The Blackhawks dropped another home preseason game, this time to the Montreal Canadiens.
Antti Raanta got the start in net and stopped 16 of 18 Montreal shots in the loss. Rene Bourque and Nathan Beaulieu scored inside of the first six minutes of the third period and the Hawks weren’t able to catch up.
Brandon Saad found Andrew Shaw for a breakaway during 4-on-4 action later in the third to draw the Hawks within one, but an empty net goal from Michael Bournival closed the books on the night’s scoring.
The Hawks power play sucked again, failing on all four of their opportunities with the (theoretical) advantage. Truthfully, the Hawks only failed on two complete power plays in the game; Kris Versteeg took a stupid penalty 26 seconds into the third power play, and the fourth came with only 48 seconds left in the game.
Brandon Mashinter was credited with three hits and one blocked shot in 8:11 on the ice. Jeremy Morin was the only other Blackhawks player held under 10 minutes of ice time; Morin had three shots on net, two hits and one takeaway on the night.
Kyle Cumiskey, Michal Rozsival and Bryan Bickell were minus-two each. Trevor van Riemsdyk skated 18:25 and was credited with two blocked shots and two hits.
Jonathan Toews led a mediocre night at the dot for the Blackhawks. Chicago’s captain won 12 of 16 faceoffs, and Marcus Kruger won six of eight but the rest of the roster struggled. Brad Richards won only three of 12 and Shaw won five of 15.
Shaw led the Hawks with six shots on net and was one of five Blackhawks with a team-high three hits in the game. Johnny Oduya led the way with four blocked shots. Patrick Kane was credited with two blocked shots.
The Blackhawks have until 5 pm ET on Tuesday, Oct. 7 to be under the salary cap.