Blackhawks Blown Out In Kane’s 1,000th Game

The Blackhawks started a significant road trip with Patrick Kane’s 1,000th career game. Chicago needed to rebound from an ugly loss on Sunday, allowing six unanswered goals to the Lightning after scoring the game’s first three. The blitz from Tampa was unmatched, something we haven’t seen often since the start of February.

With the eyes of the league on 88 in white as his brilliant career reaches a significant milestone, Jeremy Colliton made a few intriguing roster decisions to open the trip in Dallas.

Malcolm Subban got the net on Tuesday night. Ian Mitchell was bumped to the taxi squad; Lucas Carlsson skated on the blue line. And Reese Johnson was active for the first time in nine Blackhawks’ games.

How’d those decisions play out?

Dallas took a 1-0 lead 100 seconds into the game. Roope Hintz initiated a 2-on-1 break and fed Joel Kiviranta, who rifled home the game’s opening goal. Subban got a good look at it but didn’t react quickly enough to keep it out of the net.

The next goal came from Dallas as well. Denis Gurianov put a shot on net and Subban left a fat rebound that was slammed home by Jamie Oleksiak.

On the Oleksiak goal, Jamie Benn picked up an assist for his 700th career point. He is the third player from the 2007 NHL Draft to reach that benchmark. Jakub Voracek ranks second (710). Kane is first, with 1,060 points.

The Blackhawks were out-shot 13-6 in the first period. Dallas looked like the team that wanted – needed – this game more in the opening 20 minutes. Subban struggled but there wasn’t much offense to support his effort.

Chicago started the second period fairly well. Mattias Janmark scored against his former employer again to cut the lead in half only 104 seconds into the period.

Carlsson and Calvin de Haan picked up the assists on Janmark’s ninth of the season.

After the Janmark goal the wheels completely fell off for the Hawks.

Matthew Highmore went to the box and Dallas converted. John Klingberg scored the power play goal to extend the lead back to two with nine seconds left on the advantage. It didn’t appear Subban saw the puck well; he whiffed on a save attempt with the glove.

Dallas scored again 2:30 later. Joe Pavelski toyed with Subban, bouncing a couple shots off the netminder before eventually tapping in his second rebound opportunity. The Blackhawks were now chasing three.

When Esa Lindell scored 90 seconds later, the Blackhawks were looking up at a 5-1 score. The Hawks were getting out-shot badly and struggled to generate any sustained offense.

Frankly, Anton Khudobin wasn’t being tested nearly enough and Subban wasn’t having a good night – a recipe for disaster.

When the horn sounded to end the second period debacle, the Stars had a 30-17 shot advantage. Indeed, Dallas had as many shots on goal in the second period as the Hawks managed in 40 minutes.

The first two period were flat, ugly and inconsistent.

So let’s take a quick moment to watch Jonathan Toews congratulate Kane for reaching 1,000 games.

This is the first we’ve seen or heard from Toews since the season began. It’s heartbreaking that he isn’t with the team right now, skating next to his partner in the resurrection of the franchise. But it was good to see him again.

Back for the third period, David Kampf came out to center Kane and Dominik Kubalik. Sure, why not. Then Brandon Hagel skated with Alex DeBrincat and Philipp Kurashev. The ol’ line blender was working hard to start the third period.

It took almost seven minutes for the next goal to be scored but it was from Dallas again. Hintz batted a puck that had popped up in front of the net past a diving Subban (and Adam Boqvist) to give Dallas a 6-1 lead.

So anyways, how was your Tuesday?

When the game finally ended, Chicago had allowed 12 goals and scored twice in their last five periods of hockey. Not good.

The Blackhawks came into this game with a 12-point lead on Dallas in the standings but the Stars had six games in-hand. One team had a sense of urgency the entire night and the other was the Blackhawks.

Chicago managed five shots on goal in the third period and were out-shot 37-22 in the game. Subban wasn’t good, but the defense in front of him was flat and the offense didn’t get off the bus.

