Kane, Seabrook Lead Hawks Past Panthers

After a long break between games and the loss of Duncan Keith for the next month, the Blackhawks came into Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers hoping to emerge with two points in the standings.

That goal was achieved as two of Chicago’s superstars, Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook, had three points each as the Hawks took advantage of a Panthers parade to the penalty box to take the 3-2 decision in regulation.

Artem Anisimov stayed hot, scoring for the second consecutive game to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead early in the first. Unfortunately, that lead lasted only 34 seconds as Vincent Trocheck was able to beat Corey Crawford on the other end of the ice.

Seabrook scored a power play goal at 3:51 into the second period, the only tally of the middle frame, as Kane and Artemi Panarin picked up the assists. The two sides combined for only 14 shots in a penalty-plagued period that saw the Panthers send five players to the box and Marcus Kruger stopped by the sin bin on behalf of Chicago.

With Trocheck finishing a penalty as the third period began, Seabrook found Kane on a breakaway and he devastated Roberto Luongo.

Corey Crawford picked up the second assist on Kane’s goal, adding to a strong performance for Chicago’s netminder. He allowed a goal to Jaromir Jagr with both Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson in the penalty box in the middle of the third period, but he was strong throughout the game. Crawford made 16 saves against just 18 shots to earn the victory.

When the dust settled, the Hawks had scored on two of seven power plays on the night. Florida converted one of their four advantages in the loss.

Jonathan Toews led the Hawks with two blocked shots while winning 18 of 30 faceoffs. He was also credited with one hit and one takeaway in another strong performance.

Obviously special teams played a significant role in the ice time distribution, and Chicago coach Joel Quenneville predictably relied heavily on his top players in the first game without Keith. Still, Quenneville was able to distribute the ice time fairly evenly among his top forwards in spite of the special teams play.

Kane (22:46), Toews (21:33) and Anisimov (20:06) were the only forwards to skate more than 20 minutes in the game; Ryan Garbutt, who led the Hawks with four hits, skated only 8:21 and Vince Hinostroza was on the ice for just 7:42 in the win.

Viktor Tikhonov started the night on the top line with Toews and Marian Hossa, but was limited to 10:44 on Thursday night. He looked good in the limited action he was able to get with Toews and Hossa, picking up two hits and winning a few board battles behind the Florida net.

On the blue line, Seabrook skated 26 minutes to lead all Chicago skaters. Niklas Hjalmarsson saw 20:15 of action (with two minutes in the penalty box) and Trevor van Riemsdyk played an impressive 22:34 on the night. TvR was credited with three shots on net, one blocked shot and one takeaway and showed a willingness to join the rush at times while skating with Hjalmarsson.

David Rundblad returned to the lineup and was on the ice for an underwhelming 14:43. Rundblad did get on the ice for 3:43 of power play time, but managed only one shot on net.

Bryan Bickell was a healthy scratch.

The Hawks host Tampa in a Stanley Cup Final rematch on Saturday night at the United Center.

19 thoughts on “Kane, Seabrook Lead Hawks Past Panthers

  • October 22, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Always a good night when you can beat Strombone1. Seabrook led the way. Thinking we should have had a few more with all those powerplays but overall no complaints. Nice to see Corey get an assist. Bring on the Bolts!

  • October 22, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    TVR continues to show huge growth. Looked like Hammer was told to jump into the offense more than usual. Thank god he wasn’t hurt with the late shot block. Tik had some nice energy drawing the first two penalties. The test of the D will be when we hit the road and don’t get the last line change. We should all get used to tight low scoring games.

  • October 23, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Well… everybody needed to step up and for the most part they did. The Panthers looked bad on their own, but the Hawks did their part to make them look like that. It was a solid team reaction after the Keith news.
    There were some errors and some sloppy stretches of play, but this was the best showing of the year as a group.

    I have one demand… never to see the the pair Rundbland-Daley on the ice taking he shift after scoring a goal (the Panthers scored once on the next shift and nearly did it again on the 1st shift after the 2nd goal). Those are coaching errors, as was an error having them on the ice after the Hawks man advantage at the end of the game.

    Rundbland is a fucking terror on the ice out there. My level of stress raises instantly. Svedberg make 2 big turnovers in his first game and after he was coached he never did it again. Rundbland, the more you coach him not to, the more he does it. How is that possible ? And why is he on he team ? The Hawks must be having some dealing with his agent and are making his a favor.

  • October 23, 2015 at 6:43 am

    “Rundbland is a ________ terror on the ice out there” ………

    I can’t believe I actually understood and agree with something DumDum said… I need to go see my shrink!

  • October 23, 2015 at 7:05 am

    After these 7 games van Riemsdyk has been almost flawless. He took his game to another level. Very impressive. Coach Q read him perfectly in last year’s training camp.
    All those injuries hold him back, but he managed to take the next step during the summer. He deserves a lot of credit. Improving yourself to another level off the ice/in training and not by playing real games shows he’s got what it takes mentally. I can imagine Coach Q sees that and it makes him trust the player even more. Just fantastic stuff.

    But then again Coach Q is a beast. There was no way van Riemsdyk would disappoint him. Not after the out of the charts trust he showed him by playing him in the SC Final. It’s basically the longer term version of what happened with Versteeg during the playoffs last year. Coach Q trusts Versteeg, plays him against the Ducks, they lose, Coach Q is bashed by the fans/media, when Bickell goes down Versteeg comes back and plays like he has a demon inside of him.

    I feel like, when Coach Q trusts a player that player really appreciates it and he’s willing to do his best not to disappoint. It’s almost personal, even though these are professionals so it’s not.

  • October 23, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hawks beat an average team real test is Saturday vs. Bolts to see who’s who in the zoo vs. a good team that forechecking is a system. TVR is playing very well so much confidence lately and really making quick turns up ice in our end, seems to control the puck with ease, Hammer playing on his “natural side” actually x2 a good.

    Power Play even PAT said “WOW, 2 offsides and a icing” totally unacceptable at this level, With the depth we have no excuse but this team has a few guys who insist on “freelancing” and “instinct” rather than system it is not hard to enter the zone with the puck . . period. Scoring yes, shoots on goal sometimes, but vs. Bolts, Ducks and Rangers they’ll need the powerplay to perform.

    Anisimov plays so strong and consistent such great hands. Still love Tikhonov he played hard as always on first line, Skates hard, very physical and gets to the net front and is a nice presence with Toews and Hoss. Garbutt is coming around and will!

    Rust-Bad . . . Rundlad looked awful but has been in a hammock playing EA Sports Xbox NHL 15 for last two weeks. Svedberg really makinf very small progress but is finding his role and style of play that fits his skill set.

    go hawks bolts will be the first game to see how well we’re really doing

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  • October 23, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Good game by the hawks. Hinostroza looked buzzing but I never realized how small he looks. He seems to play similar to shaw but I would be surprised if he stays up the rest of the season, but he looks good and promising. Tikonohov looked good with toews and Hossa but still seemed to be a little lost getting into good offensive positions.

    I am curious to see who will eventually win that spot. Hopefully they aren’t like the ducks of last year who struggled finding a player to play with Perry and Getzlaf; I fear that might be the case. Hopefully Dano gets it someday but he needs more seasoning and confidence. It is a huge task to ask a 20 year old to play on the first line of the defending champs, especially in the playoffs. Hopefully they figure out who to play there so he can continue to take his time to develop.

    I was also surprised to see Bickell scratched. Seems like they might be starting to throw in the towel on him…..mini clarkson 2.0

  • October 23, 2015 at 8:08 am

    4th line- maybe best game of the year

    3rd line- Hino- is small, but really made 3 or 4 very noticeable plays, quick decisions,
    he is the best they have right now…. but – yes- he could probably use some seasoning…. or dare I say- be moved to 2nd line ( for balance only… cuz – I really don’t see anything coming from 1st line 19/81 at all.. as is)

    AA has been a great find
    Kane is carrying this team – O wise

    TvR- hope he stays healthy… Kid has some great IQ

    Sved- like others have said… Real Test- Saturday- SPEED of Bolts- let’s see how he reacts … or doesn’t react!!!

