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2018 IIHF Men's World Championship tracker: Keeping up with the Blackhawks

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2018 IIHF Men's World Championship tracker: Keeping up with the Blackhawks

The 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship is taking place in Denmark from May 4-20, and you can keep up with all the Blackhawks participating right here.

Here's a quick rundown of the players:

Germany: Dominik Kahun, who signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in April.

Russia: Artem Anisimov and prospect Max Shalunov.

Slovakia: Tomas Jurco.

Sweden: Erik Gustafsson.

USA: Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy, Jordan Oesterle and 2015 Stanley Cup champion and Lemont native Scott Darling.

MAY 20

— Kane registered an assist, a game-high six shots on goal and logged the second-most ice time of any skater (25:51) in USA's 4-1 win over Canada to win bronze. He finished with eight goals and 12 assists in 10 games, becoming just the second player in 37 years to reach the 20-point mark. Dany Heatley did so in 2008.

— DeBrincat had an assist and three shots on goal in 13:59 of ice time. He finished the tournament with one goal and eight assists in 10 games.

— Murphy had a plus-1 rating in 12:27 of ice time. He led USA with a plus-7 rating in 10 games, and recorded an assist.

MAY 19

— Kane had three shots on goal and was a minus-3 in 22:02 of ice time in USA's 6-0 loss to Sweden in the semifinals.

— DeBrincat was one of two U.S. players to be held shotless and was a minus-2 rating in 13:37 of ice time. Murphy had two shots on goal in 16:48 of ice time.

MAY 17

— Kane scored two goals, including the game winner, in USA's 3-2 win over Czech Republic to advance to the semifinals. He leads the tournament with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in eight games.

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— DeBrincat recorded one shot on goal in a tournament-low 9:31 of ice time. Murphy had two shots on goal and was a plus-1 in 20:14 of ice time.

— Anisimov had a goal, assist, three shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and won 4 of 8 faceoffs (50 percent) in 16:32 of ice time, but it wasn't enough as Russia was eliminated with a 5-4 overtime loss to Canada.

— Shalunov logged only 1:24 of ice time.

MAY 15

— Kane had a goal, assists, a game-high six shots on goal and was a minus-3 in 17:40 of ice time as USA suffered their first defeat to Finland 6-2. Kane set a U.S. record for both points (17) and assists (11) in a single IIHF Men's World Championship.

— DeBrincat recorded two shots on goal in 12:46 of ice time. He wrapped up group play with eight points (one goal, seven assists) in seven games.

— Murphy had a minus-2 rating in 17:58 of ice time. Oesterle was a healthy scratch for the third straight game.

— Jurco was named player of the game after having two goals, an assist, four shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in 16:45 of ice time as Slovakia defeated Belarus 7-4. He finished the preliminary round with four goals, an assist, a team-high plus-3 rating and 20 shots on goal, which ranked second on the team, in seven games.

— Kahun recorded two of the team's 12 shots on goal and was a minus-2 rating in Germany's 3-0 loss to Canada. He has one goal and two assists through seven games.

— Anisimov had three shots on goal and won 4 of 13 faceoffs (30.8 percent) in 16:45 of ice time in Russia's 3-1 loss to Sweden.

— Shalunov logged only 4:37 of ice time after committing two first-period penalties for Russia.

— Gustafsson did not play after breaking his thumb. He will miss the rest of the tournament.

MAY 14

— Shalunov had a goal and an assist, three shots on goal, a plus-3 rating and won 3 of 13 faceoffs (23.1 percent) in Russia's 4-0 win over Slovakia. He has three goals and three assists in six games, and leads the team with 19 shots on goal.

— Anisimov went pointless, had three shots on goal and won 3 of 9 faceoffs (33.3 percent) in 16:24 of ice time.

— Jurco had a shot on goal, a minus-2 rating and committed two penalties in 16:53 of ice time for Slovakia.

MAY 13

— Kane had two goals, an assist and five shots on goal in 15:45 of ice time as USA knocked off Norway 9-3 to win their sixth straight game. With 15 points in six games, Kane has moved into first for the tournament scoring lead.

Here's a look at Kane's first goal, set up by Charlie McAvoy on the power play:

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And Kane's second, connecting with DeBrincat on the power play:

— DeBrincat recorded two assists, five shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 13:41 of ice time. He has eight points (one goal, seven assists) through six games.

