The Tinordi Game, Hossa Ceremony Timing News, Outplayed? Who Cares! More Strong College Performances, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The Tinordi Game, Hossa Ceremony Timing News, Outplayed? Who Cares! More Strong College Performances, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The Blackhawks just refuse to go away. They might show up late (like Saturday night) or let a second point slip through their fingers late (like Thursday night), but they’ve been in almost every game they’ve played this season. And some, like last night, they shouldn’t have been anywhere close to winning but goaltending has saved the day. Things got chippy in Anaheim, but a two-goal deficit in the first period wasn’t too big. The Blackhawks finished the dad trip with three points in two games. Not bad!

  • Raise your hand if you doubled your NHL career scoring total last night? I see Jarred Tinordi‘s hand in the air… because he scored twice last night including the game-winner. Because of course he’s going to score twice. Here’s the GWG:
  • How about an angry Jonathan Toews? Jake McCabe and a couple Ducks were mixing it up around the net late in the third period and out of nowhere 19 shows up and has one guy in a headlock while he’s jousting with Ryan “Not Quite Dylan” Strome. When Strome made the epic mistake of trying to knock Toews’ helmet away before he could pick it up (because he’s apparently a sixth grader) (aka “poking the bear”), it looked like Captain Serious was ready to exchange more than holiday recipes. I’m glad he didn’t fight because he’s off to such a great, healthy, productive start but a pissed off Toews is great to see. He’s back, kids!
  • During the game on Saturday night, Chris Vosters threw out there some important information for Blackhawks fans attending next Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center. The game starts at 6 PM CT, but the doors will open at 3:30 because the jersey retirement ceremony for Marian Hossa will begin at 4:30 PM — NOT right before the game starts. Mark your calendars accordingly.
  • One of the nuggets in Charlie Roumeliotis’ postgame takeaways piece shouted at me late last night (early this morning). If the eye test tells you the Blackhawks have been getting their butts kicked a lot but somehow still picking up points in the standings, Charlie uncovered a number that says you’re right.

The Ducks generated 32 scoring chances, per Natural Stat Trick. The Blackhawks had only 17. The Blackhawks have now been out-chanced 148-71 in their last four games for a differential of -77. And yet the Blackhawks are somehow 2-1-1 over that stretch

  • Denver beat North Dakota 6-3 on Saturday night. Blackhawks forward prospect Aidan Thompson scored for the second straight night, which is great to see. He also won nine of 13 faceoffs. Thompson had such a good summer that I was bummed he didn’t start the season on time because of an injury. But he’s back and making a big impact for the Pioneers already.
  • One night after posting five points in a single game, Ryan Greene was back at it for Boston University. He scored in BU’s 5-1 win over UMass. Drew Commesso made 29 saves as the Terriers swept the weekend series.
  • Congrats, again, to Filip Roos for scoring his first career NHL goal last night. It’s especially cool that his dad was there to see it and get this great photo taken with the puck after the game.
  • The junior game that has my interest on Sunday afternoon without the Blackhawks on the ice is Ethan Del Mastro and the Mississauga Steelheads against Paul Ludwinski and the Kingston Frontenacs. Del Mastro, the captain in Mississauga, has 13 points in 14 games to start the season. Ludwinski got a late start on his year with Kingston because of the concussion he suffered in Chicago before training camp but he’s put up eight points in 13 games. Should be a fun one!
  • Early this season, fans of the New Jersey Devils didn’t like the start their team had — so they took it out on poor Lindy Ruff. There were chants for Ruff to get canned in the first week of the regular season, which was awfully premature.
  • Fast forward to Saturday night. As the Devils won their ninth straight game and found themselves in first place in the Metropolitan Division by four points, their fans offered a collective mea culpa. This is good form by the fans in New Jersey.
  • Finally, it’s Sunday so Bear Down! And you know what we think about Detroit when they’re in town…

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Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab