Brandon Saad has been among the Blackhawks' best forwards during their current season-long, six-game trip. The rookie just doesn't have anything to show for it.
The 20-year-old hasn't dented the scoresheet this season while skating on a line with center Jonathan Toews and fellow winger Marian Hossa but has created multiple scoring chances and drawn several penalties by going hard to the net as the Hawks have gone 1-0-2 to start the road swing that continues against the Sharks on Tuesday night at HP Pavilion.
"If you want goals, go to the net — that's a good way to get them," Saad said. "Unfortunately they haven't come yet, but it's only a matter of time. I think I've been playing well and the chemistry with Hossa and Toews is getting better and better every game."
Saad won a job to start the season and believes he has done enough to stick with the Hawks, even when winger Daniel Carcillo returns from a knee injury in the next couple of weeks.
"I think so, but you have to keep playing well every game," Saad said. "It's a business, obviously, so we'll see when the time comes."
Call him Ray: The dressing room was abuzz following the stellar effort by backup goaltender Ray Emery during the Hawks' 3-2 shootout victory over the Flames on Saturday night in Calgary.
The veteran earned the win by setting career highs in shots faced (47) and saves (45) as the Hawks improved to 7-0-2.
"We obviously got outplayed and shouldn't have won that game, but he was the only reason we did," winger Patrick Kane said. "We have confidence in him and he really showed us (Saturday night). They had almost 50 shots and he played unbelievable. The two points go to him."
Added coach Joel Quenneville: "That was criminal. We have to call the cops after that performance. We stole two points, (Emery) was spectacular. I've never been out-chanced and outplayed like that in my life. It was a special performance."
Blackhawks' Saad will keep going hard to net
Chicago Tribune | Feb 4