Blackhawks Fall To Bolts In Shootout

The Blackhawks took a two-goal lead into the third period against the Lightning on Saturday night, but lost 3-2 in the shootout.

Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored in the second period to open up the offense after Tampa failed to register a single shot on net in the first 20 minutes. Through two periods, the Hawks not only held a two-goal lead, but they had out-shot the Lightning 25-6.

For the second time in as many games, Saad had a magnificent game on the Hawks’ third line. Not only did he score Chicago’s second goal, but he led the Hawks with four takeaways and tied with Kane and Duncan Keith with a team-high five shots on net.

Also on the Hawks’ third line, Andrew Shaw won six of 11 faceoffs and led the team with five hits. He was able to bait Eric Brewer into a stupid penalty as the second period expired, but the Blackhawks weren’t able to convert.

Keith led all Blackhawks with 28:56 on the ice, including 5:51 on the power play; he was credited with five shots on net and four that missed the mark.

The Blackhawks were only able to convert one of their five power play opportunities in the game, while the Lightning put home their second goal of the night during their only opportunity with a man advantage.

For the Lightning, Steven Stamkos was credited with two assists, two blocked shots and two shots on goal in over 19 minutes of ice time. However, he won only four of 18 faceoffs in the contest.

Stamkos’ first assist went to Martin St. Louis, who also had a two-point night.

Forward Ben Smith and defenseman Mike Kostka made their season debuts, replacing Jimmy Hayes and Michal Rozsival. Smith saw action on the Hawks’ one penalty kill next to Marcus Kruger, during which Teddy Purcell scored the game-tying goal for Tampa.

Former Blues and Sens prospect Ben Bishop had a magnificent night in net for Tampa, keeping the Bolts in the game in spits of their non-existent offense in the first 40 minutes. Bishop stopped 37 of 39 shots in regulation and overtime, and then stopped Toews, Kane and Marian Hossa in the shootout to earn the second point for Tampa.

Corey Crawford faced only 16 shots in 65 minutes, allowing the two goals. Former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula scored in the shootout to complete the comeback victory.

Joakim Nordstrom and Brandon Bollig were each limited to less than 10 minutes in the game, while Smith skated 10:47 and was credited with two takeaways.

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43 Responses to Blackhawks Fall To Bolts In Shootout

  1. wall says:

    Tab, perhaps to “help” the cause- you should start including an analysis of the opposing team’s PP!!!

    It might go something like this…
    Tampa played a 1-3-1 PP offense- w/ Teddy Purcell in the CENTER of the Hawks 2-2 PK zone… Purcell was unchecked ( because the PK only has 4 skaters vs. 5)… the Puck was passed ( short 15-20 foot pass–instead of 40-50 foot perimeter pass-like in Hawk’s 2-2-1 PP configuration)… and Purcell buried the shot!!!

    Team’s are now 4-7 on the PP vs. Hawks ( WHILE USING A 1-3-1 configuration!!!)

    Hawks tried to “Skate” a cutter thru that giant void in the 2-2 PK zone a few times…
    But honestly- just “stationing” a shooter/passer type like Hoss/Seabs/Toews would be so much better/more efficient/simpler!

    Moreover, I did watch hilites of Caps/Ovi scoring again on PP vs. non-Hawks… the opposing team – smartly and correctly modified their PK to a 1-2-1 zone vs. the Caps
    1-3-1 PP- ( this is what the Hawks should have done- the PK still can’t really check the middle guy- but it would have made the passing angles/lanes much longer/more difficult— Hawks chose to SHRINK the 2-2 zone into a 12′ X 12′ Box – if you recall making the PP passes even shorter and quicker -NO!!!!)

    Oh- by the way- Ovi still scored on the PP- but it was from an impossible angle forced by the 1-2-1 PK zone!!! Either way- the middle player of 1-3-1 PP, can’t be checked, allows for more passing lanes and options, and allows for shorter/faster passes.

