The Blackhawks talked a big game before the Vancouver Canucks came into the United Center on Sunday night.
They did nothing to back it up on the ice.
Roberto Luongo didn’t handle many of his 38 saves very well, but the Blackhawks did nothing to capitalize on dozens of fat rebounds. The Blackhawks forgot how to kill penalties, and remained stuck in neutral on their own power play.
Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up his first point of the season, and Marcus Kruger scored his second goal. That’s about it for the offense; they didn’t show up.
The Blackhawks had five power play opportunities. They failed on all five.
The Canucks had six power play opportunities. They scored on five.
In a nutshell, the Blackhawks sucked on Sunday night.
From a positive, some of the youngsters on the Hawks actually did play fairly well in the loss. Kruger won four of five faceoffs and was better in the corners, and was plus-two at the end of the night.. Nick Leddy, who had his worst period in the NHL in Tampa, came back strong on Sunday night. He was credited with three blocked shots and three hits, and ended the game as the Blackhawks’ ice time leader (23:31).
Michael Frolik had Chicago’s first goal.
Hjalmarsson was on the ice for five of Vancouver’s goals during his 19:03 on Sunday night.
Chicago plays next on Tuesday night in St. Louis.