Blackhawks Fall In Joe Louis Finale

It’s appropriate that, in the final game between the Blackhawks and Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, fans were treated to a fight and a close game.

The Blackhawks didn’t dress Niklas Hjalmarsson or Johnny Oduya after both returned to action on Thursday night at home. Michal Kempny and Michal Rozsival both got into the game in their place, and Andrew Desjardins dressed for Jordin Tootoo. Dennis Rasmussen was a healthy scratch again.

After a high-volume shot night on Thursday, Chicago struggled to get the puck on net early. One early shot got past Jimmy Howard, though, when Patrick Kane set up Artemi Panarin for his 21st of the campaign.

Ten minutes after the Panarin goal, Justin Abdelkader did what Justin Abdelkader does. He finished a high hit on Brian Campbell that would have resulted in a charging penalty, but Trevor van Riemsdyk stepped up after the cheap shot and dropped the gloves. Abdelkader received two minutes for charging and five for fighting; TvR received the two minute instigator, five for fighting and a ten minute misconduct.

After the fight, everything went the Red Wings’ way.

While Chicago had the post-fight power play, Xavier Ouellet tied the game with a short-handed goal. And the dreaded final minute goal against showed up for the Hawks once again as Andreas Athanasiou gave the Wings a 2-1 lead with eight seconds left in the first period.

Detroit out-shot Chicago 10-6 just 24 hours after the Hawks put 19 on net in the opening 20 minutes against Anaheim.

Tomas Tatar extended the lead to 3-1 with his 16th of the season at 15:17 into the second, and the Hawks appeared to be off a bit.

But Chicago didn’t go away, and continue to chip at the Detroit momentum. The Hawks were able to turn the tables with a final minute goal of their own as TvR scored his fourth of the season to get the Hawks to within one with 45 seconds left in the second period.

The Hawks out-shot the Wings 11-10 in the second period but were getting dominated at the dot. Chicago was short-handed twice in the first 50 minutes, with Dylan Larking drawing both penalties; Rozsival hooked him in the first and Brent Seabrook hit him with a high-stick in the third.

With a little less than five minutes in regulation, Henrik Zetterberg picked Kane’s pocket and set up Tatar for his second of the night,

Coach Joel Quenneville got hyper-aggressive after the goal. He sent Nick Schmaltz out for the faceoff between Marian Hossa and Ryan Hartman, and then pulled Corey Crawford with 3:44 left in regulation. But Jonathan Toews got called for tripping and the Hawks were short-handed, down two with 3:26 left in regulation.

The Hawks couldn’t get anything done the rest of the way, and Chicago’s eight-game road win streak ended in Detroit.

In his 900th career regular season game, Michigan State product Duncan Keith skated 24:58 with one blocked shot.

Also on the blue line that was without Hjalmarsson and Oduya, Kempny had one shot on net and one blocked in 14:56 and Rozsival was credited with two hits in 16:41 in the loss. TvR had one hit and one blocked shot and skated 15:29 with 17 penalty minutes. Campbell was one of three Hawks skaters with a team-high two blocked shots (Toews and Artem Anisimov the others) but was minus-three in 18:12. Seabrook led the Hawks with four shots on net in a team-leading 26:29 on the ice.

Toews won 11 of 25 faceoffs and had three shots on net and one hit with his two blocks. Anismov, also minus-three, won five of 14 at the dot. Tanner Kero won half of his ten faceoffs.

Former Red Wing Tomas Jurco led the Hawks with three hits but skated only 8:13 in his return to Detroit. It was the second time in as many days that he was held under ten minutes of ice time by Quenneville. Desjardins skated 8:24 with two hits.

Crawford stopped 25 of 29 in defeat.

The Blackhawks are back on the ice for an 11:30 AM CST start against Minnesota on Sunday.

28 thoughts on “Blackhawks Fall In Joe Louis Finale

  1. Lacklustre performance but it happens. Schmaltz rush when it was still 3-2 was fabulous. Stripped their guy behind our net, moved it quickly to Kane, never broke stride, found the open ice, and made a good effort to score. My eyes are glued on him every time he is out there.

  2. Good word for the Blackhawk game JHawk. I became as disinterested as they were.
    Big game Sunday.

  3. Sikura, Hayden, Louis down to their last game(match point) for their college hockey season. Their teams lost Friday. One more defeat on either Saturday or Sunday and it’s on to Rockford hopefully.

