Blackhawks Win Streak Ends In Columbus

After winning a couple in a row, the Blackhawks headed to Columbus hoping things were starting to turn around.

And less than 90 seconds into the game, things looked good. David Kampf scored his third of the season at 1:28 into the game to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Hartman and Vinnie Hinostroza picked up the assists on the Kampf goal.

But as has been the case all year, a good thing doesn’t last very long for the Hawks. And 16 minutes later, the power play that ranks dead last in the NHL scored against Chicago’s sixth-ranked penalty kill to tie the game. Cam Atkinson picked up the tying goal.

Hartman was called for a high stick behind a would-be breakaway to give the Jackets the power play. He wouldn’t skate another shift in the game, because dumb mistakes are apparently still an excuse to leave the rest of the team short-handed for 40 minutes in a dead season.

Columbus held a 15-11 shot advantage after 20 minutes.

Chicago would get the lead back at 9:20 into the second when Patrick Kane set up Tomas Jurco for his first goal as a member of the Blackhawks.

Five minutes later, the lead was gone – again. Our old friend Artemi Panarin set up Pierre-Luc Dubois for the tying goal.

After 40 minutes the shots totals favored Columbus, but only 23-22. And the game was still tied.

There would be only one goal scored in the third, and it wasn’t by the Blackhawks. Eleven minutes into the third Josh Anderson slammed on the breaks and unloaded a shot past Duncan Keith that beat Anton Forsberg for the game-winner.

Chicago wouldn’t put together any sustained pressure the rest of the night.

Hartman skated five shifts and 4:16 in the game. He was credited with one assist, two shots on goal, one hit and one takeaway… but Q stapled his ass to the bench after his penalty in the first period.

Against his former team, Artem Anisimov won only two of 11 faceoffs. Nick Schmaltz won only four of 12 at the dot.

Forsberg made 26 saves in the loss.

Chicago doesn’t play again before Monday’s trade deadline.

44 thoughts on “Blackhawks Win Streak Ends In Columbus

  1. That’s what so frustrating about Hartman – nice play on Kampf’s goal then that unbelievably stupid penalty. I don’t blame Q for sitting him – he’s not learning any other way.

    Forsberg is playing himself out of the NHL – wow that was a stinker and it’s already a pattern with him.

    One day Brandon Saad will find his shot and when he does we’ll all rejoice but not
    today. Otherwise he played another good game.

  2. Just what the ER ordered.

    Played decent and should have prob won or tie but other team got more bounces and on a crap goal. That’s what it takes to get a top 9 pick. The hockey Gods want us to get a high end D man.

    Man is 12 and 8 with 91 just play loose look good when their just going around creative plays chances even when they lose the puck its icey out there and comes back to them. They do that there going to get really good scoring chances.

  3. So Q plays Forsberg because he thinks the guy will play great against his old team and get us a victory?

    You’ve got to be kidding!

    You play Berube until the guy falls over from exhaustion.

    Hartman should be in the press box next game.

    I have been suspecting this for some time but I think that Toews is completely avoiding body contact at all costs. The concussions have him playing scared and tentative.

    Saad is starting to play a little better, but too little too late.

    The next couple of days should be exciting with all the trade talk.

  4. The game was our season in a nutshell. Played good enough to win, couldn’t capitalize on the PP, made a few mistakes that turned into goals and goaltending was below average. I get that Hartman made another bad mistake but it appeared to be a fluke play. Let the kid play, it’s not like we are in a playoff battle nor does anyone else seem to be treated the same way.

    Werenski of Columbus was a #8 pick, hopefully we can do as well this year. Good news is that Florida and Detroit won.

  5. Maybe Hartman is trying to play dumb…
    So hawks cant move him!!!

    Kampf and Hino + Soderlund or Highmore or Sikura… anyone of those guys would make an awesome 4th line…
    Which would be real 1st line (just don’t tell Toews that… 19 still thinks he’s the 1st line Center )

    Toews blows the easy clear on pk… and turns into PP goal for jackets. ..
    19 is getting worse… hard to believe

    Terrible pinch by Seabrook. .. another goal

  6. Hartman deserved to be benched. As soon as i saw the penalty i thought the same thing. And yea, hes frustrating because of what hes capable of but then he pulls a bonehead move.

