Five Things: All special teams, all the time for Blackhawks vs. Rangers


Five Things: All special teams, all the time for Blackhawks vs. Rangers

NEW YORK — The Blackhawks are somewhat like our country: They’re (sort of) young, (kind of) scrappy and hungry, and they’re once again atop the Central Division.

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Hey, we’re always looking for a fresh approach to this column. So since we were fortunate enough to finally see the hottest show in New York, we’re coming at you with a Hamilton-inspired Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

1. The story of tonight. It seemed to be all special teams, all the time, whether you want to view it as potent power plays or inefficient penalty kills. After scoring four power-play goals against Toronto, the Blackhawks had three more against the Rangers, including the game winner. They also gave up two, as the Rangers tagged them twice during Vinnie Hinostroza’s double-minor high-sticking penalty. But they got one more than they relinquished, so they’ll call this a win.

2. Non-stop. Remember when Artemi Panarin was struggling to score? Yeah, we really don’t either. The Russian forward was stellar on Wednesday night, claiming his first career NHL hat trick. That included the winning goal as well as the one that established the two-goal cushion at the end. Panarin missed two games due to illness recently, but he’s gotten points in six of the last eight games he’s played.

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3. Satisfied. Coach Joel Quenneville was anything but that last week, when another coach’s challenge denied the Blackhawks another goal. But Quenneville challenged the Rangers’ apparent first goal on Wednesday night, claiming Chris Kreider interfered with goaltender Corey Crawford. Officials agreed, nullifying the goal and allowing the Blackhawks to maintain their 1-0 lead at the time.

4. Wait for it. The Blackhawks practiced some patience on their second power play, with Panarin, Erik Gustafsson and Michal Rozsival going through the passing motions for some time. Just when it seemed the passing was becoming a bit too much, Panarin laced one past Henrik Lundqvist. The lull worked.

5. What comes next? The Blackhawks will get their day at the White House for the third time since 2011. As Patrick Kane said, “being able to meet the President again and be a part of that whole ceremony, it’s an exciting day for all of us. I’m sure that the guys who are on the team now that have been part of it before will enjoy it, and the guys who weren’t here will try to do it again this year and be back again.”

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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