Saturday, December 3, 2016

Blackhawks at Flyers 3-1 Loss Recap

"Field Of Pain Is Where I Graze"

by Patrick Stankus

The Blackhawks made a quick trip to Philadelphia on Saturday for a matinee against the Flyrers, thanks to the stupidity of the NHL schedule makers. The trip was made worse for the Hawks as the news came out that Corey Crawford would be unavailable for the game, and then it snowballed that he was undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Lovely news isn't it? Upon hearing that, the Hawks scrambled to sign an emergency backup goalie to Scott Darling. In comes local kid Eric Semborski, who got to live every amateur goalie's dream by suiting up, taking warm ups, and sitting on the bench for an NHL game. Enjoy the moment kid.

The start for the Hawks was less than ideal as the Flyers had a quality chance, just twenty seconds in. Nice way for the defense to welcome Scott Darling to the game isn't it? They did somehow manage to get on the scoreboard first, thanks to an #AK72Line goal by Artemi Panarin. From then on for the Hawks, it was as ugly and messy as me devouring a plate full of McRibs. The Hawks yielded a whopping 16 shots to the Flyers, but thankfully Scott Darling was the one player who gave a rat's ass, and the Hawks skated to the locker room with a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes.

The middle frame for the Blackhawks was a complete disaster. The turnovers led to so many chances for the Flyers, you would think Jay Cutler or Tony Romo suited up for the Hawks today. Both Hinostroza and Kane had costly turnovers that wound up in the back the Hawks net thirty-one seconds apart to put the Hawks in a 2-1 hole. The period didn't get much better as TVR over committed on a three on two chance for the Flyers, and before you knew it, it was 3-1 Flyers. The Hawks peppered Steve Mason with 13 shots, but none of them amounted to anything, and the Hawks trailed by two, after two.

In the final twenty minutes, both teams looked less than interested playing. It was the textbook "mail it in" period. The Hawks took two penalties, but managed to kill off both of the Flyers power plays. Gotta do anything to raise that PK%. Midway through the period, the Hawks did have a power play of their own, but nothing came of it, and the Hawks still trailed by two. It was a pretty uneventful period to say the least. I'm pretty sure the camera showed us more of Eric Semborksi on the bench than actual play. Thankfully the third period didn't take too long, and we could get on with our Saturday afternoon. In the end the Flyers defeated the Hawks by that 3-1 score. Up next for the Hawks is a quick turnaround, as they host Wiiiiiinnnnnnipeg tomorrow night at The UC.

The Good
  • Despite the ugly loss, its hard not to smile at seeing the pure joy in Eric Semborski's face. Hell, even Q thought it was a great moment, judging by his post game remarks. That's three and a half hours that kid will never forget in his life. Not to mention he has a sweet custom made authentic jersey to go with it. Oh, and I should point out he did a much better job manning the bench door than that asshole assistant coach Gate ever did when I played.
  • The #AK72Line made an appearance in the first period, with Artemi Panarin's goal. Yeah, its going to be fun to see how Bowman can pull off this signing. Tick, tick, tick, tick.....
  • I'm not going to blame Darling for anything today. You try pulling off what he did today.
  • The penalty kill does deserve a nod for killing off all three of the Flyers power plays.
  • While the Hawks haven't won a regular season game in Philadelphia since 1996, remember back in the day they didn't play in Philadelphia every season. Its cool though Philly. You can have that streak. I'll always enjoy this moment, when it mattered most in Philadelphia.