    For the folks that whined aboot hinostroza being taken off the top line…the second clb goal is why he was. Super fast skater but apparently not on the back check.

    The reason the team had no push was that 3rd goal was a huge deflator. Forsberg has to stop that. Hes also frustrating because of how good he can be at times and then does that. His puckhandling behind the net scares me too.

    Jurco scores! Trade him!

    I read somewhere that Chi leads in hitting goal posts. If so, they padded their lead tonight.

    I do hope they deal Wingels but i wouldnt mind the team signing him again in the summer.

    Finally, can someone explain to me how the pitts brassard trade benefitted vegas? Because paying 40% of his salary and getting only ryan reaves makes absolutely no sense to me.

  7. VGK also got a 4th rounder (big deal) and kept Brassard out of Western Conference – but still weak return IMO.

  8. It’s not a big deal whatsoever in the short term/immediate time frame, but I’ll repeat what I posted last night — Berube is a better goalie than Forsberg.

    Q has his whipping boys, Hartman is certainly on the medal stand of those. If Q is going to be coaching the team next year, might as well see what you can get for Hartman. I’m not advocating it, but Q has blinders on, so it is what it is.

    Good job Jurco, asta la vista have a nice evening.

  9. P.S. Wingels has done a decent job all things considered all year to date, but the obsessive comments from bloggers and beat writers as to re-signing him for next season in the summer if he’s traded, please, give me a break. The last thing the Hawks need is players like Bouma & Wingels back next season. Not that they are to blame for this season’s debacle, but they don’t assist matters in any form or fashion.

  10. Nothing against any of the guys on the team now but who would you guys have as your most ideal roster, including the spots we really need/are missing.

    I am digging the 12 and 8 on a line. Theres gain there.

  11. I hate myself for saying this … but … yay, a loss.

    Nice to see Jurco get his first goal. That goal showed the value of Anisimov as he drove the net and opened a quiet spot in his wake that Jurco jumped into and got a quality shot. Anisimov is a smart player and he makes plays that don’t always get him a goal or assist but make a positive impact.

    I really like the 12-8-91 line and hope Q keeps them together.

  12. 12-8-91 were great together. Great puck handling and passing and super fast. 91 is earning a resign, if he can continue his good playing. Improve his forechecking and he is a steal.

    This loss may be a blessing because the Hawks are absolutely done for making the playoffs and should definitely be sellers. The only ones I would not put on the table are 88, 8, 48, and 12. Badly needed: one or two Gs, two Ds, two Cs, and two wingers. This will take more than a year, but we expect Stan to prove his worth with some very good trades and picks.

    Maybe as soon as next year we will again be saying: Here come the Hawks!

  13. “…because dumb mistakes are apparently still an excuse to leave the rest of the team short-handed for 40 minutes in a dead season” (Tab) — Q is among the best as a tactician, but some of his personnel decisions leave a lot to be desired (Read: “are horseshit!”). Blind loyalty to some (Rozsival, Handzus, et al.) and unwavering disaffection to others once his mind is made up. Other Hawks have taken offensive zone penalties and not had Q “stapled their ass to the bench after the penalty” (Toews, Wingels…).

    I believe Keith should own responsibility for the third goal against. Forsberg has let in a few weak ones, but this one’s on Duncs – and, it must be “policy” that no one dare suggest such a thing…

    Also, I believe the Hawks could do worse than Wingels as the 12th or 13th forward. He plays “plays with heart” (good effort, if that’s worth anything?).

  14. With each game I see 12-8-91 play together, the more I think that would be a good 3rd line next season. Now just find someone for RW with 20-19 and for LW with 15-88. How about Hayden and Sikura and here’s your top-9:

    Saad-Toews-Hayden
    Sikura-Anisimov-Kane
    DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Duclair

  15. Those lines have gain.

    Yet another 1-0 start.

    Time for Bowman and crew to get rewarded for having a deep roster of players. We donot need to keep everyone of them. Be creative and work the draft into it as well.

