John Hayden adjusting quickly for Blackhawks

John Hayden adjusting quickly for Blackhawks

John Hayden's stall in the Blackhawks' locker room is right next to Michal Rozsival. For Hayden, who grew up in Connecticut and watched Rozsival during the defenseman's days with the New York Rangers, to be around him and others is awe-inspiring.

For a young player, being in awe is great as long as it doesn't lead to distracted play on the ice. Hayden, however, has not had that problem.

Hayden will play in his fourth pro game on Tuesday when the Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks. It's a small sample size but Hayden's handled the jump from college to pros well. He's been good in pressure situations, too, recording two primary assists in the Blackhawks' 6-3 comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. As for balancing the locker-room awe with the on-ice play, Hayden said, "I think it can go hand in hand."

"Watching these guys, as a college player and as a kid growing up, you know how hard they work and how talented they are," Haydensaid. "It's more about learning from them in person and trying to translate that into the honest experience."

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Jonathan Toews said Hayden has adapted well.

"System-wise he's getting more comfortable being in the right place. He's trusting his instincts," Toews said following Sunday's game. "He's doing the little things and getting better and better every game. He's doing everything you could ask for his first couple of games."

Marian Hossa will return from his lower-body injury for Tuesday's game. So will Johnny Oduya, who got a rest day on Sunday. Corey Crawford gets the start.

Broadcast information

Time: 7:30 p.m.
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Blackhawks forward lines

John Hayden-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Nick Schmaltz-Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman-Marcus Kruger-Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen-Tanner Kero-Tomas Jurco

Defensive pairs 

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Johnny Oduya-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk


Corey Crawford


Artem Anisimov (left leg)

Canucks forward lines

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Michael Chaput
Sven Baertschi-Bo Horvat-Reid Boucher
Joseph Cramarossa-Brandon Sutter-Drew Shore
Joe Labate-Brendan Gaunce-Jack Skille

Defensive pairs

Alex Edler-Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa-Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton-Nikita Tryamkin


Ryan Miller


Derek Dorsett (neck), Erik Gudbranson (wrist), Anton Rodin (knee), Loui Eriksson (lower body), Nikolay Goldobin (flu), Markus Granlund (wrist)

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime win over Maple Leafs

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime win over Maple Leafs

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night:

1. Auston Matthews snaps point drought.

It had been seven consecutive games that the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 went without recording a point, the longest drought of his young NHL career. He ended that 8:25 into the game by burying a pass from William Nylander for his 32nd of the season, putting Toronto up 1-0.

It was a big goal for the most important player on the Maple Leafs as they continue their quest for a playoff spot. They need him to be on top of his game to have a chance at holding down the No. 2 wild-card position in the Eastern Conference.

2. John Hayden tallies first career NHL goal.

What a week it's been for Hayden. His four-year collegiate career wrapped up at Yale University, he signed his first professional contract, played in his first career NHL game with Jonathan Toews as his linemate, and in his second, scored his first career goal. He made a terrific reception with his skate on a 2-on-1 pass from Toews, then ripped one past Frederik Andersen's glove to tie the game up at 1-1 in the second period. He also registered 15:29 of ice time, a game-high seven hits, and four shots on goal.

Hayden became the seventh Blackhawks player this season to record their first career NHL goal, joining Gustav Forsling, Ryan Hartman, Vinnie Hinostroza, Michal Kempny, Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz. It's also the first time the Blackhawks have had multiple Illinois-born players (Hayden and Hinostroza) score in the same season since 1998-99 (Eddie Olczyk and Chris Chelios), according to Elias.

3. Ryan Hartman rewarded, scores overtime winner.

Hartman was noticeable all night, and was rewarded for it by getting a late shift in overtime and ending it by faking out Andersen and slipping one five-hole for his 16th goal of the campaign. All 16 of those have come at even strength; only Auston Matthews (27) and Patrik Laine (25) have more.

Hartman finished with a game-high nine shot attempts (six on goal), three hits and was on the ice for 20 shot attempts for and only 10 against at even strength, which was tied for the best Corsi rating on the team.

4. Corey Crawford pitches in on offense.

On Hartman's overtime winner, Crawford registered a secondary assist, the fifth of his career and first this season, making it the fourth straight year he's recorded an assist.

He wasn't too shabby in goal, either. He stopped 25 of 26 shots en route to his third straight victory, and bumped his save percentage to .955 during that streak.

5. Tomas Jurco turns in solid effort in return to lineup.

Marian Hossa participated in morning skate, but was ruled out due to a lower-body injury that Quenneville said he suffered during Thursday's game, and deemed "not serious." Jurco had initially been slotted in on the fourth line, but was promoted to the third in Hossa's spot at right wing along with Hartman and Marcus Kruger.

After being a healthy scratch for three straight games with zero points in his first six games since being acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb. 24, Jurco showed flashes and more consistency against the Maple Leafs. He had 12:09 of ice time, his second-highest total since joining the team, to go along with six shot attempts (three on goal), two hits, and was a team-high plus-10 Corsi.

His best shift came at the beginning of the third period when he generated a flurry of chances, the last one bouncing off a Maple Leafs defender and hit the post.

Ryan Hartman scores overtime winner as Blackhawks beat Maple Leafs

Ryan Hartman scores overtime winner as Blackhawks beat Maple Leafs

TORONTO (AP) -- Ryan Hartman scored with 17 seconds left in overtime to lead the Chicago Blackhawks past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Saturday night.

John Hayden notched his first NHL goal, and Corey Crawford stopped 25 of 26 shots for Chicago, which holds the top spot in the Western Conference with 97 points following their fourth straight win.

Auston Matthews had a goal to snap a seven-game drought, while Frederik Andersen made 37 saves for the Maple Leafs, who hold the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 79 points.

Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first period when William Nylander took a quick pass from Matthews and then sent it right back to Matthews, who crashed the front of the net and redirected a shot through Crawford's pads.

Matthews inched within two goals of Wendel Clark's franchise rookie record (34 in 1985-86) with the goal. The 19-year-old rookie hadn't registered a goal or point since Feb. 28 in San Jose.

Nylander set a career high by extending his point streak to seven games. The 20-year-old has seven points in that span and 51 points on the season - tied for fourth on the Leafs and fourth among all NHL rookies.

Andersen nearly allowed a goal in the opening minute of the second when he bobbled a shot from Jonathan Toews. He kept the Leafs in front until the midway point of the frame when Hayden evened the game at 1. The play started in the Chicago zone with Brent Seabrook firing a long outlet pass to Toews. Chicago's captain then found Hayden, who kicked the pass from his left skate to his stick before beating Andersen.