The Bad
  • Anytime Nick Schmaltz wants to do something, would be fine by me. This is why we don't get the anointing oil out for prospects, because aside from a few shifts with Kane and Toews, Schmaltz has been awful.
  • Wasn't it nice to see Patrick Kane turn the puck over at the center line and then half ass it back on defense? I can only imagine the outcry if Rozsival or the other scapegoat TVR did that.
  • Speaking of nice, its always nice to see a guy who has one goal on the season, score two against you.
  • Late in the second period, #DickPanik had a potential goal erased after a video review. The call on the ice was no goal, but the war room in Toronto buzzed down, and the play went under review. While looking at the "overhead" angle, it looked like Provorov gloved the puck from behind the goal line. The problem with that is, the camera IS NOT directly over the goal line, therefore an optical illusion of the puck being completely over the line occurs. That makes this camera angle inconclusive, and the war room doesn't take this look into consideration. Oh and did mention Toronto is looking at ten more angles than us? I have no issue with the call being no goal. Its not 100% conclusive the puck COMPLETELY crossed the line. And if you think there should have been a penalty shot for Provorov gloving the puck (because I saw people saying that on twitter), its not. You have to close your hand on the puck, Provorov swiped at it. For the record, this isn't college football, we don't review plays for potential penalties in professional leagues.
  • I know what Quenneville was trying to do by putting Panarin and Kane out there on the final penalty kill, but that was just dumb. It was quite obvious the Hawks were ready to board the plane back to Chicago, and leave their starting goalie in a Philadelphia hospital.

The Ugly
  • I hate the 11:30am Sunday morning starts like there's no tomorrow, but this noon start on a Saturday is not much better. Afternoon hockey sucks. Period. I'd rather have those 9:30pm starts.
  • This morning news broke that Corey Crawford had to have an emergency appendectomy, so Scott Darling was thrown in net. 1pm local time start + being thrown into a start, normally means the game will be an adventure.
  • The Flyers gold numbered jerseys are atrocious. Its a shame they couldn't get a little more creative like the Kings did with their fabulous silver 50th anniversary jersey.
  • Just when you think the duo of Lauren Magiera and Steve Konroyd can't get any worse, they somehow find a way to do. I'm pretty confident Magiera had never watched a Blackhawks game before this season, and its showing badly. All the more reason the Hawks need to do whatever it takes to bring back Jim Blaney.
  • The first period. The second period. The third period. No need to elaborate.
  • I'm not as harsh on TVR like others are, but today he was to say it politely, wasn't good.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blackhawks vs. Devils
4-3 OT Win Recap

"Fight Fire with Fire"

by Patrick Norton

Jonathan Toews missed his fourth consecutive game with an upper-body injury, previously disclosed by the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc as a non serious back injury. The offense had seemingly gone #IceCold, but the Blackhawks are still 2-0-1 without their captain. With the New Jersey Devils in town, the Blackhawks look to make it 3-0-1.

Game Time

We’ve seen some horrific beginnings to games this season, but none that resulted in the United Center crowd booing their own team. Horrific doesn’t even begin to explain it, so let’s break out the thesaurus: frightful, atrocious, unspeakable, nightmarish, sickening. All fit the description of that first period for the Blackhawks; except for Corey Crawford. Once again, the goaltender kept it close through one. Travis Zajac tallied the only goal of the first period on a mad scrum in front of Crawford in which Kyle Palmieri and Zajac each took whacks at the puck and Crawford until the puck crossed the line. At the end of one, it was the Devils 1, Blackhawks 0.

The second period came and the winds shifted. Marcus Kruger, yes #ScorelessMarcusKruger tied it up a minute into the period with a beautiful snipe shot from the slot. Then, in true Blackhawks fashion, Niklas Hjalmarsson turned the puck over in the defensive zone on the powerplay and Travis Zajac had just Crawford standing between the forward and the back of the net. Zajac did not miss and it just seemed like it would become one of those goals that would suck the life out of the Blackhawks. Instead, the exact opposite. Artem Anisimov crashed to the net and pocketed his tenth goal of the season just a minute and a half after Zajac had given his team the lead. After a failed powerplay, the Blackhawks didn’t let the missed opportunity haunt them and Nik Hjalmarsson made up for his previous turnover with a goal coming off of a Devil misplay. In the period, Brent Seabrook left for examination after hitting his head on the end boards due to an illegal check from John Quenneville.

