Falling Leafs Get Blackhawks Back To Winning Ways

The Blackhawks had lost three games in a row.

They were without forward Marian Hossa.

But apparently the perfect remedy for those issues was visiting the United Center on Monday when Toronto came calling.

Only 2:33 into the game, Brandon Mashinter unloaded for his third of the year to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead. A little more than nine minutes later with the Hawks on the power play, a mess in front of James Reimer ended up with the lead growing to two.

The goal was initially credited to Jonathan Toews, but replays appeared to indicate Andrew Shaw put the loose puck home. Late in the second period, the goal was given to Shaw, his tenth of the year, with the assists going to Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith.

Chicago added a third goal less than two minutes into the second period when Brent Seabrook unloaded from the point for a power play marker. The goal is the eleventh of the year for Seabrook, extending his new career best.

Once the third goal was on the board, the Leafs appeared to put their attack in neutral. Scott Darling got the start and made a magnificent save in the second period to keep Toronto off the board, but wasn’t tested much over the first 40 minutes.

At 15:28 into the second, Artemi Panarin was called for a double-minor when a high stick cut Morgan Reilly. His teammates killed the penalties and finished the second period with their three-goal lead still in place. Toronto out-shot the Hawks 15-5 in the middle stanza but didn’t have many good scoring chances; Darling one enormous save was not only the highlight of the period, but robbed the Leafs’ best opportunity.

Toronto was out-shooting the Hawks 26-21 after two, and Chicago had blocked another 18 shots to only six for the Leafs.

The Hawks got an early power play in the third when Michael Grabner went to the box for Keith, and Chicago made it count again. Panarin blasted a shot through Reimer to push the lead to four, and Kane picked up his third assist of the night. The assist was the 400th regular season helper of Kane’s career.

Keith was also credited with another assist on the Hawks’ third power play goal of the evening.

But Kane wasn’t done.

Chicago’s superstar scored his 34th of the season to push the lead to 5-0 less than three minutes after Panarin’s goal. The marker gave Kane four goals and four assists in his two games against the Leafs this season.

Quickly after the Kane goal, the Hawks got a four-minute power play as Martin Marincin caught Dennis Rasmussen in the mouth with a high stick. Brandon Mashinter got a look at a wide open net on the delayed penalty but hit the post in a move that displayed remarkable sportsmanship…

The Hawks got a 5-on-3 when former Chicago draft pick Byron Froese went to the box for hooking Toews. With two Leafs players in the box, Teuvo Teravainen scored for the first time in what felt like forever to make the lead 6-0. The goal was Teravainen’s tenth of the year, the fourth of the night with an advantage for the Hawks, and a third assist for Keith.

As the second minor penalty to Marincin expired, Viktor Svedberg scored his second of the year to make the score 7-0. Toews and Shaw picked up the assists on Svedberg’s goal.

Reimer stayed in the net for the entire debacle for the Leafs.

With seven goals on the board, Kane had four points (one goal, three assists), Keith had three assists and Shaw had three points (one goal, two assists) in a huge offensive night for the previously slumping Blackhawks.

Unfortunately, Toronto wouldn’t let everything end perfectly. Marc Arcobello ended Darling’s shutout bid with 8:54 left in regulation. His third of the year came only 46 seconds after Svedberg’s goal, with the only assist going to former Hawks forward PA Parenteau. Parenteau added a power play goal after another tremendous sequence from Darling to make the score 7-2 with less than five minutes left in regulation.

At the point that Parenteau scored, Darling had stopped 34 of 36 in a really good game for the Hawks’ backup netminder. He finished with 35 saves in a strong performance that was overwhelmed by the offensive explosion.

Vince Hinostroza, who was recalled when Marian Hossa was placed on IR on Sunday, skated on the fourth line as Richard Panik moved up to the top line with Toews and Shaw in place of Hossa. Panik was acquired earlier this year from the Leafs in a trade for Jeremy Morin. Erik Gustafsson, Rob Scuderi and Jiri Sekac were the scratches for Chicago.

Chicago finished the night scoring four times on seven power plays while allowing one goal against four Toronto advantages.

15 thoughts on “Falling Leafs Get Blackhawks Back To Winning Ways

  • February 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Well, compared to Bollig, Mashinter is second coming of Mike Bossy.

  • February 15, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Just what the doctor ordered. Great all team effort and win. Darling magnificent. Real happy to see Mashinter open the scoring…the hockey Gods owned him one. Keep going Kane!

  • February 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm

  • February 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Imagine if Kaner played a east conference sch and was on a team that was not as deep. What did Foley, 200 pts.

  • February 15, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Tab-the line about Mash’s kind heart was clever–he does work his butt off but I hope they have a better option for the stretch run and playoffs.

  • February 15, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Does anyone know what DLR means? I read in the comments on the committed Indian website that this was our first DLR Since 2014 when we beat the Yotes 6 to 1.

    I can’t figure out what that means and it’s driving me nuts -any help would be appreciated.

  • February 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

    A win of 5 or more.

  • February 16, 2016 at 12:45 am

    This reminds me of the 7-0 Hoss debut with two shortys to kick it. That was 7-2 win and good things. We talked about this a bit a ago. Omen.

  • February 16, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Kaner and Bread Man.

