Ryan Hartman Hat Trick Buries Predators

Sunday was a significant night for Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

It turned out Sunday would also be a huge night for Ryan Hartman as well.

Coming into the game against Nashville, the Blackhawks had won their previous two games in very different ways. Chicago allowed three goals and needed overtime time to beat Buffalo despite allowing only 20 shots on Thursday, but beat Carolina 2-1 while allowing a season-high 40 shots on net on Friday.

So which Blackhawks team would show up against division rival Nashville on Sunday?

Over the first two periods, the Thursday night Blackhawks were on the ice. Artemi Panarin got the party started 7:45 into the first with a ridiculous shot.

Before Gene Honda could read the scoring to the United Center crowd, Mattias Ekholm tied the game at one. Ekholm and Mike Fisher took advantage of an ugly Jordin Tootoo turnover and were able to beat Crawford.

Less than six minutes later, Niklas Hjalmarsson unloaded a shot from the point with Artem Anisimov parked in front of Pekka Rinne.

Hjalmarsson’s fifth of the season gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead as Chicago out-shot the Preds 7-6 in the first.

The second period came and went with some good chances for both teams but neither team scored. After 40 minutes, the Hawks held a 23-17 shot advantage and had successfully killed two penalties.

As the third period began, it appeared Friday night’s Hawks were set to make an appearance.

Two minutes into the third period, a mess around the crease ended with Austin Watson tying the game with his second of the season and Nashville’s second of the night. Nashville put the first six shots of the period on net and were putting pressure on the Hawks for the first ten minutes.

Michal Kempny had a rough couple shifts in the middle of the period that were covered up by strong play from Crawford. One such shift saw Kempny turn the puck over twice and Hartman courageously blocked a shot with his upper body to keep the game tied.

But at 11:49 into the third, a scramble in front of Rinne ended with the puck in the net, the net off the posts, and an official signaling a good goal for Chicago. The play was reviewed and Hartman was credited with the goal, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

Rinne went to the bench with 100 seconds left in regulation, and the Blackhawks cashed in less than 30 seconds later. Hartman flipped a puck into the offensive zone that was rolling toward the empty net and Richard Panik almost tapped it in to steal credit for the goal, but the goal was credited to Hartman.

Rinne went to the bench again after Hartman’s second goal and the Hawks put another one home. Hartman scored his third goal of the third period to close out his first career hat trick; he now has 10 goals on the season.

When the dust settled, the Blackhawks had a 5-2 victory. Chicago out-shot Nashville 31-27, and the Backhawks also blocked 23 shots. Crawford stopped 25 in a strong win between the pipes.

Hartman was the well-deserved Number One star of the night with his three goals. He skated 13:35 on the third line with Panik and Tanner Kero and was credited with one blocked shot and two hits. Hartman led the Hawks with five shots on net.

Patrick Kane was credited with three assists in 19 minutes on the ice. Hjalmarsson added an assist to his goal for a multi-point night as well. Duncan Keith blocked five shots and had an assist while Hjalmarsson blocked four shots for the Hawks, who have now won three in a row.

Keith’s assist gives him 487 career regular season points, which is tied with Chris Chelios for third all-time among Blackhawks blue liners.

Jonathan Toews won 13 of 20 faceoffs, blocked two shots, was credited with two hits and one takeaway in 19:42.

Next up for the streaking Blackhawks is a home dance with Detroit on Tuesday night.


38 thoughts on “Ryan Hartman Hat Trick Buries Predators

  • January 8, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    We’ll take a win anyway we can get it, but tonight it probably shouldn’t have been as difficult as it was with all the players out of the Preds lineup.

    One reason the Preds kept it close until the (2) ENG’s at the end was because once again a few of the d-men struggled, Tonight it was Kempn’y turn to wear the clown shoes although not to be overlooked Seabrook had a few plays that were hold your breath OH NO’ers.

    Panarin’s one-timer is a thing of beauty. Yowza!

    48-19-81 didn’t dent the score sheet but I thought they played pretty well again. I hope Q keeps 48 with 19-81.

    Lot of good effort shown by the bottom-6 . Nice to see Hartman get rewarded.

    Dead wings up next.

    Go Hawks ! ! ! !

