Preseason Recap: Blackhawks Beat Senators 5-2

  
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The Blackhawks score five unanswered goals to come back and beat Ottawa after weather delays arrival to the arena.

The Chicago Blackhawks traveled to Ottawa for their third preseason game Friday night, and their first of two games against the Senators. Chicago sent a largely suspect roster on this trip with 11 players having never played in an NHL game before. The Blackhawks took a while to find their feet, but won an exciting matchup against the Senators 5-2 with goals from Andreas Martinsen, Marcus Kruger, Luke Johnson, John Hayden and Dominik Kahun.

First Period – The Blackhawks got off to an extremely slow start, not getting a shot on net until 10 minutes into the first period. While Ottawa came out blazing with Alex Formenton burying a breakaway goal 5-hole, and Matt Duchene chipping a rebound over the leg of Rockford playoff hero Collin Delia due to some poor net-front defense. Just 12 minutes into the game, Ottawa had jumped to a 2-0 lead.

Late in the first period and on a Blackhawks powerplay, former 5th round pick Luke Johnson ripped a one-timer from the high slot off a feed from Dylan Sikura to finally put the Hawks on the scoresheet, 2-1 Ottawa.

Despite being outshot 14-6 the Blackhawks survived the first period down only 2-1.

Second Period – Goalie Collin Delia really owned the start of the second period making an unbelievable pad save sliding across the crease to rob Burgdoerfer and a great glove save on Matt Duchene to keep the Hawks in the game.

Just over 12 minutes into the second period, Luc Snuggarud’s long shot from the Sens blue line was redirected off players in front of the net right to undrafted forward Dominik Kahun who roofed the opportunity on Mike Condon to even up the score 2-2.

Following the Blackhawks goal the teams switched netminders.  Matt Tompkins finished the period in goal for the Blackhawks while Filip Gustavsson took over for the Sens.

The Hawks did a great job dictating the play in the second period outshooting the Sens 12-5.

Third Period – The Hawks got off to a great start with Andreas Martinsen coming out of the penalty box with a great pass to Marcus Kruger which he buried to put the Blackhawks up 3-2. Not long after the Kruger goal, the duo was at it again but this time it was  Martinsen sending a wrister past Gustavsson on a feed from Kruger to extend the Hawks lead 4-2.

Just before the 13 minute mark of the period, the goal frenzy continued with John Hayden getting a quick shot off a great no look feed behind the net from Dominik Kahun to give us our final score of 5-2.

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Final Thoughts – Although only playing half the game. Collin Delia was the difference maker in this game. Delia only allowed two goals but the Senators easily could have easily jumped out to a 5-0 lead if he had not been so good this game. Making highlight reel saves left and right tonight, he was truly the star of the show finishing with 17 saves on 19 shots. Matt Tompkins did his part, as well, saving all 7 shots he faced.

The penalty kill stopped 5/6 opportunities and looked stronger as the game went on. On the flip side, giving up six powerplay opportunities on sloppy stick offenses is no way to help secure a roster spot for these bubble players.

Friday’s game marked the first time that two brothers suited up in the same game for the Blackhawks since Jonathan and David Toews did, almost exactly seven years ago.

The Blackhawks are back at home at the United Center for their preseason home opener Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 Central.

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  • #8759

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    #8762

    Alan Parsons
    RinkRat

    Kahun has some really nice wheels and hands.  He is going to be hard to cut.  Which is a good problem to have.

    #8765

    I think he makes the team, and plays 3rd line

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    #8766

    SaltyCracker
    RinkRat

    Kahun’s feed on Hayden’s goal was Kaneresque.  Burying one of his own too, I gotta believe he’s made the club. Martinsen’s strong effort, too – altho Q already having given him the, “I liked his game” was pretty sure he was already a lock. Last night proved Q’s favorites sometimes really do deserve it.

    #8768

    Tim M.
    RinkRat

    I agree on Kahun making team.  I think Kampf will too, and I think Luke Johnson has a good shot of edging out Sikura or Hayden to make the team. Johnson hustles and he can kill penalties , while I think Sikura needs time and I think Hayden is half a step slow, and doesn’t hustle like Johnson nor is he as good a penalty-killer. As for defensemen: I think Davidson will make the team and one of the two kids (depends on who plays better the rest of the preseason, but I hope it’s Bovquist because he’s the fastest d-man they’ve had since Leddy left.) I was also impressed by Gilbert: nothing fancy, plays defense first, and brings physicality to the game.

    #8770

    Alan Parsons
    RinkRat

    If they waive Kunitz, how much are they on the hook for if he clears and goes to Rockford?  Because I dont know what he adds to the team. They dont need experience.  They have that in spades.  They have leadership.  They need a better 2C, and bottom 6 speed and defense.  And Im not sure he does does any of those things.  Kahun and Kampf at least give them C options if they need it or if they can trade Anisimov for a used skate sharpener.

    #8773

    If they waive Kunitz, how much are they on the hook for if he clears and goes to Rockford?

    While he doesn’t deserve to be on this team, I don’t think that will ever happen.  He’ll be a 14th forward but, to answer your question, they should be able to bury up to $1,025,000, so his entire hit.

    I agree on Kahun making team. I think Kampf will too, and I think Luke Johnson has a good shot of edging out Sikura or Hayden to make the team. Johnson hustles and he can kill penalties , while I think Sikura needs time and I think Hayden is half a step slow, and doesn’t hustle like Johnson nor is he as good a penalty-killer. As for defensemen: I think Davidson will make the team and one of the two kids (depends on who plays better the rest of the preseason, but I hope it’s Bovquist because he’s the fastest d-man they’ve had since Leddy left.) I was also impressed by Gilbert: nothing fancy, plays defense first, and brings physicality to the game.

    I agree that Kahun, Kampf and Johnson have all made their cases over players like Sikura and Hayden.  Politics will probably weigh in, though.

    If Boqvist makes the team (and he probably shouldn’t because it won’t matter enough to bother), he won’t go past the 10 NHL games that let his entry level deal kick in.  If one of the kids make it, that would be Jokiharju (not that he’s “earned” it either).   They should just go with:
    Keith – Seabrook
    Rutta – Davidson
    Manning – Gustafsson
    (Murphy IR)
    Dahlstrom or Gilbert or Hillman as 7

    Let Jokiharju take a couple of months to relax in RFD and be one of the first callups.  I suppose it can’t hurt having Jokiharju stay with Murphy hurt, but I’d rather see him not get his poop pushed in night after night

    Just my opinion.

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    #8775

    Alan Parsons
    RinkRat

    I really hope Sikura can mature into a decent NHL player.  But the kid is SO SKINNY.  The photos from the last week with his family make him look like he is a fragile stick figure cartoon character.  He looks like he weighs 140 pounds.

    Get him to a good polish restaurant and start feeding that boy.

    #8779

    Chico Maki
    RinkRat

    I think Kahun makes the team–and not on the third line.  I think Q will try him with Toews.

    Sikura MIGHT make the team, but IMO, shouldn’t.   He needs time at the Rock and needs to gain muscle.

    Someone tell me Manning will get better….cuz….from what I saw, he sucks.

    #8780

    I think Kahun makes the team–and not on the third line. I think Q will try him with Toews.

    that’s where he was today

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