DC Depression From Blackhawks

Coming into Friday night, the Blackhawks had won four straight.

Coming into Friday night, the Capitals had won seven straight.

One team was going to see their streak end, the Blackhawks were happy to extend the success for Washington.

The Hawks haven’t been a great first period team this season, but even by those standards Friday night was ugly. Washington out-shot Chicago 14-5 in the opening 20 minutes and took a 3-0 lead to the room.

Jay Beagle, who scored twice in Chicago earlier this season, opened the scoring at 6:04 into the first. The goal was his third against the Blackhawks this season – and seventh overall. Beagle continued to badger the Blackhawks all night, almost adding a short-handed goal in the second period (he scored a SHG in Chicago).

If the opening six minutes were a barrage, it only took 13 seconds for the game to feel out of reach. Nicklas Backstrom scored right off the faceoff following the Beagle goal to extend the lead to two.

It felt like a moral victory that took more than 11 minutes for the next goal to come, but it came off the stick of Brett Connolly and Washington led 3-0.

Coach Joel Quenneville didn’t make the move to Scott Darling after the first, hoping that the skaters would shift the momentum. At 6:32 into the second, Vinnie Hinostroza beat Braden Holtby to get the Blackhawks back to within 3-1… in theory. But the Caps challenged that Marian Hossa had interfered with the goaltender. Unfortunately, the league agreed.

The second saw the Blackhawks with more chances – Chicago actually out-shot Washington 12-10 in the period – but only a Tom Wilson goal stayed on the board. Chicago had two worthless power plays in the second.

TJ Oshie padded the lead with his 14th of the season at 8:11 into the third and Quenneville mercifully pulled Crawford. He left the ice having allowed five goals against 30 shots; his teammates hadn’t yet put a 20th shot on net when he was replaced by Scott Darling.

Friday night was the second time this season Crawford was on the losing end of a 5-0 dumpster fire; the other was Nov. 11 in Edmonton, a game in which he played all 60 minutes.

After Crawford was pulled, Quenneville also made a change up front. Ryan Hartman moved up to skate with Hossa and Jonathan Toews. It didn’t help much; the Hawks were still shutout by Holtby.

With 92 seconds left in regulation, Beagle scored his second of the night to make the score 6-0. Half of his eight goals on the year have come in two games against the Blackhawks, and his name will now undoubtedly be linked to every Western Conference team in trade rumors.

The Blackhawks are now 9-2-2 in games in which Michal Rozsival dressed this season. He replaced Michal Kempny in the lineup on Friday night.

Every line in the box score was crap.

Toews won three of 12 faceoffs. Tanner Kero won one of 12. Artem Anisimov won five of 14.

Eight of the 18 skaters failed to register a shot on net. Patrick Kane led the Hawks with five.

Andrew Desjardins and Jordin Tootoo have zero combined points on the season. It’s January 13. Zero.

Rozsival led the Hawks with three hits. Brian Campbell and Trevor van Riemsdyk finished with a team-low minus-three rating on the night. TvR and Niklas Hjalmarsson led the Hawks with three blocked shots.

Beagle finished with eight shots on net, one-third of the Blackhawks team total on the night.

But the Blackhawks stayed out of the penalty box all night. So they’ve got that going for them… which is nice.

Chicago will face another red-hot team on Sunday, but Minnesota is sitting in the Hawks’ rear view mirror atop the division.

31 thoughts on “DC Depression From Blackhawks

  1. We didn’t play.

    The top teams in East have been beating each other (with lopsided scores) back and forth. One team is up and other isn’t.

    WAS knows we didn’t and prob. embarrassed we didn’t give a shit about that game (not that we donot respect them or anything) because we were looking ahead to the MIN game and I think were excited to play against MIN.

    Officially we had more pts then MIN but they have been 2 games ahead of us since they won 11/and got to +14 (and have been ahead by 2), now there ahead by 3.

    This game against MIN is the test to see where were at.

