Bottoming-Out Blackhawks Shutout In Minnesota

Remember when the Blackhawks played a must-win game on Thursday against a division rival and didn’t show up?

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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.

53 thoughts on “Bottoming-Out Blackhawks Shutout In Minnesota

  1. Another must-win game and Kaner throws a weak pass up the middle two minutes into the game ultimately leading to the fire drill resulting in the first goal. Then we get nothing on a two man PP. Nice start – I stopped watching after the 3rd goal. A couple things are crystal clear – this season isn’t about the young guys or the bottom pair D, it is about the consistent weak performance of the core vets. Also, Crow provides confidence that can’t be replaced. I’m guessing we are underdogs against the Coyotes on Monday. Glad I’m not getting that price increase letter sent to season tix holders – well timed.

  2. Can’t fault the effort. This has to be one of the worst 3-0 wins I’ve ever seen a team garner. Minnesota should be embarrassed. It was pretty much all Hawks, sans goals. Lol
    Dahlstrom looked better than I thought.
    The Saad-Toews two-on-one shorthanded was just plain sad to watch.
    This is not 2015 or 2013 for sure.
    Time for Stan to answer all calls directly, no voice mails. Every offer is worthy of consideration.

  3. Didn’t watch the game (intentionally) but isn’t it impossible for an NHL team not to get a shoot on net with two extra players?

  4. Saying Bergevin and Habs scout in Minnesota and Bkackhawks had 2 scouts in Montreal. Wonder if Bowman who said he wanted to do lateral deals, equal player fir players kinds, not be a buyer would try shaking things up and do a Saad for Galchenyuk, AA for Danault type deal/deals and also be of a benefit to both teams next year too. Gotta think he is getting tired watching this too.

  5. It was all Kempny’s fault they lost.

    Craig agree re Minn; with Boudreau’s coaching history, they re jinxed.

  6. I hope Bowman & Q are playing stupid with their public comments that the playoffs are still the goal for this year until after the trade deadline; otherwise, the lines and D pairings Q is throwing out there make it appear he is betting against the Hawks,

    As for Bowman, the young players he has drafted and signed are not the problem. This holds true re Kempny as well, it’s not Bowman’s fault Q hasnt given Kempny a fair shake in nearly two seasons now. The problem Bowman has — and it’s been consistent since he took over as GM — is re NHL (and alleged NHL) players he brings in. Kruger Desjardins/Tootoo Hossa & Panarin out for Bouma Wingles Sharp & Saad. This is just one example, the most recent, but it is telling.

    Lastly, you can’t win in the NHL with minor league back up goalies, this holds true for both of them. So we have to say definitively this is on Bowman, not Q.

  7. Spent most of my night watching the efforts of the Olympic figure skaters and pissed off my wife enough during commercial breaks by switching over to the horror show in Minny. One time was to watch Oesterle pinch in along the boards resulting in an odd man rush and a Wild goal. Yikes…sure that Kempny was behind that gaffe, anyway.
    I also find it hard to believe that all of the core has fallen off the cliff simultaneously; there has to be something else afoot. I still think the Q effect has eroded to a point that can’t be reversed.
    Season end is time for a total coaching overhaul IMO.
    Bring up more of the IceHogs.

  8. The Hawks’ marketing slogan of “One Goal” was nice for a bunch years but now it’s kind of run it’s coarse – it’s so yesterday. We need a new slogan and I’m going to suggest “Embrace the Suck”. The Hawks should always try to be the best and if they can’t be the best team at winning than I think they should try to be the best team at losing. Nothing of this middle of the pack stuff for our Hawks. If you’re going to lose than be the best losing team in the league, get the top pick for two or three years, then change your slogan and try to be the best winning team again. AMIRITE!

    The Hawks are in the 9th draft position, 6 points ahead of the 5th draft position. I think the 5th draft position is within their reach, Maybe the 4th or even the 3rd. The Hawks with 56 points aren’t going to be able to catch Buffalo (42 points) or Arizona (36 points) – they probably have picks 1 & 2 sewed up … unless … the Hawks win the lottery. One can dream.

