Friday, April 1, 2016

Panarin's 4-Points, Seabrook's OTG, Give Blackhawks 5-4 Win Over Jets

The Chicago Blackhawks traveled to play the Winnipeg Jets for the last time this year as they close out a 4-game road trip.  Artemi Panarin recorded his first career, 4-point night, (2G 2A), and Brent Seabrook scored the OT-GWG to defeat the Jets, 5-4 in overtime.

The Blackhawks were down 8:36 into the game as the Jets scrambled in front of the net and Nic Petan squirted a puck past Scott Darling who was starting his 8th straight game in net for the injured Corey Crawford.  The Hawks answered six minutes later when Artemi Panarin, who hadn't had a point in seven of his last nine games, roofed a shot over Jets' goalie, Ondrej Pavalec on the power play, which had gone 0-for-26, to tie the game at 1.  Brandon Mashinter gave the Hawks the lead 2:21 later, as he tipped a shot from Teuvo Teravainen behind Pavalec and skated to the dressing with the lead after one period.

In the second period, Blake Wheeler would have a nice sequence of events by crushing Trevor van Riemsdyk into the boards, and then shortly afterwards, throw a back-hander past Darling, to tie the game at two, at 12:08 of the period.  Just over five minutes later, the Blackhawks couldn't clear the puck out of their zone to save their life.  When they do, Panarin found Patrick Kane, who glided in over the line and wristed a shot that went through Pavalec, to put the Hawks back on top, 3-2, heading into the third period.

The Blackhawks, with a 5-on-3 advantage, got a Teravainen post, a shanked open net missed by Panarin, and nothing to show on the power play.  As the last of the Jets penalties ended, Byfuglien found himself with the puck, and with a screen in front of Darling, deposited the puck, top shelf to tie the game at 3.  Six minutes later, it was Wheeler again, picking up a rebound in front of the net and slamming it past Darling for a 4-3, Jet lead with less than ten minutes left in the game.  But, the Breadman delivered again late, with less than five minutes left, as he beat Pavalec to tie the game at 4 to head to overtime.

In overtime, Kane was stopped cold by Pavalec, which turned into an odd man rush for the Jets, a centering pass saw Byfuglien whiff on the one-timer, which turned into an odd man rush for the Hawks, Panarin found Brent Seabrook, who finished it off to give the Hawks a 5-4 OT win and a much needed two points.
Notable Mentions:  Patrick Kane's 40th goal of the year was the first time a Blackhawk scored 40 goals in a season since Tony Amonte did it in the 1999-2000 season (43).  Kane also wore the "A" as an Alternate Captain as both Keith and Hossa were not on the ice tonight.  Artemi Panarin recorded his first career 4-point night and his 22nd multi-point night of the year.  Andrew Shaw left the game with an upper body injury.  Blackhawks in the 4-game road trip came home with 6 of 8 possible points.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - WPG - Blake Wheeler - (2G 1A), +2, 6 shots
2nd - WPG - Dustin Byfuglien - (1G 2A), 4 shots, 4 hits
3rd - CHI - Artemi Panarin - (2G 2A), +1

Next game: Sunday, April 3rd, Home vs. Boston Bruins, 11:30AM CT

Previous games between Chicago and Boston:

Chicago Blackhawks - 2 at Boston Bruins - 4 ~ 03/03/16


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