Blackhawks Hammer Sharks

Nicolas Beaudin and Brandon Hagel made their NHL debuts on Wednesday night as the Blackhawks took the ice with fans in the seats at the United Center.

How many more times they Hawks will be able to do that during the regular season is a question that may be answered in the next 48 hours, but on this evening the Chicago faithful were “treated” to a battle between Blackhawks and Sharks teams that are nine and 16 points out of the second wild card spot, respectively, entering the game.

Beaudin joined fellow rookie Lucas Carlsson on the Hawks blue line. Carlsson returned from concussion protocol.

Hagel was slotted on a line with two other rookies – Dominik Kubalik and Kirby Dach – to start the night.

Beaudin and Hagel were on the ice for the opening faceoff.

At 8:55 into the first, Dylan Strome went to the box. In the 15 seconds between Strome taking a seat and Ryan Carpenter getting clipped for a high stick on Joe Thornton, the Sharks should have been called for a penalty. But they weren’t.

That was not called on Aaron Dell, but Carpenter went to the box to give San Jose a two-man advantage. Evander Kane scored with only a few seconds left in the 5-on-3 to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

Both goaltenders were sharp in the first. Corey Crawford stopped 14 of 15 in the first while Dell stopped all 14 he faced in a first period that had pretty good pace.

How did the rookies look? In the first period of their NHL careers, Beaudin skated 5:43 and put two shots on net while Hagel put one shot on net in 4:09.

Four minutes into the second period Antti Suomela found himself seated alone in the penalty box for San Jose. And Chicago took advantage. With a terrific screen in front of the net from Kirby Dach, Duncan Keith tied the game at one.

Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat were credited with the assists on Keith’s goal.

Evander Kane took a seat in the penalty box 92 seconds after Keith’s goal to give Chicago a second power play early in the second period. San Jose was able to survive the second penalty, however.

Brent Burns went to the box to give the Blackhawks a third power play of the period after unloading on Hagel, who was having a terrific period. Chicago took advantage of the power play for a second time in the period. This time it was Patrick Kane on the business end.

DeBrincat and Keith picked up their second points of the night with assists on Kane’s 32nd of the season.

The Blackhawks kept the pressure on the Sharks. Brandon Saad scored 85 seconds after Kane’s goal to extend Chicago’s lead to 3-1.

DeBrincat picked up his third assist of the night on Saad’s goal; Toews was credited with an assist as well.

In real time as Saad was scoring, the NBA announced the league is suspending their season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The entire league schedule after Wednesday night’s games have been indefinitely postponed.

The second period came to a close in Chicago with the Blackhawks having out-shot the Sharks 17-10 in the second period. The Hawks scored three times in the second period and had good jump. Hagel’s play stood out in the second.

On the NBC SportsNet broadcast during the second intermission, Darren Dreger intimated that the NHL would release a statement on Wednesday night regarding the future of the 2019-20 season. In light of the NBA’s announcement, nobody doubted the NHL could/would suspend play as well.

Through two periods, Beaudin had two blocked shots and two shots on net in 10:50. Hagel had three shots on net, one blocked shot and one hit in 7:44.

Chicago stayed on the attack to open the third period. Strome patiently waited for Alex Nylander to join the rush and Nylander unloaded, finding the back of the net for his 10th of the season at 91 seconds into the third.

Strome was credited with the only assist on the Nylander goal.

DeBrincat followed his three-assist second period with a penalty 3:47 into the third period. San Jose scored on one of their two power plays in the first period. Chicago killed this penalty as well and the Hawks lead stayed at three.

However, less than one minute after the penalty expired the Sharks scored. Timo Meier found a loose puck right off a faceoff and rifled a shot past Corey Crawford to cut the Blackhawks lead to two.

As play continued in the third period, the NHL released a statement saying they will not suspend games – yet.

With 3:41 left in regulation, Nylander streaked into the offensive zone and Slater Koekkoek made a pretty pass to Kane who scored his second of the night to make Chicago’s lead 5-2.

Kane’s 33rd of the season came on the Hawks’ 42nd shot on goal. Nylander and Koekkoek picked up the assists.

With two minutes left in regulation, Dach patiently entered the zone and waited for Kubalik to trail the play. Dach put it on a tee and Kubalik unloaded for his 30th of the season. Chicago now led 6-2.

When the final horn sounded, Crawford had made 34 saves against 36 shots and the Blackhawks were victorious in what might be the last game fans watch at the United Center until October.

Beaudin skated 17:01 with two hits, two blocked shots and one shot on net. He looked comfortable in his NHL debut.

