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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From Saturday’s Game

By Gail Kauchak
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Oct 10, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) shoots against the New York Islanders during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

4.  The power play DID prevail! Speaking of power plays, as discussed above, Hossa’s goal and his assist on Teravainen’s goal were both power play tallies.  The Hawks converted 2 of their 5 power plays, which is a whole lot better than 0 for 6 in the previous 2 games, and 2 for 17 in the first 5 games. 

In a post on Saturday afternoon, I predicted that there was too much talent on the power play for it to not break through.  I also mentioned that I was rooting for one of the youngsters (either Artemi Panarin or Teravainen) to score on the PP.  It’s so fun to be right!

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Sure enough, Teravainen got his power play goal.  He did the right thing by centering a pass that was intended for Artem Anisimov.  Instead, it deflected off the skate of Columbus defenseman Dalton Prout.  That’s right TT, good things happen when you shoot the puck!

I’m going to further predict that this success is going to continue.  The Blackhawks power play is going to be a huge weapon going forward.

3.  Anisimov is finding his way. A big to-do was made of this being Brandon Saad’s first game against his old team.  But it was lost in the shuffle that it was the same situation for Artem Anisimov. The Russian center spent the last 3 years with the Columbus Blue Jackets before becoming a Chicago Blackhawk. I’m sure there were some emotions for him in this game as well. 

But “Arty” made his presence known by starting off the scoring early in the second period.  He was fed the puck by fellow Russian linemate Artemi Pararin, and he followed up with a pretty goal.  He now has 2 goals and an assist in the first 6 games.

Anisimov tends to get lost behind all the hype of his linemates, Patrick Kane and Panarin.  But he is a steady presence between these two flashy players.  On Saturday, he won 10 out of 13 faceoffs (77%).  For the year so far, he has a 50% faceoff percentage.  He is paving the way to be the second line center the Chicago Blackhawks have been waiting for.