Chicago Blackhawks vs Colorado Avalanche Game Recap

  

The upstart Colorado Avalanche visited the UC last night—with the home team Blackhawks trying desperately these days to figure out how to actually win a hockey game.

The Hawks’ lines and pairings were:
Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsPatrick Kane
Vinnie HinostrozaNick SchmaltzAndreas Martinsen
Tomas JurcoArtem AnisimovAlex DeBrincat
Patrick SharpDavid KampfJohn Hayden

Duncan KeithJan Rutta
Erik GustafssonBrent Seabrook
Jordan OesterleConnor Murphy

Anton Forsberg reclaimed the Hawk net after JF Berube emphatically answered “Oui” to the question: “can anyone be worse than Forsberg?”

First period

The first 15 minutes-plus of the game were somewhat unremarkable. One highlight was massive Norwegian winger Andreas Martinsen in his Hawk debut, who put a thundering hit on Av defenseman Nikita Zadorov, knocking him out the game. Martinsen has size, willingness and he can skate, which may situate him well for a shot with the Hawks next season.

Brent Seabrook opened the scoring in this game at 4:15 on the power play with a bomb from the left point that beat a screened Semyon Varlamov, assisted by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. 1-0 Chicago.

While the shots were roughly even at that point, the Avs came on strong immediately afterward and finished the period with a 17-11 advantage in shots.

Second period

The Avs tied the game up on their own power play at 17:53, after a flurry of activity in front of the Chicago net. Anton Forsberg gave up a fat rebound in the slot, which got behind all four Hawk defenders who were collapsed down low.  A fully screened Forsberg lost sight of the puck until it was deposited over his left shoulder by Alexander Kerfoot. 1-1.

Less than three minutes later, at 14:59, Av center Nathan McKinnon held the puck and drew Hawk defenders and enough attention from Forsberg before zipping a pass across the slot to a wide open Miko Rantanen at the right circle. The Hawk goalie had no chance, 2-1 Colorado.

For the next several minutes, the Hawks applied quite a bit of pressure on Varlamov, but could not solve the Colorado netminder.

At 7:20, Colorado capitalized on the power play again with Tyson Barrie putting a long shot past a partially screened Forsberg. Probably one Forsberg should have had. 3-1 Avs. And that was how the period ended.

Third period

In the final period, the Blackhawks jumped out to a huge 13-5 shot advantage, in an attempt to carve out a chunk of the Avalanche two goal lead, but were not able find a way to solve the Colorado goalie.

Instead, they gave up a long empty net goal after Joel Quenneville pulled his goalie with roughly three full minutes left in regulation. Funny note on the goal was Pat Foley comically saying, “Brent Seabrook SOMEHOW didn’t catch up to that puck.”

The Avs were not done there, though. With the Blackhawks running around with their heads up their behinds, Colorado was able to take advantage of the opportunity and added another insurance goal by Alexander Kerfoot (again), just for good measure.

Pluses

  • It is finally over. This loss ended the Blackhawks playoff “hopes” putting them officially to bed for the 2017-18 season. Now we can cheer for them to comically lose out the rest of the season and try to earn a higher draft pick.
  • Duncan Keith did not have the best game of his career, but he was able to keep up with the blazing speed of Nathan MacKinnon.  That is pretty good, considering that Keith is a dozen years older and having a rough season.

Minuses

  • It has gotten to a point where Blackhawks games are just a collection of bad moments.  Once again, they took a 1-0 lead and then proceeded to give up five unanswered goals.
  • The teams combined for 85 total shots on net, which just goes to show the “defense optional” nature of this game.

 

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  • #6212
    Jeff Osborn
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    The upstart Colorado Avalanche visited the UC last night—with the home team Blackhawks trying desperately these days to figure out how to actually win
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    #6213
    fattybeef
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    Keith is looking more recovered from that knee injury. I think he has a better year next year. That was impressively ridiculous though. Gustafsson and Oesterle are not very good hockey players.

    At least Patrick Kane tried really hard the whole game. He should probably be wearing a letter at this point.

    Anyway, hopefully Detroit wins some games here and they can fall another spot. Based on the history they have a fair chance of getting a lottery winner if they drop to 5th. Above that hasn’t won it in a while.

    #6215
    6628
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    After the run Keith took at the guy with a few seconds left he then took a vicious swat with the stick at another guy who came over. He’s very lucky he didn’t connect with his stick cuz he’d be sitting out for a long time, into next year I think. I have to wonder if someone said or did something prior to the hit as the game was all but over.

    #6216
    John Jaeckel
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    Keith is looking more recovered from that knee injury. I think he has a better year next year. That was impressively ridiculous though. Gustafsson and Oesterle are not very good hockey players. At least Patrick Kane tried really hard the whole game. He should probably be wearing a letter at this point. Anyway, hopefully Detroit wins some games here and they can fall another spot. Based on the history they have a fair chance of getting a lottery winner if they drop to 5th. Above that hasn’t won it in a while.

     

    Going out on a limb here, both Keith and Seabrook have looked like top 4 defensemen with something left in the tank more often than not of late.  If Bowman wants to reload and try to get back and make another run, he needs to be adding around them on the blueline, not looking to replace either (which is likely not gonna happen anyway with Seabrook at minimum)

    Apparently, all goalies are Vikings

    #6217
    Under Qs moustache
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    5 unanswered goals. Groundhog day, de ja vu, and lather, rinse repeat. When the Hawks were good they fell behind early only to use the last 20 to 30 minutes getting back in the game. Most times they were successful. Now they score first and let the other team back in the game. Goaltending is part of this as is the defensive scheme. Just not enough balanced scoring from the top 9 to play this way.

    Martinsen is a beast. And unlike the Machinters, TooToos, and CarBombs of days past, this kid can skate. Hands? not the best, but he’s a big body that may become a force along the boards, and a deterrent to those that take liberties with the many smurfs that populate the current roster. Add Hayden, Highmore, and maybe another; this team could take on a different look next year. We can only hope. Hold your nose til then

    #6218
    fattybeef
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    I would agree with the Keith assessment fosh. IF they could nail a lottery pick and the cap goes up to 80 million they have about 12 to spend, 17 if they jettison the Hossa money and over 20 if they can get a taker for AA and not take a lot back.

    This could be an insane summer where they turn a corner real fast and probably have another two years to replicate the LA rivalry with Nashville.

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