Stars Hammer Hawks, Hitchcock Wins 800th

The Dallas Stars came into Thursday night’s game against the Blackhawks struggling, and their coach had his eyes on a milestone.

The Hawks countered by putting Richard Panik back in the lineup, leaving Patrick Sharp out of the lineup.

In the opening 20 minutes, Chicago got their tails whipped at the dot. The Hawks won four of 17 faceoffs in the opening 20 minutes. There was only one penalty called in the period; Tommy Wingels took a seat for two minutes after tripping Radek Faksa at 15:08. Chicago killed the penalty, but Jamie Benn scored his 15th of the season to give Dallas a 1-0 lead three seconds after Wingels left the box.

Chicago had an 11-7 shot advantage after 20 minutes but were outplayed and physically dominated.

Things got worse in the second.

Antoine Roussel, a well-documented turd, extended the lead to 2-0 just 67 seconds into the middle stanza. Roussel tipped a Dan Hamuis shot and Corey Crawford didn’t have a chance on the play.

Ryan Hartman was guilty of tripping 5:06 into the second and the Stars took advantage of the power play. Tyler Seguin picked up a loose puck after Connor Murphy blocked a Jason Spezza shot and rifled it past Crawford to give the Stars a three-goal lead.

Ten minutes later, Seguin was back at it again. He knocked a loose puck into the net for his second of the period to give Dallas a 4-0 lead.

The second period finally ended with Chicago only getting six shots on net, none of which tested Ben Bishop. Crawford allowed three in the period, none of which were clean. Dallas was credited with only nine shots on net in the second.

After allowing seven goals total during their five-game win streak, the Hawks allowed four in 40 minutes in Dallas.

Compounding the Blackhawks’ issues was their inability to generate quality shots on net in the third. With ten minutes left in regulation, only two Hawks had more than two shots on goal: Duncan Keith and Connor Murphy.

Chicago got their first power play with 4:49 left in regulation after 15 minutes of Dallas toying with them. Unfortunately, the shot totals in the third period at the time of the penalty were only five for Chicago and three for Dallas. Greg Pateryn went to the box for the Stars after holding John Hayden’s stick.

The Blackhawks did absolutely nothing on the power play. Chicago dropped to 1 for 11 on the power play in three games  against the Stars this season.

When the final horn sounded, Stars coach Ken Hitchcock became the third coach in NHL history to reach 800 career wins. He joins Scotty Bowman and Joel Quenneville.

Crawford stopped 17 of 21 in the loss.

Quenneville started spreading the ice time out early and kept three of his forward lines limited. Jonathan Toews skated only 14:03 despite being the only Hawks skater to do well at all at the dot. Toews won 10 of 16 faceoffs; the rest of the team won 13 of 44.

Keith skated a team-high 22:34 and was credited with a team-leading four shots on net. Only two other skaters – Jordan Oesterle (20:16) and Murphy (20:02) – skated more than 20 minutes in the game.

Wingels led the Hawks with four hits. Gustav Forsling had a team-high four blocked shots.

Chicago’s final game before Christmas is in New Jersey on Saturday.

40 thoughts on “Stars Hammer Hawks, Hitchcock Wins 800th

  1. Let’s remember that our captain wanted SAAD back in Chicago. In doing so, the best duo in the NHL the previous 2 years with KANE and PANARIN dismantled. Now, I need to pay for my tickets to watch WINGELS, BOUMA, PANIK and HAYDEN every night? While poor Saad suffers on that first line with Toews and the little Houdini kid Debrincat.

  2. Always going to happen not get win or tie when you have won a lot of games in a row. Besides other team getting all of the bounces and breaks. It was the 4, 5 or 6 days between games that gets you out of sinc no ryhtem no flow not up to speed. Need to get by in the first period close in next game until we get back up to speed again. Split these games and its ok. Cant give anything away of our +5 games that we earned.

    Every other team got beat. DAL hadnt gone anywhere since they got the 2pts in those 2 games against us until this game. MIN got beat before we beat them so were one ahead of that. Like I thought 10 games ago I can see STL and others not doing as good for these 25 games and for teams EDM, MIN and CHI to continue to do good in these 25 games.

    4, 5 or 6 days between games. We have done good the last couple times not this time like the earlier ones.