  • January 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    The lines starting to come together and gel. The time Hartman had with 81/top line competition has him better now for 3rd line.

    Him and 48 benefited from the time on Rockford. Now its paying off and going to get better/contribute not just be able to play.

    Pretty good pace/intensity. That game should not have ever been 2-2. but we still did what we did, win and a meaningful win.

    Our tea can win in lots of different ways/styles, that’s another thing that makes us tuff.

  • January 8, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Hossa, who always helps out a lot in the defensive 100 ft. is now playing more like he has the last couple of years, after a really good stretch of production. I figured all the ‘new’ revitalized talk needed to be tempered. He’s 37 in a young man’s league. Hopefully he will be fresh, and healthy for the playoffs.
    I agree with the Toews talk, (valuable beyond measure) but looks different.
    57 of 86 possible points is wonderful news. And less games left than the division with that many points is a good thing, A couple of supposedly good Central teams are in trouble.
    What some have called boring hockey will work in the playoffs. They’re good a what they need to do!

  • January 9, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Noonan, another good thing about pts (+14 above .500) is that theres still only SAN, MIN and CHI playing for the 1 or 2 seed. STL and ANA have been around 6 for awhile (not sure where they are now but in that vicinity). The other good teams (LA, NAS, WIN, DAL) are still around 2 or so. So which ever teams have good stretchs (win 8-10 in a row) in the 2nd 40 they’ll still be behind. Also means that its hard to gain a lot/go up because everybody playing good teams more often (only 3 bottom 10 teams on Cambell) in every 10 game segments.

    Long way to go in 82 games but we have earned the lead we have (with SAN and MIN) on the other good teams in conference. We can work on what we need to and keep progressing with team game/things we need to work on. Having young guys that are only going to get better. Didn’t know for sure at preseason but we know we have a few that can play now and others are close/coming. Defense is deep and goalies are really good, as the FWs get better (were most young guys are) were going to be pretty good. We have to have Johnny Wayne going good, like normal. Feed him sushi and then more. I think 19 and 88 are frog soup in the 2nd 40 games.

  • January 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Good to see Hartman hat trick. The kid gives 100% on every shift. Hino is improving his passing game and utilizing his speed more effectively. I am not worried about Toews. His leadership, 200 foot game and face off prowess are vital to the team. Once the playoffs roll around we can count on him for big goals at crunch time. Tough couple of shifts for Kempny but still a better option near term than Forsling. Edzo singing the praises of the fourth line was amusing. Tootoo fumbling the puck in the neutral zone led to the first Nashville goal. The fourth line got pinned in their zone for 40 seconds on their first shift after the Hawks took a 3-2 lead. 22 and 11 were then stapled to the bench until the Hawks were up 5-2. This line will be exploited in the playoffs. Hurry back Kruger.

  • January 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Fun note from Sunday night’s game:

  • January 9, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Well, that was one of the strangest natural hat tricks you will ever see last night from Hartman. Good for him! The game was of course much closer than the final score would indicate. Given important players out of the Preds lineup, those were 2 points that were there for the taking. Rack em up boys.

    It was strange at the UC last night in that there was some sort of on ice mike that picked up players stopping and starting on the ice, clashing sticks, etc. It almost sounded fake. How could they mike the ice and not pick up players yelling down there? Bottom line is this “enhanced game sound”, was senseless. Everyone in the stands can hear what goes on down on the ice, except for of course some choice profane chirping. Also different, but in a really good way is over the past 4 home games the UC is actually SHOWING multiple replays!!! Yep, not just goals like it used to be. Penalties, scoring attempts, big checks, shot blocks, big saves. For years we have been denied these simple pleasures. Thank you to whomever it was that made the decision to show more replays. Keep it up please.

    Panarin 1 timer is amazing. Velocity plus accuracy. I think Panarin surprised himself with that beauty of a blast last night. Rinne with no chance whatsoever.

    Hawks fans have to be tickled with the 1st half of this year. They are basically in every game. Do the Hawks not lead the league in 1 goal games wins and losses?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • January 9, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Another thing that Stan doesn’t get enough credit for is having the foresight to sign Crawford to a reasonable long term contract and adding Darling to the mix when no-one else saw anything in him. But anyone who thinks Darling is better than Crawford is an idiot!

