Where do we begin with the disaster in Los Angeles on Saturday night?
Do we mention seven shots on six power plays, none of which were scored upon? The Hawks have now failed on 39 consecutive power plays, which is nearing a biblical disaster.
Or do we point to Corey Crawford getting yanked after allowing four goals on ten shots, barely making it six minutes into the second period?
It really doesn’t matter how we spin it. The Blackhawks crapped the bed in LA on Saturday night, and their recent four-game winning streak may have done as much to make General Manager Stan Bowman’s job hard as it did to keep them in the sixth spot in the Western Conference.
John Scott had four penalty minutes in his first four shifts. The team had more giveaways (nine) than Crawford had saves (six).
Chicago’s leading hitters on the night? Patrick Sharp with six and Sami Lepisto with four.
Meanwhile, Kings captain Dustin Brown (who had recently been linked to trade rumors) had a natural hat trick in the game, with two power play goals and a short-handed tally.
Jonathan Quick posted a shutout. It’s worth mentioning that, because Chicago hasn’t seen one from anyone between the Blackhawks’ pipes this year. The Hawks have been shutout seven times this year, though, which ranks third in the NHL behind the Kings and Islanders.
Another disaster in Anaheim on Sunday should pressure Bowman to put up the for sale sign at the United Center before Monday’s deadline.