Denver, yes?
    Why trade a solid forward, with Cups on his resume, for Enrico Ciccone Jr.?
    Surely Bowman, you could have done better than that, yes?
    Even the Avs fan base wrote this guy is very suspect in his own end, prior to the trade.

    6. NHL goaltenders are funny.
    Some thrive long term at elite levels.
    (Crawford, Richter, Roy, Brodeur)
    Some shine momentarily, then die on the vine.
    (Chevrier, The Hamburglar, Bob Mason,)
    So it is way too early to sing the praises of Lankinen.

    7. Some of the young players keep making the same mistakes.
    #23 consistently turning puck over at his own blueline, and making too cute pass attempts at other blueline are good examples.
    #16 constantly out of position is another.
    It is a function of youth, we all know.
    But a young coach needs to send strong message to these consistent mistakes with a few, silent shifts at end of bench.
    That is not happening.

    So as stated, I will eat small amount of crow…..for now, cuz team is overachieving under young coach and The Master Of Reality.

    But proof is long term, not just 20 games.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:13 am

    What would this season look like without Kane? Or, more to the point, what would this rebuild look like without Kane?

    The obvious answer is ‘not as good’, but there is a deeper realization when put in the context of a rebuild. We all like what we see from the 1st and 2nd year players – better than expected is a phrase used a lot this season. But if Kane wasn’t playing like Kane – would those players be playing “better than expected”? Kane affects the team and his teammates on multiple levels, not just with his elite play but also by leading and instilling confidence in the young players,

    To hone the question a bit more – if the Hawks are “X” far away from rebuilding the team to be a Cup contender with Kane – how much farther are they away if Kane isn’t on the team? The question is more than purely academic because at some point Kane won’t be on the team anymore or his play will be diminished where he won’t be “Kane-like” anymore. Now maybe he stays Kane-like for a bunch more years and the rebuild goes so well that the Hawks are legitimately contending for the Cup before Kane hangs up his skates, but …

    Maybe the question really comes down to can the Hawks be an elite team without a legitimate elite player? For as good as these young players are – better than expected – I don’t see any elite players.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Agree with ER on Lank also. If that’s the worse part of his game Jimmy should be able to fix it.

    Tim W we need some big aggressive protective malefactor. Since we have The Four Horsemen now can we get the Road Warriors? Like to have Lowry and Cizikas.

    I know some do not like Bennett or Reinhart but they are young enough to grow with the team as protectors. Maybe even Khaira. On the cheap for a year or 2 max would be Getzlaf and Simmonds maybe B Ryan that have some offensive talent. M Healy Rinaldo and Thompson for just dropping the gloves.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:29 am

    JR Roman,I tell you if Cassian is anywhere near healthy and the Oilers would eat some money,he would be a perfect deterent. The other night 1 of the Jets ran the Canuck rookie and not only did they respond immediately but at the beginning of the next game McEwen dropped the gloves and beat the hell out of the guy and there were no further issues.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:31 am

    @ EbonyRaptor.

    Hurray for Hagel then say not gonna go there?

    You can’t do that to old people OK? I just journeyed back to my youth listening to Tommy Roe’s Hurray for Hazel. You Youngens might just have to Google that song but here’s a little ditty that should fit well when he scores a goal.

    Hurray for Hagel he put it in.
    Hurray for Hagel let’s do it again.
    Hurry for Hagel he’s got some kick.
    Hurry for Hagel now let’s get the trick.

    Thanks ER that song is gonna stick in my craw for a long time. It didn’t help that I had Tommy Roe’s essentials blasting through the Bluetooth speakers while I was doing snow removal at home 2 weeks ago.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Stupid spell check I typed Hurray not Hurry.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:33 am

    The game I saw of VEG COL I saw Saader score the goal ahead 2-1 goal in the games before the outside pond hockey. Then VEG scored on some shit garbage goal like they do alot and then funny COL scores in last min to win. Not sure how good Saader did overall just saw him get put to a lower line then next shift go to net from side and burn the flower power.