    Not happy about not getting win or tie but I didn’t expect a score like this. I do expect a response and that we play and play good/really good against MIN.

  2. The Hawks could not cope with Washington’s team speed. How can you not ” give a shit” (to quote Mo) about a game on national TV playing perhaps the elite team from the East? The Hawks skated 3-4 players tonight who are not NHL quality players. 11/22/32 belong in the minors. 70 has regressed and I do not believe he is NHL quality either. Toews probably had one of the worst nights of his career. The game Sunday will be a huge test. The Hawks will have no problem getting up for the game after tonight’s embarrassment. The bigger question will be can they compete.

  3. Wanna see a team that rolls 4 lines ,.,.Look at Caps t.o.i. stats .
    Yo Phil ,.,.,.,how we doing with that test you spoke of couple days back .

  4. Toews should be pissed – he led the shit parade – he was terrible. As was the whole team. The Caps beat them with speed, size, strength, goaltending and every other aspect of the game. The Hawks got embarrassed and went down whimpering.

    As for the disallowed goal – it was a BS call but what else is new? I can remember only one time when a goal review went the Hawks way and that was in the WCF against Anaheim a couple years ago when it looked like Hossa kicked it in and they let the goal stand. Every other instance of a disputed goal has gone against the Hawks – it’s almost like the old Lysiak days. But, it didn’t change the outcome of the game so who cares.

    I was starting to feel hopeful about this team and that basically came crashing down tonight. I know teams have a bad game every now and then, even good teams, so I hope the game tonight was an aberration. The Wild on Sunday will be a big test.

  5. They just plain suck right now when playing the elite teams. Seabrook is playing like a 40 year old and when you have to play 11,22 and 32 not pretty.

  6. Big Al… telling it like it is.

    “Toews is Frustrated”… I think someone here mentioned that before…
    Take a look at your paycheck #19… Be proud of what you did in past… and Happy- ( no shame in winning Cups and Making fat stacks)… but you could have signed for about $1.5M less… and maybe/just maybe you would be a little less “frustrated” now.

    It’s still a team game… hard to pay all the $$$ to a few guys/and win versus deeper teams. The “whole Goalie/Pay” thing… Wild have Dubnyk… (worse than Crow/Darling- imo) … but Wild/Dubnyk better stats???

  7. The two teams playing the best hockey right now-the Capitals and the Wild. The Wild play the Stars tonight so hopefully will be a little tired come Sunday. They embarrased the Canadiens and would love to do the same to the Hawks.

    The Hawks looked second rate, and disinterested?–Time to show up!

  8. This weekend has presented the team and fans a chance to see how this group can play against strong/streaking NHL teams. They failed the first test miserably. I turned it off after the 2nd period. The Hawks were not prepared to match Caps intensity out of the gate which has been the rule rather than the exception in most games the first half of this season. Teams can get away with that against lesser competition but good teams won’t let you back in the game when facing a 2 plus goal deficit. That was a grade A stinker last night on all counts.

    The response tomorrow evening will interesting to say the least. If the Hawks lay another big ass egg tomorrow in front of the faithful it will be a sign that this team has completely overachieved in the first half of the season and without really strong goaltending and late game goal scoring heroics the Hawks should be 10-14 points less in points than they are.

    We probably should not put too much importance in mid season games, but in sport teams and players are judged not so much on what they have done, but on what have they doing in the present. Caps and Wild are both hot teams right now. What is most important with any team in any sport is to be playing your best down the stretch and into the playoffs.

    The Hawks team game has been lacking consistency especially via defensive accountability. Opposing teams are getting way to many quality chances based on poor d zone coverage. Quality goaltending has bailed the team out and kept them in games.

    Hawks as a team this year seem easier to defend than in previous years. Inability to generate offense and better scoring opportunities through 4 lines is noteworthy especially 3-4 lines. Bottom line is offensive inconsistency, suggesting another offensive weapon is badly needed to take pressure off the Anisimov line. Toews needs to quit sulking and stop overthinking and just play HIS game.

