Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hutchinson, Jets Cool Off Blackhawks, 3-1

Sometimes there are just some goalies that own another team.  Michael Hutchinson is just that to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Hutchinson and the Winnipeg Jets took down the Blackhawks 3-1, Thursday night.  Hutchinson came up with 45 saves and and answer to almost every shot the Hawks put on net.

It started well for the Blackhawks as Patrick Kane got them on the board early with a power play goal just 1:26 into the game on a nice cross pass feed from Artemi Panarin.  From there, it was all Winnipeg.  Blake Wheeler got the Jets on the board at 8:12 of the first right off of a faceoff win by Bryan Little with a wrist shot that went past Corey Crawford.

In the second period, after Jonathan Toews' second penalty of the game, ex-Blackhawk,  Andrew Ladd capitalized on a rebound attempt after a nice initial save by Crawford.  The Hawks peppered Hutchinson with 18 shots in the period, but couldn't get one passed him.  Crawford made some very good saves to keep the game 2-1 after 40 minutes.

The Jets got an insurance goal midway through third period as Mark Scheifele wristed a shot past Crawford after David Rundblad got caught pinching in the offensive zone.  Marian Hossa had a chance on a breakaway in the period, but Hutchinson once again shut the door.

Notable mentions: Hossa had 8 shots on goal but couldn't find the back of the net.  Tanner Kero made his NHL debut tonight for the Hawks.  He played 11:40 TOI and had 4 shots on goal.  Bryan Bickell found himself back in the lineup tonight for the first time in 4 games.  He was a non-factor getting the smallest amount of ice-time among all Hawk players (8:15) and having just 1 shot on net.  Jet goalie Michael Hutchinson, now in 5 career games against the Hawks, is 4-0-1, 1.19 GAA, .966 SV%, 1 shutout.  Corey Crawford's shutout streak ended at 141:46 minutes of scoreless hockey, when Wheeler scored in the first period.  He ended the night with The Blackhawks have now gone nearly 236 minutes of ice time without scoring a 5-on-5 goal.  They need to find the back of the net as they will be facing a tough Minnesota Wild team tomorrow night.  Scott Darling will be in net for the Hawks.

Three Stars Of The Game: 1st - WPG - Michael Hutchinson (46 Saves, .978 SV%), 2nd - WPG - Mark Stuart - (9 hits, 21:16 TOI), 3rd  WPG - Bryan Little (2A, 19:24 TOI)

Next game: Friday, October 30, against the Minnesota Wild, 7:00p.m.


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