In their last two games, the Blackhawks have taken both to OT, each with different results. The first, a loss for Chicago, was ended by a goal by the Kings’ Jeff Carter a minute into OT. The game was a lot of back and forth, seeing as it was only a two-goal game in three periods. Patrick Kane scored the first goal of the game in the first period, followed by the Kings’ Alec Martinez in the second period to tie the game up. Both teams looked solid, but in the end Los Angeles would come out the victor.
Darling got his first loss of the season, but it was in OT so that L column is still at nill, but we’ve learned that the Hawks come together to play great when they have him in net. Every game they play with Darling in net, the scores have been close, winning or losing by only one goal. Darling has a higher GAA than that of starting goalie Corey Crawford, but the offensive side of the Hawks picks up when Darling is between the pipes. I wonder how the Hawks would do if Darling and Crawford split more time. Both are Stanley Cup goaltenders and both deserve to be at the top.
On Tuesday, Chicago did pick up a win against Florida in a shootout. Scoring started in the first with the Hawks’ Richard Panik putting one in the net and with Florida not responding until the third period with Jaromir Jagr tying up the game at 1 a piece. In the shootout, no Panther scored but Artemi Panarin and Richard Panik both put one behind the Florida netminder, Panik getting his second goal in the game and solidifying the win.
For the new Chicago duo of Kane and Panarin, it seems that whenever one doesn’t score, the other does. These two are leading the Hawks in points, showing that while they can each score goals, that also like to see their teammates score as well. Kane and Panarin are scout snipers. They work as a team. If one isn’t shooting, he’s most likely setting up a shot for the other. Spotter, Shooter. They’ve been dominant so far this season and seem to only be getting better.
I’d like to see more from the Captain. Toews seems to be off to a bit of a slow start, only accumulating 12 points so far in 21 games. He and Kane used to be the duo for Chicago, each feeding off the other, but now with other sharpshooters and playmakers, Coach Q decided to spread the wealth across the lines, establishing the Hawks’ first and second lines as two of the best lines in the league. O Captain my Captain is doing what he’s meant to be doing, keeping a team together and focused on one goal. Despite having his name etched on Lord Stanley three times, he is still hungry for more and ensures that his team is hungry just the same. Tonight, we will see how hungry they are as they square up with the 10-7-5 New Jersey Devils, who have dropped 6 of their last 8 with their only two Ws coming in OT. The Hawks have split even with 4 wins and losses in their last 8 games.