Blackhawks Blown Out By Hurricanes

So, how’s your week been?

On Friday night, the Blackhawks limped into Carolina with nothing but losses — on and off the ice — thus far this season. It’s been ugly on the ice, but the team hoped to take some momentum away from a better effort against Toronto and try to win a game against an undefeated Canes team on their home ice.

Brandon Hagel got the Blackhawks on the board with the first goal of the night. Jonathan Toews made a nice play with the puck to set up Hagel and he finished.

The Blackhawks’ lead lasted 58 seconds. Tony DeAngelo tied the game for Carolina.

Chicago got the first power play of the game and made it count. Adam Gaudette whipped a pretty backhand into the net to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead.

Things felt… okay.

Then the wheels fell off.

Completely off.


Jordan Staal scored at 13:09 into the first period. Derek Stepan scored 17 seconds later. And Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a fourth Carolina goal with 80 seconds left in the first period.

After 20 minutes, the Canes were out-shooting the Blackhawks 18-10 and were up 4-2 on the scoreboard; they scored the final three goals of the first period.

Carolina then scored the only two goals of the second period to take a 6-2 lead to the room after 40 minutes. Sebastian Aho scored a powerplay goal 3:43 into the second and then Andrei Svechnikov scored at 6:16.

Chicago was getting embarrassed on the ice. The Canes are clearly one of the better teams in the league and the Blackhawks simply couldn’t compete. But the game started to get increasingly physical in the middle of the second period.

Vincent Trocheck cross checked Tyler Johnson into the back of a Carolina skater and Johnson went down hard. He left the ice immediately and did not return.

After two periods, the Blackhawks were down four goals on the scoreboard and had lost Johnson for the rest of the game.

Carolina had six goals from six different players. Two-thirds of the Canes’ lineup had a point through two periods; 12 players had a point.

Thankfully, Reese Johnson dropped the gloves with DeAngelo so the two could continue a conversation they had in the first period. Johnson landed a good right before the two went to the ice. Chicago’s rookie collected five penalty minutes for his effort. DeAngelo remains trash.

Seven minutes into the third period, Connor Murphy exacted revenge for Trocheck’s hit on Johnson. Murphy hammered him from behind and a penalty wasn’t called on the Blackhawks’ veteran defenseman. Three penalties were called during the mess that followed as Carolina players converged on Murphy. Two of those penalties were on Svechnikov and the Blackhawks got a power play.

Alex DeBrincat scored his fourth of the year on the power play to cut the lead to three.

That would be it for the night. It appeared Philipp Kurashev put the puck in the net with 48 seconds left in regulation but the official video review found that Gaudette had interfered with Antti Raanta and the goal didn’t count. Kurashev had a solid night so it would have been nice to see his effort rewarded with a point (or two) but that isn’t how things are going for the Hawks.

When the wheels are off, it takes a lot to put them back on and the Blackhawks are playing like absolute garbage right now.

Isaak Phillips made his NHL debut and collected his first two penalty minutes in the second period.

Mike Hardman. MacKenzie Entwistle and Murphy were credited with five hits each; Reese Johnson picked up four.

Toews won 16 of 23 faceoffs and picked up an assist in the game. DeBrincat and Seth Jones led Chicago with four shots on net. Lankinen allowed all six goals while facing 35 shots.

Chicago is in St. Louis on Saturday night.

37 thoughts on “Blackhawks Blown Out By Hurricanes

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    I’m not sure what to say. McCabe, Murphy, Gus had a lousy night playing D. McCabe w/Murphy doesn’t work. Outside of Gus and Jones no other Dman can complete a pass to a forward. Every pass is at a forwards skates not their stick.

    Stan left a real mess, until management gets a guy to run Hockey Operations and a new GM, we will have to wait until Nov 11th??? and the Yotes to see if we can win a game.

    It’s going to be a very long year

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    This team can’t draft enough players to fill a roster that can compete. it’s a simple as that. They have had six years to do it since 2015.

