Friday, October 21, 2016

Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets Power Their Way Past Blackhawks, 3-2

Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored two power play goals to get past the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2.  Columbus, with six days off, and an 0-2 start, were ready and waiting for the Hawks as they attempted a combined 50 shots while blocking 20.

The Blackhawks penalty kill was dismal again as the the Jackets went 2 for 2 with the man advantage.  Zach Werenski started the scoring with a PP goal half way through the first period.  Once again, Corey Crawford was completely screened with no chance to make the save.  

In the second, Tyler Motte would score his first career NHL goal after picking up a Jonathan Toews rebound and tying the game at 1.  That lasted just over two minutes until Nick Foligno tallied another PP goal after Crawford made the initial stop, he had no help to clear the puck as the rebound was put behind him.  Niklas Hjalmarsson when asked about the PK: "We have to hit the reset button & just bear down & find a way to get it done because it’s losing us games right now."  

William Karlsson extended the lead to 3-1, before Richard Panik, scored his 5th goal of the year on a fortunate bounce to bring the Hawks to within 1.

Bobrovsky then stood on his head as the Hawks made a late push to try and tie the score late in the 3rd.  With a late power play, the Hawks pulled Crawford for the extra attacker.  Toews couldn't corral a bouncing puck with an open net, Brent Seabrook grazed the goal post in the waning moments as time ran out for the Hawks.

Notable Mentions:  The Blackhawks PK for the year, is now 42.1% (8 kills on 19 time short-handed).  By far, the worst in the NHL.  Trevor Van Riemsdyk left the game early with an upper body injury.  When Coach Joel Quenneville was asked about his status, "He'll be out for a bit".  Patrick Kane had an incredible 28:48 of ice time in the loss.  The Hawks had 17 missed shots during the game.  You can't score if you can't get the shots on not.

3 Stars of The Game
1st - CBJ -  Sergei Bobrovsky - 32 Saves, .941 SV%
2nd - CBJ - Zach Werenski - 2 PTS (1G 1A)
3rd - CBJ - Nick Foligno - 2 PTS (1G 1A)

Next Game: Saturday, October 22, Home vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 6PM CT, TV - WGN


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