Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Crawford's Goalie Clinic, Panarin's Gordie Howe Hat Trick Tops Blues, 2-1, in OT

Artemi Panarin had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (1G 1A, 1 fight), yes, you heard me, FIGHT.  Corey Crawford put on a goalie clinic with 27 saves and was within 2:11 from getting his 3rd shutout of the season, but the Chicago Blackhawks prevailed in overtime against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center, 2-1 for their 7th win in a row.

Blues goaltender, Jake Allen stopped 28 shots and traded save for save with Crawford throughout the game.  The first period ended scoreless and it wasn't until 1:22 into the 2nd period, when Marian Hossa scooped up a juicy rebound from a Gustav Forsling shot, to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead on his 7th goal of the year.

Crawford shined in the 2nd period with numerous point blank saves, including a stretched out toe save from a one-timer from Vladimir Tarasenko in the slot.  The period ended, 1-0 going into the 3rd.

Again Crawford and Allen traded save for save as both goalies were very good tonight.  Artemi Panarin traded blows with Scottie Upshall late in the period and the Breadman stood his ground.  Who knew?  After he went to serve his 5 minutes, and with Jori Lehtera screening Crawford, a Alex Pietrangelo slapshot made its way through the legs of Crawford and trickled in the net to tie the game at 1 with 2:11 remaining in regulation.  While Panarin served his penalty, he was missed on a Blackhawks power play.

With 1:36 left, Pietrangelo was called for a delay of game penalty as he flipped a puck into the stands.  With Panarin still in the box, regulation ended and the game headed to overtime.

With his penalty served and a stoppage of play, Panarin wristed a shot from the top of the faceoff dot, with Jonathan Toews screening Allen in front of the net, and netted it over the left shoulder of Allen for the game-winner.  It was his 6th goal of the year.

Notable Mentions:  Artem Anisimov left the game late in the 2nd period with an upper body injury.  He is listed as day to day.  His career high, 11-game scoring streak comes to an end.  With their win, the Hawks are sitting 1st in the Western Conference with a 10-3-1 record.

Three Stars of The Game
 1st - CHI - Corey Crawford - 27 Saves, .964 SV%,
2nd - STL - Jake Allen - 28 Saves, .933 SV%
3rd - CHI - Artemi Panarin - (Gordie Howe Hat Trick) (1G 1A, 1 Fight), 6 shots

Next game: Friday, November 11th, Home Vs. Washington Capitals (8-3-1) 7:30pm CT, TV - CSN-CH, RADIO - WGN AM720


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