Flush twice and move on the to the next… but the Hawks need to right the ship quickly because this trip is only going to get harder from here.

44 thoughts on “Blackhawks Blown Out In Kane’s 1,000th Game

  • March 9, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    This was a disgraceful effort. On the third PP for Dallas, where they scored with Highmore in the box, the Dallas announcer said, “The Hawks strategy on the PK seemed to be to let Dallas do whatever they wanted to do.” They were hemmed in the whole time. On another play, a Dallas player (I forget who) skated past 4 Hawks who barely challenged him and the announcer commented on the Hawks making weak attempts with their sticks and that it was probably driving Colliton crazy – especially after Sunday’s fiasco. Maybe it drove Colliton crazy and maybe it didn’t, but it should have driven any Hawks fan that wants to see a good effort crazy.

    The Hawks’ PP was horrible. They weren’t getting set up and certainly weren’t threatening anybody.

    Given the shot totals it doesn’t look like they made any noise in the third. I wouldn’t know because I turned it off after goal 6.

    A game like this can happen. But we now have 5 disastrous periods in a row. Obviously, Dallas is a good team. They have had all kinds of adversity this year with Covid and weather. They are starting to generate some points. Thursday is a really big game. The Hawks don’t have to win it but they can’t play like they have the past 5 periods or they will meet the expectations that most of us had for them at the beginning of the year. However, I don’t think our expectations included pathetic efforts where it didn’t look like they even tried. On those rare times when they did look decent tonight, Khudobin was good.

    Subban was not good but if you keep assaulting goalies with dangerous opportunities the way the opposition has been doing to the Hawks’ goalies lately, this is what you will get. I’m not sure Lehner and Crawford would have been that successful tonight given the minimal resistance from the Hawks’ defense.

    Was glad to see the Toews video. He looks and sounds fine so that is encouraging. It doesn’t mean he is fine, but there was nothing unsettling about his appearance. Having Dach back at practice is helpful.

    We will ignore these last 5 periods. If it continues, then there is cause for concern.

  • March 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    They didn’t look ready to play at DAL’s intensity level from the start – maybe the last TB game was in their heads

    It’ll be forgotten if they win Thursday but if DAL sweeps them then they will really start to feel the heat

    This was first game all year where I stopped watching before it was over – at 5-1

    With a mental reset and Lank for next game hopefully this will be a one game anomaly

  • March 9, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    The Hawks have to use their team speed to win because they won’t win many physical confrontations. They have to pass well in order to use their team speed effectively and they didn’t pass well tonight. If their passes aren’t on the money and received in stride their speed is negated and the potential for a good play is lost.

    Once the game slows down into 50/50 battles, the Hawks get outmuscled. Notice how often Hawks players are pushed off the puck or knocked down compared to Dallas players tonight – maybe 10 to 1 ? Hopefully it isn’t a trend but this game and the last couple periods against Tampa looked like the Hawks got on their heels and had no ability to physically push back – you can’t push when you’re leaning backward.

    Also – Subban’s rebound control was terrible. So was the team defense to clear the rebounds. The Hawks looked shell shocked and were a split second late and a stride slow.

    All around terrible game. Looked a lot like the TB/FLA series’ opening the season.

  • March 9, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Comes down to, when pp is hot and getting grade A goaltending, everybodys buying completely, hard to play against, good things happen. When goaltending is average and pp cools off, all of sudden alot of puck watching, less buying in, opponents skating around unattended, mistakes become costly, pk struggles without big saves, not so big saves sometimes. Winning makes it easy, now they gotta get that winning attitude back, hopefully on Thursday. Mitchell should be back in Thursday, should help a little, but need a big effort in goal from Lankinen or maybe Delia gets a start, need a full game effort from 18 skaters in front of whoever starts as well.

