The Chicago Blackhawks welcomed back to the lineup, Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov as they hosted the Edmonton Oilers tonight. The Oilers were without the young phenom, Connor McDavid due to a clavicle injury, similar to what Patrick Kane went through last year. Although Edmonton is full of young talent, it was the Blackhawks' young talent mixed with veteran talent that starred tonight. Artemi Panarin (2G 1A), and Patrick Kane (1G 3A) helped the Hawks take down the Oilers, 4-2.
It took just 58 seconds when Panarin took a cross-ice pass from Kane and one-timed the shot off of an Oiler stick, off of Oiler goalie, Cam Talbot, and into the back of the net for a quick, 1-0 lead. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the period, the Breadman (Panarin), struck again. He took a bouncing puck in the slot and lifted a puck over the shoulder of Talbot to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead to finish the 1st period. The Hawks outshot the Oilers, 9-5 in the period.
After a very good 1st period. the 2nd period consisted of the ice being tilted in the Blackhawks zone as Edmonton rattled off the first 13 shots of the period as Corey Crawford shut the door through a barrage of shots. The Oilers had at least 3 semi to full breakaways against Crawford and Crow slammed the door who ended the night with 36 saves. Jonathan Toews has taken his new role as an antagonizer well as he was present a couple of skirmishes in the period. The period ended with the score still 2-0 in favor of the Hawks. The Oilers outshot the Hawks in the period, 22-6.
In the 3rd, play was more even, but not without some theatrics from Crawford. The Oilers went to the power play early and Jordan Eberle collected a juicy rebound and buried it past Crawford to bring Edmonton to within 2-1. With 6:32 remaining in the game, Kane corralled a bouncing puck and flipped a back-hander that somehow got past Talbot to cushion the Chicago lead to 3-1. They would need it as Edmonton pulled their goalie and with just under 2 minutes remaining in the game, Andrej Sekera blasted a shot from the point that Crawford never saw as Andrew Miller screened him in front of the net to cut the lead to 3-2. Oscar Klefbom was called for holding with 14 seconds left in the game. On the ensuing faceoff, Anisimov took a nice pass from Kane and buried the power play goal in the back of the net to close the scoring.
Notable Mentions: For the first time in a very long time, the Hawks headed into the game giving up more goals than scored (36 allowed, 35 for). Panarin became the first Blackhawk rookie to score a goal within the first minute of a game since Niklas Hjalmarsson did so (0:16) on 04/11/09 against the Detroit Red Wings. Panarin also became the first Hawk rookie to score twice in a first period since Jonathan Toews on 02/14/08 against the Nashville Predators. Tonight was Panarin's 2nd career 3-point night. Kane ended with 4 points (1G 3A). Kane now has a 10-game point streak (7G 10A) and is now among the leaders in the NHL with 10 goals, 23 points, and a +11.
Three Stars of The Game
1st - CHI - Artemi Panarin (2G 1A)
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane (1G 3A)
3rd - CHI - Corey Crawford (36 saves, .944 SV%)
Next game: Thursday, November 12th, Home versus New Jersey Devils, 7:30pm
LET'S GO HAWKS!!!