    That coach in CLB really F up 20 maybe to the poing of no return. It took him a bit to get back to somewhat normal after he came back. So maybe Bowman and crew knew that.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:41 am

    We can ask the same question with many team
    Oilers without McDavid
    Leafs without Marner
    Vegas without Fleury
    Ect ect ..except that some of those team where rebuilding 2-3 years ago
    The good thing is that they have Kane today and we need a Wilson on the team for those Who wants to hurt the top notch players.
    Johnson can help a bit I think

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Good points Perimeter. Should get more for 28 20 though getting Hagel Suter Kaynuk and next Russian and then another euro after that kind of doesnt make up for it at least we didnt get fair return on 28 20 and not get any of those guys. Overall good should be better like your saying.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:43 am

    I couldn’t disagree more in the notion of bringing in a meathead like Cassian to supposedly deter Savard from throwing Kane into the boards. I’m not against fighting in the NHL and actually love to see it when it happens organically but the idea that having a meathead on the team is going to prevent anything is not the way the NHL operates anymore. First, the meathead would have to be on the ice when an opposing player “takes liberties” and jump in and take the instigator penalty – or it would be premeditated rather than organic is done later in the game. The best way to handle it is to breed a camaraderie on the team where every player is willing to step up when the occasion arises. Players that don’t naturally have that “Neanderthal gene” will gain courage when they know it’s part of the team identity. Part of the growing process of this rebuild.

  • February 24, 2021 at 10:57 am

    ER – let’s see how these Hawks respond to Savard’s cheap shot next game – I’ll think that the ‘we take care of each other attitude’ is developing already and there’s no need for an aging player like Kassian just to seek retribution- that would a waste of $ and a roster spot IMO

  • February 24, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Ebony,most all meat heads take regular shifts.I know that you watch a lot of games like I do and know that immediate response is still universal.You are required to do both immediate and later on with the drop of the gloves at the beginning of a period or the next game.It would be interesting to ask Patrick Kane if he would mind playing a few shifts with a Cassian,McEwen,Bennett,Martin,etc.They can all play the game.Dach suffered the same fate last year when he was cheap spotted by Tkachuk after a goal.You have to have a response and most NHL teams do.Of course though if I say it’s daytime you will say it’s night.We don’t agree on much.

  • February 24, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Even though Mitchell had a tough game I really like his approach and attitude. In the NFL players are told if they make a mistake do it at full speed. This is what I see from Mitch. He commits to a play and if he screws up he moves right on to the next play.

    Regarding the retribution it does not need to be a fight. I would expect Murphy or Zadorov to be physical with a guy like Atkinson, Laine or Roslovic.

  • February 24, 2021 at 11:12 am

    This is the way.

    TIM W.
    February 24, 2021 at 10:29 am
    JR Roman,I tell you if Cassian is anywhere near healthy and the Oilers would eat some money,he would be a perfect deterent. The other night 1 of the Jets ran the Canuck rookie and not only did they respond immediately but at the beginning of the next game McEwen dropped the gloves and beat the hell out of the guy and there were no further issues.

  • February 24, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Whatever way works do it do it.

  • February 24, 2021 at 11:35 am

    EB that was my reason for not wanting to trade Kane, when you got the best you’re not going get better or as good just younger. Without him this team would heading into a long rebuild in the first step of finding rock bottom to climb up from. Can only when the day comes he isn’t the Kane we are used to seeing, that the sum of the remaining parts can overcome his loss.

    Good laugh out of the Hurray for Hagel, Nameless anybody who noticed the spellcheck, likely reading it not hearing it, lol.

    Wrap Saad is Saad, some games he stands put some he doesn’t. Playing 1st line with MacKinnon scoring a few goals. One thing i did notice in few games i saw Avs, is he isn’t out on pk, just 2nd pp is all the special teams i noticed.

    Entwistle, Teply, C. Morrison are big bodies filling out in Rfd. Really looking forward to Entwistle and how he looks when his chance comes. With Johnson, Altybarmakyan and Barrett too, size and sandpaper should be on the way.

  • February 24, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Discussion of Kane’s play reminded me of his noticeable commitment to defensive play and back checking continues to be this season—with slight exaggeration, more D within last 20 games from him than all the past dozen years
    Certainly has much to do with the team’s schemes and needs, but very happy to see him stepping up when called, setting the example, and showing he deserves the “A”
    & it certainly hasn’t detracted from his offensive game much

  • February 24, 2021 at 11:57 am

    I remember that old song too but my reference was to a song the old Swedes would sing in my dad’s tavern for birthdays or other noteworthy things. It was more or less a salty song of endearment. My brothers and I would sing when we got together at my dad’s house:

    Hurray for Hans
    Hurray at last
    Hurray for Hans
    He’s a horse’s ass.

    And then followed be everyone shouting “YEAH!!!”.