  4. Lost interest the second time Kaner got his pocket picked resulting in another goal! He’s as gifted offensively as he is liabelous defensively! All in all, wings wanted this win more than the Hawks- and defensive issues has to have Q pulling the rest of his hair out?

  5. Lost interest the second time Kaner got his pocket picked resulting in another goal! He’s as gifted offensively as he is liabelous defensively! All in all, wings wanted this win more than the Hawks- and defensive issues has to have Q pulling the rest of his hair out?

  6. Scotty Bowmans new pet Jurco will be like his last one (Rundblad). Taking ice time away from a more qualifiesd player. Hinostrossa should be back and Jurco on the bus to Rockford. Waste of a draft pick and breaks the team chemistry. HHH line was a good line in a few games. Tatar was the better option for a trade from Detroit.

  7. It was a high hit on Campbell ,and Apple Gator was going to get a penalty until our version of Tie Domi started to have a little tummy rub with him . As much as AppleGator needs a punch in the face ,.,.,.,please don,t send a boy to do mans work .
    Welcome to the kinder gentler N.H.l.

    The Breadman line needs to wake th F#%k , his inability to put the body hard on Tatar face and knock him on his ass resulted in a goal , then that line plays the where,s the puck , who,s got the puck , i,ll chase the puck ,puck in the net game . Kanes line and their lack of physically,and own end play cost us the game !
    Way to one dimensional for my loving but,.,.,.,.,.they are our super stars .

  8. …they say, “Your best players have to play like your best players”.

    Much better effort Sunday, please.

    GO HAWKS!

    (Ernie, from that comment – agree “Vortex doesn’t get it.”.

  9. The Hawks were indeed lacklustre and looked disinterested. TVR gets a lot of heat on here but Campbell was brutal yesterday. He is so weak and gets pushed around. Rosy is done and was responsible for two goals ( too slow and screening his own goalie) and finally Kane was responsible for the last one. I hate to blame the officials but they were brutal. Detroit got away with a lot including the headshot on Campbell. Well at least the Hawks will be used to the swallowed whistkes when the playoffs start.

  10. Strongly agree with Vortex. What has Jurco done since he joined team ? Zero . Let’s hope he starts to contribute .

  11. Hawks got out worked all game long. Hawks passing game was terrible – either missed passes, intercepted passes or bobbled receptions. If the Hawks passing game isn’t working their chances of winning diminish greatly because without crisp passing the opponent is on top of the Hawks puck carrier and the Hawks player winning a one on one or stick on stick battle is next to nil. The passes that were on the money and received in stride could probably be counted on one hand with a finger or two left over. Usually this kind of game is the result of not being focused and prepared to compete and that’s the way it looked all game long.

    Oh well … the Hawks are probably good for a few of these per season so let’s hope they got the last one out of their system last night. It was probably an appropriate way for the Hawks to close their games in Joe Louis because it was pretty typical of so many other games the Hawks played there.

    On to an early game tomorrow where I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Wild win and put an end to any thoughts of taking over 1st place in the division. Hawks are in a swoon – let’s hope it’s short lived.

  12. Ok, so if some of you remember…when the Jurco trade happened I said ” big effing deal”. Now, the Hawks gave up a pick in. A “terrible draft” to get him. He showed flashes earlier in his career then had issues with a disc in his back that he finally had surgery for this summer. No risk in acquiring him.

    Also in acquiring him, if he plays 10 games here YOU CAN EXPOSE him.

  13. Hawks, that was a direct initial contact point hit to the head (really face) by the shoulder. There isint a more textbook looking 5 min major penalty then that. Of course we are giving a diff. rule book when it us. We should have had an opportunity on a 5 min PP to go up 2 or 3-0 but hey it wasnt why we didn’t get the win/tie, so its all good right.

    Its not a coincidence that NYR did two 5 min boardings penaltys and got one 2 min penalty and in this game another 5 min major and got a 2 min penalty.

    What happens in the playoffs if they donot make 5 min calls in 82 games. 2-5 game suspension hits will only be 2 min penalty and maybe one game suspension.

    Would have been nice to have a legitimate fair chance to play for the 1 seed by having well officiated games. Instead we have this happen from time to time.