  9. The Hawks had five SOG on the two-minute 5-on-3. Yes, they didn’t score, but the summary above is incorrect.

    Sell, sell, sell.

    Let’s go 2018-19 Hawks!

  10. New slogan- One (Toilet) Bowl

    Minnie-PP – puck never stayed on Player’s stick for 1 full second… four different guys touch it… GOAL

    Hawks 5/3 PP… each guy holds it for 2-4 seconds …. it’s a wonder how the PK can get into a shooting lane

    Ironically- best looking players/with energy and desire – Hino/Kampf… were in Rockford most of the year

    SB- has the balls to say- The Core isn’t going anywhere!!! That’s because NMC’s + NO ONE would take them… Unless – You paid for them to go (excluding Kane)…

    Bowman– Who you Crappin???

  11. Glass is either half empty or half full, but he is definitely not an NHL goalie. Having said that, Glass could have stopped 499 of 500 shots last night and the Hawks would have still lost. They are punch less.

  12. @EbonyRaptor – Actually, One Goal is a great slogan. I was hoping that whole game they could just score One Goal.

  13. Did anyone see Islanders Hilites– where they scored 4 goals on one 5 Minute PP…

    That Barzal kid… 2 games this year with 5 assists!!! SPECIAL player!!!

  14. Bowman stated Toews and Kane are untouchable and he expects to sign Hartman, Hino, Duclair and Hayden. Plus Sikura expected to sign so thats 7 forwards and Debrincat, Schmaltz and Kampf the bright spots this season probably aren’t being shopped although have value. So other than a couple of depth spots that leaves Saad and AA as only options to make changes to your forwards. I guess possibly the draft, free agency and maybe ltir are options to bring someone also.

  15. Glad 64 is good. That’s another scouting hard work paying off. 12 wasn’t suppose to be ready or good enough yet and here he is. 8 took off this yr so thinking of how good he is going to be. 40 is going to be a warrior. Just need to do what we need to a make the right moves like we did in 2011 and 2012 and pay our dues like this yr and were bringing it. Use draft and summer to get Dman.

  16. Mo if they get to draft in one of the 6-9 spots 2 real touted Dmen with decent size, skill and mobility to keep an eye on are. Noah Dobson in Q league who is getting scouted heavy this year and say sky is the limit for him and Evan Bouchard a real skilled 2 way guy playing in London under Dale Hunter. Both right shots but line on both is a ton of potential and project as top 4 guys.

  17. @Pete, “Embrace the suck” was probably a bit harsh as a new marketing slogan … maybe “Zero Goals” would be better.

  18. Can’t see them dealing Saad. Unless they rob the other team in return. Bowman wanted speed and contract control. Saad offers both of those and dealing him now would be owning up that it was a mistake to bring him back in the first place.

  19. Saad deserves a chance to redeem himself next year. Start the season with #8 and #88.

    It is disturbing to see Wingels and Bouma in the lineup once again. Jurco and Sharp in the stands? The team needs goals and the NHL is bout spped and skill. Furthermore, if Bowman still believes they are in it 10 points back, why are those slow skating free agents still playing? There is so much confusion between Q and Bowman. I did not understand why Q has to take Schmaultz off the Kane line when he was the hottest and most consistent player the last 30 games? To see AA skate slowly at centre ice?
    His benching tactics are dubious and maybe he is shoving it to BOWMAN for signing slow skating free agents who are AHL players at best (Franson, Bouma, Wingels, Kero, Osterle? Keith and Seabrook have had to deal with brutal partners like Murphy and Osterle who needs to be benched for all his giveaways and mindless decisions. I think Hawk fans want to see speed, skill and youth. And for now, I will take Sharp and Jurco over Bouma and Wingels any time!!!

  20. I think one thing Q has stood for all these years is competitiveness in his players. He may have guys get in his doghouse. Maybe it’s a shortcoming … I don’t know. I do know that besides their hockey limitations, Bouma and Wingels have been two of the most, if not the most, competitive guys on the ice in terms of the way they go about their business.