    That’s going back to my roots. :-)

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    I’m not against having players who will drop the gloves when the occasion calls for it – but I’m not in favor of having a player whose primary purpose its to do so. If a guy is a net positive player without dropping the gloves AND he’s willing and able – then great! I loved Al Secord back in the day.

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Certainly an entertaining game to watch, but I never felt comfortable when Hawks had those 2 goal leads. Lankinen made some great saves and let a few softies in, but really we should expect this. Fortunately, Jackets seem to have lost their defensive structure in a bad sort of way. Hawks skated freely around offensive zone all night. Jackets used to be pretty tough on opposing forwards. Game last night was certainly not a physical contest by any means and Jackets need to play with that edge. Glad they forgot about it for the most part. Man, talk about taking dumb penalties last night? Jackets one upped the Hawks in that dept. Maybe Torts is losing his grip on this group? Hawks special teams have been a big plus for them thus far although PK last night left the wrong guy in Laine open too much. Stay out of the box.

    I have to believe some payback is coming in the next game for Savard for that cheapshot on Kane. Totally unnecessary and left Kaner in a very dangerous position. Lucky he wasn’t badly hurt. When Dcat is the guy that is first to arrive on the scene that better be a wake up call to the rest of this roster. Zadorov needs to step up. Thats’ his job. Suit up Johnson next game. That kid plays tough.

    A win is a win. This team continues to compete and as fans we have to be impressed how well the Hawks have played to this point.

    Anyone know if the current NHL divisional lineups will be permanent? I for one do not like this grouping and very much hope the 2021-2022 season will go back to closer to what it was prior to this season.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Phil last i heard, next year will be the old divisions again with Coyotes added to Central to allow Seattle to be in west.

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I may be wrong but I thought Zadorov hit Laine pretty hard after that Savard cheap shot which is a form of payback – the game was obviously still in doubt when Kane got hit so you can’t throw the game just to show how tough you are – wait for your opportunity next game or the game after that

    Big Z a good game

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Ian,I have a gut feeling that Reese Johnson is the future Hawks 3rd line Center.He has much more to his game than just the hits.Instead of Walmark centering Kubalik and Hagel I would love to see Reese Johnson take a few games at that spot.I think we all would enjoy watching them play together.

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Barratt is coming too.This team could end up looking pretty solid down the middle.

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    @Wraparound- I’ve watched several Av’s games this season and Saad looked very good. Remember the Av’s just got off a long layoff. Their whole team hasn’t looked particularly good the last week or so.

  • February 24, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Okie – thanks for the update- you’re right that the whole COL team looked out of sorts that game

  • February 24, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    @Perimeter player

    You have no choice but to eat crow (not a little by the way). Your the guy that disappears for long stretches when their winning and playing well.
    Even your post today you still try to justify your tired takes.
    Welcome back

  • February 24, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    TimW wouldn’t mind seeing Hagel and Johnson together for a couple of games, they were on same line in Red Deer and had alot of success together. Hagel was actually listed as center and Johnson as winger, but Johnson took all the faceoffs and won 65% of them or maybe even little higher.

  • February 24, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    This is why I think its huge for the young wave to get a free yr with fast elite teams in divisions rather then meat head teams/STL COL for this 55 games experience. Then next yr and after we have those guys here/coming.

    February 24, 2021 at 11:35 am
    With Johnson, Altybarmakyan and Barrett too, size and sandpaper should be on the way.

  • February 24, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks Ian. I am relieved to hear that about future team alignments! Tim, I hope you are correct about Johnson’s potential.

    Let’s go Hawks!

  • February 24, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Brandon Hagel is the real deal, reckless, determined and focused on every shift. This rag-tag team continues to impress me as they continue to hang around, keep it close, and play with more grit on the fore check. The lose of Storme is a benefit = dead weight. Hawks are just grinding these games out which is all we can ask. If we can improve the performance at the DOT that would help. Lankinen came up big when he had too, the more he plays the better he’ll get. This is a short season which means KANE can drift up and down the line up and play a truck load of minutes, they’ll make the playoffs. Kieth looks tired . . .

  • February 24, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    KANE is the only reason they’re playing this well, really showing his leadership on the ice, showing the grinders how to fill the lanes, drift to open space and be offensive minded. The only player in the NHL that makes any line he’s on 50% better, confidence in not easy to create, but some how he’s carrying this team and his confidence is contagious. Go Hawks!

