Recap: Blackhawks down Colorado in OT, 3-2

  

The Blackhawks entered action Saturday night in Denver having gone 5-4-1 over their previous ten games—a marked improvement versus the ten prior.

Bad news: as improved as 5-4-1 might be, it’s still not playoff worthy by itself, much less for a team buried in the basement of the Central Division. The good news, Colorado had gone 3-6-1 over their last ten contests, including a 2-1 loss to the Hawks at home 8 days ago.

The Blackhawks lines and pairings:

Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Dominik Kahun
Artem Anisimov – Dylan Strome – Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat – David Kampf – Dylan Sikura
Andreas Martinsen – Marcus Kruger – John Hayden

Duncan Keith – Erik Gustafsson
Gustav Forsling – Brent Seabrook
Carl Dahlstrom – Connor Murphy

Marcus Kruger (concussion protocol) drew back in for Chicago, replacing Jacob Nilsson. #TheRinkLegend Collin Delia took the net for Chicago, facing off against Semyon Varlamov for Colorado.

FIRST PERIOD

The scoring opened early, with Alex DeBrincat beating Varlamov at 1:46  from the left faceoff circle, off a sweet, spinning cross-ice Patrick Kane feed. 1-0 Chicago.

Kane then scored himself at 9:38 from the opposite faceoff dot, assisted by Artem Anisimov and Dylan Strome, after a neutral zone turnover by Colorado turned into a 3-on-2 break for the Hawks. 2-0 Chicago.

The action was fast and furious throughout the period with many quality chances for both teams. The Avs finally got to Delia at 17:04 of the first, when Mikko Rantanen capitalized on a power play made possible by a Gustav Forsling tripping penalty. Delia was completely screened by Gabriel Landeskog and had no chance on a close in shot: 2-1 Chicago.

That was how the period would end, with shots favoring the Avs 16-15.

SECOND PERIOD

As compared to the first period, he checking was tighter for both teams to start the second, with a couple of decent chances enjoyed by both teams early on.  Crossing through the neutral zone was much tougher for both teams.

With 1:39 left in the frame, after a delayed penalty call on the Hawks, Nathan McKinnon beat a screened Delia to tie the game. 2-2.

Chicago had the advantage through much of the period, but Colorado applied significant pressure late, forcing Delia to make several quality stops. And at 18:57, not long after the McKinnon goal, Forsling took another tripping call. Chicago killed the first minute or so of the penalty to end the period. Shots ended 9-9 in the second.

THIRD PERIOD

The Hawks killed off the remainder of the penalty. The ensuing action again featured tighter checking, with a couple of important highlights. The Avs were able to kill off a late 5-on-3, thanks in part to a smart play by Landeskog. However, in what was a very chippy game, Landeskog high-sticked Connor Murphy at 18:48, drew blood and set the Hawks up for a man-advantage in overtime—arguably the best open-ice scoring situation aside form a 5-on-3.

OVERTIME

It wouldn’t be long before Kane once again took a starring role, scooping up a rebound in the slot and quickly flipping past a besieged Varlamov for the win, giving the Hawks their 5th win in their last 6 contests and a nice lift to close out 2018.

THE GOOD

Yet again, Delia, who’s not just making the case for an NHL job, but perhaps an NHL starting job.

Kane. Brilliant. And at the top of his game.

The defense overall. The first period was a track meet and were it not for Delia, the score could have been lop-sided the other way, instead of 2-1 Chicago. But Chicago was able to tighten it up over the latter two periods, as they have been able to do much better of late, especially after pairing Murphy and Carl Dahlstrom.

THE BAD

Not much. The Hawks are playing a better brand of hockey of late. The lines are balanced and team defense is dramatically improved.

THE UGLY

There was, and likely still is, some bad blood between these teams, on display much of the night. Something to watch in future meetings.

All I have on this one. Comment below.

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  • #11020
    John Jaeckel
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    The Blackhawks entered action Saturday night in Denver having gone 5-4-1 over their previous ten games—a marked improvement versus the ten prior. Bad
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    Apparently, all goalies are Vikings

    #11022
    Alan Parsons
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    Replace Forsling with anyone and the defense will improve dramatically.   Anybody.   There isnt another guy in RFD who can play better than Gus the Turnover Bus?   Forsling the Turnover Titsling?  Gustav McTurnover?  Turnover Von Forsling?  I can haz turnoverz?

    Forsling really has developed into a not very good hockey player.   Cut him loose.

    At least Seabrook knows how to play D.  Seabs might be two steps slow now, but he has a good idea how to be a defenseman in the league still, even if he gets beat a lot.  Forsling just plain sucks.

