Hawks move to 5-0 despite ugly play in Columbus

Corey CrawfordThe Blackhawks brought their sluggish start from Dallas with them to Columbus on Saturday night but were able to escape with a 3-2 victory anyway.

Columbus opened the scoring early with a goal from Mark Letestu early in the first, but regardless of controlling most of the play the rest of the game it was all Hawks from there. Dave Bolland scored late in the first period off of a rebound after Patrick Kane broke in the zone down the left side to tie the game. Bryan Bickell gave Chicago the lead in the second when he kept the puck in the zone on the forecheck, then got to the front of the net to deflect a Niklas Hjalmarsson shot past Steve Mason. Jonathon Toews capped the Hawks scoring in the third after Kane stole the puck to keep it in the zone and found his captain alone in front of the net for a quick dangle and score. Artem Anisimov added a late goal for the Jackets, but the Hawks held on in the final minutes to make them 5-0 on the season.

The play was sluggish and ugly from the start, but a weak opponent coupled with strong play from Corey Crawford kept the team undefeated on the short season. The defense bent but didn’t break and the offense was able to capitalize on the few chances they got, but they’re lucky they played such a weak team. Had they played Vancouver, San Jose or St. Louis tonight it probably would’ve been a much different outcome. The Hawks must find the early season energy with a quick trip back home for rival Detroit and then six straight on the road to follow. the 5-0 start is a great help, but if this play keeps up they’ll find themselves in a lot of trouble the next two weeks.

Three Stars:

Corey Crawford

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Bryan Bickell

Next game is tomorrow night, Sunday Jan. 27th at 6pm against the Detroit Red Wings

No. Player Pos G A P +/- PIM S Hits BkS GvA TkA FO% TOI
2 D. Keith D 0 0 0 -2 0 3 0 1 0 0 - 25:35
4 N. Hjalmarsson D 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 4 0 0 - 22:12
7 B. Seabrook D 0 0 0 -1 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 23:10
8 N. Leddy D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 12:37
10 P. Sharp L 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 100% 20:48
16 M. Kruger C 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0% 11:23
17 S. Brookbank D 0 0 0 -1 2 0 1 2 0 0 - 10:54
19 J. Toews C 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 68% 19:39
20 B. Saad L 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 50% 11:50
22 J. Mayers R 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 100% 4:44
25 V. Stalberg R 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 - 12:04
27 J. Oduya D 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 - 21:49
29 B. Bickell L 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 11:02
36 D. Bolland C 1 0 1 0 6 1 1 1 1 0 28% 16:55
65 A. Shaw R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 57% 12:44
67 M. Frolik R 0 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 - 11:00
81 M. Hossa R 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 - 18:34
88 P. Kane R 0 2 2 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 - 21:15
No. Player Saves – Shots Sv% PIM TOI
30 R. Emery 0 – 0 .000 0:00
50 C. Crawford (W) 24 – 26 .923 59:45

 

No. Player Pos G A P +/- PIM S Hits BkS GvA TkA FO% TOI
4 J. Moore D 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 12:10
6 N. Nikitin D 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 - 19:59
7 J. Johnson D 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 - 26:55
10 M. Letestu C 1 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 67% 8:04
11 M. Calvert L 0 0 0 -1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0% 13:42
15 D. Dorsett R 0 1 1 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 0% 17:41
16 D. Brassard C 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 75% 16:52
17 B. Dubinsky C 0 1 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 50% 18:58
18 R. Umberger L 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 50% 17:26
19 R. Johansen C 0 1 1 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 57% 15:57
21 J. Wisniewski D 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 - 28:21
22 V. Prospal L 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 17:29
24 D. MacKenzie C 0 0 0 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0% 6:58
33 A. Aucoin D 0 0 0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 12:34
40 J. Boll R 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 - 4:28
42 A. Anisimov C 1 0 1 0 2 3 1 1 0 0 54% 18:01
51 F. Tyutin D 0 0 0 -1 0 3 1 0 0 0 - 20:09
71 N. Foligno L 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 15:53
No. Player Saves – Shots Sv% PIM TOI
1 S. Mason (L) 21 – 24 .875 58:23
72 S. Bobrovsky 0 – 0 .000 0:00