Marian Hossa Stays Hot But Hawks Fall In Shootout

After struggling to finish around the net all season, Marian Hossa lit the lamp twice in St. Louis on Sunday. Back home at the United Center on Monday, Hossa still had the scorer’s touch.

Hossa was responsible for both of Chicago’s goals in regulation, giving the Hawks the lead 1-0 in the second period. Unfortunately, that lead lasted less than five minutes as Shane Doan tipped a shot past Antti Raanta for a Coyotes power play goal.

That power play came as Patrick Kane went to the box for only the second time all season, and he was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct – a clear indication of what the Blackhawks superstar thought of the officiating.

Antoine Vermette gave Arizona the lead less than four minutes into the final frame. But a magnificent, Selke-worthy effort by Jonathan Toews set up Hossa on the doorstep and he tied the game. Toews was credited with the only assist on both of Hossa’s goals, but Brandon Saad made a strong play to set up the first goal without receiving any credit.

The Hawks power play was a mess the entire night, including an opportunity late in overtime.

With mere seconds left in the extra session, it appeared the puck got past Mike Smith and wholly crossed the line. The officials let play continue, and Saad put a shot off the crossbar. The clock went to zeroes with the score tied, and the officials got on the phone with Toronto. The review didn’t award the victory to the Hawks, and the game continued to the shootout.

Antti Raanta had a strong night. He didn’t allow as many rebounds as he had in his last couple starts, and stopped 27 of 29 over 65 minutes of hockey. Smith stopped 36 of 38 to keep his team in the game; the Blackhawks out-shot the Coyotes in every period.

Brent Seabrook led the team with six blocked shots in the game, and Toews had a team-high six shots on net. Andrew Shaw won 12 of 15 faceoffs and was credited with four shots on goal, one takeaway and one blocked shot on the night.

With Kris Versteeg expected back on Wednesday, the Blackhawks have at least one roster decision to make. Joakim Nordstrom spent Monday night in the press box again, and he appears to be the most likely candidate to head to Rockford. Daniel Carcillo skated only 7:18 and managed to be minus-one in the game, while Teuvo Teravainen was credited with two shots on goal and one blocked shot in 11:22.

44 thoughts on “Marian Hossa Stays Hot But Hawks Fall In Shootout

  1. Sr. Brad… nice to hear from you again…

    What did you think of the PP tonite???
    the 4 on 3 PP in OT… Ya gotta get it to Hoss with the one timer 2-3 times at least!!!
    I just don’t get it!!

    Can we stop making excuses for Keith on the PP and the ice being choppy!!! He was just as bumbling on the PP on the road!!!

    Officials – no call on Toews getting bitch-slapped– really bad!!!

  2. Sr. Brad – good to see ya, welcome home.

    My favorite word lately – PASSING. When the Hawks can’t execute passes they can lose to anyone. The Hawks passing execution looked like they were playing drunk. All game long but mostly in the first two periods. It’s become more the norm than the exception lately and it bodes ill for future success if they can’t execute simple Hockey 101 passes:

    Step 1. Player with puck locates teammate to whom he is going to pass the puck.
    Step 2. Player with puck passes the puck with the correct speed and angle so his teammate can receive the puck without having to stop or try to dig it out of his skates or have an opponent intercept the pass.
    Step 3. Player receiving the pass catches it with his stick with the correct touch so as to not have the puck bounce off or over his stick.

    Seems pretty simple. Unfortunately, even with all the skill the Hawks have, it is not something the Hawks are very good at. In fact they really suck at passing and that’s why they’ve turned into a .500 hockey team and lose to teams like Arizona.

  3. Disappointing to let that point get away. The PP just continues to frustrate. Seems like that has been the case for 3+ years now. Anyone else surprised TT doesn’t get called on for the shootout? After 19 and 88 our success rate is pretty low.

  4. This was a game where the Hawks just couldn’t get the bounces and in the end the Hawks got screwed,…. that puck was over the line!

  5. Wall, that crap the pisses me off. They let them hit Tazer down (ref is 10 ft away) then call same penalty against 27 (ref is at center ice).

  6. Ridiculous nhl schedule. friday night at winnipeg, sunday afternoon at st.louis, monday night home in chicago. When are they supposed to rest ? on the plane ?

    Almost as bad as the Ahl 3 games in 3 nights. That has to be brutal.