    Look to see another CAR game next game. Need to get by until we get back up to speed.

  3. Brutal.

    Kane had the early chance, and after that things went totally to hell.
    Just plain got outplayed. Thrown around like rag dolls.

    I understand the idea about sitting Sharp, but unfortunately Panik didn’t cause much excitement. This was just an awful game to watch. Dallas is good, but not stellar.

    We all, me included, debate about Toews, Seabrook ……. but what is up with Saad? He’s not producing points, he’s not providing much defense from the forward position and he’s getting manhandled. If anyone is ever going to play the “he’s not playing up to his salary level” game, they should include Saad as offender number one in that category.

  4. Well 2 goals were scored off us losing face off in our end ,Dallas kept pressure on 42 and puck in our net . One thing that kinda erks me is why,,,.,.sit Sharp v.s. his old team ,most players want to make a statement when playing against old team ,.,.,but no Q benches Sharp ,for Panik ,.,.B.S poor coaching move i.m.o.

  5. Just saw Mikita21’s post …..
    With all due respect, I can’t think of Saad as being poor and left out of the mix because he’s playing with Toews and DeBrincat. Saad has just flat out performed poorly this season. He’s nowhere near the net and getting manhandled. The so-called “Man-Child” goes largely unnoticed game after game, and it’s not because of his line mates.

  6. It felt like the Hawks were dominated. They lost a lot of puck battles and were hideous at face offs. However, they did get 3 posts. You wonder if things change if even one of those goes in. Seabrook’s post was about as loud as I have ever heard. The comments about Saad vastly under performing are correct. We have to wonder what is transpiring. With other players we can blame injuries, the deep playoff runs, the Olympics, etc. being responsible for playing the equivalent of a couple extra seasons, coupled with getting older. Yes, Saad has been there for some deep playoff runs, but he is too young for this to be happening. My neighbor and I when watching games used to call him “The Beast.” We need The Beast back.

  7. Big Indian agree about Saad-what the hell? 19 invisible tonight.
    The Hawks a little unlucky with three posts but got outworked , except for about 10 minutes in the third.
    Forsling doesn’t do well against big, strong bodies, and had a really bad game–
    Kempy showed he belongs on this team.

    Top three guys a really dislike-
    Perry, Backes and Rousel.

    How much better would the Hawks be with Benn in the line-up? Everyone would be three inches taller.

  8. Did we get outplayed in the first? I thought Dallas was very fortunate to escape with a lead. Two posts and a very fast pace had me ready for a big response in the second that never came.

    We started fumbling the puck in the second and that’s when we got trounced. We were so crisp in the first… or was I watching a different game?

    Panik is frustrating but you can see his upside. He can be a bull with good reach and a sneaky strong shot. He can control the puck with his skates as well as Hossa could. He has the tools to be a possession monster. I don’t know what his issue is… but if he could step it up our forward lines would be so much deeper.

  9. Boring and unfortunate game to watch as a hawks fan. Hopefully they show a bit more against the devils. 5 in a row till tonight. Start it up again fellas.

  10. People said shit about 15 and 5 then they played good. Keep saying things about 20 and 14. We know these guys are better.

  11. Hard for this Hawks fan to get excited about a team that can’t win in the division . Especially win against this team. That 5 game streak was nice let’s see if they can start another.

  12. For the guy complaining about losing Panarin and having to watch Bouma, Wingels and Hayden, you still would be watching them even if Panarin was still here and they have been a pretty good line all year. Hayden is quickly becoming my favorite player on this team.

  13. NHL hockey is a funny game sometimes. I watched the Leafs totally anniliate Darling and Carolina and then see that same Carolina team make a laughing stock out of Rinne and Nashville. The parity in the league is a fine line and any team can beat any other on a given night and we as fans cannot tell who is playing with injuries, flu etc.

  14. Nothing was clicking in Dallas. No big deal. You play this game one shift, one shot, one check at a time. Dallas is better up the middle. Let’s get to NJ and play with more desperation.

    I’ll take 5 wins out of 6 games.

  15. Nick-was thinking the same thing-and the CAP LOCKS are starting to creep in-
    it has been a funny year with teams going on streaks and good teams getting thrashed in certain games.