  2. Pete says:

    I don’t have the technical knowledge on the different scheme’s. However, it seems fairly obvious that when the Hawks are on the pp the other team is pressuring them a fair amount of the time near the extremity of the zone. That often results in disruption of the passing and the puck ends up out of the offensive zone. When I root for the Hawks I don’t like to say that and I would much rather have the other team sitting deep in a defensive shell while Kane etc pass the puck around looking for a high percentage shot. So it begs the question, why are the Hawks going into a tight defensive shell on the penalty kill and letting the other team pass it around like its 5 on 3? There must be a reason they are doing it but its not working so far.

  3. Pete says:

    “see” not “say” on my post above. Sorry for the typo.

  4. wall says:

    Pete- once again the reason the Hawks HAVE to play tight/sagging 2-2 zone- is cuz the Caps/Tampa used a 1-3-1 PP (the middle player on PP forces the 2-2 to sag). This middle player creates many more passing options for the PP-

    This forces the PK to sag/shrinking 2-2…
    or
    I would prefer the Hawks to morph into a 1-2-1 zone vs. 1-3-1 PP…
    The middle player would still be open ( Why Hawks don’t see/use this for Their PP????)
    But a 1-2-1 zone would force the PP further from the net… and minimize passing lanes!!!

    really pretty simple geometry!!!

  5. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    The Hawks played a non chalant arrogant minded game last nite. These things happen against an inferior opponent. Good news is the Hawks got an early season wakeup call. Moral of the story is you can’t phone it in even against Tampa Bay. I am big fan of Nordstrom, but he needs to step it up if he is going to be relied on for PK duty. The other glaring alarm for me continues to be Leddy. He didn’t have a bad game perse, but he has fallen off the radar. I don’t see anything special anymore. I just don’t. Which leads me to believe he is good trade bait once Stan and Q believe Clendening is ready for good.

  6. Tab Bamford says:

    Rufus: Nordstrom wasn’t on the ice for Tampa’s PPG. And Leddy skated almost 3 minutes more than Oduya last night…

  7. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    And Tab, my points are valid. Nordstrom is being reled upon to be a member of the PK unit and so far thru a sum total of 2 games he has been shaky in that role or not on the ice. He’ll get better because the inherent talent and hockey iq exists. Leddy is becoming the list Hawk. The luster on his star had dulled. He needs to take his game in the defensive zone to another level. And yes I believe he won’t be a Hawk next season unless the wheels come off with Clendening.

  8. Dickie Dunn says:

    I don’t watch any Icehogs games so I don’t how well Clendening plays in the AHL. Based on the very limited sample with the Hawks this pre-season, I don’t see him forcing Leddy out of the lineup any time soon.

  9. wall says:

    other thoughts-

    Smith looked better than Hayes w/20/65

    Hossa- looks really off- hope it’s lack of pre-season and not injury/old age catching up to him- if it’s latter- Hawks are in for a rough year – cuz he is not playing like HOF/top 6 guy so far.

    Tampa Coach is very smart- no fore-check… just gummed up middle ice w/ 1-4 D… made for a very Ugly game!!!

    Crow’s tendency to face-plant in shootouts is getting old!
    thankfully- Playoffs don’t have shootouts!

  10. Dave says:

    Wall—do we need to be so technical?

  11. Morrison says:

    I like when people explain certain things in full detail wo writing a novel. Its a good way for other people to learn or understand what their yelling at (pp).

    We dominated 39-16, but were not always going to and need to get these pp & pk stuff together for when we need it.

    88 said 81 usually just steps in like he didnt miss a beat. Looks like he could use some preseason games to get going… Its normal for it to take 2wks to get timing down.

    20 is turning into a wrecking ball, he is making some sweet plays. BEAUTY, EH.

  12. wihawkfan says:

    is this where we start to question jamie kompon?

    maybe coaching a power play is very hard…..like “only 5 people on the planet know to coach it” hard.

