Kane, Toews Lead Blackhawks Back In Nashville

Artem Anisimov has been able to stay hot even while the team around him has struggled to generate any offense.

Anisimov deflected home a Duncan Keith shot for a power play goal in the first period on Thursday night that gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead in Nashville.

The goal, Anisimov’s 16th of the season, gave him seven in 11 games in December. He is now tied with Marian Hossa for the team lead in spite of a trip to IR.

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, the lead provided by Anisimov lasted only 35 seconds. Filip Forsberg tied the game moments after the ensuing faceoff, and the game stayed knotted at one through 40 minutes.

Corey Crawford stood on his head during an extended stretch of time in the second period that saw the Preds putting all of the pressure on him, but Pekka Rinne was up to the challenge on the other end as well.

Crawford made 24 saves through two periods, while Rinne only needed to make 15 for Nashville. Chicago was also credited with 12 blocked shots through 40 minutes, led by four from Tanner Kero.

Chicago had three empty power plays and one successful advantage in the first two periods, but were able to kill three Predators power plays through 40 minutes. But the penalty kill couldn’t stay perfect early in the third. Ryan Hartman went to the box 5:06 into the third and Nashville’s captain Mike Fisher scored his 10th of the season.

Crawford was able to get a penalty called on Craig Smith at 9:46 into the third and the Blackhawks (wait for it) scored another power play goal. And, again, it was a blast from the point getting tipped home by a body parked in front of the net (perhaps a good idea?) – this time Jonathan Toews did the dirty work off a Brent Seabrook shot.

Patrick Kane would give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead 3:44 after the Toews goal.

With an assist on Toews’ goal and his 11th goal of the season of the season, Patrick Kane reached 700 career regular season points.

Nashville pulled Rinne with 85 seconds left in regulation but the Blackhawks held on for a big road victory. Crawford made 36 saves in the win and the offense in front of him woke up in time to earn two points in regulation.

Kane’s goal held up as the game-winner, giving him 47 career regular season GWGs. He now ranks fourth in franchise history in that stat, passing Denis Savard on Thursday night.

Kero and Niklas Hjalmarsson finished tied for the Hawks lead with four blocked shots each. Hjalmarsson and Hartman led Chicago with three hits each, while Toews won 10 of 22 faceoffs and blocked one shot with his sixth goal of the season. Kane was the only Chicago skater to have a multi-point evening.

Meanwhile, Minnesota won their 12th straight on Thursday night to stay one point behind the Hawks in the Central Division.

Chicago is at Carolina on Friday night.

11 thoughts on “Kane, Toews Lead Blackhawks Back In Nashville

  • December 29, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Big road win and we needed it so we can play good in these games coming up after the long break. Those games are meaningless in terms of not putting too much into good or bad and thinking about things the wrong way. These games are (just as) important as any for 2 pts (or 1) in as many as we can get. SAJ is still there with MIN and CHI for the 1 or 2 seed, but MIN has to take a stumble for a losing streak just because they won so many in a row. MIN hasn’t lost a game in 12 games.

    Liking what were seeing from Tazer, starting to verge to a beauty of plays, and finally redeem myself.

  • December 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Forsling sitting is a good start; Q saw and followed thru on what we all saw the other nigbt and other games at times prior thereto.

    That being said, since when did TVR become second coming of Bobby Orr? Benching Campbell and breaking his streak was not necessary whatsoever. Seabrook is one of my favorite Hawks, but he played far worse than Campbell the other night, he looked hung over. TVR is a good D man, but he is not a top 4 player. We ll see how all this plays out.

    Lastly, Crawford was outstanding tonight, he was the principal reason they won the game.

  • December 29, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Hot goalie and a hot powerplay gives you pretty good odds of winning

  • December 29, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Nice to see Toews get one. I keep hoping he’ll get back to form. Keeping fingers crossed.

    2 points and no injuries. That’s all that really matters.

  • December 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Iceman think 51 sitting is a left right issue with hammer back on the left with 7 and 51 plays much better on the left don t seem as comfortable with him on right side . Your right if top pairs continue as 2 57 and 4 7 how will 3rd pair play out may see more of 32 . Wonder how kempny do up as a winger like a byffulin type player.

  • December 30, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Soupy is 37. Back to back travels. No reason for fatuige injuries. The right thing to do. I’m sure Q and Soupy talked about it. Besides…..streak means little at this point in his career.

  • December 30, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Agree with Mike. Less to do with performance. More to do with rest and other guys that haven’t seen ice in 2 weeks.

    Kempny still needs to learn positioning in this system. While the physicality is nice, he’s pinching and pressuring when he shouldnt…in both zones.

  • December 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Like to get 6 on this because he is a good player. Keep every guy playing FW and D, we have the depth use it to keep every guys fresh and moar fresh. Then at the times we need a guy to next up the guy is in the flow/been playing from time to time not sitting for to long.

  • December 30, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Nagging Injury maybe but after christmas break with only 2 games in last nine days odd time to need a rest

  • December 30, 2016 at 11:57 am

    The Hawks took what was given to them, especially with that Toews tip in on the PP. Corey really sold that one to get the call. Kane winner was a beauty and hopefully both Toews and Kane can start lighting the lamp on a more regular basis. They are getting the chances and that is what matters longer term.

    I thought the Kane glove chirp to the Preds bench while skating by after his goal was hilarious. Why the Preds fans boo Kane more than any other team in the league is strange.

    It was yet another stellar showing by Corey. Hawks taking 2 big divisional points on the road was important. Let’s hope they carry some positive momentum into tonight’s game. Doesn’t Faulk always have big games against the Hawks? Sure seems that way.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Nice goal by Patrick Kane, no look shot, game winner, point #700.
    When the Blackhawks doesn’t play too well as a team and rely too much on the goaltending, but still pull the win out because the skill level of their players don’t leave any margin for error for the opponent. Still sometimes I feel they are a bit too selective with their shots.

    If I was playing in the NHL would like to get booed by the home crowd when playing away games. It’s a compliment.

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