Thursday, 2 March 2017

NHL - Hawks - Round Up - February 02-08, 2017

Hawks @ Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 - Thursday, February 02, 2017

Patrick Kane, Ryan Hartman and Marian Hossa scored goals in a 5:31 span in the first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks hung on for a 4-3 victory against the Coyotes at Gila River Arena. The win ended a three-game losing streak for Chicago, which was 2-for-4 on the power play following a 1-for-20 stretch over its past eight games. Artemi Panarin scored his first goal in 10 games, and Duncan Keith had two assists for the Blackhawks (31-17-5), who are 14-3-4 in their past 21 games against the Coyotes and 9-1-2 in their past 12 in Arizona.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Christian Dvorak and Brendan Perlini scored in the second period for the Coyotes (16-28-6), who lost their second straight game after winning the first three of their five-game homestand. Mike Smith made 22 saves. Chicago had 14 first-period shots and made the most of two power plays to quickly take over the game. Kane scored at 8:44, 15 seconds after Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski was penalized for high sticking, to make it 1-0. Hartman gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead on a slap shot through traffic at 9:56, and Hossa split two Coyotes on the rush before beating Smith for a power-play goal at 14:15 that made it 3-0. The Coyotes rallied in the second period with the help of three delay of game penalties against the Blackhawks; Artem Anisimov (00:19), Niklas Hjalmarsson (2:49) and Brian Campbell (16:26) each was called for playing the puck over the glass from the Chicago zone. Ekman-Larsson scored his 10th goal off a Radim Vrbata pass during a 5-on-3 advantage at 1:36. Seven of Ekman-Larsson's 10 goals this season have come on the power play. Panarin made it 4-1 at 5:24 on a one-timer set up by Kane that deflected off the stick of Ryan White. Dvorak deflected a Shane Doan shot past Crawford at 14:21 to make it 4-2, and then he set up Perlini 1:27 later to pull within 4-3.
* Kane didn't have a lot to shoot at from the top of the right faceoff circle, but his wrist shot beat Smith to the short side, hit the crossbar, and went in to get Chicago's big first period started.
* Hossa took a Panarin pass with speed, split two Coyotes, lifted Goligoski's stick, and beat Smith with a pretty move.
* Hossa has 21 goals in 37 career games against the Coyotes.
"Great power play tonight. Great shot by Kane. Good speed in the middle. We did some good things in the zone, good entries. Nice to get that going, and it helped us get off to a great start in the game."

"We were all over the ice, making plays and getting pucks into the right areas. Then we kind of let them back in the game. We gave it to them, and you can't do that. It's a good lesson for us." Crawford said.

Hawks @ Stars 5-3 - Saturday, February 04, 2017

Trevor van Riemsdyk scored to break a tie with 4:03 remaining, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars 5-3 at American Airlines Center.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made a save on Artem Anisimov, but van Riemsdyk tapped home the rebound to make it 4-3 with his second goal of the season.
Patrick Kane scored to tie the game 3-3 at 9:59 of the third period. Corey Crawford made 31 saves to help Chicago win its second game in a row after a three-game losing streak. The Blackhawks (32-17-5) are 4-0-0 against the Stars (21-22-10), who have lost two straight. Crawford passed Ed Belfour for third place on Chicago's all-time wins list with his 202nd NHL victory. He trails Glenn Hall (275) and Tony Esposito (418). The Stars went 2-2-2 on a six-game homestand. They trail the Calgary Flames by five points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Radek Faksa gave the Stars a 1-0 lead eight seconds into the second period when he beat Crawford with a sharp-angled shot after winning the opening faceoff against Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks tied the game 1-1 at 6:20 of the second when Hartman scored after a crisp pass from Tanner Kero. Gustav Forsling gave Chicago a 2-1 lead at 8:34 of the second when his point shot deflected off Dallas forward Patrick Sharp's stick and past Lehtonen, who was screened on the play. Jamie Benn tied it 2-2 40 seconds into the third period when he beat Crawford with a backhand from below the left faceoff circle after receiving a pass from Cody Eakin. Tyler Seguin gave Dallas a 3-2 lead when he forced a turnover behind the Chicago net and beat Crawford through the five-hole at 9:24 of the third. Toews scored into an empty net with one second remaining to make it 5-3. Lehtonen made 31 saves.
* Van Riemsdyk poked Anisimov's rebound past Lehtonen for the game-winner 39 seconds after Chicago killed a holding penalty on Anismov.