    #11024
    Mister Ricochet
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    Fun times right now as the Hawks are showing compete, energy, purpose and confidence.  Did not see this tilt as I was at the NTDP U-17’s vs Steel so your recap is helpful JJ (The Rink).

    Wins are nice but I’m looking for a group that plays hungry hockey CONSISTENTLY because going forward they will not overwhelm with talent and will need to play a kinda Vegas style of up tempo, non-stop compete, take away time and space hockey with a roster that is not always dominant.   ………Looks like Colliton is planting those seeds.

    Hawks won the fancies in this one.  54-46 in Corsi, 58% Ozone starts, outshot em 37-32. Would like to see the Hawks block more shots as they came up short on that account 18-11 and outhit 21-9.  PP humming along going 2-5.

    Like that Seabs saw 14:30 at 5 on 5 and 2:52 on the kill.  As you always said JJ there is a domino effect and the solid play of the Dahlstrom-Murphy pairing allows Seabs to slide to the 3rd rotation and not be used vs opposition top 6.  That’s helpful.  …….

    Delia just keeps putting up great effort/results with each passing game.  IMO this is sustainable, not .950+ SPG obviously, due to his foundation of a compact efficient style.  A Carey Price style  ….. Ward being a pro will allow JC to give Delia the net without it being a problem if he chooses to do so.

    #11036
    Under Qs moustache
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    Something that’s not mentioned enough is the Hawks taking the lead early in games. Even when they were good a few years back, it wasn’t uncommon for the Hawks to give up the first goal or two, or only play 35 to 40 minutes. Colliton has them coming out in the first and bringing the play to the other team, even on back to back games. I’m pretty sure the Hawks led the league in giving up the first goal over the past 5 to 7 years. If not they were second.

    Delia was the difference maker in the 1st. Average goaltending has the Hawks down 3-2 or 4-2. The second period was pretty much all Colorado, and again Delia kept them in the game but allowing the lead to get away. Hawks had a few missed opportunities, one by #12 that went wide and another hit the crossbar. The play was largely dictated by the Avs and the Hawk penalties gave them the momentum.

    Hawks had a 5 on 3 for 90+ seconds and could have put the game away then, but the PP which eventually wins it in OT fails to produce.

    Putting the current turn-around into perspective: Dallas the #8 team right now has a record of 20-16-3 over the first 39 games. Assuming that they or someone else will get to 86 to 88 points to take the last spot, the Hawks are at 36 points with 41 games played now. To get to 86 or 88 points the Hawks would have to win 25 of the last 41 games. Let that sink in. With about 5 teams on top of them right now, and the schedule playing those same teams, its not impossible, but the Hawks will need to do a Tampa Bay Lightening imitation for the rest of the year. And that will be against teams fighting for a playoff spot in the other divisions too.

    nb: Boqvist gets the game winner vs the US in OT last night. Kayunov nets a hat trick in Swiss’s 4-0 win over the Danes.

    #11037
    Tim M.
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    A few observations:

    -The Hawks don’t seem to have a face-off problem anymore.

    -Murphy is the Hawks best D-Man. He made a solid play that won’t make the highlight films when he rode MacKinnon right out of the play. Shades of Bill White and Kenny Morrow.

    -I know that it is chic to bash Bowman, but Delia IS an NHL starting goalie, not perhaps one.

    -I wasn’t a fan of Dahlstrom last year, but he seems solid this year. Perhaps not having a psycho coach who’d bench you for one mistake has done wonders for him.

    -This team will not make the playoffs, but they are fun to watch.

    -I agree with the serial poster that Forsling is not an NHL D-Man.

     

    #11038
    helterhaze
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    Hayden and Kruger are just awful. How about a 4th line combo of Kunitz-Johnson-Fortin?

    #11047
    Mister Ricochet
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    A few observations: -The Hawks don’t seem to have a face-off problem anymore. -Murphy is the Hawks best D-Man. He made a solid play that won’t make the highlight films when he rode MacKinnon right out of the play. Shades of Bill White and Kenny Morrow. -I know that it is chic to bash Bowman, but Delia IS an NHL starting goalie, not perhaps one. -I wasn’t a fan of Dahlstrom last year, but he seems solid this year. Perhaps not having a psycho coach who’d bench you for one mistake has done wonders for him. -This team will not make the playoffs, but they are fun to watch. -I agree with the serial poster that Forsling is not an NHL D-Man.

    Well said on all counts but being 22 yrs old, coming out of the hockey factory for Dmen in Sveeden and being chosen to play on their WJC U-18 and WJC U-20 teams 3 times, their Ivan Hlinka team and with only 96 NHL games I’ll wait a few more yrs to say Forsling can’t play.

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