The Blackhawks dropped their third straight game against a top Western Conference team on Monday night, getting blasted for the second consecutive outing.
After getting hammered in Dallas by the Stars, Los Angeles came into the United Center and blew out the Hawks on their own ice.
The final score was 5-0, but it wasn’t for lack of opportunities. Chicago had some good looks, but simply didn’t convert. Passes were off, pucks were bouncing, sticks broke, posts were hit and players overskated plays the entire frustrating night.
Kris Versteeg opened the scoring with his 12th of the season at 3:17, and Milan Lucic added a second goal for LA only 18 seconds later. The Hawks had two power plays in the first period but weren’t able to beat Jonathan Quick.
The Blackhawks got two more power plays in the second period, but couldn’t convert on either of them. Vinny Lecavalier scored his eighth of the season at 15:30 to extend the Kings’ lead to three.
Chicago got two more power plays in the third period, but one of the most dangerous power plays in the league finished the night 0-for-6 with an advantage. Meanwhile, Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli added two more goals for the Kings in a runaway.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville blew up his seemingly untouchable top six in the second period, moving Patrick Kane up with Jonathan Toews and Andrew Ladd. Marian Hossa moved onto the second line with Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin.
In the third, Quenneville turned on the blender again as frustrations with a painfully stagnant offense boiled over. Hossa, Toews and Panarin shifted together and Ladd joined Kane and Anisimov; Quick shutout the Hawks while facing 32 shots.
Kane led Chicago with six shots on net but was held without a point for the third straight game, the first time this year he has gone three games without registering a point.
Ladd blocked two shots and was credited with a team-high seven hits in 18:40 but was minus-three in the game.
The best offensive threat for Chicago in the game was Teuvo Teravainen, who put four shots on net in 13:51 and also won seven of 15 faceoffs. But the bottom six reflected the top of the Blackhawks’ lineup – a gong show throughout.
Corey Crawford allowed all five goals against 25 shots.
The struggling Blackhawks will try to figure something out in the next 45 hours before the Flyers visit the United Center.