Hossa Shines, Kane Sets A Record As Hawks Ground Jets

On a night that included a wide range of emotions, the Blackhawks were able to step on the gas and earn a big regulation victory against a division rival on Sunday afternoon at the United Center.

The ice surface was awful, but the play was what fans had been asking for all year. And the Hawks successfully started a huge four-game stretch confidently. We saw a scare, confusion and some excitement in the opening 20 minutes.

The early scare came in the middle of the first period when Trevor van Riemsdyk took a shot off the knee. He stayed down and needed to be helped off the ice; given the injury issues he’s dealt with over the last two-plus seasons, there was a fear he would miss significant time again. Thankfully, he returned to the bench later in the period.

It appeared Marcus Kruger scored the game’s opening goal, but the review officials determined that the puck hitting a player’s skate while he’s slammed to the ice is enough to call it a “distinct kicking motion.” The goal was waived off to the dismay of the folks in attendance.

A couple minutes later, however, Marian Hossa displayed a distinct scoring motion as he put the puck past Michael Hutchinson to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead late in the period.

Bryan Bickell was recalled earlier on Sunday and brought a physical presence the lineup had lacked since he disappeared (in October 2013). Inside the final minute of the first period, Bickell lowered the boom on Dustin Byfuglien with a huge, legal hit that send the former Hawks forward/defenseman flying. The Jets jumped Bickell after the play, but the only penalty was assessed to Byfuglien for roughing.

When the opening 20 minutes came to a close, the shots were 11 for both teams, the biggest hit had actually been delivered by Chicago, and the scoreboard had the Hawks on top.

Unfortunately, the second period had some of the same emotions without the positive results.

Chris Thorburn apparently scored a goal 5:34 into the second period to tie the game. The skaters didn’t see it. Thorburn didn’t see it; he kept playing. The fans in the seats didn’t see it. But the eye in the sky did and almost two minutes later there was a review and a goal was awarded to the visitors.

Thorburn was involved in a scary incident later in the period, as an incidental collision left Trevor Daley in bad shape on the ice. The Hawks brought out a backboard to help the veteran defenseman off the ice, but he was able to get to his feet and, with the help of a trainer and Duncan Keith, made his way to the bench and eventually the dressing room. He did not return, and may miss an extended period of time.

The second period ended with the Jets holding momentum, a tie score and the Hawks skating with only five defensemen. Chicago has struggled when starting a third period tied this year, but that changed on Sunday.

With Bickell back in the lineup, the Hawks finally looked like a team that could roll four lines. Chicago was physical all night, and had arguably their best night from every line other than Kane-Anisimov-Panarin in the last six weeks.

There was some concern that the Hawks, who were clearly deflated after the Daley injury, would come out with the spark they showed in the first. But they answered the bell with a strong attack that netted a big early goal.

Only 21 seconds into the third, the top line scored for a second time on the night as Teuvo Teravainen deposited the eventual game-winning score.

Hossa picked up his second point of the night with an assist on the Teravinen goal. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook had assists on the opening two goals.

From there, the Hawks controlled the majority of the third. Chicago out-shot Winnipeg 12-8 in the final period and, with Corey Crawford playing a fabulous game between the pipes, the only question down the stretch was whether or not Kane would extend his point streak.

With Hutchinson on the bench for the extra attacker, Kane swatted a pass up ice to Panarin who scored into the empty net.

The assist with 1:46 left in regulation gave Kane a new franchise record with points in 22 consecutive games. Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up the second assist on the goal, the ninth of the season for Panarin.

When the final horn sounded, there was a lot to like from the late afternoon performance.

Ryan Garbutt stuffed the box score with five hits and five shots on net; with Kruger and Andrew Desjardins, that line had a terrific night. Kruger blocked three shots and was credited with three hits, and Desjardins was credited with four hits as well.

Bickell skated only 7:03 but was credited with seven hits and one takeaway. Tanner Kero spent the night with Bickell and Andrew Shaw but only skated 7:25. Shaw took the majority of the faceoffs with that line, winning four of ten. He was also credited with five hits.

With Daley missing the second half of the game, ice time was spread around the blue line. Chicago’s defensemen were credited with three assists on three goals, production we have been wanting to see all year. van Riemsdyk skated more than 18 minutes even after missing a big part of the first period after getting hurt himself, and he finished the night well again with two blocks, one hit and one takeaway.

Crawford made 30 saves to earn the victory. He was big when he needed to be, and the only goal he allowed wasn’t seen by any of the nearly-22,000 in attendance.

