Flyers Put Blackhawks Away Easily

The Blackhawks needed to generate scoring, so coach Joel Quenneville pushed the panic (not Panik) button. Jonathan Toews was joined by Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp on the top line to start the night as the admittedly desperate Hawks tried to find a winning formula.

Unfortunately, the Flyers’ big line came out stronger.

Sharp turned the puck over early and the Flyers took advantage. Sharp’s pass attempt hit an official’s skate and there was confusion with the Hawks’ retooled blue line. Jan Rutta and Duncan Keith played the same side of the ice and Claude Giroux was left all alone in front of Corey Crawford.

And 4:58 in the Hawks were trailing 1-0.

Seven minutes later, Philly’s top line checked in again. Giroux fed Shayne Gostisbehere who found Jakub Voracek all by himself and the Hawks were down 2-0.

Sharp didn’t stay with Toews and Kane for long; Quenneville moved Brandon Saad back up to be with his captain and Kane quickly in the first. Saad was the only Hawks skater consistently pulling the trigger in the first, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

After 20 minutes, the Flyers had a 16-12 shot advantage and led by two on the scoreboard.

Philadelphia’s top line checked in once again when Giroux and Voracek got assists on Sean Couturier’s 10th of the year and Chicago found itself down three less than four minutes into the second period.

Connor Murphy scored his first as a Blackhawk at 16:13 into the second to at least get the Hawks on the board.

At least Murphy’s goal was an even strength marker. So we’ve got that going for us…

Compounding Chicago’s issues was the dumpster fire power play. The Hawks got a 2-man advantage for 1:44 late in the second and didn’t do anything with it. Toews, Kane, Sharp and Gustav Forsling were on the ice for the entire power play(s).

When 40 minutes were officially in the books, the Blackhawks had a 23-21 shot advantage but were losing by two. And the power play had failed on all three opportunities.

The Hawks came out firing in the third but still couldn’t beat Brian Elliott. They got another power play 14 minutes into the third that was wasted. And they danced their way out of good scoring opportunities on a number of occasions.

When Crawford went to the bench with 80 seconds left in regulation, Chicago struggled to get the puck into the offensive zone, much less keep it there or generate quality shots.

Chicago’s winless streak in Philadelphia continues. The final horn sounded with the Flyers holding onto their 3-1 lead.

The Hawks got completely dominated at the dot on Thursday. Toews and Artem Anisimov won six of 20 faceoffs each and Nick Schmaltz won only two of 12 in the game.

Tommy Wingles won half of his ten faceoffs and was credited with a team-high seven hits in the game. He also picked up three takeaways in the game but was limited to 11:43 on the ice because of two minor penalties.

Saad led Chicago with eight shots on net.

On the positive side of the ledger, the Hawks killed both Flyers power plays.

Crawford made 28 saves against 31 shots in the loss. Elliott stopped 38 of 39 to earn the victory.

22 thoughts on “Flyers Put Blackhawks Away Easily

  1. The most consistent line has been the 4th line. This does not bode well. Toews, for whatever reason is just absent. I don’t see leadership…or…anything. Is he distracted? Is he hurt? Kane is just quiet. Does he miss Panarin THAT much? Most alarming of all, has the team turned off Coach Q? The PP is even worse than previous years. The ES offense is paltry. Does this fall on the GM? The core was put together by Dale Tallon. The rest is all on Stan Bowman. He’s been relying on European and college players. His trades and contracts have been less than stellar. Something has got to give. There’s too many questions and no ready answers. What to do?

  2. The two man advantage was as bad as it gets. Right now, this team is awful in every way, save Crawford.

  3. The lack of intensity is pretty shocking. The first period looked like they were playing a beer league game. That effort won’t beat an AHL team.

  4. This Q’s 10tb season with the Hawks. He may win another Cup with a new team, even in the first year coaching it. He may be the best coach in the league as of now. Not sure if he gets the teams attention anymore. Hope to be wrong.