  • February 24, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Oh boy oh boy cant wait for Barratt to get established. Even hear of a guy named Shaw who was impact right off the bat.

  • February 24, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Knuckle totally agree about Hagel and the jury still out on Strome-hope you’re wrong.
    If Lankinen plays better than he did for about ten+ games we have another Carey Price. My guess is he’ll come back to a realistic rookie season, not get better and better.
    Now that isn’t a bad thing, he could be the guy going forward which would be a huge step forward to what we thought in December. But there is bound to be setbacks and some weaknesses more apparent. Then he has to re-adjust.

  • February 24, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    We had Ladd Brouwer Byfuglin Bickell Burish Eager in 2010
    Bickell Bollig Carcillo Mayers Shaw Rosi 2013
    Bickell Carcillo Hartman Runblad Shaw Desjardin Rosi 2015

    That can/would drop them. Today probably only Hagel Highmore Murphy Zadorov.

    Lowry and Cizikas would be a nice addition plus at 48% and 54% at the dot respectfully brings us a 51% average.

  • February 24, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Some of us have lives to lead, MrFenn92.
    Lives that take us away from blog sites.

    My points are accurate…. you know hockey, you should know that……..Morrison does, and he is always here.
    (So much for tired takes, eh?)

    See you after game 30.

  • February 24, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Crazy to say even though some would point out 4 of 10 wins are DET still we basically split agasint every good team or better. 10-3-4 is no joke and take out the DET with the garbage and it is 6-3-4 agasint all good teams.

    Are we a midtier team now/even without 77 19 with moar good prospects still coming. Lets see record wise.

    top teams

    DAL/wil get there act together right?


    ? We look to be better then all the midteier teams which has us too close to borderline top 10/not yet.

  • February 24, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Mo the wins have come against a bad Detroit team plus struggling Preds, Jackets and Stars. Canes were surprised at first but last game showed just how far this needs to go. Florida teams won 4 straight early, so after the Wings this weekend a stretch of 11 games against Bolts 5, Panthers 4 and Stars 2 should paint a little better picture of where this team is.

  • February 24, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    I believe in the 4th Cup like that guy on the Islanders sign at the rink I believe.

    Thats whay I am always/most times here. Other blogs arnt as good/the people arnt.

  • February 24, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Yea whats good is there is only 4 teams ahead in the draft picks. Every other teams is still in the -1 or -2 or higher area so we lose 6/7 of 10 and were right there for the 5 6 7 8 spots before ping pong balls which has us right in the area for an elite player and not have to get lucky in the 15-25 area to get an elite player.

    Still want to add a top pair Defensemen ufa wise one were ready and donot have Seabs caphit. Good transition there with that caphit.

  • February 24, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Why trade a guy like Saad ….easy question
    Because the chemistry is not there anymore with Saad,so you need to trade and move on …he his still a good player but not for the Hawks team who has another approach now with all the new kids.
    Very simple.
    Chemistry is really important….like timing .

  • February 24, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Habs get rid of Julien. Was it that bad? Did I miss something?

  • February 24, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Cloud Zhoolie-eh always looks perplexed. High expectations for the Habs, especially after the very good start to the season – 7-1-2 the first 10 games followed by 2-4-2 the next 8 games – which is apparently enough to get you a ticket out of town.

  • February 25, 2021 at 12:01 am

    I was thinking about inexpensive players that the Hawks could add next year..inexpensive because we have our own RFA’s to sign and also because I think Stan wants to retain some cap flexibility so I don’t think he’s interested in committing to any long term contracts..but next year will be an 82 game season..wouldn’t hurt to add some inexpensive forward depth. I was thinking about Barclay Goodrow. Has size, can skate, can give you a bit of scoring..probably wouldn’t cost more than $1.5 per year..maybe a two year deal..I’d like to add some size to the bottom six but not at the expense of maybe lines of:

    Not bad and doesn’t kill your cap space..having Toews, Dach and Goodrow in the lineup would also make us a little tougher in the corners and in the crease..never a bad thing. Not sure where Strome goes but that’s what the rest of this year and next year’s training camp are for..up to him to carve out a role for himself. Regardless, I like these lines. And I don’t think his presence would stop Colliton from finding a roster spot for Barratt or Entwhistle if they’re ready..either would look solid on a third line with Suter and Kurashev. Anyhoo, just doing some brainstorming so thought I’d share.

