Ducks Double-Up Sinking Blackhawks

Another night, another city, same result. The Blackhawks dug an early hole, tried to dig out but didn’t have enough to win a game.

On Wednesday night it was Anaheim, against the lovely retro Mighty Ducks. Brandon Montour and Daniel Sprong scored 20 seconds apart around six minutes into the game to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. The Ducks out-shot the Blackhawks 12-8 in the first period.

The Hawks rallied in the second period. Erik Gustafsson put home his fifth of the season at 7:16 to cut the lead in half.

Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane were credited with the assists on Gustafsson’s goal.

With under 30 seconds left in the period, Chicago tied the game. Alex DeBrincat awkwardly tied the game.

Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad picked up assists on DeBrincat’s 11th of the year.

The Ducks out-shot the Hawks 14-10 in the second period but allowed the two goals. The third period began with the score tied.

That tie lasted four minutes. Ondrej Kase scored the eventual game-winning goal and the Hawks simply didn’t have an answer the rest of the way. Jakob Silfverberg padded the lead with 91 seconds left in regulation, making the final score 4-2.

Wednesday night was another great example of the Blackhawks having just enough to make a game interesting… for about 15 minutes. Chicago fought back to tie the game in the second period but at the end of the day they lost yet again.

This team isn’t good enough for much better than a top-10 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Toews won 15 of 21 faceoffs against a few good centers in Anaheim. Artem Anisimov won five of 11 at the dot and led Chicago with five shots on net. Brandon Manning blocked a five shots but finished the night minus-three. Keith led Chicago with six blocked shots.

Henri Jokiharju was limited to 14:29 on the night, the lowest ice time on the blue line. Alexandre Fortin only skated 8:32 up front.

Corey Crawford stopped 28 of 31 in the loss.

40 thoughts on “Ducks Double-Up Sinking Blackhawks

  1. Crickets…

    Wow that was bad first 10 minutes…
    Crow- not good there

    Kase- skating thru Hawks like Pylons… guy looked like Hossa out there

    Almost – every Hawk’s shot was blocked in first 10 minutes???

    Re: Coach Q firing-
    The coaching Change… making a Huge difference so far… NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Wall the coaching change is making a huge difference…..

    The core are now totally disconnected, and it is reflected in their play. This not due to Colliton per se, but more due to the presence of Barry Smith and Granato. If Colliton came in with a complete fresh staff that never had any run in’s with Q, whom the players loved playing for for the last decade, he would have had a better chance to sell his program to them and start from scratch. Instead, you have what we see.

    The other part is this…..I get if they wanted to move on from Q and go with a younger upcoming coach as a concept. The Bears and Nagy are an example. But answer me this….if they fired Q in the offseason, where would Colliton have been on the list of coaches like that in terms of preference? I have to think there are ten guys on college teams, much less all the guys in juniors, that might have been better choices to do this. And you see it in games too. He doesn’t know the league, the personnel, was thrown in the deep end of the pool and is in over his head right now. Doesn’t mean he won’t adjust and become good, like a rookie player. But he is not good right now.

  3. As most of us have stated (and me repetitively for certain), it’s not the coach’s fault the Hawks are in the position they are in. See Bowman (out the door would be best).

    That being said, if anyone thinks this coach is capable of leading a good team to success (i.e. Stanley Cup), stop smoking those funny cigarettes. What coach has players like Kahun & Kampf playing top line minutes w/ Kane, and then has them playing on the 4th line w/ Kruger? Their best game was when they played w/ Hayden, that makes (for this dog breath team) for a capable fourth line for 10-12 minutes a night.

    In addition, Kane has been bouncing around lines like a superball. The coach is green as to handling an NHL bench, and clearly, he has little to no command of the room. He doesn’t have the presence (even w/ a good team) to be an NHL coach at this time. Like Keith said recently, the NHL isn’t a developmental league.

  4. Mike – great post, outstanding. Spot on. Look at the Rangers coach as an example. Their talent/roster is comparable to the Hawks (also w/ a solid veteran goalie). Apples and oranges as to the coaches.

  5. Crawford was terrible, period. Veteran leadership is no where to be found anywhere. This is a what have you done lately league not I have 3 cups or 2 Norris trophies league. Colliton needs to show up for practice and say just skate around boys because that’s all you want to do in games. They can brag about what they did in the past when they retire but for now play the damn game like it matters because it does. Stan needs to hire a genuine PP coach because these clowns are clueless. This poor excuse of a PP is so predictable every team knows whats coming and laughs at us. Sorry but I’m fed up with this shit show.

