Avalanche End Kane Streak, Shutout Hawks

It was going to end at some point.

When Matt Duchene scored 14:30 into the first period, Corey Crawford’s streak of not allowing a goal ended at 155:16.

That wasn’t the streak you thought we were referring to?

Semyon Varlamov, who owns the lowest career goals against average among active goaltenders against the Blackhawks, had another stellar performance at the expense of Chicago.

An underwhelming first period saw the Hawks generate few scoring opportunities, but only Duchene was able to beat Crawford. Unfortunately, that goal would hold up as the game-winner.

In the second, Blake Comeau saved an icing call and made a nice play to find Zach Redmond (who was wide open because Bryan Bickell was wandering around the defensive zone). Redmond deposited his first of the season to extend the lead to two.

Gabriel Landeskog added an empty net goal to close the scoring with just under two minutes left in regulation. The Hawks pulled Crawford with three minutes left but weren’t able to generate anything.

When he skated to the bench for the final time with ten seconds left on the clock, realizing his record-setting 26-game point streak was coming to a close, Kane appeared to be emotional on the bench. It was a remarkable run, and he has the opportunity to start a new streak on Thursday night against Edmonton.

Rob Scuderi, acquired on Monday night, made his Blackhawks debut. He was credited with one blocked shot in 12:26 in the loss.

Brent Seabrook led the Hawks with four blocked shots, while Michal Rozsival led Chicago with three hits.

Crawford allowed two goals against 26 shots in the loss, but played well enough to keep his team in the game while the skaters struggled to get anything going for most of the night. This was the Blackhawks fourth consecutive loss to Colorado dating back to last season.

26 thoughts on “Avalanche End Kane Streak, Shutout Hawks

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Farrrtttttttt, the end.

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    1st goal, Mashinter was on the ice, arguably wandering around. 2nd goal, as Tab stated, Bickell same thing. As Hawks61 has stated, these two guys cannot keep up w/ a team like Colorado. Tonight was textbook example.

    If fhe Hawks’ thought Daley was a poor fit, wait until they see more of Scuderi. Lastly, on the second goal, you have 4/5 players on the ice who are not fleet of skate — Bickell Rasmussen Scuderi & Roszival. You cannot have the two slowest D men out there w/ that line.

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Panarin needs to sit in the press box for a couple of games. He has become soft on the puck and is taking lazy penalties. Sit his ass down and remind him that this is the NHL.

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    PS. Edmonton is a team that plays w/ similar pace as Colorado. Let’s see what adjustment(s) Q makes for the next game. If Garbutt doesn’t slot in for Mashinter, then we know for sure Mashinter has possession of Bollig’s old album of Q incriminating photos.

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Iceman- Q likes Mashinter, stated as much in the last presser vs. Vancouver and that was a nice effort for a goal in that game. He just might stick with him.

    Varlamov obviously in the teams head big time…we need to rip this guy for a big bunch of goals soon. Kane sure looked disappointed at the end.

    Look for bounceback against the Oilers, but as pointed out by Iceman, they play a similiar game to the Av’s and have been on a bit of a tear as of late. Dallas game is going to be a hoot as well.

  • December 16, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I loved watching Kane’s streak but I’m kinda glad that it came to an end. It seemed like everytime he was on the ice instead of making the smart play, guys would force him the puck. If they just let it come naturally that’s how he scores goals.

    And geez why would Q put Rozy and Scudari on the same line! Talk about slow, one of the goals was cuz they got blazed on an icing! Love or hate Daley the guy could skate and we are lacking that (except Keith and occasionally TVR) on the back end.

  • December 16, 2015 at 12:44 am

    3.8-4 goals per game in the 80s (76-95) so every streak longer then 87 and Kane had different. Was 2.8 in 2010 and 2.65 goals in 2016 per game league wide. That would put 99 51 game streak really at around 33 games in todays league but those players prob would not have as long as they did with tougher competition. Cant really compare, different eras completely.