    The Hawks will almost assuredly play better against Vancouver. btw, Clendening was scratched tonight for the Nucks.

  7. Officiating was horrid and on home ice at that…seems we’ve been getting shafted since Oct.’93 when Emerson of the first edition Winnipeg Jets, catches the puck, comes from behind Balfour and clearly throws it in the net and ref Denis Morel calls it a goal! As you can see I’m still not over that one. Nodody has more “no goals” than the Blackhawks. All last year, this year…and the beat goes on. Well we got a point but this crap has to end at some point. I know sounds like sour grapes, suck it up and all that. Sr. Brad is correct that we are too close to Winnipeg, Galgary and Vancouver on points. Pretty sure we will be alright but we need to put together a big win streak and get some daylight going. LA will start a big run as well, maybe too late but we need to GAMO. Good on Hossa. Tough point to let slip away.

  8. By “maybe too late” I mean for LA, not us, but LA will give it a go. Blame this one of officiating and schedule.

  9. “Blame this one of officiating and schedule.” – REALLY?

    I would go with “PASSING. When the Hawks can’t execute passes they can lose to anyone.” Or, completely ineffective powerplays….(“Seems like that has been the case for 3+ years now.”) Also, they still fail to get the puck out of their zone way too often – d-man throws (usually backhands) the puck to the opponent’s pointman for a turnover (…”Seems like that has been the case for 3+ years now.”).

    Half-FULL = they got ONE point.

    Sr. Brad, welcome back.

  10. Just another game of playing down to the competition. Hate losing the extra point.

    I’ve never seen it happen and am not promoting or suggesting, but can a team change goalies for the shootout??

  11. On the Andrew Shaw OT shot, if you look at the replay closely there is no clear evidence the puck is 100% over the line, from what we see it appears a tiny bit of the puck may still be touching the line before the glove and stick obstruct the view.

    Not happy about it but I can see why they ruled no goal.

    The power play was horrid and of course typical NHL officiating trying to make sure the calls were close to even – rather than calling what actually happens on the ice. Whatever. It has been that way for decades and it’ll continue, I expect it to happen and I bet the players do too, they just have to work beyond it.

    I too remember that Nelson Emerson goal in OT vs. Winnipeg years ago. Quite possibly the worst call ever, he clearly closed his hand on the puck and threw it in the net, even Emerson was laughing about it after the game. I think the clip is still on YouTube.

  12. Let’s not go crazy here. The Hawks have a 5 point lead and a game in hand over Winnipeg. After watching that St.Louis game, the Blues are pathetic and won’t beat the Hawks in a 7 game series. The Blues are so slow and the Hawks skated circles around them. The Backes goal took Oshie lying on top on Crawford to go in. Minnesota is a much quicker team and are now getting solid goaltending hopefully they don’t make the playoffs.

  13. That game was vintage Dave Tippett and his style of play. Hawks were very aggressive in the first two periods but they simply couldn’t generate on offense. Other than good PK work and defensive integrity the Hawks are getting near nothing offensively from the role playees in Shaw, Bickell, Smith. Carcillo had another nice game. Teuvo is useless and the return of Versteeg should be a major shot in the arm. Hawks still need blue line help in a big big way. A bottom 3 of Runblad, Oduya and Rosival is way to weak and u predicaable. Very depressing to only come away with one point, even with the backup between the pipes against the talent challenged Coyotes.

  14. Pathetic effort 1st period or 2, as brutal and lazy turnovers by our D continued (this time by Oduya and Keith.) Poor puck management and yes, lousy passing was tough to watch. JR called it after 1st period when he said we came out flat and not ready. The up and down thing is not encouraging.

    So give them slack for schedule consideration and poor officiating? Ok. But so much for the wait till we get home thing.. Nice to see Hoss stay hot..

    Sr Brad- post seemed a bit cryptic for you- is that REALLY you or an imposter? If it’s you- hope all is well and your absense was not medically related, etc..

  15. Gbladz… great call on Wild… for Hawks- I think both Jets and Wild are biggest obstacles in the division… and Wild are playing like the Team that out-skated the Hawks in PO’s last year (Hawks just out-willed/skilled- got the right bounce-imo)…

    I think Wild get in…

    I have more problems with 27 than 32… that is not a good thing…

  16. Patrick Kane only one shot. Woof. However Hossa and Toews with a multipoint affair so at least they made them pay in that respect. No third or 4th line scoring isn’t helpful and Carcillo is not a good player in his own zone.