The third period started with a bang. A drive to the net by Richard Panik that ended in a Brian Campbell goal was initially signaled a good goal, but some blatant goaltender interference had it waved off fairly quickly. The Blackhawks kept up the pressure after the fact. Marian Hossa found Ryan Hartman with a laser pass, but Schneider sent it aside. Then, a few pushes from the Devils eventually set up the equalizer, the finishing touch on a hat trick for Travis Zajac. At the ten minute mark, the game become heavily defensive and not who would score first, rather who would give up a goal first. A lot more dump and chases than aggressive charges from the forwards with defenseman jumping into the play. After Zajac’s third goal, the game went quickly. “No whistles for ten minutes” quickly. Anyways, Pat Foley sent this one into OT with a classic “tree-tree after tree” call. Third game in a row heading into OT for Chicago.

There were three moments when I doubted this Blackhawks team in the overtime period; when the puck dropped, when the Devils had an odd man rush, and when Mike Cammalleri drew iron. Marian Hossa quickly made me laugh at myself for believing the Devils had a fighting chance in OT with the Hawks. I held my breath for Schneider to let in a weak goal? My loss...but also, my win? Hmm… anyway, Blackhawks recover from the first and win in OT again, 4-3.

The Good
  • Corey Schneider was excellent in the first period.
  • The Devils forecheck was unsolvable in the first ten minutes of the game. The Blackhawks couldn’t even muster up a shot on goal until then.
  • Corey Crawford’s first period play was the only reason the score wasn’t an eight goal lead in favor of New Jersey after the first period.
  • Joel Quenneville’s first intermission locker room pep talk. Boy, I would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall for that one.
  • The centers for the Blackhawks really performed well with Kruger and Anisimov scoring in the absence of Toews. But it’s not like Toews has been some offensive magician this season, or any season for that matter.
  • The pressure the Blackhawks were able to sustain through periods two and three gave little possession opportunities to the Devils.
  • I didn’t notice too many puck possession issues after the first period from the Hawks. Monstrous improvement from the abysmal first frame.
  • Travis Zajac had one hell of a game.
  • Marian Hossa’s OT GWG had me smiling ear-to-ear. He perfected the whole skate left, shoot right move and he snuck it right by Schneider.

The Bad
  • Corey Schneider was NOT excellent in the second period.
  • The powerplay didn’t produce much more than a few wild attempts. Other than that, it was pretty rough. 0/4 is never good. This would be in “The Ugly”, but it’s a bit crowded down there.
  • John Quenneville’s boarding call on Brent Seabrook looked painful to say the least. Seabrook was vulnerable and had his head slammed into the plexiglass. I hit my head on the top of a train car standing up too fast and had to fight to hold back tears, so I can’t imagine being hit by another human at near full speed.
  • Vinny Hinostroza and Nick Schmaltz haven’t provided much in recent memory and it’s time they start to produce. Sure it’s not a switch you can flip, but they need to start seeing some consequences for their lack of assistance.

The Ugly
  • I don’t even want to talk about it, but it’s my duty. The Blackhawks couldn’t even touch the puck for minutes at a time. The Devils were toying with the Blackhawks. I don’t know when the last time the Blackhawks faithful jeered their own team, but it was really f****** weird to hear.
  • Steve Konroyd’s intermission report paired with his post game interview with Marian Hossa had me longing for Mr.….ttt….er Jamal Mayers to be asking the post game questions to #81.
  • Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. No, not apple turnovers, Fatrick. Turnovers, especially in the first period plagued the Blackhawks ability to go on the attack. When the Blackhawks were scoring, they were playing well on all facets of the game. When the Devils were scoring, the mistakes seemed to be highlighted. It didn’t help that Edzo actually highlighted them on the telestrator.
  • The New Jersey Devils players. All of them. Hideous. I’m quoting my mom here. Oh yeah, did I tell you I live with my mom? My God, I am #FatrickJr. Kill me.
  • The Devils offense was nonexistent after the first period besides Travis Zajac. The window for scoring was open in the first and after letting the opportunities slip away, the window slammed shut on their fingers.
  • The penalty kill had it’s moments and performed well enough to make “The Bad” on most nights, but god dammit, I’m putting it here because of how gruesome the second period PK performed that resulted in Zajac’s second goal of the night.
  • Here’s the thing. That first period was the worst period of hockey I’ve seen in a LOOOONG time. After that, the Hawks weren’t over the top trash again. The majority of Blackhawks errors came in those first twenty minutes, but once they passed, it was game on.
  • You may throw stones at me for this, but it kind of seemed like Kane was half-assing everything tonight. I was the least bit impressed with his performance.

