Panarin, Blackhawks Sink Penguins In OT

The Blackhawks played charitable hockey for most of the game, but escaped with a win on Tuesday night.

Chicago and Pittsburgh exchanged opportunities through the first period with both teams putting seven shots on net without any success. The Pens killed the only penalty of the opening 20 minutes when Kris Letang went to the box.

The best action of the first period came with 55 seconds left when Andrew Shaw unloaded on former teammate Trevor Daley.

In the second, the Penguins dominated the puck. Chicago gave the puck away far too frequently and struggled to get the puck out of their defensive zone, but Corey Crawford stood tall. He stopped all 21 shots he faced in the first two periods and was the best Hawks player by far through 40 minutes.

The Hawks withstood a furious shift from Sidney Crosby’s line that last more than a minute in the Pens’ offensive zone, but were able to get a change and turned the ice around with a 2-on-1 for Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin. Kane dished to Panarin for the filthy one-timer and the Hawks got on the board first at 8:47 into the second.

Almost ten minutes later, the Hawks extended the lead to two. Brent Seabrook put a blast into traffic in front of Marc-Andre Fleury and it bounced off Jonathan Toews and trickled across the line. Toews’ 14th of the season came after a good faceoff win against Crosby.

Frankly, Chris Kunitz was arguably the Blackhawks best defenseman in the first two periods. He consistently refused to pull the trigger, insisting to make an unnecessary extra pass that cost his team a good scoring chance on multiple occasions.

Chicago continued to play hot potato with the puck and Crosby made them pay. Pittsburgh’s captain buried his 12th of the season to cut the lead in half at 5:54 into the third period. Crosby nearly tied the game on his next shift as Pittsburgh was the only team attacking for the first half of the final frame.

After the Crosby goal, the Hawks spent the better part of 15 minutes clinging to a lead with very little offense, and it caught up with them. With 2:50 left in regulation, Crosby won a faceoff against Artem Anisimov and Letang buried the game-tying goal.

In the midst of another struggling period, Andrew Desjardins had a really good third period. His confidence is clearly high since being put on a line with youngsters Teuvo Teravainen and Phillip Danault, and that line continued to be effective all over the ice.

The Hawks showed some offensive jump for the first time in the period after Letang tied the game, but the game headed to overtime. Crawford made 29 saves against 31 shots in regulation while Fleury made 23 saves; Pittsburgh out-shot Chicago 24-18 in the final two periods, and were able to beat Crawford twice in the third to extend the game to free hockey.

Overtime ended with tempered excitement for Hawks fans.

Panarin unleashed a filthy game-winning goal to end a fantastic, furious, back-and-forth overtime in which both goaltenders made amazing saves against great scorers.

It took 3:47 for Panarin to end the game, but there was concern for Hawks fans from the end of the first shift. Toews labored to get off the ice after the first shift of the overtime period and went straight to the dressing room. He did not return, but his teammates picked him up to earn the second point.

Crawford made five saves in the overtime, and the Hawks’ fifth shot beat Fleury to end the game – incredible action that ended with a Hawks winner.

Chicago’s captain was named the third star of the game after winning 10 of 16 faceoffs and putting four shots on net in 21:05. Andrew Shaw, once again skating with Toews and Marian Hossa, led the way with four hits. Kane and Seabrook picked up two assists each, and Niklas Hjalmarsson led Chicago with four blocked shots.

Desjardins led the Hawks with five shots on net as his line combined for 10 of the team’s 30 shots in the win. Danault won just five of a team-high 17 faceoffs but was credited with two blocked shots and one takeaway as he continues to impress.

Bryan Bickell skated a team-low 5:39 with one hit and one blocked shot. Dennis Rasmussen (6:30) and Ryan Garbutt (7:04) were also on the Hawks’ fourth line with Brandon Mashinter a scratch once again.

After the game, coach Joel Quenneville said Toews would be fine.

These two teams will go at it again on Wednesday night in Chicago.

68 thoughts on “Panarin, Blackhawks Sink Penguins In OT

  • January 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Who picks the 3 stars and where can I slap the guy? Crawford wasn’t even the 3rd Star? WTF? What a great game to watch and I am all in on the 3 on 3 OT.

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Hawks should be very grateful for the 2 points. The turnovers in the D-zone were ridiculous. Another steong game for both 50 and 11. My jersey can’t get here soon enough.