  • March 9, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Also great to see the congrats to Kane from teammates at first and videos tributes, especially good to see Toews, can’t wait to see him on ice again, other ones from Hossa, Hamner, Shaw, Seabrook, coach Q, Sydney Crosby and Keith, probably more i missed, big milestone too on ice result wasn’t better.

  • March 9, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    You know, a young team can gain a lot of confidence when they match the effort of supposedly ”better” teams..and really, for most of the year, the Hawks have done a solid job of matching, and in some cases exceeding, their opponents effort..but what happens to a young team when they get destroyed for two games in a row? Can they find their confidence and dig themselves out of a mini slump? These were two embarrassing losses where the entire team looked out matched ..or are we about to see a regression? I said in another comment on this site about 3-4 weeks ago that playing the way that the Hawks play would be difficult to sustain for an entire season..and what I meant by that was this-when the goaltending isn’t there, or the pp isn’t there, or your pk isn’t preventing goals, can you still win hockey games? The best teams can find ways to win hockey games even when their special teams lag or their goaltender is off (they’ll head to the net and score some greasy goals, they’ll drive the net to create pp opportunities in order to keep the other team from getting 5v5 time, etc).. but the Hawks can’t win any hockey games in a variety of ways and they aren’t explosive enough offensively to win 5-4 or 6-5 this year..they need to play a 200 ft game, forecheck, backcheck, have clean exits out of their d zone, take advantage when they are on the pp, stay out of the box, and have solid goaltending..those variables need to be in place every game for the Hawks to have a chance to fortunately, a lot of the above variables are effort based..but when they don’t collectively have 60 min of all of the above, the last two games is what you get. I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that these last two losses have come at the hands of the two teams that played for the cup last year..I’m sure Tampa and Dallas were both motivated to remind this Hawks team how far away they still are from the teams of 2010-2015.

    Either way, Thursday will be interesting. The Hawks will either remind themselves and the rest of the nhl why they’re unexpectedly going to be in the hunt for a playoff spot this entire year, or the wheels will continue to fall off and we’ll work ourselves back into the lottery..there’s positives to both.

    PS-I know Colliton has repeatedly said that he doesn’t mind moving around his defensive pairings and he doesn’t really care if the players themselves would prefer to have one partner only, but chemistry is important. Zadorov-Murphy are solid. DeHaan-Boqvist were solid. And Keith-Mitchell were struggling lately. But overall, those were three true pairings with no one being forced to play on their offside..let’s just ride those pairings until there’s an injury. I don’t see how mixing and matching the defensive pairings can be beneficial, short term or long term.

  • March 9, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    The energy and effort was pathetic from the puck drop. Dallas really didn’t need to do much tonight with all the gifts they were given. We had a nice stretch of solid games until the last two so it will be interesting to see what the response will be. Can we snap back with a solid effort or is the gas in the tank running low? Not to make excuses but you have to keep reminding yourself this team has no top 3 center, first year goalies and 5+ rookies on a nightly basis. Staying competitive when playing veteran teams every other night is a big physical and mental challenge for all the young guys.

  • March 10, 2021 at 1:51 am

    A terrible effort all the way around.Last 5 periods of hockey 12 to 1,pathetic.If you want to beat your chest on how you can play with the big boys,the last 5 periods better not happen.This team should go back to keeping their mouths shut and try and sneak up on the top teams because they definitely do not possess the physicality to even stay in games when the opposition is focused.Go back to developing this team for the future and stop the playoff talk,Dach coming back talk,Toews talk,etc.If Keith will not adjust his play and stop running around out of position,sit him.When your goalie is spitting out rebounds like a pez dispenser,pull him.If your forwards don’t want to pick up their checks and put a body on someone,adjust the ice time.It was refreshing to see Darryl Sutter,s first day coaching the Flames included a Bag Skate that made hardcore Canadian reporters cringe.Maybe this fun bunch needs a Bag skate or 2.