    Oafer on the power play sucks. After that glorious play in St Louis I thought they would score every time. So much for being delusional.

    Mike Smith decided to stop some pucks tonight. That was dumb.

    In the words of Admiral Ackbar “Its a TRAP!”

    They have a really good chance to grab 7 out of 8 points this week so hopefully they get it done.

  17. More fuel for those who think this season is lost. Was it regrettable to drop a point in this game when it could have been won multiple times over? Yes. Is it a season crushing loss? No. First game back after a long road trip, back to back after 3 games in 4 nights against division rivals. These games happen. Take the point and move on. Let’s see what happens over the course of the next 7 at home.

    Every time there’s even a moderate skid in form the comments on this board start to remind me of the Simpsons exchange between Principle Skinner and Edna Krabapple:

    Skinner: “Oh, come on Edna, you and I both know these children have no future.”

    Skinner: “Prove me wrong, kids, prove me wrong.”

    Hoff, Sean McIndoe wrote about the Emerson goal on Grandland last week, complete with video link at the bottom of this post:
    http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nhl-grab-bag-the-ref-should-be-seen-not-heard/

  18. Re: TT
    It appears that TT has made a Huge effort to Hold/carry the puck longer… and has gotten rid of the ultra-fast touch/deflection pass… I can only assume that is what Q/coaches are asking of him… While doing this- he has made many more TO’s in the past few games- cuz he has allowed the defender to close on him… and hasn’t been strong enough/quick enough to elude the pressure ( or strong enough -mentally)

    I guess my concern is… can he adjust and figure out/skate/pass out of these “tighter spaces”??? Or is he too concerned with the bodies near him (mental)? and this will never be his game/style!!! and doomed to fail- in this “Holding the puck” (which once again- imo- is being preached by Q/coaches)

  19. Minnesota has been a statistical darling all year with terrible goaltending. Not surprised once the goaltending situation got fixed that they started winning. I was really hoping they were stupid enough to fire Yeo before the goaltending balanced out, but alas, not so lucky.

    Kane could have had a better night.

    Oduya back under water.

    Hossa starting to score? Who saw that coming.

    Power play back to clown shoes.

    Mike Smith was really good. That’s about all there is to it. Hawks dominated possession and lost even though they had a ton of great scoring chances. On to the next one.

  20. Well, last night for me was the dreaded 1st game back after long road trip let down. I half expected not such a good showing. Power play was woeful. Somehow they just need to quit settling pucks down and just one time the shots to net. While it sounds kind of simple was it not Gretzky that said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” That lost time in getting shots off is what is adding to a bogged down the PP. Just move the pucks faster. Get some bodies to the net and let the open guy just blast away. Speaking og shooting the puck, TT needs to start shooting instead of looking for the pass when he is in the slot. That will change as times goes by I think. Kane in his first year was reluctant to shoot as well as I recall. Saad was just flying out there last night. Very powerful skating from 20 and he was a dangerous force all night. That 1 line is causing other teams problems. Lovely to see pucks finally going in for Hoss. The guy has had so many great chances for weeks that have not gone in.We just need some more production out of lines 3-4 like what we saw against Blues. Who clocked Toews in front of Yotes net last night? Looked like a really mean shot to me. How could that NOT have been a penalty? The Kaner offside meltdown you could see coming because it wasn’t even close to being offside. OT no goal was classic. Ref calls no gaol. Replay inconclusive. Had it been called a goal they would have counted it. It was that close. First replay I saw at UC it looked in, but it was yet another goal disallowed for the Hawks. Last few years how many have actually gone positive for the Hwaks? Very few in my mind. Ot was a barn burner though. Wild action. Pity Saad’s blast caught metal. Smith beaten bad. A pity Raanta didn’t fare better. Both Yotes goals were on deflections he had no chance to stop.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  21. Simply put, rhe Hawks either get help on defense or I’m writing off this season. There is no way 2, 7 and 4 can be enough. The Teuvo experiment needs to end for this season. Get Versteeg back and pray like hell the line chemistry can come back into clarity.

