Streaks ending: Five Things from Blackhawks-Avalanche


Streaks ending: Five Things from Blackhawks-Avalanche

Well, it was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?

The Blackhawks could say that about a few things on Tuesday night, especially Patrick Kane’s streak, which was snuffed out by the Colorado Avalanche. But it was bound to end at some point.

So before we end this evening, let’s look at Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ 3-0 loss to the Avalanche.

1. Patrick Kane’s franchise-best point streak ends at 26 games. Kane was certainly happy to have the point streak that he did, a heck of a run in which he recorded 16 goals and 24 assists (40 points). There were a few times the streak could’ve been over earlier – please see the Blackhawks’ mid-November game in Anaheim. And while Kane is looking forward to talking about something else from here on out, his point streak will still be the topic of conversation for a little bit longer. “It was definitely fun while it lasted,” he said.

2. Solving Semyon Varlamov. Yes, Varlamov is a great goaltender, especially against the Blackhawks. The guy just seems to be locked in against Chicago, and Tuesday was no different. Could the Blackhawks have had better shots on him? Absolutely. You could have counted on one hand how many great scoring chances the Blackhawks had. And they lacked traffic again. But a victory is a victory, and Varlamov now has 11 of them in his career vs. the Blackhawks.

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3. Corey Crawford’s streak ended, too. Corey Crawford had won four in a row, including back-to-back shutouts, entering Tuesday. He also had a nice shutout streak going, but that ended with Matt Duchene’s goal 14:30 into the first period. Still, a shutout streak of 155 minutes, 16 seconds was pretty nice for Crawford, who was named the NHL’s first star for last week.

4. Rob Scuderi’s Blackhawks debut. Scuderi, acquired late Monday night from the Penguins in exchange for Trevor Daley, was “fine” according to coach Joel Quenneville. Scuderi, brought in to give the Blackhawks more of a stay-at-home defenseman as well as another penalty killer when their other penalty killers took penalties, paired with Michal Rozsival on Tuesday. Scuderi played 12:26 with two shots on goal and a blocked shot. Said Quenneville, “I thought his thought process and positioning were safe and reliable and I thought he did a good job defending."

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5. Andrew Shaw’s hit getting supplemental discipline? Shaw had a high hit on Colorado defenseman Francois Beauchemin in the third period. Shaw received a roughing minor on the play. The NHL will review it; they always give another look to hits like this. Whether or not the league gives Shaw supplemental discipline, however, remains to be seen.

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

DALLAS — For the first time since drafting Patrick Kane first overall in 2007, the Blackhawks owned a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft. There was speculation that Stan Bowman might get aggressive and trade the No. 8 selection for immediate help if a deal made sense.

Instead, the draft couldn't have unfolded more favorably for the Blackhawks, who elected to keep the pick and drafted defenseman Adam Boqvist.

“You can never have enough D," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on the NBCSN broadcast. "He moves the puck, he’s very active in the play, very dynamic in a lot of ways. He can help our power play down the road, I am looking forward to seeing how he does in the summer and going into camp."

"There’s opportunity here on the back end with our team, and it’s going to be competitive along the way, but certainly you got a guy that can move the puck and get involved offensively, those guys are hard to find.”

Boqvist is a 5-foot-11, 168-pound right-handed shot blue-liner who's drawn comparisons to Erik Karlsson, given his offensive ability.

"I know they have lots of Swedish defensemen," Boqvist said of the Blackhawks. "They played pretty well as a team and like to have the puck, you know, [Patrick] Kane. Yeah, I like it."

He compiled 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 25 games for the Brynas J20 squad in the SuperElit league, and added three goals and two assists in three playoff games. But his production dropped off when he moved up to the Swedish Hockey League, where he registered only one assist in 15 games.

As we mentioned in our NHL Draft Profile this week, there are a few concerns about Boqvist.

He's only 17 years old and his defensive work needs improvement, meaning the Blackhawks must be patient with his development. He's also sustained a couple head injuries over the course of his young career, which adds some risk to the equation.

But there's clearly major upside if you're being compared to Karlsson.

"I think I need to improve my defensive play and need to be bigger and stronger," Boqvist said. "Of course, my offense can be better, too, so almost everything."

Boqvist joins Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell as the team's top three defensive prospects, all of whom have right-handed shots.

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman likes where Corey Crawford is at this state of the offseason, he said Friday prior to the NHL Draft.

Speaking with NBC Sports Chicago's Pat Boyle, Bowman noted that while Crawford hasn't begun doing any on-ice work, that isn't unusual for players this early.

"We’ve been in contact with Corey and I think he’s been progressing like he normally would," Bowman said. "Most guys don’t do a lot of on-ice work the first couple of months of the offseason.

"Typically they get back on the ice sometime in July, some guys don’t skate until August. I think that’s sort of the plan for Corey as we go along here. I would say he’s right on the normal schedule for the offseason and we’ll just see how that goes."

That's good news for the Blackhawks, who sorely missed Crawford a year ago. The three-time Stanley Cup champion appeared in just 28 games, earning a 16-9-2 record and a 2.27 GAA.