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    McCabe had a bad game agreed – multiple bad decisions and executions

    The first period is what happens when you’re a rebuilding team – 4 young guys made crucial errors with McCabe chipping in on a couple- RJ Hardman Lank and Phillips

    The two 2 period goals by the Canes were pure bad luck

    Not as bummed by this loss as the score would indicate – hockey is a weak link game and some of our weakest links cost us in the first – not that I think those four can’t eventually be good but they showed their inexperience

    Assuming Kane’s not back tomorrow I’d take out Carp or Hardman and put Strome with Hagel and Toews

    It’s tough to watch Toews struggle – he had a nice assist in the first but gets gassed easily and can’t execute passes and shots like he used to even as recently as the bubble

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    All the disgusting travasties aside, it will be three years next Saturday (11/6) when the coach w/ zero experience, zero credibility, zeros across the board was brought in by the now disgraced Bowman (who was a perpetual liar in his day to day affairs aside from the travasties) to replace the now disgraced but Hall of Fame bound (not anymore) coach. Bowman gave him a contract extension to boot (go look at Bowman s glowing comments about Colliton for a cursory sample of his Pinocchio ways). This summer, Bowman continued his perennial lying ways by changing the direction of the team on a dime, i e a veteran Hall of Fame goalie was brought in. Lie upon lie upon lie going back to his comments and handling of Crawford and the goalies last year.

    As for the purported coach, the team’s best playmaking forward was sidelined again, and for the second straight game, the team’s second best playmaking forward was in a suit scratched. Same as the last game. Reese Johnson is killing it out there. Hardman as well. Not to mention the shambles the defense is in.

    Good evening and weekend to all.

  • October 29, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    With TJ out Strome should draw in without anyone coming out

  • October 29, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    This edition of the Hawks does not belong on the same ice with the Canes. They simply can’t compete with them at any level when the Canes are interested. McCabe and Murphy were terrible and embarrassing. DeHaan was not much better as he continually got outworked and lost puck battles all night. Toews is a 4th Line Center who should be played about 10 minutes a game in his current physical condition. There is absolutely no jump to his game at all. I know it probably doe not mean much right now,but Dach has to provide more along with Kubalik if this team hopes to even be competitive against mediocre teams. The problem with Colliton at this point is that he actually thinks he has the players to compete and does not game plan at all to actually make it boring and difficult on the elite teams. This game went south when the Hawks D Men pinched,forwards stopped backchecking,and the Hawks tried to get into a horse race. They need to tell the McCabes and DeHaans,and Murphys of the world to not pinch or gamble and stay back. Play a 1-3-1 Left Wing Lock/Trap,I know its like watching paint dry but its the only way this team can stay in games against teams right now and it will force their forwards back to pick up their checks and help. Just my 2 cents.

  • October 29, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Agree no pinching from those three. TDL can’t come fast enough to re stock. ’25-’26 still the year I picked to win it all. Play the kids. Keep JC for this year. Tough to keep him for next year but might be a good plan for better picks.

  • October 30, 2021 at 5:59 am

    That was brutal to watch. St. Louis must be licking their chops and can’t wait to play us tonight. I’ve been to St. Louis to watch a Blues-Hawks game. Their clueless fans will of course be at their best drunken obnoxious behavior for the game. Bet you won’t see many Hawks jerseys there for the game like you did vs. Carolina.

  • October 30, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Hopefully Davidson has the ok to try and move some expiring contracts, as things don’t seem to be improving on the ice. If there was any hopes of having a competitive team on the ice to cushion the impact of the report, certainly not happening.

  • October 30, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Serious question, how much can a team improve with a new coach? Like this team would still just be bad, regardless of system, right?

  • October 30, 2021 at 7:37 am

    It’s sad that the thing I’m looking forward to is a new coach and GM. It’s like the last few days before a draft when you’re wondering what players they’ll pick. And come to think of it, we have the first round pick this year on both coach and gm, so i guess that’s a positive?

  • October 30, 2021 at 8:08 am

    There were years in the previous decades where the Hawks were terrible and the organization was referred to as the turnstile ! Players came and went ! Some of them looked up and saw all the empty seats and then heard the boo birds and then they told their agent to get then the hell outa there ! That fantastic last decade is over folks , and it will be a long process to build things back up again ,especially considering what has happened in the last few weeks to the suits ! Best, POPS 4

  • October 30, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Once Crawford is out of protocol don’t they have to give him a chance? I don’t think Davidson could or should hire a new coach but letting MC be interim coach until they get the Hockey Ops and GM positions filled and then a new coach hired should be something he could do – no?

  • October 30, 2021 at 8:36 am

    look back to the first dark age…2000-01 roster. stan must of took Mike smith game plan for “horse shit”
    Steve Sullivan=DCat
    Tony Amonte=Kane
    like i said before and again this organIzation is dog shit now. speaking hockey only!

  • October 30, 2021 at 8:51 am


    you pretty much got it right, though a new coach might make it more presentable in losing.

    Wrap you watched a totally different game than I did. Murphy left Lanks out to dry once, Then McCabe took his turn, and then Gus turned his back on a third goal. The Reese Johnson goal was unlucky as he was back in position but the pass got in between his legs.

    Lanks let in one softie and another was just horrible luck, otherwise if he had a solid D in front of him he only gives up 2 in total.

