Flyers Deal Hawks Fourth Straight Loss

Another prime time game against a potential playoff team ended with the Blackhawks on the losing end.

Coach Joel Quenneville threw the lines in a blender before the game even started this time, rolling an entirely new look. Tomas Fleischmann got bumped up to a top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, while Marian Hossa skated with Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov.

The first period saw both teams spending time short-handed, and the Blackhawks were able to take advantage first – but with a short-handed goal. Hossa got a breakaway when Shane Gostisbehere’s stick broke and he and beat Michal Neuvirth for his 497th career goal.

But the Hawks squandered 1:53 of 5-on-3 and the Flyers, predictably, were able to grab momentum from a big penalty kill. Ryan White was credited with his ninth goal of the season while Philly was on the power play to tie the game as Chicago’s penalty kill struggles continued.

Late in the first, Chris VandeVelde dangerously elbowed Toews in the head but was only called for a minor penalty (it could/should have been a major). Chicago couldn’t get a goal in 30 seconds of advantage to close the first period and didn’t get anything going in 90 seconds of power play time to open the second period.

Toews stayed in the game and early in the second, he finished a terrific shift from his new line. Toews roofed a shot past Neuvirth for his 25th of the year to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. On the play, Kane got back on the scoresheet with an assist, his 90th point of the year. He became only the second American player to reach 90 points since 2001.

Unfortunately, that would be the end of the night’s offense for the Blackhawks.

Brayden Schenn scored his 24th of the year at 13:02 into the second to tie the game. In the third, Radko Gudas put a low shot towards the net and it redirected off Christian Ehrhoff’s stick and past Scott Darling for the game-winner.

Chicago pulled Darling late but weren’t able to get another puck past Neuvirth and dropped their fourth straight game.

Other than two goals, the night was ugly across the board for the Hawks. Toews won only six of 17 faceoffs and Teuvo Teravainen won just two of 11 at the dot as the Blackhawks’ struggles at the dot continued. Only Anisimov, who won seven of 13, was over 50 percent at the dot.

Hossa and Andrew Shaw, who skated with Teravainen and Andrew Ladd, led the team with four shots on goal each. Duncan Keith generated only one shot on goal in 24:42, the high ice time mark for the team. Only two other Blackhawks skated more than 22 minutes in the game: Michal Rozsival and Trevor van Riemsdyk. Ehrhoff skated only 10:25 but was credited with two blocked shots and two hits. It was Rozsival and van Riemsdyk who were on the ice for the final minute rush for a tying goal.

The Flyers are not 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and sit in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks, meanwhile, will try to get back on track when Ladd returns to Winnipeg on Friday night for a Central Division showdown.

19 thoughts on “Flyers Deal Hawks Fourth Straight Loss

  1. This team is in BIG trouble . They look terrible . They look slow , disorganized , confused and disinterested. Pathetic. Pathetic.

  2. According to post-game comments Q and the players were rather pleased with it. ??? It was ok, I guess.
    My 2 complaints though: Q’s decision to skate Rosival and TVR together and so much throughout the game eschewing Erhoff who looks a better puck handler and faster. This is a little concerning.,,
    And Keith and Seabrook seemed to enjoy passing the puck to each other way too much and could not shoot once they set up to shoot because they took so much time to shoot.
    Panarin looked good on his new line and took control of the puck when needed. Only problem is Kane wasn’t there so he had no one to pass it to if he didn’t have a shot; his linemates seemed to stand still when it mattered most.

  3. Blues give up 6 to lose to the Oilers – maybe Nashville will win the division.

    Thought the Flyers top line with Giroux was dominant in the 2nd and most of the 3rd. Tough decision by Hammer to get caught in too deep on the second goal against that line.

  4. Lots and lots of bounces coming are way. They owe us a few games. No more fucking shootouts.

  5. Bounces are simply not going the Hawks way. If Hossa scores on that second breakaway then the Hawks are up 3-2 instead of the flyers or that slap pass from Keith to Kane 99/100 Kane buries that but another miss. Some credit has to be given to the Flyers as they are fighting for their playoff lives and have been great lately. On to the next game let’s get it turned around soon.

    Go Hawks!!

  6. Panarin needs to be put back with Kane. His speed, skill, ability to carry the puck and passing open up time and space for Kane. Two shots by Kane last night is not going to cut it. Ladd was a no show. They got him to bring front net presence but he was on the perimeter all night. 65 and 16 are not a good match for TT. Ladd can’t keep up with TT and 65 can’t handle his quick passes. Put 12 and 86 back together, they had good chemistry. Keith and Seabs look out of gas. 25 played well last night but in general the fourth line is useless offensively. Put 65 back on the fourth where he belongs and play 14 or 70 before 53.

  7. Same as it ever was the Big fade to black!
    Time to Worry yet? I can tell ya, Coach Q is worried.
    still a light at the end of the tunnel . . . that strange glow and glint of the Stanley cup!

    But at least last night Hawks played harder and energized but many of the
    new line combination didn’t work out at all. Rozy looks slower when playing too many minutes but Kieth of all people ( crow too) need a rest!

    Sasquatch Darling played very well and I hope he starts vs. JETS!
    Give him back to back, rest Crow. Ehrhoff played very well AGAIN, he is actually good on defense but again up and down offensive minded, head up, fast quick decisions and fills the gap and lane to the net. That heap deflection out top didn’t do him any favors with Coach Q but I really like him offensively and he is the 4th best defensemen period. Rozy cant skate vs. faster teams and TVR is TVR. Gusty is okay.