Hagel skated 11:48 with four shots on net, one blocked shot and one hit. He, too, looked good in his first taste of the NHL.

Dach lost his first six faceoffs but finished winning six of 17 total draws in 16:32 on the ice. He spent 2:20 on the ice on the power play and 62 seconds in penalty killing duty.

Toews won 10 of 14 assists and had two assists in 17:40.

Kane put a game-high 11 shots on net in 18:03 and scored twice.

Nylander had one goal and one assist in 14:30 and was active. He didn’t make any awful mistakes and looked confident offensively.

DeBrincat had three assists in the second period and added two takeaways in 16:06.

Carlsson returned to the lineup and had two hits, two blocked shots and two shots on net in 18:08.

27 thoughts on “Blackhawks Hammer Sharks

  • March 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Baby Blackhawks did great tonight and seemed calm under fire. Let them play.

  • March 11, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Fun game watching the young guys holding their own and contributing. Best case scenario right now for how long who knows though.

  • March 11, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Fun game to watch … The Baby Hawks added alot of Speed… and Hustle…
    Scoring 6 goals… EZ victory against bad team. Hagel was looking Good on aggresiveness in offence zone.

  • March 11, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Great second and third periods. Everybody looked good. Glad to see them getting away from the “push em back” entry on the PP. They still used it but not on every entry. San Jose has been bad this season but they were good at the beginning of this game.

    Burns was really doing some crying about his penalty on Hagel. If I was a ref in a league that cared about hits to the head (but the NHL doesn’t), I would have given him 5 minutes. It wasn’t intentional, but it was an elbow to the head and that’s all that should matter. It was very similar to the hit on Boqvist the other night. Give the players 5 minutes and they might pull up on those hits that probably aren’t meant to be bad but can turn out that way when the player is out of control.

    Highmore was excellent tonight. Too bad he wasn’t rewarded. Kubalik did not fool around on number 30. A vicious blast from close in. The rookies were good. If this is the end of the season, I will miss it. It’s hard to imagine them continuing in the face of all the cancelled conventions around the country and the NBA’s decision. Even though the Hawks wouldn’t have been in them, I was looking forward to watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nothing is more exciting than OT games in the playoffs.

    See you in October………….probably.

  • March 11, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    It was nice to see the whole team enjoy playing while they all contributed.Great job tonight.Tbere were no passengers.Chat with everyone around Draft Day it looks like.Damn shame the times we live in.

  • March 11, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Big night for the AHLers again. Kneelander will eventually get consistent.

    I hope.

  • March 12, 2020 at 1:09 am

    A taste of the future top 5 Blackhawks team when were deep again, from 77 and 8. Just wait until these guys start there prime yrs.

    Wow what a dish and shot.

    Thing of beauty.

  • March 12, 2020 at 1:14 am

    Robs, wonder how may head hits we have had done to us in last 10-15 games. Going back to that Crow run into in that fiarst STL game. It has happened one a a time so it doesnt seem like a lot. I would guess we have had ours guys get hit in helmet/head/face about 10 times in last 10-15 or so games.

    Helmet/head/face hits/against us 10, we have done to other team 0.

    Somebody better be writing down numbers of other teams players, so when we get the Hansons and other teams players say why you hit me in the head, we can show a short video clip on the big scoreboard for everyone to see/reminder.

  • March 12, 2020 at 1:17 am

    Going to be funny to see games with nobody in the stands, in about 2-4 wks from now.

    Then every team will be rusty and half the teams will do well because of that and some teams will bail and do bad.

    Who ever had been building momentum going into playofss wont have it, they will be cold like the teams that have been playing .500 for awhile. It could save teams like DAL but there not winning anything anyways.

    It could get TB to get on a roll and roll through the playoffs in route to there Stanley Cup.

  • March 12, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Top 10 draft picks, pre ping pong

    DET 82
    OTT 9
    SJ 7
    LA 6
    ANA 4

    NJ 1
    BUF 1
    MON 0
    CHI 2
    ARI 4

    9th pick right now. Could be better we didnt get to play these games a win a bunch, we were 5-2 and starting to roll heading towards that 9-2 I was talking about. This way we stay at 9 and not move to like 12-15th place.

    Though would have nice to get a shot at 5th pick with us losing a few and ANA or LA winning a couple more.

    Overall though 9th might be one of the two lottery spots and we got lucky.

  • March 12, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Have not any thoughts on who gets lottery and 2nd or 3rd pick. I do see it going the way it has gone last few yrs and you have this.