  • February 25, 2021 at 1:44 am

    JR Roman,His french was outstanding so it couldn’t have been that.They showed Kirk Muller the door also.Maybe he was playing Jake Allen a little too much.Seems like everytime I tuned into a Habs game he was in the net.

  • February 25, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Slayer,I like it for the forwards.What you got for the D Men?I would definitely take Reichel over Nylander but you never know.Watching these young guys blossom may light a fire under Nylander.My gut tells me Toews isn’t coming back but I hope I am wrong.

  • February 25, 2021 at 4:51 am

    Hypothetically, Toews hangs them up. Seabrook goes to Seattle. Shaw hangs them up. What do you do with the $$. Who wears the C A & A?

  • February 25, 2021 at 7:45 am

    JR–Kept hearing the word disconnect between the players and Julien. Heard that a few times on the Sirius hockey channel. It’s hard to let a guy go with a 611 winning percentage but they are hoping to inject new life into a team that has peaked and going down.
    Their replacement is an up and coming coach.

  • February 25, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Dach is the captain in waiting. Just like Toews was many years ago. Lots of money issues league wide with pandemic, new TV rights I think are on the horizon, expansion etc.
    No wild decisions to be made in the short term.

  • February 25, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Isint that the guy whos Boss Hogs stunt double. I like that guy hes was the one? we beat in BOS in 2013 right?

  • February 25, 2021 at 8:54 am

    If Toews doesn’t come back (I hope he does) – my vote for captain is Kane. It’s hard to tell from outside the locker room but he seems to be the de facto leader since Toews’ absence.

  • February 25, 2021 at 9:13 am

    You’ve all seen the cartoon where there is a good little angel on one shoulder and a bad little devil on the other and they’re both trying to convince the guy to do one thing or the other. The angel tells him to do the right thing and the devil tells him to do what feels good.

    Well, that’s me with my struggle on what to think/feel on this rebuild.

    My little angel tells me to stick to the rebuild plan – sell off Janmark and others at the TDL, continue to want the young players to get tons of experience while not winning so much they make the playoffs and lose out on the draft lottery, and hope Toews decides to not come back this season which could change the dynamic of the team in a couple ways that would be better left alone at this point.

    My little devil tells me to screw that – let’s get what we can today and not worry about tomorrow. Winning is too much fun to forego it in lieu of doing what that boring little angel says. Screw him too. We ought to be buying at the TDL – let’s ride this pony for all she’s worth. YEE HA!!!

    Hopefully the March schedule will flick that little devil off my shoulder and take the temptation to be bad away from me. :-)

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:09 am

    I’m not saying Dach is captain next year, but within 2 to 3 years he likely will be. My bet is by the time he is 22. (this year’s injury may impact timeline)
    Kane is done his contract in 2 years after this year, and there is a realistic chance 19 won’t be back.
    Finally keep seeing Hagel as a 4th liner in some people’s projections. (not all) I think he could and maybe should be in the top 9 even on a very good team. He would be a great energy guy 0n a good third line with offensive upside-perhaps 10 to 15 goals.

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Yes you are right Kane definitely deserve de C …his biggest strength now his that he his willing to change his way of playing to adapt to the new reality of the t3am with the kids …letting the ego beside and buying the coach game ….and now look what’s happening .Kane is having fun again and the kids are looking at the way their idol adapt and will follow his example. look at Hagel eyes when he talks about Kane ..the kid knows he is playing with a legend and all the other kids are following and listening The Coaching staff . It’s a win win situation that we have here now and it’s a privilege for us to have that young team blooming in front of us (((« « « players and Coaches ))) Really fun to watch
    Go young wave Hawks Go
    Do I feel excited about it …YES
    Love my Hawks

  • February 25, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Totally agree with you that Dach will be the captain in a few years from now .
    Also agree for Hagel except that I think the kid is more a 20 goals 45-50 pts per year in a few years . Hawks should sign him for a 5 years contract ( usaly I don’t Like long term contract but with Hagel it’s different because he is a different kind of player who plays with his heart from the sec he touch the ice till his skate leave the ice. Would not be surprise to see a A on is shirt one day …

  • February 25, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Subban goes tonight

    ER – you said it yourself just enjoy the ride with these young Hawks – I think it’s a bonus that they’re in the playoff conversation – that’s going to accelerate their development as opposed to already being out of the playoff picture and so as a player focusing mostly on yourself and your career rather than the team and it’s success

    Give me the latter every day – to hell with the draft lottery

  • February 25, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Good with Hagel on 3rd line even when we are HHNL quality deep in a yr or two. 77 will be Captain though not until 19 retires and that might be 7 yrs. You would think at some point 77 is Captain and at early kind of age. With 19 though it he might have to wait until then. 2 and 88 wernt Captain at any point even though there isint a 2 or 88 with 77 right now and then I think 77 is anyways.