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Seems I heard about a shot like that being made not too long ago, said the guy’s name was Bob Lee Swagger.

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Corey! Corey! Corey!

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    The fourth line’s minutes continue to decrease. This is a recipe for failure in the playoffs. I don’t think Panik is going to change that dynamic. The ‘D’ is fine — they need a decent forward that can allow the fourth line to play 10-11 mins a night. We’ll see.

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Iceman- I think the plan is to see if this Panik- can help the 1st line at least go back to dominating possession… if they score it will be a big bonus… but Panik is big, and supposed to have very good hands/stick handling….

    if that fails- He can at least drop to 4th line- SB- will aquire a 1 yr. decent 1stLW rental…(Boedker – is my hope) and Panik can push both Mashitter and Bickell back to Rockford… Me Hopes!!!

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Wow the turnovers-thank you Corey and some good luck and poor shots.
    24 is a keeper and 11 looks good lately. Teuvo might become a star with 15 more pounds of muscle, and leg/core strength.

    Feel bad for Bickell-not much left to give. He wants to contribute but can’t.

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    A very fortunate 2 points. Hawks benefited from two terrible non calls by the refs. Lackadaisal in the defensive zone tonight. Crawford was exceptional when it mattered. Garbutt drives me nuts. Understand fully why he was not well regarded in Dallas. So what that he can skate and has some grit. He just isn’t helpful on the ice remotely enough. Bickell is a full fledged charity case at this point. Sad. But he needs to be sent to Rockford or released. The money thru next year us sunk cost. Again impressed with Danault. Bolland-like tenacity and defensive ability and his arrival cinches that Kruger will be the next cap casualty.

  • January 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Yep I agree with many of the posts that say the Hawks are lucky to escape with a point, let alone 2 points. And Tab is right, they were playing hot potato more than solid hockey for much of the game. The bloom is coming off the Gustafsson rose and that might have been Seabrook’s worst game of the season. Hjalmarsson and Keith were plenty generous with the puck tonight too. It’s a good thing CC was on his game and the Pens either passed up shots or missed easy shots because there were quite a number of both.

    But, 2 points on the road and motivation to play a lot better against them tomorrow at home. Life as a Hawks fan is still very very good.

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Gustafsson and TVR are 5/6 defenseman types. The young Swede has done some good things and clearly has the hockey IQ. But there are physical and skating limitations. Like I said before don’t be surprised if he is being showcased and gets flipped in a few weeks.

    Daley was his typical trainwreck defensively, but this time for the Pens. So happy he is gone..

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I thought Daley had a great game tonight. Just his presence on the ice caused the Hawks to play like shit. Amazing. The guy is a thorn in our side.

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    We looked pretty good against a resurgent team and a rejuvenated Sydney Crosby, especially in their own rink. Pittsburg was going all out and it’s easy enough to forget that it was Crawford that kept us alive for 2 1/3 periods. That toe save of Letang ( I think) was magnificent. Don’t mean to jinx but at the half we are in the lead for the Art Ross and the Calder. Should Crawford keep up his current level of play maybe even the Vezina although that’s a tough one to call. The first line will get back to their normal standard of point production in time. The Ducks and Tampa Bay are having a hard time shaking off the long run into the playoffs after having to face the Blackhawks, yet we and our veterans/champions, despite severe roster losses, are doing far better than they are. The Kings did not even make the playoffs the following season after luckily defeating us. Anisimov and Panarin were genius signings. Seabrook with 21 assists so far…pretty darn good. Q and Bowman should get serious recognition as well for some hardware. Bring on the back to back! Do we play Darling? I dunno. Go Kane! Light it up.

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Mining Man, I like you attitude! Here, Here!!

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Hear, Hear is the correct exclamation! Doesn’t matter, still like your take MM.

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Typo….”off” Letang .

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks Tony …always nice to get back feedback.

  • January 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Darling will be in net tomorrow. Especially given that this is an Eastern Conference foe. Not as critical to keep them from getting points as would be the case versus a Western Conference combatant.

    Hawks should plan on the refs favoring the calls for the Pens tomorrow night given how they got screwed a bit tonight. Thats ow officiating justice works in this league like it or not.

  • January 5, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Like I said the other day… Love to see 24 at 3C and 16 at 4C when he’s back and through the next couple of years. Stranger things have happened RTF…. Stranger things have happened!

