Mar 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) skates against New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks are missing Patrick Kane for the rest of the season and his creativity is missing from the lineup and as you can see by the Blackhawks only scoring 1 goal in the last 6 periods that he is sorely missed. One player that actually has the skill set to try his best to fill Kane’s skates is Teuvo Teravainen and last night was a real coming out party for him.
Teuvo has shown glimpses here and there in his short stay of with the Blackhawks this season. Teuvo in 19 games has 3 goals and 2 assists but his stat line doesn’t justify his play especially last night against the New York Rangers. Teuvo being a young player had some tough shifts early on this season and looked tentative and soft on his skates and in the corners at times. Game by game you could see his comfort level growing each game and last night he put it all together to wow everyone from Hawks fans to the National NBCSN anchor desk comparing Teuvo to Kane.
If Coach Quenneville is going to break out some offense he needs to keep Teuvo in the top 6 for the remainder of the season. #TeuvoTime or #Turbotime is one of the favorites of Blackhawks fans on Twitter and it really felt like it arrived last night at the United Center. Teuvo was making plays getting pucks to the net and creating chances. Yes, nothing ended up in the back of the net but it almost feels like Brandon Saad’s beginning to his career when he was making plays on the Jonathan Toews line yet not finding the stat sheet but everyone knew he was playing good hockey.
Now that Teuvo Time has finally arrived he shouldn’t be penalized by the coaching staff for that overtime goal for sure which would be ridiculous. He was the offensive threat on a night when the Hawks didn’t show much besides Patrick Sharp missing chance after chance but that’s a talk for another time.
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The Blackhawks schedule has only 16 games left on it and Patrick Kane said he’s still on the original timetable which means he wouldn’t be back until the Western Conference Finals so Teuvo needs to keep growing his role on the Blackhawks team so that the team in its current state can make it to the arrival of Patrick Kane if a Stanley Cup is really possible.
Teuvo Time has finally arrived and hopefully will just get that more exciting. Now is the time for Coach Q to let his young player go and stop protecting him and holding him back!
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