Artemi Panarin is a great stick handler – but this is a case where, in the end, it would not be a bad thing to concede the ball at all.
“It was a turning point after the events, and we improved as and as the game progressed,” said Quenneville.
Chicago had a chance to add to his advantage when Calgary was whistled for too many men on the ice in the second, but Backlund made a great pass to Frolik for a team of tap-in at 7:06.
The Blackhawks know something about success, winning the Stanley Cup three times since 2010, and they seem to enjoy the race Cubs. Moments after the victory Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s already waiting Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night.
“It will be a fun day for Chicago tomorrow,” he said. “The biggest game maybe in the history of sports in Chicago.”
Kane scored his third of the season on a dazzling play in the first, then set up Artem Anisimov Jersey‘s tiebreaking power-play goal at 7:44 of the third. Anisimov extended his best series of eight games in career points with his best seventh goal of the season.
With Sam Bennett in the penalty box for tripping, Kane made a perfect pass to Anisimov in front of the redirection. Motte added his third of the season on an impressive rush, making it 3-1 at 12:44, and Kane helped Artemi Panarin empty-netter with 3:01 left sliding.
“For us, this is probably as ugly a 5-1 victory will win for our team,” said Kane. “Still can be better.”
Crawford finished with 33 saves after posting his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
“I feel better and better every game, fastest feeling there,” said Crawford.
Michael Frolik scored a short-term goal for Calgary, which beat Chicago 3-2 on Kris Versteeg goal in the seventh round of a shootout on 24 October. Brian Elliott finished with 17 saves in the opening of a four-game trip.
“I think the first two were two of the best times we’ve played this year,” Frolik said. “It’s just the second goal, they get the momentum and we opened the game and they finished us.”
The crowd of 21166 seemed to come and go from action to Cleveland for the fourth victory of the Blackhawks in five games. About 20 minutes before the drop of the puck, there was a roar in the contest when Kris Bryant homered to give the Cubs an early lead.
There were more cheers and high-five with about 4:15 left in the first, celebrating the Grand Slam Addison Russell.
Kane then gave the crowd something to encourage on the ice. The reigning NHL MVP skated around defenseman TJ Brodie Calgary and away from Deryk Engelland and Mikael Backlund before beating Elliott low on the glove side for a 1-0 lead at 18:58.
Artemi Panarin is very, very good hockey. This is his second NHL season and has already got 13 points in 13 games; How could it not be amazing?
Marian Hossa went up the ice and walked to the net. Fedor Tyutin hit him with his stick, but it was too late. Hossa shook and slid the puck over the glove of Semyon Varlamov.
Perhaps because of all penalties, and perhaps because of the distraction of the World Series, it was a low-energy evening at the United Center. In fact, one of the strongest and most sustained applause of the game occurred during a simple face-off at the end of a Flames power play. It was then that Addison Russell hit his grand handle third inning in Cleveland.
“I’d be lying if I said we were not careful,” Kane said in the interview intermission of the CSN.
Quenneville added: “It will be a fun day for Chicago tomorrow Perhaps the biggest game in the history of sports in Chicago It will be fun to watch…”
It was vintage Hossa.
While the playoffs NHL raged in June, Hossa, 37, found his legs. Physical winger is a good start for the Chicago Blackhawks, flashing the form that made him one of the best players in the league in both directions for most of his distinguished career.
“So far I feel pretty good skater, and I also had a lot of puck on my stick,” Hossa said. “So when you play with the puck, you get more comfort and you make things happen.”
Since Thursday night, Hossa played a key role in the victory over Chicago 4-0 Colorado. First, it is released for a breakaway and caught Tyutin on the way to his fourth goal of the season 15:03 of the first.
It was still attached before the Blackhawks scored four times in the third, helped by another solid performance by Anisimov. The Russian center to a fast start, also assisted on Niklas Hjalmarsson second of the season at 18:16.
“We played a great match, we really were,” said Mark Giordano, defender of Calgary. “We had control, we did a lot of good things, and then it seemed that the last 10 minutes everything collapsed.”
The star winger opened the scoring at the end of the first period, then helped Artem Anisimov to win the third game before completing its online by providing Artemi Panarin an empty balloon. Apart from a four-point explosion against the Flyers on October 18 Kane showed fairly pedestrian stats by his standards, but it sits on 12 points in 10 games now – and it just warms.
Hossa scored again 55 seconds into the third, taking a defenseman Duncan Keith stretch pass and shot on the glove of Varlamov for his fourth goal in his last four games.
“He skates well,” said Joel Quenneville coach. “He never really looked like its slowing anytime. The finish around the net was nice to see, two outstanding shots.”
Hossa, who signed a 12 year contract and $ 62.8 million in July 2009, helped the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. But the years of long playoffs and Olympics took toll.