  • March 10, 2021 at 2:17 am

    OK – this comment is neither here nor there in regards to anything important but it bugged me and I want to get it off my chest – deHaan’s post game interview where he came off as a classless jerk. I get that some people need some time and space to regain some civility after a tough loss – but then don’t do the interview. Yeah many of the questions are inane but that’s very normal for post game interviews. As long as the question is asked in a civil way, which they were, it should be answered in a civil way, which he didn’t – more impatient snark than civility. Pretty disappointing.

  • March 10, 2021 at 6:48 am

    1.) The– season/youth and team hustle- up to this game
    2.) Only 6 weeks left in winter ( Toews came out and saw his shadow)
    3.) Mitchell- was not part of that mess (good for his Ego)
    4.) If Hawks- get bitch slapped Thursday- ( need to realize- they ain’t ready for Prime time) and start skating even more Youth ( Morrison/Altybarmakyan) and start looking at some trades early to build more Draft picks
    5. ) Thursday- new game

    Bad- the game

  • March 10, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Turned it off at 6-1 so didn’t see the deHaan interview, now even more happy I didn’t.

    For those wanting more R. Johnson …. how’d that turn out? Foley was happy to see him get in a couple punches, but they were the only ones the Hawks had all night.


  • March 10, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Dallas is a good team that may be finding it’s mojo. They are more rested than many teams and have a big, mobile, young D. They also have some motivated veterans with grit. This was coming and I agree Thursday will show a lot about the rest of the year.

    When you have confidence, and energy you can mask some warts. This is a team that is top heavy in the skill department and if they aren’t producing these last five periods can become more of the norm. Dallas keyed on 12 and 88. It’s not a bad thing, as they have some things to improve on for the long haul. Still the same medium range goals-a true power forward (Hagel is too valuable for that), number one D-man to replace 2, and a healthy Dach and I think they have the #1 goalie. They need to settle on a back up. ER it’s one game but the rebound control was really shocking.

    It was really good to see J.T. but still not convinced.

  • March 10, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Dallas owned the boards plain and simple.

    Only notable multi-shift performer was Hagel who seemed to try upping his offensive game to drag the rest of the already beaten team on.

  • March 10, 2021 at 7:55 am

    When you give up close to 40 shots on goal per game it’s time to take a deep dive into the past games. In past games they gave up a shot but not many second chances on any loose puck from the rebound. Why? The forwards were engaged. They were back covering people. The last 5 periods? Those 12 goals were mostly second chances off of rebounds. The forwards helping out? A pylon with a bottle of Gatorade sitting on top of it at the blue line would have been more useful.

    The defense? They need to stop with both being active in the O zone. Keith needs to just let Boqvist or Mitchell to do that. Same with deHaan. They are all moved up trying to make the cute passes which are mostly deflected and has the opponent off to the races with odd man rushes and 1 of our defensemen having to lay out his body to break up a pass. You are defensemen play like it. It’s not about how many points you score it’s about how many shots you don’t give up.

  • March 10, 2021 at 9:31 am

    This excuse comes to you via the pet peeve department … uncalled interference. Some teams can interfere and get away with it where it becomes an accepted way of play in the eyes of the refs. The Redwings in their heyday were masterful at doing enough to interfere with the opponent but not enough to get called for the penalty in the eyes of the refs. Part of that was their reputation as an elite team which gave some level of deference not given to lesser teams. So be it – kind of one of those things in teams sports and I’m sure the Hawks got a little extra leeway in their heyday too, although few teams developed it into an artform the way Detroit did.

    Which brings me to the game last night. Dallas is a veteran team with more size than the Hawks and they use it to their advantage and I would say they used it by crossing the line just enough to disrupt any flow the Hawks would have gotten but not so blatant the refs couldn’t ignore it. Kudos to them for getting away with it … I guess. There were ample plays of “oops I didn’t mean to get in your way” and “oops, I didn’t mean to stay physically engaged with you well past the point I should have”.