  13. Sr. Brad says:

    Tough game to walk away with only a tie, but this will happen in the NHL when goalies stand on their head…Bishop was incredible and it was the difference…

    Right now the biggest issues for the Hawks are their STs…neither is structurally sound, as Wall has pointed out so well, and both need to be MORE AGGRESSIVE instead of so passive…on the PP, we are getting a lot of pressure on our points…the guys back there have to win a puck battle and then advance and shot…the greatest thing about the PP is that you enjoy a numbers superiority on rebounds…this is why SHOOTING is so important while on the PP…and we shoot so little…look at Bollig’s goal in game one…he might actually be a serviceable forward on our PP as one DMan can’t simply control his body or stick that close to the crease…and with him taking up 1 DMan and a lot of the goalies attention, it creates even more space for everyone else…something has to change…we are 2 games in and both units are looking “out coached” by the opposition…

    Overall, it is going to take the Hawks a little time to gel, as there are a # of new elements to this team…but at the end of the day, we lost in a shootout, on the road, where their goalie stood on his head to create the win…not bad…

    BTW, kudos to JS and others who called on Saad to have a monster season…he looks so much better because he is playing with so much confidence…as is Shaw…he is fast becoming one of my favourites on the Hawks.

  14. Sr. Brad says:

    One player that might make a play for a roster spot with the Hawks this season might just be Byron Froese…after 20 games or so in Rockford, he might get his shot with the big team, and based on his last 2 preseason games (one interscrimmage and one versus DET) he might not look back…an impressive combination of size and speed, with a strong will and a good set of hands…

  15. Sr. Brad says:

    After 2 games a Rockford review might be in order…their #1 player has been Kent Simpson, a former 2nd round pick by the Hawks, and now right on top of his game, as he was to end last season…Raanta played only 5 minutes in game 1 before he was injured (apparently a bruise), and Simpson has played every minute after that…and he has been lights out…I don’t know if Raanta can play any better…all of a sudden the Hawks seem to be incredibly deep in goaltending…

    Also, in their 2nd game, against Texas, on the road, Adam Clendening, Philip Danault and Mark McNeil had huge games…as did Dylan Olsen…they were the 4 best Ice Hogs as Pirri and Morin (who scored) seem to still be dazed from being sent back down. Danault and McNeil (playing on the same line) were outstanding all night, and in so many key ways…smart, physical play that generated a lot of chances and goals, but also solid defensively…Clendening looked like a man against boys out there again, and I again ask the question if having him play another full year in Rockford really helps him??? Also, Dylan Olsen built on his solid preseason play with the Hawks and had a solid, physical outing…looking like he is going to make it…which might just be one reason the Hawks suddenly found Ryan Stanton (an undrafted FA) expendable…

    Also Byron Froese and Garret Ross are showing strong signs that they are going to make good pros…

  16. Tim G says:

    Brad- Last night was at home (we are in Tampa later this month. I’m hoping to make it to the game is the only reason i know lol). If it was a road-shootout loss, its “ok”… but a Home shootout loss to a team that will struggle to find points can’t, (or altleast shouldn’t) happen. Hossa is clearly still knocking off the offseason, and seems like the same for Bickell. I know Bicks had a busy offseason cuz he got married, but its just a clear example of how a few hawks are just not full speed yet. We need to close that game, especially after a 2-0 lead.

    But no panic. We still have 3 points after two games, and if we can play like we played for the first 50 minutes of the Tampa game, i’ll be happy. Excited for a division match vs STL. Should be a good one as both team had 3 days off to prep.

  17. Sr. Brad says:

    Thanks Tim…its interesting that I would have thought that felt like a road game the day after…and I agree, home or away, they need to put that game away…

  18. Mike says:

    It is interesting to me that the Hawks play better when tied or behind than they do with a lead. There were several games last year, come into the third with a 2 or 3 goal lead. Win or OT seems like too many games were close toward the end.

    Pirri and Morin might still be deflated with demotion. But this is where character is built. I am sure the Icehog coaching staff and Q are in constant contact. Maybe Q thinks Morin and Pirri need to show more fire before bringing them up. Sulking gets you nowhere.

    I don’t think anybody thinks Nordstrom is up long term. Give him a taste, show him what he needs to work on, send him to Rockford and let him log 15-18 minutes a game.

  19. Reg Dunlop says:

    The PK is terrible!! Instead of attacking the point men, we are laying back and allowing the point men to set up and move the puck all over the ice. Last year, we were all over the point men and didn’t allow them to dictate the pace of the PP. If this continues we are in for a loooooooonnnnngggg year on the PK.

