Hawks blast Oilers 7-1; preview of Hawks vs Canucks

The Hawks were looking for some young energy from rookies Adam Clendening, Joakim Norstrom and making his NHL debut Phillip Danault. Antti Raanta was supposed to be manning the Hawks nets but due to illness Corey Crawford plugged the pipes for the Blackhawks.

The captain Jonathan Toews lead the way early in the first period when on a beauty of a two on one Saad was able to find a wide open at the far faceoff circle Toews who got it past Oilers goalie at the time Ben Scrivens.

Before the announcer could finish crediting Toews with the goal Marcus Kruger scored from almost the same spot on the ice after much hard work on the boards by line mates Ben Smith and Joakim Norstrom to make it a quick 2-0 Hawks lead.

Then on what appeared to be a Brent Seabrook blast from the slot after a perfect pass from off the endboards by Marian Hossa to put the Hawks up 3-0, the goal was ultimately credited to Toews with Seabrook and Hossa on the assists. Toews must have tipped the Seabrook blast. The period ended with the Hawks up 3-0.

The second period saw a Oilers train to the penalty box and a 5 on 3 power play for the Hawks early in the period which the Hawks cashed in on twice. First it was Kris Versteeg and then Marian Hossa which put the Hawks up 5-0 early in the second.

That was enough to have a goalie change for Edmonton and Viktor Fasth came into the game but the damage was already done and he unfortunately did not have any better a fate. Only a couple of minutes later Duncan Keith added insult to injury and blasted one home to put the Hawks up 6-0 and it seemed at this point the Oilers just mailed it in and really did not put up too much of a push back.

The third period saw an exchange of goals by Patrick Kane and the sole goal by the Oilers was from David Perron to end the game thankfully for the Oiler with the Hawks winning 7-1.

Phillip Danault did not dent the stat sheets but was solid in the game and did bring a lot of energy. Congrats on your first of hopefully many NHL games. Danault was able to log more minutes for the Hawks due to the game basically being over after early in the second period. This works out well for the Hawks taking on a rested Vancouver Canucks in less than 24r hrs.

Three Stars of the game:

1.    M. Hossa

2.    J. Toews

3.    P. Kane


Hawks to face Canucks preview

Hawks will take on a slightly different looking Vancouver Canucks team for the first time this year. Vancouver has been playing well so this will be a good test for the Hawks.  Ryan Miller will no doubt be in the nets for the Canucks.

It will be interesting to see if the rivalry is as intense as it once was with the two teams going in opposite directions. The Sedins are still there and the Canucks still have plenty of venom with Bieksa, Kassian and can we ever forget the hair pulling, finger biting Alex Burrows. Look for the rivalry to be rekindled with the Canucks looking to establish themselves as a serious contender in the west.


Next game Sunday, November 23, at 8:30 p.m. CDT vs the Vancouver Canucks watch on CSN Chicago; or listen via radio on WGN AM720.

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