Blackhawks Head to Overtime (Again), This Time Falling to Bolts

On Friday night, the Blackhawks and Lightning established a number of benchmarks for the Chicago franchise.

Before Friday, the last time the Blackhawks scored two goals in 12 seconds or less was Jan. 20, 2007 at Nashville. The last time they scored three in 65 seconds or less was Dec. 20, 1989 against St. Louis (three in 59 seconds). And the last time the Blackhawks and an opponent combined for 8 (or more) goals in a period was March 10, 2007 at Phoenix.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, Friday night didn’t end well.

In the second half of a back-to-back without Duncan Keith, the first two periods on Friday night were a track meet. After a scoreless first period, the flood gates opened in the second.

When the dust settled from the wild middle frame, Patrick Kane had three assists, Patrick Sharp had two goals and Marian Hossa had two points. Daniel Carcillo also scored, his first tally as a member of the Hawks. Chicago finally broke through on the power play, and had sprinted to a two-goal lead.

But the Lightning have some talent and speed of their own, and the lead didn’t last long. Steven Stamkos had a hat trick in a second period that ended with Nick Leddy struggling to a minus-three and the entire third line (Frolik, Bolland and Bickell) at minus-two each.

The pace of the game slowed down (a little) in the third period, before an ugly sequence in which Bolland lost a stick and a couple Hawks were out-worked for the puck ended with a Vinny Lecavalier game-winner behind Ray Emery in overtime.

Viktor Stalberg was as trigger happy as he’s ever been in Chicago, putting seven shots on net in the game (and missing the net with another four).

Leddy had a strong first period in which he was the ice time leader for the Hawks (8:30), but had a really tough stretch against Stamkos in the second period. To Leddy’s credit, he did rebound to play an efficient third period before he was hung out to dry in between Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis for the game-winner. Leddy finished the night minus-four.

From the two games in Florida, the Blackhawks come home with three points despite not having Keith for either contest. On Sunday night, Chicago hopes to have Keith on the ice with Corey Crawford back between the pipes when Vancouver visits the United Center.

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9 Responses to Blackhawks Head to Overtime (Again), This Time Falling to Bolts

  1. Joe says:

    Gotta be pleased with 3 out of a possible 4 points in back-back road games.

    Not overly impressed with Emery tonight. He looked shaky on more than one occasion, and appeared to be slow to react when moving across the goal mouth.

    A bigger concern is that Brunette playing with Toews just doesn’t seem right. I thought it was evident tonight in what was a relatively fast paced game. Our captain seems to be getting frustrated quite often with the slow skating Brunette.

  2. Ryan says:

    1st) Why hasn’t Ben Smith been brought back up?

    2nd) Feel free to rip me if you want, but the Toews line should be Toews, Carcillo and Ben Smith. Forget Brunette and Stalberg is still just a fast guy, no hands.

  3. wall says:

    Joe, I have said the same thing about Bruno/Toews all year… completely agree with Emery coment… Salak beat him out in training camp + Salak isn’t even playing much in Rockford… I suspect Bowman has his GM reasons for trying to keep Salak off roster but Hawks would be better w/ Salak.

    Ryan, Smith should be up. Disagree w/ Stalberg comment… his hands aren’t the problem… his speed and hands are good, his vision sucks, and his patience isn’t there.
    last nite was a perfect example… Bolland spoon fed him on the 2 on 1 and he had all day to take a better shot. But I will say that Stalberg is still young and still improving.
    Last year Stalberg fell down almost every time he went into a corner to attempt to cycle the puck int he first 20 games (like Marcus Kruger now)… he slowly improved to the point he is ok doing it now (major improvement)… this year he has learned to change direction and is actually going to front of net. there is still hope!
    But Bruno is not going to get faster or smarter or stronger!

  4. Burt N. says:

    Personally, I don’t think we should be so hard on Emery. On most Lightning goals, he simply had no chance at all, as he had been left on his own by the defense. Let’s see whether Duncan Keith’s return can fix the problems we saw Friday in the defensive zone.