  22. Chev, t My concern is not “that the season is lost”, or however you want to disparage nagative feedback after a game or slide like we’ve seen the past month or so. We’re going to make the playoffs and “anything can happen”.. and I hope they do. My comments are based on the fact the team looked like crap against a terrible Coyotes team they should have owned. They were’;t ready, turned over the puck recklessly and sh$t the bed against a cellar dwellar. Not acceptable.

  23. “Hossa starting to score? Who saw that coming.” – the law of averages had it penciled in a couple weeks ago… and it says Patrick Sharp is going to wake up at some point, too. Both players shooting percentages way off career averages.

    Sharp is shooting a full 5% below his career average.

  24. Chevrier…thanks for the link on the Emerson bs goal. That brings back memories ..luv Darryl Sutter coming off the coaching bench and running across the ice and getting into Morels face….with two more Sutters on the ice for us as well.

  25. re: Negzz – the Blackhawks failed to finish their third game in four nights and first home game after being away for the previous seven contests. Excuses? Sure. But valid ones. The power play absolutely looked like a steaming pile, and the 9 forwards not named Saad-Toews-Hossa did struggle to generate anything. But let’s not ignore the realities of circumstances and flush their postseason chances. The emotions around the team were in a totally different place 24 hours prior.

    Also, let’s see what the team looks like w/ Versteeg back on the ice. He had been playing as well as any forward on the team before getting hurt. If he returns to form, and Hossa is actually scoring…

  26. As for bright spots, line-1 is starting to regain swagger and Versteeg should help line-2 get back on track as he’s had great mojo with 88 this year. I think 7 has had a great year and 4 is dependable as a rock. 32 has been decent for the mileage he has on him and 5 is coming along just fine imo (he is what he is.) 16 and 28 bring their best every day and the PK is strong.

    On the flipside, for my $ 65 is having a bad year, 27 is done (as is well chronicled here), and 2 is far more up and down/erratic than I can remember. I can NOT understand how our PP continues to be so inept.. Anyway…

  27. Tab, Points well taken, agree on several points (was writing up my last post before reading yours..) Obviously we’re all hoping home trip allows us to gain some mo and last night was aberration in a positive trend…

  28. Negative comments are a matter of course on a blog comment board. Especially after a frustrating game like last night. That is to be expected. I disagree with the steady drum-beat by some saying that the team is cooked. Yes, they are in desperate need of another sustained point streak. No, they don’t have the look of a contender at the moment. However, in my opinion, this group has earned the opportunity to right the ship.

  29. @ Mining Man

    Thank you for the Winnipeg flashback. I don’t recall watching that specific game but that you tube highlight was a real treat! I needed a good laugh.

    Anytime the Eagle is involved its awesome! The whole cast of character were there on that Daryl Sutter, Roenick, Eagle, Ron Suter and voiced by Pat and Dale! That reaction was a treat, Pat’s breakdown, 1. He threw the puck in the net. 2. It never actually crossed the line.

  30. Come on Tab, I’m constantly talking about shooting percentages regressing to the mean! I meant that I saw it coming! Everytime people talked about Hossa being on the decline it was easy to mention his SoG being on par with career average, just the shooting percentage sucking which would obviously come back up.

    I really hope Rufus isn’t a first responder, because boy does he freak out and go into a panic in a hurry.

  31. Thanks Mining Man! Remember that one like it was yesterday. Video replay is proof that what you see is not always viewed the same way by others. My great complaint when I am at Hawks games at UC is that we don’t get all the replay angles that are being seen in Toronto. Even TV viewers get more looks than paying customers get to see AT the game. This is 100% wrong. Had the ref called it a good goal, I am sure Toronto would have gone right along with it. Replay for me was inconclusive hence the no goal call standing last night.

    Final complaint. I still hate shoot outs to decide on who gets an extra point. Just give each team a point after the 4 on 4 5 minute OT. It is a fair result IMO.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  32. re: Negzz talking about Duncan Keith’s playing being up & down this year – we all agree the Blackhawks currently have 3 solid defensemen. Keith, your two-time Norris winner, is the freelancer who’s been stuck w/ Rundblad & Oduya for far too many shifts while Seabrook & Hjalmarsson skate together. 25+ minutes per night w/ the 3 guys not wearing 7 or 4 isn’t going to be flattering to even the best defensemen

  33. First Game back after road trip is always an easy BET against the home team in practically any sport. Hawks where at least awake most of the night. The power play has been a mess for a long time, the second unit is beyond a mess in fact IMO Hawks power play actually give the other team confidence and a boost so we are better at this time to shut it down, no excuse, no matter who wears the C or A or the Z? The TO goal was a goal but unfortunately “no laser” on the goal line and all they can go by was that “video” that did not complete the puck over line as mu boy MIKE SMITH covered it and got it out, DAMN I love Mike Smith. Very average game and few Hawks going to the net and just a little traffic . . . hopefully back on track wednesday!

