Sunday, October 23, 2016

Observations from the Blackhawks' 5-4 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs

Photos from the Blackhawks-Maple Leafs game at the United Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

While you were watching the Cubs advance to the World Series for the first time in ages, there was actually an entertaining hockey game at the United Center. People showed up to watch, goals were scored and all.

Finally, the Blackhawks  won 5-4 in a shootout on the Leafs.

Here is an overview of what happened:

Richard Panik Jersey continued his scoring tear

Richard Panik leads the NHL in goals. Let's say that sink in a moment. Panik scored is sixth goal in as many games and it came at quite a time for the Hawks, who sought a second consecutive defeat before Panik tied the game at 18:32 of the third period.

Panik magical ride early in the season continues. Even he acknowledged how unlikely his series was.

"Maybe I'm a bit lucky," Panik said. "I'll just try to find space in goal and that is the place goals are scored from. So it works I'll just keep play that way. "

Panik has six goals on nine shots this season for a percentage of 66.7 percent shooting from outrageous. It's almost as unbearable as the Hawks terrible penalty kill to date (more than a little).

But at the very least, the Hawks have to be satisfied with the way Panik rose play on a top line with Jonathan Toews.

He said he can still get better, but the Hawks are pretty happy with it so far.

"It comes with free washers, hanging around the net, going to difficult areas, giving us some physicality and finish well," said Joel Quenneville coach. "It was a big (goal), for sure, while there was a very nice start for us and for himself."

Penalty kill kills again

The Hawks are not as satisfied with their penalty kill nascent, which allowed another goal in two chances Saturday. The Hawks have now allowed 12 goals in 21 chances to kill. This is a rate of 37.5 percent.


That goal came on a one-timer from the right circle William Nylander. The Hawks have given up all kinds of power-play goals. Plans developed and in goal appeared to be the most advantageous areas to attack their prey in the first five games, the Leafs have found another place from which to score.

Corsi look

It was a pretty even in night shooting 5 of 5 attempts created between the two teams. The Hawks estimated that 47-44 edge. In all situations, the Hawks dominated pulled creation, aided by a 9-1 advantage in the extra time and six comprehensive parts power. Final figures, there were 73-52. It was a rough return from injury for Marian Hossa, who was minus-13 to 5 on 5 Corsi. Ryan Hartman teammate was a minus-11. Both also have a majority of offensive zone starts.

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