Blackhawks Come Up Empty Again, Suffer Season Sweep To Stars

Good first period, ugly second, nothing in the third.

Sound familiar?

Chicago came out with some good energy and a lot of jump. Nine minutes into the game, Brent Seabrook found Jonathan Toews and the captain scored for the first time in what felt like forever to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

It’s worth repeating: Jonathan Toews scored a goal. It’s his 15th of the season, which still ranks third on the team.

After 20 minutes the Blackhawks had been out-shot 14-12 and were 0-1 on the power play, but had a lead.

Moral victories, right?

Then the second period happened.

The Blackhawks out-shot the Stars 17-9 in the second period.

Dallas took a 3-2 lead to the dressing rooms for the second intermission.

Tyler Seguin and this week’s one-that-got-away Stephen Johns scored 59 seconds apart to grab the momentum – and the lead.

Six minutes later, the Hawks had another advantage and… they scored a goal. Artem Anisimov parked himself in front of the net and a Seabrook shot that went wide found him on the spot.

The goal tied the game at two and is the 300th career regular season point of Anisimov’s career.

Unfortunately, that was the extent of the Hawks’ offense. And with 4.5 seconds left in the second period, Anton Forsberg allowed a soul-breaking ugly cannot-happen-in-a-million-years goal to Tyler Pitlick. The air was out of the United Center and the Blackhawks never recovered from the ugly goal.

The third period came and went without a damn thing from the Blackhawks. Seguin scored his second of the night into the empty net to put the final nail in the Hawks’ coffin, making the final score 4-2.

So, in review, the Blackhawks got:

a) a goal from Toews
b) a multi-point night from Seabrook
c) a power play goal

And they still found a way to lose by two. At home. To a division rival.

Tommy Wingels was a wrecking ball all night, leading Chicago with eight hits. Seabrook finished tied with Michal Kempny for the team lead with four blocked shots. Toews won 13 of 26 faceoffs.

All for nothing.

Zero points achieved.

41 thoughts on “Blackhawks Come Up Empty Again, Suffer Season Sweep To Stars

  1. That should be THE last game Forsberg ever plays for any n.h.l. team .
    Q just can not stop screwing with the lineup.
    Put Glass between the pipes and let`s roll , he plays better positional hockey and has kept us in every game he`s played ,., he`s all we got !

  2. The only good laugh was when the announcers talked about the Blackhawk podcast-Mayers and Burish and they would be discussing if Chicago should be buyers or sellers at the deadline.
    Many no shows tonight for the Hawks-sad

    (8% chance before the game to make the playoffs) It’s getting very clear

  3. Too bad Wingels missed the wide open net in the 3rd as he gave a great effort tonight. The discussion has to now turn to the trade deadline, draft prospects and potential free agents.

  4. Before the season started Tab does his previews of division foes. Most could agree the Stars were an improved team, well 4-0 against the Hawks this season. Not good for the Hawks.

    I felt like the Hawks would need capture at least 6 points against Calgary, Dallas, and Minny. They have 1 pt so far. This season is all but over.

  5. There was a good reason Oesterle was a healthy scratch for 20 plus games, numerous in a row. He has been quite consistent lately — consistently playing soft (as 1961 pointed out) and turning the puck over in his own zone. Alas, don t worry, Kempny is stuck playing with him now, it will all be Kempny’s fault, return to press box to follow.

    Speaking of Kempny, if he would have made the turmover Keith made, he would have been benched the entire 3rd period.

    Lets see Highmore & Hayden up as soon as possible. Lastly, Crawford shouldn’t play the rest of the season, let him get fully healthy.

  6. Okay, tonight was another bad night. Toews scoring was a good thing. I know many folks have been getting on Toews. However, I want folks to look at the career of Rod Brind’Amour. Stats-wise, it seems to be very similar to Captain Serious. Toews has more goals and Brind’Amour was more of a playmaker but, it makes the case that he’s having about the same kind of career. People compared him to Steve Yzerman and, according to the stats, that is not the case at all. Now, looking forward, if the Blackhawks maintain this average, to below average, play…they may be able to get a young and talented center that is a Roenick type of sniper. That kind of player would instantly bring the Blackhawks back into contention and very dangerous. The D kids need to come through. Keith and Seabrook are not top 2 anymore. 3-4…Seabs may be a 5 guy. So, they need to seriously develop their youth. Lastly, they definitely need to have a goalie, in the pipeline to be the heir apparent to Crawford.
    Okay. I’m done. Carry on.