    The other big problem Friday was the third line of Bolland-Bickell-Frolik, which was on the ice for several Lightning goals. Now, considering the way this line has been one of the league’s best third lines since the beginning of the season, I see no reason to panick at all.

  5. Ivan says:

    The only reason I view Brunette as a problem is because it seems as a given to this coaching staff that he IS a top six forward. In part they are right but only because you can’t play him anywhere else. You clearly don’t want his ‘speed’ on the 3rd line and while he could play on the fourth line he was brought in by management to play top six AND he is a Q guy – they wouldn’t want to embarrass themselves or him by putting him there. Besides, the team is winning or picking up points – hard to make significant changes while that is happening. What speaks more to the same point is that the team is one of the highest, if not the highest scoring 5 on 5 teams in the league. I agree with most, that the Toews line doesn’t have the right feel as it lines up right now – but expect more of the same as long as the team is getting results.

    I’m not trying to be controversial but what about breaking up the 3rd line? I think it has gone a little (just a little, not complaining) stale. I also think Frolik is playing amazing hockey right now; well enough in my mind to earn him a top six role on this team. In my estimation, Carcillo has shown enough on both the defensive and offensive end to at least audition filling Frolik’s spot.

    Frolik – Toews – Stalberg
    Sharp – Kane – Hossa
    Bickell – Bolland – Carcillo
    Brunette – Kruger – Mayers

    Fill out Brunette’s icetime on the PP. Keep Frolik and Bolland on the same PK unit. I don’t know, I’m just a fan, and that’s perhaps the reason I can think like this – but I can’t see why that line-up shouldn’t get a look.

  6. Ryan says:

    Ivan to your point about the lines Ben Smith sould be up here playing on Toews line. But if the coaches just want to work with what they have why not:

    Frolik – Toews – Bickell
    Sharp – Kane – Hossa
    Carcillo – Bolland – Mayers
    Brunette – Kruger – Stalberg

    Checking line stays a checking line with diff personnel. But Ultimately I still stand firm it should be Ben Smith and one of the checking line up with Toews or Ben Smith and Carcillo up with Toews. I don’t care who the staff brought in (Brunette) and where they thought he could play, staff needs to man up and Brunette aint cutting it. And for me neither is Stalberg

  7. Brad Beatty says:

    We definately need to get the Captain some help. I also want to see Ben Smith on this team. Bruno cannot skate plain and simple. Emery didn’t have much of a chance on the Tampa goals from my perspective. Stamkos would have scored on any goalie in the entire world on his PP goal.

  8. Ivan says:

    Can we give stalberg a little time, just a little. Really, the guy is flying out there, playing the body, winning board battles and going to high traffic areas. Yes, it’s frustrating to see him miss grade A opportunities but at least he is getting them. Let’s all just pretend he wears the number 19, 88, 81, or 10 and give the guy a break. Our big four miss the net too, pass when they should shoot and hold on to the puck too long, but we aren’t talking about trading them. Let’s see how this goes for a month or so and see what happens. He has incredible physical gifts, let’s explore them.

  9. wall says:

    Burt, I agree Emery has not been horrible (defense has been biggest issue) and the same can be said for 3rd line aginst Tampa, (defensemen, a big blame for in front of net mishaps)… but Salak outplayed Emery.

    Don’t mind either Frolik or Carcillo replacing Bruno, but Bruno is not your 4th line energy (and don’t make mistakes guy!)… to me Frolik is too similiar to Stalberg (with much better vision, passing… but kind of panicks in front of net). Real solution is to wait til mid-season… and find a TRUE in front of net finisher on sale. The Hawks can skate w/ anyone and score in transition… but they are one of the weakest teams in league in scoring “dirty” goals like a Detroit, Phoenix, Philly in front of net ( like big Buff and Ladd). Ben Smith did it a little last year.

    Hawks need to add this type of player… was Olesz ever this type of player??? If he was maybe there is still hope for him, if not the Hawks will add this year or perhaps go after a real big name next year!

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