  6. That game was illustrative for seeing which of the leaders cared enough to step up and do what was necessary to try to secure the desired result. Toews made an amazing play to fight through the opposition and get a pass to DCat who buried the tying goal. All of a sudden getting 2 points was a possibility. That’s when leaders are needed to step up, and they did. First Crawford went down early and got as small as he could in net to give the Duck player room over his shoulder to fire in the game winner. Then Kane realized the Hawks were in danger of tying the game when JC pulled Crawford so he gave the Puck to a Duck for a game securing goal.

    Kudos to Kane and Crawford for sacrificing their personal stats for the good of the team, apparently Toews didn’t get the memo. LA is not going away so we can’t afford to be picking up random points in the standings, especially on the road.

    It looked a little scary there for a bit last night, but in the end all is well. Now if we can just get Stan to make a trade with LA to ensure the Kings will get better – that would be good.

  7. Boys, we have to look at this, logically, and from Stan’s point of view, whether it’s right or wrong. Colliton is not calling the shots. Stan has to see who is NHL material and who is not, so he has Colliton move around the players from line to line to see what they have and if they are NHL caliber players. Barry Smith is making up the lines and giving a report to Stan and “big poppa” after every game.

    Q would have NEVER done this because he wanted to win NOW! Colliton has been told that the management needs to evaluate the talent on the team and so Colliton coaches the lineup as Barry Smith gets it from Stan.

    We all know that 5-6 of these starters are AHL players at best. When the trade deadline comes the Hawks will be able to purge themselves of Keith, Crow and Maybe Krueger. They will deal Seabs in the summer and eat some salary and then all that will be left will be 19 and 88.

    As it sits, this team may not win another game until after January 1st. But the UC is looking more empty every game and McDonough is not going to stand that for very long.

    I can’t watch this much longer!

  8. Yes- the BIG positive out of all of this…

    perhaps some of the “Core” guys get so pissed off—

    they Beg SB for trade… and waive NMCs… to get out of town…

    Taking the “hate/pressure ” off of McD/SB/Wirtz for trading them

  9. Crawford made alot if big saves to keep them in it when the team in front was playing sloppy and confused. You can see some players unsure when they have to be responsible for their guy and a play needed on somebody else to prevent a scoring chance.
    Tend to agree that micro managing going on with the coaching staff right now. If recent moves were meant to bring results in short term, then obviously that didn’t occur, hopefully they do in the long term.

  10. You read it on blog after blog. “Trade Seabrook and Keith.” Nobody can convince me that anybody will take them without the Hawks retaining at least half their salaries. That’s assuming they give up their NMCs.

    What is happening in the first periods is just inexplicable. They compete after that, so kudos on not giving up, most of the time.

    Given how much this swoon is grating on the fans, can you imagine how the Cup winning players must feel? Depending upon what the players see from the coaches and in the locker room from other players, some of these guys giving up NMCs is not a stretch at all. It still comes back to how much salary the Hawks would have to eat.

    Krispy Kreme in Las Vegas gives a dozen donuts to fans that attend a home game where VGK shuts out the opponent. They have to show their ticket stubs the next day. Fleury plays great against the Hawks. Hopefully, those fans will have to pay for their donuts tomorrow. There is a video on Youtube of Fleury getting his donuts a couple weeks ago, even though he didn’t have a ticket stub.

  11. Not much good happens with Perlini — can’t make or receive a pass, falls down a lot, turns the wrong way — he just doesn’t seem to be good at hockey (but sure play him for now although he is a real anchor playing with 19/20).

    Maybe Strome works out. There is nothing dynamic about his game, but his skating is not that bad.

    Hayden tries, but he looks like he is skating uphill. Too bad.

    Kahun hustles and does a lot of things right, but in the end he’s not much of a threat. Again, too bad.

    WJC always fun.

  12. Geez- just can’t wait for my first, ever, trip in January to the UC to see what’s left of my beloved Hawks!
    We could be dead last in the league BUT, as some of you so carefully explained, we will know who’s an NHLer and who’s an AHLer!
    GO Hawks GO!!

  13. Jordyhawk perfectly analyzes Perlini and Strome, both of whom I am watching closely. Perlini looked awful and Strome is holding his own. Hopefully, there will be improvement as they get acclimated with the system. We need them both to succeed.

  14. Are they giving up goals early in the game on purpose?? Not sure, but one thing is true of nearly every Cup team….typically they have to come back in not only a game but a series. Better learn how to do it now so they can do it later. The Tank is real?