    On and on it went all game long and Dallas got away with it. Was it the reason the Hawks lost – no, they lost because they gave up 6 goals and none of those goals happened when Dallas was interfering with the Hawks – AND – because the Hawks couldn’t complete passes to allow them to use their speed – AND – because they aren’t physically strong enough to win one on one board battles. But, the uncalled interference shouldn’t be allowed and it bugs the crap out of me … so I had to rant. Sorry, not sorry. :-)

  • March 10, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Good needed test for a young team coming up, this is same as we saw all along. Its easy to play right way when your winning, now faced with some adversity when fatigue, aches and pains seem worse, these young players gotta find a way to get it done, with the prospect of average goaltending may be more of the norm and without a pp leading the offensive charge every night. Next few games will say alot about these youngsterd are last 2 games reality setting in or will they turn it around.

  • March 10, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Note comment from BAM on Boqvist on Dallas’ 6th goal. He is a liability without much upside. -2 on the night despite having had the most time on the PP of all defensemen. Unfortunately, he has little trade value at this point.

  • March 10, 2021 at 9:51 am

    If the Hawks actually gave an effort, that would have been acceptable, but they didn’t and that was the most dissappinting part. Isn’t that what we tell our kids, as long as you try hard but still lose, that’s ok… long as you gave your best effort. That did not happen here.
    Let’s see what happens Thursday.

  • March 10, 2021 at 9:52 am

    ER – Sounds like playoff hockey. Tight checking. Physical. ‘Let ’em play’ officiating. Great goaltending required.

    Kane did not look healthy last night. Looked like he was toughing it out because it was a nationally televised game and he was being featured.

  • March 10, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Now that’s a certified Blowout. Hawks looked tired from the start. Dallas IMO will be the team to beat at the end of the season, Better than the Bolts for sure. I have my money on the Stars to win the Stanley cup. To me they’re one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, up and out of the zone with speed and ease, smart on the rush when defense turns to offense, and they’re physical, they close on ya. For my money Khudobin is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, if they can keep Bishop off the ice, they’re the team to beat even though they might be offensively challenged, defense wins.

    One of those games that does not need much hockey chatter, nothing to learn really , when the entire team goes this bad all at once.

    Obviously Thursday is a crucial must win, early yes, but if they lose it could reveal the gaps and holes and missing pieces in this rebuild puzzle rather quickly. As my old coach says, play hard, that all you can control, control how you play . . . so if these guys as a unit continue to play hard they’ll rebound nicely . . . I hope. Go Hawks

  • March 10, 2021 at 9:57 am

    What a depressing game. There just wasn’t any cohesion in the game for us. But, you have to give credit to the Stars, they man-handled us in every facet of the game. They were faster, stronger, showed more skill, and their passing was masterful. Plus, our defense was pathetic. The only bright spot on the defense was Lucas Carlsson, and he’s playing on his off-side.

    Carlsson (7)
    Kane (6)
    Hagel (6)
    Suter (6)

    Subban (4)

  • March 10, 2021 at 10:04 am

    what occurred in the last five periods of play should make it very plain to even the most ardent hawks fan that this team is going nowhere in the playoffs this year. the 1980 usa olympic hockey team was a dead nuts lock to win the gold medal in comparison to the hawks chances of winning the cup this year.

    i am not upset with the last two games at all. not expecting to be crushed like that, but not surprised to play back to back games against tb and dallas and be overwhelmed in both. it has been a very fun season and much better than any of us expected. a lot of exciting, enthusiastic young players and much better hope for the future.

    but let’s take a reality check. the idea is to build the roster back to the hawks being a team that can compete to win the stanley cup. in regards to that type of roster right now there are no 1c, 2c, or 3c players on this team. there are no defenseman who are top pairing. the only top six forwards are 12 & 88. most of the current hawks forwards would have been hard pressed to make the cup winning rosters, none of the rookie d-men would have made those rosters, and de haan, murphy, and zadorov would have been third pairing d-men on those rosters. needless to say the keepers would not have made those rosters.

    my point……. even if the team puts these last two games behind them and reverts to the competitive team they have been THIS IS A PROSPECT DEVELOPING YEAR. i am not the least bit worried about losing the room by being sellers at the tdl rather than standing pat or buying. it is not unlikely there will be ten or more players on the current roster who are not wearing hawks sweaters in the fall of 2022. bowman has to keep focused on the rebuild and not make stupid trades to try to be viable in the post season this year. whatever move he can make to bolster the 2022-2023 roster is a good one and don’t worry about feelings of the players. stay the course. the progress this year is incrementally better than anyone expected. don’t get in the way of that continuing.

