Lightning Strikes, Blackhawks Fall Flat In Tampa

The Blackhawks played their third game in four nights – and last before the trade deadline – and didn’t appear to have much in the tank as the Tampa Bay Lightning walked all over them for 60 minutes.

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The final 40 minutes of the game were overshadowed by the news that the Hawks have acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia. That conversation in social media took fans attention away from an uninspired effort that left goaltender Scott Darling without much help on far too many occasions.

Turnovers and stupid penalties were fatal on Friday night. Teuvo Teravainen tried to bank the puck to himself and failed miserably, leading to Brian Boyle’s goal to get Tampa on the board.

Nine minutes later, the Hawks successfully killed a Duncan Keith penalty – his third of the night at that point – but failed to clear the zone (again). Caught with three defensemen on the ice, Tampa took advantage as Jason Garrison fired a shot at the net that was redirected past Darling by Steven Stamkos.

In the third, Ryan Callahan scored a power play goal to extend the lead, and Stamkos added his second of the night and 34th of the season on a power play later in the closing period. The final goal from Stamkos was a laser that found a tiny window to sneak past Darling.

Keith went to the box for three minor penalties – two at once in the first period and one more in the second – and Kris Versteeg took two penalties in the third, both of which resulted in a Lightning goal.

Chicago’s power play was awful, failing on all three opportunities in the first period. The penalty kill was put to use too many times in the second but performed admirably while short-handed; the Hawks did nothing in the third period to get back into the game. Six penalty kills were too many against the talented – and effective – Tampa power play unit.

Tim Erixon dressed in place of Michal Rozsival for a second consecutive game after taking a couple months off and he did little of note after a decent performance on Thursday night.

Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots to complete the shutout. Over the last two seasons, the Hawks have been shutout five times in 15 games without Patrick Kane in the lineup (7-8-0). Darling made 25 saves in the loss.

The Hawks don’t play again until after the trade deadline on Monday night, but appear to be actively jumping into the frenzy. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune tweeted during the game that a source told him the Hawks are talking to the Washington Capitals about a deal involving Patrick Sharp, and the Hawks continue to be linked to Arizona center Antoine Vermette in rumors.

11 thoughts on “Lightning Strikes, Blackhawks Fall Flat In Tampa

  1. We win a couple, then take a hit for 20 games that’s 10-5-5 or 12-6-3 which puts us at 21 or 22 over. The teams that ar at 9/10/11 over will not be better then 21 over.

    We in 4or5 in a row in either 10game segments we could be around 25 over at get the 2seed/overall conf. 2seed depending on ANA/STL. Plus NAS could tank in the last 10 games and ANA/STL could easily be the 1seeds.

    NAS 27
    gap
    ANA 21
    STL 21
    CHI 16
    gap
    6 teams at 9/10/11

    Were going to fine record wise.

  2. Yes I believe you are correct Morrison…good analysis…so if we can get a rental or two for Kanes freed-upped big bucks, Timonen somehow works out, and 3rd and 4th lines start getting production, and then Kane back in the playoffs with zero cap consequences, well then that all looks pretty darn good. In theory anyway. Put away the gloom and doom…sunny days ahead.

  3. YUCK. Attended the game. The stadium was a sea of red. HALF the stadium or more were Hawks fans. Disappointed with the outcome. EXTREMELY disappointed with the effort.

  4. It didn’t look like TT was trying to bank the pass to himself (beside the fact there was no reason for him to do that) – rather it looked to me like he was trying to pass it behind the net to Erixon but got bumped as he was passing so the pass hit the side of the net.

    As for the 2nd goal, Seabrook had the puck and was not under any pressure and it looked like he thought Keith was going one way so he made a little area pass for Keith to get but Keith didn’t notice and went the wrong way. Turnover and it’s in our net.

    Was it coincedence the only time the PP looked like a professional PP was when TT was out there for a little over a minute. There were like 5 or 6 shots on goal and TT made a high-low cross ice pass to Hossa that should have been a beauty tap in but either the puck bounced or Hossa misplayed it. Sharp should never be on the point on the PP – he can’t keep the puck in the zone. Hopefully Kimmo can still play and man the left point on the PP (go sit down Keith). And please, let’s use TT on one of the PP units.

    Darling gave up 4 goals but I don’t think he played that poorly. He made some very good saves and that 2nd goal from Stamkos was an elite snipe shat that hit an opening of about 4 inches – just a tip-yer-cap-to-em kind of shot.

    By the time the Hawks play again, the roster will be what it will be.

  5. TT should ONLY be on the power play . . . without that EXTRA SPACE 5 on 4 he’s going to struggle creating that space by himself, he has decent speed, but again not for the last time is “light” on his skates, Kane’s weight and lightness cost him the injury. TT needs to be on a line with some BULK but SKILL so he is not the focus, a few more goals and he will be TREATED LIKE ALL TEAM TREAT my poor boy KRUGER. not good!

  6. Keith had one of his worst games that I have ever seen him play. Penalties and turnovers not like his normal game. Heard he had a dust up with Sharp in the locker room recently and wonder how long it will take for the Hawks to move Sharp now. Should have been moved last summer while we could have got max return.
    Looks like everybody on this blog that called for Shaw to move to wing knows hockey pretty well. Amazing how much better he has played the last 2 games.

  7. Yes Mike, I was at the game as well, and it was amazing to see that many Hawks fans at an arena where the team is as good as the Bolts. One would think Bolts fans would want to go watch there team kick the Hawks around which they most certainly did. Had to be 12,000 plus Hawks fans.

    Special teams obviously were the difference, as well as 3 games in 4 nights. Refs called a strange game. Some ticky tacky calls and lots of stuff let go with both teams. Hawks PP in the 1st looked pretty dangerous but they couldn’t get one past Bishop whom I felt was kind of lucky on some of those howitzer shots that came from down the middle. Liked very much the appearance of Teuvo on the PP. It made a big difference in ho the ice opened up. Dream pairing will be TT with Kane on the PP.

    Am I nuts to say this, or does Stamkos feast off the Hawks? The guy always seems to get 2-3 points whenever we play them. The guy is a stud and has an incredible shot and super fast release.

    FYI the experience at the Amalie Center in Tampa was really great. A good place to watch hockey even if your team gets trounced. Pity all of us Hawks fans there has little to cheer about. Funny at road games the “lets Go Blackhawks” cheer is popular whereas at UC its ALWAYS “LETS GO HAWKS”. While I have made this point before, I will say it yet again. Replays are ridiculously lacking at the UC compared with other arenas. Fellow season ticket holders here should call the team and complain as I have. It was a treat in Tampa to get all kinds of replays like penalties and close plays. Why this is absent at the UC baffles me!

    Next…

    Lets Go Hawks!

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