DeBrincat made a terrific nifty play on USA's third goal of the game to set up McAvoy:

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— Murphy registered an assist, three shots on goal and was a plus-3 rating in 17:00 of ice time. It was his first point of the tournament. Oesterle was a healthy scratch for the second game in a row.

— Darling entered in the third period and stopped 8 of 10 shots for an .800 save percentage. He's turned aside 20 of 23 shots (.869 save percentage) in two appearances.

— Gustafsson had four shots on goal in 11:37 of ice time in Sweden's 5-3 win over Switzerland.

— Kahun registered an assist, had a plus-1 rating and led all German forwards with 17:36 of ice time in a 3-2 overtime win over Finland. He has a goal and two assists during his three-game point streak.

Here's a look at Kahun's primary assist, which came on the overtime winner:

MAY 12

— Jurco scored his second goal of the tournament, recorded a game-high five shots on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 17:42 of ice time in Slovakia's 4-3 overtime loss to Sweden.

— Gustafsson registered an assist for his first point of the tournament, added two shots goal and had a plus-2  rating in 15:16 of ice time for Sweden.

— Kahun was named Germany's player of the game after netting his first goal of the tournament in a 3-1 loss to Latvia. He also went 1-for-5 in the faceoff circle (20 percent) and logged 17:57 of ice time.

— Anisimov picked up two assists, had a plus-2 rating and won 4 of 7 faceoffs (57.1 percent) in 17:06 of ice time as Russia defeated Switzerland 4-3.

— Shalunov was held without a shot on goal and had a minus-1 rating in only 9:01 of ice time. 

MAY 11

— Kane had two goals, three assists, a game-high five shots on goal in only 12:25 of ice time in USA's 13-1 win over Korea. He's tied for first in the tournament with 12 points through five games.

Here's a look at Kane's goal that made it 7-1:

— DeBrincat recorded two assists, three shots on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 14:43 of ice time. 

— Murphy led all skaters with a plus-4 rating and registered four shots on goal in 14:13 of ice time. Oesterle was a healthy scratch with Charlie McAvoy being added to the roster.

— Darling made his first start of the tournament and stopped 12 of 13 shots for a .923 save percentage.

MAY 10

— DeBrincat was named player of the game after recording two assists in USA's 3-2 overtime win over Latvia. He also had two shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 12:05 of ice time.

— Kane had two assists, a game-high six shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 23:03 of ice time, which led all U.S. forwards. He assisted on the game-winner in overtime, which came during a 4-on-3 power play:

— Murphy led all defensemen with four shots on goal and logged 16:49 of ice time while Oesterle logged 11:17 of ice time.

— Jurco tied a team-high with three shots on goal and led all forwards with 21:06 of ice time in Slovakia's 3-1 win over France.

— Anisimov had an assist, tied a team-high with three shots on goal and won 2 of 7 faceoffs (28.6 percent) in 16:38 of ice time in Russia's 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic.

— Shalunov registered an assist, a shot on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 13:25 of ice time.

MAY 9

— Kahun registered a primary assist, three shots on goal, was a plus-1 rating and won 4 of 7 faceoffs (57.1 percent) in 16:54 of ice time as Germany defeated Korea 6-1.

— Gustafsson led all defensemen with four shots on goal in 18:34 of ice time in Sweden's 7-0 win over Austria.

MAY 8

— Jurco scored a goal, had three shots on goal and was a plus-2 rating in 17:59 of ice time in Slovakia's 4-2 win over Austria.

MAY 7

— Kane was voted player of the game in USA's 3-0 win over Germany after scoring a power-play goal and adding two primary assists. He also tied a team-high with four shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 18:36 of ice time.

— DeBrincat had a goal and an assist, tied a team-high with four shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 15:06 of ice time. His goal was set up by Kane that made it 3-0:

— Murphy recorded two shots on goal and logged a tournament-high 20:52 of ice time. Oesterle had three shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating in 11:01 of ice time.

— Kahun had one shot on goal and won 5 of 9 faceoffs (55.6 percent) in 17:49 of ice time for Germany.

— Anisimov had one shot on goal and lost both faceoffs he took in 15:54 of ice time in Russia's 6-0 win over Belarus. He was held pointless for the first time this tournament.

— Shalunov scored a goal, added an assist and had two shots on goal in 15:27 of ice time for Russia. It was his first multi-point game of the tournament.

— Gustafsson registered four shots on goal and logged 19:09 of ice time, which was the third-most on the team, in Sweden's 4-0 win over France.