  • January 6, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Goalie win hands down, Crow was amazing in net, and is near the lead league in wins. Great game for Crow.

    Gus had a rough night against a talented team. Too many turnovers. Seabs had a poor game which he does every now and again.

    Hossa looks hurt otherwise he is slowing down big time! Huge Hoss fan but his game has turned to shit, turning pucks over, getting outworked, lack of results. Knew this day was coming and it might finally be here. This 1st line is still a mess with no LW and Hossa playing how he is playing. Eventually I think Tuevo moves up and Hossa moves down. You would hate to mess w it now with that 3rd line playing well.

  • January 6, 2016 at 3:46 am

    I enjoyed the game very much. Close checking to start with. Goals scored because of errors and luck. Breath talking 3v3 overtime. Insanity. Awesome.

    There were 5 blatant turnovers…Hossa, Seabrook, Gustafsson, Panarin, Keith.

    Desjardains and Teravainen had 9 shots combined, while Danault missed hight on a half open net. That line’s rolling. A balanced line with 3 guys that can play C.
    Panarin scored 2 clutch goals, but it’s funny to imagine Coach Q torching him for that Malkin turnover.
    Gustafsson had another great performance, but this time he spoiled it with that soft turnover of his own. The ROOT coverage immediately spotted and pointed out his skill.

    PS: The Blackhawks are doing a fantastic job this ‘transition’ season. I think it should be pointed out more often that they’re dressing up 5 rookies each night. 6 actually if you consider Teravainen in his first full NHL season. They also gave ample space (15+ games) to Kero and Svedberg. So, at the exact half of the season, 8 ‘rookies’ have played at least 10 games with the Blackhawks. Throw that ‘Coach Q doesn’t play youngsters, he’s bias for veterans’ crap into the trash bin of history.

    And no…I didn’t forget about Hinostroza (4 games), Baun (5 games), Hartman (3 games) and Dano (13 games). That makes it 14 ‘rookies’ with 3+ games (Teravainenn&Dano aren’t technically rookies).

  • January 6, 2016 at 3:50 am

    *Spoiler alert*…..Brain fart.

    12 ‘rookies’, not 14.

  • January 6, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Iceman – come on man. Lets not be short sided. You’re not counting Kruger. He alone gives you 2-3 more minutes to the so called 4th line.

    It also allows you to keep Danault-TT on the 3rd line. Those guys are rolling and they could very well keep on rolling even without Desjardains.

    My No.1 question is “can Rasmussen or Kero play Winger on that line?”. I mean some of these young Centers have to do it in order to play. There’s only 1 C spot opened, now and in the future.

  • January 6, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I’m very interested to see how Darling plays tonight. Scott has been shaky lately. We are going to need more from Darling so we can rest Crow a bit and keep him fresh for the playoffs.

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Start 50 tonight and 33 the next game. Crow is in the Pens head. IMO.

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Why is everything Panarin does “filthy” in this article?

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Q never met a “plan” that couldn’t be tweaked with.

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I was thinking the same thing MM. the Rangers, Ducks and Tampa have all struggled. Tampa probably going to lose their best scorer (Stamkos) and lose their top prospect (Drouin) doesn’t look good for them as some were predicting them as the next coming in last years playoffs.

    That was a great game and Pitts has turned it around and brought their “A” game (Crosby is back). Danualt has looked good and every time is see him skating out there he reminds me of Saad (body positioning, way he skates and fierce on the boards). I was also impressed by 52 he looked very comfortable. On the Canadian broadcast (Sportsnet) they mentioned Toews left in OT with undisclosed injury. Anyone hear a follow up on that?

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Q said in the postgame conference that Toews will be fine. I think he got hit by a high stick.

  • January 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I’m so glad Hawks61 clarified the tweet that’s embedded in the story re: Toews’ status. Without that, I would have spent all day worried…

  • January 6, 2016 at 8:03 am

    It is a coin flip on who is the Hawks first half MVP, Kane or Crawford. 50 has bailed us out of many games this year. What a transformation by 11. I don’t know if it will last but the guy seems possessed. I am especially surprised by the speed and tenacity of 24. Last year he looked like a good skater but this year he seems much faster. The third line at this point seems to be our best forechecking line. As Iceman pointed out Q seems to have lost confidence in them as indicated by limited minutes. I would bring up Dano and Kero to replace 29 and 70.