  • January 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Crow is better… but

    Anyone who thinks Crow is $5M better than Darling is an idiot!

  • January 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Darling is an excellent backup goalie. He could probably start on several goalie challenged NHL teams. I don’t see how the Hawks can sign him next year. He is probably looking for a good pay raise and starting assignment.

  • January 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Phil, sounds like you deserve to have an interview with the audio department of the organization. I am always for what is proper and old school, so it nice to have these technology things but keep them in the dynamic range control. Basically have a fixed output volume and not a variable.

    Have a questionnaires for ticket holders that have several questions for audio (and video, like what type of replays) sounds. Why do they have certain things so fricking loud. Get more ‘surround/side’ speakers in the areas that cant hear it as well so they donot have to have the main fronts speakers on as loud. Theres no reason to have block headed speakers setups. Use Marantz (better quality) not Denon (better power) for the source type of thinking.

    Wall, thinking Darls is 2.5-4 caphit so whats better 6 or 2.5-4, so I donot know if that’s enough for a really good player on FW/D and not have Crow. It would be tuff to resign even at 2.5 (we can if we want) that’s why it could be good if has to go to expansion for a 1 yr then come back home. Darls could come back when hes ufa.

    Bread Man shoots wicked gnarly.

  • January 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    The biggest factor in Darling’s location next year is – Darling. He has indicated all along that he wants to stay in his home town, but the reality is that Crawford is not only an all-star caliber starting goaltender with two rings, but a well compensated starter with a NMC.

    Another big factor everyone is ignoring is the Blackhawks needing to have a second goalie to expose to the expansion draft. Something’s gotta give somehow/somewhere w/ the roster to make the Hawks compliant there.

  • January 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Carruth with A qualifying offer should be all thats needed for compliancy tab resigning darling probably only makes him more of an option for vegas being free agent for the draft could be better as they may want goalies already signed considering names that should be available. I’m worried hartman may be taken as of right now him and krueger only 2 forwards to fit compliancy rules.

  • January 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Donot know every rule on this expansion team draft pick but 50 and 4 are only core guys that donot have full nmc.

    We only need one way and think there is more then one way to keep entire core. If that means trading 16 caphit and going with 22 on 23man fck it lets do it. I think Soupy will come back or a low caphit again and with no player bonuses so he can. Especially if 57 is picked in the national forced down your throat parity hockey league.

  • January 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Whatever we do I donot want to think about it, it makes me sick/puke.

    One yr at a time and Bowman/scouts are really good so we know we will be in good shape just not same exact roster every yr.

  • January 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    I would like to see Hartman moved back to the top line with Toews and Hossa now that Hossa is back healthy. Nothing against Vinny but the top line production was best when Toews, Hossa and Hartman got rolling.

  • January 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Ernie, it has us with 5.3m for deadline and 1.2m now in cap space. When Krugs comes back if we keep 67 as depth FW, other then what we use at deadline we could use that 1.2m for player bonuses for 18.

  • January 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I agree with above – better gelling from the lines. Despite Tootoo’s bad turnover, the 4th line looked really good in terms of driving possession (at least by eye test, haven’t checked the stats). Also encouraging to see the third line with the GWG. We really, really need the depth.

    Not nearly as many unforced errors or mishandles, especially in transition.

    If Hino (or any youngster) can stay on the top line, we have a much better shot at rolling 4 night in, night out. Especially when 16 returns. Overall, we still need to get a LOT better to be serious contenders, but Panik, Hartman, Hino looked good tonight. Keep going!

  • January 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Other than Vrbata and maybe Hanzal (and it sounds like Chayka over values his players) I really don’t see a deal that works. Even then what would Arizona want? Young forwards. Who would you be willing to part with? Personally I’d rather see the money going to bonuses. Once Kruger returns I can see them playing the numbers game. I think Kero has earned his keep. Tootoo is the one I’d waive.

    Also note, Hartman eligible to be claimed by Vegas. I can see the Hawks resigning Rasmussen and protecting Hartman. It looks like Carruth could be the goalie protected. But let’s not forget Vegas can talk to UFA’S before everyone and if a player elects to sign the losing teams would be exempt from the draft.