  • February 16, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I know Q is one for starting a game with line consistency (then breaking out the blender), but if hossa is out for any extended time, i’d like to see Teuvo up on the 1st line for some shifts. I think he can be dangerous if done right. 72/15/88 are good at running a team around, if they can change with a line of 65/19/86, there is no relief for opponents. granted all this said, we just put up 7, so who am I to nit pick.

    Toronto is awful, so I’m not reading too much into this game, but it was what we needed.

    I feel good going into the deadline that Stan put together a deal that can work for us. The majority of the next set of games are all vs team fighting for playoff spots, but really none of those team really scare me. It the type of stretch that prepares you for the playoff, but i dont see it breaking us in any way. Here’s to keeping it up…

  • February 16, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Let’s not get too high with this victory. It was a nice win, for sure. This was a BAD Toronto team. It was nice to have a blow out win. Let’s move on to the next game in New York. The young kids are getting confidence.

  • February 16, 2016 at 7:35 am

    As we expected, after a drought, the Hawks did what they had to do dismantle the already dismantled train wreck called the Maple Leafs. Reimer is an excellent goaltender but with tin can man, scarecrow and the cowardly lion playing defense in front of him, Reimer doesn’t have a chance. Toronto defense makes TVR look like the second coming of Doug Wilson. Toronto could be rebuilding for sometime, not sure I saw anyone or anything worth holding on to.

    Scott Darling Sasquatch to his credit came and shut down a pathetic offense and made a few Big Stops along the way. We’ll need more of that, but sadly we can’t play Toronto every night. Rangers in NYC will be a actual NHL game.

    Hawks as we know are “the” possession team in the NHL really the only team built on possession. Last night, Hawks lost at the Dot vs. Toronto, Hawks where out shot by Toronto and Hawks where out hit by Toronto. So any analysis on paper is useless as I have given up on the importance of those numbers. All four lines played well, heavy to the puck all night, quick to the puck and with an early lead our defense was able to collapse in comfort and not be forced to carry the game and keep Leafs off balance all night.

    Panik filled in very well for Hossa on the defensive end. Panik is excellent in covering ice, zones, passing lanes and positioning. He has a high IQ, last night he was a master at covering Center ice defensively with Toews, like Deion Sanders! BUT Panik and Shaw do not belong on the same line, Shaws Style conflicts with Panik and conflicts with Hossa too.. Shaw is very talented but his “hustle” heavy and hard to puck sometimes gets him out of position plus Shaw USE all of his BODY to get the puck and does not have stick skills to get the puck clean, pull it out, turn, square up and center the puck. He is very much like MARCUS, in this way, all body, stick and pit-bull. All things we need to win a cup but it needs to be balanced on the right line. Shaw is talented but his pit-bull head down style. Forces your center and winger drop down in support of the dog, not good. That’s WHTY Hawks do not consistently have a Net Front Presence, Blue Paint Screens and tip in’s and rebounds, everyone is in the corner slashing and poking away with heads down at the puck. Hossa is a guy who goes to the corner, get the puck and cycles it cleanly. We need production in the playoffs on the top line and need to liberate TOEWS to be the rock star he is!

    Happy Monster Mash and TNT and Thor Viktor all got goals last night!

    Can the Maestro line get 100 goals this year?

    I loved to see Kane get 50!

    Go hawks

  • February 16, 2016 at 7:43 am

    TNT is struggling even with that goal last night. I believe that he has to be protected some and his FIT on the Hawks is an experiment. The good news is he can play on any line! But he does not belong on the top line, if you do, Hossa and Toews then need to crash the boards, heavy and hard to cover up for TNT’s light skates? The Problem is our checking lines rely on all 3 guys going hard to the corners, which is not what TNT does well, he floats and drifts and finds open ice like the best. TNT is a hard fit, love the kid, but even on 3rd or 4th line he can make masterful passes but to guys who are not goal scorers so his SET UP value is zero, This is why Q has him on penalty kills! You can see how often now teams are just knocking him off his skates. You cant have that on a line with Toews on it. Again it’s an insult to Toews to not have the support he should have on the number one line? IMO

    go hawks
    go TNT

  • February 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Nice to be at the UC and watch the Hawks blow out another team for a change. As it has been pointed out the Leafs are dismantled and in transition. Big salary purge has left some glaring holes on both ends of the ice for that team. Hawks just ripped their attempted defensive coverage to shreds. Goals well spread around and the 2nd line points fest continues to entertain. Might as well feast when the table is set and that’s what the Hawks PP did last night.

    As lopsided as the score was, the Hawks d zone coverage left much to be desired in my eyes. Leafs just don’t have any natural goal scorers. Darling bailed out a careless TT turnover with that amazing diving glove grab just to name one. Leafs had their chances though and could not convert. Had the Hawks played that sloppy in their own end against a good team it might have been a different result. Nice to see Darling stand tall between the pipes. Tighten it up guys.

    Wow is Seabs feeling some confidence in his shot these days. He is bringing it big time. One off the post last night was a bomb. Speaking of shots off the post, Mashinter should have buried that one. Nice to see the kid get one though to start the game.

    Lets keep this rolling into MSG tomorrow. A win there would be nice ahead of the weekend outdoor tilt in Minny.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • February 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    It was fun watching them score 7 goals, but it was against Toronto. Even with the on any given night truism, it was still Toronto, so the blowout win is nothing more meaningful than 2 points in the standings. Moving on …

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