    They are not goal scorers. If you watch every single game like I do, though, you see that they seem to be involved around the puck and at least are involved in some chances every now and then. I don’t think they are long term solutions. No way. But when Crawford was healthy and those two were with Hayden on the fourth line, no one was really bitching about Q’s inability to roll four lines. The top three lines weren’t necessarily getting it done, but the fourth line of those three guys gave a crapload of effort, played extended shifts, and actually scored some goals.

    If this team is going to score goals it’s not going to be with Jurco and Sharp shooting from the perimeter with nobody in front of the net. Goalies in the NHL are too good for that kind of crap. Despite the beating that the Blackhawks took from Nashville in the playoff series, they also spent all of their time with Panarin and Kane and others skating down the ice, getting pushed to the perimeter, and putting shots on a good goalie who had no issue stopping them whatsoever.

    I think Q is at his wits end. He keeps talking about that desire to get to the front and in those areas where you have to get bashed around. Bouma and Wingels (and Hayden before he mysteriously got sent down) are the only guys who do that save for Anisimov (and once in a blue moon Toews on a PP …. but we all know how the PP has gone this year).

    Yep, Saad probably deserves another shot because he’s young. I know that some people don’t like Pat Foley’s calling Saad out for essentially being a pussy (hope that term doesn’t offend anyone, but that is pretty much what Foley is calling him). Saad HAS to play a power game. He did go hard to the net a couple of times last night against the Wild. He did that several times earlier this season. But he’s been a ghost for the better part of this year. He’s got to create as a power forward. He’s got to be what Schmaltz has been, but with a bigger body.

    Keith and Seabrook may have had some bad partners, but that doesn’t absolve them of the brutal unforced errors they have made, and in some cases what seems to be a clear lack of intensity night in and night out.

    Sorry, MAX98, I didn’t intend for this to be a rebuttal of each and every one of your points. I certainly do respect your opinion and you may be absolutely correct on your assumptions. No disrespect intended. I’m just venting on how I see things that have gone on this year and trying to spin it for how I think Q might see it. This has just been a terrible season in terms of how players and coaches and lineups have meshed on a consistent basis. I’m worried about next year too because it looks to me like more of the same. I’m usually in the camp of Morrison who is definitely a glass half full kind of poster. I’m getting frustrated though at how things are going. Just don’t see any fight. But I will continue to cheer them on, and hope they can get it all squared away. Maybe there are some surprises in store for all of us? Time will tell.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  21. At the 2012 draft a few guys fell well below their pre-draft rankings. When it came our turn two both TT and Olli Maatta were available. I was really hoping we would take Maatta as we needed (and still do) help at the back on the left side (and Maatta has turned out well). Stan’s tendency to draft smurfs concerns me.

  22. I agree Ian, Noah Dobson would be a great pick the kid is 6’4″ and will fill out and he is good defensively and can play offends and control a PP. His stock is definitely on the rise.

  23. 57 and 17 played good for them. Its not there fault at all. They did what there suppose to. We just have a young team and core players wernt as good as they really are. Without Crow its sort of like playing games when Hoss was out for a bit. Add in the bounces and breaks which were a major factor not even the 09 10 13 14 15 teams would have got the 1 seed.

    For whatever reason our record is way worse then how good of a team we currently have constructed. Whats good is if the bounces do actually even out over time then we will get a well deserved top 3, 5, or 6-9 pick for this bullshit we had to go threw this yr on a transition yr and the core guys will get a full rest and training to go on runs for the 3-5 coming yrs.

    It really doesn’t matter whos in the lineup this yr, not with everything going against us with a shift on the fly transition yr.

  24. Bunch of Joe Mcgraths.

    Maybe 20 and certain core players are done. I just cant believe that they are until there like that every yr. Their too young still to be that off at times. 40 and 13 for DET were still good at 33 when they played us in 2013. Even PIT sneaked in 2 at their end of prime yrs and bookend a little lucky. When TB and NAS deserved to win the last 2 yrs.

    More time and younger guys getting better and more younger guys coming. With a full deep roster again then well see the results we want and are use to the last 10 yrs.

    Donot want to always sound positive every time but if our core guys were 35 and acting like this then I would be worried. 19 and 88 are still what 29 and 20 is 24. We need to restock the stash.

