Friday, March 18, 2016

Darling, Blackhawks, Blank Jets, 4-0

Andrew Ladd scored in his return to Winnipeg and Scott Darling stopped 28 shots to pick up his 2nd career shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks shutout the Jets, 4-0.

Both teams with golden chances in the period.  Dale Weise was set up with a nice cross ice pass from Tomas Fleischmann, and then was completely robbed with a great glove save from Ondrej Pavelec.  Hawks were getting in front of shots in the 1st as they blocked six shots.  That could be partially due to the fact that they had seven turnovers.  Darling had to make a tough save on Blake Wheeler after a turnover by Artemi Panarin.  Regardless, the 1st period was scoreless with the Hawks with the edge in shots: 13-11.

It took till there was just over 3 minutes left in the 2nd period when Patrick Kane got the Hawks on the board with a great individual effort as he exploded into the Jets zone and roofed a back-hander above Pavelec, to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.  Just :26 later, Marian Hossa scooped up a rebound and deposited it beyond a diving Pavelec, for a quick, 2-0 lead.  Darling had to be sharp again as the Jets peppered him with scoring chances, but none made their way across the goal line.  The period would end, 2-0, Hawks.

The 3rd period saw the Blackhawks break the game open 4 minutes into the period.  After a strong board battle win by Jonathan Toews, the Captain fed the ex-Jet Captain, Andrew Ladd, who wristed a one-timer past Pavalec, to make it 3-0.  Then, 1:45 later, Tomas Fleischmann took a turnover in the Jets zone and deked Pavalec and slid the puck into an open net to make it 4-0, Blackhawks.

Notable Mentions: Joel Quenneville flipped Kane and Hossa on their respective lines late in the 2nd period.  In successive shifts, both Kane and Hossa score.  Hossa's goal was his 498th career goal.  Darling's 2nd career shutout comes exactly one year ago to the day that he recorded his first shutout when he blanked the New York Rangers, 1-0.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Patrick Kane -  (1G 1A), +2, 6 Shots
2nd - CHI - Andrew Ladd - (1G), +2
3rd - Chi - Scott Darling - 28 Saves, 1.000 SV%, Shutout

Next Game: Sunday, March 20, Home Vs. Minnesota Wild 7:30PM CT, NBCSN

Previous games between Minnesota and Chicago:
Chicago Blackhawks - 4 at Minnesota Wild - 5 ~ October 28, 2015
Minnesota Wild - 2 at Chicago Blackhawks - 1 ~ December 1st, 2015
Chicago Blackhawks - 1 at Minnesota Wild - 6 ~ February 21, 2016


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