  16. ER-I like the lines–if i could have one more wish it would be an unknown to take AA’s spot-I like that he has size, and will park himself in front of the net but his lack of jump and speed will become even more apparent as he hits 30 (and plays with Sikura-if he signs) and beyond-we need a guy that can play with tempo–

    He could be traded for player already drafted that has some upside? or a 2nd.

    I realize that creates one more key need but unless the goal is to really compete next year and I think that’s being a little optimistic–they have a few holes to address. Look with a longer term plan in mind.

  17. ER like those lines and good chance they get a look. Like Hinos speed and chemistry with 19 and 20 but Hayden could be the better player there. Kampf and Hino have played well together. If AA can’t figure out how to win a faceoff again he shouldn’t be 2nd center, brutal lately. Florida won 2 in a row, Oilers and Red Wings won last night and Habs got a point on the bright side.

  18. Re: Wingels- I love his effort, + skating, decent IQ, Hawks are fine with Him as 11th/12th forward… Problem is… He is skating as a top 6… IRONICALLY- Wingels looks great on 1st line… BUT- at the end of the day- 20/19/57 can’t score… and always seem to “just miss” and “come this close”… yet look good- possession and speed.

    3rd goal- Sums up Hawks year
    bad pinch seabs- bad bounce away from Seabs
    Duncs- had decent position- yet screened Forsberg
    Forsberg- had decent position- never saw the shot… YET puck finds hole

    2 common things- Lot’s of Puck luck- in other direction…
    and Lot’s of minor “miscues” adding up to same result!!!

    The old saying is- You make your own luck… Toews/Seabs/Keith- are making very little “Luck” this year and does NOT bode well moving ahead…

    Looking ahead- I like the way the lines are very split up…
    “top 2” lines weren’t really doing much anyway… Moving smart/quick/ and effort guys like 57/Jurco up there… lines “look” just as good or better- imo
    Biggest difference- is the so called 3rd/4th lines — look awesome–

    Add a “real” threat to Kampf/Hino – ( Sikura/Highmore/Soderlund)
    + adding off season Trade/High draft pick to AA/KANE… and this team looks way better next year (assuming – one or 2 D/prospects show up and Hawks use Cap $$$ to sign legit top 4 D guy)

  19. Vegas also got Reaves, they wanted to be tougher. What gets me is if this is done under guise of a legitimate legal 3way trade what does Ottawa get from VGK for Bressard in the original deal.

  20. Ian – for the answer to that check out Bob mcKenzie’s twitter feed – he lays it all out as he understands it and what you said was an issue originally – the first version of the deal got rejected by the NHL for exactly that reason IIRC

  21. Thanks Wrap around, just read it and if that isn’t prooof it’s making a joke of the system then nothing does. As i said why have rules if your going to allow that sorta leeway when it suits.

  22. For what it’s worth, Brian Campbell said he thought that the Blackhawks would be dealing Wingels because of how much interest a number of teams would have in him. I’m assuming the only thing Bowman would really be shopping for at this point is picks. Hopefully he can get a couple of decent picks for Wingels.

    I’ll agree with Dickie Dunn that Keith has “part of” the blame on that last goal. I’d call it a tie. It was one that Forsberg should have stopped but Keith could have done more to negate it.

    Kampf showed some good speed at times last night. He’s green for sure but he and Dahlstrom have some real positive attributes as young guys. Duclair seems to have some tools and it would be nice to see him continuing to click in the Blackhawks’ system.

    Hartman is a real mixed bag. He’s not a consistent agitator with the so-called Q “sandpaper” element to his game. He mixes some real talent with some real dumb stuff. Wouldn’t be too surprised to see Stan send him off for some prospects and/or picks. More in-hand NHL game experience value and production than some others, so it would be interesting to see what Stan would get for him.

    AND …. in other news I was surprised to see that St. Louis had dropped down so far into the bottom of the Wild Card spot. Every game for them is going to be a dog fight now.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  23. I like the line of 12-8-91 but would rather see a line of 12-8-88 put in as our number one line. Saad-Toews-Hayden is not first line material. Schmaltz leads the entire NHL in takeaways and would make a good 2 way first line center once he improves at the dot.