  25. >>>The Blackhawks failed to put a single shot on net in two full minutes of 5-on-3.<<<

    This is false. The hawks got 4 shots on goal. And three were pretty decent. Puck retrieval was quite good. And maintained zone time for all but 20 seconds. Problems with their execution…for sure. But don't misrepresent and be flat out wrong about the fact.

  26. These were some other plays of the day.

    But facts ruin trolls narratives.
    You’re comment makes too much sense for some people on here to comprehend. Well done.

  27. The Hawks played very well but do not have a strong net presence for rebounds. Byfuglien scored three of the four game-winners against San Jose in 2010, all in front of the net. Not that the Hawks are going to get someone of that quality, but they need to be considering brawn with talent in the draft. Some smart selling of veterans (why not include Keith?) and good drafting will put this team in a very good position for years to come.

    Agree with the encouraging comments about Saad. He too talented and will be better next year.

  28. Saad will be gone at the deadline, and SB will get a hefty return for him. This is a bummer of a season, but some rest will do the old timers good. The Hawks will rise again.

  29. would be nice if the players fastforwarded three weeks and played like there was nothing to lose….because all was already lost….

  30. Nick-this isn’t about rest anymore-they have have had good rest the last two playoffs/summers.
    This is about transition and that may or may not work but it’s exciting and interesting to find out. The rising part is relative-from last place, that will be easy at some point in the future.
    But multiple Cups, that was great but probably not to be repeated, at least in my lifetime. Win, or lose, this will be my team.

  31. Once is a random occurrence, twice is a trend. I see blogger talking about giving Saad another chance to redeem himself. I would say that working his way to the forth line and limited minutes in Columbus and Chicago constitutes a trend. He needs to either be benched and see if that get his attention or ship him out and get what you can.

    Saad is playing soft. He far removed from his baby Hossa days and his trend arrow is down. Trade him before all value is gone. It looks like that big contract went to his head.

  32. These games in recent weeks have been very frustrating to watch for all of us. The Hawks are simply feeling the pressure and not responding well at all. So many games lost that could been tied up or gone to the win column. Piles of lost potential points. In the end this team has really struggled at finishing on the offensive end for much of the year. Teams don’t win many games scoring 2 goals or less. Up to this point that is the 2017-2018 Hawks.

    Big Indian thanks for your well stated and excellent comments. Your thoughts echo mine to a large degree.

    Seasons ticket invoices arrived for next season and ticket prices are up yet again. At least they are offering us investors more choices. Club level inclusive now goes to $170 per seat. The invoice for the playoffs was certainly interesting. We get charged only if home games are to be played. Pay as we play(don’t play). No money down for the first time in like forever for playoffs. Next season we get offered to pay in 7 installments with only 25% down on the 1st payment. I love watching Blackhawks hockey, but the cost has been really been tough watch go up year after year to the point where it it is simply a full blown luxury to be a season ticket holder. My opinion is there will be some people bowing out to perhaps be replaced by new patrons. Anyone want to split a season with me? I’m open.

    I will tune in tonight, but don’t expect much given the recent trend. Tough times for lately for Hawks fans.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  33. I don’t have much to say about the game it was on but I wasnt paying much attention , so if thats what you are looking for move on.

    How about this gem from SB talking about core guys, “If some of them were nearing 40 years old, you might say maybe their best years are behind them, but they’re still young guys. They’re still in the prime of their careers — maybe not the prime but close to it. They’ve got a lot of hockey left in them.”

    What??? Young guys as far as life expectancy yes, is this guy really this obtuse? How much of this run is Stan and how much of it was Tallons foundation with Scotty and several exception young prospects? When I hear stupid comments like these it makes me scratch my head.

  34. I had a chance to watch Crow on Saturday for about 50 mins at the MB center. He happen to be practicing on the same ice before my son’s game. He looked ok, but its hard to judge with coaches shooting on him. I would imagine he might be practicing with the team this week and facing shots.

    Speaking of the MB center what a place, absolutely amazing facility! Hats off to the Hawks for giving us a tour of the facility too! Go Hawks!