  7. Just got home a bit ago from tonight’s game. Disappointing and frustrating to say the least.

    The Blackhawks looked like they were playing hard. But they looked like they were playing hard against a team that really wasn’t, and they were still a step slow and a goal short.

    Toews looked pretty good to me tonight. Of course when Keith gave up the puck and was then kind of lost back on his heels ….. you could just feel it in the air. After the game Q was asked if that shot should never have been allowed to be made or should the goal have been stopped, he obviously answered “Both!”.

    No one at the net, other than during the power plays. Up in the third level you could see the Blackhawks setting up plays, but guys would be around the perimeter and up top with one guy parked about 10 feet in front of the net. No screening of the goalie, and no crashing to the net even if there was a rebound.

    Sigh.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  8. It’s probably hard to believe that I used to be Toews’ biggest fanboy, but it’s true. And he deserved it because he was a great player through those Cup winning years. I believed and defended my opinion that he was the best all-around center in the NHL. He could do everything well, including handling the puck. He could control the puck on his stick while fending off guys along the boards and come away with the puck to make a tape to tape pass through traffic or snap a shot on net. If Toews had the puck on his stick – the opposing player wasn’t going to be taking it away from him. That’s the Toews to whom I compare the the current version of Toews. It isn’t a comparison to Brind’amour or Yzerman – it’s a comparison between the Toews who used to be and the one we have today.

    He received that pass off the wall very well and he shielded the puck away from the defender ad put a nice shot passed Bishop tonight. Good play by Toews. However, we don’t see that very often anymore do we? Now we see the puck explode of his stick when he tries to catch a pass. Now we see him make a pass that’s so far off the mark we’re not even sure which team mate he was trying to pass to. Now we him unable to keep the puck on his stick when there isn’t even an opposing player checking him. It’s like he has limited feeling in his hands – he can’t feel the puck on his stick. Anyone who has played knows the feeling of having the stick be almost like an extension of your hands – you can feel the puck with the stick. Some guys are better at it than others – but that’s what appears to have happened to Toews. He’s gone from a guy very good at feeling the puck and controlling it on his stick to a guy not very good at feeling the puck and controlling it on his stick.

    That’s seems to be the main difference between then and now. I complain his hustle level isn’t what it used to be but that is a minor and correctable thing compared with his puck handing ability being almost completely gone.

    Not sure if there is anything that can be done and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it’s a result of concussions … but he has a cap hit of $10.5M for another 4 or 5 years. I know two things – I sure as hell don’t want to spend the next 4 or 5 years bitching about Toews and the rest of you guys don’t want to spend the next 4 or 5 years listening to me bitch about Toews. Hopefully things improve – for everyone’s sake.

  9. As we all this season is toast. The good news is Stan stated tonight that he is not buying at the trade deadline. Thank God. As Brian Burke often has stated, the trade deadline is when GMs make their worst mistakes ( Denault and a 2nd rounder) is fresh in all our minds. Remember when Nashville acquired Filip Forsberg from Washington for Martin Erat ? Wow Brutal. Capitals were desperate and got skunked.

    So fortunately we’ve been assured that between now and 2/26 we will not get fleeced.

    Hopefully Stan can field a few phone calls and trade a depth guy or two for draft picks. June is always a fun time for fans of the building process and it’s obvious the rebuild or retool whatever synonym you want to use is well underway.

  10. You believe what Stan`s saying?????? We are off course ,., Stan and Q now know what Morrison has know since game 21 . When your not Buyers at the dead line WHAT ARE You ?

    Go Glass .

  11. Did not get to see the game but was watching the ticker and saw Dallas with two quick goals and like previously mentioned kind of took the wind out of their sails. They will not make the playoffs anyway at this point so let’s see what we have in the future young guys and get that top 10 (or better) pick and retool.

  12. Did Saad play? I never heard his name.

    The Seabrook pass off the boards to Toews was really nice!! Toews looked like the Tazer of old on that goal.

    Forsberg is a quality AHL goalie. NHL goalie? Not so much!

    Again, Q pulled the goalie too early. You don’t pull a goalie with 2 minutes left in a game, down by one goal.

    I sure miss Hayden!!

    I sure miss Panarin………..did I really say that????

    I sure miss Crow.

    Let’s beat the Wild!!

  13. Bowman said team next year will be similar with some changes. One change he said Sikura is signing, also in a position maybe to have a impact 1st pick to step in. Defensemen or wingers are plentiful. Ability to use free agency and shed some cap to make more.