The Lineblender
Left Wing - Center - Right Wing
Panarin - Anisimov - Kane
Hartman - Hinostroza - Hossa
Rasmussen - Kruger - Panik
Desjardins - Schmaltz - Motte

Keith - Hjalmarsson
Campbell - Seabrook
Kempny - Rozsival

#Fatrick Stankus Fatsy Stats
  • Patrick Kane finished with an astounding +15 corsi, even though I wasn’t impressed with his play.
  • Meanwhile, Tyler Motte fell on the opposite side of the spectrum with a -15 corsi.
  • The Blackhawks and Devils drew even in the shots department with thirty three apiece.
  • The Blackhawks won 22/49 draws, good enough for a 44.9%.

I’m tired. Sorry if I missed something, but I’d love to know what you think I didn’t touch on enough.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Blackhawks vs Panthers
2-1 Shootout Win Recap

"The Panik Broadcast"

by Gatekeeper

Quickly, I'd like to mention that Terry Boers called it a broadcast career, today, due to failing health. If you don't know him, he's been a part of Chicago sports radio for roughly 25 years. Basically my adult life. His tone and sarcasm probably had a lot to do with my satire and cynicism. I hope his health improves and that he continues to get more accolades. Like him or not, he's a Chicago sports radio icon.

On to hockey complaining...

For once, The Blackhawks weren't the squad with the most drama in the arena. The Florida Panthers, fresh off the unceremonious firing of their head coach, made their first appearance of the Tom Rowe era. Because nothing screams of future success like the model of Bob Pulford's coaching/GM double duty. How does THAT name taste going down? #NowDerek... There was a little Blackhawks drama coming in, with captain Jonathan Toews missing his third straight game with a mystery upper body injury. This had all the fixins for an inspired Panthers win; if not for Corey Crawford.

The first period was not exactly what the United Center crowd had hoped for, after a couple of weeks on the road. The Panthers definitely held the advantage in play for almost the entire first twenty minutes. It's pretty safe to say that the Blackhawks had very few scoring chances, yet they were able to take the lead late in the frame. Officially, the scorer said that the Hawks were only out shot 13-8, but it certainly seemed more like 13-4.

The middle twenty weren't exactly much better than the opening period, but the Blackhawks were able to accomplish something by closing the shot deficit after ONLY getting out shot 12-11. The two period total was down to 25-19, which was progress, I guess. You know what is boring? A late November Tuesday night game against the Panthers.

The Panthers were able to tie the game early in the third period and when I say early, I mean early. Thirty five seconds in. Once again the action slowed down to a snore-worthy pace, but the Blackhawks actually out shot the Panthers for a period. Barely. The final regulation totals were 39-33 in favor of the Cats. Giving up 39 shots at home is pretty brutal.

The overtime started with a Panthers powerplay that the Blackhawks killed off pretty easily, and there was the usual end to end rushes. Neither team was able to finish the game, and it was up to the hero, #DickFuckingPanik, to put the kitty cats to bed in the shootout.