Brandon Mashinter and Marko Dano were healthy scratches up front. David Rundblad is indeed still alive; he was on the ice for warm-ups but disappeared when the game started once again.

It will be interesting to see if Rundblad gets on the ice if Daley misses an extended period of time or if the Blackhawks bring back one of Erik Gustafsson or Viktor Svedberg.

The Hawks are back on the United Center ice on Tuesday night when the Nashville Predators visit town.

27 thoughts on “Hossa Shines, Kane Sets A Record As Hawks Ground Jets

  • December 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Excellent win, 4 point swing for sure. The Bickell hit was a thing of beauty, like holly holm on rhonda roused good.

    I would imagine gusty or Svedberg will be recalled. Both can play the left side.
    Rundblad clearly cannot. Q won’t even use him on his proper side, the right.

    There’s no way with Nashville twice and Winnipeg again, he plays left d.

    Of course Stan could force his hand by not calling anybody up. But Stan won’t do that. Rundblad is simply around if somebody gets the flu on game day.

  • December 6, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Mother Goose, you pussy.

  • December 6, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Just when 6 starts to look a little more comfortable, it looks like he’s dinged and dinged good. Yep, I agree that it will be possibly 43 back up.
    The line of 28-16-11 indeed had some jump, and it looked like all lines came to play. The 4th line had a lot of energy – good stuff!
    That Kruger no-goal ………. with the goal called good on the ice, I was really surprised they reversed it. He’s got some hella eye-feet coordination if in the span of < 0.1 seconds he can get clobbered, be going down to the ice, and still purposely kick that puck in. He should be the defacto Hackey Sack Champion of the World if that is how it is.

  • December 6, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Important win. Hope Daley is okay, but silver lining is that we can shove him on LTIR hopefully, save against the cap and be better off with Gustafsson back up. Daley has been tough to stomach and it will be nice not to have him on the ice. He should be sure to take a real long time on his recovery.

  • December 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    As was once infamously stated “Tremendously tremedous”. Hope Daley is back soon. We beat ’em fair and square. Whole team effort. Predators beware.

  • December 6, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    What a shot by TT. The first line had some jump for the first time in a while and the fourth line did an excellent job of applying sustained pressure. I would like to see TT skate more with the pick and shoot more. Bickell played a solid physical game but he sure is a slow skater. Rozy looked like he had some hop tonight. Good solid team effort and Crow was on his game.

  • December 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Teams don’t save cap space by placing a player on LTIR.

    I saw Kero in the first and second but he was absent in the third. He couldnt have skated more than a shift or two.

    Danault with a goal and assist for Rockford

  • December 6, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Bickell sparks Hawks to victory – who’da thunk? Seriously, great game by Hawks. Haven’t seen that kind of jump for a while. Nice to get a win against their arch nemesis Hutchinson.

  • December 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    First, the Hawks were winners even before the opening drop of the puck because Mashinter was out of the lineup.

    But, as for the game, 2 points is 2 points is 2 points, or even better than that is when it’s a division game against a team you’re competing with for a playoff spot – it’s 4 points.

    I have to respectfully disagree with you Tab regarding the disallowed goal. The one replay showed pretty clearly (IMO) that Kruger did make a little (backward) kick which propelled the puck into the goal. Sucks – but I thought it was the right call.

    I love seeing the joy on Panarin’s face when he scores – this time joy for his buddy Kaner breaking the Hawks record. It’s a beautiful thing. :)

  • December 6, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    If you really want to get technical ebony a shootout win is not the same as an or or regulation win. At least when it comes to tiebreakers. I know you know that.

  • December 7, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Bickell HIT = contributed more on ONE “hockey play” than Mashinter did in 11 games.

    I hope Hossa and Teuvo now start to roll. The WIN vs. division opponent is LARGE…and, Congratz/Thank you Patrick Kane!!

    A “Good Night” and Happy Monday to ALL.

  • December 7, 2015 at 5:38 am

    They played a pretty good defensive game. It always starts there.
    Including Kane’s line, unlike what we’ve seen in the last period when they’ve been extremely sloppy on D and D transition. I bet Coach Q had a message for them.

    That van Riemsdyk episode was scary. Last year he fucked up his knee cap in a similar situation. It was his LEFT knee, though, so that was a lucky…I guess.

    I doubt Daley will miss games, but if he will I’m going with Svedberg because they play physical teams and 2 of 3 at home, so they can cherry pick his ice/zone time.