    1st LA
    4th DET

  • March 12, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Yay! We beat a crappy team at home now that we’re pretty much out of the playoffs! Woo hoo!

  • March 12, 2020 at 3:04 am

    Might be the last game for a while until this coronavirus fear mongering winds down. Can’t say enough good things about Crow. Hope he agrees to a team friendly contract this summer in the neighborhood of 2 years/3.5-4 million per.

  • March 12, 2020 at 8:34 am

    @Kids…Stan should bring up a couple more kids to finish out the season, if there is a season. I would love to see Fortin, Entwhistle, or Kurashev up. If we only have a couple of moves allowed, it’s Fortin and his speed to play with Highmore and Kampf for the rest of the year. This team will look drastically different next October, as long as Stan, if he’s here does not F’k this up.

    Just as I said in my only time watching Hagel & Beaudin, I think I was pretty spot on their assessments. That’s why I think Fortin will be a godsend with his speed and evolved game.

    Hagel – reminded me of a LH Ryan Hartman, but with more offensive skills, speed, and peskiness.
    Beaudin – Great with the puck, great passer, great skater, but terrible in the corners and will get abused defensively.

    Bring up Fortin for the rest of the year, let the Sikura’s lead the AHL in games played.

  • March 12, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Definitely a fun game for us Hawks fans seeing the young guys play well including Beaudin and Hagel as well as the older guys 88,19,2 and 50 continuing their excellent play

    If this is the last game for a while at least it leaves a taste of hope in your mouth

  • March 12, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Well if that was to be the final game of the Hawks’ 2019/20 season – it was a good one to end up on. You’d end up with a big pile of cherries if you were to cherry pick all the good little plays from this game. Yeah, SJ stinks but it’s still fun to watch them play well and score 6 goals even when it’s against low caliber competition.

  • March 12, 2020 at 11:51 am

    @ Morrison. Can you tell me what the numbers mean next to the teams?

  • March 12, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Season cancelled due to virus .

  • March 12, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Nylander prior to this year had 184 professional games. He just turned 22 and has 3 more points than Dach and 7 fewer than Saad. He’s everybody’s whipping boy. But I think there’s hope he can be a top 6.

    Let’s say last year’s trade was Jokiharju for 40 goal scorer Jeff skinner. Skinners contract is 8 for 72m. He has 14g and 9a and is -22 in 59 games. More than a few here would have liked to see Skinner going back to his days in Carolina.

  • March 12, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Fun game, know it’s the sharks but I don’t care. Stay safe ladies and gentlemen hopefully we get hockey back soon.

  • March 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    NHL season suspended not cancelled (yet anyway)

    Once the spread of the outbreak starts to decrease I expect games will be back on

    Who knows when that will be in the US especially – a month? 2 months?

  • March 12, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Other than the faceoff circle,Dach looked great last night.Seem like when he plays with the younger guys he gets more creative and looks for his own shot more.Hagel looks like he should have been in the lineup a few months ago.Hard on the puck and gets to the net front.Beaudin was much better than I expected.Tape to Tape passes and very calm with the puck.The Hawks were definitely a fun team to watch last night.Everyone was engaged and energized.

  • March 12, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Frodo, yea man. They are games over or under .500, so there a better way/more accurate way of the standings thgen going by points becayse they already factor in games played.

    Now even though games played by each team, team could go up or down from that, woth more games to play or have to wait and watch. Its accurate for that moment in time. Instead of saying hey this or that could happen.

    The only thing it doesnt do is how regulation wins for tie breaker, but you donot really need to do tht nless teams are tied.

    Its a better way and it factors in games played.

  • March 12, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Yo- tommy Ivan. I, also would like to see Entwhistle, fortin & Kurashev called up… but I’d like them to be 4th line. I like Hagel with Dach & Kubalik. Hagel was real aggressive. Highmore has gotten a good look. Let’s see what an energy line- fortin- Kurashev- entwhistle can do…..IF & when season resumes.

  • March 15, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Be safe everyone! This virus is a serious reality! I hope everyone can get the proper medical care especially the elderly.

  • March 15, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Confessions of a Hockey Addict: With no hockey, my addiction has returned. I returned to AA- no… not Alcoholics Anonymous… But- Ash Anonymous. So…I found myself in the middle of an ash tree grove in the middle of the night gnawing on ash trees, fashioning hockey sticks. You’d be surprised how many beavers are out in the middle of the night gnawing on trees. You want hockey sticks- I’ve got hockey sticks. None of those hi tech laminated! P. S.-hockey players & fans- we’re not human! We don’t get no stinking viruses!

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