  • March 10, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Power Play, seems to be a little over rated, raw data says otherwise. From the couch I’m concerned with how difficult it is for them to enter the zone with puck control and possession. They can’t dump and chase, they’re not big enough except for Kamph who has the size and speed. That drop back pass which burns about 25% of the penalty off still isn’t working, 50% the Hawks drop back pass is often off, into the corner, or errant or the timing isn’t allowing Kane to accelerate. Timing!

    This team needs to have an effective powerplay in the top ten or it’s lights out.

    Penalty kill is weak at best.

  • March 10, 2021 at 10:34 am

    “Fatigue makes cowards of us all” (Gen. George Patton)

    I reckon I’m in excuse making mode this morning but I can’t help but think fatigue is affecting the Hawks play lately. With 3 games in 4 days followed by another game a couple days later making it 4 games in 6 days – it would be surprising if the Hawks weren’t fatigued. While the fatigue would be affecting all players, it is possibly worse for the rookies because very likely they’ve not experienced playing this many games in a condensed schedule.

    Aside from the physical fatigue felt throughout the team, the young players are probably feeling some mental fatigue as well. They’re trying to learn how to play NHL hockey so they spend more energy “thinking” during the play then a veteran player and that can be taxing and hence the Patton quote – it could be the fatigue is putting them on their heels afraid to make a mistake more than if they were mentally rested where they would play more on their toes and just make plays without thinking too much about it.

    But hey – it’s part of the experience and it has to be gone through to be learned so bottom line is this is good for the young players to have these necessary lessons.

  • March 10, 2021 at 11:14 am

    A couple of factors I believe have contributed to the poor showings the last 2 games

    1) The Hawks aren’t taking anyone by surprise anymore (a disadvantage of new divisional set up) and TB and DAL were both SC finalists from last year so if they’re not surprised anymore then they’re bringing something close to their A game and the Hawks as we all know aren’t as good as either when TB and DAL are at their best

    2) it’s easier to play when you’re relaxed and the young Hawks were probably pretty relaxed and playing loose for a long stretch of games when there were few expectations that resulted in them becoming surprise playoff contenders – now that they are playoff contenders there is added stress from increased expectations and that stress comes from outside (including media) but also inside (personal expectations)

    So what was a pleasant journey for the young Hawks exceeding expectations is now a bit of a pressure cooker – this is all part of the learning curve so let’s see how quickly they adjust their mindset – it could happen by next game or it may take the rest of this season

  • March 10, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    My thoughts: To me The Captain has lost some weight. Perfect time I think is now for getting something for deHaan before he gets hurt again. Team looked flat tonight and did get outmuscled: But you have to expect that, we don’t have a lot of physical players and I don’t see more coming in. Like Reese Johnson’s moxie, definitely needed a spark there. Its OK to have a game like this seeing this is a “rebuilding” year, puts a little heat on Kid Coach to see how he rights the ship. So far I have to give Kid Coach an above average grade for getting as much as he has out of the kids. Boquist reminds me of Gus.

  • March 10, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am
    Read darft was still on fro July and they are trying to make changes to lottery so DET doesnt get screwed again. Which will get teams to tank again.

    Going to 2 lotterys not 3 anymore.

    Can only win 2 lotterys every 5 yrs. So NYR are finnished until 2026 draft.

    Can only move up 10 spots at most. So when we went from 12 to 3 it would have been capped at 2 and 1 not eligible.

