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.