Blackhawks vacated by Kraken, Hausa retired as Blackhawks and Jersey retired

Chicago (AP) — Philippe Grubauer made 29 saves for Seattle’s second shutout, and the expansion Kraken defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Thursday night.

Alex Weinberg scored his 10th goal in the second period and Jordan Eberle added his 18th goal in the third to seal it.

Grubauer was only lightly tested by the Blackhawks, who dropped his sixth straight game (0–4–2) and was occasionally booed by his home crowd. Grubauer, who recorded his 20th career shutout, was also in the net for Kraken’s first shutout against the Islanders in New York on February 2.

Chicago goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen blocked 29 shots.

The Kraken and the rebuilt Blackhawks have both been eliminated from playoff contention. Chicago has missed the post season after qualifying for nine in four of the past five seasons and winning three Stanley Cups during that stretch.

The Blackhawks dominated the first few minutes, but Seattle defeated Chicago 17–3 in the first round.

Weinberg’s flashy goal opened the score 47 seconds into the second.

Weinberg made a nifty move to dance behind flatfooted Chicago defenseman Jake McCabe in the slot. He skated over the net and dropped Lankinon on the ice before tucking in a low shot.

Grubauer made a point-blank stop on rookie Lucas Reichel, with five minutes left in the second, to thwart the 2-on-1 Chicago break.

The Blackhawks were booed by their home crowd as they spit on a 5-on-3 power play in a 1:56 period, then took a two-minute 5-on-4 advantage to close the second.

Chicago United managed only one shot during the 3:56 power play which was set up by Ryan Donato’s interference minor and Carson Sousi’s high-sticking double-minor.

During a Chicago power play late in the third, Patrick Kane was hit on the post and Seth Jones attempted to hit the crossbar.

Grubauer was quick on some of Chicago’s close chances in the final minutes.

Eberle made it 2-0 with a shot of 1:56 from the left circle.

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Former NHL player Marion Hossa signs a one-day contract with the Chicago Blackhawks to retire with the team during a ceremony on April 7, 2022 at United Center in Chicago, IL. Hausa played eight seasons with the Blackhawks from 2009–2017 and won three Stanley Cups with the team.

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During a video tribute in the first period, the Blackhawks announced that they would be retiring Hall of Fame forward Marion Hossa’s jersey number 81 next season. Hossa, 43, signed a one-day contract with Chicago and officially retired as a member of the team at a pregame event.

Hossa played the final eight seasons of his 19-year career with the Blackhawks and contributed significantly to Chicago’s Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

He stopped playing after the 2016–17 season at the age of 38 due to a severe case of eczema that left his entire skin sore. The condition was linked to sweat and bacteria from hockey equipment.

Hausa scored 525 goals and made 609 assists in 1,309 NHL games. He now lives in his native Slovakia.

notes: Seattle de Vince Dunn skated brilliantly on the ice in the second period – but returned for the third – after tied with Chicago’s Sam Lafferty and working hard across the boards. … Kraken f Jaden Schwartz (upper body) missed his seventh game. … Chicago f Henrik Borgström, f Philipp Kurashev, f Mackenzie Entwistle and de Riley Stillman were healthy scratchers as interim coach Derek King moved young players in and out of the lineup.


Kraken: Host the Calgary Flames on Saturdays.

Blackhawks: Host the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

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