  • January 6, 2016 at 8:04 am

    You know I am always looking out for you Tab.

  • January 6, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I meant to say Q has lost confidence in the 4rth line.

  • January 6, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Let’s ease up on the Crawford-gasims. He did make a lot of great saves, but the two he let in were un-screened shots from distance that he should have stopped. Fleury was the better goalie tonight. He didn’t let in any soft goals. The Pens should not have had that many opportunities. The D needs to tighten it up.

  • January 6, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Q hasn’t lost confidence in his 4th line – he’s playing them 4th line minutes. If the game is close, Quenneville – like any other coach – is going to ride his stars to get it done. Those minutes come at the expense of someone – the 4th line. Had the Hawks extended the lead to 3 or 4 and been able to cruise home with a comfortable victory, you probably see the 4th line guys up closer to 10-11 minutes each. But the game was close throughout. thus, heavy workload nights for 19, 81, 88, 15 up front. What’s impressive is seeing the amount of run Q is giving Danault… but, of course, there will be some here and elsewhere who will continue to bang the drum of the “Quenneville hates kids” narrative that’s been proven to be bullshit time and time again.

    re: calling up Dano & Kero for Rasmussen & Bickell – why? it’s working right now. Let’s get Panik to Chicago and dump Mashinter back where he belongs in Rockford and give that some time to gel before we start punting guys off the NHL roster. Because remember: if Panik gets a shot at LW1 like many have assumed he will, that pushes Shaw to the 4th line with 28/29 & 70. No way they mess up the Teravainen-Danault-Desjardins line right now – it’s been the Hawks’ second most effective line for the last 10 days.

  • January 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

    That was a very entertaining game to watch last night. It was a goalie win from Crow who was simply fantastic again. Yes, the Pens hit posts and missed the net on glorious chances. The Hawks gave the puck away like it had cancer all night. Guess what Crosby,Malkin, and Latang are really good hockey players. Fleury is a quality goalie as well. Those guys were the difference makers last night for Pitt. They still lost because CC was better. One knew that Crosby would find the net eventually. The guy has a great shot with a fantastic release.

    Those that dislike the 3/3 OT format haven’t been watching much. It is exciting and games can end quickly. Last night OT was flat out amazing as a showcase of how good the players are in this league. Of course I would prefer games end as a won/loss/tie format, but the league wants excitement and by golly by gosh the 3/3 brings it. Hawks are good in this format because they have elite skill guys that can surgically break another team down. Anyway, I much prefer the 3/3 than a 5/5 OT. Shootouts can go away as far I am concerned.

    Seeing the Cpt. doubled over and helped to the dressing room was a big “oh no, please don’t let it be bad” moment. I was relieved to hear it was just a cut.

    Concern about the 4th line as it has played the past few games is legit but I doubt it stays that way for long. Hawks have enough guys in the system to get that right imo. Bicks just looks lost and always seems to be just a step away from being in the right place. I still feel Garbutt will prove of some value as the season winds down.

    While it would be grat to ride the Crow train again tonight, it seems likely that darling be given a chance. yes, Darling was imo shaky in the last game especially early on. He needs the work though and given the back to back games this seems like a good spot for him. It will be interesting to see what both teams have in the tank following last nights fast up and down pace.

    Finally, did any of you guys that went to the game Sunday night at the UC dislike these new spotlights they were flashing around as much as I did? Those things are so bright they blind you when hit in the eyes. Seeing black spots afterwards. Players must experience the same thing. Why do the Hawks marketing people keep adding more bells and whistles to an already overblown “fan entertainment experience”? Enough already. It’s about what goes on down on the ice that counts. Hawks fans don’t need to be told to make noise either.

    Sweep the Pens!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • January 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Good comments. Yes, the Hawks were a little lucky to win.

    Question (to Olczyk), What (the f#ck) is “Top Cheese”?

  • January 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Tab- great last post… and to add… If SB finds 1stLW rental… Can’t wait to see what this Panik can/can’t do!!! Hawks turned Stalberg into 20 goal guy…Can they do the same with this guy???

    now you have Panik/Shaw/Kruger/MOOSE in the Mix for 3rd/4th line (pending injuries)… and Dez eventually cooling off!!!

    How long can Dez keep up this play???? he has been a beast- since his bad start/benching…

    and pushing both 29/Mash away!!!