  • December 7, 2015 at 7:20 am

    If Daley doesn’t miss a game or two– that would be scary-
    They were defensively conscious and had 36 hits-more of a playoff type game against perhaps the biggest team in the league.
    Great fourth line energy.

  • December 7, 2015 at 7:40 am

    noonan96 – Colorado is the biggest team in the NHL. The Jets might be the most nasty, but the AVS are the biggest size wise.

  • December 7, 2015 at 7:46 am

    ER- agree w/ 16… it was intentional… If 16’s hands were as good as his feet… guy would be HOF… that was an impressive kick while getting slammed and focusing on puck in air… skills

    Kruger- fake on the goalie (as if the puck was loose… to try to get the goalie to open up)… serious IQ by Kruger

    Where has that 4th line been all year??? Garbutt could have had 4-5 goals!!!

    Wonder if/when Danault is going to get shot???

    So does Gus get call or Sveddy Balls???

    Moose and Hartman are on scoring rampage down on farm…

  • December 7, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Vik Svedberg on his way up after Daley goes down. Bick back right on time as expected and Marcus. Dezi and Garbutt look very well balanced and should stay intact. Garbutt still one of my favorites, really plays smart, Coach Q smart, physical and get shoots on net in a hurry. Great on the back check and stays on his skates. Dezi slower but one of the best grinders in the corners and Marcus is well Marcus. Getting those shots on NET from that line is and was THE GAME. This blog makes it complicated, ya need shots on net from that line, puck some possession and then winning is easy.

    Gotta say Tuevo to me even with the goals still is tentative and even seems slow and is “pulling up” on his hits ( contact) he has skills, but his skill set like Kane is “holding the puck” which on the top line is NOT GOOD! He likes to CREATE space but on that lien YOU GET YOUR ASS INTO THE SPACE, stick down, head up and shoot! OF all Hawks he is the biggest disappointment to me, expected more but season is young, one goal changed nothing to me.

    Shaw and Bick seem to add balance, I’d put Shaw at center and flank him with Dano and Bick and call it a day! Kero is a snoooooze! Yes good at the Dot but a snooooooze that line needs to be physical and get shots on net, not score just get shots on net!
    Dano has too much up side to sit.

    Daley was playing well and beyond some generic observations! Kid has speed out of the zone a lot of speed! Keith also but Hammer, TVR and Rozy take days to turn up ice, square up and move forward! This is why Playoffs get hard! Hawks need Daley!

    Jets played very Hawks well, Hawks are NOT FAST (they’re not slow but not fast) so the easy way to keep the game close is to shut down the center ice, clog up between the blue lines because the Hawks don’t have the speed to dump /chip and chase and get behind teams like the Jets. They don’t have the speed to make them turn back, spin and back peddle, Jets just stand them up. This Does not make for Ice Capades hockey but a grind!

    Hawks playing ell, not great but well. The Marcus line has found it’s groove now if Bick and Shaw and i hope Dano stick together they could find the 4 line balance they need.

    go hawks

  • December 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Scoring on the “farm” has almost nothing to do with scoring in the NHL sadly. No one on the farm that will fill the “holes” hawks have. One can see how even old man Bick even with limited time at least ya know he’s on the ice. Teuvo will not Last on that top line, it really sucks not to have lefty up there, while that top lien will dominate defensively which is awesome, the shots and scoring needs to be there.

    Svedberg deserves the shot first, he really improved, began to play to his skill set, use his reach, stay slow and low and damn he could be a good one. His size and style do NOT fit the Hawks style so it is HARD for him and he is doing it! Ya don’t learn on the aHL farm from life long 5 th line players, ya learn from Keith and Seabrook and Hammer and by trying to close out Sidney Crosby on a 2 on 1 break at top speed! That how he’ll get better! Love that kid and Dano! get the up!

  • December 7, 2015 at 10:06 am

    1St things 1st a win is a win, but the jets played the night before so i take that into consideration. Line combos played great.

    The 1st line played well and Tuevo played a good game. The 4th line played well Garbutt and Desi are good fits on that line w Kruger.

    Bickell played a good game, lets hope he can string a few games together. If im Stan i send Dano back down and start shopping Shaw. Or rotate Shaw n Bickell w Dano on that 3rd line. I am assuming since the Hawks won Q will keep lines similar since thats his style.