    This along with the 21-0-3 unbeaten streak to start a season (30 game overall streak/3rd all time) records puts our core & role/this group of guys up with the better dynastys. Like Bolly said in ’13, we did it all.

  • December 16, 2015 at 4:32 am

    They were toatlly dominated and it’s better for Coach Q when they lose like that instead of a close game.

    I love how bashing Daley’s play was in vogue until people realized the 3rd pairing consists of a combination of Rozival, Rundbland or Scuderi. Bring back Gustafsson…pretty please.

  • December 16, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Was it not the Avs who ended the unbeaten streak also? Streak killers.

  • December 16, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Avs clogged it up all night and credit their discipline in getting back to make the Hawks try to dump and chase which didn’t work well at all. Colorado played a perfect road game and were able to just sit back once they had the lead. For whatever reason apart from early in the 1st, the Hawks just seemed to lack much jump. Consequently, there was little to cheer about and it was probably the most boring game of the season to watch.

    Yes, Yoda you are correct regarding the streak from a few years ago. It ended in Denver. Good call.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 16, 2015 at 6:25 am

    It was the Avs. Dicks.

  • December 16, 2015 at 8:42 am

    We have become a slow team. Last night’s game is foreshadowing of what’s to come if SB doesn’t make some moves to remedy this. Not sure what is possible given our cap situation, so we’re probably looking at next year. We have Mashinter and Bickell and Rozsival taking up space when there are better options available. Edmonton is going to seriously challenge us and Dallas is going to bury us. The pain is going to increase if SB and Q sit pat with this roster. If we have to go through some growing pains, let’s at least do it with some players who are actually growing!
    Oh, yeah, and Daley sucks, too.

  • December 16, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Sobering realities….

    Teuvo-Toews-Hossa line
    Teuvo is not a LW, nor is he top line material. Toews is not having a good offensive year by his standards, in part explained by his linemates. Hossa is in marked decline as an offensive contributor.

    Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line
    Clearly electric and dynamic, and the ONLY line that is producing offensively. Anisimov is the straw that stirs the drink on that line, and a bit worrisome therefore his recent slump…but he’ll be fine and so too will be that line.

    Shaw and Kruger, the key “contributors”
    Shaw remains an invaluable Swiss Army knife and contributor, notwithstanding last night’s cheap shot that will lead to a suspension. While Kruger is an important defensive forward and key member of the PK, he has devolved into total uselessness offensively…can’t generate a lick for his linemates, and he can’t get on the points board.

    The rest of the “just a guy” crowd – Garbutt, DeJardins, Mashinter, Bickell
    Garbutt and Des Jardins are interchangeable grit…neither has a speck of offensive ability. Mashinter is a body and physical presence and nothing more. Bickell is a shadow of his former self, and a wreck mentally and physically.

    The Rockford gang – Kero, Dano, Hartman, Danault
    My likeness for Kero is well documented…he is just a guy and perhaps his upside is the replacement for Kruger. Dano, sadly, seems terribly overrated to me and was clearly not ready for an NHL role with the Blackhawks…patience is in order…I guess. Hartman is nothing to write home about, yet some fans try too hard to make a case for him…he isn’t remotely the next Shaw. Danault is coming off a major injury and is probably looked upon to serve an important role soon, assuming he can return to good health…he would likely be counted on to be a poor man’s Dave Bolland.

  • December 16, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Yes. I predicted/suggested they should move Daley. … BUT, picking up grandpa and NOT saving the full $$$ amount from daley contract hurts!!!!

    Tab, can you put out an APB for Hofmeister!!! I need to bitch slap him for heckling my prediction on Daley, and RasMOOSEn…

    YES, Hawks are too slow as a team

    Perhaps, sb should try to sign Zus and Brunnette to make hawks a little faster…

  • December 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

    A. Taking on the craptacular Daley was the price to pay for the willingness of Dallas to take on the Sharp contract. In hindsight there was obviously little market for Sharp given the contract he plays under.