    @Tim W Yes Coliton has no clue as in evaluating how good a player is. See Mitchell who can’t be any worse that DeHaan, McCabe. Phillips got the Mitchell treatment he played only 8 minutes, because of how well the top 4 D men played, after all we nearly had a shutout. s/

  • October 30, 2021 at 9:03 am

    How long will the GM search take – weeks? months? It’s hard to imagine that even Danny can’t see that a coaching change has to happen quickly. Is it possible they bring in a hockey guy as a “consultant” to help work through a coaching change and GM search. I am hoping we quickly hire a GM like Gorton or even Mellanby. My fear is that we hire a TV personality like Weekes who has no actual GM or AGM experience but will make for a nice story.

  • October 30, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Gander, To answer your question, I think there is much that can be changed this year with a new coach and staff. Play a trap,trash this alleged Tampa man on man coverage system,wish I could sit down with people who think other teams play this system. Assemble lines and dole out ice time based on performance and not the past,yes Toews sits or plays 10 minutes a night as a faceoff specialist. Fleury,Strome,Dehaan, Nylander,and yes Kubalik get moved at the deadline the latest. A return to in game and intermission strategical adjustments and line matching would return. As I said earlier, a leash would be put on McCabe,Murphy,and DeHaan as far as pinching. Lots can be done here. Whoever doesn’t fall into line sits.

  • October 30, 2021 at 9:15 am

    If this sounds like Tortorella or a Trotz disciple like Lane Lambert or Rick Tochet you would be correct.

  • October 30, 2021 at 9:16 am

    It’s called hitting rock bottom. This organization needs a enema.

  • October 30, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Dollar – I’m not absolving Murphy Gus and especially not McCabe who committed several crucial blunders but RJ was caught puck watching – he was shading towards the puck carrier who was already covered and left his man open – I don’t think he was aware that the CAR player was even there – sure the puck went between his legs but he has to cover his man there – instead he was caught in the middle leaving himself open to have a puck go between his legs

    Hardman on the Staal goal again was not aware of his man leaving Staal completely alone at the side of the net

    Philips looked overmatched all game long with the speed of the NHL

    I think there is potential in all 3 players – I’m not saying sit them necessarily but it is what it is – inexperienced players being exposed at key times

  • October 30, 2021 at 10:32 am


    1. Colliton is doing exactly what Mike Yeo did in St. Louis – playing 4 lines the same, with no structure or player-specific roles. However, if the Blackhawks can recognize this and hire an experienced and proven winner they can turn things around.

    2. Kyle Beach is not ‘courageous’ for coming out ;-) as John Doe. The report gave abundant details to identify John Doe. Only then, when it was fait accompli, did he come forward. Where was his ‘courage’ at over the last 11 years? I am on the side of victims when they are, in fact, victims. I am not so sure he was not entirely a victim. However, I do believe others are actual victims. There may be many more. Maybe there needs to be a closer look at the Clint Reif suicide.

    3. Jonathan Toews is my favorite player and I am a big fan of his. However, as team captain he completely abandoned his responsibilities for not stepping up to squelch the locker room and on ice taunting. No different than if they were racial slurs. In either case, it is unhealthy for the team and he should have been a better leader. Maybe its time to take the ‘C’ off his sweater.

    4. Quenneville’s job is to prepare the team to play. So, I have no problem with him voicing his concerns at the meeting when allegations were presented. Remember, at the time they were just allegations. However, head coaches know everything that is going on, on and off the ice. I don’t understand how he could stand to be anywhere near Aldrich, who jeopardized their Stanley Cup run with his behavior. Yet, Q is all smiles in pictures with him hoisting the Cup. He wrote a glowing letter of recommendations and (as far as I can tell) did nothing to keep him away from the team after the Cup. He should have been spitting mad at the idea of Aldrich getting his name on the Cup, getting a ring, having the Cup for a day, or being anywhere near the team from the day of that meeting on. No sympathy for Q.

    5. Danny Wirtz did something Tuesday that will have a profound and positive effect on all professional and college sports. He set an example of how these things should be handled – full disclosure and accountability. Compare that to the Washington Redskins. However, Danny Wirtz is not even remotely qualified to run an NHL franchise and certainly seems incapable of making the right decisions to turn the Blackhawks around.

  • October 30, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Wrap do you really think promoting Crawford a coach on record apologizing for past abuse to players is a good move right now. I think if any move made bringing King and Brian Campbell on interim basis for rest of season who can return to other jobs in organization if new Gm hires another coach who and brings in his own staff over the off season.