    DET must have inside guys to get league to do this.

    Tankathon is back with these changes

    March 10, 2021 at 12:19 am
    I do like only 2 top 5 picks for any team every 5 yrs.

  • March 10, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    At least it was a team like DAL and not a team we donot like for the game.

    Scoring the 400 goal and then the 500 600 700 goals are nice when they are agasint DET or other scum teams.

  • March 10, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Besides the details 55 games wise looks like we played as hard as we could agaisnt TB for 3 games in 4 days and now are paying the price for that. Plus were not a full roster yet or a 3/4 roster yet we are a 1/2 roster and not with 77 19 for tehse 55 gaems.

    We went 0-3-1 to start first few games
    then went 13-4-5 once we got going and first 20 games players got feet wet

    now were prob going to have more 0-3-1 kind of things here and there exspecially after ‘playing’ real hard for those games we just did/maybe only 2.5 games there with TB.

    Got to max out and see what we can do/how good these guys are at first then have some off games/not knowing what 82 games is like and this is only 55 games which is good to get a practice or a prerequisite 55 game season for the young wave to pace themselves getting ready for there first 82 games season next yr.

    Then for the 23 season were really ready.

  • March 10, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Wrap well put.

    Winning is fun, losing isn’t and we’ll see how these young guys and the sprinkle of veterans will respond.

    Mo I’m trying to understand what you’re saying but I feel like a frozen backwards pretzel after reading those 3 posts-what’s up?

  • March 10, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    The game tomorrow will be #28 on the season – the mid way point in this 56 game season. It will be time to take assessment of the first half of the season. I think the timing is good for this assessment because before the back to back spankings these last 2 games I think we may have been a little too optimistic at the expense of being realistic. The game tomorrow will show the mental toughness and resiliency of the team which is a good final exam for the mid point grade. The outcome of the game is not really important but how they play is important. Either way, the team has made some positive strides this season and I’m optimistic there are enough keepers in this bunch to build on.

  • March 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Highs and lows with a young team trying to figure itself out. We knew there would be games like these so we just have to remember that this was never going to be a Stanley Cup season but more like a discover who stays and who goes kind of season. This team is still more impressive than originally thought and I think they can turn it around next game with a better effort. Not sure about sitting Mitchell and I’d still like to see Beaudin again. Subban not great and his rebound control needs to be worked on.

  • March 10, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Well that wasn’t pretty.

    Nice to see Johnson drop the gloves to try to get the team going…didn’t work but you need a guy like that on your team.

    I was annoyed at the play where a Star shoved Debrincat through the open door into the bench. Murphy and one other Hawk give the guy a nice gentle hug…when someone picks on one of your top players that is 5’7”, someone needs to step in and take care of business

    Great to see Toews video

  • March 10, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Highmore and “dumb penalty” seem to end up in the same sentence a lot. They call everything these days. You have to be responsible for your stick – you can’t just pass it off as unlucky.

  • March 10, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    @Tommy Ivan. #46 Carlsson? Who dat?

    The best defenseman the HAWKS have. But since he was a 4th round draft pick he ain’t getting the ya-yas. Here is a kid with less than 20 NHL games under his belt as a LHD who doesn’t even have 20 minutes playing the left side. He’s a rookie that most people think the right side is his natural position. Veterans haven’t even been able to do that. A rookie defenseman playing his off side his first 20 games and he’s a +1 ?

    He is the next Hjalmersson and yeah he can block shots but it’s so damn hard to do playing your off side. Same with trying to make a pass. A rookie defenseman playing 20 NHL games with about 10-12 minutes a games on his off side and how many times have they even mentioned his name? Not a whole lot. Why? Because he’s not making mistakes that gives them the excuse to blast him.

    Can’t understand why people don’t see his play as a defenseman but then again if Pat and Eddie would point out his play it might help. Hope Seattle isn’t paying attention to him. But when teams see a rookie defenseman playing his off side and doing this well? How do they not?