  • January 6, 2016 at 9:16 am

    It’s far fetched, but it seems the plan (du jour) is to give Panik a shot at 1LW … hey, why not? Maybe playing with fellow countryman and Slovakian hockey hero Hossa will light a fire under Panik which is supposedly the only thing he lacks. Wouldn’t that be a godsend if some guy we got off the scrap heap for Jeremy Morin comes in and fills the gaping hole at 1LW. Maybe it serves to break Hossa out of his confidence lacking scoring slump too. Are the hockey gods still inclined to smile on the Hawks as they have so often over the past 7-8 years? Hey … it could happen. :)

  • January 6, 2016 at 9:17 am

    DD – “top cheese” is the opposite of “weak cheese” … did that help? :)

  • January 6, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Tab – “if Panik gets a shot at LW1 like many have assumed he will, that pushes Shaw to the 4th line with 28/29 & 70. No way they mess up the Teravainen-Danault-Desjardins line right now” – absolutely. I just assumed Panik would push Bickell or Mashinter out. Shaw with Toews and Hossa hasn’t been all that bad, and they’ve been winning. Too bad about Bickell – he looks too slow mentally.

  • January 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Why would Panik get a sniff at the top line. His numbers in Toronto were from the other Toronto team. The Marlies. He’s a bottom 6 player.

  • January 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

    That whole 4th line should be replaced. Bickell/Mashinter are not NHL caliber players, Rasmussen has gone the way of most of the rookies that got a shot this year in that he looked good in the first few games but has been at best barely adequate ever since. Garbutt, who I had high hopes for, is like a ship without a rudder out there. Maybe Garbutt would be OK with line mates who can skate with him but Bickell, Mashinter and Rasmussen are all average to below average skaters and Garbutt has no one to play the forecheck game with.

    With Panik, maybe he will be a better option on the 4th line or he plays 1LW and pushes Shaw to the 4th line. I would rather Rasmussen go back to Rockford and give Kero another shot – at least he has NHL skating ability. Maybe Garbutt-Kero-Shaw would be a 4th line that does more than spend 5 or 6 minutes skating around doing nothing.

  • January 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Ernie, Panik gets a shot at 1LW because he’s on the roster and still breathing … that’s what it’s come down to.

  • January 6, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Ernie- Panik gets shot… cuz 4th liners … 65, 11, Tiko, Garbutt, 29 – have ALL gotten shots… (ironically- Desi has looked best in “cycle/possession” with 19/81 – in few shifts)… and Tiko- was waived….

    so- Why Not Panik???

    not sayin he sticks- but… for some reason… I think the guy will work (albeit- for short time/till “rental” comes)… Kinda like when SB- signed Desi… didn’t think much about that deal… but Desi has been a solid “fit” for Hawks game… quick like Kruger, not fast like Saad/Stalberg…

    So- I’m giving SB/Scouts the credit for wanting this guy out of nowhere!!!

  • January 6, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Sometimes we finds some things when where trying something else. We know Shawzer can play there but see what this guy can do at a faster pace line then we have the trickle affect. When krugs gets back we could have a 28/16/65 4th line.

  • January 6, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Top cheese=top shelf

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    What exactly has our fourth line contributed? It doesn’t look to me that it is “working right now”. The team is playing well but the fourth line hasn’t done much.I agree with Ebony, we need more speed and forechecking ability on the fourth line. Scoring occassionally would be a plus. Kero and Dano are more skilled and much faster than 29 & 70.

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Thank you, Ernie. How does “cheese” equate “shelf”?

    Ego bringing out the moron in Olczyk…?

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Hawks1961 – Dano can’t be wasted on the 4th line – he’s better “developing” in Rockford. Kero has speed. Rass does not. Mashinter and Bickell have nothing.

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I was playing NHL 16 last night in season mode with fantasy drafting. Panik was frequently used by “the computer” opponent I was playing. Meaning the computer, or game, that is supposed to statistically know its shi* drafted him and played him. Take that as you will, but clearly, if NHL 16 thinks he is fantasy draft worthy on an NHL team, he must be at least OK….haha

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Dickie- Yes, Dano’s skill set is better suited for a top 3 line. I think Desi’s resurgence may only be temporary. Eventually I could see him back on the 4rth line with Kero and Garbutt. That would open up a third line spot for Dano. In the meantime Bickell needs to sit.

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Good points generally by all as to fourth line matter. Kruger Shaw Garbutt in playoffs should be sufficient. I would rather have Stalberg playing w/ Toews & Hossa than Panik.