    Not until 19 retires which might be 7 yrs.

  • February 25, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find the pregame lineup for Blackhawk games?

    I should stipulate: an ‘accurate’ lineup. And, I don’t use FB or Twitter anymore.

    Currently, I am finding a lot of clutter from gambling sites with “probable’ lineups or lineup odds. Then, there are others that are simply wrong – one pregame lineup from Tuesday had 7 D / 11 F.


  • February 25, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Mo, don’t think we’ll see Toews play another 7 years because, unlike Kane (who is much more likely to play another 7 years) – Toews takes much more wear and tear on his body with the way he plays than Kane does. I’m not even talking about his concussion history or whatever it is that’s got him down now – I mean just the way he is always in a scrum and fighting for the puck.

  • February 25, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    We’re at the mercy of the coaches as to thw line up being announced- JC usually doesn’t reveal his until he has to which is an hour or so before game time but you can get a pretty good idea from beat writers on Twitter like Ben Pope or Charlie Roumeliotis

    That’s where I found out a Subban is starting and looks like the rest of the line up is unchanged from Tuesday but that’s not confirmed yet

  • February 25, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    WIJG, good question. I haven’t found a reliable consistent place yet. Sometimes Scott Powers or Ben Pope will post it but not always. If you find one – let the rest of us know.

  • February 25, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    ER, the best I can find is the box score, once the game starts.

    At the cigar lounge we draw from a bag poker chips with player’s names / numbers. Those holding chips of goal scorers split the pot. So, you can see why I want to get accurate information earlier.

  • February 25, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    @timw..yes, I’m not sure what the status for Toews is either, but for now, I’ve got him listed until we hear otherwise..I would also lean towards Reichel since I think Reichel’s game matches the way the Hawks want to play perfectly-but I have him listed with Nylander since Nylander is a little more physically developed since he’s four years should be a good battle in training camp next year to see who gets those top six minutes..

    As for our defensemen, I don’t think the Hawks need to add much next year at all unless a real opportunity presents itself..but here’s how I would set the pairings based on who I think will still be on the Hawks next year:


    I love the depth on the left side of the blueline for the Hawks. Any of the defensemen after Keith can play on the 2nd or 3rd pairing. And I think Beaudin and Carlsson will take the next step forward if they’re allowed to play their natural side instead of constantly trying to clear pucks on their backhand. I would be surprised if DeHaan is on the Hawks next year and unfortunately, I don’t think Seabrook ever plays another game for the these would be the eight defensemen with Regula, Krys, and maybe Bowey and/or Galvas if he’s signed in Rockford as depth..if Bowey is drafted in the expansion draft, then the only addition I would make to the blueline would be maybe another cheap right handed defenseman since there isn’t much besides Regula in Rockford. But besides that, I think the Hawks have plenty of defensemen for next year and beyond..

  • February 25, 2021 at 3:44 pm
    Permalink is how I would set the blueline pairings for next year:


    I love the depth on the left side for the Hawks. Any of those defensemen after Keith can play some 2nd or 3rd pair minutes and I think Beaudin and Carlsson will be even better next year if they’re allowed to play their natural side instead of constantly having to clear pucks on their backhand. Very optimistic regarding the blueline moving forward..lots of ceiling left for the majority of our blueliners..

  • February 25, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Sure I see 19 being able to go to 40 and 88 able to go to 43 at most ideal. Same with 2.

    I donot know if 19 is healthy and has this 55 games off then thats kind of like 2 yrs rest/back to full energy for the 34-40 yrs.

    Think same on 7 19 wont play as long as 2 88 because of style.

  • February 25, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    It didnt take long from talking about Defensemen a yr or so ago to have only 1 or 2 vets in the entire gourp of Defensemen.


  • February 25, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I think Toews is not a Hawks anymore in less then 3 years .
    This is iff he come back with the Hawks.
    Would not be surprise to see him leave for another team when he come back to play next year.
    It’s impossible that he stays a Hawks for another 7 years …but at the same time we all know that nothing is impossible ;)
    We need a win tonight to make the playoff and give experience to the kid in playoff and give them the chance they deserve after playing a good year.

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