Blackhawks Fumble Away Winning Streak

Maybe the best metaphor for the third period at the United Center tonight was the condition of Jonathan Toews’ Mercedes Benz earlier in the day.

After thoroughly dominating the Dallas Stars for 40 minutes, in which the visitors only managed 10 shots on net, the Hawks imploded in the final period. Three goals on 15 shots doomed the Hawks, who lacked any offensive presence for most of the game.

Marian Hossa did score the Hawks one goal, but also made an uncharacteristic mistake that led to a goal the other way. Michael Frolik played one of his better games since early November, and was credited with one assist, one hit and one takeaway in only 8:45 on the ice.

Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to the lineup and was credited with only one giveaway in over 16 minutes of ice time. He was also plus-one on the night.

Chicago was not called for a penalty in the game.

With each of the three teams ahead of the Hawks in the division getting at least one point, Chicago’s hopes of moving higher than sixth in the Western Conference took a hit on Thursday night.

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31 Responses to Blackhawks Fumble Away Winning Streak

  1. Cup Chaser says:

    What happened ?

  2. Pete says:

    Its a tough loss because now we have two tough road games back to back against teams fighting to make the playoffs.

  3. Pete says:

    By the way, I put 30 to 35 miles per hour on that Tazer check with the L post.

  4. Joe says:

    John Scott playing 2:22..man oh man what a well deserved roster spot!

  5. Tab Bamford says:

    I am entertained by the idea that “this team will quickly sink into oblivion in the western conference” after a tough loss that follows beating three of the five best teams in the NHL. They took a dump in the third period. That’s it. They’re the sixth seed, they’re 7 points ahead of Dallas (now in 8th) and have 20 games left. Let’s not get our shorts in a bunch over a loss; there’s plenty of hockey left to be played.

  6. Brad Stevenson says:

    Get it through your heads…all of you…without Tazer this is an AVERAGE team at best. They played well against the Wings because the other “stars” on the team showed up, but tonight they DIDN’T…

    This is what you get from most Hawk players night in and night out…some good, some bad…some strong effort, and then, not so much…

    You worry about the Hawks moving up in the standings??? Please, they are in a dog fight for the last play off position in this conference, flat out…and without Toews, they won’t make it…

    Bowman has sat on his pampered a$$ and has allowed playoff teams in this conference, even in this division, out manoeuvre him day after day…does he know something that we don’t???

    YEP…and that is we are worse than even many of us believe we are…it is the only way to determine his behaviour leading up to the deadline…

    JT is the backbone of this hockey team and without him we aren’t much on a consistent basis…

    And to all of you Patrick Kane lovers…WOW!

  7. Cup Chaser says:

    Tab : ok they took a dump in the 3d . But why ? They appeared to have almost no energy in the third period .

    What are your thoughts ?

  8. Pete says:

    So I thought Bickell played well. If you agree with me is this the real Bickell or is it the guy in the first 40 game. Do we keep him or trade him?

  9. Linda says:

    I just do not see why the coach can’t keep this team motivated . And why the heck does Q dress Scott — to play him for 2 minutes ? Makes no sense all

  10. Joe says:

    Bickell was a -2..how is that playing well?

  11. Pete says:

    Joe is the plus/minus the whole story. It looked like he had a good game to me, you disagree?

  12. Joe says:

    He looked ok. But, Kane continues to be a f’n joke.

  13. James M says:

    Taking a dump in the third is hard to swallow after a 9-game losing streak…

  14. RyanDale says:

    the response in the the next 2 games will tell us more. but will it be good or bad. I agree if Toews is not dressing we are in big trouble.
    If we don’t draw iron on Hossa’s shot with 5 seconds left in the 2ND we win that game.

    I don’t think Crawford played poorly, let’s hope he keeps his head after that game though

  15. Lori says:

    agreed took the third off, and no need to panic. But more important, huh? I thought Toewes drove a Chevy?

  16. wall says:

    Brad, I am getting tired of saying this…. You are right again! Bowman’s actions (or lack of) are further evidence that he sees what you and I see. This team IS a 6th-10th seed in West. It is soft, lacks depth (because of too many fat contracts).

    Re: Toews concussion- perhaps Toews watched the replay of himself getting assaulted and Kane skating by twirling his hair like a school girl…

    Kane has been awesome the previous 3-4 games, he has skated hard, won board battles, taken the hit to keep the puck alive, has shot the puck thru and around the D… TOTAL evidence that he is capable, but lacks the heart and will, and thinks he is so special that he can simply push a button and be better than everyone when the time comes! Dallas checked real hard– Kane was Clark Kent again!

  17. Barry Brown says:

    The hawks were thouroughly out-hit by Dallas. There should be no way Dallas can take the hawks down like they did, but the main difference is that Dallas played 60 minutes of the same style of hockey, they stuck with it and it paid off. The hawks lost their patience and I think Dallas knew they would. Teams around the league have figured out how to play the hawks and how to beat them. Teams that try to play open ice hockey with the hawks will not beat the them, at least not consistently, but if you play smothering defense and take the body, the hawks have trouble playing their game. I think they simply don’t have the right mix of players, too much talent that will not play physical, sacrifice theire offensive game for responsible defense etc. And theire are still a couple of missing pieces.

  18. Enough talk about Coach Q getting his players motivated…that’s a farce. These guy’s are professionals. They shouldn’t need a coach to get them motivated. If any of you believe a coach needs to inspire their team to play, go watch some grade / high school or college sports.