    Mr. Rufus thinks Gustafson might be getting showcased? Ha! At his salary the next two years, no way. Zero chance. And if he predicts Darling is playing tonight, I look forward to seeing Crawford in net again tonight.

  • January 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Reading the Pens SB Nation blog comments left me chuckling. No respect to Corey Crawford, and complaints about how the refs screwed the Pens. Bottom line is Crow outplayed Fleury and the Pens didn’t bury numerous quality scoring opportunities the Hawks gave them on a platter. The refs let lots of stuff go last night affecting both teams. Goalie win to Crow last night pure and simple. Meanwhile, my earlier comments remain in the purgatory of the moderation sin bin.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • January 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    First what is wrong with the Penguins? No Expert but how can they be that bad?

    Second CROW SHOW is on the air again! Point to CROW questions from this BLOG and more, POINT CPMING UP …. CROW is outstanding last night ( all season) and he is behind a “somewhat crap” defense in front of him! With all these holes and inconsistency on defense he is making it look simple!

    Teuvo, Danault and Dezi are finding themselves as the top line! They are doing things with this unique chemistry and skill set that are amazing. Kept Hawks in a game that they wanted to GIVE AWAY! Danault has some rushes that show his “strength” along the boards, just gutted out some rushes and never EVER stops moving his feet HOCKEY 101 gut live the kid! So quick to the puck and seems from the couch to be the Template of a Black Hawk!

    Gustafsson had a average game as expected at times, when he decides to RUSH up ICE he is more than a little reckless, had his head down a lot on the ice (not good) made a few big mistakes that CROW covered up like WaterGate.

    Richard Panik in for BICK I hope . . . 4th line needs a kick in the balls! With Skates ON! Garbutt is moving and playing well, still think he’s gonna break thru! The Moose has to play much more physical too, or he’s becoming bothersome and i like the kid!

    The Maestro line Kane, The Artist and Anisimov is lacking a little physical Punch, they need to play the body a little, once the puck is gone they seldom recover which could be an issue . . .compare that to our 3rd line? But the Maestro line still magic!

    go hawks

  • January 6, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    The Hawks 4th line is about as good as anyone’s in the NHL.
    No NHL team have 4 good lines . . . No team has 4 solid dependable defense men!
    Hawks have 3 . . . Hawks in good position as we move forward.

    If Sasquatch (Darling) gets the call tonight, I take the PENS with confidence.
    I would LOVE to see CROW on back to back and shut them down!
    Darling is average at best, PENS can score when they actually get the puck on net. Darling is a little clunky and chunky and as height is over rated to me, he needs more work, YES he could be a very good goal tender but seems sloppy at times in the crease. Sasquatch is 6 foot 2 and 232 pounds . . . Bishop 6 foot 7 at only 216 . . Rinne is 6 foot 5 and only 217 . . . anyway big and athletic is GOOD, just Big is well just BIG!

    anyway i wish him well . . .

    anyway Go hawks

  • January 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Mining Man…good early post.

    Dum Dum…liked your post about all the rookies.

    Goldenbladz…laughed when I read your post about the Lightning being the next coming according to the commentators in last years playoffs. So true. I was thinking when that lovefest was going on last spring that Tampa is going to have cap issues and will be a fading star rather than prolonged lightning. Good for them, I hate Cooper. The other teams also faded. That is a testament to our core. Other teams have, if lucky, 1 or 2 guys that are gamers. We have several guys that are champions throughout and you can never underestimate the heart of a champions. Glad they are ours. We also have Stanbo & Comp. Bitch about him all we want, I have, but he keeps making some fantastic cap moves to keep us competitive.

    Re: Gus, yes he had a bad turnover. So the f*&% what. The entire team was turning it over all night. Some have focused on his poor game and others pointed out the sloppy play of the entire team. I think Gus is more of an NHL player than TVR. I think he is a better 4 than TVR will ever be. TVR is a 5-6 on this team.

    The first line has screwed up all the lines with the revolving door at left wing. That has impacted all of our lines except Kane’s. Hope Panik fits in. We’ll see. We have just shy of 2 months to see before the trade deadline. Still see Stanbo making a couple more moves before we settle in on a playoff roster.