  5. They seem to be a perimeter based team right now. Everything outside and easy for the goalie to see and catch. Seems only a few are engaged on a nightly basis.

  6. MS, I hope it’s not a broken record in these 82 games but that makes us 0-3 in games after 4/5/or6 days off in between games. The first game after long break.

    Just like the STL game and I forget the other one but no energy, no rythem, out of sinc, no flow. Stop and start with this kind of sch.

    We have 11 times we have a 4/5/or 6 days off between games.

  7. Looks like the alot if players are not happy. Keith needs somebody to play with so he can get into the offense again. At this point i woukd try Forsling with him, he has speed to keep up and get back and allow Keith to jump up. All goals were scored 5 on 5 and Forsling(20.5 min) and Seabrook (19 min) lead all dmen in 5 on 5 ice time and were only pair not scored on so hard to blame them.
    Schmaltz is a talented player and i am rooting for him but he is becoming a joke when in opposing end by being no threat to shoot. They don’t even defend him as if he might and has lost his effectiveness. The forwards as group need to start having fun again as early in season, not looking very motivated at all. Hopefully they get it together soon

  8. If we donot rally and make these 11 games a even record(5-5-1/5-6) I wonder how many 4/5/or 6 days inbetween games we have in 2019 sch. Now that makes me curious how many we had eac yr going back to 2009. I get back to you on that one.

  9. …others have expressed this (or similar) – the Hawks are playing like a team trying to get the coach and gm fired.

  10. This is a team that made a major trade to placate Toews (Saad), brought in assistant coaches for defense, penalty kill(Samuelson), youth development (Granato) and is 500.
    There appear to be too many holes in this team to fix with one move.

    The core is a bore. One paltry goal a night from our stars, night in, night out.

    I say the onus is on John Mcdonough far more than Stan or Q. Is this what he envisioned when he said it’s tine put the 3 Stanley Cups where they belong, in the past.

    He was furious about the sweep to Nashville. And 16 games in to the new season, it might be even worse. Wow !

  11. Lack intensity, perimeter team, not good enough, upset at coach, too many holes–

    One thing for sure they look outclassed for big parts of many games–and this isn’t a new trend.

    They try the same thing over and over and over. Thank God for Crow.

  12. CN, spot on, the core is a bore. A .500 team is palatable IF they play with energy and seem genuinely enthused to be at the rink. The effort from the young guys is admirable but the core sets the tone. Maybe it is time to have a core player sit, at a home game, for a game or two.

    That said, I do believe the Hawks are a 95 point team. They have some catching up to do.

  13. I think that Kane held to his statements prior to the game that he was going to try and be more involved and try to be more creative. There was a little of that on display, but the out of sync comments above are dead on. No one appeared ready for passes or couldn’t haul them in. And it seems like there are maybe too many (poor) passes when the puck should just be shot within ten feet of the net.
    Defensively out of sync too, with guys not being in the right place.
    Kind of painful to watch the replays of the bad plays.

    Is DeBrincat deferring to others when he should just go for it? Seems tentative. He’s a strong talent but I do wonder if a trip down to Rockford with instructions to cut loose might be a good idea.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  14. The 1st period effort by the Hawks was about as lame a showing as we will ever see. Unprepared and lacking necessary focus to compete. Simply awful. This is happening too frequently for me to simply accept that level of performance as an aberration. Flyers built the easiest 3 goal lead they will ever get. One would think the Hawks would be especially wary of the Flyers top line, but they simply had their way with this Hawks team to score those 3 goals off brutal defensive lapses. Clawing back from a 3 goal deficit is tough for any team.

    Two goals scored in 2 games. No chance to win. Crow kept it from being a mess on the score sheet. Line changes didn’t bring desired results. It’s sad when the 4th line is seemingly spending the most time in the offensive zone. It has become a team disease to pass instead of shooting. Mrfenn92 and Noonan said it right. The Hawks are trying/being forced to generate offense from the periphery and not down the middle. Opposing goalies are getting time to set up and take proper angles. Shot count by the Hawks does not reveal lack of quality chances of where the shots are coming from.

