Blackhawks stay hot, beat Predators as Alex Sturrock makes history


Nashville, Tennessee — Coach of the Blackhawks Luke Richardson His team cautioned not to follow Tuesday’s stunning win over the Bruins with a flat performance against the Predators on Thursday.

They heeded his advice, but are hoping for a 2-1 road win and a big blow to the Predators’ playoffs.

goalie Alex Sturrock As usual, he was the Hawks’ most valuable player, making 35 saves on 36 shots.

predators captain Roman Joshi With 25 seconds remaining, he ruined Sturrock’s shutout bid, but Sturrock mentally washed away his disappointment, Matt Duchen It carried the Hawks to the horn with 10 seconds remaining.

“I saw the puck [well]’ said Starlock. “Our ‘D’ did a great job in boxing. Our forwards eliminated some dangerous shooters. That may have been Joshi’s only threat all night.” Our forwards are doing a good job of keeping players like that out of the game.

“[We] Playing simple games and scoring timely goals has become the recipe these days. “

a timely goal lucas rachel — benefited from a lucky bounce in the same arena where he scored his first career point last spring — and scored his third career goal — and Joey Andersonforced a turnover with a tenacious third period forecheck and got a tap-in.

Sturrock also became the first known goaltender in NHL history to save penalty shots in three straight games when Dushane missed an opportunity in the second period. The veteran goalkeeper is 9-8-1 with a .922 save percentage this season.

Calm down Kaiser

Freshly signed rookie defenseman Wyatt Kaiser After a whirlwind week, he just joined the team in Nashville and didn’t make his debut on Thursday.

“[Minnesota-Duluth’s season] “It was over on Sunday, and Monday was hanging out with everyone at the end of the season,” Kaiser said. [Twin] City, and left on Wednesday.

On the first day, the 20-year-old defender said, “Talking to coaches, watching movies, [the Hawks] What are the plays and their identities.

His elite pack movement ability should fit right in at NHL level, but other areas will need tweaking once his debut date arrives.

this and that

Reese Johnson He has recovered from his concussion, but is sick with a stomach bug that Richardson thought he picked up from Sturrock last week.

Cole Gutman The Hawks have announced that they have undergone stabilization surgery on their right shoulder and plan to return to hockey activities in July.

Anton Hudvin Called back from Rockford instead Petr Murazek — while he was recovering from a recent groin injury — and backed up Sturock on Thursday. , if he ever had to play, the color contrast would be unpleasant.

• Speaking of stars, former Hawk Max Domi We are off to a good start. He entered Thursday with three points in his first six games.

Sam LaffertyOn the other hand, the first few weeks with the Maple Leafs were tough. He has scored just his one point and boasts his 34.9% scoring chance percentage, the team’s worst in seven games.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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