    Crow… one great save… otherwise…. his last 3 goals allowed… going about 3 mph…. combined!!!! Still has trouble with the “Change-up” and losing net…

    PP goal allowed…. wtf… why was Daley 30 feet in front of net??? 5 on 3???

  • October 23, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Toews, kane, panarin, teravainen, Seabrook on the power play (I think that was it) just isn’t fair

  • October 23, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Great game by Seabrook. What a pass to spring Kane. I love watching 72 and his jitterbug style. He has a skill level on par with 88. Daley was the worst D man on the ice. Got his pocket picked right in front of the net and was out of position all night long. The Pylon seemed to be in good position most of the night. He needs to get his shots on net so the opponents don’t get an easy counter attack. The real test for the team will be Tampa, Ducks and Wild.

  • October 23, 2015 at 10:19 am

    imtgrill – it was Anisimov and not Toews on the main PP. Started with Toews on the first then they moved him to the second unit because of Rundbland-Daley making a mess out of it.

    Hawks1961 – Svedberg doesn’t “get his shots on net so the opponents don’t get an easy counter attack” because that’s the way you get into counter attack situations. Force shots on net when they aren’t there.
    I mean a missed shot decreases the chances of a contra attack. I don’t know if it’s a statistical fact, but it surely has to be. The only time a missed shot is bad is then you’re in a tight angle, your team isn’t zone set and you shot far wide. But shooting off net from the point actually helps you with avoiding counters.

  • October 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Van Reimsdyk played really well. Too soon to make any definitive statements but I hope the Blackhawks are honing in on more college free agent defensemen like him.

  • October 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Look, van Reimsdyk doesn’t even have 30 NHL games under his belt. So there’s obviously lots of unknowns (especially availability matters), but you have to like the way he is developing. He is a low risk, high sealing player.
    These 7 games can’t make you say “definitive statements”, but they are important because for the first time he has proven something.
    Last year Coach Q proved to really like him. This year TVR is proving Coach Q right.

  • October 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Really liked Van Reimsdyk play last night he grows with each game. His growing confidence is allowing him to get more involved in the offense. Also thought Svedberg played a decent game. Daley and Runblad together makes me reach for the ant-acid bottle. Hopefully with more ice time this improves. We need the power play to be better.

  • October 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    The two goals Florida got were a smidge concerning because the Hawks looked weak in front of their own net, maybe I should reserve judgement on the 5 on 3.

    Other than that this was as dominant as a 3-2 victory can be. Really felt like the Hawks were in a different league. To have the kind of puck possession they had last night without Keith is really saying something, Tampa will be a harder test though (Though according to Pat Foley we played Tampa last night lol)

    I am optimistic for Svedberg. We all knew he was a bit of a project, but he seems to be making improvements.

  • October 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Dumdum- A wide shot will often times lead to an opposing team breakout on the opposite side of the boards. Leddy had a habit of skating down the left side and launching a shot that missed the net and bounced back hard on the right side allowing quick counter attacks if the right defenseman was out of position.

  • October 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    TVR and others did look good on D, however I have to temper that compliment because the competition wasn’t very intense. The big test will be the Ducks’ aggressive forecheck and their physical attack on the Hawks’ backline. Then again, the Ducks haven’t shown up for many of their games this year. If they do show up and the Hawks’ D looks anything like last night, the merit of our kudos will be well earned.

  • October 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Hawks1961- as I said…that’s the only missed shot that exposes you to counters….and only if the team isn’t set in the zone. If you’re set it’s okay, if you’re on a rush or shorthanded or 4 on 4, 3 on 3.
    Svedberg shots from the point, near the blue line and that’s more than okay. If there’s no easy pass, shoot the puck. I don’t want him holding onto it 1 second more than he has to. I don’t want him forcing a shot on net when it isn’t there or waiting for the net angle to open up. By doing those things he could lose the puck or get is blocked. That’s when the counters can happen and that’s when he’s exposed big time. 1 on 1 races from the red line type of situations.

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