  • March 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Should be interesting to see what the trade deadline brings. Lots pf players rumored to be avaialable almost none Blackhawks. But whatever these so called journalists have to write something and sports trades player availability is easy to just fictionalize and rationalize. They were playing the video trubutes in the stadium right? Did i see a couple stars players giving kane a hard time on the ice when his mom was doing a video tribute? Thats rough.

    Big thanks to Kane And Seabrook for all they have done for the team… far. Hopefully more to come from both.

    Pre post and intermission Jamal Konroyd and Pat may be the best in the business. The own goal story with the joke about talkimg about it on tv with Jammer with the authentic burst of laughter was great.

  • March 10, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Goaltending is starting to look shaky. 19 goals in 4 games.

    Team defense has been chaotic all season.
    It becomes more pronounced when the goaltending gets leaky and the offense cools down.

    The latter will happen during a season.

    Hence the need for good defense.

    To that point……
    Defense corps is dangerously thin.
    We all saw it when 44 got hurt and 5 got ejected.
    27 is showing his defense decisions are that of a career AHLer .
    16 is more out of position than a girl scout at a Nine Inch Nails concert.

    Defense wins.
    So does goaltending.

    Right now, this team is struggling with both.

    Wonder if The Grand Poobah sees this from his ivory tower?

    Sure hope they fix these things.

    Would hate to have to vomit up the small portion of crow I ate after game 20.

  • March 10, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I read that elsewhere about draft no qoutes on that. Though its better not to quote anything I say since english is a 2nd language to me as I sit in on the foreign exchange girls classes for foreign relations.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:53 pm
    Mo I’m trying to understand what you’re saying but I feel like a frozen backwards pretzel after reading those 3 posts-what’s up?

  • March 10, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Good article on the Athletic about the Hawks and their possible plans for the thought that has been discussed on this site before had to do with the Hawks possibly using some of their LTIR space to take on a bad contract from a team that is really pressed against the cap..the example briefly used was Vancouver and how they are probably interested in dumping the last year of Eriksson’s contract..that would make a lot of sense for the Hawks..his contract ends in 21-22, right when we would need our own cap space but for this offseason, Vancouver really needs to move some salary out..they have Hughes and Pettersson both coming off their first contracts and even if they just take reasonable two year bridge deals, they only have 13 roster spots under contract for next year..Eriksson for their first or Hoglander..I’d do that in a second..and even though I’m sure Vancouver doesn’t want to part with Hoglander or a first that could be a top 12 pick, they have to be able to put a team on the ice next year too..these are the type of deals Stan should be seriously exploring..

  • March 11, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Slayer – saw that article as well and got excited about the Eriksson or similar scenario – it’s about time the Hawks pilfered a good young player from another team in return for cap favours as has been done to the Hawks in the past – Teuvo especially

  • March 11, 2021 at 9:09 am


    that “teuvo” word. a gut punch every time i read it. reminds me of the bickell contract, which reminds me of the seabrook contract, which takes me to a bad, unhappy place.

  • March 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Lankinen, Beaudin, Walmark are in tonight.If they are only going to skate Johnson 5 minutes a game just send him to Rockford to play Center full time to see what you have.Him playing every 9th game up here for 5 minutes is wasting him.After all of the dumb penalties why isnt Highmore sitting?

  • March 11, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Can we pull one on STL like SJ did to us. Offer Dunn $2.18 for 3yrs and hope if STL matches it. Then offer Sanford $4 for 4yrs and hope STL doesn’t.

    Ed up against cap also unless they let RNH go. Give offers to Khaira at $2.18
    Other RFA centers I like are Copp Bennett Donato Reinhart (too expensive)

    UFA centers I like are Iafallo Cizkas(for a year or two max) Landeskog Laughton and Wennburg. Plus you know who EbRap.

  • March 11, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    JR,Hawks get Lowry,Bennett,and Sanford and Manson from the Ducks they would be dangerous.

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