Darling, Blackhawks Drop Stars

Sunday night started with a special presentation. Then special teams hurt the Hawks early.

After not allowing a power play goal in four straight games, Tyler Seguin beat Scott Darling with a snipe late in the first period to give Dallas a 1-0 lead. The Stars out-shot the Hawks 10-7 in the opening 20 minutes, and Darling made a number of big saves to keep the score close.

A quick whistle stopped play with four seconds left in the first period, and the Hawks got an offensive zone draw. While that theoretically is a positive situation, it became a negative when Artemi Panarin was called for tripping at the horn. Chicago started the second period short-handed for a second time in the game.

Chicago was able to kill the Stars’ power play and got one of their own when Radek Faksa went to the box for hooking. Unfortunately, the Stars took advantage of a really bad Blackhawks power play. Gemel Smith scored his first career NHL goal short-handed to extend the Dallas lead to 2-0 at 8:29 into the second.

Almost two minutes later, Jonathan Toews set up Patrick Kane in front and the lead was cut in half.

Later in the second period, Ryan Hartman delivered another big hit behind the Stars’ net. As play continued around the boards, Faksa rode Tyler Motte into the sidewall. While the collision could have been considered Motte losing an edge, the crosscheck to Motte’s head/shoulder after the fact should have been called.

Motte went directly to the room and did not return. There was no penalty called on Faksa.

Chicago out-shot Dallas 14-9 in the second period, but trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes.

The Blackhawks got a power play at 2:36 into the third when Antoine Roussel played the puck with a broken stick.

Sadly, Kane went to the box 26 seconds later after hooking Lauri Korpikoski.

Not sadly, the Blackhawks exploded in the following two minutes.

During 4-on-4 play, Marian Hossa made a beautiful pass to Toews who tied the game.

In the 60 seconds that followed, Jamie Benn jumped on the ice and got a breakaway that was denied by Darling. The puck went the other way and Toews made a power move to get a good shot on net. Kari Lehtonen made the save, but a rebound found Artem Anisimov on the doorstep.

Anisimov’s eighth goal of the season gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead only 56 seconds after Toews tied the game. It also extends Anisimov’s point streak to 11 games.

Nick Schmaltz saw a lot of action with Toews and Kane in the third period with Motte sidelined, and he looked comfortable with the two superstars.

Lehtonen went to the bench for an extra attacker with two minutes left in regulation and Dallas made it count. A Jon Klingberg shot was redirected by Smith for his second of the game – and his career. The two sides finished out the final 80 seconds with only one good scoring chance (for Toews), but headed to overtime.

Toews had three points (one goal, two assists) and won 17 of 23 faceoffs in 21:28 during regulation. Anisimov won 12 of 25 at the dot with his go-ahead goal in 19:38. Both of the Hawks’ top two centers had two takeaways before the extra session began.

Kane went to the box again, this time 50 seconds into overtime at the end of a long shift to start the free hockey. Scott Darling made a couple enormous saves, one especially big save 43 seconds into the power play with Patrick Eaves looking at a wide open net.

With 30 seconds left in overtime, and with Anisimov’s butt parked right in front of Lehtonen’s face, Hossa unloaded from the point and beat the Stars for the second time in as many nights.

Darling finished the night with 32 saves, stealing the show especially in overtime.

Brent Seabrook (two assists) and Michal Kempny led a more favorably scored game with five hits each, while Kane had as many takeaways as he did shots on goal (three). Duncan Keith also had two assists and Niklas Hjalmarsson led the Hawks with three blocked shots.

Toews led Chicago with three points and seven shots on net, and finished winning 19 of 26 faceoffs. Anisimov won his only overtime faceoff to finish .500 at the dot and posted two points (one goal, one assist).

The Blackhawks have now won six in a row and have points in eight straight games.

After the game, coach Joel Quenneville offered a less-than-favorable update on Motte.

18 thoughts on “Darling, Blackhawks Drop Stars

  • November 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Motte going down is a real bummer. He was playing pretty well. Hopefully is nothing long term and he can step right back into it.

    Schmalltz keeps showing flashes and those flashes are coming more regularly in recent games. I hope Q keeps him playing with 19-88.

    Nice to see Tazer hitting the scorecard lately. He looks like he’s rounding into form and getting that mojo with Kane going.

    It wasn’t a pretty game by any stretch but it’s a win. Keep it going boys.

  • November 6, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Johny Wayne is a painter, eh.

  • November 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Keep the line moving. Dallas is missing a bunch of higher end forwards, so what. Resilant effort by Hawks nonetheless.

    St Louis Washington & Montreal this week. How about 9 in a row a week from tonight same time?

  • November 7, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Cub’s WS win tribute was emotionally felt prior to last nights game. Hawks really know how and when to stage that sort of thing. The UC just exploded.

    Darling was magnificent last night. Really agile on his feet. I don’t know how many great kicks saves he made, but there were many. Toews has indeed found his stride, and he is bringing some solid determination, especially in the later stages of games. Hossa is rejuvenated, and confidence in his shot is back. What a terrific fake shot/pass to Toews for a goal. Anisimov screen for Hossa game winner was a thing of beauty.

    I found it strange that Dallas abandoned what appeared to be a stifling neutral zone trap that had pretty much shut the Hawks down for half the game. Hawks had to dump pucks in, or chip and chase from the neutral zone. Then in the middle of the 2nd period when they had the lead, this strategy went out the window. Why would they deviate from this? We all know that when the Hawks have trouble bringing up pucks through the neutral zone with speed their offense struggles. No surprise that the Hawks gained momentum once they were able to start bringing up the puck with less Stars around to gum things up.

