Puke and Rally: Blackhawks Lose Again

The script hasn’t changed in almost a month.

The Blackhawks gave up the first goal for the 11th straight game.

They then gave up the second goal of the game.

This time, just to mix things up a bit, the Hawks then gave up the third goal of the night.

When Kyle Connor scored at 13:38 into the first period the score was 3-0 Jets, and the Blackhawks hadn’t put a shot on net yet.

When Chicago finally put the puck on net almost 18 minutes into the game, the fans in Winnipeg appropriately cheered the visitors. The futility of the once-great Chicago Blackhawks has become a laughing stock.

At the end of 20 minutes of play, the Jets had a 15-5 shot advantage.

The blaze in the dumpster was glaring white hot.

But, once again, the Hawks didn’t quit. And refused to quietly let the next 40 minutes go away easily.

Connor scored his second of the game to extend the lead to four at 1:44 into the second but then the Blackhawks decided to actually start playing.

Dylan Strome got Chicago on the board 20 seconds after the Connor goal.

Five minutes later, Dominik Kahun cut the lead to two.

Those two goals and some absolutely incredible work by Cam Ward made the game interesting when the second period came to a close.

Chicago out-shot Winnipeg 17-10 in the second period and had a little momentum heading into the third.

When Alex DeBrincat scored six minutes into the third period there was a reason to actually pay attention.

The Hawks stayed within one for 5:28 until Perreault scored Winnipeg’s third power play goal of the night.

Chicago’s rally ran out of gas.

With Ward on the bench, Dustin Byfuglien buried DeBrincat into the boards the final minute of the game but saw zero response from anyone in a white sweater. Brandon Tanev scored into the empty net to close the books on the night, making the final score 6-3.

Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith led the Hawks with four shots on goal each. Kane had two assists. David Kampf won only two of 12 faceoffs.

Strome now has four goals since joining the Blackhawks.

Chris Kunitz played because why not. He skated 7:22 with one shot on net and one hit.

Erik Gustafsson was a late scratch (sick) and Artem Anisimov didn’t travel with the team to Winnipeg because he’s still in concussion protocol after Shea Weber lit him up in Chicago’s last game.

35 thoughts on “Puke and Rally: Blackhawks Lose Again

  1. Rutta (throw in Martinsen, Kunitz, Kruger & Manning) simply needs to be waived, no one is going to claim him (that applies to the other four me mentioned). If someone happens to claim him, great; if not, the cap hits don’t matter this year in a lost season. Same goes for Kruger with his high cap hit.

    Hillman @ minimum in Rockford is a far better player than Rutta. Bring up Sikura Bros. and another D-man as well. Give them a shot, let them get some NHL experience along with the coach.

  2. P.S. Ward’s playing decently lately, he can help a playoff team. He ll waive his no movement (amazing he has one). Bring up Delia as well the last half season see how he fares.

  3. Of course, Nick is correct.

    Speaking of Bowman, where is he lately publically/media wise? Nowhere to be found. Same for McDonough. After Q was fired, they both did their media explanation tours. They spoke with conviction. Job wise, they should both be convicted. Guilty.

  4. Stape, the holy grail thing wasn’t meant that every core player will grow 5yrs younger in 2yrs from now. Its like how a lot of people complained/declaired Hoss was done when he had a off yr or two. He came back with vengeance and redeemed himself. Same with Tazer, after two off yrs for him, he changed his summer routine/to get faster and he sully recovered from those affects and hes back to normal. So there was no father time for Hoss. It might have been that sking things anyways. For Tazer he just needed enough time to fully recover.

    Not saying all/or any of core do same. That is what I meant with Holy Grail.

  5. 6-2-2 playing loose with mistakes.
    3-16 since and no Q.

    We havnt played short handed (not a full NHL roster) since 2011, and we wre better then this. This is bad record like 2005 and 2006. Which is what got us a dynasty. Do them same now/last yr this yr and maybe next yr and were loaded again/I am laughing.

  6. OK, here’s the plan … all 5 players never leave the d-zone to work on d-zone coverage – all game long. Just try to keep the opponent from scoring and clear the zone. All game long. Any Hawks player will be fined if they leave the d-zone for anything other than a line change. Do that for as many games as it takes for Hawk players to learn how to play defensive zone coverage. Once the players become proficient at d-zone defense they may go into the neutral zone where they will learn how to play neutral zone defense and how to stop the puck. Only after the players learn how to play defense consistently will they be allowed to skate into the o-zone, regardless if it happens this season or next.

  7. At this point I feel bad for JC. They left him out to dry and he has to do the press conference after each game. Running out of words, sounds redundant each time. Prozac may help him out. Not the Hawks brass.

  8. Sadly, Stan cannot be trusted with a fire sale and rebuild. The Panerin + Hjalmarsson trades on the same day were absolute killers. Fleeced on both fronts. Fireable offense.
    He got Strome for Schmaltz but who told Stan that Perlini would be a top 9 player ? Perlini = Thomas Jurco.

