Saturday, November 14, 2015

Blackhawks Get Two Huge Road Points, Beat Blues, 4-2

The Chicago Blackhawks received a big boost to their defense tonight as Duncan Keith and Michal Rozsival both made their returns to the lineup tonight as the Blackhawks tried to improve on their dismal road record of 1-5-0.  Patrick Kane's power play goal late in the 2nd period proved to be the game-winner as the Hawks took down the Blues in a typical Hawks/Blues game where tempers were high.

The 1st period was relatively calm for a typical divisional rival game between these two teams.  Andrew Shaw got the Hawks on the board as he tipped a shot from Duncan Keith that went past Blues goalie, Jake Allen 4 minutes into the game.

The 2nd period?  Not so quiet.  Three minutes in, David Backes received a Boarding penalty for ramming Niklas Hjalmarsson into the boards.  Hawks Captain/Goon, Jonathan Toews took exception to that and dropped the gloves with the coward who only takes on non-fighting players.  St. Louis held the momentum early in the period as phenom, Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice within two minutes.  Shortly afterwards, Kane and Alex Pietrangelo tangled with one another and both went off for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.  A controversial no-goal occurred when Marko Dano appeared to have scored when his shot, although gloved, by Allen, went across the goal line.  The War Room in Toronto appeared to think that it was not conclusive because you could not see the puck.  ????  That would be because the puck was in the glove...which was beyond the goal line.  Regardless, no goal.  On the next shift, ex-Blackhawk, Troy Brouwer, took a Slashing penalty which allowed the Hawks a power play.  Kane capitalized as he received a tip pass from Artemi Panarin and pushed it through the 5-hole of Allen to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead just before the end of the period.

The Blues came out fully in the 3rd.  They kept the Hawks from getting a shot on goal till there were five minutes left in the game.  Corey Crawford kept the puck out of the net during that barrage with some point blank saves.  The Blues pulled Allen late in the game and with 47 seconds left, Hjalmarsson worked the puck to the Blues line where he passed to Artem Anisimov, who buried it into the open net for his 7th goal of the year.  Game over. 

Notable mentions: Jonathan Toews now has as many fights (2) as ex-Blackhawk, Brandon Bollig.  They meet up tomorrow at the United Center.  Will they drop the gloves?  Duncan Keith played 27:34 minutes in his first game back from meniscus surgery a month ago.  He was a +2 and had an assist on the opening goal for the Hawks.  He continues to be a freak of nature.  Patrick Kane's goal tonight earned him new career high's in goal-streak (6 games), and point-streak (12 games).

Three Stars of the Game
1st - STL - Vladimir Tarsenko (2G)
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane (1G)
3rd - STL - Jori Lehtera (2A)

Next Game: Sunday, November 15th, Home versus Calgary Flames, 7:30pm


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