The Good
  • Jaromir Jagr skated in his 1,652nd career NHL game, passing Chris Chelios (1,651) and tying Mark Recchi for fourth on the all-time list.
  • With just over two minutes remaining in the first period, Dennis Rasmussen found #DickFuckingPanik behind the Cats defense. Panik was able to gather the bouncing puck, truck in on Bobby Luongo, and tuck the puck around the Stomb-oalie. Not only did he score the only Hawks goal, but he won the game in the shootout with a really nice top shelf snapper and led the Hawks in shots on goal with 5. Keep mocking me about my 35 point prediction. He's at 10 points with about 3/4 of the games remaining.
  • Corey Crawford was outstanding again. Hew saved 38 of 39 and bailed the Blackhawks out several times. Overtime, shootout, stickless, shorthanded. He was simply great. If you can't respect a .974 save percentage then you're just stupid.
  • I'm officially on the Hartman train. He's been confident and solid, no matter where he's played.

The Bad
  • It only took the Panthers thirty five seconds into the third period to tie the game on the powerplay. Brent Seabrook blocked a shot that rendered him basically useless. The puck then somehow eventually ended up on the stick of Jaromir Jagr right at the edge of the crease, who put it away.
  • Not only did Patrick Kane take a sloppy penalty with 20 seconds remaining in regulation but when he came out of the box in overtime, he half assed a pass that would have given him a breakaway and it dribbled away harmlessly.
  • Artem Anisimov took a Duncan Keith shot off the ankle on the third period and had to end up going to the locker room.
  • One player who's train I'm not on is Nick Schmaltz. He seems to be getting endless opportunities and he has 1 goal in 24 games. By all means, keep putting him out there with Kane and keep watching him try to crowbar passes when he has an open shot. Let's all rag on Kruger, who basically only has defensive zone starts while stuck in the bottom 6.

The Ugly
  • Before the game even started, we found out that Coach Whizzo was sitting Michal Kempny for Jurassic era relic Michal Rozsival. To put it bluntly, this is bullshit.
  • In the third period Vinny Hinostroza cut his angle a little too close to his own goaltender's crease, and swept the legs right out from under Crawford. Crawford lost his stick and laid on the ice for an extended period but the play continued. Eventually, Crawford had to gather himself and dive to his right to kill the play.
  • Jordin Tootoo played under six minutes. Can we end this charade?
  • I was so bored by this game that I had time to put this fitting creation together. Sure would be nice to have a Photoshop guy around these parts.

The #Fatrick Stankus Fatsy Stats
  • I couldn't believe my eyes that the Hawks actually won 53% of their faceoffs. Marcus Kruger won 15 of 20 faceoffs by himself.
  • The Jonathan Marchessault/Aleksander Barkov/Jaromir Jagr line just clowned the Blackhawks all night in possession.
  • The Triple H line of Ryan Hartman/Vinny Hinostroza/Marian Hossa were the leading Blackhawks possession line.

The Shootout
  • Patrick Kane stopped by Luongo's glove
  • Vincent Trocheck missed wide
  • Artemi Panarin beat Luongo
  • Aleksander Barkov stopped by Crawford
  • #DickFuckingPanik beats Bobby Lu top cheddar

The Lineblender
Left Wing - Center - Right Wing
Panarin - Anisimov - Kane
Hartman - Hinostroza - Hossa
Rasmussen - Kruger - Panik
Motte - Schmaltz - Tootoo

Keith - Hjalmarsson
Campbell - Seabrook
Forsling - Rozsival

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Blackhawks at Kings
2-1 OT Loss Recap

"The Night Eternal"

by Patrick Norton

Lots of things make up a good hockey team; a strong captain, coaching adjustments, a heavy goaltender presence, and a finisher. The list goes on, but it’s late and I’m tired. On Saturday night, the Blackhawks would enter without one of the key components; Jonathan Toews. Toews will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Defeating the Los Angeles Kings has never been an easy task, but it gets much more difficult without your captain on the ice.