  • January 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Darling and carruth both draft eligible with crawford being protected his nmc forcing that. Darling because he us a ufa needs to be signed to be compliant to meet nhl rules where carruth a rfa needs only a qualifying offer to be compliant. Johanson is exempt as a 1st year elc. If they choose to protect forwards 3 more can be protected after the 5 nmc and your 1st and 2nd year elcs exempt. That leaves right now 16 and 38 who because of his slide year is considered 3rd year pro as the only 2 right now who would qualify as being compliant because they are under contract next year. 70 and 14 rfas if signed befire then could be used but also could be somebody you want to protect or 11 and 22 as ufas could be signed and used too but if signed they most likely wouldn t be taken so would be under contract for next year so to do that you would want them back. So what 3 do you protect if the 8 skaters option would prob be a defenceman cause if you can protect 10 forwards why only protect 8. No other forwa rds under contract can meet compliancy rules protecting 38 with70 and 14 would prevent them from being signed by vegas early and sign an ufa to expose with 16 might be the way.

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  • January 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Vrbata at 50% is .500 and still have .700 for bonuses. Just roll with 21 on the 23man to deadline and bank as much as possible (8/64/42 have higher caphits) is a smart move.

  • January 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I think they go the 7 and 3 option. What 3 defenseman would you want to protect. 2,7,4 aren’t going anywhere. Is it a huge loss if TVR is lost? He’s stepped up but he’s still replaceable. Aside from 19,88,15, and 81 I think you try and keep Hartman. He has Shaw type value. If you want you can resign Rasmussen and Panik to expose them and still protect Kruger.

    If you want to protect 8 skaters and protect a 4th D, who do you have to expose? Keep in mind you could be forced to keep a player you don’t necessarily want.

    Also, a player can be asked to waive his NMC. I really think this all could be moot as I can see a player like Campbell or Darling being sought after. Darling is cheaper and younger than Bishop.

  • January 10, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Anybody that thinks Hartman is “meh” or”lifetime AHL player” or “bottom 6” player is an idiot, or thinks a #1 team should scrape everything and rebuild, is an ??????!!!!!!!!!! Tab, or anybody know about Minning Man? Have not seen a post for a long time. Hope and pray that all is well with him. Go Hawks or Go away.

  • January 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

    The comments by Jax (above) are right on, especially this one:

    “Anyone that thinks a #1 team should scrap everything and rebuild is a x*/%#!’ ..

    Looking at you Wall, you clueless turd. Shove your goalie money theory up your ass, we know you like that sort of thing. Better yet, SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT, everyone gets it, we get your deluded doofus point, you don’t need to try to convince everyone EVERY DAY you dumb piece of shit.

    The worst part is, because you’re a dumb turd, one of these days Crawford will in fact be traded (even with the no movement clause or even after) and you’ll claim you “called it”. Because that’s what you do … you yap about EVERYTHING and never SHUT THE FUCK UP and then claim you “called it”. You clown, go suck a gas pipe and take the world out of its misery.

    Rapid Fingers Ian Campbell … PLEASE learn about punctuation and capitalization. The world doesn’t run on millenials, “like, WHOA dudes” and other hipster goofs typing on their phones. Slow the fuck down and learn how to construct a sentence.

    Goof Name Ernie – Have you seen the latest on Maxim Shalunov? His Russian agent says they’ll be talking to the Blackhawks … but their concern is will Shalunov get a chance to play a lot or will he be stapled to the bench. What all this means is:


    Read and retain. It should cut down on your posting by 50% or more. Which will make your daddy/boss very happy …

  • January 10, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I agree jax resigning pinarin wasn’t done to dismantle the team and hartman will be very good thats why i said i was concerned about losing him. What concerns me is they may expose him to the expansion draft. As far as darling goes tab pointed out its up to him, if he wants to sign with vegas he will if not he doesn’t. Signing him prior to draft only makes a easier decision for vegas.

  • January 10, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Wall you’re the idiot. Darling hasn’t hit free agency yet so thus the salary difference. Even a child can figure that one out!

    You’ve always wanted to get rid of Crawford and that makes you the idiot:

    October 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm
    Wall will do anything to get rid of 50.