  19. Pete says:

    Barry we can’t play “open ice” hockey with Edmonton. When we tried that they killed us. Kane didn’t play as well as he did in a few prior games but he still made a bunch of fantastic passes that put us in a great position to score. Unfortunately, the shots didn’t go in.

  20. Al says:

    4 WINS IN A ROW …Now a loss and the haters are alive and kickin. As I have said before, if we went 81-1 guys like Brad would be bitchin about the 1…..

  21. Will says:

    I didn’t see the game I was at work but, knowing the Hawks they were trying to win the game 1-0 and got burned. I have said it before and I will say it again their starts at the UC are brutal. Every home game we seem to be satisfied it being tied or up or down a goal after the first period. I can’t recall the last time they came out at home and took over a game from the opening faceoff. It is always the same old crap and I don’t care who they are playing whether it be Detroit or Columbus. This is your home ice take advantage of it but, we play every game like it is a road game. I understand that at this time of year it gets tight but, this has been going on since the beginning of the season.

    As far as Bowman goes I have been giving him a pass but, the clock is ticking and it is getting louder. If he don’t bring a player or two that can help this team then we will be getting plenty of rest for next season. I thought the reason behind trading Campbell was to open up space for the trade deadline. I hope I am wrong but, I get the feeling nothing is going to happen that will help.

  22. joey Zamboni says:

    The “Fly-By” Mavericks return…….

  23. Joe says:

    Al, why don’t you go sip your kool elsewhere.

  24. Jeff says:

    I thought this website was for the “committed indian” – but all I read day in and day out is a bunch of haters. Bashing the Blackhawks organization doesn’t make the team better, if you’re going to post a bunch of dumb things, move on over to facebook. “They’ve done this wrong and this player does that wrong.” Managing a professional hockey team doesn’t come on my list of easiest things to do in the world, so give it a break – chill out. Hawks will be ok.

  25. Jake says:

    The cold hard facts are that Tazer is the heart and soul of the Chicago Blackhawks. He brings the intensity and fire to the ice. I’m not saying that the other guys aren’t committed, Tazer ups the ante when he’s out there. He’s winning draws, scoring, bringing it to the front of the net, and taking a beating every night. We need him back in th lineup ASAP!

  26. darcy says:

    I for one agree with Jeff!Are we Hawk fans here or what?No one here knows what Stan has going on behind the scene but I for one am confident that some deals will get done.Losing Saad for Grossman would have been a joke and the Gill deal was probably based more about Montreal getting an iconic name to show their fans.Yes we need help but at what cost?I’ll leave it to Hawk management to determine what the price will be and come 3pm monday we’ll all know.The Hawks will show up for the playoffs as that is who they are. All that is left to be determined is whether management has added the pieces to make it a great showing.

  27. Biggs says:

    Monday will determine Bowman’s chops……..My guess is he stands pat. There ain’t much left.

  28. Tom Jaremka says:

    Yea, yea, yea…….we really wet the bed in the third period, against Dallas. In the NHL, you learn EVERY shift. We played very tentative hockey the entire game and then just didn’t seem motivated in the third. Maybe with Tazer out we lacked a little “captain serious” motivation and leadership. But we have enough veteran leadership to overcome his absence for a few games.

    This team just took Dallas too lightly. That includes our coaching staff. We need to take 3 out of 4 points, or better, this weekend.

  29. Barry Brown says:

    Pete, not sure what you mean a la ‘open ice hockey’. My point is that the Hawks cannot play this style, but continue to try. They don’t instinctively play good defense and part of the problem is the system they play. In the DZone, the forwards seem to be all over the place, often out of position. The second goal scored by Dallas was an example of this. When the puck came around the boards from the clearing attempt the hawk winger was nowhere to be seen, way out of position, setting up an open shot from the point and the game winning goal. The focus of our forwards is all too often, getting prepared to leave the dzone and transition to offense, when they need to get in position for a defensive cycle first, make sure you get posession and then transition to offense. This might be theory and a lot easier said then done, but many teams have it down because it is part of their system and obviously having certain personnel makes this easier. The hawks however really struggle clearing their zone at times and positioning in the dzone is always ‘off’ it seems. In the third period I noticed that they were backing in way too deep in the dzone and giving Dallas the blue line, and this is when the momentum shifted and the game was lost.

    I know that these guys are pros and definitely know the game, but I just don’t think the hawks know who they are. The hawks are an offense first, defense second team, it is just they way they are built, but they(read coaches) need to realize when the focus needs to shift. For example in a tight 1-0 game, when you are ahead, you need to definitely play disciplined in the defensive zone, don’t leave the zone before you have puck possession, as Hossa did, and then be patient in all other zones and stay with game plan. No need to turtle and play tentative.

  30. Pete says:

    Barry, I have to admit that I don’t know enough about Hockey to agree or disagree with much of what you said. I have never played the game. I do go to about 20 games a year and I pretty much watch every game I don’t go to and thats been the case for the last 6 years. Eddie O pointed out that play you referenced and he said that Hossa made a mistake but also that the Dallas defender made a great play keeping that puck in the zone because if he missed it Hossa was gone on a breakaway. I did also notice what you said about the our defense playing too close to the net. That leaves open those slap shots that get re-directed into the net. It seemed that our open shots from near the blue line were not getting through to the net while Dallas got their goals off redirects that did get through.

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