With an opportunity for a positive record to finish the final circus trip, the Blackhawks would be sending Scott Darling onto the Staples Center ice with a perfect 4-0-0 record on the season. A 2.94 GAA and .904 saves percentage isn’t necessarily something to brag about, but it’s gotten the job done. Now without their captain and their starting goaltender, would the Blackhawks be able to stack back-to-back wins? *Journalism 101: Don’t ask these types of questions.*

Game Time
It seemed like the Kings jumped out to a 1-0 lead a minute into the game on a Tyler Toffoli goal, but the goal was disallowed after further review due to Tanner Pearson shoving Niklas Hjalmarsson into Scott Darling previous to the goal. In the booth, Steve Konroyd, the former hockey player, was oblivious to the NHL rule book and remained confident the goal would stand. Wrong. What else is new? After killing a Desjardins penalty, the Blackhawks tallied the first goal of the game (that counted) on a Kane redirect. Another kill after that gave the Hawks a lead and confidence heading into the first intermission.

The second period hit me and the Blackhawks fast. It took 57 seconds for the Kings to get on the board and I almost missed it for a nap had I not set an alarm on my phone. I’ve been up since 7 am, so this 9:30 pm start has me struggling to keep my eyes open. F*** the circus and f*** Alec Martinez. A plethora of opportunities for each team were not successful, including a back-and-forth sequence of flurries to close out the second period. Somehow, the score was knotted at one after two.

The third period proved to be a bit different. A puck was not behind Darling in the first minute for the first time tonight, legally or illegally. An early powerplay resulted in nothing, even though the Blackhawks were toying with the Los Angeles defense. Then, it was back-and-forth for the next thirteen minutes. Unttiillll, Brent Seabrook cleared the puck over the glass, resulting in a careless delay of game minor with 1:01 remaining on the clock. Luckily, the Hawks got through the first 1:01. The remaining :59 would come in OT.

It was a 4 on 3 to begin OT with the Kings on the advantage. A great kill, but the inability to clear the zone led to a Jeff Carter *let me hurl* OT GWG. Shucks. I stayed up for that. Luckily, the Hawks leave with a point they hardly earned. Scott Darling was fantastic, but holding LA to two goals just wasn’t enough. Unfortunate the offense went cold, but at least the circus trip is over. Kings 2, Blackhawks 1.

The Good
  • The first goal of the game was rocket that Duncan Keith fired three feet wide of the net. Fortunately, Patrick Kane got a stick on it and sent it by the glove side of Peter Budaj.
  • The Blackhawks penalty kill. How about that? When was the last time the PK found it’s way into “The Good?” Sure, the OT goal came seconds after a kill ended, but Seabrook had hardly joined the play. Unfortunate, but we’ve seen worse this season.
  • The goaltending was spectacular on both ends of the ice. The goal post and crossbar made a few cameos, but Budaj and Darling held their own.
  • Scott Darling’s new pads are sick. You can check them out on the Puckin’ Hostile instagram page. Follow @PuckinHostile. (See what I did there? Gate would be proud if he actually read my recaps)
  • The Motte - Kruger - Rasmussen produced some of the best chances for the Blackhawks, especially in the second period.
  • The forecheck was strong through, creating turnovers in the offensive zone and preventing odd man rushes from the Kings.
  • Eddie Olczyk’s analysis. Hearing his voice during an intermission while Steve-O sits in the booth with Pat makes me appreciate all Olczyk has done on the mic for the Blackhawks.

The Bad
  • A lazy tripping penalty put the Hawks on the penalty kill halfway through the first period. Never a good sign to see the PK out so early. Or at any point, for that matter.
  • The defense for the Hawks had their moments, sure, but they let the Kings get a hell of a lot of up close shot opportunities on future brother-in-law of #Fatrick, Scott Darling.
  • The WGN graphics were consistently trash. Glad to see Illinois high school playoff football take precedence over an NHL game on CSN. That’s right. I’m blaming the network they weren’t even on.
  • The Blackhawks shot column. Outshot 29-19, including 3-0 in OT.
  • The Hawk powerplay. Puck possession was decent, but few quality shots left much to be desired on the Hawks special teams. At least they didn’t give up any shortys, eh?
  • The dot has been a struggle point for the Blackhawks in more games than not, but it hurt when a lost draw led to the only second period goal for the Kings.
  • Nick Schmaltz needs to shoot the Christ forsaken puck on Tuesday night.