  14. Many did try hard for most of the game-but a few 8, 20, 88 and 12 not very noticeable–and this was a rarity for 8–
    but the themes of powerplay and turnovers keep coming up-those and no real #1 goalie make it painful at times
    (wish some had the heart of Wingels)

    Like the youth and speed trend however

  15. Does anyone keep track of stats? Just curious what our record has been with Oesterle in the line up and Hayden out of the line up. I do realize 50 has been out but just curious. Thanks

  16. 17sec Crawford was in lineup for most games when Hayden was up so not a comparable stat. Oesterle only had Crawford for a few games between ir stints basically.
    Gotta make you wonder if the return to 2nd line for AA more than just a shakeup. As Noonan mentioned 8 snd 88 weren’t as effective seperated.

  17. Does anyone want to take a stab at how many wins the Hawks have against Western Foes this year? The Hawks have 24 wins how many have come against the West? The Answer ((10)) of those 7 have been against teams with a winning record, problem is its February!!!

    Nashville x2, Winnipeg x 2, Minny x2 and Ana those are the 7

    The most disappointing part of the last nights game is they played really hard, and they still lost. Dallas looked Sluggish but turned it on for 5 mins and ended up winning rather easily. I’m convinced this team will not only finish in last place but among the worst records in the league despite the Atlantic division being really really bad.

    The remaining 28 games is a heavy dose of the west only 4 games remaining against teams “out of it” Yotes, Sabres, Sens and a Carolina team which currently has 1 more pt then the Hawks.

  18. SSHM without looking they play Bruins back to back and still one more against Caps and Columbus. Plus Yotes a west team.

  19. AA- back to 2nd line Center… Only to raise His TDL value…

    Can You say “showcase”- AA will be moving if Great TDL deal is out there… or he most likely gets moved in Summer.

  20. Yeah # 20 was on the ice but I don’t think it was to play. I think the coaches sent him out there & told him ( LIKE YOU DO WITH THE NEW KID JUST LEARNING TO SKATE IN HIS 1ST. GAME ) just watch what the other guy’s are doing & how they skate & see if you can learn a little bit. What a joke he & his salary are & how stupid the HAWKS were to believe #19 & bring him back. Let’s see would you rather have #19 & #20 together or #72 & #88 together. They may have made #19 happy, but they pissed off # 88 & it shows !!!!!!!

  21. @ 17SEC

    I did a quick count, He’s played in 29 of 54 total games and Osterle started playing regularly on Dec 10th the Hawks went on a 4 game winning streak, then lost 3 in a row. They have been 10-11 since he has been playing.

    They went 1-4 the week prior without Crow and Jordan O.

    The Hawks have won 3 games since Jan 1oth when they sent Hayden to RFD

  22. That third game winning goal by the Stars…..should never go in in an NHL game. It is a crime, a crime, that Bowman fielded a team so thin on talent in the crease behind his number one. He pinned the entire year on a 33 year old goalie staying healthy, which has blown up in everyone’s faces.

    I know the Hawks problems go well beyond lack of depth in the crease, and we talk about them every day pretty much. But that third goal by the Stars was a backbreaker, and a competent, average NHL goalie makes that save every time. It was just a reminder of one more huge error in judgement Bowman made this past off season. (Like Saad playing with Toews would re-ignite both of them offensively).

    Really embarassing. You could almost see Murphy’s body language after, like ‘how the hell did that go in?’

    At this point, the longer Crow stays out the better. When he plays he is only going to get them points they really don’t need.

  23. @ HEREISMIKE

    Completely agree. The problem is he has gotten away with it for the better part of a decade. last 7 years the Hawks could pick up a guy off the scrap heap (Razor, Nemo, Darling) and toss him in net because the 25 man roster was solid. This year the blue line is so flawed there is was no chance. A guy like Bernier who was probably the best FA option signed for 2.75 million so that wasn’t going to happen. I’m not sure what SB was expecting when they broke camp? Personally, I saw a team that was a WILD card at best, and if Crow hadn’t missed the last month that’s likely the spot they would be in. Hopefully, this has opened his eyes to what he actually has on this roster.