    B. Bowman and Quenneville never really wanted Daley but had to at least see if it could work out on the ice. It didn’t.

    C. The only way to move Daley and his contract was to take on somebody else’s bad contract and come away from the deal with a net savings of some sort against the cap. That is precisely what the deal for Scuderi was all about. Scuderi can’t skate and is ancient, but he is modestly better fit and we picked up some salary cap wiggle room.

    D. The Panarin contract escalators loom and Bowman is under the gun to find even more salary cap wiggle room.

    E. It’s a bit of a hot mess. Welcome to salary cap hell. We have never experienced the true pain like we are feeling this season. As evidenced by a roster with a few critical holes and little answers coming.

  • December 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I understand the Hawks received some CAP space here but I am not digging getting Scuderi back. As others have pointed out he is so slow that he makes Rozy look quick. Just look at that above photo he looks like Cro-Magnon man and is just missing his club not a stick. Please SB bring up either Gustafsson or Svedberg as the quick paced Hawks are slowing down….not good!

  • December 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Scuderi is going to dress maybe 2 out of 3 games max. Similar to Rosival in this regard. I think the Hawks will see if Runblad can step up and assume a more meaningful role. Then in a few weeks reassess where things stand. At that point they might call up Gustaffson.

    The salary cap dilemma is crippling for this team right now. Again, we are feeling the true pain of the cap like we haven’t before. This is worse than 2010-11, because at least back then we had an expanded “core” that included in their primes Sharp, Bolland, Brouwer and Campbell, to go along with a in his prime Hossa and the obvious presence of Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson and Crawford.

    We aren’t remotely as deep a team as we have been.

  • December 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    …and on the bright side-
    Most teams don’t win Cups-like 97% of them and the Hawks have won three recently
    and yet complaining is what we get comfort from?
    Interesting what perspective does and doesn’t do.

  • December 16, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    And on the brighter side …

    Can you think of any of the other 29 other NHL cities that wouldn’t trade their team, organization, and trophy case for Chicago’s?

    Go, Hawks. Shake it off and come back strong.

  • December 16, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Wow. One loss and we are an absolutely terrible team. I know so, because I read all of the comments above. We suck. And are doomed.
    So, now all sarcasm aside, it wasn’t the best game. BUT …. even though the Blackhawks weren’t on par with Colorado last night it was not a blowout.

    On that first goal, Crawford stops it dead if Kruger’s stick doesn’t come in at the last 0.01 second and deflect it up. The video replay clearly showed that. The second goal, Bickell was indeed wandering around and Eddie O. called him out on that one.

    I’m gonna give Scuderi a chance. If you listen to the guy talk, it sounds like he wants to be a member of the team and contribute. He may be old, but they got him to be a stay at home guy and shore some things up. He’s not going to be a top four guy, of course, and that’s not what they got him for. They got him to replace Daley, who was not providing anything really.

    Varlamov always gives Chicago a hard time. I was hoping the Blackhawks would break through, but they didn’t. Had some good chances, though. The offense didn’t seem that sharp in general, but all in all the team is trending positively over the last few games.

    Sorry if I’m too Golly Gumdrops for some of the naysayers, but I’d rather have the Blackhawks continuing to build and trend upward. No time to jump ship.
    Go Blackhawks!!!

  • December 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    No one’s jumping ship. Just being real. Or trying to, at least.

    I have to pipe back in because I was one of the negativity-mongers above. Sometimes I do overreact, but I don’t think so this time. We’ll see how the days and games ahead play out. I want this team to win more than anyone – hell, I’ve been following them since I was 5 and my dad brought me to my first game at the old stadium. What worries me is our lack of depth (for now) and team speed (for now). In today’s game those two together are bad, plain and simple. I fully believe that SB and the brain trust are on it and trying to figure it out, but we remain vulnerable until we do, not to mention if the injury bug bites any of our core guys again (thank goodness Keith is a fitness stud and a quick healer!). The way we’re made up right now because of our cap woes, and the fact that we’re not scoring the way we can – only two guys over 20 points – Kane & Panarin – Seabrook right at 20 – is a drag and forces us to play error free hockey to win on most nights. And as we all know, no team ever does that with any consistency.

