Remember when the Blackhawks played a must-win game on Thursday against a division rival and didn’t show up?
The Hawks went into Minnesota and completely crapped the bed on Saturday night. It looked like Jeff Glass was guessing most of the night and he looked better than the ridiculously awful Blackhawks power play, which continues to refuse to put a puck on net.
And with another tail whipping in the books, the Hawks are now ten points behind the Wild in the division.
It’s telling that the organization mailed out season ticket renewal letters this week – and nobody has even considered putting money down for playoff tickets.
But hey, Carl Dahlstrom made his NHL debut.
For those scoring at home, here’s the miserable tale from Saturday evening.
Charlie Coyle scored 1:58 into the game giving Minnesota in insurmountable 1-0 lead.
Less than one minute later, Lance Bouma lowered the boom on Nate Prosser. A good, legal hit on a player staring at his skates. Mike Reilly and Marcus Foligno then double-teamed Bouma. The result was Bouma and Foligno getting five-minute fighting penalties. Foligno got an extra two minutes and Reilly got hit with a minor for cross-checking, giving the Blackhawks a full two minutes of a two-man advantage.
The Blackhawks failed to put a single shot on net in two full minutes of 5-on-3.
Brandon Saad went to the box six minutes into the game and a team with a competent power play took advantage. Mikko Koivu scored to make it 2-0 in favor of the Wild and every could have changed the channel after less than seven minutes.
Minnesota wasn’t credited with another shot on net in the first period after the Koivu goal. It didn’t matter. They led 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Coyle scored 2:22 into the second period to give the Wild a 3-0 lead.
And that was it for the game.
The Blackhawks scored two or fewer goals for the tenth time in 13 games. The Hawks have lost 10 of their last 13 and are 6-9-2 in 2018; unfortunately, they opened the calendar year 4-2-0. Saturday night was the third time in 17 games this calendar year that the Hawks have been shutout.
For those scoring at home, Dahlstrom skated 16:48 in his debut, including 3:09 on penalty kill duty. He was credited with only one shot on net.
The Hawks out-shot the Wild 44-19 but it didn’t matter. Nothing went it and they lost again.
In case you were wondering, the 2018 NHL Draft will be June 22–23 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.