The Ugly
  • I eluded to this in my first period recap, but Steve Konroyd is the worst analyst in all of hockey. I’d rather have Jamal Mayers in the booth with Pat Foley. Konroyd seemed to forget every rule pertaining to goalie interference and the coach’s challenge. Not one logical statement came out of his mouth. He made Pat Foley seem like a genius with all of the times Foley had to correct his partner in the booth. You could hear Pat Foley’s sadness in the tone of his voice without having Eddie Olczyk sitting beside him.
  • The first Kings powerplay included THREE offsides calls! Where were these refs in 2014? Also, how do you go offsides three times in one powerplay?
  • Dustin Brown.
  • Darryl Sutter.
  • A slow start seems to plague every first period for the Blackhawks. While that ended up not being the case in the opening frame, it was in the second. An early push from the Kings in period number two caught the Blackhawks off guard, which led to the equalizer at one goal apiece.
  • Andrew Desjardins found himself in the lineup, but quickly made Quenneville regret that decision. He didn’t give up any goals, but his play was less than mediocre.
  • Richard Panik has something haunting him. I don’t know what it is, but he isn’t going after pucks the way he did during his hot stretch. If he wants to find himself on the top line again, he’s got to recover the physical factor he has lost in the past couple weeks.
  • The Desjardins - Schmaltz - Panik line did not mesh well together. Schmaltz had a few close opportunities, but I’d be surprised to see much more of that line combo in the future.
  • The Kings grayscale uniforms are awful. One team should be required to wear a real color. I can’t tell the difference between the Hawks, the Kings, and the refs. Ridiculous.
  • The penalties the Hawks committed were the results of pure laziness. Ends up costing them a second point. Damn.

The Lineblender
Left Wing - Center - Right Wing
Panarin - Anisimov - Kane
Hartman - Hinostroza - Hossa
Motte - Kruger - Rasmussen
Desjardins - Schmaltz - Panik

Keith - Campbell
Kempny - Seabrook
Forsling - Hjalmarsson

#Fatrick Stankus Fatsy Stats

  • Vinny Hinostroza led the team in Corsi with a +4.
  • Duncan Keith and Andrew Desjardins finished with -7 in the Corsi department, tying for the team low.
  • The Hawks were a dismal 21/58 from the dot. It cost them a goal in the second period. Lots of room for improvement.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Blackhawks at Anaheim
3-2 Win Recap

"Good Mourning, Black Friday"

by Gatekeeper

The Blackhawks had 2 games to pull out an over .500 record for this last Circus trip, and the first of which was against the Anaheim Ducks for a Black Friday matinee game. They were riding a 2-3 record on the trip, and haven't looked looked well at all. The Ducks haven't really been all that impressive, themselves. They came into the game 9-7-4 which put them at 7th in the conference. This is a team the Blackhawks needed to beat, and beat them fairly easily if they wanted to end this trip on a good note.

oh, right. They were going to have to do so without Jonathan Toews. Swell.

The Blackhawks first half of the first period can be best described with one word; Tryptophan. The Hawks were out shot 8-3 and looked off. Of course they immediately come back from the mid period TV timeout to take a 1-0 lead. That still doesn't take away from the bad Rozsival penalty and slow start.

The second period was a much better result for the road team. The Blackhawks came out and out shot the home team 5-3 in the opening half of the period, while taking a 2-0 lead. Of course, they proceeded to get out shot 9-3 for the remainder of the middle frame. There were goals each way which gave the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead going into the third period.

With a 2 goal Blackhawks lead, the Ducks tried to mount a comeback, but it was not to be. The Ducks out shot the Blackhawks 15-10 for a 36-25 total, but the Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win, without their captain, no less. After this long trip, the Hawks will take it.