MAY 6

— Anisimov had a goal, an assist and won 9 of 11 faceoffs (81.8 percent) in Russia's 7-0 win over Austria. He also registered two shots on goal and was a plus-3 rating in 13:31 of ice time. 

— Shalunov recorded a game-high seven shots on goal and won his only faceoff in 15:33 of ice time. He leads the team with 13 shots on goal through two games.

— Gustafsson had two shots on goal in 14:42 of ice time as Sweden defeated Czech Republic 3-2.

— Kahun was a minus-2 rating and won only 4 of 15 faceoffs (26.7 percent) in 18:28 of ice time, which ranked fourth among forwards on his team, in Germany's 5-4 shootout loss to Norway. He was also held without a shot on goal.

— Jurco was a minus-1 rating and was held without a shot on goal in 17:50 of ice time in Slovakia's 2-0 loss to Switzerland.

MAY 5

— Jurco had a team-high four shots on goal and was a minus-1 rating in 18:06 of ice time in Slovakia's 3-2 overtime loss to the Czech Republic.

— Kane registered an assist, had four shots on goal and was a plus-1 in 19:15 of ice time in USA's 4-0 win over Denmark. 

— DeBrincat was promoted to the top line with Kane, and peppered three shots on goal, had a plus-1 rating and won his only faceoff he took in 15:45 of ice time.

— Murphy was bumped to the first pairing alongside Alec Martinez and finished with 19:37 of ice time, which ranked second on the team. He was one of four members from USA that was held without a shot on goal.

— Oesterle had two shots on goal in 12:42 of ice time, playing in a third-pairing role.

MAY 4

— Anisimov scored a power-play goal, had four shots on goal and went 6-for-11 (54.5 percent) at the faceoff dot in 13:55 of ice time as Russia defeated France 7-0 in its opener.

— Shalunov also scored on the power play and registered a game-high six shots on goal in 16:01 of ice time for Russia.

— DeBrincat, Kane and Oesterle each recorded an assist in USA's 5-4 shootout victory over Canada. Murphy logged 20:45 of ice time, which ranked third on the team and second among defensemen.

Here's a look at Kane's pass that set up linemate Johnny Gaudreau for the goal:

— Gustafsson led all Swedish blue liners with four shots on goal and had a plus-1 rating in 13:47 to help his country shut out Belarus 5-0.

— Kahun won a team-high 11 faceoffs on 18 draws (61.1 percent), had two shots on goal and a plus-1 rating in 16:56 of ice time as Germany fell to Denmark 3-2 in a shootout. Kahun shot third in the shootout but was denied by Frederik Andersen.

Is Blackhawks' Round One strategy playing into Vegas Golden Knights' hands?

Is Blackhawks' Round One strategy playing into Vegas Golden Knights' hands?

The Blackhawks knew they'd have to elevate their game for Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights, who won the No. 1 seed from the West for the first round in the round robin.

The Hawks upset of the West's No. 5 seeded Oilers and their top-ranked power play and second-place penalty kill during the regular season — not to mention Leon Draisailt and Connor McDavid — was no small feat.

Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton and the Blackhawks know they're facing a more complete team — capable of rolling four lines — in the Golden Knights, as illustrated by Tuesday's 4-1 Game 1 decision over the Hawks.

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Instead of focusing on just shutting down two players like they did against Edmonton, the Blackhawks are tasked with shutting down every line against Vegas. 

The Hawks' tight-checking strategy may have played right into the Knights' hands in Game 1 as Chicago's forwards were so focused on their defensive responsibilities that they failed to generate much offense, recording a measly 20 shots on goal Tuesday night.

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"I think we did a better job controlling the puck in the offensive zone in the second period and on," Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith said after Tuesday's game. "They're a rush team and we don't want to get into a track meet with them so once we can get them to stop in the D zone, we control the game a little bit more."

If Vegas is scared of Chicago's rush, the Hawks need to use it more. They can avoid a track meet, but how about a few races?

Colliton, 35, deserves beyond the benefit of the doubt in how he had the Blackhawks prepared for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and in how they utilized a system that beat a good team as No. 12 to No. 5 underdogs at the opposition's home ice for his first postseason win in his second year as an NHL head coach. But, he needs to find a way to encourage the Hawks to play loose enough while limiting the Knights' chances in Game 2 that they can generate some of their own.

