Tuesday night’s game sums up the 2018-19 Blackhawks season perfectly.
Against a Coyotes team that has struggled to produce any offense all season, Chicago was shutout 1-0 by Darcy Kuemper.
Lawson Crouse skated 17:03 for the Coyotes and got third period penalties called on Brent Seabrook at 4:35 and Duncan Keith – the back-breaker – at 18:13, both tripping calls. In a game that saw the Hawks generate no momentum whatsoever any short-handed time wasn’t helping.
The Blackhawks out-shot the Coyotes 12-11 in the first period but neither team scored.
Arizona out-shot the Hawks 7-5 in the second and the score remained tied at zero.
With Seabrook in the box early in the third, Nick Cousins scored his seventh of the season. That would prove to be all Kuemper needed.
The Hawks were able to out-shoot the Coyotes 14-11 in the third but there was little sustained pressure on Kuemper.
This was a must-win game for the Blackhawks, and:
- Patrick Kane registered two shots on net in 21:02.
- Alex DeBrincat put three shots on net in 22:49.
- Dylan Strome returned to the desert and was credited with zero shots on net in 15:11.
Jonathan Toews finished tied with three other Blackhawks with a team-high four shots on net. He also won 14 of 26 faceoffs in 22:07.
Brendan Perlini, Brandon Saad and Erik Gustafsson also put four shots on net.
Connor Murphy celebrated his birthday back in the desert. He blocked three shots and finished tied for the team lead with four hits in 18:08. Chris Kunitz was also credited with four hits.
Corey Crawford stopped 26 of 27 in the loss.
Chicago’s postseason chances are on life support. The Hawks need a lot of help from other people… and they need to remember how to score if they want any chance at a return to the playoffs.