  35. Saad needs to go. He is a good skater and that is it. Pat Foley said DeBrincat has more hits than Saad. He plays soft. He has an average shot, mediocre hands and lacks vision. Columbus figured it out and dumped him on the Hawks. He does not have the skill set to be a difference maker. I agree Southside, what a ridiculous statement by Stan. Players in the NHL usually peak around 27-28 years old. They should find a buyer for Anisimov also. He has really slowed down this year.

  36. In reference to HAWKS1961 comments about Saad, I cannot disagree with your assessment of his play, but I think he needs another year to be judged. Like Toews, something has changed with his game. What sort of intangibles are factors to explain this somewhat bizarre decline compared with the player that left after 2015? Is it diet, fitness regimen, strength training? Is it more physical than mental? Is it all of the above? Did Torts beat him down psychologically? Saad is still a very good skater, but he is not as strong on the puck as I remembered him. He wasn’t nicknamed “mini-Hossa” for no reason. Saad was tough in the corners and was strong around the crease. Who would have thought Toews and Saad would not flourish together? This is one the strangest player issues I can remember. I take some heart in seeing Saad getting scoring chances, only the pucks aren’t going in. Remember Hossa 2 years ago? The guy couldn’t buy goals, and then last year he was scoring again in bunches.

    Vexing and sad to say the least.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  37. Saad came out the gate playing physical and crashing the net and being a presence there and scoring his type of goals looking like an addition who was going to be big difference maker this year. The last 3 months or so he has shown he is not a very good finesse player. Hard to figure out why he doesn’t play more of his game consistently, seems same issues dogged him in Columbus. If he can play the role expected on regular basis he could still be a big part of the puzzle; but if not how do you justify giving him a chance.

  38. SSHM- great link on 19…

    I read this on another blog,… pretty funny- Re: Toews- he should be getting stronger- considering how many times Toews has to pick himself up off the ice!

    Tab- I hope you run a top 10 Draft- look- and who/what might help the Hawks most… depending on draft spot – of course… the Zadina kid- seems like a Can’t miss- sniper… but really haven’t seen most of these guys play

  39. Wall – the draft will be fluid as we get closer but the Hawks need to figure out what they’re doing w/ their current crop of college players sooner than later. If they’re as high on Sikura as they have been on DeBrincat that’s a solid addition up front and we’ve spoken at length about the crop of defensemen coming along as well. One thing we can be sure of – Bowman will likely have a mix of college-bound players and a couple juniors/European players as always.

  40. For the last place thing. I would say the 4 worst records in hockey are the only last place teams.

    We are middle of pack where we are now and going up from here.

    Younger and faster and better and back us exciting and it is to see what we do because we know were going to.

  41. Phil if I was in area I would split the games in any way. Need to have a good Swig gathering again next yr when the team is on the upward again. Having games like this the team like this will make it better when we get good again coming yrs.

  42. Tazer was ok this yr the last two he was off like Saader this yr. I cannot believe they ever be worse then that. So trading 20 is not good now maybe later. He has to be good like normal it has to be an off yr. People are just letting it out during the first 20 games and the last 20 games in different ways.

    As good as 19 and 20 have been on most yrs it was the Hoss that made that lone the best two way line on hockey for those yrs.

    There is only, one Hoss. What did other teams do for their line without having a demi God like that. That’s what we need to do.

  43. Phil- The problem with giving Saad another year is twofold. If his play does not improve dramatically he will be worth even less on the trade market than he is now. The Hawks are at a crossroad. Saad is one of the few tradeable assets that may get a high draft pick or young up and coming talent. This team is not talented enough to win a Cup. The sooner Stan realizes it and rebuilds the better the future will look.

  44. Having just turned 25, I think Saad still has some good hockey left in him, and I think its possible he can have a bounce-back year. That being said if the Hawks can get a good draft pick in return, I would be ok with them moving him

  45. That could be right. What good draft pick were already going to have with our record. Are you saying 2 top 10 picks then.

  46. We get lottery pick top 3 pick and another top 10 pick for 20 then that’s tuff.

    Saader has to be way better then that. He barreled into the goal a few times then stopped playing like that. Did he get a little to much to early in season and then had to step back a little. He was flying into goal area and scoring hammering goals for a bit.

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