10/11/14: Chicago Blackhawks 6 Buffalo Sabres 2

1st Blackhawks Goal (Shaw), Even

  • Chicago Contributions
    B. Saad – wins an offensive zone faceoff back to Hjalmarsson at the right point (cont.), tips Hjalmarsson’s shot to the net
    N. Hjalmarsson – takes a wrist shot that Saad tips towards the net in the right faceoff circle
    A. Shaw – tips the puck again in front of the net past Enroth’s glove
  • Buffalo Faults
    None – everyone was in position and couldn’t defend a double deflection

2nd Blackhawks Goal (Keith), Even

  • Chicago Contributions
    M. Hossa – stick-checks Hodgson so the puck rolls away from him
    D. Keith – takes control of the giveaway from Hodgson, moves to the middle of the ice, and then fires a shot that goes off of Hodgson’s stick and into the net
  • Buffalo Faults
    C. Hodgson – wins a defensive zone faceoff and then loses control of the puck so it drifts to Keith at the top of the zone, then deflects Keith’s shot high past Enroth


1st Sabres Goal (Girgensons), Even

  • Buffalo Contributions
    Z. Girgensons – gets the puck in the right corner of the Sabres zone and moves it up the boards for Hodgson (cont.), gets the puck from Stafford, carries it into the offensive zone, and passes to Meszaros above the right faceoff circle (cont.), gets to the rebound first and puts it past Crawford
    C. Hodgson – moves the puck to the center of the defensive zone for Benoit
    A. Benoit – passes the puck up to Stafford at the left side boards in the neutral zone
    D. Stafford – crosses center and passes the puck to Girgensons on his right
    A. Meszaros – takes a quick shot that Crawford stops, with a rebound coming out in front
  • Chicago Faults
    B. Seabrook – is following Girgensons through the defensive zone and then peels off of him as the puck goes to the net, leaving him uncovered for the rebound

2nd Sabres Goal (Ennis), Shorthanded

  • Buffalo Contributions
    T. Ennis – deflects the pass by Richards to Stafford in the defensive zone (cont.), gets the puck from Stafford on a breakaway, takes the puck to his backhand, quickly brings it back to his forehand, and beats Crawford blocker-side
    D. Stafford – gets the puck and then passes it up to Ennis entering the Blackhawks zone on a breakaway
  • Chicago Faults
    B. Richards – tries to make a pass across the ice from the right point in the Sabres zone and has it deflected by Ennis, then can’t keep up with Ennis as he streaks up the ice for a breakaway

3rd Blackhawks Goal (Kane), Even

  • Chicago Contributions
    A. Shaw – circles back into the defensive zone with a puck he lost and then passes it to van Riemsdyk on the right side of the defensive zone (cont.), chases down the loose puck at the left half boards and then centers it for Kane in the slot
    T. van Riemsdyk – makes a pass to Saad at center ice
    B. Saad – flicks the puck to the left side of the Sabres zone for Shaw to chase
    P. Kane – one-times the puck through Enroth’s five-hole
  • Buffalo Faults
    A. Benoit – doesn’t adjust to covering Kane in the slot when Meszaros tries to get to the puck

4th Blackhawks Goal (Hossa), Shorthanded

  • Chicago Contributions
    B. Seabrook – gets a puck in the corner of the defensive zone and chips it up the boards to Toews
    J. Toews – chips the puck on the boards to himself and then passes it up to Hossa skating up the right-side boards
    M. Hossa – carries the puck through the neutral zone on a 2-on-1 with Toews on his left, takes it to the inside of the right faceoff circle, and fires a wrist shot past Enroth’s blocker
  • Buffalo Faults
    A. Meszaros – pinches down the boards to stop Toews with the puck, but Toews gets past him, creating a 2-on-1 for the Blackhawks

5th Blackhawks Goal (Sharp), Powerplay

  • Chicago Contributions
    J. Toews – gets the puck behind the Sabres net and passes it back to Keith at the left point (cont.), gets the puck from Kane and skates up the boards before passing the puck to Sharp at the top of the zone
    D. Keith – moves the puck to the right point for Sharp
    P. Sharp – passes the puck down to the outside of the right faceoff circle for Kane (cont.), one-times the pass from Toews and the shot goes off of Enroth’s blocker and into the net
    P. Kane – holds the puck and then passes it to Toews, who has moved to the right corner of the zone
  • Buffalo Faults
    T. Myers – in the penalty box for roughing
    J. Enroth – doesn’t keep his blocker square to Sharp’s shot and ends up deflecting the puck into the net instead of stopping it

6th Blackhawks Goal (Carcillo), Even

  • Chicago Contributions
    D. Carcillo – pokes the puck away from Ristolainen at center ice and retrieves it in the offensive zone above the left faceoff circle, then passes it to Saad entering the high slot (cont.), redirects Saad’s pass by the left post into the net
    B. Saad – gets the puck in the high slot, cuts to the right to his backhand, and sends a pass to the crease
  • Buffalo Faults
    R. Ristolainen – loses the puck to Carcillo at center ice
    C. Stewart – is slow to react to the puck going out of the Blackhawks zone and has no chance of following his man as the Blackhawks get a long 3-on-2 chance for the goal

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