  15. Agree on Kahun. He hustles, has some skill, but again comes from the tiny guy template that Stan worships. He simply lacks the size to be strong on the puck – and that is the storyline of this team. They seem so easily moved off the puck – teams don’t respect their abilities. Looking at the power play last night, Anaheim had guys right at the point – there’s no respect for the talent on the Hawks. Also, seems like the locker room is lost – and again, firing a coach during the season, IMO, has a negative affect on the younger players. They have a hard enough time trying to “fit in” the locker room, now they have a brand new coach, where they have multiple levels of anxiety – fitting in and then trying to win in a new system. This team needs a seasoned coach – not a guy from the AHL who has Barry Smith in his ear. Looks like Barry hits the tanning bed during periods.

  16. If you though we looked bad v.s. Anaheim,.,.,.,wait for Vegas ! There is potential for us to be behind 3 -4 perhaps even 5 goals before we know the game has started .
    J.C is a sacrificial lamb . So much for his storied career .

  17. If Reg (and others) are right that we’re in a phase of “let’s see what we have on the roster,” was it the right move to bring in Cotillion to do so? From what I recall he’s a promising coach who did well in the AHL. Is throwing him into this mess the best thing for him long term? Or would it have been better to get some throwaway coach, or make Smith the interim for the rest of the year, and give Cotillion the chance to start his career right with a full training camp and no stench of being the guy that replaced Q?

    So among the front office’s other screw ups, I don’t think they’ve done Cotillion any favors either.

  18. This is ‘let’s see who gives a shit’ time, because ‘we want to make the playoffs’ left town a long time ago.
    I’d love to see another management press conference now-it would be interesting to hear something about the real state of the team and leave the optics and BS at the door. Feel bad for JC. This is a lot to put on a 33 year old, who may, as others have stated-not have full control. If they really cared and liked this guy why would they have done this to him at this point in his career? Baffling!

  19. Noonan96……the reason that they put all this on Colliton is because if they tried to do this to Q he would have told them to go “pound sand”! Colliton will take anything that they shove at him because he wants to coach in the NHL. Unfortunately for him, this will probably be his first AND his last NHL job!

  20. Because changing coaches was the only way Stan had of buying time so he didn’t get launched himself.

    He is in job preservation mode. It has nothing to do with liking or caring about the new coach. That isn’t even on his radar.

  21. Only saw the lowlights of this game but of the ANA goals three were goals I’m sure Crow would call soft and the other an Empty netter

    Goaltending was supposed to be a strength (one of the few) of this team – wasn’t the case last night

    Wonder If 19 with 20 and 12 could be a regular thing?

  22. Wrap if it wasn’t for Crawford the score would have been alot higher. The Blackhawks were outshot in the 2nd and Crawford made many big saves to allow them a chance to get back in it. The 1st goal he was screened and never saw it. The 3rd Manning got caught and allowed a break in on him, may not have looked it but was a difficult stop. 2nd was a whoops but overall he had a strong game, if you watched it.

  23. What is the mystery everyone? Bowman is a Joke. He is the master of all this downfall from the moment he traded Danualt for two 4th line players in Fleishman and Weise. Then Teuvo! Then Panarin and Hammer.! And we know the brutal free agent signings.
    Dumping on Keith is really dumb. He is playing without Seabs who is playing without Keith. The rest on D are useless.
    No mystery just reality. Talent vs no talent!.

    NHL players: Saad, Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabs, Crow. Joki
    Fringe NHL players ;3rd line or 4th line: Debrincat, Anisimov, Strome, Perlini,
    Non NHL players: Kampf, Kahun, Hayden, Johnson, Martinson, Kruger, Fortin, Sikura, Edjsell, Rutta, Forlsing, Manning, Murphy, Davidson.

    Conclusion: Team has no talent to compete against playoff teams in the NHL thanks to Bowman’s lack of vision as a GM. He is a FOOL! An arrogant one as welll. Embarrassing.

