Soup and a Sandwich: Artemi Panarin turns Brian Campbell's brain into a pretzel

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Soup and a Sandwich: Artemi Panarin turns Brian Campbell's brain into a pretzel

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another episode of Soup and a Sandwich featuring Brian Campbell and Artemi Panarin.

In the previous episodes (which can be seen below), the pair of Blackhawks teammates share some of their favorite soup jokes, with Panarin beating Campbell to the punchline on one of them which didn't exactly sit well with Campbell. They also shared bread on another.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

In the Season 1 finale, Campbell asks Panarin in Russian if he likes soup. The Bread Man's response turns Soupy's brain into a pretzel.

Check out the newest episode, followed by the previous four, below:

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Joel Quenneville smart not to break up Blackhawks' second line

Joel Quenneville smart not to break up Blackhawks' second line

For a while, the second line of Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane was very quiet. Considering what that trio has done over the last year or so, it was surprising.

Maybe defenses were catching onto them. Maybe defenses were just zeroing in on them; with so much flux and inconsistency with the Blackhawks’ other lines, it was easy to see that happening. So entering the Blackhawks’ final two games of the Ice Show Trip the inevitable question arose: was it time to break up the second-line band?

“I still think there’s always something there,” Quenneville said at the time. “It’s a lot for the opponents to be concerned with to try and prevent. You get a little bit of a feel good whether they get one goal or a couple of scoring chances again and could be ignited quickly. For a year and change that line’s been the best in the game. We know it has a lot of capabilities.”

Lo and behold, the last two games that line has started generating points again, be it as a line or as part of the Blackhawks’ power play. Five points against the Arizona Coyotes. Five more points against the Dallas Stars. Kane has two goals and an assist in his last two games. Panarin broke his nine-game goal-less skid on Thursday and has three points in the last two contests. Same for Anisimov (three assists). Couple that with the scoring threats and you understand why Quenneville was hesitant to break them up.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

What’s the biggest complaint when the Blackhawks go through line changes? That they usually happen too often. Players don’t have a chance to develop any chemistry. Well, those three had plenty of chemistry from the first moment they were thrown together. That’s why even when things don’t go swimmingly, you give them some time to figure it out.

The Blackhawks have gone through a lot of changes over the past few seasons. Quenneville has done well in tinkering when necessary, and much of it has been necessary. So when you do get three that work well together you stick with it. The second line wasn’t broken. There was no reason to fix it.

BRIEFLY

• General manager Stan Bowman said last week that he wasn’t surprised that Ryan Hartman and Vinnie Hinostroza had adapted to the Blackhawks as well as they had. He cited the time the two spent in Rockford for their smoother transition to the Blackhawks. Still, Hartman’s goal total has been a pleasant surprise to Bowman. “Ryan’s production is a little ahead of schedule,” he said of Hartman, who now has 12 goals following the Blackhawks’ 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars. “He’s on pace for almost 20 goals, and that’s a lot for a rookie. Hopefully he keeps that pace up.”

• Speaking of Hinostroza, expect him to be back in the lineup soon. Hinostroza was a healthy scratch in the last two games, as coach Quenneville was looking for more reliable defensive game. But Quenneville said there’s no plan for Hinostroza to head to Rockford. “We don’t expect him to be out too much longer here,” Quenneville said on Saturday afternoon.”

Five Things from Blackhawks-Coyotes: Forgettable second period

Five Things from Blackhawks-Coyotes: Forgettable second period

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Blackhawks certainly know drama these days.

I joked about grabbing brown paper bags and inhaling deeply after their second period on Thursday night. But considering recent outings it's understandable why some likely watch this team with apprehension.

Still, they got out of the desert with two points, and they needed them. So before we pack up and head to the final stop on Ice Show Trip, Part I, let's look at the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

1. A very strong start. The 3-0 lead was certainly a bonus but the Blackhawks' all-around game was great in the first period. They shot (15 shots to the Coyotes' six). They swarmed in on turnovers, they created traffic and they didn't let up through the first 20 minutes. But…

2. A terribly undisciplined second period. The Blackhawks committed seven penalties on the night. Five of them came in the second period and three of those were delay-of-game penalties. Oh, and they gave the Coyotes, down 3-0 at the time, a 5-on-3 just 19 seconds into the second period, too. The Blackhawks gave the Coyotes life, and they took advantage of it. Quenneville's frustration with that period was evident in his post-game press conference.

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3. Early power play success. The Blackhawks had scored just one-power play goal in their last 20 opportunities entering Thursday night. Against the Coyotes, they did a lot with a little: on their first two power plays, they one shot on each and one goal on each (Kane and Hossa). They went quiet in their final two power plays but their work on it in the first period was encouraging. 

4. Second line gets going again. Kane's goal came on the power play but he, Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov nevertheless woke up when they were together. Panarin scored his 18th of the season in the second period; that goal proved to be the game winner. The Blackhawks can't rely solely on this line like they did last season but they definitely need it to be better than it's been in recent outings.

5. Learn from this. Corey Crawford said it, and he's right: Thursday was a reminder that, if you have a second period like the Blackhawks did it doesn't matter if you're playing the best or worst team in the league. You're playing with fire. The Blackhawks almost kissed away a tremendous first period. They lost momentum early in the second period and struggled to get it back. The full 60-minute game continues to elude them.