The Good
  • Immediately following the mid-period TV timeout, Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov worked a 2-on-1 that was sloppy as Thanksgiving gravy, but still ended up in the net. Kane and Anisimov tried a give-n-go, but the pass back to Kane was intercepted. Kane was still able to somehow get the puck to Gibson, who made the save, but he was stuck in the prone position. The puck flipped and bounced between Gibson's legs and Anisimov pitchforked it over the goal line like Fatrick stabbing at the turkey last night, but knowing Fatrick, it was a Thanksgiving McRib.
  • The Blackhawks powerplay gave them a 2-0 about seven minutes into the second period. Noted turd face, Kevin Bieksa, took a penalty and the Blackhawks were able to set up in the Ducks zone. Kane was open on the right side and Brent Seabrook fed him for a one time clapper. The shot seemed like there was a little taken off but beat John Gibson, anyway.
  • With 4:20 left in the second period, a Marcus Kruger's forecheck ended up right on the stick of Hartman, and Hartman blew the puck by Gibson's glove hand for a 3-0 Blackhawks lead.
  • This was a Corey Crawford win. He saved 34 of 36, and stood tall when the Ducks were pressuring hard.
  • Ryan Hartman was also out there making himself useful again, drawing a late second period penalty. He's winning my praise, and I'm liking it. Might have to grab myself a Hartman player shirt.
  • It was really pretty nostalgic to hear Foley calling the name "Manson", again. Brought me back to 1988.

The Bad
  • As I stated earlier, the Hawks were without Jonny Toews after hurting himself in the second period Wednesday night.
  • Ten seconds after the Hartman goal, the Ducks took the faceoff and broke the Hawks shutout. Nick Ritchie used Brent Seabrook as a screen, and surprised Corey Crawford. I realize that Crawford had a good distance to pick that puck up, but those are hard to find, especially with Seabrook wearing black pants. That was 100% the screen, rather than a Crawford gaffe.
  • I'm not sure if he's still nursing anything, but Tyler Motte has been invisible since returning to the lineup. Totally invisible. I didn't even realize he was playing until late in the second period.
  • Antoine Vermette came into the game winning a NHL leading 66% of his faceoffs. It's wonderful how the Blackhawks coach drove him out of town 2 seasons ago, so that there was no chance to get him to come back as a solid depth center this summer. No need for anything like that, for a team that only has 2 centers that can win faceoffs.

The Ugly
  • The Blackhawks started Michal Rozsival over Kempny for the second game in a row. I'm not really sure what this accomplishes other than frustrating a player you're going to be depending on in April.
  • Those burnt orange Ducks jerseys are terrible. I think they design team is color blind, or headed up by Harms.
  • How about Getzlaf and Perry, eh? The goal-less wonder twins.
  • Playing the role of Brandon Bollig tonight was Jordin Tootoo, with a game low 4:17 of TOI.
  • With 5 minutes gone in the third period, the Ducks looked to have cut the lead to 1 goal, but Ondrej Kase had it go off his glove, then off his skate and into the net. The call on the ice was no goal, and the replay confirmed that.
  • Four minutess after the Ducks thought they cut the Blackhawks lead, they actually did cut the lead to one goal. Seabrook, Campbell and Crawford got all turned around, and Jakob Silfverberg was able to pick up a loose puck to wrap around.
  • I have to know how John Gibson was an NHL all-star last year. He gives up a metric shit ton of rebounds. There is no way that there were no more deserving goalies in the Pacific. He might have a good future, but right now he's raw.

The #Fatrick Stankus Fatsy Stats
  • Blackhawks were awful at the faceoff dots. They lost a ridiculous 73%. That is unacceptable for any opponent.
  • Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen were +29 and +25 in overall Corsi. I'm not even sure how that is possible. That's a complete ass whooping.
  • The only Hawks players with positive Corsi were Vinny Hinostroza and Ryan Hartman.

The Lineblender
Left Wing - Center - Right Wing
Panarin - Anisimov - Kane
Hartman - Hinostroza - Hossa
Motte - Scmaltz - Panik
Rasmussen - Kruger - Tootoo

Keith - Hjalmarsson
Campbell - Seabrook
Forsling - Rozsival