Blackhawks Buried By Predators

An awful first period – arguably the worst 20 minutes of the season – sunk the Blackhawks in Nashville on Thursday night.

Scott Darling was all alone in the first. He did his best against an 18-shot barrage, but three shots got past him as the Preds took control of the game against a Hawks squad that was totally flat. Somehow the Blackhawks were credited with seven shots on goal in the opening frame, but they generated nothing of substance.

How bad? The scorecard at War-On-Ice gave Nashville a 15-4 edge in scoring chances in the first period, and an 11-1 advantage in in high-quality scoring chances.

The Blackhawks were even willing to drop the gloves in an effort to generate some energy. Andrew Shaw danced with Barret Jackman after the first goal. It did nothing. Two goals later, Andrew Desjardins traded blows with Paul Gaustad.

Chicago showed up for the second and third periods, but the hole was too deep.

Patrick Kane successfully extended his point streak to 24 games early in the third, but that was the sum of the Chicago offense. Nashville added two more in the final 5:05 of the game to push the final score to 5-1 in favor of the home Predators.

Darling made 29 saves against 33 shots in the loss, while Pekka Rinne was dominant. He made 35 saves against 36 shots to earn the win.

Predictably, there really weren’t any highlights in the box score.

Artem Anisimov won only four of 15 faceoffs. Michal Rozsival led Chicago with four hits. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk blocked four shots each. And Kane led the way with five shots on net.

Quietly, Bryan Bickell had a decent evening. He was credited with three hits, three shots on net, one blocked shot and two takeaways in 12:07 on the ice.

Marko Dano and Brandon Mashinter were both healthy scratches again. Trevor Daley traveled with the team but sat out with a neck injury.

The Hawks are back at it on Friday night when the Winnipeg Jets are back at the United Center for the second time in six days.

27 thoughts on “Blackhawks Buried By Predators

  • December 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Can anyone explain what happened in the first 20 minutes? What the heck was that?

  • December 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks Tab…that pretty much explains it.

  • December 10, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Have to just throw out that garbage first period. We wernt going to sweep these two teams realistically.

    We win the 4th game against these two teams and were 3-1-1 after taking a hit after a really good long road trip 3-1-2. Then were on track after playing a bunch of top/good teams and have a lighter sch. after that.

  • December 10, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    This team is a real disappointment. They have been asleep in first period in last few games except win over Jets earlier this week. Looked like they did not care tonite for first half of game.

    TT skilled but soft. runbladder soft
    Unless we somehow improve our defense we may miss playoffs.

    I know we cannot win cup every year,but they at least need to make an effort. Tab’s post was perfect in describing Hawks play tonite.


  • December 11, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Seems like Rundblad is power play specialist at this point. He looked comfortable at times at the top of the umbrella, if you will. You wonder if he wired one in from the point if it would help his confidence immensely. He gets it and immediately seems to want to give it back to the guy who passed it to him off the right boards. Now this might be a set play that they coaches have ingrained in him. But he seems to want to do that right away instead of letting it rip.

  • December 11, 2015 at 1:08 am

    “arguably the worst 20 minutes of the season” – nailed it, Tab.

    “This team is a real disappointment” (- Chelsea) — absolutely, at times. But, it’s WAY too early to panic/write-off this season. They SUCKED. But, tonight against the Jets they have another shot at 2 pts. – GO HAWKS!

  • December 11, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Could we just pause for a second and meditate on the fact there are fans blatantly against Trevor Daley’s play ?
    His return in the lineup is more than welcomed. Pretty please.

    Darling was excellent. So was Shaw, who was trying to impress his future fans after the Seth Jones trade happens. And on course Kane, but he was supposed to be traded for a pair of jeans months ago. Everything was very confusing.

    PS: Coach Q is more than awesome. That out of nowhere 3rd line he put together has had a couple of excellent games. They aren’t pretty, but they’re visible and productive.

  • December 11, 2015 at 7:00 am


    “Darling was excellent.” ……. No, adequate.

    “And on course Kane, but he was supposed to be traded for a pair of jeans months ago.” …… If you’re going to quote ME, you left out the tee shirt.

    “Everything was very confusing.” ….. No DumDum, not everything

  • December 11, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Hawks better be ready with the afterburners tonight

  • December 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Ya know it’s bad when… your losing 3-0 after 1st… and your Goalie was your BEST player… YIKES!!!

    I turned game off after 1st… to watch Discovery Channel and Baby Harp seals get bludgeoned by Eskimos… which was FAR less depressing!!!

  • December 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Pred’s came out with a vengeance but still could not put Hawks away. Hawks always start slow but Pred’s took it to them and Sasquatch “Darling” with all due respect held up in the 2nd and 3rd period but that 4th goal was not good and the game.

    Pred’s like the game before have the speed to get behind the Hawks D and did it again, easily all night. Hawks poke check /reach in at times is a bad habit and predictable so “Smart teams” don’t dump it in ( lose possession) they skate it in with control and make the D-men skate and reach ie. out of position.

    Pred’s really take away the “shots from the point” they drift up to the blue line, take ways lanes to shoot, where Hawks generate a lot of offense . .. usually. Pred’s force you to play below the dots! They force you to get behind them and crash the net since they too have BIG FOOT in the net, it’s a great strategy! HAWKS DID A GREAT JOB ADJUSTING! First time i have seen them play all 4 lines below the dot, all 4 lines net front presence, all 4 lines repeated up close rebounds and pressure on Pred’s, but Kane was the only skill guy who could pull the puck out and in for the only goal. BUT GREAT Adjustment by Hawks who from the couch dominated 2 and 3 rd period, 4th goal was a killer.

    Rundblad has always been GOOD at the point, but the point is he has “Thin” or low defensive IQ. He has great offensive IQ, but makes some very basic mistakes often on d. But he can skate, his shoot is always on net, has average speed, okay stick handler, for a defensemen but he is what Scouts call an “in-betweener” meaning his not a forward nor a defensemen, not quick enough to play winger, not quick enough on his skates to cover up his mistakes on defense. IF ANYONE WANTS TO LEARN D, Watch how often Dunk-Keith gets pulled out of position but has the speed to recover? That is the difference and that is everything in the NHL SPEED TO RECOVERY. amen

    go hawks

  • December 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Hawks will score first tonight . . .

  • December 11, 2015 at 8:18 am

    If you ever need to induce vomiting you can either drink a bottle of ipecac…or watch the first period last night.

  • December 11, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Nevermind last night, the game is over with. My concern is Q tries to outsmart himself and we see Mashinter dress again….

  • December 11, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I think a video of a dog (or saber tooth cat) biting a hawk in the ass would be a better representation of this game.

    Hopefully these divisional losses don’t come back to bite us in the ass!

  • December 11, 2015 at 9:37 am

    After their play last night, you have to wonder how they play again tonight. rundblad had a tough time in his own end. You can certainly see at this point that he is 7th dman who can give you some offensive flair but nothing else.

    Kudos to the hustle and play of Nashville. They certainly earned that win and Darling deserved a better fate. No goalie was gonna win that one for the Hawks.

    I also was impressed by Shaw taking on Barrett Jackman. Shaw is a team player and that takes balls to fight a guy like that. That was courage and he did what he could to spark his team.

    Hopefully they show up tonight because Winnipeg can play physical like Nashville. Their core guys need a better game than they had last night.

  • December 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

    While the 1st period was a complete mess for the Hawks I liked how they came back. Poor Darling was just left to fend for himself and did well to keep the score t 0-3. So Rinne did a nice job and Preds claimed some revenge. Preds play a tenacious game. I was happy to see some push back physically from the Hawks as the game progressed. Shaw really seems to have found his game. Teuvo regression. Kane is really bringing it and its a pity, that the one timer rocket from Panarin in the 3rd wasn’t targeted to a corner. Would have put the Hawks right back in it. Third and 4th lines getting some chemistry.

    Preds regularly employ cross checks from behind as a defensive tool and were rewarded all night by not getting called. All of their d men do it, especially Weber and Jones. It goes without saying that this is a big tool used by “Santa” Jackman. Gaustad really snapped Tazer’s head back late in the 3rd between the dots with a nasty crosscheck. NHL needs to get refs to just call this and the players will stop doing it. When a guy gets dropped, especially when there is a puck battle or a player assumes a position, just call the penalty because the guy doing it gets an unfair advantage.

    Hoping the Hawks come out tonight with more give a damn than they did yesterday. Both Hawks and Peg played last night so no advantage either way. Bulls played last night which means ice will probably suck worse than normal. Assume Crow is back between the pipes. I am quite pleased if the Hawks take 2 points tonight as it will mean they have re-claimed some important divisional ground with lots of home cooking ahead.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Showing up with little to no effort in these divisional games is a recipe for an early end to the season. Not over yet, but a win last night = 2nd in central, loss and there you have it, 4th in the central. Wake up boys! Go out and get the 2 pts tonight!

  • December 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Can Q please drop Runbad… Please…

  • December 11, 2015 at 11:09 am

    1st resembled last year when Crow got blitzed … and the D got beat like a drum…
    Crow had no chance… Darling had no chance…

  • December 11, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Phil, even though the bigger teams get away/cheat more with hooks/holds/interference regularly this crosscheck thing is another you can add to that list for the bigger/slower teams that is a complete bs advantage. The league might as well let small/skilled teams trip/slash/highstick and not ever get called.

    The league needs to call all types of penaltys not let the hooks/holds/interference/crosscheck go and only call what they have no choice in, in the trip/highstick/overglass types. I totally agree on the crosscheck thing.

  • December 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    56 to Rockford.

  • December 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Wall, just in case, is there a rerun of the Baby Seal show on tonight?

  • December 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Booman- no Baby Harp Seals tonite… If Hawks play like last nite… I plan on watching “Terms of Endearment” , “Leaving Las Vegas”, and “Schindler’s List” to cheer me up…

  • December 11, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Not why they lost but the lack of calls, especially regarding interference, is really starting to kill the flow of the game. Yay for boring hockey.

    First period good but unsustainable for one game let alone a 7 game series. Sucks the hawks got destroyed but at least Kane scored.

    The D corps is better with Daley than without him which is pretty obvious. TVR is not good on his off side and under pressure.

    Oh well. Hopefully today is better.

  • December 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Wall, hope we don’t see Jets clubbing Hawks like Gaustad did to Desi last night. Shaw held his own with Jackman.

    Go Hawks!! Jets will be more ready then last Sunday.

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