    I still can’t figure out why the Hawks are slow starters this year in the 1st. Game after game this is the case. Good news in they find the clutch and shift it to a higher gear as the game progresses in the 2nd and much of the 3rd. Last few minutes of these back to back games showed the Hawks holding on.

    Faksa should be called to task by the NHL for cheap shot cross checking( I thought he got him twice) Motte hard to the back of the head. Deliberate attempt to injure to a guy that was already hurt!!! Motte’s play has been a bright spot for the Hawks in the early going. I fear a knee or ankle injury. Ref was right there too. Good of Tab to show the replay of that dirty work.

    Some good tests coming up this week. A road win against hated Blues would be wonderful. Keep the streak rolling guys!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • November 7, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Hope motte is ok soon a dirty crosscheck when he was on the ice. Schmaltz lookedgood playing with 19 and 88 should get so more time there his setups of kane were a thing of beauty

  • November 7, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Corsi finally on the red side of things. Motte is expected to miss a few games. I don’t think their was anything wrong with the collision… but I really didnt care for the crosscheck to the head of a player in distress. Seeing it live I thought it was a head injury. Luckily its lower body.

    Kempny wasn’t the low ice D-man this game…but he’s still having issues with picking his spots. Boarded McKenzie once and I dont know how they didnt call that. Then later on tried to blow up a guy at the top of the circle as the puck was being cycled deep. Luckily his the Hawks forwards saw this and took his spot.

    Schmaltz in preseason looked absolutely lost at left wing. That wasn’t so much the case last night. Kid needs to smile more…shows no emotion at all.

  • November 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Also gotta give props to Hartman. His biggest issue holding him back in Rockford had been penalties. He still hasn’t taken one. 0 pims and playing a feisty game….keep it up kid

  • November 7, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Amazing how few comments when the Hawks win! All the usual trolls hide under their rocks when the hawks go on a winning streak. Where is the clown that said the hawks would be sellers at the trade deadline? Where is the idiot Rufus? Where are the clowns that wanted to move AA to third line center? etc etc etc I love it when the hawks prove these clowns wrong over and over again.

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:11 am

    This has been said before but it’s worth saying again – Panarin is amazing. He is the best skater on his edges on the team – maybe in the league. His ability to turn on a dime and control the puck under duress is as good as it gets. Other players use their size to shield the puck as they maneuver, but Panarin doesn’t have size – he has quickness and amazing skating and puck control. The other side of that coin is that he is a very good puck hunter. He comes away with the puck in scrums with bigger players far more often than a guy his size should. WOW is he fun to watch.

    Stan, please don’t let Panarin get away.

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I watched a good part of the game last night ,couple of take aways .
    Dallas is a big team ,dirty , bunch of cheap shot goons . I was really hoping TooToo would tangle with a couple of their dirt bags but,.,.,no such luck .
    Dallas ,more than once pushed our speeding players into the boards when they were off balance or falling ,.,.Toews for example on one of his special goals or set ups . Motte was hurt on one of those sort of plays ,and the cross check to his head after he was down and hurt another great example of Dallas,s dirty play . I look forward to our next meeting with Dallas and i hope we take some liberties with a couple of their players.

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Just wanted to say too the ceremony for the cubs was pretty special and commend darling for being able to step in and play at the level after 2 weeks without game time.ebonyraptor i agree about pinarin his strength is 2nd to nobody on the ice and i don t believe he s going anywhere

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I am with you Hawkhead. Hamhuis Saturday night was a standout chippy player. I thought he would get some coming back his way last night, but with the game so close liberties could not be taken. Stars have plenty of these guys.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Blackhawks a highly skilled team lesser talented lineups are going to do what they can to win which unfortunately means alot of chippiness and taking liberties was surprised kings weren t more chippy last weekend

  • November 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Nice to see the Hawks big guns continue to shine! Toews has really picked it up and Anisimov is playing at a very high level right now. Hopefully, the news on Motte isn’t a torn MCL which I had seen some rumblings about.

  • November 7, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I have confidence Stan will do what it takes to sign 72. As soon as the Hawks lose a few Rufus will be back. Campbell has surprised me. After a slow start he has really been improving. Doing a great job of moving the puck and his anticipation has been excellent. Schmaltz has been improving in the area of puck possession. He has been winning board battles with his quick stick. We all knew he was an excellent passer and he is starting to show that skill set. I like how he is holding on to the puck longer. I hope he gets a good look on top line. He is more skilled than Panik and fits better with Kane.

  • November 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    The guy who hit 64 when he was already, is a bunch of… pussys.

    Bread man is wicked.

    51 with 2 and 19 with 88 allows to go at full speed and it opens things up. These adjustments make a difference to lines.

  • November 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Clown- is still here… thx for noticing

    Hawks- have played very “Soft part” of schedule… so far… we will see how the next 10 games go…

    Goalies have been playing great… Rookies holding own…

    Panik- I really like him… but He is still NOT a Cycle guy… so it will be interesting to see how that 1st line does in Possession game versus better teams… Q might need to move him down if/when that 1st line starts to sputter.

    Phil- Benn 14- was also chippy piece of shit… knocked Hartman on ass away from play… and Sunday- stuck out knee and stick to give Kane a little business- away from the play…

  • November 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Wall, Yes I saw Benn give Hartman the business over by the benches prior to a change? Looked like Hartman was going to bump him and Benn just half blew him up. Benn can take it and dish it out, but yes he is physically involved all over the ice. Sometimes he crosses the line. Stars definitely go the edge with finishing checks. happy to beat them when they are down roster wise because of injuries. We had no fun with those guys last year…..

    Lets Go Hawks!

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