  20. JS says:

    To quickly address Dave- Yes, Wall does need to be so technical. If you don’t want to learn more about hockey and how it is working, the Official Box Score should be more than enough for you to read. If you are of the belief that the Hawks aren’t scoring because they just didn’t try hard enough, maybe you want to read what Wall is saying to learn a little more about hockey. Actual analysis of the game, to the point where you actually understand what is happening and why it’s happening, should make you a smarter hockey fan. And last, a great thing about the internet, no one is making you read his analysis.

    As far as the PK goes, I think it will correct itself. Washington is as good as it gets and the Lightning got a pretty fortuidous bounce. Simply losing Frolik won’t be the reason for that big of a decline.

    The PP… well they have scored 2 goals in 2 games…. that’s better than scoring no goals in 2 games? They’ve had some good chances. I would just like to see a little more variety in their strategy.

    I’m also hoping it’s rust for Hossa and not old age/injury.

    Kane… should probably still trade him for someone that is more of a “playoff performer”. (THIS IS A JOKE EVERYONE DON’T ATTACK ME)

    And yes, Saad is on pace for a monster year (not to pay myself on the back). He’s looking strong with the puck, making great reads, and actually finishing when he gets the chance. Remember last year when he had 2 million chances before he finally netted one?

  21. JS says:

    I really wish I could edit my typing errors. Usually, I can make the excuse that I’m drunk, but not at 9:30 in the morning!

  22. Joey Zamboni says:

    Bottom line is the Hawks dominated this game & the bolts couldn’t match their speed or intensity until…… the Hawks lulled themselves to sleep…… Huge lesson to learn here….. Never let up!

    Excellent analysis as always……

  23. John Wangsauce says:

    I seem to remember the Blackhawks PK not doing to well against the B’s in the finals. Does anyone have their PK percentage vs the B’s? Were they playing a 1-3-1? Maybe they exposed something in that series that other teams have picked up on for this year…

  24. Mike says:

    Brad, are you ever right about Simpson. The Icehogs have allowed 88 shots in 2 games while producing only 44 shots. They are lucky to be 1-1-0. The Hawks and Hogs both need to tighten up.

  25. RyanDale says:

    No better place to spend time learning about hockey, or JS’s drinking habits. I’m all in for that.

    SCF PPs
    Chi 1-19
    Bos 4-18

  26. wall says:

    Johny Wangsauce- I just love the sound of that…
    You are correct. Bruins had success on PP- while I am not certain that they played 1-3-1

    I am certain that at least one of those goals was scored by B’s in between circles (center of the 2-2 Hawks PK!!!)… the Hawks PK pressured B’s on the boards near circle- B’s made a blind/automatic pass to the void in between circles to a wide open shooter- Goal!

    WHY- the Hawks PP does not use the same strategy?????? Don’t know.

    And this is why Hawks can’t pressure a PP that is in a 1-3-1 set!!! and why they need/should employ a 1-2-1 vs. that PP set.

    JS- is right – the Tampa goal was a luck bounce- to the wide open middle guy in 1-3-1.
    But so was Saad’s PP goal.

  27. ebonyraptor says:

    Best way to prevent a PK goal is to not take a penalty. The next best way to prevent a PK goal is to limit the time the puck is in the d-zone. The best way to limit the time the puck is in the d-zone is to WIN THE FACEOFF and clear the puck. All the technical details that wall listed is right on – but making the other team have to enter the zone and set up instead of starting in our d-zone would help a great deal. Our PK’ers can use their speed and defensive abilities to be aggresive at disrupting the opponent’s entry into our d-zone, but if they win the faceoff, they set up the PP structure and our PK’ers are much less effective in using their best assets. They have to defend within the structure the opponent is dictating. Spending a smaller percentage of the 2 minute PK time in this cautious reactive mode starts with winning the faceoff. Beating a dead horse … I know, but it’s still a problem and it exposes a PK unit that isn’t very good yet.

  28. Dave says:

    I miss the rat Dave Bolland what did they get for him a low draft pick dk

  29. RyanDale says:

    Tab or another may need to correct me but 36 netted us Carl Dahlstrom, and possibly the other Swede, Morell and a 4th nx yr . I think*

  30. Morrison says:

    Dahlstrom, Norell & 4th (’14).

