Blackhawks Lose Again

After the best effort of the road trip, the Blackhawks once again wound up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, losing 3-2 in Nashville.

But it could be worse…

The Hawks probably would like to be one with a point in the standings some time soon, as the frustration level is reaching a boiling point in Chicago. But there were a couple positives in the loss on Tuesday night.

Rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen has gained enough of coach Joel Quenneville’s confidence that he skated 21:49 in the game. He was credited with one hit and one shot on goal, and skated more than two minutes on penalty killing duty.

The Hawks were perfect while down a skater, killing all three Nashville penalties. Chicago also held Nashville to only 19 shots in the game, the lowest number during the losing streak.

But when the lights were turned off and the buses left Bridgestone Arena, the Blackhawks had dropped a ninth straight game. The loss, while not moving Chicago lower than sixth in the Western Conference, does move them into a tie with Los Angeles for that position.

The Blackhawks are now just three points ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the West, and four points out of ninth. On Thursday night, the Hawks play at the best team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers.

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5 Responses to Blackhawks Lose Again

  1. Ryan says:

    Just like this song says. The Darkest Times ain’t always at night Tonight was definately a step in right direction. Does it need to improve still? Yes. I like the progression. Keep it up Hawks.

    Beating Trotz and Nash would have been nice to snap the streak, but I get the Trotz every time I eat McDonald’s. Now snapping it against the Rangers? Whole nother level. Man that would be sweat. I know I know, don’t put the cart before the horse. It will take building on an effort like the one we saw tonight.

  2. Ryan says:

    Man, I said that would be sweat. I meant Sweet. See we all make mistakes. Can’t focus on them…

  3. Tim says:

    It was a step in the right direction, but we still need to hit our stride. One good move could really bring this team around… Im thinking a pick, and a low-mid prospect for Nabokov and Mark Eaton from NYI. Both provide Playoff experiance with SJ and PIT respectively. In a supsequent move, you can deal Emery to a team needing a goalie for another offensive piece. Another deal proposal would be going to edmonton for some former hawks in Knabby and Barker. Might have to give up more, but it would be an ok possibility to get us going again.

  4. Shane Chaves says:

    How about some goaltending like I’ve been asking for since early in the year? I’d even take Nabokov at this point.

  5. wall says:

    Hawks played well last nite… considering they were only skating 4 players on alot of shifts-
    BRUNO and SCOTT- and we are supposed to believe we are better than last year!

    Preds- TIC-TAC-TOED us several times- like the Hawks of 2010 used to!

    Finally, as great as Toews was (before injury)… he is really off- Gotta be hurt- or perhaps he is in Protect Mode (considering all of the cheap shots he has been the target of lately)… looks really bad in the nuetral zone! And I don’t blame him!

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