Looking for critical late-season points to assure a playoff position, the Blackhawks dressed seven defensemen for a tough road game in New Jersey.
Corey Crawford bounced back from a rough night against Nashville and the Hawks allowed only 22 shots on net through overtime, but the offense wasn’t enough as Chicago lost in the shootout.
The Blackhawks continued frustration on the power play was painfully evident on Tuesday night, including a 5-on-3 that saw the Hawks put zero shots on net. In total, the Hawks were 0-for-4 with the theoretical advantage in the game.
Despite not getting any quality shots on net while on the power play, the Hawks certainly made Martin Brodeur earn the win. Chicago put 38 shots on net, led by seven from Viktor Stalberg. The only shot that got past the future Hall of Famer was off the stick of Brent Seabrook.
If the Hawks power play was painful, the stat of the night made another part of the Chicago offense excruciating: Patrick Sharp’s goal in the shootout was the first by a Blackhawks shooter other than Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews this year. Shooters other than Kane and Toews are now 1-for-17 on the season in the skills exhibition.
Steve Montador returned to the lineup for the Hawks after a length layoff because of concussion symptoms. Marcus Kruger, who missed Sunday’s game because of concussion symptoms, was on the ice as well.
The Blackhawks have now lost the first two games of Duncan Keith’s suspension.