After 40 minutes of hockey in the desert, the Blackhawks a) had a 27-17 shot advantage, and b) had scored a power play goal. So they were actually winning against a bad Coyotes team, right?
Both teams put ten shots on net in the first period. Two went in for Arizoan – from Max Domi at 92 seconds and Clayton Keller at 9:22 – while the Blackhawks had nothing to show for their efforts. But the Blackhawks were able to kill a penalty in the first.
Chicago out-shot Arizona 17-7 in the second period. And when the Hawks got a power play early in the period, they actually took advantage.
20 goals for 20-year-old @Brinksy97!
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 13, 2018
DeBrincat’s 20th cut the lead to 2-1 and, at least for a couple seconds, gave the Hawks a bit of hope. Jonathan Toews and Lance Bouma were credited with assists on the play.
Repeating: Lance Bouma was credited with an assist for a Blackhawks power play goal.
But the Hawks’ special teams unraveled in a second period full of stupidity and whistles. Alex Goligoski scored a short-handed goal and Tobias Rieder scored a power play goal and suddenly Arizona was up 4-1.
Coach Joel Quenneville pulled starter Anton Forsberg after the Goligoski goal; Forsberg’s line officially saw him allowing three goals against 13 shots in 27:06 before Jeff Glass came on in relief. Glass, not an improvement in any way, allowed the Rieder goal while facing only four shots in the final 13 minutes of the second period.
Officially, both teams were 1-3 on the power play at the end of the second period.
Unofficially, the Coyotes were the only team playing like they wanted to win a game.
Blackhawks booed off the ice. On the road. By their own fans. We're through the looking glass, people.
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) February 13, 2018
The Blackhawks got a power play early in the third period but didn’t do anything with it. Meanwhile, Nick Cousins felt like a three-goal lead wasn’t quite big enough and scored his tenth of the season to extend Arizona’s lead to 5-1 at 7:11 into the third.
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) February 13, 2018
With 4:22 left in regulation, Christian Dvorak scored his ninth of the season to make the score 6-1 in favor of the Arizona Coyotes, who came into the game with 36 points in 55 games – dead last in the NHL.
And that’s where the score would end: 6-1.
This is, by far, the least watchable team since Toews and Kane were rookies, and they won’t make the playoffs for the first time since… they were rookies. Changes are going to come fast and furious at some point, and they’re clearly – desperately – needed.