Grading The Chicago Blackhawks’ Stars Through The First Few Games Of 2014-15 | Bleacher Report

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Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press Stats: Three GP, zero goals, three assists, plus-one Analysis: Jonathan Toews has not put the puck in the net yet, but that’s nothing to worry about after three games. He is the captain, and when he is on his game, he appears to be the hardest-working and smartest-working player on the ice. Nothing anyone has seen would make any serious NHL observer think there is anything wrong with Toews or his game early in the 2014-15 season. It probably bothers him quite a bit that he hasn’t lit the lamp, but he can’t be worried. He is a dominant player who will score 30 goals, dominate in the faceoff circle and play stellar defense. So far, he has been fine. However, that’s not good enough for Toews, and that’s why his grade is low. Grade: B- Brandon Wade/Associated Press Stats:Three GP, one goal, two assists, even plus-minus Analysis:If there were a designated scorer position in hockey, Patrick Kane would fulfill that role for the Blackhawks. He is one of the most talented offensive players in the league, and he should be the team’s leading goal scorer this season. source:

The Blackhawks controlled the action for much of the night, enjoying a whopping 50-18 advantage in shots on goal. But Hiller was outstanding and Backlund used a wrist shot to beat Corey Crawford on the goaltender’s glove side for his first goal of the season. Andrew Shaw scored in the third period and Crawford had 16 saves in Chicago’s first loss in three games. The overtime began with a nice stop by Crawford on Paul Byron’s breakaway opportunity just 40 seconds into the extra period. Brad Richards had a chance to win the game for the Blackhawks, but his tip off a nice pass from Duncan Keith went wide. It looked as if it was only a matter of time while Chicago played keepaway for much of the first two periods, but Hiller stepped up and the Flames jumped in front at 11:55 of the second. Joe Colborne won a faceoff with Jonathan Toews and sent the puck back to Wideman, who let loose with a long slap shot that went off the stick of Blackhawks rookie Trevor van Riemsdyk and into the net. That was the only goal until the Blackhawks were successful on their seventh power play with 5:45 left in regulation. With Wideman in the penalty box for hooking, Shaw tipped Patrick Sharp’s long slap shot past Hiller for his second goal. Chicago had a couple chances for the tiebreaking score in regulation, but was unable to connect. Hiller stopped Patrick Kane’s backhander in the final seconds. source:

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Reinhart was the No. 2 overall pick in June. “He was OK,” Nolan said. “For an 18-year-old kid jumping in against a team like Columbus – a pretty quick team. They’re a good team and he gets it to do it again next game against Chicago.” The Blackhawks have dominated the series of late, taking each of the last five matchups. Kane, a Buffalo native, scored in both of last season’s 2-1 victories to give him three goals and two assists during the winning streak. Crawford, 4-0-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average against the Sabres, went 7-1-0 with a 1.62 GAA and one shutout over his final eight regular-season home starts last season. Counterpart Jhonas Enroth made 37 saves Thursday in starting his first opener after Ryan Miller, now with Vancouver, was in net for the last 10 Buffalo openers. Enroth, in his sixth season with the Sabres, is 0-2-0 with a 4.05 GAA against Chicago. While the Sabres are one of the youngest teams in the league, they’re hoping to compete this season. “Our young guys are obviously one year older and we don’t want to go though that season we had last year,” Enroth said. source:–nhl.html


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