    Let’s see how this goes tomorrow. A strong effort and Hawks win will mask underlying problems that need to be addressed. This team is still a work in progress imho.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  9. I didn’t get to see this game but glad I didn’t from the comments here and looking at the scoresheet. I wouldn’t say the Caps are a fast team and not sold on them. I watched the Leafs completely dismantle this team with ALOT more speed. The Leafs just have shitty D and goaltending. I’m more curious about the Minny game and I’m sure alot of the Hawks were thinking the same.

  10. I know it was just one game, but last night, and I’m assuming tomorrow, are reality checks that although the Hawks might go deep into the playoffs, ultimately, they probably can’t compete with the likes of Washington, Pittsburgh, etc. I think a number of the players are slightly underrated and the team is actually better off than we think, but they can’t make the kind of roster adjustments they need to to be the BEST team. Therefore, I hope they don’t make another desperate deadline trade to the detriment of future seasons. I was all for last seasons trades at the time, but the dan[o][ault]s would sure be nice to have this year. I would like to see them just see what happens with the current roster (maybe get that top scoring Russian over here) and then trade off something (seabrook?) after we see how the expansion draft shakes out.

  11. Stan- Hawks might be buyers… But- it will not matter… is the real message of my “prediction” (which is really not a “prediction” – just my opinion of what they should do)… which means nothing of course…

    They could land Landeskog…. and my opinion/would change to the Hawks- might actually do some damage in PO’s… But-I don’t see Hawks landing Landeskog… but if SB makes it happen… things look better… sure.

    imo- Hawks gonna need to move someone of value/$$$ to make a “splash” type deal… that can actually have a positive effect on team- and make a difference going forward… and that “Big” deal – is more likely in Summer.

    I Hope they can move Seabrook- and get younger/faster… say Dahlstrom?

  12. Goldenbladz, think same on MON and WAS are maybe two best regular season/82 game teams every yr (they have a good team/2010). Playoff type hockey always have/still think teams like LA, ANA, TB are better teams then those kind of teams when it matters and that TB is team that you still have to go threw/same as CHI.

    Not that we want Bread Man to not score as many goals/pts as he can but having these kind of games from time to time might be good for team/player bonuses. We still havnt played our best yet and it might be good timing when we do.

  13. Wall, why not add a good FW like that around deadline with picks/whatever needed not any core guys now and then get back what we traded in expansion/draft in summer when we have to make that move. Get better now and be about same going forward for coming yrs that makes the salary cap work.

  14. If the Blackhawks are buyers for a scoring forward, it would seem that it would need to be a guy who goes to the net and gets a little dirty. There are already enough players on the team that can fire the puck at the net on one timers or perceived open shots. It’s the net presence that’s being missed, except for Anisimov and sometimes Panik.

    As Tab has mentioned previously, it will be interesting to see who the Blackhawks might try to package for a scorer. Do they try to offer up Hartman/Hinostroza who have shown some moxie at the NHL level? Do they try to give up the Schmaltz/Motte/Kero/Forsling guys who have been a little up and down? I’m not sure the defensive depth is good enough to give up anyone there. And I just can’t see a guy the likes of Seabrook being dealt.

    No doubt a lot of moving parts are gonna be in play. Go Blackhawks!!!!

  15. Would rather keep entire core, get through the bottle neck and keep drafting good young guys that will get better. Then were stacked again.

    Can use another good FW and donot want to trade a core guy now (then its not worth it). If we have to do a mvoe in summer then we do to make salary cap work. A lot more FW then D in terms of young guys/prospects. I got a feeling that Bowman has a thing up his sleeve and takes this salary cap situation for the coming yrs and gets a win win.

  16. The time to trade Seabrook was last summer. With his salary and negative plus minus stat, Stan wouldn’t get a bag of pucks for him now.