    After those shit shows, lets play at 1030am in an important game. Is the league run by pee wees.

  14. If only it was as simple as Tatar or Jurco. Tatar would cost more both in assets and salary. If Tatar was here you wouldn’t have Oduya, which I wouldn’t have traded for anyway. But I’m in the minority there. The Jurco trade to me means wait for it…Kruger gets protected.

    I had a thought last night. Detroit is rebuilding. Zetterberg getting up there but still productive. Zetterberg at half retained is around 3 million. The recapture isn’t as bad for the acquiring team.

    Lastly, I know this was done on purpose. But Stan Bowman is the one making those trade calls. Not Scotty.

  15. I am done with and talking about the refs, there a disgrace and we simply donot get evenly reffed games as the other team. So it doesnt matter. We would be tied or ahead of MIN now with the games played equal if those penaltys are called. We have to play through it. Good thing is its going to makes us better, were used to it.

    We would rather have the higher seed but donot give a shit what seed we are. Its more important to be healthy NAS or STL would be good games, but STL has beaten MIN so maybe they take them out. As it is now STL or LA plays the 1 seed.

    We did really good in that favorable 15 game stretch and have done good in this 7 of 9 against top 10 teams stretch. MIN could easily lost that game as well down in 3rd and they would be 3-5 recently, still 4-4 isint good. There starting to wear down from that 25-5 stretch they had. We need to keep pacing ourselves and have mini streaks. We have another favorable 5 game stretch after these 7 of 9. Stick to the system and be big picture smart. We donot care if were the 1 seed just want to be the 1 or 2 seed.

  16. I sure hope Kruger doesn’t get protected Ernie. Then again, why would anybody want him for 3+ mil. He is like a ball and chain around Hossa. Kind of reminds me of the Zus ball and chain around Kane until game 5 of the LA Series when the chain was cut.

  17. Why else make the trade other than you hope he shows something? Even if Kruger is left unprotected, who would take Kruger at 3.083 over TVR making what 825k?

  18. I am going to see the Hawks this Thurs coming in Ottawa ,.,.,see Burrows has 4 goals and 2 assists in 6 games with Ottawa ,.,.,i know most of us hate the prick but ,.,.,.,he would have provided some grit were sure do lack .

  19. Still would have passed on Burrows. Better than some that are currently in the lineup however. John Hayden’s college hockey career is over as Yale lost. If I’m him I finish the last few months and get that ivy league degree before I sign. Alex Debrincat scored on an empty netter yesterday to extend his goal scoring streak to 19 games. Tied with Mike Ricci for the most in OHL history.

  20. Hawkhead-see you at the game in Ottawa-going with my old friend who got fired as team president a few weeks ago.
    I think Burrows was undervalued by many on this site–is he an asshole, probably–but is motivated to win and to please his new teammates.

  21. Just say it Ernie ,.,.,you don,t like Burrows because he is good ,,.,.good at getting under peoples skin ,tough ,gritty ,and scores goals. He would have been a great addition . Now i know you like stats ,.,.,compare Burrows with Jurco , live in the moment ,

    Those boy scouts your talking about are a couple years away from having a beard let alone making the big team .

  22. I didn’t care for the Jurco trade. It was made to have another forward to leave unprotected. With the Tootoo signing you have to wonder if they protect Kruger. I don’t want a guy that’s making 4.5 million that has averaged less than 1 point every 3 games.

    Leeder got a raw deal. Melnyk is a slimey dude. Lives in Barbados as a tax shelter.

  23. To those (Ernie) who are hell bent that Jurco was brought in to be another exposed player in the expansion draft – that’s entirely possible. But he’s a RFA this summer, which means the Hawks would need to give him a new contract to expose him.

    My full expectation is that the Blackhawks expose Kruger, Tootoo, TvR and Glass to meet the requirements of the league. They are doing their best to steer Vegas to picking Kruger, and I believe 16 will be gone this summer whether it’s to Vegas or elsewhere.

    I also think the Blackhawks will wait to sign their RFAs until later than usual because of the expansion draft. Jurco might be leverage w/ Panik as well; Panik has had a nice season but is also RFA and might be priced out of the Hawks’ plans. As much as people like to dismiss guys based on a two-week sample size, Jurco has some upside and gives the Hawks depth.

    What’s important is that Hayden is signed.

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