  24. Thanks for the info Ian – I get that the first one was screened although we’ve seen Crow make those stops in the past

    And the 3rd may have been difficult but I guess I’m used to CC stopping those ones as well

    Oh well – I’m not gonna dump on Crow too severely but again the Hawks find ways to lose and last night there seemed to be a couple of goals CC would want back

    Of course I realize only scoring 2 goals makes his margin for error razor thin

  25. Exactly, Crow has no team in front of him and the only ones producing are the usual suspects; Toews, Saad, Kane, Keith and Seabs (shout out to #56 offensively and #12) The rest? Nothing! Does Joki have a goal? The remaining roster is not NHL calibre. And when I hear Bowman interested in Sam Gagner because visibly Kane is fed up of Bowman like all of us for trading SAAD to make Toews happy and Schmaltz to make no one happy but his ego, he is desperate, clueless and lazy GM.
    This is going to get ugly and the team will lose lots of fans if any of those vets are traded. BECAUSE, IT IS BOWMAN WHO DESERVES TO GO HOME ALONG WITH HIS FATHER, SMITH, MCDO AND THE NEW COACH.

  26. Saying Bowman scouting LA for a trade, supposedly Muzzin was on block this season, wonder if he’d consider it. Be under contract to help next season too, then off books when Debrincat needs extended if he uses space on fas in off season next summer.

  27. Just wondering – do fringe NHL players score 28 goals and 52 points as a 19 year old rookie? If the answer is ‘yes’ – then hull65 is correct in defining DeBrincat as a fringe NHL player.

  28. BTW, I said shout out to 12 and 56 but on a good playoff team, #12 is a 3rd line forward. And that’s not bad but the truth. Strome is in the AHL.
    #12 is a good 3rd line player on a good playoff team.
    What kind of GM would rather keep AA and trade Panarin instead? Trade AA at the time even if you get a draft pick or minor league prosepct. Look to the future. No vision. You would have had money for Panarin and money for Schmaltz!
    Dumb
    This GM gets rid of the wrong players ever single time which makes those empty seats look cool these days.
    And the worse is yet to come. Perlini unfortunately is also showing why he a 4th line player. Who did Anaheim giveaway for Sprong? I guess Bowman was also sleeping there. Sherback on waivers goes to LA? Bowman would rather look at Sam Gagner??
    Oh yes, and leading scorer for the Anaheim Ducks picked up on waivers, yes another one off the waiver wire (Sherbak, Yaskin, Ty Ratti) was ABERG.
    Thx Stan for not paying attention.

  29. Product on the ice almost unwatchable-
    Crow’s body language says it all. And I don’t think it’s Bowman’s fault for about 3 years of awful power play execution. How can a team keep doing the same thing-puck to quarterback Kane on his off wing-year after year–and it doesn’t work and guess what?-they keep doing it. Who is accountable?
    Do we send complaints to the department of redundancy department?

  30. Thank you for calling the department of redundancy department. For English press 1. For English press 2. For English press 3. To repeat this menu press star.

  31. For all enquiries on the Blackhawks power play, please dial 1-SAD-TRM-BONE. Current waiting times are usually 2 minutes, but occasionally 4 or 5.

  32. Actually last 2 games were competitive. Good to see some emotion from Toews and Crawford, some good work and push back from Kane. Veterans definitely leading and being best players.
    Let downs, pp that still sucks and confused sloppy play on their own end still happening though.

  33. And to add Ian-Groundhog Day like start to games (I made the comment end of first period-they did (some at least) responded after that.)

    As someone said earlier best case happened-close game, no points-better draft pick.
    needs-
    goalie beyond Crow
    young D-men to develop-time and some luck here
    two drafts that produce upper level winger and center
    some talented nasty, with some size (one on D and one up front)
    Power Play Coach

    Oh and Seabs was awful-he can’t play back to backs!

  34. Has Joki taken a step back since Q left or is it just me?

    Does Colliton not have faith in him to give him a regular shift? He was first pair with Keith and looked good there most of the year!

  35. We know he can play there. He did it.
    I wouldn’t have him there now thought, when the team isint playing good, were not getting breaks, we have most difficult stretch of sch in these 82 games wevew been going through and other things.

    I would in the 2nd 40 games at some point.
    Might have been to get team playing better or mix things up, but I think if he stayed there when the difficult sch started, then people would think that he got worse kind of thing. Not saying he cooled down, thw whole team did with Q and sch.

    I would wait though until, at some point, in 2nd 40 games because the sch is much easier those 40 games the the first 40 games.
    Problem with that is, we need to do what weve been doing to get that top 3 25%.
    We win too many games in 2nd 40, would be fun/make you feel good, but screw ourselves in what we deserve and need, another top 3 guy like BoQ.

    Were not going to lose like weve been, during this tuff sch section here, but keep eye on the prize. We win win a bunch of games though, at some point, just because were not bad just not deep and need full roster/better players so we can roll 4 lines of quality and have a stout D. Then all of sudden our core guys and other will look night and day, when not carrying too much load and can pitch in, everyone can then.

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