  24. 1961 great point as to Schmaltz, he has a great stick, didn’t know that stat. Hinostroza is a keeper, he is dangerous offensively every time out there. Despite the fact (other than power play) he is playing w/ modern day Desjardins & Tootoo.

  25. Bouma on waivers.

    Hopefully Dahlstrom will get to play the rest of the year – don’t understand two straight scratches so we can play Gus and Rutta.

  26. Golden, half of those were in the last 10 or so games. We were 17-6.

    Indian, I saw that when STL started really good 15-5 and got to 13 over, then they did worse then us since game 25 (until our 0-7-1) for 40 games. I knew that two teams would have to get to 10 over (thought wedbe one) for that to happen. MIN and DAL did (and when nonon was looking) COL did.

    Would that be hilarious to have ANA and STL not make playoffs, when they have more seasoned rosters when we have to go through growing pains and transition yr. Wouldn’t be as good as LA and BOS not and us win CUP (but I donot hate those teams like ANA and STL).

  27. @MS: I have no idea why Gustafsson plays. He is simply not an NHL player and never will be. His minutes are completely wasted. I do think Ruuta has upside and we should find out how much so I would play him.

  28. Gustafsson neefs to play almost every game to meet league requurement of number of games to remain a rfa if he doesn’t he becomes an ufa. Not sure if this is why but could be, unless he is traded then that is a why.

  29. Another thing is as the top organization in the league we have always been good to the guys when it comes to those things. 72 player bonuses etc. So if theres anything like that stuff. Its good to get everybody games even if its not the best lineup we could possibly do every game. This is about the big picture right.

  30. MS, Jordy – I think there is something in Gus’ contract about becoming a UFA if he doesn’t play a certain number of games – not sure what that number is but that’s definitely one explanation. If he gets the required games in at NHl level then he’s only RFA – I understand not wanting to see him simply walk for nothing plus they could be trying to interest teams in him at TDL.

    I think the latter applies also to Rutta.

    otherwise I agree I like Dahlstrom better then Gus and maybe better than Rutta (let’s find out) and hope he gets in after Monday regularly

  31. Thanks for the insights re Gus contract. At the time of his ill-advised late game 7 rush against the Blues (that forever gave him a spot in our history book alongside Chris Campoli) that would likely be the end of his days in the Indian Head. He has proved me wrong although I still don’t know what the org sees in him.

  32. Ian – assuming you’re right with the numbers there aren’t enough games left for Gus to reach 80 by year’s end. In his NHL career he’s played 57 games and the Hawks have only 19 left so the most he could play in by the end of this year is 76.

    So all the more reason to play Dahlstrom once TDL passes.

  33. Didn’t watch honestly wasnt aware the Hawks had an early start, but I can say I’m surprised Forsberg started, well whatever. The season is all but over at this stage. Why is Thomas Jurco still on this team? 1st goal huh wow!

  34. Wraparound thats what i see too but on Feb. 16th cap friendly said he was credited with 58 games at that point and i think needed to play in 22 more or every game but 2 at that point. Not sure where the discrepancy is.

  35. It’s too bad to have to think this way at this point of the season, but the Blackhawks could be playing a spoiler role, or lack thereof, down the stretch. Two games against St. Louis toward the end of the season will be very big for the Blues playoff run.

  36. Cool Ian thanks for researching that – I guess they could try and play Gus 18 games then to hit the 80 mark

    Not sure it’s worth it at the expense of Dahlstrom’s playing time but maybe they see some future for Gus – not sure that I do

  37. Why not, another 4/5/or6 days between games.

    Oh boy oh boy, we get top 9 before draw, we can thank whoever make this horseshit sch. They did it so good it backfired on them. Like 2013 first 10 of 12 on road.

    Bwahahahaha.

  38. Mo let ’em all gain some ground in the draft race. Tonight Oilers won, Sabres won, Red Wings won in ot NYR get a point in loss and Canucks winning after 2nd. Let them win for few days.

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