"It's huge for us. We can't just rely on our top guys to get points every single night. It's tough for those guys too, to play against other teams' top D-men all the time, and you can't count on them to get two or three goals every night. So it helps us out a lot when the whole team contributes. We got two goals from the D today too, so that was huge." Niklas Hjalmarsson
"We're doing things right. It's never fun to lose. We know we're a really good team, and we know we can win a lot of games and a lot of games on the road, so it feels good to get back on the winning track, and hopefully just keep it rolling." said Ryan Hartman
"That means a lot. It's a privilege to play in Chicago. They treat us so well there. I just want to keep going and keep moving up. Yeah, that's pretty special." Crawford said.

Hawks @ Wild 4-3 OT - Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Corey Crawford made 35 saves for Chicago (33-17-5), which had lost eight straight games to Minnesota. The Blackhawks, who have won three in a row, are within five points of the Wild (35-12-6) for the Central Division lead. Toews had three points (one goal, two assists) and has four goals and seven assists in his past seven games. Wild forward Erik Haula tied the game 3-3 with 3:03 left in the third period. Minnesota trailed 2-0 1:09 into the second period.
Vinnie Hinostroza skated up the slot and fed Ryan Hartman for a one-timer at 10:54 of the first period to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Hartman has a goal in three consecutive games, 13 this season. Nick Schmaltz made it 2-0 1:09 into the second, and Jared Spurgeon made it 2-1 37 seconds later with a wrist shot off the crossbar. Zach Parise tied the game 2-2 at 7:15. Chicago requested a coach's challenge for offsides; the review was ruled not conclusive and the goal stood. Richard Panik gave Chicago a 3-2 lead at 17:24. Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves starting in place of Devan Dubnyk.

* Wild defenseman Marco Scandella skated the puck into the zone and passed to the goalmouth for Haula to finish.
"I felt pretty good [tonight]," Crawford said. "There are times where technically I was all over the place and other times where I felt real solid and on top of my game. It was just a matter of bringing it together for the full 60 minutes or full game. I felt good. It's going to come."
* Wild forward Charlie Coyle pushed the puck up to Parise for the primary assist on that goal. Coyle played his 284th consecutive regular-season game to pass Antti Laaksonen for the longest streak in Wild history.
* Parise no-looked a shot between his legs and picked up his rebound to score a tying goal.
* Chicago's last regular-season win against Minnesota was Jan. 11, 2015 (4-1). … Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had an assist and has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his past 15 games. … Wild forward Jason Pominville had an assist to extend his point streak to three games (two goals, four assists).
"Yeah, it was a huge win. We had to win the game to keep us within striking distance. … We did a lot of big things and had the start we were looking for as well. Tough to give up that one at the very end, but certainly getting the two points was important."
"I think our four-line rotation really has improved on this trip or in the last month or so. We're having more zone time, more pucks in their end and possession. I still think we can be more disciplined as far as giving up quality or quantity after rush, but we're getting there." Joel Quenneville said.
"There was some added meaning to [this game], for our team anyways. We hadn't played since Saturday night, so it's not always easy to get back for those when you get a break. … We had some energy and tried to wear them down, but obviously it's a team that works pretty hard. They didn't go away. Nice for us to find that resiliency and find a way to get a power-play goal at the end." Toews said.
Wild Quotes
"That's a big compliment for us from a team like that. You usually look at the [Blackhawks] as a measuring stick to see where you are compared to everyone else. That shows we're playing the right way on most nights. We know there's still a lot of hockey and a lot of games left, so we have to make sure we keep improving and we're peaking at the right time." Zach Parise

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