  31. Cam says:

    Don’t forget about Bolland’s cap hit. I think it was around 3.5M.
    Thanks to wall for the chalk talk!

  32. Mike says:

    Turning our attention to tonight’s game. The Hawks need to show that they are a SC contender and that they are developing their players well. We all say great things about the Hawks and with good reason. But tonight (Game 3) the Hawks clearly underdogs on all odds maker lines. Time to show not just talent but grit and will to win.

  33. Cam says:

    Tab, any word on lineups for tonight?

  34. JS says:

    I think in the third game of 82 the Hawks don’t really need to show anything. If they lose by 15 tonight it doesn’t lower their chance of winning the Stanley Cup.

    The Hawks need to get to the playoffs with a healthy roster full of decently rested players, that’s much more important than winning regular season game 3 against an overrated St. Louis team.

  35. Tab Bamford says:

    … but the Blackhawks can’t win a Stanley Cup if they look like crap on October 9th guys… seriously… smh

    re: Cam’s question about lineup – Brookbank will play as the 6th defenseman tonight. Crawford in net, but Khabibulin will get one of the weekend starts.

  36. Tim G says:

    Mike, while we are underdogs, this isn’t a game where we are significantly behind in the odds makers eyes. we are still less than even money on Bovada (the site I regularly bet on) and only +110 on othersites. The Sens are bigger dogs in LA. That said, I fully expect us to give the Blues a dog fight. both teams are rested, and both will be ready to go! I’m staying away from a bet on the game right now.

    JS- While you are right that Game 3 doesn’t really matter (win or lose) in the grand scheme, we do need to play a good game. Mistakes breed more mistakes, so if we aren’t playing good now, it can lead to sloppy play this weekend, next week, next month, etc… Good/bad play is contagious.

  37. Mike says:

    JS, didn’t say the Hawks have to win tonight. What they have to do is put the 2013 Cup in the rear view mirror and hit the ice hard. So much success last season can breed complacency. The 3d period collapse vs. TB is just an example.

    My point: This will not be as easy a season as last year in any way. Everyone is out to get ya, parity is as tight as ever, lots of young talent around the league and 82 games + the Olympic interruption requires a different mindset. I am hoping the loss to TB is a lesson learned.

  38. wall says:

    Interesting… I went to Icehog’s site to check on boys…
    they had a little hilite clip playing from Sunday’s win…

    Hogs scored on the PP… what is so fascinating??? Hogs were clearly in a 1-3-1 PP set!!!

    So the Hogs can play the 1-3-1 PP… But the Hawks do not???
    Once again, what am I missing??? Steve Montador must have forced the Hawks to sign a no compete clause for that position on the PP-

  39. JS says:

    They lost in a freaking shootout to a goalie that stood on his head. Are people really overblowing a shootout loss in game 2 THAT much?

    3rd period collapse? They dictated the pace during that entire game and continued to outshoot them in the 3rd period. Losses over an 82 game season happen. Losses because a goalie plays lights out also happen.

    If you think the Hawks lost (in a shootout) because they were thinking about how great they are as reigning Stanley Cup Champions, I don’t think you have paid much attention to Q throughout the offseason.

  40. Tim G says:

    On a Non-Hawks note: Did anyone else catch that Tomas Hertl between the legs goal vs NYR? Absolutly nuts! Look it up if you haven’t seen it! That kid is on fire!

  41. Morrison says:

    Lets get the 1-3-1 & 1-2-1 recipe in the assitant coaches Christmas stockings or trade with the Pilgrims for it.

    With the realignment we’ll be playing them almost every year in round 2. We would be happy\fine with a regular season split.

    Tab, whats the tiebreaker for home ice (better record, head to head, conference record) if both teams are same seed in rounds 3 & 4.

  42. Christopher says:

    Just wanted to say, I’ve been watching hockey since 2007 and still don’t understand many of the technical aspects, so thanks to those of you that break things down and explain it in detail! I never even notice some of the things that are pointed out here, which is why I love this site.

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