Feb 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates after scoring during the shootout at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The trading deadline has come and gone and the Chicago Blackhawks have their roster for the rest of the season, and they took their new lineup out to the United Center to take on the Carolina Hurricanes Monday Night. Here is how things transpired at the U.C.
Here’s what you need to know about the first period….It was boring, like incredibly boring. The Hurricanes were standing 5 wide on the blue line making entries tough so most of the period was a neutral zone battle.
One pass that got through the blue line was from Michal Rozsival on the tape of Jonathan Toews and he was in and didn’t miss giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Kimmo Timonen was not mentioned much which of course was a good start while Antione Vermette made a nice couple plays to get a scoring chance on Cam Ward. Teuvo drove the net which was a great sign but at the end of one period the Hawks had out shot the Hurricanes 7-4 and led 1-0 after one period.
The period started with the Blackhawks Brent Seabrook in the box, but never worry because half way through the penalty kill Jonathan Toews got his second mini-breakaway of the game and for the second time in the game he scored!
The Blackhawks found themselves back in the box later in the period when Patrick Sharp who can’t do anything right ran over Cam Ward and then Hossa tripped a Hurricane so the Hawks had to kill a 5 on 3 for 70 seconds, but unlike the other night against the Colorado Avalanche the Blackhawks were able to stop the powerplays.
After the kill the Hawks took over the period. First Brandon Saad on his own rebound put the puck past Cam Ward, and then the new 4th line with Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger got the puck into the Hurricanes zone and Kruger knocked in an Andrew Shaw shot. The Hurricanes out shot the Hawks 13-11 in the period, but it was the Hawks scoring 3 times and taking a 4-0 lead to the lockerroom at the 2nd intermission.
The third period opened up with the Brad Richards line clicking and Teuvo Teravainen getting some really great chances but coming up dry. The Hurricanes killed any ideas of a shutout on a real nice passing playing to get their first goal of the night.
The Blackhawks got their 4 goal cushion back when Marian Hossa put a wrister between the Carolina defenseman and past Cam Ward for a 5-1 lead. The Hawks looked like themselves again with the new energy from the new teammates joining the ranks and dominated most of the play. Semin scores late to finish the scoring at 5-2!
-Patrick Sharp is due for a break out!!
-Vermette and Patrick Sharp looked to be a good combination with Brandon Saad their first night out.
– Silently Corey Crawford is starting to look like his great early season form.