Saturday, December 17, 2016

Blackhawks Battle Back For 6-4 Victory Against The Blues

The Chicago Blackhawks finished their 3 game road trip by battling back 4 times and beating the St. Louis Blues, 6-4. 

Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists, and Vinnie Hinostroza notched his first career game-winning goal.

The Blues got on the board early as Patrick Berglund cranked up a slapshot that Scott Darling got a glove on, but it trickled agonizingly slowly behind him as it trickled into the net, just :41 into the game.  The Hawks would tie it on a nice play by Dennis Rasmussen at the end of the period with :26 remaining in the frame.

A game of back and forth occurred in the second period as both teams traded goals 5 times.  The Blues scored one of their goals on a bizarre play that saw a shot slide across the ice, hit a broken stick, and have eyes, as it went 5-hole on Darling.

But in the 3rd, it was all Blackhawks, after entering the period down, 5-4, Niklas Hjalmarsson tied the game, just a minute it.  Then with less than 5 minutes remaining in regulation, Hinostroza took a rebound shot and back-handed it into the net for the Hawks' first lead of the night.  Panarin would add an empty net goal in the end.

Notable mentions: The Blackhawks had to come back on four separate occasions tonight.  They did that without the services of Artem Anisimov who left the game early in the 1st period with an upper body injury.  Coach Joel Quenneville has listed him day-to-day until further notice.  In his absence, Marcus Kruger filled in well with two assists on the night.  Scott Darling won his 4th straight and has accumulated a 5-2-1 record since Corey Crawford went down with emergency appendicitis surgery.  The Hawks now hold a 6 point lead in the Western Conference.  It was the Hawks' fourth consecutive win.

3 Stars of The Game
1 - CHI - Patrick Kane ~ (1G 1A)
2 - STL - Patrick Berglund ~ (2G)
3 - CHI - Artemi Panarin ~ (1G 2A)

Next Game: Sunday, December 18th, Home Vs. San Jose Sharks (19-11-1, 39 pts), 6PM CT, TV - WGNTV, RADIO - WGN720AM


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