  24. I’m out of things to say about this team so let’s look to the future. Hopefully we get a nice draft pick and SB can sign Sikura. Bring up Hayden and Highmore and play them. If you can trade any of the NMC players do it. If you can trade Bouma and Wingels do it. We need goaltender depth so take a look a that kid Delia in Rockford. I’d look at Berube but he’s not healthy yet. Let’s stop looking at Crawford and Keith as wonder boys. Crawford is an injury waiting to happen and that won’t change. Keith has always been a poke checker but now do to father time he’s not able to recover on his mistakes. When they were younger Seabrook was always around to physically move people. We as Hawk fans are going to go through some tough seasons of rebuilding but with the salary cap that’s inevitable. Now it’s up to the Hawks to wisely rebuild. I thank this group for all the wonderful hockey we have been previlged to see!

  25. I found this gem from Scott Powers on his twitter yesterday

    More Bowman: “I think next year’s team is going to look very similar to this year’s team, not identical. We’re going to have some changes.”

    Urgh, so I guess we should expect another last-place finish again next year too?

  26. Crawford 2 more years on his contract after this season, Forsberg signed for one more season so either go with him again next year find somebody else they feel is more capable. Nalimov showed big progression this season and expects him to be in Chicago during Crawfords last year. So he likely gets a shot if positive results continue next year to show if can do the job that year or not. Either way with Crawfords contract up there is 6m cap space already there towards; backup insurance, signing or trade acquisition.
    Not hearing much on Peeters how he is progressing, likely a few years away still.

  27. re: Bowman’s comments about next year’s roster – the changes should be relatively obvious. Hayden for one of Bouma/Wingels (fingers crossed it’s Bouma). Sikura for Sharp. A full season of Kampf (hopefully). And maybe we get Highmore into the lineup as well.

    The blue line is the puzzle that needs the most fixing and doesn’t appear to have the easiest internal answer. I’m excited to see Dahlstrom got recalled and hope to see what he’s got soon.

  28. dangle/shop/trade/demote Keith/Saad/Sharp/Bouma/Foresberg….maybe three or four more guys…..for picks/players
    Hard to watch greatness slip away….so let’s accept/adjust and rebuild…..84 points max
    Hawks look like the “Ice Capades show” no effort/toughness/corner presence or hitting/timing way off for 60 minutes
    Still love rooting for them go Hawks!

  29. @ IAN

    Peeters is backing up for the ECHL Youngstown Phantoms, he’s 19 and probably at least 3 or 4 yrs away. His stats aren’t great either 7-8-1 with a sub .900 SA%

  30. On the first Dallas goal, Murphy has got to pick his guy (Seguin} up. After that goal, everyone was looking at each other, trying to place blame. No one is to blame really. Time and the Hard Cap have finally caught the Blackhawks,

  31. SSHM – thanks a bunch. Appreciate the research!! I do miss the banger line – thought they were effective for a pretty good stretch.

  32. Saw a stat today Forsberg 41st in gaa and 42 in save % Glass 47th in gaa and 50th in save % Crawford 5th in gaa and 8th in save %. Been other issues but thats a big one.

  33. Sorry to disappoint you the sch has had nothing to do with the last 5-10 games. It did before (11 times in the 82 games) when there was long breaks inbetween games. Not the only thing but a big part of it.

    Before the last 4 games we were 17-6 when scoring first after the last 4 we were 0-3-1.

    Good to know what guys on the team have my back when I take a cheap shot.

  34. 17sec since we went faster (no 42/44/17/10) with 13 and 52 and such we had a good stretch were we went like 4-1-1 then sionce thern a bigger bad stretch, record wise, that has us at +1 when we were just at +4or5.

    Would have to look up 82 I think we were 12-11 and won 5 in a row after people were flipping to get to 17-11 looking good. Then 5 in 7 days and the dam broke.

    To me it seemed not ups and downs. We didn’t really ever play really good/tear it up but also didn’t ever get beat y a lot or get outplayed by a lot. Other then 5 or so games we didn’t show up to play. To me it seemed we outplayed or played even more then get outplayed most of the time.

    Just didn’t do good at certain things and that’s growing pains and whichamacallit pains. Get on board the Peace Train now. Its times like this that make guys better for future. Who Joe Mcgraths out or continues to get better learning the league and prepare for 82 games grind and long playoffs grind.

    as much as this sucks were in a good spot. Lots of buyers and we have more good fast skilled players coming.

  35. I was thinking earlier today how refreshing it is to have civil, intelligent dialogue on this site-there will always be the odd person who loves to take pot shots, it makes them feel better, I guess?

    Looking forward to the next couple months, but will miss the meaningful spring hockey. But it’s a necessary step back.

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