"We expect a tight series, we expect it to be a grind, we expect to face adversity," Colliton said after the loss in Game 1. "We did that, and we were right there. But we're going to have to find a way to win some of these games (and) we got to put ourselves in that position as well. Again, we just have to stick with it and they did it a little bit longer than us, and that's the message."

To Colliton's credit, Corey Crawford gave up two soft goals that he'd normally have, so the Hawks may have been able to squeak out a victory with their tight, conservative style on Tuesday.

"They’re a good team, they’re going to make you work for what you get," Colliton said. "But if you stick with it long enough and put pressure on the puck, we forced our turnovers, we got our chances. I thought we could’ve created even more if we were a little cleaner early on, especially in the first period. I thought there was more there for us. So we’ve just got to believe in that."

A way the Hawks can generate more in Game 2 on Thursday is by the forwards getting the puck to the D in the offensive zone, creating traffic in front of the net and getting shots off from the point, which played a big role in eliminating the Oilers in the play-in series.

"Yeah, we seemed to have a bit of success there last series. For whatever reason first game here it didn't happen as much," Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith said following Game 1. "Part of it is just keeping the game simple. Being able to get it low to high and then get the shot through. But every game's different."

Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad, who made a beautiful play in Vegas' zone to steal the puck and feed David Kampf for the lone Hawks' goal in Game 1, knows there's more the Hawks can do to score some goals against the Knights.

"We had a lot of one-and-dones," Saad said after Tuesday's loss. "The biggest thing is getting out of our zone clean, playing hockey in their end. We had some shifts too where we pinned them in, we didn't get clean pucks to the net... For us, we just want to get as quick out of our zone as possible. When we get stuck in there, we're not going to get anything there."

The good and bad of Blackhawks' Game 1 loss to Vegas Golden Knights

The good and bad of Blackhawks' Game 1 loss to Vegas Golden Knights

As the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks knew going into their first-round matchup against the No. 1 seed Vegas Golden Knights that it would be an uphill battle. 

The Blackhawks dropped Game 1 on Tuesday night in a tight-checking game, which wasn’t what we’re used to seeing when these two teams collide. The final score (4-1) and shots on goal (34-20) made it seem like a more lopsided effort than it actually was, but that's not to say the Blackhawks were the better team.

The Golden Knights deserved to win, but there were some positives for the Blackhawks. There were also negatives.

Let's break down the good and bad from Game 1:

Good: Three of the Blackhawks four lines outchanced the Golden Knights during 5-on-5 action for a combined scoring chance differential of plus-5, according to Natural Stat Trick.

Bad: The one line that didn’t was Kirby Dach, Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane, which got outchanced 10-3.

Good: The Blackhawks gave up seven high-danger chances at even strength against a Vegas team that generated 10.8 per game during the regular season.

Bad: The Blackhawks had only four high-danger chances of their own, which was their third-fewest total of the season.

Good: The Golden Knights, who rank No. 2 in even-strength shot attempts from the slot off the rush with 7.53, were held to only four rush chances, according to Sportlogiq.

Bad: The Blackhawks, who rank No. 3 in even-strength shot attempts from the slot off the rush with 7.40, had only three rush chances of their own. 

Good: The Golden Knights had 6:26 of offensive zone possession time. For reference, the Oilers had 8:49 against the Blackhawks in Game 4.

Bad: The Blackhawks were held to only 5:25 of offensive zone possession time.

Good: The Blackhawks generated nine scoring chances and four high-danger chances during 4:06 of power-play time.

Bad: Only four of their 12 shot attempts hit the net, and none of them went in.

Good: The Blackhawks lost but hung with the Golden Knights for the majority of the game — two of the four goals allowed by Corey Crawford were ones he normally stops.

Bad: The Golden Knights won despite not playing their best.

The conclusion is, the Blackhawks didn't play bad enough to lose. But they didn't play well enough to win, either. The Golden Knights simply stuck to their defensive structure and never gave the Blackhawks an opportunity to take control of the game.

If the Blackhawks want to make this a competitive series, they have to go out and take it. Because this Golden Knights team isn't going to make the same defensive mistakes that the Edmonton Oilers made in the qualifying round that allowed the Blackhawks to make them pay.

"We expect a tight series, we expect it to be a grind, we expect to face adversity," head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "We did that and we were right there. But we’re going have to find way to win some of these games, but we’re going to have to put ourselves in that position as well. We just have to stick with it; they did it a little bit longer than us. That’s the message."

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