He had just 13 goals and 20 assists in 64 games last season, and Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
“Certainly more summer help after such a long time,” said Hossa. “I think the body needs some rest.”
His resurgence helped Chicago to four straight wins and seven of nine overall, masking some problems with the puck and turnovers. The Blackhawks face a tough test this weekend when they take on Dallas in a whole house and home.
Hossa has five goals and four assists in 10 games. He did not score his fifth goal last season until his 24th game.
If you are wondering, yes, the Blackhawks still keep an eye on the rankings, even in the first weeks of the long season. And a quick look around the Central Division – universally hailed as the NHL is more difficult – and early stumble by the Hawks suddenly does not look all that bad.
“Even if we do not play our best, we find ways to win games,” said Patrick Kane, who had a goal and two assists in the win over Calgary Hawks 5-1 on Tuesday night. “We can be the best in our team play, but [to be] in first place and not play as we want, we’ll probably take it. But we believe that there is another level here.”
The Hawks are now 4-0-1 in their last five games, and their timing could not be better. After a loose schedule in October, the Hawks are just starting one of the most difficult periods of the season. Tuesday’s game was part of six games in 10 nights after after Thursday’s game against Colorado, the Hawks will play nine of their next 12 on the road, including seven game Circus Trip.
“We have a few advantages to the ice at home we want to take advantage, knowing that we have a very hard time at the end of the month,” said Joel Quenneville before the game. “We know that the ranking is tight and everyone ends up in the same type, so I hope we can put ourselves in a better place here.”
The Hawks are far from perfect, and they are not happy – and Kane warned against getting “satisfied” in ugly win as often. After the 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, the Hawks took a step back against Calgary, a match that Kane described as “ugly as a 5-1 victory.” 1-on-3 goal with 1:02 left in the first period gave a 1-0 lead at intermission, the Hawks were up 13-6 in the first, eight times in 10 games that happened.
Patrick Kane was great, and Corey Crawford had another strong performance for the Blackhawks.
Oh, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the World Series.
“This is a good day for the city of Chicago,” said striker Blackhawks, Tyler Motte.
Kane had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 on Tuesday night for their third straight win. Then there was another cheer from the United Center, almost empty, while fans in private clubs and bars celebrating the final victory by the Cubs 9-3 in Cleveland.
The Hawks continued to chase the puck in the second period, and the Flames have equaled 1-1 on shorthanded goal by former Hawk-killer Michael Frolik. But Artem Anisimov extended his series points in eight games with a power-play goal at 7:44 of the third, redirecting a perfect Kane centering feed past Brian Elliott to make it 2-1. And Tyler Motte got an insurance goal five minutes later on a spectacular individual effort, responsibility and passed around T. J. Brodie before giving a kick to the puck off his own stick and put it in Elliott past. Artemi Panarin (empty net) and Niklas Hjalmarsson added late goals.
“There are some positive signs in there,” said Quenneville. “Always think we need to continue to get better.”
Just as encouraging as the victory itself, the Hawks killed the four power plays Flames (allowing just five shots on goal), making nine successful successfully killed for what was a historically bad start for the penalty. Certainly, the Flames have a game abysmal power, but they scored two of their four power-play goals this season at the United Center a week earlier. Progress is progress.
“Playing with two really good players, you know, try to find an open area and these guys can find you,” Hossa said. “I think things are clickable, just keep working on it.”
The first multiplayer game Hossa since Jan. 10, also against Colorado, ran his goal total to 504, surpassing Peter Bondra for the highest total for a born-Slovak player. Hossa is 41st on the career list NHL just three times in the center of Hall of Fame Jean Beliveau.
“He got offensive numbers are really great to watch,” said Quenneville after Hossa scored his 500th goal, which was held last month against Philadelphia. “The best part of his game is the consistency to be a pro, day and night, be responsible on both sides of the puck, play hard every game and night. This is a good example for our young guys learning to play the right path.”
But even very good players can always improve. To this end, it seems that Panarin has enlisted the help of a new defender, enthusiastic he can play keep away with.
There is enough time to get the ball away from the dog to start!
But it must be one of the most motivated defenders I’ve ever seen, which always does a great practice partner. This dog wants the ball more than any other player could ever want the puck. It is also much cuter than any Panarin opponent will ever face in his career.
“You know sometimes when the puck between early for you, you are more relaxed,” he said. “You do not force things, and I think now that’s what happens.”
Hossa has also found a home on the second line of Chicago, playing alongside center Artem Anisimov and trophy Calder Trophy Artemi Panarin. Anisimov, Panarin and Patrick Kane formed one of the most powerful in the NHL last season lines, but Kane played alongside captain Jonathan Toews in the top group right now while Quenneville seeks balance in its range.
Panarin has established the goal of Hossa against the Avalanche.