Marian Hossa returned to the lineup on Sunday night at the United Center, but the offense did not.
Carolina was playing the second night of a back-to-back and had more jump than the Hawks all night.
Justin Faulk scored the game-winning goal, his 14th of the year, with 18 seconds left in the first period. Victor Rask extended the lead to two with his tenth of the campaign 4:48 into the second period, and that was the sum of the offense until the final three seconds of regulation.
Brent Seabrook, who played his 800th career regular season game on Sunday, scored the Blackhawks only goal with three seconds left and Corey Crawford on the bench.
Crawford kept the game close while the skaters in front of him fumbled their way through 60 minutes of hockey. He went to the bench when Andrew Shaw and Joakim Nordstrom were sent to their respective penalty boxes for offsetting penalties with 2:48 left in regulation, but the Hawks weren’t able to generate any offense with five skaters to the Canes’ four. Chicago’s netminder made 25 saves in the loss.
Eddie Lack played well but wasn’t tested much until the closing moments; the one goal he let in was an awfully weak goal to break up a shutout, but Carolina will happily take the road victory.
Chicago put 18 of their 36 shots on net in the third period, most of which came in the final five minutes of the game. But they failed to put traffic in front of Lack, and didn’t get many rebounds from Lack.
Phillip Danault was one of four Hawks with a team-leading four shots on net. Bryan Bickell led the team with five hits. Jonathan Toews won 12 of 23 faceoffs. Shaw picked up the only assist in the game.
The holiday trade freeze lifts tonight, and the Hawks are back in action Tuesday night in Arizona.