    Does anybody on this board believe Stan will win his next trade ? Not a chance.

  9. Stan and McDonough should been fired after panarin trade. Stan never built these cup teams, but did great job dismantling them, crushes me seeing Big Buff in Jets sweater. All the bad contracts, Bickel, seabs Keith crow those are all on Stan, Stan has had 9 1st round picks and the cat is only impact player? The guy is a joke! Dump Keith, Sesbs, anisimov and crow, see f Toews wants stay thru rebuild or go Winnipeg. I would keep Kane and youth but he may not want play thru rebuild? Stan took over a Ferrari and is leaving a smart car. Funny how Pens are always competitive it’s just too bad team has hit rock bottom before everyone realizes how incompetent Bowman really is, guessing daddy has no ideas how bail him out this time

  10. The Hawks never quit???? But Winnipeg pulled back with a 4-0 lead. This team is as unprepared as any that I have seen in the last 10 years. Winnipeg pulled back and let the Hawks back into the game. Once you pull back it’s hard to regain your traction. Let’s not give the Hawks or this sad excuse for a coach any credit.

    Until someone puts a shoulder into an opposing team forward that comes into our zone and cuts across the middle of the ice, we will continue to give up high quality scoring chances every game. It’s like playing “no check” hockey against the Hawks. It makes me wanna PUKE!

  11. Starting to believe that Fortin can’t make the leap to the top 6, or even top 9-he might as well back to Rockford, hit the weights learn how to be a 4th line guy who can skate.
    Craig the Jurco comparison looks about right with Perlini-at one time Jurco had enough size and skill to be a prospect but it never happened, even though some on this site wanted it to materialize. And
    Iceman has a point about Bowman being silent, but he would have to admit they were wrong about this year, which either shows ignorance and lack of insight or that they were fleecing the fans.

  12. I won’t argue that the Panarin and Hammer trades were not winners, however we clearly are not one or two players away from success. Further, Panarin is going to get north of $8m and term at the end of the year. Right now we don’t need another one of those contracts. We need solid NHL bottom 6 players and solid defensemen. We are not one trade and one free agent signing away from competing. It is going to take amazing work from a GM to stop this debacle from being a multi-year shit show.

  13. LT-Bowman and McD may be fired, but some perspective is needed-they won three Cups-two without Big Buff. It sucks now, both have made mistakes in the last several years but how can people gloss over about 6 or 7 years of making and meeting goals and producing lifetime memories?
    We seem to be living in a world that believes it deserves everything and oh ya, I want that right away.

  14. Ice- good call on Ward… guy has been excellent… hope he waives/Traded for a 2nd round pick? to a PO team who wants some Goalie depth

    Morrison… Re: Toews… yes – 19 is playing better than last 2 years… But he is NOT close to the same Beast he used to be… (partly cuz no Hoss??? – probably- Cuz Hoss was the BOSS)… but Toews – used to OWN every 50/50 Puck… Now he doesn’t even try for most of them… and when he does… he is about 50/50!!!

    19 – is NO longer Beast… No longer Dominant… Just a real good player.

  15. The first period was a disgrace. As the game progressed and the Hawks had a chance to tie, they proved that they are a team loaded with AHLers. Kahun (I think it was Kahun) had a glorious chance to tie the game from about 10 feet out. “He missed the net!” Granted, the Hawks should not have been in a position to tie but teams sometimes win games they have no business winning. These guys absolutely can’t do that. Ward was great. It should have been 8 or 9 to 3 at the end.

    Teams are now lighting up our skill players and nobody does anything about it except pretend they are going to do something. Kane and DeBrincat both got nailed. I thought the DeBrincat hit was boarding. Eddie O said, “You love to see Strome standing up for his teammate.” Pretending you are standing up is not standing up. We need Martinsen out there to line up Laine if this is the game Winnipeg wants to play. The Hawks will still lose and Martinsen won’t score or get an assist and might be a minus 2 in 6 minutes, but at least they will retain a degree of manhood and maybe make opponents think twice about pounding Kane and DeBrincat. They have no manhood right now and everybody knows it.

    The Hawks need to find ways to get DeBrincat more wrist shots. The first shot he took was great with a huge rebound. It was amusing to hear the Winnipeg fans applaud. I would have joined them if I’d been there. His goal was a bit fortunate but he needs to be firing the puck with that release he has. The Hawks don’t appear to have any grasp of when to skate with the puck and when to pass it.
    Wide open skaters are passing to covered teammates who have zero chance of doing anything if they are able to receive the pass. No comments need to be made about the defensive lapses. They are beyond belief.

    Just think, we get to do this again tonight. Woo hoo!

  16. Well, we got treated with the respect we demanded last night – we lost to a backup goalie. Expect more of the backup goalie treatment as we go along, at least for the 1st period of every game!

