Jeff Glass

Jeff Glass stands tall in Blackhawks' win over Jets

Jeff Glass stands tall in Blackhawks' win over Jets

Now that's what you call a goalie win.

Jeff Glass earned every bit of the Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, recording 31 saves at the United Center.

Glass came up large a numerous amount of times, stopping Jets' Kyle Connor on a breakaway, Mathieu Perreault point-blank, and had a huge save in the final minutes of the game.

"He was great today," said coach Joel Quenneville. "Some key saves, key breakaways, several big stops there at the end, several big stops at the end, open side play, one timer, had a couple of breaks at the end, as well. But you like how he battles, how he competes, and found a way to get us two points."

The only goal Glass allowed was an absolute snipe by Patrik Laine, which came with 3:41 left in the third.

"Honestly it was a great shot," Glass said. "He's got one of the best releases in the league and he proved it on that shot. I tip my hat to him – he put it right in the corner. Move on and get ready for the next shot."

On the season, Glass is 3-1-1 in five starts with a .918 save percentage. Those numbers are much-needed with Corey Crawford out with an upper-body injury.

"It was a great team effort," Glass said. "I know that cliché gets used but it really was. We checked hard all game. We really did make my life easy. It was a lot of outside shots, a lot of blocked shots. Total team effort."

Though he didn't get the shutout — which would've been the first of his career — Glass was pumped when the final buzzer sounded.

It was a great night for Glass, and another Blackhawks rookie.

David Kampf registered his first career goal after redirecting a Connor Murphy shot in the first period. It was also his first multi-point game, assisting on a goal scored by Jan Rutta in the second period.

The best part? It came on his 23rd birthday.

Slow starts becoming a trend for Blackhawks

Slow starts becoming a trend for Blackhawks

Jeff Glass' head must have been spinning in the opening minutes of Friday's game.

The Blackhawks were down a goal, on a twice-deflected shot, and Glass made 11 saves in the first seven minutes. Vegas finished with 21 shots in the first period en route to a 5-4 win.

It’s safe to say giving up more than a shot per minute is less than ideal. It’s also the third time in four games that the Blackhawks gave up at least 19 shots in the first period.

Wednesday’s 5-2 win against the Rangers was the exception, where the Blackhawks came out with a 14-6 shot edge in the first period despite the score being tied 1-1. However, the two previous games, a 4-3 overtime loss in Calgary and a 4-3 overtime win in Edmonton, featured 19 shots in the first period for the opposition.

Shots aren’t everything and the Blackhawks didn’t even trail against the Oilers after a period despite getting outshot 19-11, but it’s not a good sign, especially while Corey Crawford isn’t between the pipes to make the necessary saves.

After Friday’s loss to Vegas, Joel Quenneville lamented the team’s sloppiness throughout the night. When asked where the breakdowns were happening defensively, Quenneville responded simply: "It was all areas today."

Glass, making his fourth straight start with Crawford out, finished with 38 saves. The 32-year-old rookie is seeing a lot of shots come his way in four games with 152 shots against him in his four games (38 per game).

Blackhawks finish road trip on high note

Blackhawks finish road trip on high note

Heading into the six-game road trip the Blackhawks completed on Wednesday, the team was on a five-game winning streak and appeared to be surging back into a playoff spot.

Then the first three games of the roadie were all losses and the Blackhawks' inconsistency this season showed once again. The Blackhawks finished the road trip with a 5-2 win at the New York Rangers to claim five points from the final three games of the trip.

Rookie goaltender Jeff Glass started all three games to close out the road trip, a 4-3 overtime win in Edmonton, a 4-3 overtime loss in Calgary and this 5-2 win against the Rangers. Glass, who made his NHL debut in Edmonton, once again proved to be a competent fill-in while Corey Crawford is out injured. He had 23 saves on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks are still on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs are concerned, but earning five points out of a possible six and getting at least one point from the final three games out of the road trip gives the team some momentum as it returns home.

Vinnie Hinostroza and Nick Schmaltz both had go-ahead goals for the Blackhawks, but it was Patrick Sharp's third-period goal that ended up being the game-winner.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane added empty-net goals.

Even though the Blackhawks are returning home, it doesn't get easier in the short-term with the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights heading to the United Center on Friday. While the Golden Knights aren't a bad road team (10-7-1), they have done most of their damage in Nevada with a 17-2-1 home record. Watch the video above to see Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Adam Burish preview that game and the following home game against Edmonton on Sunday.