    The 2 man power play the Hawks had last night was a shit show and reveals how tentative this team has become offensively.

    Someone on this team needs to lead by example. The Mo theory of long schedule breaks producing poor efforts is sadly ringing true. The Hawks are not an enjoyable team to watch right now, and based on what we are seeing on the ice this team is not having any fun playing hockey. For well paid athletes we have seen perform so well over the last 10 years to play down to this level of mediocrity it has been very sad to watch.

    Scoring a bunch of goals in a period would certainly lift the clouds, but as we edge closer to the end of the first quarter of the season this Hawks team is somehow sadly lacking what it takes to compete at a higher level in the NHL. Can this team start playing consistently better hockey? I still think so, but right now it feels like one of the worst patches we have seen since, well, last years playoffs. …No bueno.

    Sorry about feeding so many Quarters to the bitch box this morning.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  15. This team looks uninspired, lethargic and weak. The strengths that made this team one of the most feared in the NHL, speed, passing, puck control and team defense are all gone. Crow is the only player giving his best.

    Again, let’s play 10 games at a time and evaluate from there. The first 10 games the Hawks were 5-5 after a great start. Right now they are 2-4 and things don’t look good.

    Let’s see where this all goes……………

  16. One can only hope this goes one of two ways either the Hawks turn it around and go on a 5-10 win streak or it goes completely off the rails. The latter is the only way changes are going to happen. It’s like any company, business or team if the team continues average or mediocre play then management stays with status quo and sees no need to correct or make changes.

  17. Well, the definition of insanity is:

    Insanity: Repeating the same technique and expecting a different result.

    They made a HUGE amount of changes over the summer, we need to give this time to take effect. Again, 10 games at a time.

  18. Based upon the Hawks’ middling play and record so far this season, one has to ask as it pertains to this blog: Where is Mr. Rufus? He usually has a field day when the Hawks hit hard times.

  19. Four times since 2000, and three times in the last 2009, a head coach has been fired mid-season and that team ended up winning the Stanley Cup with their new head coach. Just sayin’.

  20. am thinking for the PP, it is time to use all new folks, no one who’s being out there for the last 10 games gets out again until at least December.
    for home contests, actually think Q should send out the Ice Crew- at least no one will be disappointed when they accomplish nothing and they won’t be as boring to watch.

  21. Detailing the Hawks shortcomings are a waste of time because they’ve been identified and discussed already. There isn’t only one or two things that if rectified would “fix” the Hawks. No, the Hawks problem is on a larger scale than a tweak here and there would fix. The Hawks, as a team, have been in decline the last couple years as was evidenced by the unceremonious escort to the exit by the Preds last season. And while a descent from the NHL mountain top was expected, the free fall seen lately is startling.

    The old axiom that you’re not as good as you best game nor as bad as your worst game leads me to think we’ll see the Hawks play better than they have lately, maybe even well enough to keep the “carrot” of the playoffs dangling in front of us. But it’s hard to see that this team is going to miraculously transform into a contender for the Cup, and isn’t that supposed to be the “One Goal”.

    And that brings me to where, ultimately, the success or failure of the Hawks will be determined. Is “One Goal” an honest slogan to do whatever is required to win the Stanley Cup, or is it something less – a marketing slogan to milk the fans and advertisers for as long as possible. It is a business, after all, and an admitted tear down rebuild will affect the bottom line profit.

    I don’t have the answers but I’m pretty darn certain this team isn’t going get close to winning the Cup, even if they do manage to make the playoffs. Will the Hawks follow the path of the Wings by continuing to deny the inevitable is already upon them or will Rocky demand an honest effort to do what is necessary, for as long as it takes, to make “One Goal” more than a hollow slogan once again.

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