    If we are honest about our team, they are good but far from great. Without Toews producing they are a one line team that any good opponent will be able to shutdown in the playoffs.

    For those who are looking for a left winger, I am with you but have my doubts. What Toews’ left winger needs is a more productive center.

    Can Toews offensive skills bounce back to give the Hawks two good lines? I hope so. If he can, they are a real cup contender. If not, it will be a struggle come playoff time.

  17. Rosy, please retire,
    As for desi or tootoo, who would we replace in the line up, schmaltz and Marta need to spend more time at Rockford, perhaps next year.

  18. Better to make a deal a year to early than a year to late. We need to face it father time waits for nobody except Hossa

  19. I was at the game last night, and am a DC-based Hawks fan since 1970. (I’m also a Caps season-ticket holder who usually roots for the other team,…) Last night was the most pathetic performance in the Kane/Toews era. Caps fans were mocking anyone wearing an Indian head sweater. Every Hawk looked like he was playing with the wrong-sided stick. Kane/Hartman/Hinostroza looked like the only guys who wanted to be out there. The scary thing is that, seeing the Caps play 30+ times each year, they aren’t that good. NYR, MON, and TB make them look sluggish. I guess the good news is that PIT looked this bad early last year, and they finished ok. Hopefully, Q will use this moving forward. OK, my venting/therapy is done.

  20. Stan2… I stand by the “No offense comment…” I don’t give a crap about the Hawks winning 4 in a row versus patsies… and scoring – they scored ZERO versus a real team… their goal differential tells more of the story… not good enough… they will NOT have the benefit of 3 on 3 OT’s in PO’s!!! sorry Toews!!!

    Toews- crying allegedly ( I have not heard 19 personally- so please Dolt- save it for another day)to media about no LW??? Toews- you were 25% at Dot last nite- cuz your LW???

    Morrison- SB- can pull a rabbit out for sure… But there are a lot of other team’s reaching for that Rabbit… but it could happen… but it better be a difference maker… not Ladd, or Old man Iginla type… Landeskog- I would like… so would a bunch of other teams.

  21. Wondering if seabrook is having back issues that bothered him last spring and he aggravated again with his ackward fall into the boards. He was playing well up to then and hasn’t been the same since, could explain why tvr is logging big minutes and seabrooks less ice time some games and looking like some nights he just can’t get it done lately and missed practice this week.

  22. 8 is up, 15 is sick.

    Keep banking cap space.

    No need for 7 to play full min if playing not 100%.

    Donot turn your back on Johnny Wayne.

  23. wall – re: “imo- Hawks gonna need to move someone of value/$$$ to make a ‘splash’ type deal” – that isn’t your opinion. it’s simple fact based on the salary cap, which has been discussed at length pretty much everywhere.

    & the idea that the Hawks would make a run at a Cup by trading Seabrook and replacing him w/ Dahlstrom – a 21 year old w/ 8 points in his first full AHL season – is hilarious.

  24. I mean when 15 is not sick and when Krugs comes back we can have another to Rockford so we go with 21 on 23man. I was Looking ahead.

  25. Tab- both of my comments – you cited… are directed to My opinion of Hawks need to make a “bigger” deal – to land a true 1LW for this year’s PO push (to be serious Cup contenders)… in other words- to “Land-Landeskog” – a Big deal would have to happen…

    The Seabrook stuff- Is My opinion- that it is a Horrible long term contract… the guy is really starting to slow down… and The Dahlstrom comment- yes- it is far fetched… really grasping for straws on replacement (based on size and similar physical build)… I actually like Joni Tuulola (few years away)… But the Dahlstrom thing has become more of “chumming” for Dolt (Ernie gets it)…

    Hawks have near/ready D guys Kempny/Forsling/Snuggerud/Tuulola/Dahlstrom…
    Are any as good as Seabs today… No!!! In 2-3 years… probably YES!!!

    So Kempny + Landeskog > Seabs… just my 2 cents… in a couple of years – even more so!

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