    My worry is they won five of six and currently sit out of the playoffs-tied with Wild, and Flames and one point ahead of the Ducks who will come on.
    Glad the Canucks have faltered and Oilers have done poorly. But they are close by in points. The Oilers will have a better second half.
    Congrats to the Knights-how they’re doing this, I’m not sure?

  16. Did anyone hear anything about Toews being hurt? I ended up listening to most of this game on the radio Troy & John made it a point to state Toews was injured on a play behind the Stars net, but still on the bench.

  17. Maybe we need to give more props to how great Marion Hossa was. When he played with Toews and Saad, they were unreal. Sharp had career years with him. Last year Hossa’s skills declined somewhat, and he still got 20 goals. Now, without him, Johnny T and Saad don’t look nearly as formidable.

  18. Abe I too really enjoy watching John Hayden play. He is the first player with size the Hawks have brought along in quite a while. There has always been a job opening on the Hawks for that role, from Byfuglien, and then when he left, they groomed Bickell for that 3rd line banging/scoring role, and now Hayden coming along.

    Really with our lack of physicality, and all the new skill guys coming who are small (Schmaltz, Dcat, Hino, Sikura to go with Kane) we could use another 1-2 guys who play a similar game to Hayden. And I think there is some offensive upside potential to his game.

  19. This was a very un-entertaining weird game to watch except for the 1st period which was an up and down the ice affair. Stars caught just about every break imaginable, Hawks hit a few posts and Dallas somehow escaped the box for the most part last night. Hawks just did not rise to the task and were beaten to loose pucks too many times. I thought Konroyd made a good point that the Hawks did not want to physically engage last night especially in front of their own net. Stars owned that ice all night which is not acceptable in a big divisional game where points are valuable. I turned this game off after 2 periods last night and watched the 3rd when I woke up this morning. Should have just left it alone as the 3rd offered no encouragement to Hawks fans whatsoever. Dallas top players produced, Hawks stars didn’t

    Panik for Sharp didn’t give us much to cheer about, although Panik clearly has more upside than Sharpy at this point in time. Q was right to sit Panik first and now Sharp. Toews line needs to get more production. Yes, I am not sure what is happening with Saad. That guy surely can only get better from here on out given what we have seen so far. That one is kind of baffling to me. If the Hawks are to improve that Toews line needs to get much better in a hurry.

    Given parity around the NHL, this season will be a battle to the last week/4-5 games to see who gets into the playoffs. Hawks are likely to be in that group of wannabees. Last 2 weeks of the season look daunting. Twice against Blues and Jets and a road game in Denver not likely to be easy. Seems like a long way away.

    Come on Hawks, play hard and get some points this weekend.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  20. Interesting and unusual stats breakdown of Toews/Saad in The Athletic this morning coincides with many poster comments here. Worth reading, and I enjoy subscribing to this publication as a Hawks/Chicago sports fan.

    Lets GO Hawks!

  21. Sorry, San Diego kid, not sure who those other Hawk fans are but when Chicago wins I congratulate Crawford and Kane because they are the only two reasons this team wins in 2017-2018. If you believe they are a Cup team or a playoff team then that is your opinon. Best of luck!!!
    I think many of us realize the HAWKS do not have the talent to compete. Forsling is too light to play the top teams in the West and the same can go for Debrincat who has nice skills but disappears against such teams. I think Sharp should have played last night not Panik but that might have been our GM sending a text message to play another AHL fringe overpaid player. Yes, Stephen Johns looked very good last night. Tough to watch Murphy try to skate. Wow…

  22. Sadly, there is no help coming up from Rockford. Very young team and nobody really NHL ready who might make a difference.

  23. Hawks have only 8 games until the Halfway point of the season. Until guys like Toews, Saad, Panik, Seabrook, and Keith start playing better this entire season is going to be a struggle. 5 of their next 7 are against Western foes. I’m not sure
    treading water is going to be enough. Nothing about this season besides games 1 and 2 has and last weeks game against the Jets has looked promising. Its all very disappointing

  24. Funny thing is you can literally go to every teams blog/site and you will hear the same complaints/critcisms about their team and players when they lose or struggle. I will wait until March and April before I worry whether the Hawks are good enough to contend.

