Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday's recap: Blues 5, Blackhawks 2
The Chicago Blackhawks Jersey opened the 2016-17 regular season with a showdown against rival St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night at the United Center.
Behind three scores on the power play, the Blues skated to a 5-2 victory in the rematch of the first-round series of playoffs last season.
Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and an assist, and Paul Stastny Kevin Shattenkirk each added a goal and two assists and Scottie Upshall also scored for the Blues. Richard Panik scored with a man advantage for the Hawks and Ryan Hartman scored his first career NHL goal in losing effort.
Jake Allen made 17 saves for the win in goal for the Blues, while Corey Crawford (29 stops) suffered the loss for the Hawks.
The Hawks had five rookies in the lineup, including Hartman forward, Nick Schmaltz, Vinnie Hinostroza and Tyler Motte and defender Gustav Forsling. In addition, defense of 26-year-old Michal Kempny made his NHL debut after closing the session of the KHL.
"We want to make sure we are playing the right way from beginning to end," said coach Joel Quenneville Hawks. "There will definitely be some learning going on and we'll be accepting the mistakes of hard work, but that's where it gets better."
"It's frustrating. You can always argue a few calls if you do not feel that they deserve. Sometimes they will go against you. We have to do a way better job of killing. There will be slides and that when we are in the box for a while and we have to find a way out of it. 'Crow' was playing well. He kept us in the game for a long time and obviously throughout the East, at the end of the second period there, again, we were I working in any area of the game. I think with a power play like theirs that will only make plays. " - Hawks captain Jonathan Toews Jersey
"What was great about it was that we entered after the first period by an objective and not head down. We felt like we played a very solid period and, honestly, a great period in a hostile environment like this, where fans They jacked ... and had to play a bit of a game that stays at home, bored, just try and calm things down and then set our game in the second. "- Shattenkirk
"It's a very good feeling. It's something you dream of doing all his life, but at the same time we've lost. I hope to return on Friday with a little more energy and a little more urgency battle." - Hartman to score his first goal of his career