    Not to disappoint, but we do not need Drouin. He averaged 14 minutes TOI and hasn’t shown anything in that time. Cooper has issues with his play away from the puck. If he does, Q definitely will. He would not fit in here.

    The Cup is anyone’s to win and I see us having as good a chance as anyone of taking it again.

    Go Hawks!!!!

  • January 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Darling is not just BIG according to Brian Daccord the former Bruins goalie coach that whipped Darling back into shape and helped revive his career.

    “From a talent standpoint, he’s got the gift of God,” Daccord said. “He’s got a 6-foot-6 form with 5-foot-10 agility. He’s a freak like Pekka Rinne is a freak.”

    Not saying he is better than Crow but he is not a plug and his work ethic got him back in the NHL (6’6″ not 6’2”)

  • January 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Oh yeah, kudos again to Corey. He is kicking some serious ass this year. Considering some of the poor play we have witnessed in front of him throughout this season, he has carried us. Same for Kaner. He makes 15 & 72 much better than they are as he has with all revolving door players playing beside him over the years. Kaner’s play has also kicked ass. #50 and #88 have my vote as co-mvp’s for the Hawks this year.

    Great post by Mining Man about the awards this team should be in the running to win this year. Agree with all. I said at the beginning of the year that Stanbo should be recognized for his work over the year keeping this org competitive.

    Go Hawks!!!!

  • January 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Bickell-Rasmussen were rolling because they had Shaw on the RW and Shaw brings the wood.

    I laugh at people who think Rasmussen has cooled down. He’s not the type who can carry Bickell, Mashinter, Garbutt even when he’s hot as hell, so ‘a Desjardains’.

  • January 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    We’ll see on Darling . . . we’ll see what we see . . . from the couch, he’s sloppy at times from post to post, a lot, and also for such a BIG ASS FRAME like a picnic table in the crease he gives up a lot of goals in gaps up top, not sure is he is square, and if he was more STILL many goals would not be goals. He ain’t bad . . . BUT GOD FORBI CROW GOES DOWN , then we see how good of a scout Bean towner is?

    Corey has become a much Stiller Goalie . . . compact, balanced Darling not so much!
    CROW even has a lot of issues but he competes, makes that ONE save that keeps i close or closes it out . . like last night, he was locked in!

    I hope Darling in the next Ken Dryden . . .

    go hawks

  • January 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Shaw needs to be on that 4th line but as everyone said . . . having a dysfunctional top line makes it virtually impossible. Shaw can play anywhere well . . . but on the 3 or 4 line he is golden.

    Rasmussen has neither heated up nor cooled down, he is just playing like he is trying to figure out the offensive flow at times, but it’s the line not him. But he does need to be more physical too, got the size and the grit. Hawks just need one of these guys to PLAY.

  • January 6, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Hawks miss Kruger ALOT, especially on key faceoffs in the defensive zone. Danault has been very good, but Krugs has a job waiting for him when he is ready to play. Krugs is part of the core now. He played a big part in the past 2 SC’s.

  • January 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    16 and 65 are core role players. Here to stay as long as possible. Unless their caphits go higher like Bollys did (above 3.3). I want to keep Krugs and have Danault. This would be the first time we were that deep at center 19/15/24/16, lets keep it and fill in with LWs. It took since 2010 of drafting centers after centers to get this.

  • January 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    We have our own Drouin, Schmaltz. Lets not waste assets for someone we already have. Rather use 1st, etc. to get rental and keep the top prospects.

  • January 6, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Mike – “No team has 4 solid dependable defense men!” Nashville…Roman Josi, Shea Weber, Mattias Ekholm, and Ryan Ellis seem to be just that. Just my opinion.

  • January 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t think Rasmussen has necessarily “cooled down” – I think it’s more a case that he isn’t more than a border line player to begin with and that’s because he’s not a + skater. I agree that Shaw on that line replacing Bickell would make the line better whether Rasmussen is the center or not. Kero isn’t appreciably better than Rasmussen – he is just a better skater and I think would be a better player for Garbutt to play with because he can skate with him and allow Garbutt to be more effective than he currently is as the only speed guy on that line.

  • January 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Phil has a post that wasn’t there earlier. I do not like and think its should be against the rules for every rink that you cannot have any lights on ice (dots/goal area, etc.) during the game or between whistles. Only during intermissions, etc.

  • January 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Of course the idiot RTF doesn’t post when the hawks dominate a game. His posts are all negative. What a sick puppy!

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