    I’m glad Kane’s streak is over. Maybe the guys will stop trying to force the puck to him and start making plays again. That may help.

  • December 16, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Did ya bump your head or what Tony ,.,.your glad the only man on the team with the hot stick got his streak shut down,.,.,you big time positive fan bud. Colorado looked real good ,.,like play off bound last night.
    They wanted to make a statement ,.,.AND DID. ,.,We lost some real key players in the off season ,.,.and will be doing well to get to post season this year i think ,.,,Toews not quite right ,.,Hossa seeking all time lows in stats,., Gone Sharp ,Saad,,Garbutt,.,.who.
    Bickell bust,.,IT,S only a game boys.

  • December 17, 2015 at 12:09 am

    “…lack of depth…and team speed. In today‚Äôs game those two together are bad, plain and simple.” — wasn’t this a “popular” complaint last season?

    The Hawks lost. The Hawks were shutout. The streak ended. It was ONE game.

    OK, scoring besides the 88/15/72 line IS a (BIG) problem, but there are 50 games remaining. Obviously, some teams (in the Central) have improved “(for now)”, and Chicago is adjusting cap-necessitated changes, but it’s not the end of the world…or possibility of winning another Cup. Defining “being real” is certainly debatable. Mostly, it comes down to we’ll see how it plays out.

    GO HAWKS!!

  • December 17, 2015 at 1:46 am

    send scuderi to the AHL. get a one year rental on Big Buff. If not then bring up Polka, Svedberg, or Gustaffsson. Q is stalwart on the gritty “stay at home” D from his days in Hartford…BTW that is hell on earth..a 7 eleven pit stop between Boston and NYC. Who the @#$% has their NHL team in a god@#$% mall. No wonder Kosmanos moved the Whalers to Charlotte.

  • December 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    @hawkhead. Yes, I am glad it’s over and I didn’t say I wanted Kane to stop scoring altogether, did I? No. But the streak was becoming a distraction. On the power play against the Avs, on a couple of occasions, Panarin had a clean look at the net and instead tried to thread a cross ice pass to Kane, which failed and broke momentum. It’s stuff like that that I was thinking of. And it wasn’t only Panarin. I believe we’ll continue to see Kane put up big numbers and lead the team.
    @Dickie If that was a complaint from last year it wasn’t made by me. I had my issue with the Kimmo deal, but our team speed was not an issue for me. Hey, I get it, we’ve lost some key pieces and we’re trying to find consistency. We will indeed see how it plays out.

  • December 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    One Lose and we are kinda sorta right in the middle of the pack on a lot of stats and even play on the ice. Hawks have gaps in their skill set but won a few cups filling in those gaps and covering it up. They lost more than a few “excuse the pun” Sharp Shooters” guys who can put the puck in the back of the net this year. Skill players are hard to replace. The list of AHL ice hogs we recycle can’t replace an aging Sharp even!

    They next few teams Oilers, Sabres and Stars will show ya the gaps. Three teams who can’t be classified as s l o w. Hawks can be beat with speed and sometime shut out and shut down if ya have a great goaltender who can cover for too fast, too soon and out of position hockey. But speed on the outside kills and we don’t have it, hawks love control and with control comes patience and slower pace, simple, great when it works Ice Capades high light reels but often difficult to pull off vs, AVS or the top 10 teams.

    They gotta play at least more physical on the 3 and 4th lines! Got to! You have to slow down a AVS team they did nothing all night. Scuderi Scooo00by doo i think fell like 3 times? Soooo slow on the blue line and getting back, AVS just skate right by them TVR looks slow now too! Tired already?

    Toews and Hossa are so slow into the attack zone, no push, no speed, often in slow motion, Hawks need them both to score Hossa for all he does his numbers are falling each year just a little HOSSA is ALL LEGS, legs is the first to go, he is not a Sharp Sharp shooter who can hang out and float and score 25 goals a year, he is all legs when that goes it all goes.

    Hawks win tonight lose to Buffalo then look out STARS?

    We’ll see come DALLAS time how we “measure up”

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