  • December 7, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Not exactly roll four lines, but it’s a start. Crawl before you walk, walk before you run, run before you sprint. There’s no question Bickell in spot duty looks like Guy Lafleur compared to Mashinter. The next task is, sooner than later, sending Kero down and bringing up someone else. Kruger Desjardins & Garbutt outstanding — leave them alone please Q, let them run around forechecking like that causing havoc.

  • December 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Mook- great observations… especially on TT, Dano, Garbutt…

    TT- has been really disappointing… only on Kane’s line has he looked OK…
    I really feel like Hoss (is (or should) be frustrated) with TT and TT’s lack of possession/shooting/board play… TT has been killing Possessions and odd man rush attempts… so frustrating

    Garbutt – always in good places, generating good things, really like…

    Kero- agree- rather see Dano (although Kero IS responsible/quick)…
    Yes- not much in Rock… BUT- if Danault shows full recovery from Surgery- he might be a better option than Kero… supposed to be good faceoff guy?

  • December 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    P.S. A stick-tap to Tab for the Mashinter post and the coinciding subsequent roster move by Bowman; there is no question that micro-managers like the Hawks delve into all Hawks’ related posts like this website, and the requisite move was made.

    The final part of the equation is to send Mashinter back to Rockford to resume his captaincy down there — leaving him on the roster w/ Q having access to him is not good. Out of sight, out of mind.

  • December 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Very pleased with the effort from the Hawks yesterday vs Jets. Jets play a heavy game, but the Bicks blast on Buff was very much a momentum shifter imo. Loved seeing Buff get back some of his own medicine. Bickell was not skating up to his 2-3 year ago capabilities. NHL level skating though is way above AHL so perhaps a few more games reveals Bickell showing some improvement in that dept. If Bicks is to stay up he must provide a physical presence every game so that opposition starts to look for him. Lack of physical presence has been noticeable recently so Bickell return helped. Loved seeing Garbutt and Desi popping guys too. That’s their job. Same with Shaw.

    Lines last night were pretty good and yes, that 4th line was vastly improved. Let Teuvo stick with Hoss and Toews for a few games. I see no problems with TT’s skating. He is very quick with the puck. Yes, he gets knocked down easily, but he is still so young. Kane was similar when he came up. At least Teravainen plays a decent 2 way game. His play though suggest his confidence is not high at the moment. Hawks I believe will stay patient with him, unless a deal is dangled that SB would have to grab. I still like this kids potential. 3rd line is where I want to see some pressure come from. Line blender though has kept that group in a flux. No Mashinter was wonderful to see last night.

    Daley almost 100% positive is badly concussed. Likely to miss a week or more imo. He had the shaking hands and leg twitch going which means he was seriously ko’d. Svedberg would be my guess to replace 6 assuming he down for awhile. One thiung I have noticed is how decent Rozy is playting since his return. That is a guy though that Q needs to rest to keep him fresh. Rozy is a guy that don’t notice too much and for me that says he is doijg just fine. TVR shot block to the knee looked very scary. he was in a world of pain. I was relieved to see him back on the bench after his departure to dressing room

    Hossa is just fine imo. He gets multiple quality chances each game. The goals will come. I would be concerned if the chances were not there. Hoss remains a very valuable player on this team because he does so many things well. I love his game.

    Hawks team d was pretty darn good yesterday. I hope it is a sign of things to come. we must remember this is a rebuilt team and yes they have been trying to find their way with so many new guys. They remain in the hunt. Divisional points big this week.

    On the bitch box I must say how woefully inadequate replays remain at the UC for Hawks games. They are few and often late in appearance. TV viewers get to see MUCH more than the paying customers via replays. I have complained to the management about this, as though it would really matter, but during the games half the people I sit near who are long time fans often ask each other, did you see that? What happened? More often than not, no replays. Why??

    Beat the Preds.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 7, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Leave TT on the first line for 10 games and see what develops. He energized the first line last night. His skill level was on display last night when he scored his goal. How many players could grab the puck with his hand, drop it and shoot all in one motion. He is a very quick and fast skater. It takes him very few steps to reach full acceleration. Once he gains some confidence he will be an excellent top 6 scorer. He is only 21 and a little patience probably is in order.

  • December 7, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I have no problem with Teravainen’s play. He’s actually had a positive start of the season if you think of it long term.
    Very productive player.

  • December 7, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Ernie, If someone is on LTIR there are cap savings. That is how the Hawks were able to afford Vermette and Timo last year after Kane was injured.

  • December 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Desjardine almost dropped the gloves with the ref. :D

  • December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I think he got mad at that because his leg hit the door stanchion.

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