  25. I had to watch the Dallas feed last night, and it was painful as a Hawk fan-really appreciate some of Hawk guys like Konroyd, and Olczyk (not total homers)

    Goldenbladz agree-it’s a funny year in the NHL. But this will be a tough year to make the playoffs-Hope they do!

  26. Taylor Raddysh was drafted #58 overall in the 2nd round by Tampa Bay after the HAWKS drafted DeBrincat.

    Taylor Raddysh is 6.02″, shoots right, and weighs 209 pounds, plays on the first line with Team Canada Junior team and last year had 5 goals in 7 games at the Junior tournament. Can skate, can shoot and is strong on the puck.

    Do the HAWKS have any players on our USA team or on TEAM CANADA this year in Buffalo? ……

  27. Saad is not an elite offensive player. He never has been. He has average hands, average shot and is not an elite passer. He lacks vision. At least the guy can skate. As I stated at the time, losing Panarin in favor of Saad would weaken the team. Not only would Saad be less productive than Panarin but losing Panarin would have a negative effect on Kane’s production. Saad is the most overpaid player on the team.

  28. Travis,

    Agreed. We were clearly the better team in the 1st period. Not sure what Tab was watching there. We were playing fast, crisp, with passes on the tape and keeping pucks in good areas. Yes Panik is a weird one. He has some puck skills, can win board battles if he is motivated and has a sneaky good shot. He just can’t seem to keep it all going consistently. Saad and Toews looked pretty awful. Hurts to say that when I was saying Saad was going to match Panarin’s points and 30+ goals while giving us penalty killing and better d zone coverage (though Panarin was not as bad as most like to say in d zone).

  29. Noonan – I have to watch the Dallas feed too and those guys are homers, but not really worse than our homers. Razor does acknowledge good plays by the Hawks. You have to get used to him, but for the most part, I think he is fair. Still annoying, but fair.

    It seems like when the Hawks lose, they really go backwards. It’s not like losing 4 to 3 in an evenly contested game. They revert back to levels we hoped we wouldn’t see anymore. I think Panik is one goal away from snapping out of it permanently. The Hawks need him badly. As to whether it was worth it to sit Sharp, there wasn’t much to lose. You can make the case that it didn’t work, but it was low risk and they didn’t give up much. ADB needs to quit shooting over the net and/or hitting posts. Easy to say when he has 1/4 of a second to do it, but it would help if it stopped. He is dangerous to opponents.

  30. I had the misfortune of watching that last night. No words … at least nothing that I haven’t said a whole bunch of times already this season.

    On the Jersey.

  31. Love this blog for its incredible inconsistency of thought. Bitching, moaning, occasionally making sense. It’s a great ride. Annoying at times, but great. Sometimes I even think I understand Morrison’s posts, though I usualy need Google translator to do it.
    Saad for Panarin was lauded by many here when it happened but not now. The hat trick in the first game sure made us smile but not much since. Can’t say that I know why. Toews is the real enigma. Definitely don’t know why he’s off his game. But is he off his game, really? So many questions so little time. I still believe that this team will gel with time. The D is much improved and the O needs a bit more help and a few lucky breaks. If we pot a couple in that first period in D, it’s an entirely different outcome, in my opinion. Why we came out flat in the second…??? Confidence and chemistry in sport is as elusive as it is necessary. Let’s see what the weather is like in Jersey.

  32. Tony – The big problem is the response to the goal posts and the first goal by Dallas. Prior teams would have gotten angry and motivated. This team seemed to pout. Q said as much, although he used different language. What made those other Hawk teams great was that other teams would remain on edge, dare I say scared, even when they were leading the Hawks by 2 goals. We saw them win so many games where they were behind. I don’t think this team is scaring anybody. When they get behind, you don’t have the feeling like you used to that “anything is possible.” Also, in the past, even when they couldn’t overcome a deficit, they fought and fought and fought and often came close. It’s not like that anymore. But it is a long season and hopefully it can change.

  33. Don’t worry about Saad. Has more size and is better defensively than Panarin. Give it the whole season before bringing out the long knives. He is still young and will have a good career. The Hawks need more size and physicality. Maybe giving more players an occasional healthy scratch will help with the team’s energy.

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