Sunday, December 6, 2015

Kane Breaks Record, Help Take Down Jets, 3-1.

It was a rare matinee today at the United Center as the Winnipeg Jets visited the Chicago Blackhawks.  Even more rare, is the opportunity to see a Blackhawk record being broken.  The last time a Blackhawk scored in 21 straight games was on January 23, 1972.  Thank you, Mr. Bobby Hull.  On Sunday, Patrick Kane broke Hull's record with an assist late, on an open-net goal to extend his point streak to 22 games (13G 23 A) 36 points, in a 3-1 win.  It was also the first time in 6 attempts that the Blackhawks beat Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson (4-1-1).

Marian Hossa came into the game today appearing in his 1196th career game, but having only 1 goal in his last 7 games.  That changed when he took a rebound from a Brent Seabrook shot and tucked it behind Hutchinson to give the Hawks a 1-0 late in the 1st period, leading into the 2nd.  Hossa would later add an assist later in the game.

Chris Thorburn would get the only tally in the 2nd frame as Winnipeg tied the score when Thorburn flipped a puck past Corey Crawford, that no one saw and had to be reviewed in order for it to be counted.  The period would end with the game knotted at 1.  Trevor Daley would leave the game when he fell awkward into Thorburn's knee and left the game under his own power, but with assistance.

As the 3rd period started, Teuvo Teravainen would grab a loose puck and slap it from a difficult angle, and beat Hutchinson to extend the Hawks lead to 2-1, just 21 seconds into the frame.  It's nice to see the Hawks get the early goals to set the pace.  Better still, was that the two goals scored, had nothing to do with Kane, Panarin, or Anisimov.  Hence the Kane streak.  With two minutes remaining in the game, the Jets pulled their goalie in favor of the extra man.  A puck bounced in the Hawks zone was batted/swatted at by Kane and it found its way to Artemi Panarin who lofted a puck just within center ice, for the open-net goal to seal the scoring for a 3-1 Blackhawk winner.

Notable mentions: Bryan Bickell made his return tonight after being called up from the Rockford IceHogs.  He didn't show up on the score sheet, but he provided some hits, including one that knocked ex-Blackhawk, Dustin Byfuglien on his 'Duff".  Duncan Keith assisted on the second Blackhawk goal to extend his point streak to 6 games (2G 4A).  Marcus Kruger had a good game, offensively and defensively.  He had a goal taken away as it was disallowed for a kicking motion.  Corey Crawford had a very strong game, stopping 31 shots and keeping the game from getting away from him due to sloppy play by the Hawks early in the game.

Three Stars of the Game
1st - CHI - Marian Hossa (1G 1A), +2, 5 shots
2nd - CHI - Corey Crawford (31 saves, .968 SV%)
3rd - CHI - Teuvo Teravainen (1G), +2

Next game: Tuesday, December 8th, Home versus Nashville Predators, 7:30PM


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