    Also wonder with Danny Witrz not playing a primary role in the handling of all this, if he is stepping away from his role with Blackhawks as indicated when he took over that he would. Could be somebody hired for his responsibilities and a Gm for Bowmans, then a permanent decision on coaching personnel decided at that point. May be a long time before being a Blackhawks fan is fun again.

  • October 30, 2021 at 11:20 am

    There are always silver linings if you look hard enough – the start to this season is no exception.

    Watching sports is done for entertainment. As such, it can be entertaining to watch excellence even if the excellence isn’t being displayed from your favorite team. For all you more seasoned humans reading this, you may recall seeing the “Harlem Globetrotters” entertain an audience with their audacious skills on the basketball court. They usually “played” against a team named the Washington Generals who played the role of foils as part of the act. The crowds laughed and were entertained by the Globetrotters but it wouldn’t have been possible without the Washington Generals playing their role.

    The Hawks are the Washington Generals of the 2021 NHL. They contribute to the entertainment value. We just need to adjust our perspective a bit and appreciate the new role they play in entertaining us.

  • October 30, 2021 at 11:25 am

    These results were supposed to be last years results. At least last year they were fun to watch.

  • October 30, 2021 at 11:42 am

    On a bad Karma train heading south. Strip the C on 19 and persuade to retire. Young players must know in tough situations he does not have their back. Trade 88. Fire JC and MC and Broobank and all others. Get real suits and coaches. Sell the team and change name. Fresh start needed. Sorry to say but look is not good until these things are done.

  • October 30, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Ebony the Generals were paid to “lose”. According to my guess about 75% of the people here, they thought we were in the mix for the playoffs. I even overshot them, I thought they’d take 5th in the division.

  • October 30, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Ian – sure I’m fine with King andCampbell taking over on interim basis – something needs to change coaching wise – it can’t get worse can it?

  • October 30, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Goose Maverick…that comparison isn’t even remotely close

  • October 30, 2021 at 11:56 am

    My 2 cents: No way they replace Kid Coach with Crawford. No way they let Davidson make any major decisions on anything, everything he learned was from StanBo. Except for flipping players between Rockford and here I pretty much think what you see here now is what we got until next year. Why on Earth they let StanBo make those decisions last year was a mystery to me unless “somebody” told them the lawsuit was a nothing burger. Don’t think they make that mistake again.

  • October 30, 2021 at 12:04 pm


    Rookie mistakes I can live with, but when your paying big bucks to Murphy, DeHaan and McCabe and they keep making rookie mistakes, then that’s a whole different story.

    @Hammer, My 2 cents: It sure looks that way

  • October 30, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    On the Kyle Beach saga…..i found this to be very interesting and maybe very telling

    “Consider what we might not know.

    Colleague Gord Stellick flipped back at all the draft classes from 1993 through 2018. He discovered that Beach was the highest-drafted player (11th overall in 2008) among all those 26 years to never play a single NHL game.”

  • October 30, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    John Galt….Beach is not courageous or a victim ? Really…..dude you are F’d up.
    Imagine being a 20 yr old, being strong armed by a coach , then it goes to the locker room and your supposed team mates ridiculed you on a daily basis and nothing is done…how would you feel ? The coaches, organization…. everyone turns their back on you….imagine how you would feel….would you laugh it off ? What would you do…. enlighten us all please

  • October 30, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Dollar Bill it is odd no team gave Beach another shot. His name has come up in different articles last few years on players who Nhl teams could be interested in signing from European leagues.

  • October 30, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    the worst thing a sports team can be is irrelevant:

    not worth using a free or cheap ticket to see live is one thing. not worth one’s time to watch on free tv or have on silent in the background is hitting bottom and we have hit it.

    wake me in 5-10 years when the blackhawk decision makers quit repositioning chairs on the titanic…

  • October 30, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    In my opinion you can’t put anyone like Campbell,King,Olczyk, Davidson,or anyone connected with the Hawks at all to be in charge of anything regarding the rebuilding. Rocky Wirtz has to quickly blowup the whole thing and if not he should consider selling the team. I definitely don’t want to see anymore Yawneys,Savards,Olczyks,Grahams,Campbell’s, etc running this team even in the interm.

  • October 30, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    IMO this yr is a write off. They should hire a president of hockey operations , from the outside who is not only has hockey experience but knowledge as well. Let him evaluate the talent at both the nhl and minor league levels. Once he knows the direction he wants to pursue , then he brings in his people at the end of the yr. Also hope the lottery ball goes in our favour and we pick Shane Wright.

  • October 30, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    @Ian hockey is a tight nit community, especially those at the top of the chain. Once word gets out a “certain somebody” that’s all she wrote

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