Feb 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center Brad Richards (91) center Jonathan Toews (19) defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) and defenseman Duncan Keith (2) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks played their 2nd straight game in the sunshine state on Friday night and this how things turned out in Tampa Bay against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Blackhawks looked tired for the most of the period having played last night in Miami, but they did pick up the first two powerplays of the period. They installed a new set play that looked good on the first powerplay but the 2nd powerplay was brutal. After the Blackhawks failed powerplays the Blackhawks had to kill a four minute powerplay when Duncan Keith’s stick got Paquette’s face bloodied.
The Blackhawks kill was excellent with Kyle Cumiskey getting a lot of PK time with Keith in the box. The end of the four minutes the ice became a Steven Stamkos shooting gallery but Scott Darling was good. The Lightning scored just after the final second ticked off the clock so the score is 0-0 after 1 period with the Blackhawks out shooting the Lightning 10-7.
The second period was well really all Lightning. The Blackhawks had and early powerplay in the period but it came up empty. The Lightning didn’t score on their 2 powerplays but they had a lot of zone time right after those powerplays and scored both times. The first was off an errant pass from Teuvo Teravainen and the second was the Hawks just being unable to clear the puck.
The real problem is during the period the best scoring chances were on the Hawks penalty Kill. They really were unable to establish any kind of offense in the second period and now need two goals in the third to catch the Lightning.
The Hawks were very undisciplined on Friday night and on their 5th penalty of the game it finally came back to bite them. Ryan Callahan tipped in an ice pass and the lead was 3-0 and with the Hawks offense non existent this game was all but over. The Lightning were happy to just ice the puck when in trouble and the Hawks offense couldn’t get much started and Bishop was solid all night long. Stamkos added a final goal on the powerplay to finish off the night and the final score of 4-0.
-Lightning are 19-2 all-time when Callahan scores a goal
-Timonen will be practicing with the Hawks on Sunday.
-Next game is Monday Night when Carolina come to the United Center