Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blackhawks Start 2nd Half With 2-1 Win Against the Avalanche

The 2nd half of the NHL hockey season began for the Chicago Blackhawks as they started the 1st of a 3-game road trip in Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche.  The Blackhawks were without Captain, Jonathan Toews.  Due to him being sick, he missed the All-Star Game, resulting in a 1 game suspension.  That didn't stop the Blackhawks as they beat the Avs, 2-1.

The Blackhawks wasted no time in getting onto the scoreboard as Richard Panik took a centering pass from Andrew Shaw and popped it past Avalanche goaltender, Calvin Pickard giving the Hawks a quick 1-0 lead, just 2:57 into the game.  Artemi Panarin would add to that as Patrick Kane connected with "The Breadman" with a backhand shot that bounced off a defender and into the back of the net to make it, 2-0, Blackhawks.  The Avs would come back as Gabriel Landeskog would find a loose puck in the slot and he snapped it past Corey Crawford to cut the lead in half, 2-1.  The period would end that way with the Blackhawks outshooting the Avs, 15-7.

In the 2nd, the Blackhawks controlled the puck for the majority of the period. In fact, they outshot the Avs 15-2 in the period, but had nothing to show for it thanks to the play of Pickard.  2nd period shot totals favored the Blackhawks, 29-8.

The 3rd started with the Avs doubling their shot total within 4 minutes of the start of the 3rd period.  Crawford had to stop a barrage of shots as the period began.  Panarin had a chance to widen the lead as he walked in on a breakaway, but Pickard was there to make the save.  Crawford made two more huge saves as the period went on to preserve the win for the Blackhawks.  He would stop 23 for the game, 16 in the 3rd.

Notable mentions:  Richard Panik's goal was his 3rd, as a Hawk, in 9 games played.  Viktor Svedberg made a return to the Blackhawk lineup for the first time since Novermber 12th.  He assisted on Panik's goal.  Patrick Kane has assisted on 16 of Artemi Panarin's 18 goals this year.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - COL - Calvin Pickard (40 saves, .952 SV%)
2nd - CHI - Artemi Panarin (1G, 3 shots)
3rd - COL - Gabriel Landeskog (1G, 4 shots, +1)

Next Game: Thursday, February 4th, Away vs. Arizona Coyotes, 8pm CT


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