Thursday, April 4, 2013
Handzus makes impact in Hawks debut
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- What the Chicago Blackhawks thought they were getting when they traded for veteran forward Michal Handzus is what he showed them in his first game on Thursday.
The 36-year-old Handzus, who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on Monday, won 10-of-14 faceoffs, blocked one shot, had a plus-1 rating, had three hits and created a couple scoring chances with his shot and pass throughout Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was pleased with what he saw in Handzus' 22 shifts and 22:50 of ice time, playing mostly on the fourth line.
"I liked him," Quenneville said. "He was good on faceoffs. He was big. He had some scoring chances. You like his instincts."
Handzus wasn't as satisfied. He was upset he failed to score in his shootout opportunity and the Blackhawks lost.
"Disappointing, obviously, we wanted to have two points," Handzus said. "So, I'm disappointed. I went out in the shootout and was confident I was going to score. I didn't, so it's disappointing for me for sure."
Handzus did acknowledge he felt comfortable taking faceoffs Thursday and thought his wings helped him in that.
"I felt pretty good," Handzus said. "I had really good help from my wings, too. They won a lot of faceoffs for me. I was pretty confident."