The Blackhawks out-hit the Predators 19-11 on Tuesday night. And Robin Lehner played his ass off.
That is the start and finish of your official silver lining from the debacle in Nashville.
Chicago sat Brent Seabrook again because they wanted to have their best 18 on the ice.
Chicago was out-shot 19-6 in the first period. Nick Bonino scored his first goal of the night.
Chicago was out-shot 21-8 in the second period. Nick Bonino scored a second goal on the night.
Chicago was out-shot 11-6 in the third period. Nick Bonino completed the hat trick.
Symmetry. Suck. The Blackhawks had both all night in Nashville.
For those not using a calculator, the Blackhawks were out-shot 50-21 in the game.
The Blackhawks blocked another 24 shot attempts.
If not for Lehner the score easily could have been triple what it was.
If Jeremy Colliton and/or Stan Bowman thinks sitting Brent Seabrook is going to fix this roster they got a rude awakening on Tuesday night. What we saw was a very good team – potential Stanley Cup contender – playing a team that was slower, weaker and not as well coached.
Nashville was better than the Hawks in every aspect of the game. And it was painfully obvious that the Predators were in a different weight class than the Hawks from the opening puck drop.
A few notes about individual performance:
Dennis Gilbert, skating in place of Seabrook, led Chicago with seven hits in 15:22.
Patrick Kane had twice as many penalty minutes (four) as he did shots on net (two).
Jonathan Toews was credited with twice as many blocked shots (two) as he had shots on net (one).
Olli Maatta (four) had more shots on net than any Chicago forward. David Kampf and Duncan Keith finished the night tied with three each.
Kirby Dach skated 12:43 and was credited with one shot on net.