On Saturday night in Calgary, coach Joel Quenneville sat Ryan Hartman, Patrick Sharp and Michal Kempny. The Hawks desperately needed two points in regulation and got… one point in an overtime loss.
On Tuesday night back at the United Center, the Hawks were once again in search of a regulation win. But this time, the scratches were Lance Bouma, Tommy Wingels and Connor Murphy.
Michael Ferland went to the box at 1:56 and the Blackhawks actually took advantage. Alex DeBrincat put home his 19th of the season while on the advantage and Chicago had an early lead.
Jordan Oesterle and Jonathan Toews picked up the assists.
Later in the first, the Hawks had to kill an extended two-man advantage with two defensemen – Erik Gustafsson and Brent Seabrook – going to the box 20 seconds apart. Chicago was able to kill the power plays and hang onto the one goal lead through the end of the period thanks to Jeff Glass’ strong play.
Chicago had an 11-6 shot advantage in the first, and Toews won all seven of his faceoffs; his teammates were 2-9 at the dot in the opening 20 minutes.
Dougie Hamilton tied the game at one only 70 seconds into the second period.
Four minutes into the second period things took a hard left turn. A flurry of action in front of the Calgary net resulted in players all over the ice and the puck in the net behind Mike Smith. The ruling on the ice was that Ryan Hartman had scored for the first time since Dec. 29.
But then the Flames challenged the play.
But then the officials went to the monitor… and announced the league office wanted to take a look at it before the Flames could challenge.
The league ruled it was a good goal.
And then the Flames challenged.
What felt like a half hour after the puck went into the net, the ruling was announced: there apparently was enough goaltender interference on the play that there was no goal. Nevermind that TJ Brodie was pulling Hartman down by the back of his jersey, which caused the contact. So much for that All-Star weekend conversation between the players, officials and commissioner’s office, eh?
Chicago failed on two power plays later in the period and Calgary was unsuccessful on their only advantage of the second as the middle stanza took for. ev. er. to conclude. The Hawks carried a 23-12 shot advantage to the third period, but the score was tied.
The Hawks had 1:57 of a power play carry over to start the third period but they wasted it.
Neither side was able to generate a goal more than 13 minutes to open the period before Hamilton went to the box with 6:43 left in regulation. Early on the Hawks’ advantage both Troy Brouwer and Artem Anisimov went to their respective boxes after getting mixed up between the benches.
Chicago wasted their fifth power play of the night with Hamilton in the box.
With 3:30 left in regulation, Johnny Gaudreau was eventually credited with tipping a shot past Glass and into the net for the would-be go-ahead goal.
The Blackhawks challenged that Stone hit the puck with a high stick. This review took about 30 seconds.
The officials disagreed with the Blackhawks. It was a good goal. And the Hawks were down 2-1 late in a must-win game at home against the Calgary Flames.
Sean Monahan added a goal into the empty net with 1:51 left.
Patrick Kane scored with 6.1 seconds left in regulation to make the score 3-2, but it was too little, too late. And many of the fans who paid good money to watch the game at the United Center had already headed for their cars by the time Kane scored his 21st of the season.
Nick Schmaltz and Anisimov were credited with assists on the goal.
Oesterle had an assist and blocked seven shots in 26:06. Toews won 18 of 26 at the dot and had an assist in 19:43. Glass made 20 saves against 22 shots and took the loss.
The officials will be the focus of many of the comments by fans because they had a direct role in two goals being awarded/taken away – the result of the game.
But at the end of the day the Blackhawks have to win these games at home and they were only able to generate two goals in a game that saw them have five power plays.