    And of course you’re world famous predictions that are constantly wrong:

    October 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm
    All kidding aside- when do the Hawks become sellers- and try to “Showcase” the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago??? Seriously

  • January 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Good comments Mo regarding UC sound at Hawks games. Yes, the sound in there can be painfully loud, and especially during the pre-game warmup where it is literally impossible to speak with someone sitting next you without yelling. Why they switched from the organ to ear melting electronic dance music is not entertaining for me, but perhaps the players like it. I have heard as much that the players don’t even pay any attention to it as they are focused. I don’t know what the decibels are cranked up to, but it is at pain threshold, and that comes from someone who likes to play music loud in my personal space.

    I hope they have that goofy enhanced skating sound turned off tonight for the Dead Wings game. Of course none of this stuff matters if your team is winning….

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • January 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Jax – Ease up on the Hartman jersey retirement ceremony. He had a hat trick with two open nets

    “Jax is right” – (Super creative name that changes every day) This isn’t your blog, so stop giving orders to anyone who has a different opinion than you. You don’t add anything but irritating hate. These aren’t St. Louis or Detroit fans your yelling at. What are you so mad about? Did Wall run over your dog? I wonder how angry you would get if some fan from another team started posting here. You would probably have a stroke. I feel sorry for your wife. She better not burn your dinner!

    Stanrules – Everyone loves to rip on Wall, when his point is that Crawford isn’t $5 million better than Darling and Raanta at this point. It would be nice to spend that $3-$4 mil on another defenseman that would make any goalie look better. I know Darling hasn’t hit FA yet, but how would the Hawks look with Darling & Raanta with a solid #4 defenseman right now? It’s just an opinion that it’s not necessary to pay goalies a ton if you have a strong defense.
    Of the top 10 paid goalies only Rask & Crawford have won cups

    Ian – How many times are you going to spell Panarin’s name wrong? You imply he’s one of your favorites, but you don’t even spell his name right on numerous posts.

    This blog has deteriorated to a bunch of vile name calling. It’s OK to have some critical thoughts on the Hawks. It’s not blasphemy to have the opinion that the Hawks will not win the Cup this year. We should be a lot happier to be fans of a 1st place team that has 3 cups in the last 7 years. We are all Hawks fans so relax on the hate.

  • January 10, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Gravy Train. The hawks don’t win the last two cups without Crawford.

  • January 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    My point is the Hawks still needed superb goaltending.

  • January 10, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I pretty sure Wall means there would be 5m during these yrs not difference when he does bridge and long time. Which could be around 2m.

    Every guy knows about contracts and expansion team draft picks. Nothing against anybody but not thinking about that now, during summer, play as good during season and get better.

    Performance and upside to determine expansion team draft picks protection lists.

    Mining Man drilling extra when pissed from Sea Bass comments during that slump stretch. Needs a pager to have winning again relayed.

  • January 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Careful gravy. You’ll be called a bleeding heart before you know it.

  • January 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    If you trade Corey Crawford and his $6M cap hit, how much are you now paying Scott Darling with him (and his agent) knowing that – in the eyes of a 3-time Stanley Cup winning GM – he’s good enough to be a #1? If you trade Crawford, you sign Darling FIRST, and bring back an experienced back-up to Darling in the deal. I’m not ready to go into a season expecting Mac Carruth or anyone else in this system to be good enough to back-up a guy who has been very good…. but has never been a #1 in the NHL for a full season. Marty Turco anyone?

  • January 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    There are 15 goalies who have Cap hits of $5.65mm or more.
    And 25 goalies who make $4mm or more.
    Some teams have upwards of $10mm relegated to goalies………….

    NHL GMs hold goalies in very high esteem. The Hawks, at $6.6mm is pretty much the norm rather than the exception.

    Darling will get AT LEAST $3mm from someone. It will not be the Hawks. I agree that Darling is not a proven starter and at this point the Hawks have no other proven backup. Suffice it to say that Crawford stays and the Hawks will PU a backup in the $1.5mm range for next year

  • January 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Thinking Bowman does what he has done every time so far, keep the core, get threw the bottle neck with elc/low caphits/50% retained contracts, then young guys get better, can pay elc raises/better fa as cap goes up each yr (even at 2m/yr) and then were staked again for a couple/few yrs again.

    Bank that cap space now to deadline, that’s that much more for 18 and on. add a 50% retained guy at deadline (Vrata 1m). We could get better each yr going forward with the same core.

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