    Some of the kids starting to score or at least get better chances on a more consistent basis. That’s a good thing.

    Ward needs to play more often – for more than one reason. Crow needs to be out of the fire for health reasons, and Ward hasn’t been the problem when in the game. Do you think our goalies feel sorry for each other, privately hoping they don’t get the call to start?

    I’m out of good news.

  17. I want Bowman and McD to do the post game interview so they can answer those questions that get asked every night. When Kane and Dcat get railed into injuries this team will have zero chance to win. Teams are taking shots at our players because there’s no push back ever. That’s because we have a Bowman dream team of small players that don’t/can’t play physical ever. Rocky come out of the shadows and right this sinking ship while you have a chance.

  18. Right on MS. Long way to go. Winnipeg did pull back in the game, as have most teams have playing the Hawks. I guess it is the season to show mercy. Man they are so much bigger than the Hawks.

  19. MS we have bottom 6 players they’re playing top 6 minutes. this team needs talent and lots of it. It’s criminal what they throw out there for Kane to play with.

  20. Wall, sure. I meant Tazer was back to normal being in prime yrs again. Not a beast/in the prime of his prime yrs. I go by young, prime yrs, prime of prime yrs, prime yrs, 35-40 yrs.
    The point was so Stape/others were understanding what I meant by Holy Grail water.

  21. No disrespect to organization or players. The most important exciting thing about this yr is, were getting another top 3-5 pick skill. What picks we get for trade at deadline and draft.

    The draft another huge important in Who we draft. It is vital.
    As we accumulate blue chip and good players at draft, we do need the right people to make excellent decisions to reload. Were going to get a large amount of good players from draft (last two draft and this one, maybe next one).

    So by the time were deep again/2yrs. 3yrs and were looking good. We need get guys who are good at that. Rocky likes to win so he must see. We need to adjust to getting those kind of reloader guys, just like the roster needed to adjust to get faster/younger players/speed.

  22. Do you think Mnmt cares what we really think? Let’s go back to the ‘03-‘04 season of 20-43-19! How bad was that year?!
    From ‘05 to ‘07-‘08 season when Hawks went 40-34-8, average game attendance was 12-14,000 and revenues $60-69M annually.
    Then ‘08-’09, avg. attendance 22,247, revenues jumped to $108M.
    From ‘09-‘10 (52-22-8!) to present, avg game attendance 21,500 and revenues from $120M to $182M in ‘14-‘15 (48-28-6!)
    And over the past 5-6 years the franchise has grown +50% in value to the leagues 4th most valuable (at >$1 billion!!)
    Do you think mnmt really cares whether WE think Puccini or Kruger are NHLers?? Or if Seabrook has a lot of bad games in a row ?? Or if JC is a good or bad coach??
    Nothing’s changing till the pocket book gets hammered!!
    Enjoy going full circle this year boys- we are heading to the ‘03-‘04 20-43-19 season!!

  23. If Rocky doesn’t fire Stan soon then it’s up to the season ticket holders to jump ship and throw this thing into a sea of red ink. The writing has been on the wall on Stan for awhile now, so plan B (i.e. post Stan) should have already be in place. If Rocky doesn’t have a plan then he doesn’t deserve your money.

    So I know it’s Christmas and maybe not the best time to be issuing pink slips, so let’s put a stake in the ground and say adios Stan by Feb. 1, 2019. From me to you Rocky, sack up and pull the trigger even if you have to put someone in as caretaker (I’m sure Pully would be up for it).

    #canstan

  24. Stape/Wall/who everelse, I am not that good at English so when I post things the ‘writing’ might not be the best words to describe in what I am saying.

    gday.

  25. I hope the mention of Pully being a caretaker was a joke.
    Remember he was the Dollar Bill “yes man” that said the 2 worst draft picks in franchise history were Duncan Keith and Dustin Byfuglien.

  26. Strome and Murphy continue to be bright spots

    Colliton in post game presser said WPG started the game ‘playing like men’ which is a back handed insult to the CHI players

    Of course he’s right but we’ll see how the team responds tonight – whether they respond positively or negatively is anyone’s guess at this point

    Dahlstrom has to be better then either Rutta or Manning and Sikura than Fortin, Hayden, Perlini, Kunitz, Martinsen and probably Kampf and Kahun (here’s hoping)

  27. It looks like they can’t even sell any tickets for the outdoor game in Southbend. That’s exactly what needs to happen. When the crowd thins out at the UC and the outdoor game is a flop, Stan will be shown the door along with his poppa and we can move forward.

  28. 1. I have not heard JC make one insightful or intelligent idea. Just blame the players, double shift them, then question their manhood. No strategy, system or philosophy ever mentioned.
    2. JC has never been mentored or worked under an accomplished NHL coach. He has no idea what to do and says as much.
    3. Stan broke it, Stan owns it. This is his roster, his head coach, his assistants. McD gave him carte Blanche

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