  34. oh, don’t rely on Versteeg to turn this around, he will help but will take time for him to get back to where he was. Also as said before Hawks have won the CUP and know the energy expended to get there if NOT for that draining series with the BLUES they would have 3 cups, easy. so remember unlike nba where guys sit and rest and literally take a night off the NHL is not! I strongy feel the HOME ICE advantage for Hawks, even as a fan sitting there, HAWKS play great on the road, so no need to go crazy, on paper and on ice still a favorite to win it all. They play a SYSTEM that works for them but it does have holes when it’s not at as i say over and over 110% . . .TEAM PLAY and TEAM WIN

  35. Reminder for Mike the Mook – Versteeg’s injury was a hand, not legs. He’s been skating. Getting back into the rhythm of the game will certainly take time, but not as much as if it was another leg injury for 23.

  36. Stick tap for the video of probably the worst call of all time…… I understand it’s the time of the single ref, but I can’t believe one of the lines didn’t see what happened…..

    Sorry fellas but I’m just not seeing what makes TT special…… I’ll continue to watch but I’m just not seeing it…..

    Oduya should of had at least 2 assists last night….. for ARIZONA!!!!! Yet he continues to play a regular shift……

  37. Passing? the Hawks are seldom even looking for a shoot they constantly look to pass even TEVO is getting the disease! And when ya see Keith on his opposite hand on the wrong side of the ice well, it take time to settle pull it in even on a good pass. Hawks do rely on passing and why they are at times easy to “stay even with” not BEAT but stay even. Saad at one time was one guy who used his speed and some size to carry the puck in and go right to the net! So without a stud to do that , or big guys to go hard into corners for a dump and chase it’s trouble. Again size, lack of it and you do rely on passing a lot. Even the extra three seconds ALL d-men do looking up ice and waiting then they have to take a MONSTER HIT. I think with an additional player or two with size the Hawks can dominate. Rozy is good, when he just sits back and plays D he is one guy who plays the body, when he is forced to play offense he’s in trouble. O-do-ya has no hockey sense as to when to drop below the dot on offense of hang back he gets in more trouble than any d man in nhl. I saw a few times very smart WILD hold and push Keith 3 times when got offensive minded, pinned him hard, and they got a the odd man break no goal, not obvious but teams get it and just pin or knock them off their skates. Referreeees where fine last night . . . all on Hawks. but first game back home is always a disaster

  38. reminder to mr. tab, as a player the hand is no easy fix, just so we both know, in fact one blogger here claims Toews may have a wrist /hand injury not easy to play with. Do you know Ben Prentiss out of Connecticut best NHL trainer in the game, I think Ben Smith has spent a summer or two with him. The guy knows NHL and players and injury all I can say is 99% of these guy will play hurt, and what Prentiss does with them is amazing. A lot of it EATING . . . but so much unusual condition programs, so weird and wild stuff because of th very short burst of energy players put out unlike any other sport. Point really is VER-STEGGG will not turn it around, may help a lot on second unit powerplay!

  39. Phil, I want 4on4 for 5or7 min. then tie. Shootouts are garbage (even though were taking back ours share this yr form last). And no Fing gimmicks of 3on3, that’s worse.

    Steeger will make a huge difference when he comes back. Other then a few games in the first 20games, it will be the first time in 8/9 wks that we have had 10 & 23 in the lineup/full roster. Sure it takes about a wk to get up to speed/game shape.

  40. RE: Hoss and 10 going to regress to the mean… Hoss is playing on 1st line and getting some “High Quality” chances… I can “buy” 81 scoring some/to the mean…

    But Sharp- is not getting the High quality of past years… for a couple of reasons… Playing down on lines (sometimes w/ 65/29)… and being held to “lower quality” outside -long range shots… I don’t see his scoring/shooting improving… especially if he skates down w 65/29 when 23 returns- imo

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