    TVR as Eddie O and Doc mentioned played well with his stick, which is what he does, so he played okay but he loose way to many one on one battles for the puck in our zone. Weak upper body! Plus as we know he has a lot of other down side, but he is a third line defensemen so you cant expect perfection. When a defender is average on D you do sort of kind expect some UP SIDE On Offense like Gusty! But TVR was wide wide open in the slot 3 times last night and ignored, TVR does not have much upside offensively, slow to puck, average stick handle under any pressure and his shot isn’t heavy enough to worry about nor is his shot accurate enough. But he’s young as is Gusty but Young does not make Coach Q happy!

    “Flash” Fleischmann really skates well, the best addition so far, under control and makes smart fast decisions with the puck. He can play on the top line if needed but he played very well last night, back check and fore check. Shows you what Shaw is lacking which is that play making and passing ability. Flash palys with his head up and physcially naturally, so he is a rock! Flash playing great and makes Shaw trade-able ( hossa & Bick too ) such smart addition of Weise too. Panik is also a keeper. I wish LADD could stay too and replace Hossa, who got that nice first goal but got stoned on the second chance.

    Giroux is one of my favorite players in the NHL he carried them on his back
    Literally and his dominance at the face offs when you need it, has been going on for years! Night in and night out! Neuvirth played just okay, but Hawks hit post like Tubular Bells II and missed open nets and seemed to just be a ½ second slow on release? They still over pass a lot, so big teams like Philly and Kings and Ducks etc, will take that “prefect passing lane away” it’s easy, and make you take Philly type shots, quick on net with weight behind them.

    The problem was not the soft trap but that Philly is very hard to the puck!
    They get shots to net in a hurry not a team to over pass. ( lesson learned ) Philly the night before vs. Wings was an amazing game, they move as a unit, and forec heck hard like no other team. Their Defense blows but they cover over with Hits!

    Panarin consider lack of speed, his ability to get to top speed make him a marked man in the neutral zone, he is flat out horrible and that is an area of the ice where games are won and lost. It take him a week an half to get to speed, his half court game is fab but he’ll cost a game or a series at this rate.

    Can talk about the Power Play . . . no excuse.

    We gotta get these lines figured out soon. Certainly everyone has an opinion, But Ladd and Toews need to be productive together. Put the Fancy Pants line back together, and get bodies , big bodies to the net, Like Mash and Flash and Shaw and Weiss.

    go hawks

  8. Hate the work puck luck but when we watch enough hockey Hawks do go thru “streaks” and best to finish the regular season soft and enter the Playoffs with an attitude. But YES puck luck happens, and you earn your opportunities. We over pass and have NO consistent Net Front Presence.

    Luck will turn, too much offensive talent here, period, it’s a long season.

    Dunkin even looks very tired, he needs a rest too.

    go hawks

  9. Hawks have averaged nearly 100 games per year for going on SEVEN years !! Add to that 2 Olympics and a World Cup. As a fan it has been like a dream BUT the toll, especially on our core, is really starting to show as this regular season wears on. This is the price they pay for excellence.

    Unfortunately, because of the play the past month or so, there will be no rest for the weary. The Hawks need, IMO, 14 points out of their remaining 11 games to stay above a wild card spot.

    Will the core be re-energized once the playoffs start? Hopefully yes.

  10. Enough with the fancy passing and get back to the basics!! Shoot the puck more, crash the damn net and pounce on the rebounds!! A little backchecking from the forwards would help too seeing as the Hawks defense isn’t as strong as it used to be.

  11. I thought 2 very similar plays spoke volumes in the difference between the Hawks winning and losing.

    At the end of the 2nd period the Hawks had some pressure in the Flyers zone and the puck came out to the right point where a Hawks player tried to put a shot on net. Brayden Schenn was coming out to cover the point and he saw the shooter winding up to shoot the puck he went down and blocked the shot – offensive opportunity over, the Hawks got nothing.

    In the 3rd period, the almost exact same play happened at the same place on the ice but the situation were reversed. The Flyers player was winding up to take a shot from the right point with Toews coming out at him. However, Toews didn’t sell out to block the shot which whistled past Toews’ leg and ended up in the Hawks net and was the GWG for the Flyers.

    I’m not trying to imply those two plays were THE difference in the game, but I am saying it typified the difference between the teams urgency to do whatever it took to win the game. One team was playing for their playoff lives and the other team was fooling themselves if they thought they were playing at the same level, because they weren’t.

  12. Mac, “Enough with the fancy passing and get back to the basics!! Shoot the puck more, crash the damn net and pounce on the rebounds!! A little backchecking from the forwards would help too..” — about covers it. Before the game, Shaw said something about not playing “cute” —and then Seabrook and Keith put on a clinic of back-and-forth jerking around. I think a couple of times Kane tried “to do too much” on his own (desperation?). I hope the shuffled line experiment ends before Friday. It’s not the end of the world (panic), but it’s getting to be time to find and flip that “switch”. GO HAWKS!!

  13. I think over the last several games Hjalmarson’s play has really suffered. I don’t know if he’s hurt or just wore out but hes has been constantly getting beat to the puck. I would like to see “Q” use Rasmussen or Panick on the 4th line rather than Mashinter, Might be time to put Seabrook and Keith back together and try Erhoff with Hjamarson.

  14. A. The team is tired and worn out
    B. The team knows that accumulating points and playoff position is distinctly less important than having enough energy to go full tilt once the playoffs start
    C. van Riemsdyk and Gustafsson are getting eaten alive the last 3 weeks
    D. Opponents have learned to have their defensemen pinch in and flood the offensive zone in front of the Hawk goal…and it has worked masterfully against a tired team and/or a team unwilling to do the amount of physical gritty work
    E. Anisimov has really hit a wall, especially defensively
    F. Hossa and Ladd are both shying away from the bumping and banging that goes along with two-way hockey play…I assume it is self-preservation for Hossa so he can enter the playoffs health…I can’t figure out Ladd
    G. Weise has really struggled to fit in

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